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Terrapin 10th Anniversary Ale - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin 10th Anniversary AleTerrapin 10th Anniversary Ale

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90
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90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Join us in celebrating ten years of Terrapin with an Ale brewed with a Belgian yeast strain, Coriander, two kinds of orange peel and Chamomile. We chose to express this beautiful beer with what has been described as a beautiful equation… sip the beer while you ponder the math and our beautiful universe full of so much possibility!

IBU: 30
OG: 21
FG: 3.1
HOPS: Nelson Sauvin
MALT: Pilsner, Malted Rye
ADJUNCTS: Coriander, two kinds of orange peel, chamomile, dextrose

(Beer added by: rajendra82 on 04-23-2012)
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Reviews by HardTarget:
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HardTarget

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy when still in the bottle, thick hazy gives a soft glowing light. Looks viscous.

Smell: Rich honey sweetness with an herbal European bread yeast. Fruity melon and peach esters promise an alcoholic smack down.

Taste: Lemon pie filling sweetness is cut by an alcoholic tonic bitter that brings everything into balance. A nice interplay of ester, sugar, yeast, alcohol. The finish is remarkably clean, encouraging the next sip.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body is a bit slick and prickly. The carbonation helps lift some of the weight, but is almost painful.

Overall: Wow. A nice Belgian Strong. Hides the blade like a champ, deep in the math somewhere they buried the alcoholic burn that should come with all of this ester, making this a dangerous companion. A real experience, and a celebration of a great brewery.

Cheers to Illudium for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 04:14:25 | More by HardTarget
More User Reviews:
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cosmicevan

New York

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Generous extra from a recent trade, enjoyed from the special anniversary terrapin snifter.

a - brew pours a murky orange with a thin head and lots of champagne like carbonation.

s - nose is fairly honey forward with hints of pear and sweet bubblegum. Pleasant and soft.

t - a big burst of a handful of flavors explodes on my taste buds all fighting for attention. Alcohol, bubblegum, white pepper, orange peel, tangerine, and big notes of coriander.

m - heavy handed carb, booze shows itself in a big way.

o - overall not a bad beer, but certainly nothing special nor noteworthy for the style. Very fruity and nice, but the booze is a bit hefty.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2014 02:05:39 | More by cosmicevan
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PA-Michigander

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-19-2014 20:54:41 | More by PA-Michigander
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

Pours with a slight haze, an apricot-amber color and a modest, short-lived, soapy head.

Aroma: very fine and complex. Refined with some great fruity tones from the Belgian yeast.

Flavor: Orange peel, yeast, coriander, and biscuits. Hints of apricots and white grape juice. Great complexity. Rating reduced by aftertaste.

Feel: Medium-full body and juicy up front, lighter and drier by the finish. A touch hot (high ABV).

O: High ABV is partially hidden, not particularly in the taste but remarkably in the aroma. Nicely complex and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 21:40:56 | More by chinchill
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GABrew

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -14%

11-10-2013 03:53:40 | More by GABrew
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BrkfstOfChmpns

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-30-2013 00:33:06 | More by BrkfstOfChmpns
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tweezer159

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

10-20-2013 06:57:44 | More by tweezer159
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Off_inthe_Shower

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-08-2013 20:51:39 | More by Off_inthe_Shower
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. No bottling date but it was brewed for their 10th anniversary in April 2012. Served, appropriately enough, in a Terrapin 10th anniversary snifter.

Pours a muted cloudy straw yellow with a full finger of white head. Head fades to a thin halo that doesn't really lace at all.

Smells of flower petals, honey, chamomile, a touch of yeast character and faint coriander. Nice overall.

Huge flavor of honey followed by the floral chamomile, sweet bread, light orange notes, mild spice, some semi fruity yeast and a little booze. Really nice mixture.

Creamy, medium heavy feel with a nice low carbonation that allows the brew to coat the tongue. Sweet honey and floral finish.

Belgian strong pale ales rarely wow me but I'm impressed. I've had two bottles in my cellar since last April but so far had only had this on tap at Terrapin's last two anniversary carnivals. This bottle was so much better than those tap pours. Sweet, complex and full bodied. I was apprehensive about buying two bottles but now I wish I'd bought more. I love the honey and think this will still be going strong for at least a couple more years.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 02:22:03 | More by ThickNStout
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Jadjunk

Georgia

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"'It is absolutely paradoxical; we cannot understand it, and we don't know what it means, but we have proved it, and therefore we know if must be the truth.' Benjamin Pierce". Brewed in the style of a Belgian Strong Pale Ale with spices added. Brewed in March 2012 in celebration of Terrapin's 10th Anniversary. This bottle has been aged for about 1 year, 3 months.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a Terrapin Snifter. Served north of 54º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy off-white head over a hazy golden yellow body. Plenty of sediment in tow, clarity is very low overall. Retention is average at best, lacing is thin and streaked. There isn't a great deal of presentation power in this beer but the age may have something to do with that. 3

(Smell) Aromas of spiced bread, wheat malt, a touch of clean honey sweetness, a pinch of floral and earthy hops, some expected booziness from fruity esters, expect a touch of semi-sweet pear and raisin. Spice is pleasant in it's simplicity but enjoyable in its diversity- a pinch of coriander is met with a more unique nutmeg and pepper, with hints of ginger candy and a touch of moist honey sweetness giving some added dimension to the body. Altogether it's quite an approachable aroma. Potency is medium. 4

(Taste) Up front, lightly spiced bready pale malts with a subtle floral bouquet, a drizzle of sweet honey malt, merging to a mildly dry and very subtle fruit finish. It's worth knowing that the most unique part of the flavor is an unmistakeable chamomile, clove and honey character, the latter likely accounts for the alcohol content of this beer, and the upcoming texture as well. Yet, when joined by a dash of bright, effervescent coriander and chamomile, it is very surprising that this beer is as clean and quaffable as it is. Perhaps the most jarring criticism comes from a general lack of participation from the orange peel. There are reportedly two varieties, I cannot detect either in the flavor of this beer. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, slick with a mildly chewy body. Carbonation adds a touch of creaminess and fluffiness to the relatively tame, mildly viscous texture. Body is medium amongst Belgian Pale Ales, medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is medium+, not surprising for the style. I'm glad that the carbonation was kept tame for the style of this beer, as the beer wasn't viscous enough to warrant a creamy or spritely carbonation presence. 4

(Overall) Terrapin crafts a solid homage to Belgian Strong Ales with a charismatic, unique set of ingredients. There's no doubting that anybody who has a glass of this won't be finding something that's particularly unique or well done, for me, it was a very notable Chamomile that did a fine job accenting the malt and spices. I have another bottle of this in storage, and hope to see if this beer continues as gracefully as it has over a year in the cellar. As of June 2013, I still know of at least one store in the Atlanta area that has this beer, PM me to get the whereabouts. 4

Terrapin Beer Company's
Special Anniversary Ale (10th Anniversary)
4.06/5.00

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 22:01:16 | More by Jadjunk
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jheezee

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-02-2013 04:07:41 | More by jheezee
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GuttaMane138

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-28-2013 09:27:18 | More by GuttaMane138
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mikeincharleston

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14%

05-20-2013 23:47:56 | More by mikeincharleston
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-11-2013 03:12:20 | More by drewone
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shand

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Terrapin 10th Anniversary Ale pours a sediment-filled golden with a small head. BSDAs usually aren't my cup of tea, but I bought this based on my like of Terrapin, not being completely sure what style it is. The aroma is sweet, with fruits and honey bringing up the main part of the nose, with some leafy hops and yeast rounding everything together. Actually smells great! The taste is also surprisingly not bad, with a well-rounded fruit and honey flavor up front with some spices on the background. Yeast is present but not out of control. The mouthfeel is heavier and moderately carbonated, and the drinkability is solid. Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 03:32:31 | More by shand
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listenatjoes

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-11-2013 02:35:00 | More by listenatjoes
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vande

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-27-2013 01:21:57 | More by vande
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irish01980

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-26-2013 19:52:24 | More by irish01980
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opened 3/25/2013z

Pours a hazy orange yellow, big frothy white head, beautiful.

Smells slightly tart, lots of citrus zest, maybe some salt, coriander.

Taste is way different. None of the tartness or zest or salt, instead it's sweet yeasty banana and apple and other sweet fruit, flowers and hints of spice, honey. Not a lot of hops left but it's a year old. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is super creamy, milky almost, very rich and well carbed, very drinkable, booze doesn't show at all, feels excellent.

Great beer! I wonder what it tasted like fresh.

8.2/10

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 23:53:08 | More by AlexFields
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-19-2013 02:07:38 | More by mendvicdog
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-17-2013 18:05:12 | More by duceswild
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-15-2013 03:15:27 | More by oriolesfan4
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AngeliaM

Florida

5/5  rDev +22.9%

03-05-2013 15:18:53 | More by AngeliaM
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Dooleymon

Alabama

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-04-2013 01:02:11 | More by Dooleymon
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-19-2013 05:24:53 | More by Blanco
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Terrapin 10th Anniversary Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.