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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 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 14 | 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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Photo of kylehay2004


3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

A: thin head on a cloudy golden body. some lacing.

S: pale malts, light yeast, corriander and lemon custard sweetness.

T: Very fruity and citrusy with orange peel, pineapple and lemon dominating. The finish is mostly of floral and herbal notes and lots of belgian yeast.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Only semi dry, much less so than I was expecting from the yeast content.

Overall: This one gets easier to drink as you enjoy it but it becomes more like alcoholic fruit juice towards the end.

10-25-2012 05:03:16 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.75/5  rDev -32.4%

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, muted gold body with a smallish, brief, white head.

Smell: Moderately grainy-scented pilsner malt given a thorough wash of alcohol and noted scents of the chamomile and coriander seed. Very faint, ineffectual fruity accents in the background.

Taste: Again, more of the grainy pils but with more of a showing from the rye malt. Powdered sugar sweetness. Strong support from the coriander and chamomile, though not much from the orange peel beyond a small singe of triple sec on the tongue. Subtle green banana. Medium bitterness. The spice pulls up, as does the alcoholic heat into the drying, subtly tingly finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation helping to at least keep it from being a syrupy mess.

Overall: I'll pat Terrapin on the back for making it ten long years, I'll also pat myself on the back for making it through (almost) the whole bottle. A beer I had hoped to enjoy, but really didn't at all. Some graininess, some spice, some booze, some sugar.

05-14-2012 22:16:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Great to see Terrapin reach ten and great to see their anniversary ale here in Greensboro so quickly.Poured into a large tulip glass a honey golden color with a lacey white one finger head atop.Coriander and chamomile is predominent in the nose,light orange oil compliments them very well.Chamamomile and yeasty phenols at the onset of the palate,honey and candied orange followed by some real assertive coriander spice round out the finish.A solid spiced Belgian strong pale,sweet and full of spice.

04-29-2012 22:15:28 | More by oberon
Photo of nickfl


3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, golden body. The foam settles quickly and leaves light lace on the glass.

S - Soft, slightly fruity malt with notes of chamomile, herbal hops, and a distant hint of licorice.

T - Sweet, round malt up front with notes of red berries and pear. Some vanilla and honey in the middle and a finish of licorice, white grape juice, and light herbal hops.

M - A fairly thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - I am always wary of spice Belgians, but this one is actually pretty well done. Still, I can't help but pick it apart on points where it could have been much better; it needs more carbonation, more hops and a little bit of a dryer finish. As it is, it's good, but it could have been world class with a couple of tweaks.

10-25-2012 05:03:43 | More by nickfl
Photo of mendvicdog


3.5/5  rDev -14%

03-19-2013 02:07:38 | More by mendvicdog
Photo of oriolesfan4


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-15-2013 03:15:27 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

The nicest beer I've had from Terrapin in a while. Very nice flavors that are brought together beautifully and complement each other very well. Balanced but flavorful. Pours golden, with a fairly slight head, and a few chunkies floating around- nothing to worry about. Gobs of bubblegum in the nose, as well as some coriander and slightly spicy Rye. Nice. Similar tastes- quite a bit of the spicy rye notes, preceded by some sweetness and finishing with a nice hit of spice that has a bit of a drying effect. Lots of character here!

07-27-2012 23:08:59 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of drewone


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-11-2013 03:12:20 | More by drewone
Photo of duceswild


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

03-17-2013 18:05:12 | More by duceswild
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%

A - bright, hazy, golden yellow with a short-lived, loose, bubbly head

S - orange peel and faint chamomile; light malt character

T - light malt, orange peel, citrus, faint apples, faint chamomile, a little yeast

M - warm, smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a rather nice beer. It's a bit unique. The chamomile and orange peel are a nice touch to the Belgian pale ale body. It has a nice drinkability for a high ABV beer. If I could find this again, I'd buy it.

08-16-2012 15:12:40 | More by tdm168
Photo of sendbeer


4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-23-2012 05:20:20 | More by sendbeer
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

02-13-2014 21:40:56 | More by chinchill
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: A surprisingly sweet and fruity aroma. Also had hints of yeast and spices as well.

T: Tasted of light fruit (oranges), some malt, light hops, and spices (coriander). A slightly unusual (for the style) flavor, but oddly appealing. It kind of grows on you after a while.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a clean, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A slightly oddball beer, but well worth trying. Drinkable.

07-04-2012 12:19:20 | More by avalon07
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

Strong, malty fruity aroma has a subtle undertone of yeast and a hint of - is that coriander? Yes, coriander! It pours a beautiful clear solar yellow with a thick, fluffy and rather persistent white head. Flavor bursts with malt, orange, apple and butterscotch with a bit of a hoppy undertone and hints of yeast and coriander. Smooth, firm texture has a decent amount of fizz and leaves a nice fruity finish that has hints of coriander and hops. Special indeed! BTW I'm drinking this while watching the transit of Venus on-line, for what that's worth.

06-06-2012 01:27:36 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of eawolff99


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-23-2012 01:43:15 | More by eawolff99
Photo of AlexFields


3.96/5  rDev -2.7%

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.


03-24-2013 23:53:08 | More by AlexFields
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

07-20-2014 02:05:39 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of jsanford


2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

01-30-2013 03:13:27 | More by jsanford
Photo of buckyp

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-03-2012 01:20:13 | More by buckyp
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +15.7%

Poured into an Estrella Snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch head that retains slightly before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and sparse surface foam. Below average lacing.

S- Unique spice notes that are sweet with some Belgian yeast in the back. Slightly hoppy as well with some citrus notes.

T- The ingenuity continues with the melding of sweet spice and slightly bitter hops plus some tangy yeast notes. Very easy to drink for the abv. Tastes like a sweet saison with a spicy, hoppy kick.

M- Spritzy but soft with medium-high carbonation and a light-ish body.

O- Excellent. Well worth the $13.

05-16-2012 23:39:35 | More by Immortale25
Photo of jheezee


4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-02-2013 04:07:41 | More by jheezee
Photo of tclapper

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-23-2012 01:53:32 | More by tclapper
Photo of zonker17


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-11-2012 23:39:35 | More by zonker17
Photo of HardTarget


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

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!

11-16-2012 04:14:25 | More by HardTarget
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -12%

A - Pours a light orange-straw color with a decent finger of near white head, ok retention, very good lacing.

S - Yeast aromas similar to that of an allagash tripel orange and coriender are also very obvious, slightly tart/funky smelling.

T - Very Nelson Sauvin, a strong dry and slightly tart funk. Orange struggles to come through towards finish. Bitter slight tartness from the Nelsons linger through the finish. Once I allow the brew to warm up a bit the Nelson Sauvin dominance subsides, although it remains strong, allowing the other flavors to shine and the beer to become better balanced

M - Lighter bodied, especially for a 9.9%er. Medium+ carbonation

O - Its too bad that the grape/dry/tart like qualities of the hops used just totally dominate my palate (in a not particularly enjoyable way).. After allowing to warm for about 20 minutes the sharp tartness become much more bearable and allows the other flavors to be enjoyed, which I quite like

10-02-2012 23:00:39 | More by MacQ32
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Terrapin 10th Anniversary Ale from Terrapin Beer Company
90 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.