davey101 (747) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 7, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle into a tulip. Long time want of mine, thanks for the trade OsNJCB! No idea on the age on this beer but I assume somewhat fresh.
A - Nice and clear amber body. Lots of rising carbonation. Initial pour yields a three finger high white head. Settles down to a neat cap with thick edging. Really tiny bubbles. Decent lacing with great retention. Has some alcoholic legs after swirling.
S - Huge Calvados presence. Tart and sweet apples, a layer of spice, oak and vanilla tannins. A bit of an earthy and lemon presence from the base beer, but it seems like the barrels are taking over here. Some burning alcohol. Smells like a barrel aged sweet apple liqueur.
T - Tart apples and some earthy spice followed by a large alcohol presence. Notes of oak, vanilla, hay and Belgian yeast. Rich butterscotch and caramel in the aftertaste. Mouth feel is silky, creamy and coating with a high level of carbonation.
O - Wow. This beer is out there. The rich butterscotch flavors in the aftertaste just plays so wonderfully off of the initial tart and sweet apple flavors. The spice and yeast from the base beer just adds to the complexity. Its boozy, but in the best way possible. Major props to Captain Lawrence for making such an interesting and unique beer. Crazy delicious.
secretstash (8) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2008 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
just got back from cl brewing shared with bastard dead guy and 2 others you can smell the apples when you crack it you can nose the hops right away under the apple the brandy is very up front on this. Alcohol warmth is very nice glad that i shared this one with 6 peps as a foot note sorry adam you missed another one i just couldnt wait
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Extremely smooth candy apple taste. Heavy bodied but clean. Drinks really smooth.
HimerMan (4) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2008 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First off - what a phenomenal place with very friendly people and an incredible atmosphere. Truly top-notch.
Beer pours a cloudy medium copper with a nice mildly off white head with a HUGE aroma of the applejack liquor.
Immediate taste of apples, applejack, oak and their American tripel - as familiar with their extra gold.
This is an incredible beer, that has amazing potential to age. The only downfall is with the big alcohol taste that is present in the palate. However, this does not get in the way of the beer. I feel this will age incredible well in time to come.
If you have the chance to try this beer, you must - Cheers to a great beer and to the great people involved in brewing it!
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - FEB 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2008 Nice golden pour. Nose is mostly apples and alcohol. A very warming tripel with apple flavors in the aftertaste. Has a spicy oak flavor to the apples. Tastes like a roasted apple with brandy flavoring. Quite an interesting beer, will drink this one again. Can’t wait to try it about 6 months from now.
jdavenp (18) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Boy Howdy! This is good stuff. Bottle from Whole Foods Bowery. Lots of nice notes of the apple brandy in the nose, and a wonderful underlining of the brandy in the taste as well. I could drink this stuff all day. I love it.
Pailhead (5800) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2010 Courtesy of hbmason
Bottle: The aroma consists of strong apple, light tropical fruits, grapefruit, and a hint of vanilla. I really dig the aroma. It pours a hazy dull gold with a large creamy white head with excellent retention and lacing...a very impressive looking beer. The flavor starts with tropical fruits and light apple. The alcohol is there if you really look for it, but it’s hidden rather well. The finish has some light lemon tartness and faint grapefruit. Medium bodied with somewhat lively, but soft, carbonation.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A - Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet malts, apples, Brandy, oak, Belgian yeast, coriander and other spices, lemon zest, and some booze.
T - Starts off with a mix of sweet pale malts with some tart apples, lemon zest, some light spices and a bit of vanilla. Through the middle, the oak and Brandy come through with some more Belgian yeast flavors with some coriander and other spices. The finish is a mix of apple Brandy, oak, sweet malts, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, and some booze.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. The apple brandy goes really nicely with the big Tripel base.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 Rerate at one year old. Deep cloudy golden beer, thin white head. Aroma is quite different from a year ago. Oaky vanilla and a light pale Belgian maltiness. Light apple aroma as well, but it seems quite muted. Flavour is fairly boozy still, but it does seem a little less overtly hot. A lightly spicy yeastiness. It’s a pretty interesting brew, but I think it was better fresh.
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Burnished golden coloured beer with a thick white head. Aroma is quite spicy. Loads of vineous sweet oak, vanilla bean over a soft apple spiciness. Clove, cinnamon and a light toffeeish sweetness. Peppery and lightly alcoholic aroma. Yeast spiciness with a very vineous character. Flavour is soft and very well-integrated, toasted oak, light caramel (toasted wood) and vanilla. Apple and brandy vineousness throughout. A soft herbal/minty spiciness on the back. Cooling finish. As it warms, there is more spice that comes to the fore, especially cinnamon/clove and a soft appleskin tannic character. Another excellent brew from Captain Lawrence.
beerbill (3574) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle purchased at Captain Lawrence. After my experience with the Ten Fidy on Friday, I was a little nervous trying another beer that I was very excited about. This time, however I was not disappointed. Pours almost the color of apple cider with a few floaties with a thin whitish head that faded to a film after about one-third of a glass. Very pleasant aroma of fresh apples and oak. The flavor I thought was amazing with apples, oak, vanilla, caramel and just a hint of spice (cloves I think). Really superb. Very nice buttery mouthfeel reminiscent of a good chardonnay. There is some alcohol present, but at 10% abv, I thought it was fairly well restrained. Overall, an excellent beer and worth the wait!