Ananke | Freetail Brewing Company

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Freetail Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by champ103 on 09-12-2010

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Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 235
Photo of jeonseh
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Lemon, lactic acid and wheat in the nose. Light orange citrus and oak as well

T - Tart lemon, light sour sweet tarts. Light vinegar presence as well that gives it a sharp edge. It has a slight funky, oaky orange citrus that reminds me slightly of juicy..

M - Light carbonation that give the beer a soft feeling. Dry finish

O - A good light sour that is a bit muted overall. It is definitely refreshing and could see myself really enjoying it on a hot TX day.

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Photo of errantnight
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of spicelab
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge props to nicks6217 for surprising me with this.

Mildly hazed golden straw with a short-lived white head that falls to a slight collar. Assertive bead.

Nose is a lovely marriage of tart citrus and rounded barrel notes. Vibrant lemon, grapefruit and blood orange supported by a refined vinous oak canvas, with hints of heather and fennel.

The acidity goes into overdrive, lending full-on sherbety qualities to the citrus. But at the same time, the white wine and oak character softens the rough edges.

Buzzy and tangy entry, mellowing gradually as the oak and tannins smooth things out.

Bloody tight. The base wild ale would almost be too hot to handle on its own, but the barrel treatment keeps it firmly grounded and ensures drinkability.

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Photo of ubufan2112
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade
650 ml Bottle with 2012 date on label.
Label states 6.8% ABV
Poured into Russian River Tulip.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with little carbonation. A thin white head quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S: Very clean lemon tart nose with a good dose of funk underlying.

T: Taste follows nose. Bright acidity, with a Brett funkiness that balances out the whole package. I get more of the funk and wine barrel characteristics as the beer begins to warm. The funk leaves a nice long finish on my palate.

M: Very light and crisp on the palate. Medium to low carbonation that's just right for this style. Refreshing.

O: Overall a well crafted sour. Good balance between sour and funk. Refreshingly sour, but no so that it wears out your palate. Would definitely drink again!!

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Freetail snifter
important to use proper glassware J/K
pours a golden color little head and very little lacing if any
smell is fruit cherry-citrus tart funk
taste follows the smell smooth light tart
fruit not acidity crisp multiple citrus flavors
definitely could drink the whole bottle but split with girlfriend
would definitely get again if have opportunity

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Daniel! 2012 bomber, poured in a Vinum Extreme flute.

Brilliant, slightly hazy golden color. No head. Bubbles large and tiny rise lazily to the surface.

Smells like tart old white wine barrel, good combo of fresh fruit (white grape and pineapple) and deep, earthy, savory, briny notes. Some dried fruit, and a hint of pine forest.

Great tart, saline fruit flavor, with enough funky complexity to keep it interesting. Fresh and pure. Refreshing and highly drinkable, thirst quenching to the point of chuggability. Long tart, saline finish with just a touch of overt oak.

It's been a while since I had this, and it's just as enjoyable as I remember it. Excellent beer, great purity. Wish beer like this came in 6-packs!

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Photo of kspongeworthy
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of jamescain
4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of crusian
2.64/5  rDev -36.4%
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...

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Photo of lnashsig
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Humulus85
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to by boy tjkinate for this one. From a 22 oz bottle into my Darkness snifter. 2012 Vintage

Pours very hazy light gold with small half-finger head that dissipated almost instantly. Very little lacing.

Lemony tartness, some barnyard funk, grainy malt, a bit of wood from the barrel. Clean and appropriate for the style.

Moderate lacto tartness upfront, a citric like sourness. Nice bit of wet funk in the middle. White wine barrel. Balanced out by a surprisingly prominent bready grain bill. Finishes tart and dry.

Very light in body, with tons of active effervescent carbonation. Definitely tart, but not too puckering. Finishes nice and dry with a lingering tart aftertaste. Very drinkable.

Overall this is a pretty solid American Wild. Very Gueuze like, reminded my of Lindeman's Gueuze Cuvee Rene. Nothing too complex here, except for the very nice malt. Maybe a year in the cellar would add some depth. I would love to try the variations on this brew. Recommended to any fan of Sours. Thanks again tjkinate. Cheers!

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Photo of ottovon
4.19/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of xpimptastikx
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy golden with small off white head, recedes to light lacing.
S - Sour apple, lemon, with light oak, and funk.
T - Initial citric lemon with a medium sweetness. like an oak aged lemonade?
M/D - Slightly dry with a lightly tannic finish. Not abrasive or offensive in anyway.

While it might be pretty straight forward, I can say that I'm happy to have tried this and even happier there will be bottles in another month. Thank you Freetail for continuing to do these lovely experiments.

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Photo of BgThang
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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Photo of spaceycasey
4.72/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap 9/12, fortunately it was still on tap - keg blew moments after I got my serving. Served in a 12 oz snifter.

A - hazy golden with small white head that quickly disappears, but leaves fair amount of lazing. Scott was behind the bar and explained that the keg tapped was the last filled when emptying the barrel, and the appearance of future tappings/bottles should be more clear.

S - Sour lacto character up front, but not dominating. Citrus, tart green apple, corriander, light oak. Wonderfully fragrant.

T - Like heaven in my mouth? As previous mentioned, wit characters come through. Grainy wheat, citrus, lactobacillus, tart jolly rancher. Wonderful.

M - Maybe my favorite part. Extremely delicate and soft on the pallate with just the perfect amount of mouth-puckering tartness.

D - I love sours, but with all of them eventually the acidity limits the drinkability. I didn't feel this one was too acidic as to make it hard to drink more than one. The $8 price tag might, however.

Overall, another wonderful beer by Freetail. Maybe their best yet up with BA OBR and La Muerta. Good things happening in Texas. Can't wait until bottle release day!

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Photo of jefferz5000
4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this one on a lazy Sunday afternoon, with my pops by my side for moral support.

Pours a beautiful, hazy, strong golden hue. A white, soapy bubbled head of about a quarter inch disappears as quickly as it forms.

Smells wonderful, with lovely notes of funk and white wine. Some oak in there as well. I'm really enjoying just smelling this beer.

Taste is quite nice and light with some pleasureful tartness. Hints of unripe stone fruits in there with again, white wine like qualities, thanks to the aging process.

Well carbonated, but not overdone. Just right. Slightly dry finish.

Overall, a very drinkable brew. I'm having to slow myself down. I think Freetail ought to start getting more attention as they continue to release brews of this caliber. I wish they would bottle more! Well done.

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Ananke from Freetail Brewing Company
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