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Anniversary Strong Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

Anniversary Strong AleAnniversary Strong Ale

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very good

303 Ratings
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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jakob on 05-18-2013)
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4.68/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 00:05:39 | More by VStarWalt
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is russet brown with a thick, billowing off-white head. the aroma brings typical New Glarus sweetness, with some molasses, malt, candied fruits, yeast, sugars. It's not as sweet as I feared, and is actually quite tasty. Complex and well balanced. Easy drinking and smooth. I split this beer with a friend and we both had no problem finishing our pours. Well crafted. I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:23:28 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of SportsandJorts


4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 00:54:33 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of BEERchitect


4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In celebration of New Glarus 20th Anniversary- a seriously strong ale emerges. Influenced by Belgian Trappist and their Grand Cru, but with roots squarely grounded in America- this commemorative ale is bold, juicy, spicy, decadent and tangy all at once.

The pour erupts with a billowing ivory column of foam. Easily reaching the rim of the glass, the beer slowly separates from its creamy froth and reveals a garnet-brown beer beneath that glimmers with tawny highlights through its haze.

Bold candy-type aromas pull forth and give the ale a scent of hard candy, shortbread and brown sugar. A back-note of chocolate, molasses and black jellybean gives the beer a not-so one-dimensional malt character. As dark fruit and peppercorn spice round out the beer's scent, a tangy sensation of merlot keeps the complex aromas coming.

The beer's flavor opens with that confectioner's malty sweetness of hard candy. But a creamier and more lush taste offers the brown sugar, shortbread and light molasses to suggest coffee cake or rum cake. As the estery taste of blackberry, figs and plum offer a dark and tangy fruit flavor just ahead of the balance of spice. Strong peppercorn, aniseed, light clove and dried orange peels round out the beer's spicy and vinous red wine finish.

Creamy, semi-dense and fuller in texture than expected, the sweetness and dissolved carbonation outlasts the middle and allows for a malty-dry finish with vinous acidity, spicy warmth and rum-like booze.

This 20th Anniversary Belgian-style Dark Strong Ale is a serious contender for the style. But where all the pieces and parts fall into place nicely, the drier and more expressive versions of Belgian have been largely replaced by the creamy denseness of stronger American ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 16:57:09 | More by BEERchitect
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4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 02:32:21 | More by guityler83
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4.11/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 03:39:34 | More by tempest
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4.14/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 05:58:48 | More by mverity
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4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 04:23:05 | More by ChimRichels
Photo of Strix


3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark brown, good initial head, that leaves a ring of lace.

Smells of Belgian yeast atop apple, pear, raisin, clove.

When cold, a sharp and earthy hop presence dominates. As it warms, subtle clove, apple, malt, and yeast show. Aftertaste of a subtle dark chocolate hop note. I guess Strong Ale is a catch all, this strikes me as a Dubbel, but is danker and murkier than most. Quite interesting.

Highly carbonated, smoothes as it warms.

Congrats to 20 years!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 02:58:01 | More by Strix
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4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 02:34:40 | More by cbutova
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4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Founders snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown with a voluminous frothy off-white head.

Smell: Tons of fruity yeast esters up front. Dark fruit and caramel malt are there as well, but the yeast really dominates.

Taste: Great balance here, with a strong caramel malt/dark fruit base and more Belgian yeast flavors. No alcohol presence at all. Slight bittering hop presence on the finish. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, yet has a fairly high carbonation level which adds some texture.

Overall: Great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 06:34:28 | More by emyers
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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 22:19:21 | More by d5001986
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West Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 01:22:50 | More by Treyliff
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3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark brown with a thick tan head...excellent retention and lacing. Aroma has subtle fruit and roastiness...hints of underlying clove and allspice. Flavor has fruitiness up front and then firm roastiness...more hoppy than many dubbels ive had...faint leather and mild booze. Mouthfeel is medium/full and silky smooth with a dry roasty/fruity/hoppy finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 12:27:47 | More by jbaker67
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3.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 04:08:52 | More by scaliasux
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3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Got this goodie from Duff27 in a trade. Opening it for my birthday. 500ml brown glass bottle with great home-drawn feeling label art and iconic green/gold pry-off pressure cap served into an Avery stem-snifter in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Expectations are very high given the brewery, which I adore. Reviewed live. Reviewed as a strong ale because it identifies as such in the name.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of off-white colour. Decent creaminess. Nice thickness. Sticky inconsistent lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 5+ minutes.

Body colour is a semitranslucent nontransparent dark amber - somewhat dull. No yeast particles are visible.

There's no real standard for a strong ale; anything goes as far as I'm concerned. But this could be more vibrant and the head could be better. I'm looking forward to trying it, but admittedly it's not much to look at. Not unique or special, but there are no obvious flaws.

Sm: Belgian dark malts, candi sugar, licorice/anise, caramel, dark malts, chocolate malts, fennel, dark stonefruit, nutmeg, abbey malts, treacle, vague hints of fruitcake, heavy caramelized sugars, plum, and fig. Certainly Belgian in character. Quite sweet and sugary, though it's refined and never cloying.

No hop character, alcohol, or yeast is detectable.

A pleasant aroma of moderate strength. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T: Has a nice Belgian dark malt/abbey malt backbone. Plum and fig. Fruitcake. Abbey yeast. Subtle touches of licorice/fennel/anise. Candied character. Plenty of residual sugars; they're quite welcome here and the beer never comes off too sweet. Hints of lightly acidic apple and pear. Hints of rum/sugarcane. Raisin. A kiss of pepper. Maybe some sasafrass? It's quite an interesting build for a strong ale and I can see why some are figuring it for a Belgian dark ale. The soaky rum notes are particularly intriguing and suit the Belgian build nicely.

Well balanced, with some interesting complexity and subtlety, though more would be lovely. Above average depth of flavour. Average intensity and duration of flavour. Cohesive, but not quite gestalt. I dig the Belgian build.

No alcohol or hop character comes through.

Mf: Unrefreshing. Good body and thickness. A bit sticky. Complements the flavour profile well, but I wouldn't say it's custom-tailored to it. Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to coax out some nuance from the flavour profile. Nice presence on the palate.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, boozy, hot, or wet.

Dr: A drinkable strong ale with intense Belgian leanings. It doesn't meet my sky-high expectations, but it's a very enjoyable Belgian-inspired beer and is well worth trying. I could see age doing this one well. I was hoping for a mind-blowing beer given that it's an anniversary ale form New Glarus, and it doesn't quite deliver, but it's unfair to impose expectations. I can't see anyone being truly disappointed with this one, and I'm very glad I got to try it. Thanks again for the bottle, Duff27!

Low B

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 02:05:17 | More by kojevergas
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3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, poured into a New Glarus flute.

The beer pours a deep amber color, quite hazy with hues of copper and burgundy with a large fluffy, soapy, khaki colored head that rises about 2 fingers high, settles nicely and leaves a wonderful amount of sticky lace. The aroma is blunt, a bit boozy, but has lots of yeasty esters, rich caramel malt, banana and clove really shine, plum and fig are also noteworthy with some nice brown sugar sweetness at the finish. The flavors are right in line, big fruity belgian yeast with banana and clove, raisin, fig, stone fruit and lots of sweet brown sugar at the end that finishes warm and with a boozy kick. It's straightforward for the style, the balance is fine, nothing earth shattering and not overly complex like many of the more heralded beers from Belgium. The body is nice, a bit of zippy carbonation feels nice yet it feels fairly rich, the finish is a bit astringent and a little prickly but it does coat the mouth well.

Verdict: A very decent Belgian Strong Dark Ale from New Glarus, a style I don't often see from New Glarus. It's a bit simple, despite the style's inherent complexity, but is very easy to drink and very enjoyable at that. Definitely a good fall or winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 00:27:39 | More by kevanb
Photo of RoamingGnome


4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

New Glarus Anniversary Strong Ale

Poured from 500 ml bottle into CBS snifter. Served lightly chilled...

A) Dark brown with a little red tint to it. A nice fluffy finger of light tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S) Yeast, dark fruit, banana, caramel/brown sugar sweetness, and tingly spices that stayed in my nostrils.

T) Very close to the aroma... What's the ABV here? The alcohol is pretty well hidden, up to a little warmth on the finish. Pleasant aftertaste...

M) Medium to full bodied with pretty lively carbonation. The spice and alcohol leave a light tingle. Perhaps it could have been just a little smoother from a mouthfeel standpoint.

O) Very enjoyable beer... Glad I grabbed a few to age as well, because I think this will develop quite nicely over time.

Paired this with a little dark chocolate. I think I should of had a sandwich, because I'm definitely feeling this shit. Strong Ale is right!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 18:21:56 | More by RoamingGnome
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4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A. Dark amber to crimson appearance with an off white to faint tan head of massive proportions. Produces an abundance of lacing the likes of which I have never seen.

S. Belgian-like nose of fruity esters, caramel malt and pitted fruits.

T. Caramel malt, raisin, brown sugar and a slight spritz of hops on a lingering, sweet finish.

M. Full bodied with nice creaminess. Low carbonation.

O. This is a really good, easy drinking 20th anniversary Belgian ale. I wish I would have bought more when I had the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 23:15:28 | More by bound4er
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4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle at the brewery. The appearance is a dark reddish brown with nice clarity. Tan head is present and leaves a nice amount of lacing. Smell is fruity and malty with notes of grapes, caramel, nuts, and moderate yeast ester at the end. Taste starts sweet and malty and presents notes of grape nuts, candied fruits, and caramel. There is just enough bittereness to give this a nice balanced finish. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and smooth bodied. Overall, this is a very nice BSDA with well hidden alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 06:24:13 | More by homebrew311
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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 22:17:32 | More by BeerFMAndy
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New York

3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 01:31:05 | More by SpeedwayJim
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3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice large head covers a darker body of deep reds and rather clear liquid.
Generally sweet malt aroma with some phenols and alcohol. Large head covers some of the aroma.
There we go, in the flavor - definitely a Belgian sprinted ale. Spice, alcohol, dryness, phenols, sharpness and tingly feel. Body is light enough to make it dangerously drinkable. Carbonation is a little low which aids in that too. Some nice caramel flavors.
This is good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 03:08:48 | More by garymuchow
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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A - Good clarity to the ruby ale. Head holds a small, light tan cap. Streaks of lacing-o-plenty.

S - Aroma picked up during the pour, this is exciting. Great bit of smooth chocolate. Raisin quality is moderate. Big banana Esters. Hidden alcohol when poured slightly below serving temp. Picking up a citrusy tartness faintly.

T - Starts out sweet and candy-like, banana peaking in. Those clear candi sugars really are the backbone. The dark feel to the raisin red fruit malt leads into a spiciness which then precedes the moderately boozy alcohol finish.

M - On the sweet side, full bodied, medium-light carbonation.

O - Tremendous looking beer has a great head and is sticky as hell. Aroma is bursting with character and dimension. I personally get a little off put by the candi sugar after a while but it's just not quite my thing. This is a Dubbel on steroids. Spiciness gives even more dimension to the flavor. Great full bodied brew that I would recommend for anyone to sip on through the course of a cool Wisconsin night.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 01:11:40 | More by Jparker37
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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 23:29:17 | More by martyl1000
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Anniversary Strong Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
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