Westbrook Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Tripel
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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbruner (2914) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2013
April 2012 bottle at the Sweet Grass Dairy Westbrook tasting. Pours a hazy golden yellow with fluffy off-white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of boozy oak, Belgian yeast, grainy biscuit, and sweet brandy. Taste follows, like a big glass of sweet bready yeast. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2013
Bottle from Sweetgrass at the Westbrook beer dinner. Hazy deep gold with bits of sediment a a fluffy white head. Aroma of Brett funk, wood, leather, brandy and touch of candy sugar. Sweet in the entry with apple brandy starting to show through more with more funk and oak. So easy to drink for the alcohol. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2013
2013-08-17. Hazy amber body with a small white head. Aroma of pale malt, oaky character. Flavour is relatively simple up front, sweetish pale malt, light oak throughout, mild alcohol. Smooth average bodied palate, soft carbonation. Just okay. Bottle, Campground Brewdown.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (6869) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Bottle at CGBD. Pours orange with a white head. Peachy fruity, hints of brandy, light wood, light spicy yeast, and some light lingering fruity and hoppy notes. Big overall, but (relatively) well restrained on the barrel aspect. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Sampled this at Campground Brewdown 2. Pours a hazed gold with a thin white head. Soft wood, musk, funk. Wheat, candy, soft alcohol. Warm and yeasty, musk and wheat into the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (10627) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours cloudy gold with big gushing white head. Nose and taste of apple brandy, oak, lemongrass, yeast, lemon candy and alcohol soaked grapefruit peel. Lighter medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Thick, very sweet, and extremely complex. Every sip seems to introduce a different flavor until the sweetness and alcohol dominate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bartlebier (2533) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - APR 30, 2013
Sample of 75cl bottle courtesy of long-hauling Travlr@post Tour de Geuze tasting 04/2013.
"malt beverage". Tastes like: Apple brandy. Dryish, barrel-aged tripel. Which happens to cover exactly what is on the label. Yeasty calvados tripel? Well-made for what it is. Not sure when the need will arise again...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hayduke (3682) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 26, 2013
Sampled at a ESBLS tasting. This was a gusher. Big carbonation. Gold in color. Nose of fruit and yeast. Possibly wild yeast. Flavor of apple and again the yeast. Sweet finish. Don’t get the brandy barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (6142) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 26, 2013
22/IV/13 - 75cl bottle @ Rampkrot (Deurne) - BB: n/a (2013-370) Thanks to Travlr for sharing the bottle!

Little cloudy orange beer, big creamy off-white head, little stable, adhesive. Aroma: bit sugary, orange peel, apple sauce, calvados. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very bitter start, apple skin, citrus, bit sugary, some alcohol. Aftertaste: little sweet, calvados, pretty bitter, almonds, citrus, hoppy ending. I’m still not convinced that it’s a good idea to barrel age a tripel, but Kasteelbier could learn a thing or two from this one.

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