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Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Tripel - Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged TripelApple Brandy Barrel-Aged Tripel

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 21
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co. visit their website
South Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Huhzubendah on 11-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Big thanks to ChrisMetcalfe for this bottle...

A: Pours a cloudy light gold with a massive amount of head. The foam takes quite a bit to settle, leaving a big rocky layer of pure white bubbles across the top of the beer. Although the head is enormous, there is very little lacing left on the glass as it drinks.

S: The nose is fantastic. It has big notes of green apple, sweet and hot alcohol, yeast, spice, and mild lemon citrus. The barrel treatment is unmistakable, but so it the Belgian yeast component. In fact, the mix of the two almost smells brett-like.

T: It starts out with a mix of tart citrus and yeast and sweet apple brandy booze. The Tripel shines nicely, hitting all the usualy notes, but the barrel treatment adds so much to this beer. I'm actually a little amazed at how balanced the two components are. It tastes as described (a Tripel aged in a barrel). Although that last part seems self evident, you'd understand what I mean if you try the beer. It's perfectly balanced between the beer and the barrel.

M: Full bodied beer. It's hits hard with citrus and yeast, but the apple brandy really evens it out in the middle. The flavors mingle perfectly, and the finish is slightly dry with yeast, and booze complementing on another.

O: Really impressive beer. The amount of time this beer spent in a barrel is spot on. The flavors are so well blended that the apple brandy adds complexity to this brew without overpowering the base beer. I'd love to have more of this in the future. Well done Westbrook. Congrats.

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750 mL bottle poured into a chalice at slightly cooler than cellar temperature.

L – Cloudy medium amber color with a 1-finger frothy, billowing, rocky, white head. Fantastic retention and some nice sheets of lacing. At first pour, the beer was much clearer and lots of carbonation bubbles could be seen.

S – There’s lots going on with this one but the most pervasive aroma is that of apple brandy. Other aromas include pear, a bit of citrus, some candi sugar, peppery yeast, a touch of Brett funk, and the slightest hint of oak. Most of the nice tripel aromas are here with the added bonus of apple brandy and oak.

T – The taste starts off sweet with a good helping of fruity esters with orange, lemon, pear, and of course apple notes. As the apple becomes apparent, so does the dry, sweet, somewhat vinous brandy. Candi sugar may be somewhere in the mix along with grainy, bready pale malts. Some earthy bitterness along with black pepper and coriander yeast flavors appear toward the finish. Really tasty.

F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a sticky and creamy but also crisp mouthfeel, and a bittersweet, spicy, and dry finish. Earthy, spicy, and mildly bitter yeast flavors linger for a bit. There’s also a nice amount of heat from the alcohol.

O – This is a really nice beer. It has all the elements of a good tripel with the addition of apple brandy and a bit of barrel. The mouthfeel is even pretty close to the good Belgian examples. As if there was any doubt, Westbrook strikes again. I will be anxiously awaiting their next release from the Barrel Room Reserve Series.

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Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Tripel from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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