Gran Met - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel
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Belgian Tripel
3.72 | pDev: 21.51%
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Gran Met - Laird's Apple Brandy BarrelGran Met - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 126
Photo of Smakawhat
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jbwimer
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber into a fw tulip. #229.

pours a dark copper with a slight head. smell is insane with apple brandy..jeez. taste remains true to smell. sharp brandy at first and finishes smooth. ABV not very detectable on the palate. but you feel it afterwards. full bodied. low carbonation.

overall good for brandy fans!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange. Slightly hazy. Small white head.

Smell - Tons of apple brandy. Granny smith apples and alcohol.

Taste - Strong apple brandy. Super strong. Malty. Some grain, but it's faint. A little fruity, not just the apple.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Medium body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - It's all apple brandy.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz, Bottle date 2/1/13, Bottle #194
Mini snifter

A: Pours a hazy light orange color. Minimal carbonation. Really no head to spoke of. Definitely alcohol feet present.

S: Lots of sweet apple Brandy for sure. Booze. Golden delicious apples. Maybe some Belgian yeast character.

T: Apple Brandy. Booze heat. Belgian yeast. Sweetness. Dry finish. Sweet Belgian finish.

M: It is still full bodied, even though it doesn't appear that way.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: on tap at Pin's, Media, PA

I've been debating opening my bottle, but then I saw Pin's had it on tap, so I figured I'd go for that option first. Served in a 5.5oz. mini-snifter for $3.50...can't beat that.

Hazy orange-amber pour with a thin white head that receded to a tidy ringlet. I'll admit, I didn't expect much from this beer, but to my surprise, it was really quite good. The nose was loaded with apples. I've had beers aged on Laird's before, but this may be among those that have been most pronounced with the apple aroma and flavor. Lesser notes of oak and fusel alcohol. Not what I expected at all from a barrel-aged tripel. More apples in the taste, fresh juice, spicy cider, Belgian yeast, with a touch of caramel sweetness, and an oaky aftertaste. Very hot with booze, but also very tolerable, as the flavor was quite rich and full. Medium-full body, boozy yet smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Overall, very good, a notable improvement on the base beer; knocked me off guard. I'll hang on to my bottle for a bit longer and maybe break it out at a tasting.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle # 113...

A: Pours a cloudy red/apricot with a thin pure white head. The foam doesn't take long to settle, leaving only a thin ring along the edges of the glass. There is no lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is MASSIVE apple brandy. Wow. I'm actually a little taken aback. It smells sweet and super hot with notes of apple skin, pineapple, apricot, mild citrus, and mild yeast. I actually get very little Tripel in the nose. Just a bunch of apple brandy.

T: It starts off sweet for a split second, before the alcohol really takes over. It becomes astringent and stinging, super boozy, and kinda harsh. The alcohol remains as it moves to the middle. But as it shifts to the back end, I get caramel apple, raisin, and flavors reminiscent of Autumn (clove, cranberry, roasted squash).

M: Full bodied beer. It bright and boozy right up front, burning and intense in the middle, drying and harsh in the finish. The doesn't exactly coat the palate, it just kinda scorches it.

O: This beer tastes like a watered down version of Laird's Apple Brandy. I get all booze and very little beer out of this one. It's crazy hot and super astringent right now. If I had another bottle, I wouldn't touch it for at least a year... maybe more. All that being said, I am of fan of Laird's. Hench the rating.

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Photo of maximum12
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to browniewithnuts for answering my vague plea for a couple of random beers from the Voodoo Barrel Collection. 22 oz. bottle, green wax, #033, dated 2/1/13, split with my wife.

I like the parchment-yellow label with the minimalist graphics, looks like the beer was filled from an Arkansas still someplace. Pour is another orange/red crossbreed, though with a low carbonation quotient. The nose is potent & unique. The apple brandy comes coursing through like a jousting charger, & there's a sweet, sugary base that must be the tripel. My wife says is smells like an "Apple Scotch" & I agree. Quite an alcohol jolt.

Gran Met - Laird's Apple Brandy Barred Aged tastes like it has triple the alcohol listed; dance like a butterfly, sting like a unicorn. Alcohol opens my inner understanding & clouds my eyes. The apple brandy shines through the base tripel, lending a lovely green apple slice that's been rolled in carmelized sugar. Finish is more unfinished wood than I've experienced in a beer, along with a shot of spicy yeast. It's a little flat, but whatever, I'm enjoying a sip every few seconds, teasing out what this bottle has to give.

One of the most interesting beers I've had in some time. The light character of the tripel seems to work perfectly with apple brandy, which I imagine would be whupped down by a stronger beer (& we'll find out soon enough). Great marriage, great execution, excellent beer. Can't wait to try more from the Collection.

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Photo of stakem
4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz hand numbered bottle #432 into a matching 22.5oz barrel room collection snifter. The brew appears a hazed golden orange to amber color with a finger of white head that fades back to a pen line that holds around the perimeter of the glass. Around the edges, more of a yellowish coloration is seen.

The aroma captures the most ridiculous essence of apples that I have ever experienced in a brew before. The base brew already has notes of apples in the nose so adding it to an apple brandy barrel like Lairds leaves high expectations and wow does it deliver. It smells like freshly picked apples that have been pressed into cider. We are talking not just generic apple juice but the skins included here as well. Wow, just... wow. The base brew's yeastiness and spice profile is a bit lost behind the barrel presence that comes forward with more of a focus on alcohol instead.

The flavor drives home that apple flavoring of pressed juice and apple skin with a solid amount of booze impact. In no way does this feel like it is only 9.5%, it quite warming straight out of the fridge to glass in a way that suggests this exceeds double-digits alcohol. The flavor of the apple barrel aging and apple notes from the yeast is really impressive. It couples with a bit of spicy barrel character that almost feels like cinnamon. A mild tannic character brings out some raw woody flavors that isn't too far off from the flavor that resides in your mouth after consuming strong tea.

This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. At times the seemingly elevated alcohol impact really makes me think of cider more than beer when I am drinking this brew. However, Gran Met on it's own has a solid focus on apple and pear notes. Adding this to a Lairds barrel was a brilliant move. If there is infact no inclusion of cider, I gotta hand it to these guys for making the most solidified apple characteristic I have ever experienced in a brew before and I have had many beers aged in apple brandy barrels. I gotta admit that I feel like a moron. From the barrel room collection release, this was the beer I was least excited about and it ended up being the brew with the most shock and wow factor.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jmgrub - thanks. # 177 dated 02-01-13.

A: Pours a hazy apricot orange with a thin white head which fades to the rim leaving a few spots of lace.

N: Caramel apples, sweetness, some malts and faint spice.

T: Follows nose with mild yeast, apples and sweet boozy brandy.

M: Semi-full body and low carbonation. A little thin with a sweet fruity finish.

O: The aroma stars here. Nice to try once.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Bottle # 177. Bottled 2/1/13.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, toffee, green apples, and apple brandy aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel apple and brandy flavors on the finish. There is a mild alcohol kick on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a phenomenal apple brandy smell and some great flavors.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised I'm the first to review this one. Bottle from the Voodoo Barrel Room Release. Bottle #120. 22oz. green waxed bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger fine white head with moderate retention. Beer is a clear, deep bronze. Lacing is patchy and stringy with little stick. Thick, oily, nice looking legs though. Decent overall but I want more head and lacing with this style.

Nose is very interesting. Sweet overripe apple, brandy booziness in the back. Cane sugar sweetness and Belgian yeast to finish things off. Aromatic, in-your face and delicious!

Where to begin? Opens apple brandy booze sting. Apple seeds, fresh apples and pear in the middle. Some cane sugar and clove sweetness towards the middle with notes of apple cider. End is booze and clove, and Belgian yeast sweetness. Aftertaste of apple brandy and cane sugar. I'm not really sure how I feel about what's going on with this beer, but it sure is interesting.

Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Lively and aggressive in the mouth and hot and boozy going down. Finishes messy with a long, lingering, dry aftertaste. Nice.

This is one of the most interesting beers I've ever come across. The style is perfect for accepting and really displaying the Apple Brandy barrel aging and as a result, it presents a set of flavors that I've never come close to experiencing with any other beer. Definitely worth a try for better or for worse.

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Gran Met - Laird's Apple Brandy Barrel from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 126 ratings