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Ananke - Freetail Brewing Company

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199 Ratings
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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%


Brewed by:
Freetail Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: champ103 on 09-12-2010)
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Craig.

Appearance: Pale and cloudy straw blond with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Looks like a Belgian wit.

Smell: Yeasty, spicy, phenolic. Some lacto presence, mild lemony sourness, a lot of pineapple. Kind of smells like pineapple icecream, actually.

Palate: Light bodied bordering on thin, with a ton of sweet and tart pineapple flavor. Tastes better than it smells. Has some witbier characteristics - phenolic and spicy, very lactic, a little peppery. Finish is fruity and lactic but very short.

Overall: Really pretty good - comes off as a mildly sour witbier to me. Enjoyable but not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 04:56:57 | More by largadeer
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Treebs

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in Portsmouth tulip. From the most recent release. Bottle courtesy of Carleton (SpdKilz). Thanks buddy!

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a quick dissolving white foam head. It shrinks to a thing ring and some light whisps.

S: Mild tart lemon with some light funk and a little pale wheat and malt combination.

T: Some mild tartness up front with some lemon grass, a little bitter fruit rind and a touch of sourness on the finish.

M: Light bodied with smooth carbonation and a refreshing mouthfeel.

O: Very easy drinking wild ale. Not in your face at all and goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 14:24:49 | More by Treebs
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FosterJM

California

3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1261st Review on BA
Bottle to Oakuinox taster
22oz bottle

Thanks to lnashsig for this one

Shared at Beachwood's BBQ Long Beach, Ode to Lambic

App- This was the color of water mixed with lemonade mix with no bubbles, just some floaties in the glass.

Smell- Getting better, here we go but I was shocked. This smelled just like a witbier. Malty, lemon and some soft citrus.

Taste- Well in the words of CPAbeer,"This is a session sour if I have ever tasted one". This was very light all the way around. Great crisp flavor with some lemons and then moves into a soft wheat flavor with a bit mild oak and some white wine flavors.

Mouth- A very light body. I get this is the base sour but wanted more punch I guess. A light medium soft carbonation. A little pineapple on the finish.

Drink- This was pretty damn good. I am really going off the taste of this beer vs. looks or smell. Sessionable, crisp, this, but well flavored. Thanks Lee!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 23:02:05 | More by FosterJM
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 22:19:01 | More by jmarsh123
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elNopalero

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 21:21:15 | More by elNopalero
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BgThang

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 20:42:34 | More by BgThang
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crusian

Oregon

2.63/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottle from raffy313, thanks man, I appreciate you hauling it up.

smell is a lot of brett, with some vineger underlays, with some citrus protruding from it.
taste is disappointing, there is some brett, that fades into lacto... but, honestly... that seems to be about it. they don't really meld together well. they seem to clash. carbonation is great, but this just seems like they tossed as much "wild" yeast into it to see what happened. I didn't think it worked out well.
I think a lot of the ratings might be a bit homerism, I try desperately not to do this. it is very refreshing, though...

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 06:26:19 | More by crusian
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brystmar

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nate for the bottle. A sour from my hometown -- very excited for this one!

Cloudy lemon color, minimal white ring remains up top. Strong citrus aroma reminds me of smelling Lemon-Lime Gatorade powder. A little funky, this is gonna be tart.

Fruity flavor profile, mild funk and tartness. Boldness of the flavors subsides quickly, finishing dry and just a bit watery. What's here is good; bring everything more forward and you've got a real winner.

A solid American sour that I'm proud to say came from my stomping grounds. Should improve nicely with age. I've got high hopes for the next batch too!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 02:08:59 | More by brystmar
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bomber into Jester King glass. Tiny head dissolves into only a thin white foamy ring. Cloudy pale golden color with few yeast particles.

Nose picks up lots of earthy brett funk, wood, white wine, grapes. Very pleasant aroma.

Taste is of tart fruits: grapes, green apples, pineapple. Medium tartness.

Little carbonation, thin body, dry finish.

Great aroma. Delicious tasting although not very sour. The lack of sourness might leave some wanting more, but I found it very delicious nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 03:11:58 | More by kspongeworthy
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lnashsig

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:34:39 | More by lnashsig
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of mrbubbler himself.

Pours a clear yellow with no head and no lacing. Smell is somewhat sour and tart with some fruit and funk aromas. Taste is the same along with a slightly grainy flavor. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer but somewhat restrained for being a wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 03:40:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 20:19:41 | More by BarrytheBear
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 01:05:07 | More by KickInTheChalice
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jamescain

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 16:53:20 | More by jamescain
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 00:41:36 | More by stakem
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errantnight

California

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2011 15:55:33 | More by errantnight
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ottovon

Arizona

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 03:48:03 | More by ottovon
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Phelps

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 18:26:14 | More by Phelps
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 12:35:24 | More by Thorpe429
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 14:43:43 | More by brew3crew
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Urbancaver

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 14:43:14 | More by Urbancaver
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 09:00:18 | More by corby112
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gford217

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 00:14:48 | More by gford217
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 14:19:40 | More by thagr81us
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 04:11:03 | More by craytonic
Ananke from Freetail Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.