Esprit Malade
Esprit Malade
Esprit Malade

Esprit Malade

An apple brandy like no other


34% ABV / 68 Proof


Local, Fifer Orchard apples including Fuji, Roman, Stayman, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious


A rarity! We'll let you know the next time it's available!

Tasting Notes:

In the nose the prominent aromas of green apple and white chocolate all but hide the undernotes of honey and almonds. In the mouth the flavor evolves quickly showcasing each individual ingredient complemented by toasted oak. It all starts with the baked apple warmth of the apple brandy which is then cut by the sour tang of the sick cider and then the sweet, crispness of fresh pressed cider wraps it all up.

Esprit Malade is French for 'Sick Spirit' - an etymological nod to brandy's traditional French ancestry and an off-centered apple brandy blend including Dogfish Head Sick Cider, apple brandy spirit and raw apple cider. 

We start by distilling an immature apple brandy made from five types of local Fifer Orchard apples including Fuji, Roman, Stayman, Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. This brandy spirit is then blended with Dogfish Head Sick Cider, our unfiltered, 100% barrel-fermented super dry & tart cider made from the same apple blend and a wild Brettanomyces yeast before a stint in some new charred American Oak barrels.

DOGFISH HEAD Esprit Malade. Apple Brandy. 34% Alc/Vol. Dogfish Head Distilling Co., Milton, DE



Looking to find Dogfish brews in your neck of the woods? We currently sell in over 40 U.S. states plus Washington D.C., although we hope to add more someday! Select your brew of choice, enter your zip code and we will tell you where it has been delivered in the past 60 days. But wait! Before you hop in your ride and drive to pick up that elusive Dogfish you see on the screen, please, please call ahead to confirm availability. Just because a beer has been delivered doesn’t mean it is still on the shelves or that the keg has been tapped.

Here is the list of where we currently have wholesalers.

Esprit Malade bottle next to a glass filled with cocktail garnished with lemon

1.5 oz. Dogfish Head Esprit Malade Apple Brandy
3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz. Grenadine


Shake with ice & strain into chilled martini glass.