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La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged) | Le Trou Du Diable

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La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged)La Buteuse Brassin Spécial (Barrel Aged)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Le Trou Du Diable
Quebec, Canada
troududiable.com

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Apple Brandy barrel-aged version of Buteuse. Available only in 750ml bottles.

Added by rfgetz on 07-27-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
119
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
16.27%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
29
For Trade:
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 119
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$46 bottle plus t&t at Bar Volo, shared with Jason. Funky aroma, cuvee aromas. Hazy golden with a generus soapy head. Very lacey. Above average mouthfeel. A little seetness from the brett, otherwise various fruits from rich apple through apricot.You can almost taste some fruit skin. The alcohol is well hidden. Better as it warms, and starts to grow on you. Very unusual barreling, glad I had the Captain lawrence apple brandy barreling as well which helped develop the palate.
Had it again at Barhop 1.5 years later. Very good with apple right there, not as rich and perhaps not as aged, still great drinkability.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this one at my local shop and I forced myself to get a bottle even though it was so expensive. The beer poured out as a darker than expected color. The beer looked more like a blend of a dubbel and Tripel. The head was pretty good leaving a touch of lacing. The smell of the beer had a good amount of spice to it, along with some aged wood, and Belgian yeast. The taste of the beer had a bit of tart funk to it which got better as it warmed. The spices and the barrel aging went well together creating something unlike any other Tripel I've had before. The mouthfeel was a little bubbly but pretty smooth. Overall this beer was good but very expensive. I can't say whether it was worth that price or not, but I know that I probably wouldn't spend that much again for it.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 750ml Burgundy-style bottle, with one hell of a flavour description, en francais, on the label. And it's always nice to see, that despite its seemingly dear price here in Alberta, that it's still half the going rate for the same in Quebec-adjacent Ontari-ari-o.

This beer pours a hazy, sediment-strewn, medium bronzed amber hue, with two Michelin Man fingers of puffy, fizzy, and eventually creamy beige head, which leaves a random, but solid plastering of ropy lace around the glass as it settles to a simple surface cap.

It smells of acidic apple juice, a sharp gritty woodiness, pithy pale orchard fruit, a mild crackery graininess, white pepper, and tart, funky yeast. The taste is softly bready pale grainy malt, oak staves, tart apple pie, fruity, slightly funky yeast, earthy, floral, and perfumed hops, and a strangely understated brandy booze warming.

The carbonation remains fairly strong, but in a buoying and frothy manner, the body a steady medium weight, and fairly fruity in its last chip shot approach at smoothness. It finishes surprisingly sweet, but duly moderated, of course, some sugary apple and pear esters rearing up against the inherent yeast tartness and crazily restrained alcohol edge.

I definitely got a fruit lambic sour impression at first toke of this heady barrel-aged offering, but that soon proved to be but one of the many components of this cornucopia of flavour. While definitely heavy on the tart, yeasty fruitiness, it is well balanced by the understated malt sweetness and wood, and in the end, the sour funk is but a side note in a much more complex experience. Try this if you get the chance.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of Brett is dominant with some balanced sweet malt also noticeable with light fruity ester. Taste is also a quite complex mix between some funky ester with dominant barnyard notes and a typical Belgium tripel malt base with balanced sweetness. Body is above average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well done though I was expecting a more pronounced taste from the cider barrel aging process.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing this, Shane.

A: The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a big white head.

S: There's a bit of booze that is detectable right away. Oak, apple, and brandy aromas are quite pungent as are the floral and citrus notes. A light funkiness, mostly cheesy, with a touch of vanilla and pear.

T: The cheese is still there on the palate. The oak and apple brandy come through strongly, as do the vanilla and citrus peel notes. Still very floral with a light booziness to go with the sweet malts.

M: Medium bodied with a rather high level of carbonation.

O: A really interesting beer. A touch boozy (mostly on the nose), but nice overall.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/6/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours an orange, amber color.

s - Smells of apples and brandy. Hints of oak and maybe some other fruits, little bit of funk.

t - Follows the nose, apples and brandy mostly. Hints of pears and oak.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - I really enjoyed this beer. I thought it had a great apple and brandy mix that was quite enjoyable. Would love to have this again; the only thing that hurts it is the price ($30 for a 750 ML).

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dyan for tracking this one down. Served in a wine glass.

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving sheets of lace. The body is a semi-transparent peach color.

S - Vanilla, spicy esters and perfume, oak, stone fruits, faint apple brandy, and some slightly salty yeast character. Alcohol peaks through when it reaches room temperature. I didn't realize this had brett in it, but it did have an Orval-like sort of mustiness to it.

T - The taste is more smoothed out, with less independent flavor elements as the aroma. Belgian yeast, spicy esters, floral perfume notes, oak, lemony brett. Not much overt apple brandy - I might have missed it if it weren't mentioned on the label. Alcohol is better hidden here.

M - Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, no booze or heat, finishes dry and tannic and slightly sticky at the same time.

D - I liked this more than my friends, and probably drank the lion's share of the bottle. The unique and fairly deep flavor profile was a nice sort of puzzle to worth through, especially after some mono-dimensional beers (Cisco Kriek, Cedar Zhukov, etc.). If it weren't so pricey I'd have this one again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from 7-17-12 incorrectly written in the regular version, when in fact I had the barrel aged version.

Bottle to CBS snifter. Bottle date of 10/11.

A - Cloudy medium orange colour with a big yellow glow. One finger of thick cream coloured head that reduced to a thin layer. Good lacing.

S - Massive oak and quite a bit of funk up front that dominates the nose. The background offers lighter notes of bready malts, candy sugar and apple.

T - Big oak flavour up front with a lot of funk as the nose indicated. Some sweet bready malt flavours, candy sugar, lemon and light citrus notes add depth. Not getting the brandy at all.

M - Medium body with a really good chew. Light to moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from wordemupg, quite some time ago. Finally got around to cracking this one. 750ml bottle conditioned into an oversized snifter. Dates are listed on the side of the bottle, but nothing is ticked off. Regardless, I believe this is from 2010.

Poured a hazy orange brown, with nice white head of a finger or two. Head has some moderate density and great retention. Nose has some typical tripel fruity esters, oranges are prominent but at times almost resemble something 'cleaner-like' (Orange-Glo?). Some sour green apple, funk and spicing. Gentle, subtle and complex throughout. Taste is funky, with similar citrus notes. Green apple, a touch phenolic. Some lime and a hint to this 'cleaner' note again. Lightly oxidised, but the carbonation is perfect - certainly encouraging of larger sips than should be taken for this ABV. Quite a nice beer, and I'm not put off by the cleaner notes I was getting. Maybe should've had this a bit fresher.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8/26/2011

Thanks!

A: Hazy dark orange with a creamy white head.

S: Strong apple brandy with perfumy floral notes. Sugary bread builds a strong foundation. There's a decided cheese note.

T: Sweet bread with a sugary profile and prominent apple brandy notes. Booze is evident. Notes of apple and pear. The beer is moderately sweet.

M: Medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A unique and enjoyable beer. I fear we drank it slightly too warm, though.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into abbey glass july20 2010

A clear copper with plenty of carbonation feeding a thin film that leaves a few patches of lace

S quite fruity with some apple, pear, pineapple some earth and that barnyard funk that's a treat for the nose

T thankfully it tastes like it smells but with a fair amount of hops, I do pick up a little booze but it's pretty well concealed for 10%

M mild bite to it just a slight booze burn and plenty of carbonation

D may not be a bad thing this bottle's being poured into a few different glasses, don't get me wrong I could drink this all to myself but it could be dangerous

yet another thanks to hoser for a chance to try this brew it's pretty tasty. anyone who can should try this beer

Edit- just cracked a bottle from the first batch so its over 5 years old and drinking great, plenty of carbonation, foam retains forever, funky and fruity, this one could go for a few more years no problem

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Vermont Brewfest. On-tap but maybe via bottle.

A-Hazy orange. Even the sample pour had some head to it.

S-Didn't even know it was a Tripel, had to look at my guide. Then I realized this was the barrel aged version. Made more sense afterwards. It's like the apple brandy barrel swept over the more aggressive aspects of the Tripel and soaked them in sweetness and mellowed them out a bit. It also added some light funk. Sweet barrel and apple with a perfumey aspect.

T-Interesting to say the least. Sweet brandy mixes with the maltiness of the beer. Funky yeast flavor. Sweet flowers. Booze soaked bread. Light wood. Pears and apples.

M-Creamy. A bit sticky. Some alcohol heat. Soft carbonation.

O-A treat. This one didn't stand out all too much at the time but thinking back on it now I kinda wished I was more ready to indulge in this beer.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eulogy

A: Cloudy, Light caraml. Puff of white, frothy head. (looks like a belgian!)

S: Light apple, brandy, wood, vanilla and sweet fruit. Defnite Brett yeasts add a little "funk".

T: The Spécial is aged in oak barrels that previously contained apple brandy, giving it a faint apple cider taste, but not too sweet. Not a lot of wood or brandy charachteristics, but they are there. Brett yeasts add some "funk" which is the backbone.

M: Smooth, light, crisp, refreshing.

D: Excellent... the apple brandy barrel complexity with the smooth, light, crisp. refreshing finnish and the wonderful "funky" Brett yeasts make this excellent.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serious thanks for sharing the pricey rarity, Nathan.

Pouring a beautiful, clear amber with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention, this is a gorgeous beer. The nose is just as attractive. The blend of a mildly sweet tripel base (one that I don't typically care for) and the apple brandy with just the hint of funk and tartness is excellent. Deep and complex, there's some brandy, pomace, a little caramel, ripe apples (red delicious, maybe?) and vanilla. The palate is similar, though the sweetness is expressed a little more (and drinking it right after a Doesjel didn't help either). Some caramel and toffee is noticeable, but the sweetness does have quite a bit of apple flavor as well. Some vanilla and oak are present. A mild tartness is present, with the flavor profile that you'd expect from a moderately Bretted beer. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this feels great on the palate, and I thoroughly enjoyed my pour. It's such a pity this stuff is $30 a bottle, 'cos I'd love to drink this more often. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Viggo
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, big thanks to eat for sharing this one.

Pours a lightly hazed amber, some golden highlights, thick white head forms, settles down to a medium ring around the glass, some lace spots stick.

Smell is neat, apples and caramel, very fruity, apricots, alcohol, pears, tobacco and vanilla, lightly spicy and funky, some wood, sugars, honey, touch of brett, real neat.

Taste is similar, pretty intense flavour, hay, apples, alcohol, pears, spice, some oak and vanilla, brandy, lots of fruity character, apricots, light funkiness, very nice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. This was pretty great stuff, lots of layers. Thanks Colin!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.14/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another Alex mystery beer, thanks dude! Bottle poured into a tulip...A great looking beer, then its down hill from there. A dark honey gold body that is coyly see through. A huge off white head that rises about four fingers, great retention and lacing... The aroma is very herbal, lemongrass, spice, really fresh orange zest, medicinal. Some components are individually nice, but together just doesn't work for me...As little as the aroma worked, taste was even less successful. Alex kept saying perfume and that's dead on. I felt like I was drinking an organic bottle of perfume, more medicine and spices, lest of the great orange zest. A hint of brett peaks through. Lemony brett throughout...Mouthfeel was very pleasant. I drank very little of this.

Another awesome tick but not something I would have again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got to try this courtesy of Alex (masterski), who has a wonderful knack for providing good yet obscure things. This poured a golden color, orange hued, with a lightly hazed body and a billowing foam.

The aroma is complicated and not easily described. Here goes, spicy in a way than hints at aged hops as well as actual spice, maybe coriander or lemongrass, with an authentically Belgian feel to it. Maybe a little honey too, not in that it smells like honey but more from the floral sweetness that honey provides. A touch of cough syrup but thankfully very light, outside of that this smelled very nice and complex.

All of this presents in the flavor, lots of good things and very solid tasting in the end. I didn't get any apple brandy, although this was aged in apple brandy barrels? Maybe some apples though, a nice tart character along with aged hops and honey that I think better define this beer.

Full bodied, tasty, and complex. Not much more you could ask for from a BSPA, I liked it a lot.

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Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold-amber with two fingers of thick white head that paints the side of the glass.

Smell. Apples and pears, some nice funk, apricots and honey with a little booze. Yum.

Taste. Tangy fruit and funk. Mainly apples and pears with a little strawberry and citrus fruits. Oak and brandy are present in the end. Alcohol is there, but not in a bad way.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with pretty high, lively and smooth carbonation. A little warm.

Overall. Pretty decadent tasting beer here. I like the funk and the complexity while still remaining somewhat light. A little bit boozy, but it works.

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Photo of papat444
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally get around to reviewing this.

Poured from an undated 750ml. bottle and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Fuzzy peach color, very hazy and the color is lightly reflected in the huge head. It's not too big though and clings pretty good though would have expected more retention.

Smell: Fresh apples, peaches, apple peelings, brandy peeking through and a light wood aroma.

Taste: Apple brandy brings out a semi-sweet fruit flavor and mixed with the Tripel base, it's pretty darn good. Dried apricots, mild vanilla, bit peppery and a cascade of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Starts sweet-tart but comfortable, lingers just a tad before finishing dry.

Overall: Nice to have a world-class beer locally (though it is hard to come by). A bit pricey but worth it.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although I'm inclined to think that this will age nicely, I've never had much patience and I'm more of a immediate gratification type person.

A - Pours a murky copper colour, two thumbs of big bubbled head with solid retention (5ish minutes), sporadic big bubbled sticky lacing and solid body carbonation.

S - Intense scent would be an understatement as this is quite complex. Scent is fruity with pineapple, pear, apple cider and brandy on the finish.

T - Much like the scent, the flavour is quite intense as well, again dominated by fruity with the apple, pineapple, and grapes coming through. Some caramel and toffee notes are also present with some maple syrop on the finish. The heat from the ABV is noticeable, but not overpowering. Bready malts linger on the tongue.

M - Full bodied ale, lots of carbonation and a bit of a dry finish. The heat from the ABV doesn't come through in the mouthfeel, which is nice.

D - A very tasty offering indeed, and I'm very glad I picked it up. A bit on the pricey side, but well worth it. A great beer to enjoy for any celebration, and a well produced example of a Belgian Strong Ale. Complex flavours are memorable making this a very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.51/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cool looking bottle. Shared by Alex.

A - Orangish yellow beer with a frothy head that rose up pretty high. Good retention and some nice lace.

S - Not really sure what to make of this. Some phenolic yeast, stone fruits, herbal notes, grass, and orange peel. The phenol/yest combination and herbal notes meld to make me think of chemicals or medicine, which isn't the best combination. I don't get tons of apple brandy on it, just a little.

T - Taste is about in line with the nose, although medicine seems more like just cough syrup now. On the plus it has a lot going for it, but there is just a few off flavors in there that detract. Somewhat sweet and herbal, with some decent barrel.

M - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, no complaints here.

O - I wasn't a big fan, I expect my tripels sweeter with less floral notes. It was nicely complex, but it wasn't a combination that really worked for me.

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Photo of Dope
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy reddish-gold. Big fluffy off-white head. Fades slowly with excellent head retention. Little fluffs of lacing here and there but nothing substantial.

S: Strong fruity aroma. Apples mainly. Pear maybe? Some other fruits I can't quite identify. Very floral aroma. Big and sweet. Can almost smell pure sugar.

T: Apples and pears up front with some oak. Quite sweet. Maybe even some peach? Turns into a yeasty bread in the middle with some earthiness and black pepper. Get some old wet hay into the finish. Tart, funky and bitter - gets even stronger into the aftertaste. A little lingering, drying oak in the aftertaste too with some more black pepper.

M: Heavy and thick.

O: Meh. Tough to score. It has promise up front with the sweet fruity flavors and overall complexity but finishes like decaying grass which is unpleasant to say the least. I drain poured it, bleh.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has month and year numbers on the label, but nothing ticked off. I picked this up only a couple of months ago, but I expect it is from 2010, as that is the latest year available to be ticked. Who knows.

Pours a nice golden orange colour. Reminds me of marmalade or caramel. A large off-white head bubbles and dissipates at a moderate pace.

At first, it smells like a good but standard tripel- light fruits (peach and apple stand out), Belgian yeast, caramel and bready malts, honey. Also a little bit of funk along with the yeast. Then the barrel effect starts becoming noticeable- very nice undertones of brandy, booze, spices, vanilla and oak intermingle with the tripel. Really good.

The barrel flavours are more immediate in the taste. Vanilla, brandy, apple. Beer has some booze flavours, as well as some spice (pepper in particular). The peach and other light fruit flavours are present, and backed up by the caramel malt. The whole thing is very well integrated and incredibly well-tamed. The alcohol heat is almost zero, despite the strength.

Beer is very smooth, velvety. Carbonation is present but incredibly restained- micro bubbles that give life to the beer but do not interfere with taste or irritate.

Overall? Excellent. A tremendously good tripel. The barrel effect is fantastic- interesting, well-integrated and tasty. Great stuff!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into a tasting glass. Thanks, Tony, for sharing this obscure treasure.

A: Clear medium amber body with a finger of soft, pillowy off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Lovely.

S: Rich + vinous, with caramel malt, apple, grape-skin, grapes, oak, and vanilla. Excellent.

T: Starts out oaky and vinous, then opens up with toffee sweetness, vanilla, and more oak. Rich and delicious.

M: Hugely lively, with tons of roiling carbonation filling out the medium body. Fun.

O: This was just a delicious beer, plain and simple. The wine barrel was a perfect compliment to the malty base Tripel, as the vinous components went great with the apple esters and the vanilla oakiness blended beautifully with the caramel malt. Fantastic stuff.

Cheers!

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Photo of peensteen
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange colour with a thick 3/4" white head, lacing is almost immediate. The head lasted the entire time. Looks close to perfect. The nose is insanely complex I got lots of yeast, apple, brett, citrus, bread, earthy notes as it warmed vanilla and caramel showed up. Also faint notes of alcohol are there. The taste is as complex as the nose. Big apple is present, oak, fresh bread, yeast, brandy with a nice candy apple sweetness. Nice mouthfeel, full but not overpowering. Very, very drinkable but with its price tag this may be my only shot at it. Outstanding.

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