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Sleeman No. 20 Anniversary Ale - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Sleeman No. 20 Anniversary AleSleeman No. 20 Anniversary Ale

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 16.38%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: CAMRAhardliner on 05-21-2008)
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Reviews by TheTrevor:
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New York

3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a dark yellow with a single-finger head that didn't last long. The smell is some sweet malt with a bit of grassy hops. Taste is pretty much exactly that, some sweet malt that gives way to some very processed-tasting hops. Mouthfeel is thin with some fine carbonation. Not an unpleasant beer, but very average.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 04:34:42 | More by TheTrevor
More User Reviews:
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +4.5%

01-11-2014 15:19:36 | More by DamageCase76
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Alberta (Canada)

1.83/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Bottle from a Sleeman mix-pack, 5%. My least favourite Sleeman product thus far, especially due to the hype surrounding it at bars and pubs. Nice amber colour, clear, tan foam, but an unpleasant aroma and a taste to suit. No additives can save this beast - it was overly grassy and not balanced in the slightest.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 21:20:39 | More by bulldogops
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +4.5%

12-30-2013 18:17:50 | More by Hoagie
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Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -21.6%

02-13-2013 22:08:24 | More by DaPan
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British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev +4.5%

07-14-2012 00:50:51 | More by bumchilly25
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev +4.5%

03-15-2012 14:22:41 | More by oldp0rt
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A dark golden metalic look with it's fair share of head that receeded quickly.

S- Bready and fruity. Sweet malts.

T- Has an intricate intro with lemon, honey, apple, and herb tastes which fades into hops. Pretty sweet but not lacking the bitter aftertaste I love.

M- A little light but by no means watery. Smooth going down.

D- Very drinkable. One of the cheapest 24's of sleemans, and my personal favorite. Good balance between taste and budget.

EDIT: Now that this one isn't available, I miss it a lot. It was one of the best budget beers that I can remember.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 23:52:29 | More by BBP
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Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: 3 weeks from bottling according to the date code on the box, so I have a fresh sample in prime shape.

Appearance: Pours a deep burnished gold color with a very decent 2 finger fine-poured sticky white cap. Fair cap retention, decent lacing. Moderate fine bubbled carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet grainy-doughy aromas mix with some fruity notes and wet grass tones.

Profile: Nice flood of biscuit malt in the front light sweetness with a pleasant peach fruity-herbal undertone, silky creamy mouth feel, finish goes to a mild balance of fruit esters,biscuity malt and earthy-herbal hops, clean finish light metallic after taste.

Very pleasant smooth and drinkable ale, if it has a fault it is that it is a tad thin in the finish and the profile understated but others would say this is its subtle strength in a mild golden ale. I believe this to be a cream ale like those commercially made in the region prior to prohibition. One of Sleeman's better efforts.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 00:48:27 | More by pootz
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

341mL clear glass bottle with no freshness date (though I suppose you could figure out the year of production given the anniversary nature of this brew). Poured into pint glass.

Pours a clear yellow, two fingers of head slowly dissipate to a thin ring. Clear, lots of bubbles fizzing up.

Muted aroma with some biscuity malt, a bit sweet, and some grassy bitter hops.

Taste isn't particularly interesting, but you get a bit of hop bitterness in the grassy/vegetal range, and a bit of sweet grain malt.

Clean, crisp and refreshing. It's fairly pleasant in the mouth.

Combine the crisp and refreshing mouthfeel with a decent flavour and this beer would be worth getting. As it is, it doesn't taste much different from their usual aal offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 20:27:53 | More by nighthawk
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3.45/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Arrived with a finger's worth of fluffy white head with low retention. Color was a medium amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a mildly grainy sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium with a slightly tart bitterness on the tongue. Finish had a satisfying dryness. A solid addition to the Sleeman line.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 20:47:03 | More by woodychandler
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Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My dad picked up a 24-pack of mixed Sleeman bottles - I thought it would be a mix of Draught, Cream Ale and Honey Brown, but unfortunately it's 6 Draught, 6 Light, 6 Cream Ale and 6 #20's. I've never tried the #20, so I'll give it a shot:

I don't even need to pour it to give it a look (honestly, for all the crap that clear bottles get, they look cool and as long as they're packaged in a box you don't need to get all worked up about light damage or whatever) - a deep amber colour darker than the Cream Ale, with a thin white head and light lacing. Some skunkiness on the smell, but also some pleasant floral character, some honey and citrus smells.

The taste's not as bad as people are letting on. Upfront it's light, fruity, a bit of honey, but later there's more of a hop profile than I was expecting from a macro - a bit of bitterness, earthy, almost woody. Finishes clean with a pleasant lager-y aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel with low carbonation, but entirely drinkable. Not overwhelming in any capacity, but an all-around decent beer with nothing offensive. Definitely a step up from more mainstream fare, but for a special anniversary beer, Sleeman definitely could have been a bit more adventurous.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 01:13:03 | More by atomicbolt
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - poured from a 355ml bottle into a weizen glass. It pours clear straw color with a white head. The head leaves wispy lacing.

S - soapy malt

T - slightly sweet malt with faint hops

M - light body, medium-high carbonation and a neutral finish

D - not interesting yet not offensive

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 03:09:36 | More by Grunewald
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Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

There is something appealing about a beer served in colourless bottle. Cool and refreshing looking on a hot evening. As something I hadn't seen from Sleeman's before I thought it would be worth a try.

The beer appears deep gold in colour. A substantial puffy head that quickly dimples sticks around while I enjoy the floral hop aroma.

I initially taste a nondescript light malt that is similar to a macro lager. It is a bit sweet, and reminds me of white flour and sugar water. The well rounded hops balances this out somewhat giving interest. Floral, toasted marshmallow, and hints of wood seem to be present.

I have to admit I'm a bit biased when it comes to mouth feel as it reminds me of my own (unfortunate) watery home brews. It seems as thought there are hints of good flavours, but nothing too substantial.

All in all, I thought it was worth a try, and ended up neither disappointed nor impressed. This is another macro pale ale that is pretty predictable. I probably won't buy it, but it was worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 00:17:25 | More by bludtek
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Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of TheHammer, thanks Markasaraus rex.
Pours light amber, a wee bit darker than the average macro, with a suprisingly nice two finger tightly nit white head with very nice retention. Can already see some nice lacing. Strong carbonation visible.
Classic Sleeman skunk up front in the nose. Grassy hops, floral notes and a bit of malt with a hint of caramel follows.
Floral notes upfront paired with watered down grassy hops. Buttery and subtle malt finish.
Mouthfeel watery and thin. Carbonation doesn't really fit in, but nonetheless very quaffable. Seems like it would be a nice lawnmower brew.

Overall, one of the better Sleeman offerings I have had, right beside their honey brown. Decent appearance with a really nice head but at the same time not well balanced, thin and watered down. I have to keep in mind that those traits are key to macros like this. Wouldn't buy a 6er of this but wouldn't mind having a few at a party. Thought they would have done something a little nicer with their 20th anniversary brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 23:47:09 | More by ludachris
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper. Thick white head recedes to a thin film that stays on. No lacings. A very slight haze, which is kind of weird.

Smells... not horrible. Faint malt sweetness leaning towards British fruitiness. Bit of an unpleasant metallic aroma.

A light (and I mean light) bittering hop presence right up front provides a bit of character with some help from the moderate carbonation. Core is a bit of orange sweetness, bit of corn, but none of the trademark Sleemans skunk, which is nice.

It's pretty slick in the mouth. Drinkable enough I suppose.

Its fine, but I have no idea if it differs at all from the other Sleemans ales... why fashion an anniversary ale after Molson Ex?

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 22:41:02 | More by CanuckRover
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Ontario (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bought a sixer of this because the LCBO i was in literally had Guinness and killkenny as their most "exotic" beers. I didn't want to pay $12 for a 4 pack of Guinness so I got this. this is my third time drinking this mediocre brew.

A:quite a nice head with nice lacing. slightly nicer looking than an average macro

S: Smells skunky, malty and not too appealing im afraid. smells less offensive once the head dies down.

T: sweet malt, slightly skunky, hops are laid back. unbalanced and not too enjoyable

M: The good news is its wet, and if your thirsty and just polished off a lb. of hot wings that's good enough.

D: This should be a good session beer, but its too unbalanced to be drank in quantity.

Bravo Sleeman's for another EPIC FAIL. If your gonna make an anniversary beer - something that should be the centerpiece of your brewery - it should be outstanding quality and carefully crafted... this is just embarrassing.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 00:28:57 | More by uno99
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Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden/bronze with a thin white head that leaves some lacing.

Smells like a typical macro beer, some corn graininess, metallic and lots of sweetness.

Tastes kind of fake, some sweet maltiness and metallic notes that doesn't leave a nice aftertaste.

Watery mouthfeel and not very drinkable as I did not feel like finishing it.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 17:55:48 | More by GodOfBeer
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Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear glass bottle, with the logo made into the glass is a welcome change from the standard brown or green bottle. Beer is golden yellow, with a slight bronze tinge although upon further inspection has a slight filmy appearance. A little bit of lacing, but nothing to write home about.

Smell - Immediate skunk smell, although not overpowering, definitely makes you wait for it to clear. A little bit of grassy hops accompanies it, but not much.

Taste - Slightly above average, has a somewhat sweet caramel and buttery taste with a little grassy notes, not much as far as an aftertaste which is somewhat disappointing but adds to drinkability.

Mouthfeel - Could use slightly more carbonation and is slightly watery. However, it smooth going down and doesn't linger after drinking.

Drinkability - Doesn't seem to be very heavy, nor has it left a bad after taste. Not quite refreshing enough after a hard day of work, but definitely for the patio at the cottage.

Final Word - Not a bad beer, a bit better then average and I'd gladly take it if it was offered to me, but I wouldn't buy another case of 12. As far as Sleeman goes, I'll stick to the Honey Brown and Silver Creek Lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 01:17:29 | More by TheHammer
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Alberta (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer arrives at the table in a tall, sleek glass, and appears a medium light golden hue, with a small amount of thin white head. The smell is quite surprising - astringency, soap, and, well, bleach. Yeah, bleach, as in swimming pool water. The taste starts with an abundance of carbonation, overwhelming any other sensation. Eventually, grassy hops, and a mild, sweet caramel malt flavor evolve on the palate. This finishes dry, with an unpleasant tartness. The only positive that I can state from this experience is that it sure tastes a hell of a lot better than the aroma suggests, which is only saying so much.

Update Feb 19, 2009:

Had another pint last night, at the same place, and this time the bleachiness that was so off-putting before was non-existent. Must have been a bad line or something.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2009 05:19:25 | More by biboergosum
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Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost indistinguishably identical to apple juice with only a light kumquat tinge that sets it a little deeper in tone compared to other macro lagers. What is appealing: the ample topping of spotless white head and many active signs of carbonation. What isn't appealing: the filmy tinge despite what was probably a very heavy filtration process.

The aroma adds another check mark to the 'not appealing' column. Although despite not liking it myself, I should admit that it is far from being the worst offender in the macro smell department. There is nothing repulsive about it and unlike its colleagues I'm finding it pleasantly sweet (as oppose to cloyingly sweet). Unfortunately, I just can't seem to shake off that syrupy smell of industrially processed corn.

The taste is also pleasantly sweet but still with a hint of corn syrup. Luckily most of the adjuncts have receded and left behind trace notes of sugar and pink bubble gum. As flavours go we could have done a lot worse so I suppose I'd put the check mark somewhere in the middle for this category (meaning it should appeal to those who - unlike me- enjoy the style).

Since the hop presence is omitted intentionally and the malt bill is probably comprised mostly of rice or corn, I suppose it's not entirely useful to hold macro lagers to the same judging scheme as other beers. Instead maybe, what's that word they like to use? Oh yea, "smoothness". Is this a "smooth" beer? Again, probably for others but it certainly doesn't fit my description of the word.

That said, what macro breweries do rarely match with my tastes. Call it "anniversary" or "premium" or "grand cru" or whatever the hell you'd like; brew it in small batches and put it in fancy packaging for all I care. In the end, it's never very different from the standard line of products - at least that was certainly the case with Sleeman's 'anniversary' offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 21:36:38 | More by biegaman
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Alberta (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was one of the few choices available at the bar we stopped at in Banff, looked interesting, so gave it a shot.
Darker in color than everyone else's Coors Light, solid white head that actualyy left some good lace. Light smell of grass/grain, slightly citic. The taste had some grainy malt and more grassy hops in the finish. Mouthfeel was light and slightly watery. Average, slightly disappointing, a decent macro alternative but not much in the 'pale ale' department.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 19:34:26 | More by BigBry
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Alberta (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - nice ale! Looks yellow-gold with less than perfect clarity in the glass. Good frothy head and some sweet lacing.

Smell - pretty subtle, but a soft skunky, hoppy aroma. Not bad.

Taste - much as expected. A bit of sweetness noticed right away, flavourful caramel-like profile. Just a slighty bitter note at the end.

Mouthfeel - pretty smooth and gentle. A good beer for the winter months.

Drinkability - a nice, easy-drinking brew. I think I'll have another ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 01:11:59 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear dark amber, with a pretty solid head of foam. Not bad at all.

S - Initial hit of skunk. A little grassy hop and skunk it taking a while to clear. A bit of maltiness but not much else.

T/M - A bit nutty, a little bit buttery and very astringent. On the sweet side. Somewhat watery mouthfeel with a low carbonation. Hint of toastiness, graininess and a hint of lemon

D - Looks good anyway... not a lot of flavour though and quite astringent. Easy to drink though.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 23:18:30 | More by allergictomacros
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle. Has been in the fridge for about 1 month.
Pours a dark yellow/light orange color. Almost see through. Minor bit of film in the center. Small amount around rim. Sweet somewhat floral aroma. Some unidentifiable fruits as well if you really dig. At first however it is a corny wheat nose. Corny and wheaty taste as expected. Some sweetness as well. Really not much to it. Fairly well balanced carbonation, very slight hop presence. Very thin body. Once again Sleeman disappoints. If it took 20 years to perfect this, they are in deep trouble.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 22:13:44 | More by Seanv
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Sleeman No. 20 Anniversary Ale from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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