RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Crabtree Brewing Co. will mark its fifth anniversary with a party and a celebration of the brewerys latest release, 5.

The special beer is a fifth anniversary Belgian Abbey made with coriander, orange peel and fresh raisins, 44 pounds of which owner Jeff Crabtree caramelized on brew day in April 2010. The beer aged a year in five wine barrels, only three of which had everything developed the way I wanted, he said.

Crabtree said 5, which is bottled in 750-milliliter bottles, was an instant success, with all 60 cases immediately sold to local and select liquor stores, including 10 cases to stores in Nebraska.

Thats the fastest weve ever sold beer, but this is the best beer weve ever produced, he said.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (9222) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
[4680-20120817] 750mL bottle. Sweet toasted caramel malt aroma. Slightly hazy, dark amber orange body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Sweet candied fruit and plum malt flavour. Medium-full body. Good. (7/3/6/3/14) 3.3
(@ Campground Brewdown 2012, Millmont, PA)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2012
In short: A toasted, caramelized, fruity and woody dark amber ale. Tasty and easy to drink
How: Bottle 750ml shared at Camping Brewdown 2012.
The look: Cloudy dark amber body topped by a small beige head with good retention
In long: Nose is pleasantly toasted, a bit woody, caramelized and fruity. Taste is has nice caramel, toasted dryness, woody notes, roasted nuts, grapes/vinous notes, lively carbonation. Woody notes and toastiness create a dry finish. Lively Belgian style carbonation. Very easy to drink. Not sure what makes it a Sour Ale/Wild Ale (current style on ratebeer), there was nothing even remotely sour or wild about this beer, more like a fruity/vinous abbey dubbel to me. Anyway, whatever it is, I like it. Another nice beer shared at the Camping Brewdown ratebeer event, a place where I met new ratebeerians who think of me as a stranger anymore, now they just think Im strange.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Bottle I picked up at Bubbles in Castle Rock, CO. Pours hazy amber with off-white head. Aromas of raisins, orange, toffee, spices, and some tartness. Flavor of bready malts, orange, dark fruit, spices, bit of wood, and some tartness. Had a decent amount of tartness, but was a bit of a let down having it right after Tart of Darkness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (8120) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Paul at Kramers Campground Brewdown 2012. Pours a hazy amber body with thick off white head/lacing. Aroma is sweet dark fruit - cherry and raisin, light oak, spice and funk. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of sour cherry, tart oak, light citrus and spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (10303) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2012
2012-08-17. Dark brown body, nice beige head fades. 3+ Woody, spicy aroma is pleasant and interesting, some dark fruit and raisin notes. A note of something like cinnamon but not quite. 7+ Flavour has a malty core, with ephemeral/alternating character of sour and wood, interesting fruity accents, lingering dry wood. 7++ Average plus bodied palate. Interesting, pretty good. Bottle, Campground Brewdown 2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (14124) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2012
75cl bottle, Campground Brewdown, thanks DickinsonBeer. Hazy amber body, medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, wood, some cherry, orange, tart. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, orange, wood, cinnamon, some cherry. Medium body, some stickiness, light acidity, low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Atom (2390) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle C&C, wow the cork just flew off after the cage came off, never seen that before. Pours a dark brownish ruby amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of slight brett, caramel, dark fruits, red wine, and slight spice. Taste has a nice sweet tartness, caramel, almost a creamy texture in the middle, some sour brett, raisins, lots of malt. Pretty interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9576) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Pour out of 750 mL bottle is deep red almost brown, pretty hard to see through but not hazy, nice creamy white head, eggshell white, carbonation streaming finely off the glass. Aroma has notes of big caramelized raisins, nice red wine notes, hints of orange and spicy zesty notes, some nice rich toffee as well. Taste is a nice mix of big raisin and caramelized raisin, hints of some fig and toffee, goes into a slight orange and the oriander comes through a bit, hints of wine and vinous grape notes, slight tart note in there finishing fairly sweet but dries out very well. This is a rich sipper, very tasty though and definitely the best Ive had from them.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8557) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Courtesy of daknole. Pours clear amber with thin off white head. The aroma is nice and complex with dank moldy earthiness, tart wine notes, brown sugar simmered raisins, wood, tannins and scorched toffee. The taste starts smooth and yummy with raisins mixing with red wine tartness, some wood and slings of caramel, toffee, vanilla and barrel-y arrows. Nice and easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
storminorman (78) - Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Nice golden pour with a light head. The aroma of citrus is very inviting. Taste the sour but not bitter at all. This is a nice light sour.

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