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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 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%.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Hazy golden body with small off-white head. Aroma is sweet, apple, mango, yeasty. Taste is sweet, fruity, alcohol, finishing with a medium alcohol burn. Medium-full body. Interesting beer, but something seems awry.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 05/29/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Roadtrip

hazy gold, wispy white head, sweet malt aroma with a nice spicyness and a lightly tart musty funk, yeasty and spicy flavor with a lot of funk, the strong yeast character takes over the beer,

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 9/20
Rating: 2.5/5.0
Drinkability: 5/10
Score: *4

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10676) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Crystal clear, light golden ale with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. Very spicy nose with lots of clove, some mango and maybe a touch of pear. The flavor is very sweet and malty with plenty of clove and nutmeg. Full-bodied with a syrupy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Lengthy, sweet, astringent finish with a touch of straw at the very end.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Poured a hazy dark orange with a small off-white head. Smoky, citrus (orangy), spicy, and musty smell. Slightly sweet with a bitter finish. Tastes of orange, smoke, and spices. Alcohol well hidden with a slight alcohol aftertaste. I enjoyed this beer and glad I picked it up during my last trip to Michigan.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammy (8660) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2004
Too sweet for my palate, this is an imitation of a Belgian trippel. It is unpasteurized. stringent Spice aftertaste of cinammon not working for me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogbrick (8141) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2003
Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: Great rendition of a Tripel, you'd almost think they kidnapped some monks. Hazy light gold color with a bubbly medium white head. Aroma of clove, banana, wheat and spice. Crisp and sparkling with an eminently drinkable blend of sweet fruits, wheat, spice (coriander/pepper) and malt. The finish is sweet and clean. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8038) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2012 The label makes me think it will taste like cake. mmmmm cake. This one has a sharp spiced apple crisp and baked cinnamon desert aroma... not exactly cake, but a close-enough dessert. Damn this is pretty much a dessert beer. Sweet lemons and oranges mixed in the flavor, with a sweet and spicy soap flavor as well. Very sharp overall.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2004
Thanks to BrooklynBoy for this.....my official cherry-popping experience for Great Lakes brews. I can’t believe such good beers come out of Cleveland? The only good things to ever come out of Cleveland are Bill Cowher and the Cleveland Steamer. This one pours turbid dark gold with a big creamy white head. Aroma of malt, hops, fruit, citrus, florals, and spice. Tastes malty, with big fruit, citrus, and hops. Palate is medium, with a smooth finish. This one is 1 part Hefe, 2 parts tripel, and 2 parts Belgian strong ale. Very nice.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
The Lure:
Yeasty weirdness spitting vinegar-laden veggies onto the peachy fruitiness. How can a tripel not last that long?

The Festivities:
An astringent acid finish wounds the slight alcohol burn. Tons of yeast float around, farting away obscenities. Carbonation and body are fine though, signs that these perceived problems are maybe at an early stage.

Transcendence:
The night after a Chinese buffet.


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