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Great Lakes Anniversary Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Anniversary AleGreat Lakes Anniversary Ale

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very good

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 14
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: SheepNutz on 06-07-2003

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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured hazy medium amber with large rocky off-white head that lasted longer than it took me to drink it. Aroma was very complex of malt, hop and fruit. Flavor was as complex with the same character as aroma with a long spicy finish. Medium to full body with moderate acohol finish.

Good brew.

Photo of karengarys
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Anniversary ale, which was cellared for about 2 years and is at about 55 degrees now slow pours a hazy amber, leaving little head, but a fluffy ring and island sit in the middle.As I watch it, super tiny bubbles are slowly emerging, creating various patterns on the top of the drink filling half of my daquari glass. Small islands of bubbles stick to the side of said daquari glass as you set it down after a drink.

Smell is very fruity and slightly sour. I pick up notes of banana, mango and mandarin orange.

Taste is quite sweet. More dark orange, banana and pears. Is this an alcoholic beverage? I cannot believe how well this hides the alcohol. On that aspect, it is rivaling, maybe surpassing the best of the real belgians (specifically, it hides the alcohol better than St. Bernardaus Triple). Amazing for an American brewed triple.

Mouthfeel is very creamy. Very very creamy. And it stays that way.

Finish is sweet. The creaminess in the mouthfeel stays through the entire finish, another amazing feat.

I wish I could throw a party serving nothing but this instead of champaign. It is one excellent beverage. It may have been a bit sweet for the style, but for my tastes it worked VERY well. I highly recommend giving this a shot... ...if you can find it...

Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anniversary Ale poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a wine glass. The bottle's best by date is Novemeber 17, 2004. I know it's past its date, but the beer is a tripel and one I had looked forward to waiting on, for as a fresh beer it had been a tad too much in mutliple directions.

The beer poured a gold with a nice touch of orange. The head was white with a fizzyiness to it and left no head. The nose is heavy on summer time sugary fruits and sweetness. The flavor proves to be lightly sweet with a mild amount of fruitiness (apricots and oranges). The mouthfeel is light and the drinkablity and abv level are well hidden in this particular, probably overly aged, bottle.

Notes. I will return this summer for a review of this ale fresh and on tap, but found it surprisingly nice to sip in its state here from this bottle.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - clear honey gold color with flakes floating about. A dirty white head recedes fairly quickly, leaving a partial covering. Gets clouded up with the last few ounces poured in.

Aroma - sweet, yeasty, an earthy, slightly musty undertone.

Taste - very malty and sweet, candi sugar and yeast dominate the flavor. Pleasant woodiness follows the swallow along with some mild hoppiness. Warming alcohol to finish up, it shows off some peppery flavors as it warms.

Mouthfeel - thick, syrupy, big beer feel. About average carbonation.

Drinkability - delicious brew from the GL.

Photo of merlin48
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to cmarushak for this rare, 2004 classic. Pours into a tulip glass a hazed, honey amber body with a persistent, two finger head that is a creamy vanilla. Active carbonation is very apparent through the slight haze. Patchy sheet lacing adds to the striking appearance.

Lovely aroma rivals some of the better Belgian tripels. Honeydew melon, kiwi fruit, clover honey, orangerind, pineapple, bubblegum, coriander, and white pepper. Very nice to inhale!

Mouthfeel is excellent, with a medium body and velvety medium carbonation.

Taste is dominated by a sweet tropical fruitiness comprised of pineapple, melon, and kiwi. Coriander, white pepper, and orangerind add appropriate spiciness. Alcohol presence is very muted for the style. Yeastiness is present, but not a major player.

Very well crafted Tripel by this Ohio brewery. This one has aged quite well and I love the suggestive label depicting a huge slice of cake.

Photo of sopor
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant, clear golden-wheat color brew with a small amount of sediment swimming around. Thin creamy head leaves a small uneven and splotchy film. Smells of sweet candy and yeast with touches of honey, followed by spice and hop bittering and a hint of alcohol. Tastes reminiscent of Starfruit, bananas and grapes hit up front with flavors of yeast and candy sweet malt. Spices that I can’t quite identify and a small alcohol kick come in with the soft yet perfectly bitter hops. Moderate body is perfect for a tripel with nice delicate carbonation. Pretty drinkable for 9.5%, perhaps goes down too easy, but not ultimately drinkable. A spicy and syrupy tripel that will not be a regular, but is definitely welcome in my fridge!

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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starts as a peachy-amber color. Thin lace at the top. Barely any head at all.

It smells a touch fruity. Perhaps a light apricot and apple smell from the Belgium style yeast. Hints at hoppiness and even a bit woody. Smells a little sweet. I'd say it smells a bit reminiscent of Chimay Cinq Cents.

Again, the taste is somewhat comparable to Chimay White. But it certainly isn't anywhere near as well rounded. The taste is confused. It's got a bit of yeast at the bottom of the bottle, but it doesn't come off very yeasty in flavor. It's fruity and sort of sweet at the start, but by the time it finishes it has turned fairly bitter. It peaks in the middle with a hop and alcohol 1-2. The finish is a little hoppy, a bit apple/grape peal bitter and the rest is alcohol. I don't care for the finish. The pleasant tastes are quick to fade away into bitters. The taste is too quick to really enjoy. It leaves the sour spots on the tongue tingly and warm.

It's not the best drinking triple. Most good Belgium triples wow me. This one...doesn't hit the mark. It's nearly there, but just not yet. It's good, but not great.

Photo of Fish113d
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass slightly chilled from a bottle.

Pours an orangish honey color with 2" of sticky, eggshell white, foamy head that starts to dissipate right as it pours but it does so slowly. Some sediment found making it a bit hazy holding into the light.

Very aromatic! I can smell it a foot away and can make out some characteristics as well. Very sugary aroma that reminds me of mandarine oranges. I get also a nice healthy dose of hops which almost seems a bit like cascade with a bit of earthy mix. The spice I smell (cloves or nutmeg) make almost an olive aroma from first whiff. However, I'm very excited to try this one!

Full body lends itself to a very citrusy flavor (oranges); very sweet; more sweet than the bottle implies. I also get a nice taste of sweet spices right up front followed by the citrus body, and a strong drying alcohol finish. It actually tingles my tongue a lot before swallowing. Some olive flavor also found in there, but as weird as that sounds it is pleasant.

Full-bodied for sure! Strong alcohol presence as well as a moderate bit of tingly bubbly carbonation throughout the sip. Alcohol is a bit much and hurts some flavor I think.

Although I happen to like it, I think there are better that represent the style. I'd have another, and I enjoyed it. I think anyone would!

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Great Lakes Anniversary Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.