freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Pours beautiful brownish dark mahogany red with beige head. Robust aromas of toasted malt and a strange fruitiness make the beer hard to decipher. The taste is good, interesting but strange as well. The grain is prominent as a dark red near brown ale but there is a strange tart fruit flavor of cherries, apples, and light tropical fruits. The mouth feel it’s very smooth a bit grainy and dry in the finish. Strange lingering flavors as well, a little cardboardish, which may not be a good thing. Still simple and very enjoyable. fiulijn (21214) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 29, 2012
Draught at the Yard House, Las Vegas, NVAWISLguy (3327) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Dark mahogany color, beige creamy head. Caramel aroma (light) and flavor; overall it seems heavily oxidized; correct bitterness.
Bottle from ck1 - thanks bro! Pours an unclear honey-brown with a tannish head. Lots of spotty lacing. Aroma has brown sugar, toffee, some cocoa and a strange tannin odor (that normal Anchor-ness?). Taste is of sweet caramel, dark fruit, bread and some alcohol. Sticky. Very sweet. Finishes dry and somewhat short. Not too exciting - had better browns, and it is not that exciting a style to begin with. Leafs93 (2343) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Pours dark brown with an off white head. Aroma is caramel, roast and bread. Taste is sweet with some acidic undertones. mjakopa (268) - Maribor, SLOVENIA - OCT 24, 2012
Pours a dark brown colour with some head that stays for a bit, but not too long. Smells of hops, caramel and some citrus. Taste is also quite hoppy with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is quite low and isn’t too dry. In general this is quite a light beer with a stronger taste. Enjoyed this quite a bit!
ogreface (1390) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 24, 2012
Sötétebb, vörösesbarna színe van, amin egy alig hab van, ami gyorsan elillan. Erdei gyümölcslekváros, élesztős, kissé édeskés illata van. Íze is hasonlít az illatára, de van benne egy kis citrusos fanyarság és komlós kesernyésség is. Meglepően testes és kevés szénsavval rendelkezik. Utóíze is gyümölcsösen, citrusosan fanyarkás, keserédes és száraz. Nagyon üdítő jellegű sör. GarrettB (1658) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2016 March 8th, 2013 - Anchor’s famous for their steam lager, but that doesn’t mean they can’t flirt with the brunette side of the beer brewing family. Still, after having had a six pack of the darker stuff over the course of a week, I don’t think it’s my favorite. Brekle’s Brown has that vintage San Francisco charm on the bottle, and the color is definitely dark enough to stand out against its older and more popular brother. But the tanginess in both the smell and flavor is off-putting with the other tastes in play. On the nose it smells like a tangy malt, with some panic bread crumbs providing a fried breadiness and expired milk chocolate for the sweeter dimension. That last touch is especially repelling. And on the tongue, this beer benefits from a bubbly and lively palate, but the flavors are mirroring the nose, including the milk chocolate aspect which is a little fresher, but still out of place.
It feels exceedingly difficult to find a brown that distinguishes itself from the rest of its genre, but the Brekle’s Brown does just that. In its brown coat and tan hat, it looks like so many other browns coursing through brewery hardware around the world, but in the aroma we catch some of the yogurt tanginess that begins to separate this beer and make it special - a good thing too, coming from one of the pioneers of the industry. A bit of parsley and sage is in the aroma as well, decorating the malt mixture. That peculiar sourdough tang is in the flavor too, offering a bright note I’ve never encountered a brown ale before. The palate is light and thin, and a bit off, but is an acceptable fit for the flavors. In the aftertaste I catch a bit of the light chocolate and dusty flavors that appear in brown ales, but it’s mostly eclipsed by the sour tang. Overall, a unique flavor, and well appreciated in the Fall. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Bottle. Light brown, tall foamy head, a little cloudy. Medium body, but not heavy. Lightly roasted malts, soft finish that lasts. A good brown that improved throughout the bottle. tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Sweet aroma upfront, molasses, caramel. Red/brown color, trabnslucent, off-white head. The flavor is molasses sweet, moderate niuttyness, light chocolate. A little unexpected for the style, but it works. The finish is light hop bitterness, citrus and flowers. Medium in body. Not bad at all. maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a smallish head. Has a really off-putting nose - like an earthy pile of leaves, like something has gone bad in it. A little sour and a little bitter, but still doesn’t taste good. Really weird.