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Anniversary Strong Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Anniversary Strong AleAnniversary Strong Ale

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very good

385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 18
Gots: 87 | FT: 9
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.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 385 | Reviews: 71
Reviews by guityler83:
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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A long sustaining three finger tall head was formed when poured into a snifter glass. The foam, an off white color, first had very fine bubbles then as it fell got soapy looking and left behind stepped lacing. The beer is a dark tobacco brown color that shines a purple hue when held to the light and appears crystal clear.

S: Spicy phenolic yeast esters leap from the glass even when poured from the bottle. Dark brown sugar and molasses like aromas, not the overly sweet phenolics I don't care for in some lighter Belgian beers. A clean almost lager like character impression after the foam has gone away. Overall impression is very herbal and earthy.

T: Very low bitterness, almost no hop flavors detected. Balance is on the malt side and comes off moderately sweet. Flavors coming through first are clove, molasses, dark candy sugar, spice and earthyness (dirt?). The middle is where the gets sharp with a carbonic bite and follows with more spicey and dark brown sugar flavors. The after taste is slightly reminiscent of tobacco.

M: Dry finish with a moderate body and carbonation on the high side. The palate is left with a very dry sensation from the dark sugars. A tad bit of alcohol warming, maybe good since it goes down so smooth.

O: I'm no expert on the style, but this had a lot going on and I really liked it. The sweet phenolics I usually don't like are kept in check and there is a nice earthy flavor followed by a lager like drinkability. If you can still find one grab it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of don1481
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of equinox1
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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 bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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 Hairrrrrrrr
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Snow81
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

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Anniversary Strong Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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