It looks like this is going to be the last review from 2014, and what a beer to end on. I can’t say that I’ve had a beer of any style that was aged in apple brandy barrels, so I was excited for this one.
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “There’s nothing quite like Mom’s apple pie…but I am willing to bet this beer is pretty dark close. An American Tripel, dry-hopped with Amarillo hops and aged in Apple Brandy barrels from one of this country’s oldest distilleries. The tropical aroma of the hops and the delicate apple aroma from the barrels are a perfect match. Straight from the Captain’s cellar to yours, we hope you enjoy.”
Random: I hope everyone has a very happy New Year’s!
This beer poured with a two finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left generous lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, light orange color with generous carbonation visible. The nose was fragrant with apple brandy, wood, and golden fruit along with some yeast. Booze came through too. The taste had an even more pronounced apple brandy note. Booze hit right up front and had intense warming on the back of the throat. Toasted oak and vanilla were there too and some yeast came through at the end. After a few sips, I picked up champagne notes too. The body was on the thicker side with seltzer-like carbonation. The finish was dry, with apple brandy. For $3.19 a bottle, which breaks down to $.27 per ounce, which isn’t insanely pricey, especially given how flavorful this beer was. I would definitely have this again. I may just pick up another bottle to age it.
Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0