Anchorage Anadromous

Brewery: Anchorage Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 8.5%
Style: Wild Ale
Other Notes: Ale aged in pinot noir and whisky barrels

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Ale brewed with summit hops. Triple fermented first in French oak foudres, second in pinot noir and whisky barrels with brett and other critters. Finally in the bottle for natural carbonation. Enjoy…

The cycle of life can be harsh or rewarding. Born in fresh water, the mighty anadromous Alaska salmon struggle in their migration from our pristine, roaring streams to the ocean and back, traveling thousands of miles while avoiding many perils, simply to instinctively spawn and die, and often becoming a source of food in our own life cycle. Sour beers have a distinct life cycle as well in their journey from the oak to the bottle, and ultimately add a rewarding contribution to our own path through life. Rather than slumber in the oak where Anchorage Brewing Company’s Anadromous is born, the beer matures for a year and a half while instinctively avoiding the sometimes offsetting perils of fermentation and souring in the deep, dark underworld of the oak. Unseen to mortals, the beer fights its way to maturity, avoiding attacking bacteria, the alcohol itself and other hidden dangers that might curtail the beer’s noble journey to our goblets. Anadromous is Anchorage Brewing Company’s tribute to our rewards and struggles in life. Over 40 different pinot noir oak barrels of sour beer were blended to capture the unique contribution of each. Bottle conditioning and time add additional complexity and sourness to the noble brew along its path from the brewery to your glass. Pull the cork on this mighty species and add a unique experience to your cycle of life. Anadromous is alive and enriching, so enjoy it while celebrating all things good.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.27
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, batch #3, bottled in January 2017, poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: Black in colour with a half finger tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly, while leaving some decent lacing.
Aroma: Dark fruit, plum, red wine grapes, raisin, caramel, with notes of chocolate and oak.
Taste: Sour, tart, blackcurrant, mixed berries, slightly jammy, plum, red wine grapes, with a finish of notes of chocolate, oak, and whisky.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to soft carbonation.
Overall: Almost 5 years from bottling, this aged well. Enjoyable aroma and flavours that just worked well together.

Anchorage Mosaic Saison

Brewery: Anchorage Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 6.5%
Style: Farmhouse Saison
Other Notes: Ale fermented in oak tanks with brettanomyces

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Saison brewed with 100% Mosaic hops. Fermented with Saison yeast and 2 strains of Brettanomyces. Dry hopped with Mosaic hops. Bottled conditioned for natural carbonation. Delight in different…

Sameness is easy, predictable, accepted. Different, however, poses a challenge, gives way to debate, stimulates thought. The ancient art form of Mosaic is founded on the idea of creating splendor utilizing contrasting elements: jagged edges situated (un)comfortably next to rounded perfection, darkness clarifying the light, hammered down broken glass. It is these contradictory, different processes that create beauty. So I invite you to open your mind to contrast, engage in the experience, be perplexed, question the intricacies, and revel in this liquid Mosaic that is staking its claim to be different. Consider the unapologetic bitterness of Old Man Hop as he extends his gnarled fingers, taking a frictional grasp of your tongue. Flirtatiously nudging him aside, in bounces the charming singsong of his Hoppy Mistress greeting her guests with a fresh-cut platter of aromatic tropical fruity sweetness. Don’t mind if I do. Bring your awareness to the approach of the rustic, shady Saison Yeast Character, whose strands hang low over his downcast eyes, as he shyly mumbles “‘Sup Dude.” Contemplate the tapping of your feet, and allow a serious boogie down session with the jazzed up Effervescent Chap as he’s high flying, and break dancing on your taste buds. Observe as the militant invasion of the feared Brettanomyces troupe files in, offering proud salute to the sensory shape shifting that will slowly escort you to the artful transcendence of its Mosaic mission. Go ahead, drink in the scenic route through this fluid medley of colorful characters. Delight in different.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.02
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, batch #3, bottled in May 2016, poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A hazy golden orange colour with a thin white head that dissipated fairly quickly but left some decent lacing.
Aroma: Brett, tropical and citrus fruit, mango, grapefruit, lime zest, oak, with maybe some floral notes.
Taste: Lightly sour, moderately bitter, mango, papaya, citrus pith, funky, brett, damp wood, grass, peppery spice, with a floral finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: Easy drinking and enjoyable as long as you like brett. 5 years in the bottle was probably longer than I intended to hold it for, and while the brett is still strong in this one, the Mosaic has certainly dropped off somewhat.

Anchorage The Ghosts In Their Eyes

Brewery: Anchorage Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 8%
Style: Brett IPA
Other Notes: Ale fermented in oak tanks with brettanomyces

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Brett IPA brewed with Citra and Galaxy hops. Fermented in oak tanks with a Belgian yeast and two strains of Brettanomyces. Dry hopped with Citra and Galaxy hops. Bottle conditioned for natural carbonation. Enjoy.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.09
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, batch #1, poured into a Holy Mountain tulip glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy golden colour with a thin half finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly, and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Tart, tropical fruity, mango, peach, orange zest zing, funky, brett, musty, and damp wood notes.
Taste: Light sourness, lemon zest, grapefruit, lightly bitter, funky, brett, peppery spice, with hints of mango and peach.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
Overall: It’s a good and enjoyable brett IPA. It’s not my favourite style, but this was done well.

Het Boerenerf Oude Schaarbeekse Kriek

Brewery: Het Boerenerf Eylenbosch
Country: Belgium
ABV: 7%
Style: Lambic – Fruit
Other Notes: 2020 harvest

Brewer Description: (from lambic.info) Boerenerf Oude Schaarbeekse Kriek is a blend of handpicked local and own grown Schaarbeekse cherries. It its bottled in 75cl bottles and listed as 7% ABV.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.12
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on 16th January 2021, with a best before date of 9th November 2041. Poured into a Tilquin stemmed glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy but very nice deep ruby red colour with a one finger pink head that dissipated fairly quickly, but left some nice lacing.
Aroma: Intense cherry, cherry skin, cherry pit, almond, marzipan, with light leather notes and hints of tartness.
Taste: Sour, tart, cherry, lemon juice, almond, marzipan, leather, with notes of oak, cherry skin and cherry stone.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation with some acidic sharpness.
Overall: First try of this new blendery that started its project in 2020, and it was good. It’s popping ruby red colour and aroma was great and the flavours were intense, although I would have preferred less lemon and a slightly toned down sharpness. But still, very enjoyable and can’t wait to try the other products in their lineup.

Casey Oak Theory

Brewery: Casey Brewing & Blending
Country: USA
ABV: 5%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Ale aged in oak barrels.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.09
My ratebeer.com rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on 22nd December 2015. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen gueuze glass.
Appearance: A slightly hazy golden colour with a thin white head that dissipated quickly and left only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Funky, damp wood, hay, lemon juice, pear, with light apple and floral notes.
Taste: Light to moderate sour, lemon juice, citrus rind, pear, apple, with light funk and notes of lime and wet wood.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: I heard this was described by someone as a table beer, and I thought that this was pretty accurate. It was brewed with the Senne Belgian sours in mind, so I’d call it a table gueuze when compared to the best of the gueuzes as although everything was enjoyable and worked together, it was still relatively muted in comparison.

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