Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2008
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A fun experiment which more or less ruined a brilliant tripel even though age might mellow it up.
Fun madeira-like aspects, almost toffee-like, honeyed and herbal on top of the calvados hot apple profile. This is rather complicated, but not very fresh.
Atrocious appearance: headless and repelling sediments looking like bird excrements. The tripelís freshness has been lost in the barrel aging. Alcohol presence is exagerated. Very, very sweet, almost candy-like. A sample felt quite enough at this point.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this one a couple times over DL weekend and still canít figure this one out. Looks fine in the glass, but after that.....
I just couldnít quite put my finger on this one. Plenty of sour apple in the taste. Lots of fruity spice and alcohol coming through as well. An alcohol infused sour apple jolly rancher.
OldMrCrow (2413) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to SuzyGreeberg.
This one gushes clear white foam for a long time after opening, then pours a cloudy straw-gold with a pretty small head considering. Apple-toffee aroma, a notch of cinnamon. Spicy, dry flavor, apple brandy; itís really hot and alcoholic in flavor as well as feel, burning the tongue, coming off like some sort of strange vodka cocktail. Iím not nearly as impressed as I expected to be.
after4ever (7619) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750, capped. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Murky caramelly amber than actually looks crystal clear from above. Kind of a strange optical effect. Very light white fizz. Caramelly, toffeeish nose. Fizzy, lightish body. Caramel apple mid-palate. Very hot and dry--big boozy bite. Even with the rubbing alcohol finish that makes it like a cocktail, this beer is still powerfully attractive.
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2012 My Bottom Line:
The stark wooden barrel character seems to increase the already frank alcohol presence in this raw and flavorful sipper where spicy hops and sweet apple fruitiness fly all about in an enjoyable display of ambition.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-There is barely any head to garnish the misty blond.
-Carbonation is fluffy.
-The finish is rather dry, yet doesnít have enough character to be memorable, imho.
-This one has improved significantly over its releases, especially in the appearance and mouthfeel department. From 3.2 to 3.7 right now for me.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Recieved in a trade a while back from EriktheRed, thanks a lot Erik! Golden Delicious pours a deep golden with hints of orange. Large carbonation bubbles rise from everywhere through the slightly hazed liquid. The head grew to one and a half fingers of cean white frothiness. Eventually fell to a finger and was supported by the massive amounts of carbonation.
The smell is loaded with juicy apple brandy and oak. A touch of vanilla and some sweet candied apple throughout although nuted. This definately smells good but I canít pull much, if any, tripel out of the glass. The barrel aging is certainly evident though.
This beer will warm you up right off the bat. There isnít much tripel in the flavor either. Freshly picked and squeezed apples up front, well, throughout actually with a juicy sweetness on the swallow. Oak and vanilla sway in and out of the fray. The alcohol isnít all that noticeable until after the swallow. The whole gullet warms when it hits the belly. Again, not much of a tripel but good none the less.
The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. Itís all toghether light and effervescent to the point of being velvety but still moving quickly.
A snifter of this in a sitting is enough for me, maybe two. Thatís the most I could handle at a time. Two snifters would be pushing it though.
An interesting idea from Captain Lawrence. One I was anxiously awaiting the release of. Golden Delicious is good but I think the barrel aging was overdone. I have another bottle Iím going to give a year or two. Maybe thatíll help mellow things out.
vyvvy (5888) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to the STL crew for sharing this brew. Pours hazy amber with suspended floaties and a white head. The aroma is a nice mix of liquor and beer with neither overwhelming the other. There is brandy, coconut, apples, light cinnamon and dry-tripel malt. Medium smooth body thatís very clean with sharp, but gentle, carbonation. The flavor begins with pale tripel malt, apple brandy, light vanilla, some abv and sour apples. The finish is hot, but nice. A bit of age should do wonders for this one. It is too hot now, but with some time Iím betting this will be wonderful.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle from Brent and served in my NB Worthy glass: Deep golden hue with a fizzy head and okay lace. The aroma has notes of apple brandy and fusel alcohol, herbal hops, light allspice and pepper, woody, vinous and a tad medicinal. The taste pretty much follows suit with big apple notes and alcohol in your face. There are some Belgian yeast notes in midsection before wandering off towards a vanilla, oak and hop spice finish. The mouth feel is aggressive and lively, very warming and moderately dry.
WOW, this beer is hot and takes no prisoners. Need to get another bottle and let age for 2 years minimal. FYI, no gusher here but then again my bottle as been kept still for over a month.
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - APR 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of theisti, via beastiefan2k. After an opening that resembles a volcanic lava flow, it pours a dingy amber-orange with a loose, fluffy, white head. There is a ton of "crud" in this one which gradually settles at the bottom of the glass. The nose is of perfume and woody apple brandy barrel; yeasty tripel notes hide in the background. Medium-bodied with soft, fine carbonation, it transitions to a mildly dry alcohol finish. The flavor is of yeasty apples, alcohol and wood. It finishes with a dry, lingering apple and alcohol warmth. Hotter than Xtra Gold, I enjoy this one and prefer its softer mouthfeel to that of its base beer. Thanks for sharing this one with me, Tim.
GregClow (3215) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy, jerc, mabel & tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Reddish-golden with a few floaties and a small head. Very active body, lotsa bubbles whipping around in the glass. Aroma - wow! - apples, spice (cinnamon, nutmeg), booze (brandy), oak - very warm, very good. Medium bodied with a lot of fizz. Flavour of apples and wood, spice and yeast, definitely some booze, but I didnít find it nearly as hot as some of the other folks at the tasting. I really, really liked this.