Ananke - Freetail Brewing Company
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 215 | Reviews: 66 | Display Reviews Only:
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
12-30-2011 20:19:41 | More by BarrytheBear
3.6/5 rDev -14.9%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to bauermj for bringing this over.
Appearance: The beer itself is a pale champagne yellow with a scarce white head that fades pretty much right away.
Smell: The aroma is strong at first but fades a little bit. Slight tartness, citrus rind, a little bit of funk, and some white grape. A bit of funk in the back.
Taste: The flavor is mostly sour, not much funk in the flavor. Tart green apple, some white grape and some lemon zest comes on stronger as the sip progresses. Overall a fairly mellow flavor.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation is a bit light, as is the body. The tartness is on the light side, leading to only a light salivation with each sip.
Overall: My sense is that Freetail stayed a bit conservative with their first sour. It was good, but more delicate than the aggressive sour style I like.
12-14-2011 01:05:07 | More by KickInTheChalice
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
10-14-2011 16:53:20 | More by jamescain
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
12oz bottle into a snifter. Big thanks to jefferz5000 for hooking me up with this one. The cap pries off with a slight hiss. Poured down the center of my glass, this brew appears a clear golden yellow color. About a finger of white head forms across the top and quickly recedes. The cap holds around the outside edge of the glass and leaves some small patches and spots of lace.
The smell of this brew is pretty darn inviting. Lots of lactic sourness to this brew's nose coming across lemon-like mixed with a nice pairing of subtle musty oak. Some funk that is reminiscent of something faintly like stinky cheese and a bit of sulfur rounds out the rest of the aroma.
The taste is lactic sourness that has a citrus element that is a bit lemony. Despite the initial sharp flavoring, this is surprisingly not acidic. Through the body is a light yogurt flavoring and a bit of mild funkiness. Some very tame oak indications are evident across the back which is a nice contrast.
This is a medium to light bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Overall a very decent representation of the style. All and all this is easily approachable and easy drinking but I think it comes up just a little short in the feel. To me this was a little watery. In a way this brew reminds me of a watered down version of Ithaca's Brute. This was my first time enjoying a Freetail offering yet it carried with it a lot of familiar character. Nothing off putting about it at all, just needs a little work to really dial it in. Thanks Jeff!
08-24-2011 00:41:36 | More by stakem
3.83/5 rDev -9.5%
A great, solid, summer quaffer. It reminds me of nothing ever-so-much as a well made American Wheat Ale with a strong, clean lactic throughline. The barrel aging shows up barely around the fringe to tie things together, smoothing out the edges, providing a hint of sweetness and complexity. The twang and muskiness of the wheat slip in.
In some ways, this is flawless... there are no off-putting directions from any bugs or wild yeast. In others, it's just a touch... underwhelming? But that might be unfair, a touch. This is not a gueuze, or even a would-be. A fairer comparison would be a Berliner Weisse. This has more body and fullness, a touch more sweetness, but what it lacks in complexity it makes up for in being a delicious glass of beer.
Thanks, awinkro, for this one.
06-22-2011 15:55:33 | More by errantnight
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
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.
05-25-2011 03:48:03 | More by ottovon
3.9/5 rDev -7.8%
Shared by ottovon during a tasting, this here’s a wild ale aged in used wine casks for 7 months and named after the Greek goddess of necessity. I need a snifter to pour it in, so I go get one.
Mostly clear honey in color, with a very short-lived head of white that fizzles away right away to a thin ring.
Average sour aroma. Lemon peel, green apple, roses, grapefruit, funky farmhouse brett. Some floral sweetness as well.
Strawberry lemonade! Lemon peel, wheat bread, lilac. A perfect amount of bretty tartness runs away before the smooth, clean finish — a balance of floral and sweet honey
Light carbonation massages the tongue, but the beer holds together well as it moves about. The tartness is never too crazy.
It’s not life-changing, but it is a very decent, drinkable sour. Had I easier access, I could see myself buying lots of this to get me through hot summer days.
05-21-2011 18:26:14 | More by Phelps
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
Thanks to the guy who always comes through for a taste of this one. I owe you yet again, Eric! Served at the Jackie O's One Funky Afternoon release in my SAVOR snifter.
Pours a light apricot-peach color with a bit of haze and a white head. Light lacing. The nose is really nice and light. Mild tartness with a bit of peach. Some acidity lingering in the background. Lactic character is mild in the nose but comes out more in the flavor, which is almost like an American-inspired berliner. Light peach and other stone fruits along with a hint of wheat. Light, crisp, and refreshing body that is slightly acidic. Overall, quite enjoyable.
04-13-2011 12:35:24 | More by Thorpe429
4.38/5 rDev +3.5%
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!
04-02-2011 14:43:43 | More by brew3crew
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
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!
04-02-2011 14:43:14 | More by Urbancaver
4.13/5 rDev -2.4%
2010 vintage, 12oz bottle received in a recent trade with BelgianBeerGal. Thanks again Amy!
Pours a cloudy golden honey yellow color with a one finger foamy white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Visible carbonation bubbling up.
Funky, earthy aroma with lots of barrel character and dry bret effervescence. Lots of earthy oak with faint vanilla and a prominent wine presence in the nose. I'm not sure what kind of barrels they used but based on the color and aroma it must be a crisp white wine. Maybe chardonnay? Hints of crisp light fruit, mostly apple but also vinous with a strong grape, light raisin character.
Medium bodied with a good balance of tart sourness, earthy funk, oaky wine barrel character, dry bret and crisp light fruit. Slightly puckering up front but not too funky, sour or acidic with a very prominent vinous wine barrel presence. Earthy with oak tannis and hints of apple, grape and light raisin as well as a silky buttery presence that adds complexity and helps the mouthfeel. I'm also picking up some subtle honey that adds a bit more sweetness. Slight dry finish.
This beer is very well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink. It's not intensely sour or abrasive with a very nice wine barrel flavor that I really enjoy. I'm looking forward to trying more wild ales from Freetail.
02-13-2011 09:00:18 | More by corby112
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
01-16-2011 00:14:48 | More by gford217
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
Big thanks goes out to t0rin0 for sharing this one while I was in Cali. Served from bottle into a Firestone Walker sampler shaker. Poured a slightly hazy yellow with a minimal white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart, sour, funk, and lemon-lime. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight tart, slight sour, and slight funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. I must say though, that the aroma was better than the flavor. However, the flavor wasn't that bad. Definitely glad I got to try this one.
01-12-2011 14:19:40 | More by thagr81us
District of Columbia
3.58/5 rDev -15.4%
Appearance: CLear yellow-straw with a touch of amber, very small head with little lacing.
Smell: Gym and sock funkiness with lemon sourness and a biscuit malt backbone
Taste: There seems to be a white grape element to it, also the aforementioned gym/sock funk and biscuity malt. I would assume some sort of wine barrel aging and there is a bit of oak. Very Crisp.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a bit high
Drinkability: Good first shot, needs some work. They need to develop this, perhaps even start blending different years.
01-11-2011 04:11:03 | More by craytonic
Ananke from Freetail Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.