Tripod (Brandy) - Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
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4.01/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Bright hazy straw-hued body. Fluffy voluminous head that shows great retention. Nose is initially very sulfuric, like boiled eggs. I let this one sit and breathe for an hour, and the sulfur reduced quite a bit to reveal more brandy and Belgian yeast character. Citrus, spice and oak pop out along with a bit of alcohol sting from the barrel. On the tongue it's especially barrel heavy, with big drying tannic oak and fruity brandy flavors taking precedence over the green apple and pear notes from the yeast. Despite the hefty ABV, the barrel and yeast drive this beer - there isn't much malt to speak of beyond a clean and simple base malt foundation. The mouthfeel is great, dry and bubbly, mildly biting from the oak and alcohol, cutting through any residual sweetness. Tannins and spice linger in the long finish. This was an odd one for me - initially bad from the strong sulfuric character that eventually gave way to a lot of complexity and balance. This could use more time in the bottle to clean up its off flavors, but if opened fresh I recommend letting it rest for at least an hour before pouring.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 10:25:02 | More by largadeer
Tripod (Brandy) from Sante Adairius Rustic Ales
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