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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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Church on a Hill aged in apple brandy barrels.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7929) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 14, 2013
Medium yellow-tan head over muddy red-brown beer. Sharpish, rather acidic nose; fruity and alcohol. I smell Bourbon, rather than brandy, though, vanilla included. Sharp flavour, again, but here rather alcohol than acids. Sweetish, if bitterish lined beer. Many chocolate notes (both black as milkchocolate). Faint vanilla, wood, ethanol, sugar. Unspecified dark fruit. More vanilla retronasal; warming up liquorice and plums. Bit burning MF, alcoholheat. Texture is viscous, oily; obviously low carbonation however not flat at all. Rather classical sample of barrel aging. Good, but nowhere spectacular.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2013
750 bottle-thanks BVery @RBSG-Minni-dissipating offwhite-hazy dk amber. A-sweet med/dk fruit, brandy, wood, spice. T-spice, boozy (but @13.5%...), sweet med/dk fruit, brandy, wood.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheHOFF43 (1752) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle at RBSG. Pour is dark brown with with minimal head. Tons of barrel, brandy and a little apple on the nose. Incredibly smooth for 13.5%, good barrel and apple.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2052) - Odense S, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle @ Champions League night, thanks dedollewaitor. Pours dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aroma is dark fruit, apples, oak, caramel, vanilla. Flavour is oak, dark fruit, apples, light alcohol, caramel. This is great.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (13923) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2013
Bottle @ Milan-PSV after warm up. Trade with AdamJackson. Pours deep ruby brown with a small creamy head. Nose is complex and vinous. Thick caramel, oak, apple, brandy, fruit and liquorice. Exceptionel. Thick and syrupy flavor with notes of apple, caramel, fruit, wood and licorice. Vinous and soft. A sipper with lots of depth and complexity.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (6298) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bomber. Murky lighter brown pour. Small head. Brandy, wood, apple, grape, sweet. Higher ABV noticeable. Excellent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1555) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Shared by BVery at RBSG. Been wanting to try this for a while. Apple and booze in the nose. Big boozy taste. Correction, huge boozy taste. This is a beast!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (5429) - Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Pours a hazy dark caramel brown color with a medium sized off colored beige head. The aroma and flavor have decadent sweet caramel, brown sugar, barrel notes, apple brandy and vanilla. Thick mouth feel and a sipper for sure. What a treat.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
48FanInCali (725) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Bomber into a CC snifter. Thick brown pour with small head and little retention. Nose is sweet malt, caramel, apple, booze, vanilla, and toffee. Taste follows the nose with a nice brandy bite. I enjoyed Cognac Church more but this is still a monster and worth having in the cellar.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekoerper (589) - Iowa, USA - JUL 26, 2013
Bottle, thanks to Adam! Aroma: big toffee and dark caramel up front, nice dose of brandy, a faint hint of oak, rich malt and some sweetness, cocoa and dark fruit, very nice. Appearance: copper-light brown pour, thin tan head that’s fairly short lived. Flavor: rich caramel, toast and biscuit, some chocolate and plenty of toffee. Definitely somewhat sweet, but well balanced with warming alcohol and a bit of bitterness. Slightly nutty, a touch of roast, brandy is displayed nicely - sweetness and some spicy alcohol, noticeable apple note. Palate: full body, low-med carbonation, smooth, great finish - on the malty/sweet side. Overall: great brew, well balanced between malt, sweetness, and barrel/spirits.


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