The Turning Shape
Anchorage Brewing Company

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Style:
Belgian Tripel
Ranked #218
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #21,400
Avg:
3.97 | pDev: 3.27%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
13
From:
Anchorage Brewing Company
 
Alaska, United States
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One-off
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The Turning ShapeThe Turning Shape
Notes: This is a delicious Belgian Style Triple that we brewed with Saaz hops. Fermented and aged in Missouri Oak Foeders from our friends @foedercrafters, then naturally carbonated it in the can and keg for that tradition flavor! Amazing art by @wolfskulljack_art.
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3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz canned 11-13-19. Opened 4-4-20.
Can conditioned, fermented and aged in Missouri oak.
2+ finger white head peeking over the rim of the glass. Good retention falls slowly and steadily to 1/4" rocky head. Golden body with a slight haze, neither opaque nor clear. Sticky, patchy lacing.
Floral, honey, light clove spice. Apple skin. Bit of a vinous quality in the nose as it warms.
Sweet malt, apple, some spicy/yeasty flavors. Pepper, honey,
Medium body and carbonation. Big, sweet malt upfront with a dry and almost medium length finish. Some warming heat.
Good to very good. Fairly simple and straight forward and not a bad example of an American brewed Tripel.

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Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/13/2019. Pours lightly hazy medium golden/amber/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, pear, red apple, peppercorn, light banana/clove, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, candi sugar, light honey/toast, wood, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt/sugar notes; with big strength. Taste of big lemon, pear, red apple, peppercorn, light banana/clove, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, candi sugar, light honey/toast, wood, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness; and yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, pear, red apple, peppercorn, light banana/clove, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, candi sugar, light honey/toast, wood, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt/sugar flavors; with a fantastic malt/bitter/spiciness balance; and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight lingering resins through the glass. Mild increasing warming of 8.5% through the glass. Overall this is an outstanding tripel. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and pale malt/sugar flavors; dangerously smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink for the ABV, with the modestly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Awesome balance of classic Belgian yeast complexity, earthy Saaz hops, with clean pale malt backbone. Minimal residual sweetness with lingering crisp dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example. Very classic tasting in every way.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A partially filtered orange brew with three to four fingers of white froth on a center pour. Leaves no lace on the glass.

S: Apple, honey, and bannanna sweetness, cracker malts and a mineral quality, and also quite spicy on the nose: Cardamom and fennel, peppercorn and slight clove possibly. Complex.

T: Of the better Tripels I've had. Follows the nose and the ABV is well hidden. Less of the spice notes make it to the palate. Off dry.

F: Smooth but weighty.

O: The sugar is not on point for me. Hard to say but I think I would prefer this a hair drier and lighter.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Interesting Belgian beer that I’m trying in order to branch out my tastes. 11/13/19 date printed on can. Pours a slightly darker golden color with some nice fluffy head and small sticky rings of lingering lacing. Smells of light Belgian yeast, clove, weaker banana, malt, faint hops, vanilla and caramel. Tastes similarly, almost reminded me of a light wheat beer. Smooth mild mouthfeel, decent carbonation. Higher ABV was well hidden. Not too bad at all!

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Photo of stevoj
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz can from Tavour. Orange golden pour, cloudy, initial high fluffy head which settles into a tight, creamy cap. Aroma is sourdough, yeast, light savory notes, bready, fruity, floral. Taste continues with more of this broad palate, coupled with a buttery, full mouthfeel

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Photo of beergoot
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly dark golden body topped with a thick, creamy white head. Spicy and sweet aroma; peppermint and anise. Malty, spicy taste; a touch of honey; cardamon; muted booziness. Medium body; light residual sugar sweetness; velvety; alcohol warmth.

This is a nice, balanced Belgian tripel offering from Anchorage. Te alcohol is noticeable but not overbearing, the malt sweetness is likewise nicely played, soft and light overall.

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The Turning Shape from Anchorage Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 13 ratings