Great Lakes 15th Anniversary Ale



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RATINGS: 153   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 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%.

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AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Out of date 11/04. A brilliant amber color when decanted properly with a thin, white head that forms only a collar around the edge of the glass. Aroma is sweet, almost texturally sugar-like. The photo on the label may be suggesting to me that it smells like white icing on a birthday cake. There are also some succulent, juicy, herbal notes resembling coriander. Flavor IS the white icing on a cake. This is a forceful, desert of a beer.

PerfectV (10) - USA - JUN 24, 2006
This is a high alcohol ale that quickly lets you know its potency. Anniversary Ale Has a light copper colour and a hint of fruit and herbs in its aroma. Unlike all Belgian Trippels Anniversary ale has a fantastic combination of sugar and spice. Finishes moderately clean. Overall a well constructed Ale

kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2006
12 oz bottle, via MAP. Slightly hazy dark golden color, small white head that faded to a thin film quickly. Slightly tart aroma. Wondering about the quality of this one. Some yeast and alcohol as well. No signs of infection in the flavor but not what you might expect from a Triple. Rather sweet with little to no traces of hops. Sweet and alcoholic finish with some yeast and definate signs of oxidation. Medium to full bodied, slightly sticky and cloying mouthfeel with moderate fizzy carbonation. This guy hasn’t fared too well for its age, despite the 9.5% ABV. Almost transitioning into a lighter bodied Barley Wine of sorts. Bottom line on this one: drink ’em if ya got ’em, they ain’t gonna get any better.

RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2005
An aroma marked by the sour smell of citrus and wheat. A cloudy golden color with a good head and decent lacing. This beer offers a taste of citrus mingled with wheat that tingles the tongue. The taste lingers well.

tiggmtl (4544) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2005
Tannin-full, fruity aroma with a lightly acidic, vinegary undercurrent. Hazy orange-gold body with a low white head that recedes to partial cover with some sudsy lacing. Fruity, tannin-full flavour offers herbal, grassy hops and some alcohol. Medium body is dry and somewhat thin feeling in the mouth with fine bubbled effervescence and mild alcohol warming. Bottle sampled with MartinT, Olivier_MTL and Rastacouere.

MartinT (10037) - 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.

The night after a Chinese buffet.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2005
Pale gold hue covered by a light white head. Weird off notes have gained the aromas of this beer. While it had a best before july 04’, you’d imagine a trippel wouldn’t degrade so quickly(BB date 9 months after release?), expecially at 9.5%. That said, vinegar eggs and olive are hinted at in the spicy, mildly honeyed malty nose where any trace of hops seem long gone. Dryish graininess, sweet and most fruity appear in mouth. It can’t hide its alcohol, but nevertheless manages to procure fun moments in its peachy, pineapple-like fruitiness. Very thinned out body, sulphuric, with still quite active carbonation. Well, quite sweet and definitely not one that will support any age at all, like any Great Lakes it seems.

BabyJ (4) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2005 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2005 This ale goes right to the edge of almost tasting like rotten fruit, but not quite. High alcohol content which improves the taste quickly as you drink. really lights up the palate.

Dorwart (2607) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2005
Wasn’t sure what kind of beer this was when I first opened it but as soon as I poured it and got a nice helping of the aroma I instantly knew that it was a triple. Strong, sweet, yeasty, hoppy and spicey aroma. Luscious. Thin head which dissipates quickly but with pretty good carbonation. Color is a dark gold. Sweet, smooth and alcoholic in flavor. More yeast and spices. Pepper and and a little bit of fruit. Little hot from the alcohol which warms the throat and makes the tongue tinngle. This is the kind or brew that will mess you up. Very easy drinking with a clean medium body. A very good belgian triple. Thanks to Dogbrick for this one!

novedyarg (55) - 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.

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