Twentieth Anniversary Ale - North Coast Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
The corked and cage was brought to me directly from the brewery by a couple of friends. It indicated that the beer was brewed to celebrate the 20th anniversay of North Coast, with the dates 1988-2008 on the label. The side tells me that it is an ale brewed with agave nectar, 67% of which was aged in oak, 33% not aged in oak.
A- Crystal clear 18 karat gold color pours with a 2 finger head. Decent retention falls fairly slowly, leaving absolutely nothing behind. Swirling the glass reveals an almost soda like carbonation.
S- Spicy phenolic and estery Belgian yeast strain is abundant on the nose, reminiscent of a spicy if not sweet triple. Burnt sugar and dark caramel aromas are also present in the back, along with a twinge of alcohol. Very intriguing.
F- Loads of spicy phenols hit right up front on your tongue. Quickly following behind is a wave of light fruits, mostly over ripe tart apples, poached pears, apricot, and a hint of banana. Finish is malty and the esters linger on your tongue for a long time, leaving a pleasant fruitiness behind. Mild vanilla flavor is present but works very well with the other flavors from from to back. The agave is noticeable on the mid palate to the finish, but is a well integrated background not. The yeast in this is absolutely fantastic though.... a show stopper that I wish was available from white labs.
M- Carbonation is aggressive at first, but dissipates quickly. Medium body, but coating.
D- Quite nice. Each sip begs for another, and the alcohol is very well hidden aside from the aroma. Slight warming after ~1/2 a bottle.
Overall, this beer, just like all the others from North Coast, is fantastic. Extremely well crafted, well balanced, and immensely drinkable. The bottle didn't explicitly say, but I would assume that this is a Belgian triple with Agave added.... and a damn fine one at that. Due to the agave addition, I classified this one as an American Strong. I just wish I had another bottle....
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2009 00:44:37 | More by phisig137
Twentieth Anniversary Ale from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.