theisti (3480) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 7, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from beastiefan2k. Pour is a gusher - hazy golden with floating particulates with a billowing white head that falls fast. Very fine carbonation is visible. Aroma of Brandy booziness, with floral-citrus hops. Lots of apple on the nose. Taste is very sharp on the apple Brandy initially, falling quickly into more traditional Tripel flavors - fruit (apple) sweetness with grassy Belgian yeastiness. Pretty boozy on the finish. Really cool concept that was well executed, just too much Brandy and apple for me. Thanks for sending this one my way Eugene!
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle share by Tim that he got from beasteifan2k. GUSHER!!!! Murky orange with lots of sediment. Sticky eggshell white head with good lace. The aroma was warm with booze, with a bit of apple and the hops are still there. Wood flavors, tart. and very dry. Fuller body. High carbonation. Dry finish. Disappointing.
blankboy (6583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc, mabel & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. This stuff is crazy bubbly! It was coming out of the bottle after we opened it. Pours a hazy orange-amber-gold with tons of little floaties and a small diminishing creamy white head. Looking good. Nice aroma of caramel, apples, brandy, hops, spices, yeast, sugar and more! Flavour of oak and apples along with caramel malt and alcohol. Medium bodied. Man, there’s no way I could drink a whole bottle of this to myself but shared a few ways it’s fantastic, original, flavourful and very well done.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750mL bottle, sampled alongside the Xtra Gold. Poured murky brownish golden with minimal white head. Aroma is dominated by apple, wood, and alcohol; very little of the aroma of the base beer comes through. Some wheat flavor is present initially, which is then joined by vanilla, oak, and apple and alcohol . Some hops are evident in the finish. Overall, this is a tasty beer, but i think the barrel aging comes on a bit strong.
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - MAR 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sample tasted at "Spring in the new year with brett" at fordests house. I am going to give this one another shot when it is by itself and I can focus on the complexities. Otherwise, I was dissapointed by my favorite brewery. First time that has happened.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasting, courtesy of Fordest’s event. Beer #9. A copper-gold color with a small white head. Big nose with sour apples, yeast and brandy. The flavor is somewhat boozy - the alcohol is a little too upfront and overshadows what is otherwise a fine concoction. I taste sour apples, brandy and grapes. The mouthfeel is silky smooth. The finish is short with a lingering sweet and sour effect. Overall: I will have to try this again when it is not bookended by big powerful ales.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is apply yummy goodness. Fuuuuck. I want to put this in a pie.
Taste is initially sharp apple, followed by tons of alcohol and butteriness. Some oak is also present.
Finish is buttery, somewhat skunky, apples.
Pretty okay, but nothing spectacular.
So much fucking alcohol. Not bad!
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Jerc, Blankboy, Mabel,and GregClow, courtesy of Harry. Huge alcohol, apple, wood, and vanilla aroma- very nice. Dark yellow, hazy (like cooked apples?), small white head - looks good. Taste - all booze at first. Softens a bit on subsequent sips, revealing apple brandy, a bit of yeast, a long ferocious alcohol burn. Seriously, to me the alcohol masks all other flavours that might be present. Just way way too much here.
jercraigs (8509) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 2008-03-28. Hazy golden amber body with a modest white head that is not slow to diminish. (3+) An interesting ’Guinness’ cascade of floaties inside the bottle. Aroma is quite big at first but grows shy, sweet apple tinged alcohol, very mild hints of wood, oak grows as it warms. Quite boozy. Mild hops are blown out of the water by the alcohol. Similar flavour starts out very dry with the alcohol up front bust as I wade through it it gains sweetness, rounded fruit notes, mild woody notes are omni-present. (7+) Smooth medium palate. Pretty solid but I find the the alcohol is quite dominant, and the apple a touch muted overall. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (750ml - green). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc, mabel and tupalev - my bottle via trade with puzzl. Murky-hazy orange with a smallish creamy off-white head. Aroma - lovely, strong - strong alcohol, sweet oak vanilla, definite brandy and apple, somewhat bitter in the background - soft, insistent and damn fine. Taste - up front huge alcohol, sweet booze and soft oak/vanilla - long boozy linger. Thick, softly acidic mouthfeel, not much carbonation but lovely bubbling in the bottle. Excellent, just excellent.