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RATINGS: 156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 GLBCís 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%.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
novedyarg (56) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Pours a light golden color with a thin white head. Aromas of flowers, spiced hops and yeast. Tastes sweet at first with a citrus kick then fades to a slight bitter taste and a spicey finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2005
12 oz bottle. Pours with a big white head in a Duvel glass. Aroma is yeasty with flour and candi sugar. Taste is very sweet which basically makses any real spiciness. Some hop bite along with sugar dipped orange peel and coriander. Mouthfeel is creamy. Iíd love to have tried this in an aged 750 bottle. Maybe next anniversary they will do something like that.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 11, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2006 Pours a deep golden with an ample white head. Aroma with notes of citrus, banana, alcohol, honey, and cloves; a well balanced array of flavors. The fruity yeasty aromas are delightful. Drink this fresh or not at all.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2005
Orange/yellow, litle to no head, which was surprising, semi-cloudy. Aromas were of bread, yeast, something similar to wheat but mustier, slight alcohol and dark fruits typically found in tripels, though only very lightly. Flavor was that of well balanced malt and hops, lasting spicy finish smoother over by malt. Flavor was lacking at this American attempt at a Tripel. Good effort, but doesnít compare to the real thing.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 23, 2005
Cloudy orange with a white head. ALcohol nose. Tastes spicy but with hints of candy.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2005
Bottle. Hazy medium amber with large rocky off-white head that lasted longer than it took me to drink it. Aroma was very complex of malt, hop and fruit. Flavor was as complex with the same character as aroma with a long spicy finish. Medium to full body with moderate acohol finish. Good brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmack94536 (5) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2005 does not count
Good beer. The bottle I had was a little over a year old and while I have not tasted it previously, I assume that it has aged well, despite Great Lakes propensity for "short dating" their beers. The head was weak and lacing minimal, but the overall flavor and aroma were good. The aroma is blatantly sweet and fruity, a little citrus, perhaps mixed with melon or banana. The taste is even sweeter. Fruit abounds and while I can easily detect the 9% abv (approx.), it isnít annoying or overwhelming. Flavors I taste are banana, some citrus and maybe some melon. Good beer and interesting that the aroma and the taste correlate very closely.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shadey (1896) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2005
Hazy orange color with a nice white smooth head. Wheaty citrusy aroma and flavor. Actually pretty dissapointing for Great Lakes. Bummer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Golden body with a dissapating head. decent lace. Light spicey sweet aroma with same on a malty moderate palate. Finishes clean.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - FEB 8, 2005
2/7/05. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, obtained in a trade with TAR on RateBeer 9/7/04. Pours a crystalline deep gold color with a fluffy, slightly rocky, disappointingly diminishing eggshell head. Decent lacing, but Iíve seen trippels do much more with their appearance, and this one barely eeks along to a low 4 (mostly from the deep color). Nose is gently sweet and yeasty, inviting with light pepper, clove, and a touch of rum-infused apple fruitiness. Taste shuns most of that for a crisp and clunky alcohol and coriander assault, pushing the pepper character from the background into the only ground. Some strange sweet eggy flavors and no subtlety at all. Reminds me of some of the worse experiences with interesting beers that are struggling mightily to display any balance (The Beast, Horny Devil, a few bottles of Hop 15 Iíve had). This one has fewer (and less) redeeming facets than most of those others. Itís not a horrible beer, but it doesnít make me want more of it either. Mouthfeel has medium-full body and a slightly viscous overall texture. Finish drops out into the peppery spice display with lightly drying, strangely bitter spent yeast. Too much alcohol present in the beer all over the place. It actually tastes much better at the end of the bottle when Iíve poured the yeast into my last ounce or two of beer. Much smoother and more delicate, although itís still hardly very good. Maybe itíd have been good to try this one a year or so ago. . . .


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