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Ananke - Freetail Brewing Company

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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 234
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 244
Gots: 35 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: champ103 on 09-12-2010

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decided to cap off my night with this gem, Really a very fine example of the style and of barrel aging and aside from that it came highly recommended, so to be honest how could I resist right? Served chilled into a white birch glass, this one was consumed on 11/01/2010.

The pour is a very light yellow in color, light haze to it with a nice and full head of white on top that really has some legs to it as it coats the entire inside of the glass and sticks to just about every that it possibly can before settling down to a still respectable two inches that stayed throughout the session.

Aroma is tart apples right off the bat, very crisp and clean with a nice sour grape coming through as it warms. But then I take the first sip and its over. Clean, clear, crisp and perfectly balanced, it simply stole the show for me. A great hit of sour and funk right at the front, lots of bright fruit flavors, really just a wonderful job here at bringing it all together I have to say. Clean apples, grapes, light grains, a touch of peach are all wonderfully prominent here as well as a light touch of barrel flavor that barely peaks its head up long enough for you to notice. Such a light, crisp and well carbonated body yielded a wonderfully balanced and even feel that left a crisp, dry flavor on the palate that instantly had me looking for more.

Overall it was sublime, one of the best offerings from anyone I have had in a long time. Very well done.

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Photo of spaceycasey
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap 9/12, fortunately it was still on tap - keg blew moments after I got my serving. Served in a 12 oz snifter.

A - hazy golden with small white head that quickly disappears, but leaves fair amount of lazing. Scott was behind the bar and explained that the keg tapped was the last filled when emptying the barrel, and the appearance of future tappings/bottles should be more clear.

S - Sour lacto character up front, but not dominating. Citrus, tart green apple, corriander, light oak. Wonderfully fragrant.

T - Like heaven in my mouth? As previous mentioned, wit characters come through. Grainy wheat, citrus, lactobacillus, tart jolly rancher. Wonderful.

M - Maybe my favorite part. Extremely delicate and soft on the pallate with just the perfect amount of mouth-puckering tartness.

D - I love sours, but with all of them eventually the acidity limits the drinkability. I didn't feel this one was too acidic as to make it hard to drink more than one. The $8 price tag might, however.

Overall, another wonderful beer by Freetail. Maybe their best yet up with BA OBR and La Muerta. Good things happening in Texas. Can't wait until bottle release day!

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Photo of jamescain
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Brooklyn tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with a finger thick fluffy white head that clings to the side of the glass and leaves a thin lacing.

Aroma: Citrus, tart green apples, very earthy and funky. I don't really get much character from the barrel or the wine, but I do detect some brett.

Taste: Earthy and tart with green apple and citrus flavors. Slightly floral and musty.

Mouthfeel: Light body with prickly carbonation and a dry tart finish.

Overall: This is easily my favorite beer that I have tried from Freetail. I really the can make it again because I will be buying as many as I can. Really glad I was able to hold onto a bottle.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.57/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy, golden orange color with a thin fizzy-white cap. Foam quickly fades to a thin white ring.

S - Over ripe fruits, especially pear and a bit of peach. Strong barnyard funkiness. A bit of band aid comes through as it warms.

T - Very tart initially with hints of lemon, apple and pear. Light biscuity sweetness provides the backbone. Barnyard funk comes in mid-drink and lasts well through the finish.

M/D - Light and crisp with a very active carbonation. Great drinkability on this one. Definitely not a bad stab at a sour by these guys, looking forward to more from them.

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Photo of jefferz5000
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this one on a lazy Sunday afternoon, with my pops by my side for moral support.

Pours a beautiful, hazy, strong golden hue. A white, soapy bubbled head of about a quarter inch disappears as quickly as it forms.

Smells wonderful, with lovely notes of funk and white wine. Some oak in there as well. I'm really enjoying just smelling this beer.

Taste is quite nice and light with some pleasureful tartness. Hints of unripe stone fruits in there with again, white wine like qualities, thanks to the aging process.

Well carbonated, but not overdone. Just right. Slightly dry finish.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. I'm having to slow myself down. I think Freetail ought to start getting more attention as they continue to release brews of this caliber. I wish they would bottle more! Well done.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Daniel for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Lost Abbey tulip. Classy, gorgeous label.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger semi-fine white head with moderate retention. Dissipates down to a thin wisp of white with a thick white layer around the edge of the glass. Beer is a clean, clear goldenrod. Lacing is patchy and patterned with good stick.

S: Nose is aromatic and outstanding. Wine barrels come through crisp. Tart white grapes and lemons tickle the nostrils and muted Brett funkiness in the back lends aromas of band-aid and cobweb. Bit of clove and other spice notes also. Not the most complex or funky but very clean and appetizing.

T: Opens tart white grape skin and pulp and lemon and Brett funkiness in the back. Tartness builds and dries just a bit towards the middle. Yeasty, Brett characteristics come through more. Band-aid, lemon, and yeast at the finish which is very clean. Near no aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and amply carbonated. Lively and bubbly in the mouth. Puckering upfront and dries slightly towards the end. Oily and silky sliding down. Clean finish with just a slightly saliva-y aftertaste.

D: This is one of those beers where you open your last one and you think shit... well now I have to get more... I have no choice. A very very under-the-radar American Wild Ale... this is every bit as good as the hyped Veritas series or Russian River sours. Simply a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Urbancaver
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks turd for bringing this to Jackie os

Pours a hazy yellow with a good amunt of white head. Great head retention. Smells very tart and sour. Tastes very smooth and balanced. Tastes a lot like vlad the imp aler. Vry nice overall profile. I'm glad i got to try this one!

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Freetail snifter
important to use proper glassware J/K
pours a golden color little head and very little lacing if any
smell is fruit cherry-citrus tart funk
taste follows the smell smooth light tart
fruit not acidity crisp multiple citrus flavors
definitely could drink the whole bottle but split with girlfriend
would definitely get again if have opportunity

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Photo of Rutager
4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thank you to Hoppypocket for this treat. 2012 bottle.

Appearance. Pours a hazy gold with a finger of white head that settles to a collar pretty quickly.

Smell. Nice sweet oaky funk, white wine and vanilla, a little citrus and light stone fruits.

Taste. Sour light stone fruits and a bit of citrus, oaky vanilla and a bit of coconut, light funkyness. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body, medium-low fine carbonation.

Overall. Really enjoyed this one. It's fruity, sour and light enough to drink all day with some awesome oak characteristics. Thanks again hoppypocket, best american sour I've had in a while!

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Photo of BgThang
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottles are 22oz'r. the previous release 2010 i believe was 12oz.
this was the 2012 version.
It pours like cloudy sunshine and notes of sourness, vinegar, and funk come up.
the This reminds me of a light to medium soured lemonade. Very sessionable.
The mouthfeel is crisp with a corn flavor, not diacytel or anything like that but from the funk of the beer and add a nice compliment to the beer.
There is more sour notes if you let it roll around on the back of the tongue.
Overall a nice gueze style base beer the use in all their sour projects. Very nice

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright straw yellow with a minimal white head fading into a wisp. Decent lacing.

Smells a little funky with a lot of white wine notes. Almost like a chardonnay. Some lemon, apple and a slight spiciness.

Lots of bright lemon, apple and pear burst at the front of the tongue. Mustiness throughout almost like a good gueuze. Dries out very quickly and finishes a bit oaky again like a dry white wine such as Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio. Can definitely tell the wine barrel influence on this.

Light mouthfeel with good carbonation levels.

I really enjoyed this beer. Light and crisp with lots of good flavors. I'd recommend this to share with any wine loving friends.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Daniel! 2012 bomber, poured in a Vinum Extreme flute.

Brilliant, slightly hazy golden color. No head. Bubbles large and tiny rise lazily to the surface.

Smells like tart old white wine barrel, good combo of fresh fruit (white grape and pineapple) and deep, earthy, savory, briny notes. Some dried fruit, and a hint of pine forest.

Great tart, saline fruit flavor, with enough funky complexity to keep it interesting. Fresh and pure. Refreshing and highly drinkable, thirst quenching to the point of chuggability. Long tart, saline finish with just a touch of overt oak.

It's been a while since I had this, and it's just as enjoyable as I remember it. Excellent beer, great purity. Wish beer like this came in 6-packs!

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Photo of champ103
4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A small white head forms that fades away quickly, and leaves light lace.
S: This is great. Tart fruits are up front, but the tartness is not dominate. Apples with fleshy peaches, cherries, and grapes. A wonderful dry oak aroma is very prominent. A light vanilla sweetness as well.
T: Again tart fruits of apples and the more fleshy fruits. Peaches, cherries, and lots of musky grape flavors. A nice vanilla sweetness and tons dry oak. A lingering toasted malt/bread flavor as well that give this an interesting depth of flavors. Just awesome.
M/D: A medium body that is very soft. A perfect crispness and very dry. So easy to drink. I can never get enough of this.

Just a great wild ale. Well done Freetail. This will no doubt be a hit when they actually do it for a bottle release. Plenty of tartness going on, but not overdone at all. Very nuanced with lots of layers. Highly recommended.

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Photo of emerge077
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan for sharing this one with us! Quick review from written notes.

Hazed pale gold in the glass, spotty arcs of lacing around the edges.

Heavy citrus aroma, blend of orange and grapefruit. Very tart and fruity taste, again big citrus notes of the same fruits in the aroma. Finishes pleasantly dry, overall this Wild Ale is very well balanced and extremely drinkable, with plenty of unique character. Recommended.

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Photo of rudzud
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade and poured my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light straw hue with a one finger head that faded to leave a nice light cloud with a good rich white halo. Very nice, almost like a Berliner.

S - Very soft and subtle on the nose. Super light chardonnay barrels with the light barrel wood that goes with it. Some light lemons and nice faint barnyard funk along with Brett. While the aromas are a bit soft they are all solid.

T - Sourness and vanilla were the first things to jump. Vanilla really leaps at me, nice almost buttery that comes from a good heavy barrel aging. Excellent. After that bright citrus and lemons come out that are intermingled with delicious funky Brett notes. I dont really get much fruit like others have said (pineapple, stonefruit, pine), which is unfortunate as I would love to see some of those flavours. This is actually mighty delicious. As soft as the nose is the flavours really pop in the mouth with nice tartness, vanilla, vinous chardonnay, and solid Brett.

M - Mouthfeel is light and crisp with the perfect amount of lighter carbonation for the style. Lightly puckering/flem inducing. Spot on.

O - Overall, I just cant get past that rich woody vanilla. The vanilla presence here is stronger than in some stouts that have legit vanilla in them! Its excellent and works wonderfully with the sharp lemon and Brett. Best beer out Texas? Quite possible...

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Photo of brew3crew
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks turd!

A-golden yellow with no head whatsoever
S-just like I would want a belgian to taste like. Very strong yeast.
T-very sour. My palate is developed enough to pick much ayhing else out, really like it
M-mdium body and sweet
O-nice sour. My mouth is watering for more!

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Photo of lnashsig
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to John Speights for bringing this one back from San Antonio and the generosity to hook me up with a couple bottles. BA's from Houston are awesomely cool dudes that I'm proud to know.

Beer #5 from the #brewsandbaseball challenge! Still playing catchup!

Poured from bottle into 512 farmhouse glass. Pours a cloudy yellow/orange (closer to yellow, sunshine appearance) color, small carbonation bubbles are visible streaming up from the sides of the glass. Smell- sour cherries, salt, some citrus notes, reminiscent of gueuze aroma. Taste- puckering sour cherries with a really nice sugary tart follow through. Some citrusy lemon rind sourness as well. Mouthfeel is tight carbonation and finish is dry. This is a fantastic sour, for the 6.5% abv, there is no presence of it, and it is a great example of the style. What I don't get that I was expecting is a vinous quality- the sour cherries are the predominant flavor.

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Photo of spicelab
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge props to nicks6217 for surprising me with this.

Mildly hazed golden straw with a short-lived white head that falls to a slight collar. Assertive bead.

Nose is a lovely marriage of tart citrus and rounded barrel notes. Vibrant lemon, grapefruit and blood orange supported by a refined vinous oak canvas, with hints of heather and fennel.

The acidity goes into overdrive, lending full-on sherbety qualities to the citrus. But at the same time, the white wine and oak character softens the rough edges.

Buzzy and tangy entry, mellowing gradually as the oak and tannins smooth things out.

Bloody tight. The base wild ale would almost be too hot to handle on its own, but the barrel treatment keeps it firmly grounded and ensures drinkability.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought in a snifter a hazed yellow color with a thin layer of white foam. Pour is pretty full, but shows a touch of clingy lace as the nectar disappears.

Bright and grainy with a definite sour twinge to it. Served a wee bit cold to get full olfactory enjoyment though. Is there coriander in here?

Wow, was not expecting that...it's like a sour wit! Has the soft coriander and some tangy citrus. It really works well and shows some damn fine American innovation here. Kudos to Freetail on this one. Sour enough, but certainly not overbearing. When the bottles are released perhaps some more development of the lacto will make this even better.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed next a fire, while sitting in a recliner pondering the highlights of the past year and the impending amazing life changes coming in the next.

Bottle courtesy of MikeyV....thank you! 2010 model...

Pours a light-medium yellow with some dish soap bubbles that vanish completely, leaving a still surface.

Just loads of white wine on the nose. With eyes closed one might be hard pressed to peg this as a beer. Sour acidic white melon..honeydew?

Touch of sweetness up front is immediately washed away but a firm yet moderate sourness. White grapes, green apple, lemon and a slight acidity that's felt at the back of the jaw, but doesn't pucker. Juicy finish yields only a flash of tannins.

Nicely carbonated with a good round feel. Slightly juicy..each sip begs for another.

Overall, this was really enjoyable. By no means over the top, but very well executed. I have no idea what the base beer here is, but it has really been taken over by the wine barrel characteristics. Very nice, thoroughly drinkable, and highly enjoyable.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ElkSherpa for sharing.

Last time I had this (my first time I had it, in other words) was pre-BA reviewing. Always nice to revisit something—especially when they’re as good as this one.

The base beer for FreeTail’s barrel-aged wild ales, this pours a cloudy straw-blonde color, almost like a Belgian wit. There’s an immediate, upfront sour/tart aroma with some oaked notes. The flavor is very front-loaded, with an obvious souring showing hints of verbena and vanilla. Tart, with a dry lemony flavor and a pleasing sweetness which shows through. Delicate and light, it could get easily lost or overwhelmed by stronger sours.

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Photo of gford217
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for this 12oz bottle.

Pours a light cloudy golden yellow with a small fizzy white head that recedes to a small collar and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is nice and sour with lots of lactic notes and tart lemons. There is also a bit of funky, earthy brett and some doughy malts. Throw in the wine notes and you'd got a really great nose.

Taste is a little less sour with a mixture of sweet and tart fruits, lemons mixed with sweet Belgian yeast. The finish is dry and oaky with a tart lemony aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is spritzy with good carbonation and fairly light bodied overall.

This is certainly a great effort from Freetail and if the taste had measured up to the nose, this would be an excellent beer. Still, highly drinkable.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few bottles at the Freetail Ananke release yesterday. 12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip.

Ananke pours an attractively hazy body with a deep goldenrod color. Carbonation is thin and builds little more than a slim ring of foam at the top of the glass. Excellent aroma delivers tart lemon zest & wine-barrel oak. The wood smells dry and slightly funky, but citrus fruit is the highlight here. Sweet melon, dry grass, and bread crust provide a nice backdrop for the sourness.

The wine barrels make their presence felt most in the flavor of Ananke, hitting the front of the palate with dry, wooden tannins. Tart lemon and unripened white grapes quickly follow suit, laying down a nice puckering sourness. Slight graininess in the finish with tropical fruits and musty oak. Mouthfeel is crisp and slick on the tongue, with a low carbonation level and juicy finish. Ananke might taste dry, but the body is quite juicy and refreshing, making this Wild Ale one of the more drinkable versions of the style I've come across. Quite the unique beer, but I'd expect nothing less from Freetail. Definitely worth the trip to San Antonio...

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Photo of homebrew311
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Goose Island glass. Appearance is a cloudy yellow with zero head and no lacing. The aroma is full of sourdough, lemon, white wine, and lactic acid. The taste starts with a considerable amount of tartness and reminds me a bit of a lemon Warhead. There is an interplay of candied sweetness which adds a very interesting dimension to the flavor. The finish is dry and leaves a mild lingering tartness on the palate. The carbonation is perhaps a little low, but the mouthfeel is refreshing nonetheless. Overall, this sour offers a terrific balance of tartness and sweetness. Very drinkable. Well done!

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Photo of ottovon
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to cwolffman for this.

A: pours out a clear, straw-orange with almost no head. white foam around the edges with carb streaming up the glass.

S: straw, acid, apples, strawberries, honey. i get some cherry and yeast, with some bretty funk and raspberry.

T: a lot like the aroma. I get berries, oak, and a bit of a white wine notes, almost like a nice chardonnay. There is straw, and some nice sourness with this beer. it isnt overly sour, but has a nice acid bite.

M: thin with a good amount of carbonation.

O: a really good beer, that I wish I had more of.

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Ananke from Freetail Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.