Homer321 (2625) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Shared at RBSG 2014 in the Presidential Suite. Tart cherry in the nose. with some bourbon. Strongly acetic and a burning finish. Overall very tart without much else; in a chest burning way without much fruitiness or barnyard.
jcnielsen (2550) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at RBSG. Thanks phaleslu! Pours a brown color with white head. Sour, cherry, oak aromas. Oak, red wine, cherry, tart flavors.
merc7186 (2525) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Bready, Sour Mash, Mild Tobacco
Appearance: Brownish Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Sour Mash, Dark Red Wine, Red Plums, Cranberries
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sour, Mildly Tart
Minderbinder (2480) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours burgundy with low beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of wine, dark fruits, red fruits, some bread, malt. Taste is of fruits, acidity, some malts, sugar. Palate: Medium body. Light-medium carbonation. Overall: Not lots of cognac features detected. Fairly good. Not intimidating.
esp0r (2357) - NORWAY - NOV 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by daje
Pours dark dark brown with a nice tanned head. Smell of tart berries, funk, barnyard, cognac, grapes, hints of toast, dark fruits and malts. Moderate sweet, very fruity, i find tart berries and funk, complex play with dark fruits, delicious stuff. Moderate bitter, some astrigent tannins, quite nice. Wow, a superb sour from two of the very best breweries. I liked this one a lot
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, I don’t even know how to rate this I was so impressed. Thanks to the Gene, travlr, gendev, jackl, radagast etc. crew for sharing this for Goose Island Migration Day at CK!! Murky brown pour, Small bubbly head. Nose and flavor are absolutely ridiculous; white and dark balsamic, unripe plum, big earthen funk, and leather collide right in the middle of the palate with terrific nectar, tropical, and citric fruit, including sweet, succulent nectarine, tangerine, pineapple, bright cherry components, pink grapefruit, with cheesecloth and other craziness in there.... this stuff is mindblowingly intense. I’m all about it. One of the best of 2014 so far.
baraciisch (2290) - California, USA - OCT 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark cola colored... Aroma of caramel, dark berries, cherries, candied sugar... Flavor is light notes of cognac balanced by amazingly complex dark sour goodness, lots of caramel, dark fruits, figs, berries... Amazing beer
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
UDBeernut (2147) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - AUG 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle pours brown, some light passes, cream hued head. nose has berries, vanilla. taste has a nice sour base, some more berries, cognac is noticeable, some adhesive, soy. light body.
OldMrCrow (2143) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2014 750 ml bottle from Chuck’s.
Man, Anchorage gets all of the cool collaborations. Corked and caged 750 opens with nary a puff; the beer pours a dark murky brown with a hint of white head. The aroma is rich and complex and an unusual combination to say the least. Cherries and balsamic like a Flanders red, oak and a booziness that with a little imagination I can attribute to the cognac barrels, intense cobwebbiness of a mouldering stone basement, and a candied grapefruit new school hops thing that comes way out of left field for the style but somehow makes sense coming out of Anchorage. Fascinating combination. It’s really a glorious aroma -- but I don’t have the patience to sit around and sniff -- it’s on the first sip.
My first reaction to the sip, after becoming accustomed to high-alcohol sour reds like Aardmonk and the De Dolle Reservas, is that this is (1) not nearly as cuttingly sour, (2) much less aggressively tongue-dryingly tannic (3) much less chewy and (4) much less alcoholic, despite the cognac nose. All of these co-conspire to make it (5) far more quaffable than it has any right to be. One sip in and I’m very glad to have an entire 750 of it to myself. Not a common sentiment with the relatively challenging Anchorage brews, and all the less so with the stronger Belgian reds. None of the chloroform off-flavor exemplified by the Duchess that bothers me so in about half of the beers of this style. Enough vomit-abit-in-the-mouth flavor to give it street cred but not enough to make one question one’s sensibility in enjoying it. Despite the limited carbonation, there’s nothing lacking in the mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on, and while the beer isn’t heavy on the tongue like the bigger Flanders reds, this seems to work to the advantage of the beer as a whole. (Aside -- this should be listed as a Sour Red/Brown, not a Sour/Wild Ale.)
Just when I was starting to wonder if I was over-rating Anchorage based on some sick personal Brett fetish, they come along and really nailed this one.
tl;dr summary: They threw the kitchen sink at this one, but it spontaneously self-assembled into something beautiful.
mathieuc (2082) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to nate321 for this bottle! Pours a dark red with a small beige rim on top that leaves somewhat good lacing. Nose is of light acetone, oak, wine, moderate vinegar and light cheese. Taste is of balsamic vinegar like it should but also incredibly oaky. Grapes, cherries and light spirits (must be the cognac) make up the rest of the flavors. Both body and carbonation were medium and acidity level is moderate and refreshing. Easy drinking enough. Overall a good but not great Flanders-style ale.