HonkeyBra (3060) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Opaque amber pour with a big, thick rocky white head. Aroma of strong, earthy brett, leather, dry leaves. Some oak, bright woody sweetness, honey. Some apparent tannins as well. Flavor is dry, earthy, with lots of nice brett notes. Some funky leather and barnyard. Mild oak, some grapes and sweetness from the pinot noir. The tannins really start coming out as it warms. Funky, dusty berries, some wet wool. This is one of the tastiest saisons Iíve ever had. Medium bodied, lots of carbonation. This beer is an absolute symphony to brett. Lovely, lovely beer.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a cloudy brown with a lasting off finish white head. The nose has spicy , earthy, and herbal notes. The flavor has some white wine, light notes of herbal hops, some pine resin. The are also some florals and some light sweetness. A nice mix of flavors that evolve as the brew warms. Light in body with higher carbonation leading to a dry finish. A very nice divergence on the style. Recommended.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle: Got in trade from phaleslu; THANKS Peter! Aroma of Brett, citrus, grass, light wood, slight melon, pepper, and some malt. Poured orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny and small particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of Brett, hops, citrus, wood, fruit, slight melon, and pepper. Medium body. Tingly, gassy, then dry texture. Lively carbonation. Medium sweet, medium to heavily bitter, Brett, citrus, hops, wood, pepper, finish is dry. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Batch 1, August 2011.
Pours a completely opaque, dark golden orange color with a frothy, pillowy 2.5 finger white head that has very good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Streaks and splotches of soapy lacing left behind.
Earthy, slightly funky aroma with lots of barn/farmhouse character along with some prominent brett and zesty spice. Thereís also some sweet fruit notes but the barrel presence is subtle. Musty bretty funk compliments the saison yeast nicely. Hints of eatery fruits and bready yeast along with some pepper and coriander. Iím picking up a vinous presence that compliments the eatery fruit presence. Subtle earthy oak with hints of cherry, strawberries, grape and other dark fruit. Very complex nose but could use a bit more barrel in the nose.
Medium bodied but on the fuller end with a slight creamy texture that is countered by the funky/sour character. Lots of musty funk/dry brett flavor that melds with the saison/farmhouse yeast pretty well. Slightly puckering but more dry and funky than tart. Much more so than I expected resulting in a dryness that is exaggerated by the berrel notes. Dry toasted oak with a faint vinous red wine character that gives off hints of grape, strawberry and other dark fruits. Pretty complex but the funk/brett donates slightly overpowering the eatery fruit notes and Pinot noir elements. Pretty good with a well masked ABV but could use bit more balance. Iím glad I got to try this one and am looking forward to sampling more from this brewery.
Hair6a11 (1256) - Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; Pour is murky golden with an above average off white head in this glass - retention rate is average I suppose - with some light lacing present as well. This is an interesting brew - but Iíll be frank - I was expecting more. The nose is spicy / peppery, with an earthy character from the oak - while providing some saison notes of lemongrass and mild belgian yeast. The flavor profile has more of the fruity citrus notes - leading into heavy spices and oak, while a certain sweetness comes into play that I didnít pull from the nose. The brett did honestly hit me fairly heavily out of the gate, but I felt like I adjusted to it fairly well going forward. This one finishes quite dry - so I suppose there is a lot of elements here; the brett being the big one - yet it doesnít feel quite balanced - by my estimation.
Dfonorow (1038) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is dark orange with a slight red tinge. Finger-wide head that fades quickly but leaves nice lacing and a ring. Aroma is of barnyard funk with some leather, citrus, and lighter fruits. Flavor is of apple peel, orange peel, leather, musk, and spices. Sharp, boozy finish, lingering and dry.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle. Large off-white head that leaves nice lacing, hazy amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal/spicy, dusky, vinous, Brett, some pepper. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous, Brett, herbal/grapefruit, some dusky, pepper. Medium body, some effervescence/acidity.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy golden color with a large white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brett, wood, vanilla, spice, citrus, wine, and some toasted malts. Taste of brett, vanilla, spices, wine, citrus, hay, toast, and light sourness in the finish.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Pours a hazy, dusky, deep burnt orange amber color with a thick, stubborn head of spongy, beige tinted froth. Slowly, the foam settles to a thin, swirly film with a pronounced edge. Thick, hard, sticky cobweb lacing coats early the wntire glass. After warming up a bit, gorgeous aromas of dusty, peppery, earthen brett and dried pineapple flesh are met with old oak and mild red grape tannins. Hints of tart cherry skin emerge from the Pinot-soaked depths. Bready, caramelized Malta are honey-kissed but well attenuated, providing an ample, softly biscuity backdrop for the zesty, floral Belgian yeast and earthy brett. The more it warms, the more vinous it becomes. At times it reminds me of Supplicationís big, bretty, much less sour cousin. The flavor tows a similar line, earthy as hell and very spicy and peppery. I detect hints of rose hips and hibiscus flower in the prominent yeast profile. Malts are dry, toasted, and crackery, hinting also at very well attenuated biscuit. A grassy-floral hop bite is more prominent than the nose suggests. Vinous character is toned down, as is the oak, in comparison with the nose. The palate is weighty, yet dry, enlivened by zippy, almost stinging carbonation. Bitter botanicals and floral hops intensify greatly on the finish, lingering well after the swallow. Overall, itís a damn fine beer. Iíd like to see things toned down a bit almost across the board (alcohol, brett, spice, hops), which would make it a bit more palatable and allow the Pinot Noir flavors to shine a bit more. Iím splitting hairs now, of course. Great brew.
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
I donít really understand the fascination with Anchorage Brewing. The description of their beers makes them seem BIG AND BAD. However, when you taste them, they are actually pretty lame. NOT to say that they are bad beers, but their tastes and flavor experiences DO NOT reach the expectation set by the descriptions. They are barely sour at all, despite Brett being the "king". Other than that, they are just intensely drinkable high alcohol content beers. Definitely not worth the price.