Rondy Brew (2014) | Anchorage Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States
anchoragebrewingcompany.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Saison brewed with lemongrass and citra hops. Fermented and aged in foudres with brettanomyces and saison yeast. Dry hopped with citra hops. Bottle conditioned for natural carbonation.

Added by unclekeith on 02-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
104
Reviews:
20
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
8.11%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

With the brewers pantry opening up to elements of wood staves, wild yeast, new-wave hops and a world of herbs, spices and botanicals, a few daring ale-makers are taking full advantage of these new tools. None are going better than Anchorage and Rodney Brew proves it.

The Belgian farmhouse inspired ale pours with the common canary stained hue of those of the European lowlands, Its prism haze scatters light and brightens the ale within. Jaw-tightening and mouthwatering aromas emit as the mustiness of dried weathered citrus, vinous cork, fresh oak and earthen vegetation brighten the nose and early palate. With just enough sweet and doughy taste and texture to support, the beer's early impressions are of sweetheart candies and wood aged chardonnay.

Across the middle, the ale simply blooms- its tangy sweetness slowly trails and allows the hops and earthy components to sail. The bright taste of tangerine, pineapple, passionfruit and white grape ride along side of leather, dried citrus peel, cedar, aged oak, saddle leather, and a briny or salty nod that's not all and all that different from sweat. As the taste quickly falls on the finish, the peppery flavors from wood spice and yeast balance the fruit and tanginess for incredible taste and texture on the fatter portions of the tongue.

Its light body is held up early with creamy wheat and expressive carbonation. But as both of those fall off, the more vinous chardonnay character takes hold. Its bright acidity bounces off the tongue and evokes a high sense of refreshment- clean, crisp and bracing in its sour finish with elegant wafts of citrus, barnyard and pepper returning as echoes in aftertaste and retro-nasal aromas.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.32/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 25oz C&C bottle into a Crooked Stave tulip.

Appearance- Clear gold with 2 finger white head that left a lot of lacing.

Smell- Some skunky faded hops,Lemon, grass, earthy barrel notes. Fruity and lightly hoppy.

Taste- Lemon grass, citrusy hops, grassy notes, peaches, apples, gren grapes.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, with light pucker, and mild booze heat (which might be ginger?). Crisp and easy to drink.

Overall- Nice tart saison with good drinkability. Another winner from Anchorage.

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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, Batch #3 dated February 2014, poured into an Anchorage teku.

The beer pours a very hazy, cloudy, golden straw color, hues of orange and copper with some noticeable activity at the bottom of the glass that fades quickly into the fog of the beer. A nice, thick, 3 finger head, white and soapy rests atop the beer that has phenomenal retention and leaves nice tracks of spotted lace behind. The aroma is really wonderful, bright and citrusy, lemongrass comes out well with the citra hops, but there are some nice undertones of oak, bretty funk, straw, pale grain, light yeasty spice and wildflower. The flavors are nice, plenty of bright citrus, wildflower and lemongrass, tangy fruit character with some nice bretty funk, pale grain, mild oak, light yeasty spiciness that produces a nice sharpness to the beer, but overall it's very delicate and has nice brightness to the flavors. The mouthfeel is good, coats very well, carbonation is lively but not abrasive, feels soft and fluffy across the tongue with some nice tartness and an easy finish that is lightly dry.

Verdict: A very, very enjoyable saison from Anchorage. I didn't really know what the expect from this guy, but the more it warmed and opened up, the more I found myself enjoying it. It's right in my wheelhouse when it comes to flavors and profiles and this is certainly one of the better American made saisons I've tried, bright, floral and delicate with nice underlying funk and spice.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked and caged offering poured into a tulip. The brew appears a hazy golden yellow color with a white cap of sudsy topping that holds to the glass thick with patchy lace.

The aroma is lemony and grassy with sulfuric notes blending with a little mineral content and earth. Overall, the nose is bright and vibrant with sharp, fresh lemon.

The taste is dry and lemony but not nearly as pronounced as the aroma suggests. Mid-palate are flavors of dry bretty earth and cracker-like wheat to grain inclusion that is bordering dusty. Some resinous to oily lemon bitterness persists into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is dry and easy drinking. This pretty much smells amazing but the taste comes up short. I dont see this really developing into any real gem, if anything it will lose its wonderful nose and get worse. If offered, id try it again just for shits but I wouldnt buy it.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is cloudy straw yellow with a fluffy white head with big bubbled thick foamy lace with long lasting cling.

Smell is a pleasantly complex melange of tropical fruits. Pineapple, lemon and lime most definitely, with a little must.

Taste is floral. The various citrus aspects of the hops, lemongrass and brett come together with a some what soapy, perfume like quality. Some definite barnyard behind the pineapple. The lemongrass gains intensity as I work through it.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, a little oily. Full carbonation makes it swishy, burpy. Some resinous hop oils.

Drinkability is pretty solid. I think the lemongrass is a touch too much, as it most always is in my opinion. Once you can identify the adjunct, there's too much. I think the citra hops and brett exaggerate it as well.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Rondy Brew (2014) from Anchorage Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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