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Great Lakes 15th Anniversary Ale



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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC) will celebrate its 15th anniversary on September 6, 2003. In recognition of this anniversary, GLBC will release a specialty brew called Anniversary Ale that will be available throughout September in a new 4-pack package at local grocers and on tap at taverns, including GLBC’s brewpub. Anniversary Ale is a Belgian Trippel ale that is pale golden in color with mild fruity and spicy characteristics and a slightly sweet flavor that lends itself to a strong, crisp finish. The specialty craft brew is the strongest beer to be bottled and packaged by GLBC with an alcohol by volume of 9.5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
This triple was served exhibiting the traditional hazy, golden yellow hue topped by a creamy, everlasting white head. Huge malt aroma, a touch of fruitiness, and a strong coriander note in the aroma all melded together wonderfully. The visual and olfactory experience invoked visions of St. Bernardus Triple. The taste is characteristically sweet, with nice spices and a touch of hops intermingled. The mouthfeel is smoooooth and thick. And the drinkability is surprisingly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2007 Light golden color, looks almost like a Belgium Blonde. Cloudy with a white "pearl bead" around the head of the glass. Aroma is fruity and sweet. The taste is slightly dominated by the fruity sweetness although a peppery flavor comes through clearly on the finish which is somewhat dry. The 15th is enjoyable now, but it is definite one that I think cellaring would improve it to outstanding. Cheers GLBC on your 15th and hopely many, many more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfcjenn (30) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2003
wow, this beer is overwhelming; deprogram called it a barley wine from the quick taste at the brewery. taken home [but drank quickly there after] from the jug shaped growler. it looks more innocent than it tastes, coming on with a slightly malty nose.bitterness quicly attacks the tounge, but works itself into an alcoholic malty taste. i like this beer well enough for not liking barley wines. the 9.5% abv is somewhat apparent, but not too scary to make this beer undrinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2003
Maybe my nose is confused by what my eyes just saw on the label - a picture of a layered white cake with plenty of frosting, surrounded by confetti. This is also what I smelled at first - buttercream frosting and cake. Deep golden color, medium head gone quickly and then leaving clear lacing. I don't think this is bottle conditioned - it's mostly clear and no sediment in the bottle. Strong sweet malts that cling to the sides of my tongue, lightly spicy with white pepper. Some oak/wood and vanilla down the center. The body is very full for this style. Hops play more of a balancing part in this, not strong, but there nonetheless. The finish is very sticky, the sweetness is there for a minute and then begins to dry out. I think this will be a great introduction to strong ales for the usual Great Lakes consumers. Should be able to keep this one around for awhile - it's best by March 7/2004

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 16, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2003 Lightly hazy deep gold good head retention, and seems to lace well. Aroma is very sweetly malty w/ some DMS as when chilled, then disappears as it warms; Peppery spice and what seems to be a light Munich malt and bready, but not yeasty aromas as it warms along with some alcohol: Fruity esters are moderate. Flavor is malty sweet but not cloying, seemingly well balanced, but definitely toward malt which I like. There is a slight bitterness in the finish and aftertaste along with a very light hop flavor. The fruitiness and spicy flavors are not as apparent in the flavor as it is in the aroma. Moderately high carbonation and a full m/f which is a little out of character for a tripel (I'm used to lighter body), with a pleasantly warming, very well hidden alcohol. Overall a very good beer that is dangerously drinkable IMHO. It's not a classic tripel, but a very, very, competent attempt by GLBC at one of their first "big" beers they've released in bottles. I've also recently had this on tap @ the Winking Lizard and it's a much better beer out of the tap. The flavors and aromas seem more intense, but more well rounded. Probably because the bottle's pasteurized while the keg is not. I would have probably rated this about .2-.4 higher for the draft version.

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