Anniversary Strong Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Anniversary Strong AleAnniversary Strong Ale

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 18
Gots: 92 | FT: 11
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jakob on 05-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of mverity
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of dmbforever (a great trader). Shared at Proof for HH. Deep amber brown in color with a really good amount of tan head that holds up well. Head faded into a medium-thin collar and good swirls of head. Aroma is earthy floral, some light brown sugar, vanilla. Great medium body and highly carbonated. Taste has fig and brown sugar throughout. Light bitterness in the middle. Sweet fig up front. Very interesting, a bit odd, but extremely enjoyable.

Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml fresh bottle served into an oversized snifter.

This beer is super heady-light tan in color with a sticky persistant head. Very lively beer. Transparent when held to the light. Color is brown with lots of red coming through too.

Aromas of nutty toasted malt. Ester aroma is notably banana-ish which is a bit unusual in a dubbel. Some phenolic clove notes as well.

Taste is much more remniscent of a great dubbel. Rich malt character with flavors of slightly toasted bready malt with some minor Maillard reaction sweet notes present. Dry but spicy black peppery finish. Some vapory alcohols present.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a big malt body. Dry finish to the point of being a bit astringent.

Overall a very nice Belgian dubbel. Lacks the complex esters, most notably the ripe fruit character of the best Belgian versions. But there is enough good things going on with this beer that I'm glad I have a few more bottles of this brew to enjoy. This beer is a good candidate to age for a few months to see if it cuts the edge a bit and provides a little more flavor development.

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish caramel amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of creamy off white head which slowly recede into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of clingy lacing.

Smell: A rich, yeasty, and spicy dark Belgian style aroma with lots of fruit esters. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, funk, cinnamon, and pepper. Toasted malts with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, toasted bread, grains, and a slight hint of roast chocolate. Lively fruit aroma with hints of banana, apple, and pear along with dark fruit hints of grapes, raisin, fig, dates, prunes, and plum. Some candied sugar hints. Subtle earthy hop presence in the background. Also a little scent of the booze. A very solid dark Belgian aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a yeasty and spicy dark Belgian taste with lots of toasty malt and fruit notes. Belgian yeast upfront with notes of clove, funk, and cinnamon and pepper spicing. Sweet notes of Belgian candied sugar. Big bready toasted malt presence with notes of caramel, toffee, biscuit, grains, and a little dark roast flavor. Big mix of fruit esters including notes of banana, apple, and pear. Dark fruit notes of fig, dates, dark grapes, raisin, prune, and plum. Subtle earthy and herbal hop presence towards the finish. Slight alcohol taste. A very solid Dark Belgian taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, fairly juicy, and drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is light.

Overall: A pretty solid American take on a Dark Belgian ale/Dubbel. Good use of toasty malts with some nice spice and fruit esters.

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

20th Anniv. strong ale.

Refined and aged (I presume), this pouts with a fine orange-brown body that has excellent clarity and is topped by a good head. The aroma suggest liquer at least as much as ale. The strong ale style (such as it is) comes out clearly upon tasting.

Photo of weonfire
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark Brown/Red, opaque, huge-long lasting head, excellent patchy lacing up to top of glass, head very slow to dissipate, light carbonation rising

S - Carmel, Dark aged fruit- dates & cherry, dark chocolate

T - Carmel, Dry/earthy/bread, dark chocolate, biscuit. finish has a touch of sweetness

M - Full body, excellent carbonation, frothy, flavors cover very well

O - Certainly surprised me a bit. Much more dry/earthy than expected. ABV is hidden very well. Mouth has a real nice carbonation fizz. Unfortunately no sweetness- until a touch on the finish. Really wish there was a lot more. Lot more. Real easy drinking tho. Got one more for the cellar. Pretty interested to see the evolution in a years time.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 500ml bottle into a Westvleteren XII chalice.

Pours a .5 finger light cream colored fine head that dissipates quickly. Beer is a clear dark mahogany. Lacing is thick, layered, and stringy with good stick. Pretty nice for the style.

Nose is prunes, brown sugar, molasses and clove. A nice spiciness but a bit muted. Decent.

Opens plum, fig, and brown sugar. Slightly boozy in the middle. More dark fruit, caramel, and molasses. Coarse. Clove and other spices. End is brown sugar and a sappy sweetness. Finishes sugary with a fig and brown sugar aftertaste. Pleasant.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and coarse and bubbly going down. Finishes pretty clean with a light, lingering aftertaste. Real crisp but robust at the same time.

A solid beer overall but nothing that really stands out in the style. Worth trying though.

Photo of schmidtmattsays
2.98/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle 3/13/15.

Not sure if this was a poorly cellared bottle or perhaps not meant for aging but got an awful coppery/metallic/zinc finish on the taste. Not enjoyable at all. I have a bottle of my own that I'll open soon to see if it was a bad bottle or a wider issue.

Photo of tempest
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Got a bottle from a friend. Thanks to Mike. The beer poured brown with ruby highlights and thick white lacing. The aroma has a sweet doughy caramel character with touches of spice that reminds me of St. Bernardus 12. The body is a medium weight, not dry, but not heavy. And there's a peppery, bitter finish, which again reminds me of SB12, but when it's really fresh. There are mild dark fruits in the flavor, a bit of plum and berry, but they're backed by though slightly chewy (again, not thick) dark, toasted barley. Overall this is an excellent take on a strong, dark Belgian. I feel like it benefits, compared to native Belgians, from a shorter travel. It's hard find a big Belgian this fresh and sharp tasting. Pick up a bottle.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep reddish brown. Big off white head. Great retention. Big pillow of foam.Thick collar.

Smell - Lots of different aromas. Cola, Belgiany, a touch of scotch ale, and even a bit of phenols that reminds me a bit of a weizenbock.

Taste - Sweet caramel. Belgian sweetness. Cola again, maybe that's some spiciness. Less complex, but at least it's cohesive.

Mouthfeel - Thick and sweet. Medium high carbonation.

Overall - While tasty, there's not a ton of interesting flavors about it.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown opaque body. Tan head that's fluffy, great retention, and an abundance of lacing that sticks forever.

Aromas of caramel, nutty, and figs.

Heavy on the caramel and dark fruits- figs and dates. There's a nutty component and it's slightly boozy, leaving me to wonder what the abv is on it.

Moderate to heavy mouthfeel with high carbonation. Slightly bitter.

Overall, a pretty good strong ale with distinct belgian influence.

Photo of Treyliff
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A- pours a dark brown with some ruby hue, good size head with huge bubbles that reduce to a small layer floating on top, leaving a bit of lace

S- powdery belgian yeast gives just a hint of banana & phenolic aroma, lots of dark fruit; black cherries, raisan and fig, sugar candy. It actually smells like a classic Dubbel

T- phenolic yeast with some candied fruit, burnt brown sugar, light herbal bitterness on the finish with artificial-like cherry cough syrup

M- medium body and carbonation gives way to a big foamy and chewy mouthfeel that lasts throughout the whole mouthfeel, lots of warming alcohol on the finish

O- Not sure of the abc, but this one's got some heat. I enjoyed it, but it didn't quite mesh for me.

Photo of emerge077
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Auburn copper color, persistent sticky lace that lasts for the entire glass. Dark color but still a nice clarity to it, with tiny rising bubbles and a solid sheet of lace in the glass.

Spicy Trappist yeast aroma, sweet and nutty cake with a little dried plum or figs.

Taste also has a spicy yeast component with a little alcohol heat that will hopefully mellow nicely in time. Rich and satisfying, though best shared. Some nutmeg and dried figs, caramelized sugars. Smooth and full bodied sipper.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Tawny mahogany in color, New Glarus' 20th Anniversary is dark but still clear, pouring with a dense pile of ivory foam that leaves crowded rings of lace encircling the tulip.

S - Belgian yeast introduces ripe dark fruit without haste, offering pleasantries of sticky Sun Maid raisins, caramelized plum, and banana with a suggestion of currents. The dark beer isn't without some malt influence though, as toffee, molasses, and brown sugar creep in on the finish.

T - Replicating the aroma, New Glarus' 20th Anniversary starts with sweet, bready malt; smooth caramel and toast flavors smeared with a dark fruit jam comprised of raisin, plum, and a finish of banana and faint clove spice.

M - Somewhat of an enigma, the body of this beer leaps back and fourth between extremes. It's got a medium-full feel that's lightened first by sparkling, throat prickling carbonation that returns to smooth, round malt sweetness only to be finished out by warming alcohol and it's thinning quality. Overall, a bit over-carbonated for my liking as it disrupts the smoothness the beer's flavor begs for.

O - Taste New Glarus' 20th Anniversary blind and you might just imagine you're enjoying a subtle, malty, and yeast ester-nuanced beer imported from Belgium itself. The charming congregation of flavors has come together very nicely since it's release making it a perfect candidate for further aging!

Photo of scaliasux
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark reddish-brown. Appears at least a little hazy. Tall tan head - persistent.

Smell - Not real strong. Sweet caramel malt. Raisins, toffee. A little bread.

Taste - Malty. Darker than I expected, but mainly with very rich caramel malt flavors. Toffee and molasses, raisins. A little citrus in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Warm.

Overall - I'm not sure I've had a beer of this style before. As I like rich malts, this is easy to like.

Photo of yamar68
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swampy ruby brown body with slow, steady beading and a healthy dollop of pale tan head... large gauge with plenty of sticky lace left behind.

Root beer, caramel, butterscotch, metallic brown ale notes, mild cocoa, ginger, stale coffee,

Plenty of nutty malts and cola flavors. Syrupy dessert flavors leading to a surprisingly tame sweet finish. It's dry and spicy, nothing sticky about it.

A nice beer. There are far more impressive New Glarus brews though.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 9/14/13

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this rather rare beer

Appearance: Somewhere at the intersection of deep amber and reddish brown - some gold around the edges - pours with an off-white, medium head - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Cooked and caramelized, with a big dose of Belgian yeast - caramel malts, caramel, and some darker malts - very bready - clove with a lot of banana - banana candy - dark fruits like figs

Taste: Caramelized malts and dark fruits - dark caramel and amber malts, with some straight-up caramel and malt extract - definitely bready - Belgian yeast, with a lot of clove and banana - candi sugar - some dark fruits like figs and raisins - doesn't exactly fit into a Belgian style category, but it has some charm - finishes with some booze

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth, nice to sip

Overall: Isn't fruit the traditional 20th anniversary gift?

This is a good strong ale. But it's not exceptional. Definitely not as exceptional as many of the beers in New Glarus' lineup. Worth a try, simply because New Glarus is so good.

Photo of Ri0
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A - Pours a deep, dark brown in color; 2 finger dirty white head. Thin head remains until I finish my glass. Decent amount of lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, toffee, caramel, banana esters, and dark fruits.

T - Sweet malts, dark fruits, caramel and brown sugar. Plenty of the funky Belgian yeast. An interesting take on a Belgian Strong Ale.

M - Big carbonation that really fizzes in my mouth with a nice light body. A very slight tart/bitterness lingers on my tongue.

O - Solid overall beer that I am glad I tried. Belgian Strong Ales are not my favorite style and I will need to develop my palate over time to get acquire a taste for these. I think this beer turned out sell for Dan and New Glarus.

Photo of cbutova
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into five pint glasses with some homies. Dark red to almost brown appearance with a small frothy-fizzy off-white head to about a finger high. Head retention is decent and it falls to a thick, creamy ring. Nice lace pillow at the top and a huge cloud coats most of the glass below that.

S- Not an intensely strong aroma for the style but some good Belgian yeast spice that reminds me of spiced, candied raisins. Some cherries and brown sugar feel as well.

T- Really opens up here compared to the aroma. Belgian spicy yeast is pretty strong but in a good way with clove, pink peppercorn, cherry fruit, raisin and slight apple flavors. Malts are nutty, toasty and somewhat caramel. Candi sugar is a big part of the flavor with burnt sugar, tobacco and fig hints.

MF- Foamy and slightly creamy moderately thick body with a somewhat oily feel to it. Carbonation on the medium-high side of things. Alcohol lingers with a nice warmth for some time.

A good representation of a Belgian Strong Dark brewed in the US. Strong yeast and candi sugar feel and quite strong but in a good way. This seems like it would age very nicely.

Photo of fatherdmj
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

I bought two of these last summer at the brewery. Drank one a while back. It was a bit strong, as the name suggests. Opened the other one just now and some age gives the beer a bit of balance. There are complaints elsewhere of over-carbonation. That may be the case. Nevertheless, the complicated flavor profile of this beer make it a can't miss. If you find one somewhere, pick one up and give it a rest for a few months before opening it. You'll be glad you did.

Photo of cnbrown313
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a snifter

A - Pours dark mahogany in color with a generous 2 finger white head

S - Sweet fruits, caramel, banana, and just a bit of booze

T - Very interesting and unique beer. It almost tastes like a Belgian style barleywine. You get lots of caramel and dark fruits, followed by a funky Belgian yeast that really sets this beer apart from any other "strong ales" I've had. Very nice.

M - The mouthfeel is surprisingly light and the carbonation in plentiful. The flavors really move around and the body isn't heavy at all.

O - I would recommend getting one to drink and one to age. There are a lot of interesting flavors going on and I'm curious to read some other reviews on this one too.

Photo of Benish
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter glass. The color was dark like prune juice, almost impenetrable. When pouring it produces a thick head, it has that off white tannish color. Moderate lacings all over the glass.

I smelled primarily dark fruit. I'm thinking prunes, dark cherries, and some dates.

The beer is sweet and yeasty. Once again dominantly dark fruits. Dark cherries seems to be most noticeable. Plenty of carbonation present. It has a medium to heavy body. Actually seems almost syrupy. There is some noticeable heat but nothing harsh. Maybe it's a little like cherry cough syrup but not in a bad way! This is for my own reference BTW.

The finish may be just a tad subpar the St. Bernardus Abt 12 (which I drank for the first time last night). However I'm told that this is a double, not a quad. I have hit by the craft beer bug not too long ago and am just getting into some Belgium style ales.

Overall this beer is delicious. I'm amaze what Dan can do. He brews so many great beers and this is certainly one of them. New Glarus always impresses me!

Photo of t420o
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

New Glarus Anniversary Strong Ale

A- pour produces a massive 3-1/2 finger tan head resting on a deep brown body with some ruby highlights when held to the light. Head retention is excellent and lacing is as well. 4.5

S- Belgian yeast, candied sugar, chocolate and caramel malt, clove, bready, slightly nutty. Smells nice. 4

T- lighter than I was expecting but excellent. Clove, spices, candied sugar, caramel malt, doughy yeast, light nuttiness. Not a hint of alcohol. 4

M- medium body, creamy, lighter carbonation. 4.25

O- very much like a dubbel in a lot of ways. It's a very good beer that I'd like to have more of to see what some age does to it. 4


Photo of d5001986
3.54/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip.

Deep reddish-brown color with large, foamy, off white head.

Smell is banana, tart dark fruit, and yeast.

Taste is dark fruit, banana, yeast - there's also a slight off-putting metallic taste and some funkiness.

Feels medium bodied, high carbonation delivers a bit of a sting going down.

Overall pretty typical of the style, doesn't really stand out in my mind. Not my favorite NG offering, but still not bad.

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing, 2013 vintage.

Pours a decent creamy 1/2 finger head that fades slowly, nice lacing, super dark mahogany brown color.

Nose is meh, aged malt but candy malt turned to paper brown malt thing, sweet brown sugar and molasses, vegetal candied root thing, but some decent candy sugar and aged candied dark fruits, fig, over aged malt.

Taste brings sweet malts, candy and toffee, aged dark fruits like raisin and fig, etc. Some bitter spicy hops, earthy slight herbal. Then nutty dark fruits, brown sugar molasses, candied thing, hint of brown paper bag, little leather. Finish is sticky sweet with more dried leather, weird bitter spicy herbal earthy hops, little sweet fruit, briny hops.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, little syrupy note. Very little booze.

Overall not bad.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.44/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: brownish with reddish hues. fairly good clarity for the darkness of the beer. a finger or so of a white head that leaves a layer on the top and a sticky lacing on the sides.

Smell: Fruit first, plums and black cherries, dark candi sugar. and belgian yeast.

Taste: opens up with lots of fruit. plums and black cherries. middle is full of amber candi sugar and belgian yeast. the end comes full circle and leaves with lots of fruit.

Mouthfeel: this one is full of opposites. at times its creamy and juicy but then it ends dry. its sweet but the sweetness is never lingering. just a slight tinge of alcohol warmth. nice and heavy overall.

Overall: a wonderfully brewed beer. In the few new glarus beers ive had i have found very fruity and terrific yeast strains. pushes the limits of the style but stays easy within.

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Anniversary Strong Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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