1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Anniversary Strong Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Anniversary Strong AleAnniversary Strong Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

355 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 355
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 18
Gots: 86 | FT: 8
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jakob on 05-18-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 355 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of drewface
5/5  rDev +25.6%

drewface, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of darkphx
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I personally have had every Trappist beer, and just recently got to try Westvleteren 12. One of my favorite biers is St. Bernardus Abt 12, and I will that New Glarus Anniversary Strong Ale is as good if not better then the other Belgian Strong Dark biers (quads) that I have tried.

I grabbed one this weekend and wasn't expecting much, since this was New Glarus' first time brewing a big beer like this. I was very surprised at how good it was. I am now on the hunt to grab several more of these to throw in my cellar. Hats off to New Glarus! Cheers!

darkphx, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of bradner
5/5  rDev +25.6%

bradner, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of Vukusich
5/5  rDev +25.6%

Vukusich, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of sonoffenrir
4.76/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle. $6.99 at the local corner market.

As a New Glarus whore, I was expecting alot from this beer and was not disappointed. Pours a beautiful dark red copper with a 2-3 finger head that hold for a long time. Resiny, bready, slightly fruity nose. Complexity is off the chain. Dark fruits, citrus, pine, Belgian sugar, resin, with a pronounced breadiness and just a hint of funk. ABV is high and well-masked. I had a couple Victory Storm King Stouts the other night (9.5 ABV), and this ale seemed to be above that. I would put it in the 10+ range. If you see this one, grab it. This would seem to be a beer that will age well. I'm going to grab a couple more and forget I have them for a year or two.

sonoffenrir, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of martyl1000
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a burnt orange amber, w/ two fingers of gradient khaki head that goes nowhere, even w/ time. The aroma is somewhat tame, though instantly identifiable for the style. No, I take that back, as it warms, you get a decent hit of clove, banana taffy, and vanilla.

Definitely beats two of Unibroue's BSDA's (Maudite, Trois Pistoles) which are quite good but overwrought in one way or another, either too sweet or too rich. (I do love La Terrible, though.) The yeast-fruits in this New Glarus brew (banana, prune, fig) are perfectly attenuated by the high carbonation, keeping the whole affair light and refreshing, though the spritziness does sacrifice what might've been a creamy mouth feel.

Spicy and sweet, nutmeg, clove, banana bread, fig, and nuts. Very nice balance between stone fruits and spices.

Perhaps my favorite BSDA, along w/ La Terrible.

martyl1000, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Zachtheporter
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Zachtheporter, May 31, 2013
Photo of mecummins
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

mecummins, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of sammyg832
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

sammyg832, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of cl3
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

cl3, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of wisrarebeer
4.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle $6.99/bottle

A: clear, deep copper color with red hues, off white head that was full, dissipated a bit, but kept it right to the end
S: medium to full nose, Belgian candi sugar, roasted malt, yeasty, classic Belgian dubbel
T: outstanding, roasted malt, candi sugar, some acridness, yeasty, classic Belgian dubbel
M: full and rounded
O: I usually don't give out high ratings and reserve them for classic styles, this is one of them, this is a classic Belgian dubbel but what it really has going for it is the incredible freshness of the taste

wisrarebeer, May 26, 2013
Photo of Bighuge
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Deep, dark chestnut hue. Big frothy beige head with great density and lacing capability. Lots of eye pleasing lace for my viewing pleasure as I drink. On the nose, I get cedar plank, slight farmyard tones, cinnamon dough balls and some fig. Pretty delicate beer, yet complex. It has subtlety but also depth. Dark fruits and slighy rum undtertones. Black cherry. Dates and figs. Low on the heat factor. Biscuity malt base. Some slight apple and pear esters. Bread pudding and raisin. The flavors seem to not cease....Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and light-medium bodied. The beauty of this beer really is finding that perfect equilibrium of subtlety and complexity. Well done and it doesn't surprise me coming from one of my Top 3 favorite breweries of the past 15 years. Great sipping beer and nightcap.

Bighuge, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of VStarWalt
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought this at the brewery where they sold them in pint bottles with a limit of two per customer. I would compare it very favorably to Chimay Blue label. I had a bottle Chimay around and drank that a few nights later. Then rotated back to the second bottle of New Glarus a few nights after that. Highly recommended.

VStarWalt, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very fine beer. Poured at a good temperature with a giant, light tan, foamy, frothy, sudsy head that settled a bit slow and some lace. Color is a clear brown with some amber highlights and lots large bubble trails. Aroma is first bananas, then malt and a little other fruit, yeast. Flavor is very smooth, similar to nose, nice balance between sweet, bitter, and tang. Body is perfect; full, round, yet enough edge to keep it satisfying and interesting at the same time. The finish is like all those qualities that taper off moderately. Don't know how strong it is, but seems like I could drink a load of it. Happily.

drpimento, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of ChimRichels
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has been cellared since I purchased it in early 2013 - Should be about a year old at this point.

A - Body is a deep ruby, and appears to be clear and without any noticeable cloudiness. Head almost seems to be pink from the body, and is structured like whipped cream - extremely thick and rocky. It isn't going anywhere any time soon. If there was an option to rate the head, this one gets a 5. (NOTE: I just finished the beer, and there is an inch and a half of head sitting at the bottom of the glass, still stiff as a rock).

S - Rasins, figs, dark fruits, bubblegum/taffy, a bit of tartness.

T - Rich with the dark fruit flavors, as well as the bubblegum/taffy sweetness that follows from the nose. Alcohol is just barely noticeable on the finish, mostly in the feel rather than the taste.

M - I think a year in the cellar has really smoothed out the texture, this is more silky than I recall it being when it was released.

O - Really impressed by this beer, and I am regretting not having purchased more bottles to see how it would benefit from additional aging. Regardless, this is a great showing of what the Carey's are capable of.

ChimRichels, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of Lemke10
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The word is this is extremely limited and rationed throughout the state so make sure you grab it while you can.

This one pours a dark amber color with a foamy beige head. The aroma is very yeasty with hints of bread, tart fruit, and banana. Very inviting with its’ traditional Belgian characteristics.

Holy cow is this beer smooth! To compliment the smooth texture is a rich, deep flavor that is very well balanced. Yeast, caramel malt, banana, and citrus are all present and very tasty. This is a slow sipper that delivers a lot of great flavor. It finishes sweet with a great malty after taste. The lacing it leaves behind is pretty impressive too!

This is a brew well worthy of being a 20th Anniversary celebration release. This ranks pretty high with me amongst other New Glarus beers. I’m sure this will earn a place in the hearts of many beer lovers. All I can say is I will look forward to a delicious 25th Anniversary brew 5 years from now! -Chris Lemke of WisconsinBrewReview.com

Lemke10, May 21, 2013
Photo of Hessma
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could have spent more time smelling this BSDA than drinking it. A sweet and spicy aroma that has you wishing there was a scented candle somewhere just like it.

The abv seems to be a secret, I'm guessing it pushes 10%, but the alcohol is well hidden with the complexity and flavor (straight Dubbel) that you would expect from New Glarus.

The Belgian yeast and candi sugar comes through both in the nose and on the palate, followed by a wonderful earthy bittering balance of both American and German hops.

Overall a great beer, but slightly disappointing for a 20th Anniv brew.
Congrats to New Glarus on another great beer and another great year!

Hessma, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Hairrrrrrrr, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of richkrull
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

richkrull, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of WolfKeeper
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

WolfKeeper, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

BeerFMAndy, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of robear
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

robear, May 24, 2014
Photo of maq89
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

maq89, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of ludothegreat
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

ludothegreat, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of aubzachsyd
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

aubzachsyd, May 10, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Anniversary Strong Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.