Gran Met - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel - Voodoo Brewing Company
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3.18/5 rDev -12.4%
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass at the tasting. Much thanks to K for the goods!
Extremely pale yellow, nearly straw body, no lacing and some cloudy character. Not to much head and some very faint white collar produced.
Very boozy but impressive nose. Apple skin, luckily not getting into it seems acetaldehyde territory though, but with a big pie crust brown bread like match. Even some cinnamon sneaks out. It really does come off like baked apple pie, and fresh! But the boozy quality feels cheap and this comes off a bit un beer like.
Palate doesn't deliver though. Hot and boozy, almost like a mule wine and very cidery tasting. Classic apple but comes off like cheap flavored vodka and hot. Extremely weak body and very watery, like weak proofed whiskey, and very fleeting. Almost mouth burning finish.
So this is a tripel? one of my fav styles, who could tell? I can't even tell there is any Belgian sweetness, yeast, malt. It's overpowering and way too strong coming off like a cheap spirit. It's aroma is impressive but the beer character just disappeared under this thing.
08-12-2014 03:20:41 | More by smakawhat
4.09/5 rDev +12.7%
Thanks to stakem for the share -enjoyed in a small tulip.
The color is dark golden with slight haziness and light white head that collapses to a ring.
The color is amber with very fine bead. Smell is very intense malt with caramel and yeast woodiness with a mild spice note. The feel is full almost honey-like with warming up front and lots of alcohol with drying quality almost leaves the mouth without moisture earthy texture.
The taste is rich with yeast and almost a funky toast/woody flavor with slight sweetness which fades fast to an alcoholic taste which is floral and almost peppery with drying herbal note as if finishes intensely dry. This is a very strong and intense tripel/strong Belgian amber/pale with a balance more toward the woody and alcoholic than malt and yeast. I like it but would only drink the amount sampled a full bottle would be hard to stomach with all the booziness.
04-19-2014 16:01:46 | More by Slatetank
3.93/5 rDev +8.3%
Went up to the brewery last night. Chatted it up with the head brewer, Kurt. I'm heading out, and he has another bag with a bottle next to the one I had already purchased. I get out to my car, and pull out this beaut. What a bro. Tossed me this for free. Bottled 8/30/13.
A- Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Voodoo snifter/tulip hybrid, split three ways. Very small. head did not stick around for long. White ring on top of the beer. Liquid caramel. Not cloudy, but not translucent. No lacing on the glass.
S- So much barrel characters. I really like the aromatics on this beer. Dominated by apples, liquor, and wood. The barrel character on this beer is great. I only wish more from the base beer came through. Some dry straw scent comes through. Really nice.
T- Doesn't taste enough like a beer. That's what is holding this beer back. Barrel character is evident, though not quite as much as the nose. A lot of wood is coming through. Not very complex, though. Some mild fruit flavor, like apples and slight banana. Not amazing, but not horrible.
M- I like the mouthfeel. Lighter end of medium. Not much carbonation to speak of. Goes down smooth.
O- The nose shone on this beer. Wish the flavor was a little more balanced. Overall a pretty good beer. Can't wait till I get to try some of their future barrel offerings.
02-09-2014 03:52:58 | More by jbwimer
3.8/5 rDev +4.7%
This poured a grainy red cider like hue with a bright white fizzy head.
The scents are so varied with maple, green Apple, sorghum, figs, apricots and caramel malt. The only thing holding it back is the ton of booziness you have to wade through to find the aromas.
The tastes are varied but seem to bee completely different. I found a lot of honey sweetness accompanied by a candied honey like a Bit O' Honey candy. The flavors then turn sour with an Apple cider and a wine taste. Again the booze tempers the overall experience.
The feel is sprite, light and misery but plenty smooth.
What a bizarre beer this turned out to be. The Apple brandy barrels did a lot to create great flavors but in turn probably added the booze that kept this from being great.
01-05-2014 17:22:03 | More by KYGunner
Gran Met - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Voodoo Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.