Terrapin Anniversary Ale

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For it’s 10th anniversary, Terrapin Beer Co of Athens, Georgia has a special release, and it’s a Belgian Strong Ale.   I couldn’t pass up a bottle, as if you’ve been reading long, you know I love Belgian beers.  It pours a nice golden amber with a foamy head that doesn’t last long.  The nose has honey and rye and just a tiny hint of that Belgian yeast.  The middle has orange and some cherry notes, and the finish is slightly spicy, warm with bit of alcohol and just a bit sticky.  This is a medium to heavy bodied ale, and a big one, at a very precise 9.969% ABV, according to the bottle. (10% ABV according to Terrapin’s website.)   This is a nice, full, heavy ale that has a lot of flavor, but none of the bitterness, burn, or the strong sour notes that turn some people off. I think this is a really nice all-around big beer.

I give it a 4.6 out of 5.

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