pineypower (3328) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Thanks to TheRealBastard for this one. Pours out a somewhat hazy light copper with what initially starts as a lively well carbonated white head, which quickly fades. Interesting aroma of funky barrel, brown sugar coated apples and some booze. Taste is complex, the alcoholic bite is there the whole way through but doesn’t take away. Apples, some earthy oak notes and alcohol in there also. Very interesting idea for this beer. I’d like to try another bottle of this at some point. Solid alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - MAY 3, 2008
Bottle courtesy of golubj; been looking forward to this one. Poured a copper gold, much paler near the bottom. Very strong aroma; huge amount of apples, alcohol, and oak/wood. Aroma was really over powered by the aging; not too many tripel elements. As others have mentioned, this beer is still extremely hot. The woody presence seemed to reinforce that. Initially, little hint of the underlying beer. Eventually some fruity/banana elements began to emerge, but not too strongly. Apple, alcohol and brandy really dominate the experience. Definitely could use some aging to diminish the hotness, however I am not certain that it would do all that much to improve the overall flavor. Overall it was above average, but just a bit too one dimensional. lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2008
Pours a rich amber color with some bubbly whitish head. Smell was pretty strange and unlike anything I expected. Almost like sulphur, alcohol and/or funkiness in an unpleasant way. Taste wasn’t much better, and the alcohol wasn’t the problem. Just tasted very herbal and strange. Was somewhat unpleasant, but may try again in the future. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2008
A fun experiment which more or less ruined a brilliant tripel even though age might mellow it up.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2008
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 tripel’s 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.
Had this one a couple times over DL weekend and still can’t figure this one out. Looks fine in the glass, but after that.....
OldMrCrow (2439) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2008
I just couldn’t 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.
Bottle thanks to SuzyGreeberg.after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 27, 2008
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; it’s really hot and alcoholic in flavor as well as feel, burning the tongue, coming off like some sort of strange vodka cocktail. I’m not nearly as impressed as I expected to be.
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 (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2012 My Bottom Line:joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2008
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 doesn’t 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.
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 can’t 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 isn’t 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 isn’t 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. It’s 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. That’s 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 I’m going to give a year or two. Maybe that’ll help mellow things out.
4/19/08 vyvvy (6480) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2008
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 that’s 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 I’m betting this will be wonderful.