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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 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%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Hometown brew! Great lakes kicks ass! This one is real sweet and birthday cake like as the label shows. Cloves, jamaican suger(demerara), creamy honey and it hides the alchy well. Some hops pop out, but it is an brew that should be enjoyed maybe one or two throughout the night(or day as long as itís noon somewhere)!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Golden color with hardly any head. Winey, mildly sour aroma with a bit of coriander and citrus. Sweet malty flavor with some orange, coriander and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2005
Gorgeous orange/red, lots of yeast; lacks head. Full, Belgian-yeast aroma: Cloves, bananas, yeast, the usual. Big, round flavor: Super sweet, with yeast and clove flavors; very nice alcohol warmth; nice touch on the hops in the finish. Very thick though slightly sticky. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Hazy orange golden color, off white head. Sweeter aroma, some honey, orange, and spice. Sweet flavor, orange again, coriander, honey and some booze. Mouthfeel is pretty creamy, sticky, fairly thick, with some warming on the way down. Nice beer, pretty tasty. Thanks rudolf for the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Been aging this for a year. Letís see how it does (12/04)...Pours a hazy honey gold color with a nice overall appearance. Aroma is sweet malt with cardamom and clove hints. Taste is dominated by the esters of the yeast, giving this brew a clove-banana, sweet candy flavor with a malt background. Syrupy mouth feel but not overpowering. This is aging well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2004
Golden-apricot color brew.Nose is a complex blend of funky eastern spices and and what seems to be an unknown fruit,almost pears.Taste darn good.The spices are strong as the fruits and yeast come thruí in a less pronounced way.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Hazy orange/golden coloured body with a super-thin white head. Aroma of yeast, coriander seed, alcohol and a nice spiceyness. Medium-bodied; Sweet character with a good nutmeg and coriander seed freshness. Yeasty flavour that lasts a while in the palate. Aftertaste shows a prolonged sweetness & yeastiness mouthful. Overall, a nice tripel, definitely worth trying! Thanks to my mom for picking this up for me on a trip back to Detroit. Iíve had this one saved for a few years, so iím not sure when it was made. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased at Merchantís in Dearborn, Michigan on 06-December-2004.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2004
I was surprised by the whole experience, reminded me of my first wine drinkning experience, kind of a warm stomach after drinking. Served in a small wine type glass, I thought they were giving me the glass due to the price. Different in a good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Small head, cloudy orange. Spicy, leafy aroma. Taste is spicy and alcoholic. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 4, 2004
Bottle. Fairly nice triple. Fruity aroma, a little sugary smelling also. Hazy light orange color with a decent white head. Flavor is spicey and estery. Alcohol is there but subdued. Smooth, a little less carbonated than some Belgian Triples. A litlle thick, sweet and syrupy.

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