Anchorage Rondy Brew

Reviewed by on December 22, 2016 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Anchorage Brewing Company

  • Origin: Anchorage, AK, US

  • Rated On: December 22, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Rondy appears to be a winter festival and fundraiser for charity in Alaska, with at least one thing called the ‘Rondy Running of the Reindeer’, which makes this as seasonal as anything to this observer.

This 750ml, caged and corked bottle pours a hazy, pale salmon pink colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and fizzy off-white (you guess the tinge) head, which leaves some layered sudsy cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of rather spicy, umami-forward dark orchard fruit, grainy and doughy wheat malt, further lemon and overripe cherry fruity notes, tanned leather, a generic wet woodiness, and some estery purple flower thing.  The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a lesser spicy wheatiness, muddled black stone fruit flesh, lemons gone stale, thankfully tame Brett funk, damp barrel staves, and more of that musty floral essence that I’m going to have to assume is the hibiscus.  The bubbles are, of course, crazily active in their swirling, palate-bashing frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and more or less smooth, as none of the funk, yeast, or flowery thing seem to care to interfere here.  It finishes off-dry, the mutt malt holding fast, while the just-mentioned esters flail about in their own weird ways.

Overall, Anchorage succeeds, in spite of themselves – so much going here, and yet once things settle down, the flavours meld and this becomes a pleasant ‘little’ quaffer, and very out of season, from numerous vectors.  Not a particularly thrifty experience, but it is what it is: a barrel and hibiscus aged, NZ hopped, Brett infected saison.  Interesting, to a point.

Brady White

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