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Ella | Free Will Brewing Co.

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4.11/5
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27 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Free Will Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
freewillbrewing.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in apple brandy barrels

Added by cryptichead on 11-13-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,360
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
27
pDev:
7.54%
Bros Score:
4.12
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jamison85
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jagada
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjones5045
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Taking one of my favorite styles of beer, that I am also very critical about, and taking some time in apple brandy barrels sounds very inviting even with the skeptical voices in the back. Smells wonderful, like a long night in some locals bar in Belgium or the Netherlands. Not really noticing the 12.8% abv right away, lots of barrel flavor and then slowly the booziness creeps in like a fine shot of Apple Eau de Vie. One of the most enjoyable beers I've have this year.

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Photo of deg
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenMind
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter appears brown in color with little to no head formation.

There is no denying the apple character to this, it is fresh and inviting smelling like straight apple skins and a slight cidery feel without much else to the nose.

Taste is much of the same. Very linear flavor profile tasting of apple skins, slight brown sugar and warming booze.

This is medium in body with light carbonation. A boozy sipper that despite having nice barrel character is void of much of the base style flavors. Fun to try, dont need to have it again.

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Photo of GetTheYayo
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rizzy17
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CharlesK
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucas357
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reminded me why I like brandy.

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Photo of madelf66
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas of apple and booze on the nose immediately... Dark amber pour turns into an opaque ruby brown in the glass. Two fingers of beige foam on top slimmed into a thin collar and left a couple of lace motes down the glass. Flavor follows aroma, with plenty of apple impressions and something of a dark, slightly tart sweetness. Suggestions of boozy fig, wet brown molasses bread, slightly bitter caramel, and candied fruit. Medium feel with moderate carbonation. Tingles on the tongue, leaves a slight tackiness behind. Some yeast in the bottom of the bottle - didn't really come into the glass, but you may wanna be judicious about how you pour it.

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Photo of DIM
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another impressive effort from Free Will. As with Black Friday, most of its Quad characteristics are lost to the barrel. But both are still extremely satisfying. I found plenty of sweet cider with hints of green apples and pleasant, charred oak-y bitterness.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

on draft at the brewery

cloudy brown in color, white head. very boozy caramel apple aroma. tastes is caramel malt and alcohol burn. thinner bodied. overall a bit too hot.

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Photo of muchos
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L. Clear dark burgundy with a small head.
S. Aroma is sweet, tart, crisp apple, spicy yeast, tart fruity candy, caramely malt. Strong and well integrated aromas.
T. Apple brandy flavor out front with some booze and oak throughout. Raisins, dried tart berries, pear, figs, more apples, fresh baked fruitcake, all soaked in brandy and coated in toffee. Aftertaste is boozy, which gives way to coconut, vanilla, brown sugar, Fig Newton.
F. Medium body, low to moderate carbonation, dry finish.
O. A nice treat, even at $10 a bottle. Cheers!

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Photo of ericat78
4.96/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jzeilinger
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Burgundy amber color, very clear in color with no sediment, thick soapy creme colored lacing, light but steady carbonation.

S - Toasted caramel, green apples, somewhat boozy, and fruity.

T - Green apples up front followed with oak and booziness and ends with a lingering toasted caramel/toffee sweetness that lingers while some green apple pokes through on the very far back end.

M - Heavy medium body and extremely dry on the finish.

O - Very pricey, very boozy, and very unique. Recommended.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Ella from Free Will Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 27 ratings
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