Terrapin 10th Anniversary Ale | Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin 10th Anniversary AleTerrapin 10th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by rajendra82 on 04-23-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 92
Reviews by sommersb:
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 06-05-2012
Freshness: 2012 Vintage
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap with foil
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Midtown, Nashville

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark golden color with a finger and a half of white head. A good amount of lacing is left behind. Head retention is low, but not unexpected given the ABV.

Smell: First aromas are of grapes in a wine-like sense. Then come smells of floral hops, fruits (orange in particular) and Belgian yeast funkiness. The aromas seemed muted in the beginning, but opened up as the beer came to room temps.

Taste: Complex flavors of pineapple, orange citrus and spicy hops, with a twang to it. The beer reminded me somewhat of a saison, with its dryness and a little sourness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth feel on a medium to full body. The high carbonation and citrus notes make for a zesty impression. Aftertastes are of grapes, spices and oranges. The finish is dry and shows some acidity, tartness and a bit of a medicinal quality.

Overall: A very enjoyable celebration of Terrapin's 10th anniversary.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of chinchill
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of SeriousALEment
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of jsanford
2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of Vec2267
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - hazy pale yellow with a thin white head that provides nice lacing

S - orange, flowers, sugar, spice

T - quite a melange of flavors, spice and flowers are dominant, orange accents, very sweet, a slight boozy burn is a nice accent

M - it is hard for a beer with this much alcohol to be crisp, but this beer pulls it off

O - quite a surprise for this brewery, I like their beers but they tend to over the top, at 10% it is still quite a bomb, but the flavors are very nuanced, not something I would drink every day, but it is worth a sample

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: hazy, somewhere between straw and gold. Fairly fat white head.
smell: Very nice indeed. Fruit and floral, a hint of sour and spice. A bit of hops. Mostly it's nice creamy balanced goodness.
taste: Oh yeah, that delivers. I was afraid of a letdown after the impressive nose.
overall: Quite a work of art. Kudos to Terrapin.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ThickNStout
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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