Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Tripel | Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged TripelApple Brandy Barrel-Aged Tripel

Brewed by:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
South Carolina, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Huhzubendah on 11-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by raveskdr. Thanks Chris.

The beer is orange with a thin head, appearing mildly hazy. The aroma brings a touch of fruity malt, oak, yeast. The apples and booze emerge much more in the flavor than the aroma. A tad tart in the finish. Pronounced oak presence throughout. Sweetness from the brandy. Booze presence is there but not a barrier to enjoyment. Overall, this was tasty, albeit in small quantities.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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Photo of n2185
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a slightly hazy orange-gold with three fingers of cloudy white head that fades into a thin cap witb a lot of lacing.

S: candy sugar with sweet light fruits like apples and pears. There are some slightly funky and barnyard notes that follow with oak, brandy, and wine.

T: Belgian spices and candy sugar, oak, red wine and brandy, sweet fruits, and some funky barnyard flavors.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer isn't as crisp as I'd like, but avoids being too watery or thick.

O: an enjoyable beer overall. I really like what the brandy adds to the tripel.

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4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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4.32/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this one at the tasting while Mississipping was in town for Christmas! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, funk, wood, green apple, fruit, and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, wood, apple, funk, fruit, and very subtle sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. When I first heard of this one and saw that it was aged in apple brandy barrels. I was definitely not disappointed in any way, shape, or form. This brew honestly brought out all of the best aspects that I love about apple brandy while not bringing the alcohol burn that can be associated with it. It imparted a really unique flavor that I have never experienced in a Tripel before. Out of the brews we shared this night I can honestly say that this one was the standout for all in attendance. Very nicely done Westbrook!

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Apple Brandy Barrel-Aged Tripel from Westbrook Brewing Co.
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