Midnight Sun 2009 Crew Brews: Anchor

Serve in Tumbler, Weizen


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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 188   ABV: 6.25%
Witbier with Brettanomyces
6.25 % Alcohol By Volume
20 International Bittering Units (IBUs)


Beer Description: This Belgian witbier begins with equal parts malted wheat and pale barley to create its traditional cloudy white appearance. The addition of Brettanomyces gives ANCHOR its trademark "green apple" or "horse blanket" aroma and lends tartness to the flavor and finish. At over 6% ABV, this ANCHOR’s got a bit of more kick than most wits.

BEER LINE: "Raise your Anchor"

2009 Crew Brew Series: Heading into 2009, the NINE of us will each designnamebrew a beer to be released in 2009. We are all very excited about this series. It’s a great way to “freeze” this time and space – right before we jump into the new place and add new folks. These NINE beers will be fabulously eclectic and delicious.

Creator of This Beer: Since joining MSBC in 1998, Gabe has worked and mastered the complete gamut of jobs in our brewery. As Head Brewer, he uses his accumulation of brewing knowledge and experience to continually conceptualize and create amazing beers. With oak-barrel aging, a multitude of yeast strains and a plethora of processes in back pocket, Gabe is now experimenting with Brettanomyces and other "bugs". This beer combines his long-standing favorite beer style, witbier, with his new BFF, Brettanomyces. Raise your Anchor!

SONG INSPIRATION: “Through churning waters and midnight skies You were my anchor." lyrics from Anchor by Misery Signals on the Mirrors LP, released 2006

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Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Pours a mostly clear, light golden hue with a very slight haze. A thick, frothy head of off-white foam is incredibly well retained, leaving vertical columns of jagged lacing on the glass. The aroma is exactly as advertised, light and crisp wheat malt showing lightly sweet, with notes of lemon rind and white pepper. Dry, dusty brett imparts a bit of farmhouse funk. Flavors follow suit, mildly sweet and fresh with wheat grain, with a light candied sweetness and some dry, barnyard, horseblanket brett elements. Medium bodied, lively, and dry, the prickly carbonation intensifies the bretty, bitter lemon finish. Excellent witbier. Midnight Sun rules.

bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Bottle. pale golden beer with a whitish head. Tart, light yeast and light malt aroma. Wheat and spice flavor with yeast and a light tartness. Medium bodied. Yeast, spice, wheat, and a light tartness linger.

BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Bottle via a trade with americanbrew. Pours with a huge white head over a milky yellow body. Aroma of light brett phenols, horse blanket, orange and lemon citrus. Flowery and perfumey. Taste is dry and flowery with orange peel, light brett and citrus. I could drink a TON of this stuff! Not quite a Boulevard Saison Brett or Jolly Pumpkin’s Wit, but it is still very nice. Fizzy and dry mouthfeel.

blutt59 (6609) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2009
bottle, thanks to bman1113vr, hazy yellow with nice foam, spicy bubblegum aroma, flavors of good wheaty spices, nice beer

SuzyGreenberg (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2009
bomber - thanks frank!! pale gold with eggy white head; crisp lemons, brett, dough and grainy sweetness on the nose; soft and a little fizzy on the lips; get some orange peel, mild spice and some lemon cookies; texture is incredibility like and this brew is quite subtle; kind of the anti-MS brew; lovely faint haze and glow against the light; bone dry finish; complexity and varying brett flavors comes out as it warms; quite nice overall even for being on the light side and having some of the fruitiness zapped by the brett

KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Bottle from MaltOMeal at the August Hosuton Tasting. Thanks, Bill!
Pours a deep, cloudy yellow with a nose of lemon zest, yeasty citrus, and cigarette smoke. Flavor is light zemon zest with a sweet and sour finish. Leaves a pleasant film as it travels along the tongue. Light and refreshing; I’d drink more.

ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Appearance: Pours out a crystalline, light yellow body with a tall, foamy, white head. Smell: Light barley and wheat scents with a touch of lemon and spice and a positively congenial Brett character smelling only lightly musty wool dungarees and trodden hay. Taste: Delicate tastes of malted barley and soft wheat with a mild, restrained sweetness to it. Squirt of acidic lemon juice. Faint background spiciness. Very tempered Brettanomyces funkiness within - just enough to give you a lil’ hint and some added complexity. Not much in way of hops or bitterness, really. Semi-dry, crisp finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated. Drinkability: Pretty likable! A light, refreshing witbier with a light, refreshing touch of Brett. The airy carbonation keeps things moving along at a nice pace.

BrianK (200) - Livingston, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2009
Not a fan at all. I feel like the brett chopped out all the residual sweetness characteristics of a witbeer leaving it a bit dull.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009

Date: August 29, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy pale yellow, fine white head
Aroma: spicy malt aroma with a nice funky character
Flavor: dry malt flavor, light spicy hops, nice bret funk, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2009
bottle thanks to brewboone. Shared at August Tasting at my place. Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a white head, Good lacing. Nose is funky and unusual. Some straw and leather. Taste is of lemon and apple. Mouthfeel had lots of carbonation.

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