Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Thank you Bill/WassailWilly for sending.
This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a slightly hazy orange color with a moderately paced carbonation seen rising to feed a rapidly dissipating head. Light lacing speckled the glass in a messy sort of way.
The smell started off with a soft yet slightly tart to sweet to light sour apple. Light spice interweaves itself in and out allowing a light breadiness to round it out. Light citrus and freshly cut grass roll in and out as it warms.
The taste was semi-sweet and carried the sour back to lead to a crisp apple. A crisp and fresh subtle fresh grassy and sweet apple aftertaste starts and leads to subtle dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a decent sipping to sessionable quality. Weird, it feels like I want to pound this, but the ABV isn’t exactly suspect. I really don’t feel the 11%, still I get this and believe it to be good. Did the ABV fade? I dunno.
Overall, this is a wonderful tripel with the apple notes streaming all about in the aroma and taste. I’d probably love this on a hot summer’s evening watching the sun go down across a lake. Alphadelic (2237) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2015
This is the only East Coast beer left in my cellar and we’re drinking it in celebration of the Patriots victory in Super Bowl EXLICKS. Big, cloudy golden with a rocky, white head. It smells a little old but the apple is very apparent on the nose, surprisingly sweet. In the mouth it’s very smooth, lightly sweet and very boozy. This is a very mellow beer that goes straight to your head. However, even though Apple brandy is maybe my favorite spirit, this beer leaves a good amount to be desired when it comes to complexity. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2014
2014 bottle. Pour is a light golden amber with a faint haze and a small amount of white head. Nose has a lot of the apple brandy, gets a bit boozy and woody, some lemon, and a hint of pineapple. Taste follows, overly brandy barrel, fairly acidic finish, medium body and moderate carb. Brett comes in fairly strong in back, pineapple, hay. Underdogs88 (325) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Apple brandy alcohol aroma from the barrel is upfront. The aroma also contains a high amount of citrus fruit esters. Appearance is a cloudy yellow with an average white head. The dominant flavor from the beer is apple/brandy character from the barrel along with notes of wood and vanilla from the oak. It also has a citrus flavor from the esters and hops. The alcohol level is noticeable and boozy. The body and carbonation are medium. Overall, the beer description sounds better than it tastes. The apple brandy barrel over powers the base beer and it tastes too boozy. Dorwart (2590) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Thin bright white head of fine bubbles with good carbonation. Funky apple cider aroma with some sour grapes, straw, fermenting apple skins and horse sweat. Color is a slightly hazy bright gold. Noticable alcohol presence and warming. Brew is a bit hot. More funkyness in the flavor with apple cider, butterscotch, floral hops and some dusty cereal grains. Seems like the barrels were red oak which helps to instill some of the funkyness and sourness to the brew. A high octane brew that hits hard and lets you know the alcohol is way up there. Finishes hot with lingering tartness which makes your mouth salivate for more!! A pretty damn good brew.
bigda83 (854) - Jamestown, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Pours a clear golden color and has a small white head on it. Aroma of some yeast, grass, and apple. Taste followed the nose. I enjoyed the appleflavor that the beer got from aging. I felt this was easy to drink and didn’t notice the alcohol from the 10%. It was dry throughout, but I liked that about it. Well done. HomerBeerOdysy (103) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2014
APPEARANCE - Cloudy, 2-finger head that dissipates slowly. Light colored. Good lacing.
AROMA/SCENT - Hops, gruit, floral, sweet.
TASTE - Hops, sweet, citrus, apple. ABV somewhat hidden.
MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - Good carbonation, drier than expected, light, effervescent, crisp, refreshing.
VALUE - $10 for a 12 oz. glass - not that bad for a specialty beer at a restaurant.
OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Lacks the usual kick you get from Tripels. Surprisingly dry. Halfway between hard cider and an Imperial IPA. JBPortland (1543) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
12oz bottle pours clear gold with a finger of head. Nose is boozy spice, some apple, light grain, medicinal, vanilla. Taste is boozy spirits, some spice, grainy malt, apple, some yeast spice and fruit notes. Harsh. Finish is round mild oak, dry bready grain, some semi sweet white grape and apple. Doesn’t really mesh well for me. ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - NOV 29, 2014
On tap @ KBF 2014. Pours a hazy, golden color with a short white head. The aroma has a Belgian yeast character, sweet malt, and apples, with a subtle woody oak. The taste follows the aroma with the yeast coming through on the palate along with lots of alcohol from the apple brandy. It is a bit to sweet and boozy. Medium body, slightly syrupy, with lighter prickly carbonation. drsandman (1471) - New York, USA - NOV 22, 2014
12oz bottle, thanks to Ken. Pours a deep gold, lasting white head. Aroma is apple, brandy, booze, wood, stale hops. Flavor is sweet apple pie, brandy / bourbon. Big beer, sweet booze, pretty unique.