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
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, caramel, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with spice and grain flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of spice and grain flavors that are interesting.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a nice deep brownish red colt with a creamy colored head on top. The smell of the beer is sweet with a dark fruitiness to it with a spicy lager-like aroma to it... Very interesting nose to say the least. The taste of the beer is sweet, malty, slightly fruity and toasted. The mouthfeel is smooth gently carbonated and very drinkable. Overall the beer is very good. Really nice.

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 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 kojevergas
3.52/5  rDev -11.3%
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

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

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Big white foam settles to a solid cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Transparent dark nut brown body; think Brazil nut skin or a shade darker than almonds.

S - I went into this beer blind, and all the bottle said was 'strong ale'. I quickly determined it was not an 'American Strong Ale', as the aromas had a definite continental bent to them. Spicy, phenolic yeast that to me is more evocative of a weizenbock than a Belgian, with some nutty, fruity, and cake-like malt characters. Somewhere between Westvleteren 8 and Aventinus on the flavor spectrum. There's a bit of perceptible alcohol, but it's hard to evaluate with no listed ABV.

T - The taste was a little more Belgian to me, with candi sugar malts and more abbey-style spices. Notes of nutmeg and cinnamon, and perhaps a touch of clove from the yeast mingle with red fruits, nuts, cocoa, dark fruits and a bit of treacle. Alcohol isn't as apparent here.

M - Full-bodied, creamy and smooth, with a touch of lingering stickiness. Perhaps a bit drying in the finish, along with some moderate booziness.

D - Not what I was expecting initially, but grew on me, particularly as it warmed. A definite sipper, and best shared with a friend or two. Should age quite gracefully, and definitely exemplifies New Glarus' European heritage and brewing practices. One of the best American-made 'Belgium' beers in recent memory.

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 Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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 Bighuge
4.67/5  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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.64/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 7.23.13

A - Pours a opaque medium brown with a large khaki head with good retention.

S - Malty and sweet dark frutis.

T - Very sweet, raisins, plums, dates, figs. Like, really sweet.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - I like the direction here, just very, very sweet.

Photo of rudzud
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a clearish chestnut hue with a one finger head that fades to leave light lacing.

S - Aromas of cardboard, sugars, malts, caramel, dark fruit.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, loads of sugar, caramel, malts, dark fruit, raisins, earthy, leather, brown sugar.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, rather sweet.

O - Overall this beer was nicely done. Really tasty strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

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 drpimento
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of jbaker67
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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 woosterbill
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle.

A: Deep reddish-brown body beneath two inches of fine, dense, pillowy tan head. Lovely, rocky retention and lots of delicate lacing. Gorgeous.

S: Classic Belgian aroma of spices and dark fruits, with a bit of toasted bread and even a hint of smokiness. Very complex and inviting.

T: Good balance of malt and yeast here, with raisins, dates, and pepper all playing major roles. Bubblegum, smoke, and clove as well. Spicy, slightly warming finish. Yeasty aftertaste. Good stuff.

M: Smooth medium body. Moderate, soft carbonation. Delicate and velvety.

O: This was a great beer, and definitely somewhere in between a Dubbel and a BSDA. Really sad I only ever found a single bottle of this during my WI trip, as I'd love to see how it ages.

Cheers!

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into Duvel Tulip.

aggressive hiss when the pressure cap was cracked open.

Appearance: murky brown bodied beer with a massive 3 fingers of head. Head is off white almost tan in color and has alot of staying power. Sticky lacing all over the glass as the head slowely drops to a clumpy and uneven thick cap. Dan always makes amazing looking beers!

Smell: Fruity malts and yeasty esters with a slight astrigent note. Bananas, huge clove notes, bubblegum. Lots of belgian yeast in the nose of this beer.

Taste: Nice complex malt profile! Dark fruits, toffee, almost a caramelized brown sugar note and slightly bready. Lots of yeast with spicy and slightly sharp booze. Slightly nutty and earthy. Rich finish that is sweet and yeasty.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer is rich and a sipper no doubt. Ample carbonation and its really spot on. Creamy, sticky and pretty smooth beer. ABV is really well hidden, but it show itself just a little bit. I would guess the ABV to be near 8-9%.

Overall: This beer is a really nice belgian style beer. I cant think of many other brewers beside Dan Carey in the USA that can make such great Belgian style beers. I think this beer will really improve in the cellar, a little bit of mellowing will make this beer go from good to fantastic.

Photo of Florida9
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown in color. Not quite opaque, but not cloudy either. Forms a large, fluffy, light tan colored head. Excellent retention and an incredible amount of lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly mute. Clean. A bit of yeast, some dark malts, and some dark fruits.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma, but comes through much more clearly. Sweet dark malts, raisins, prunes, coriander, and (almost burnt) caramel. Mildly complex, though surprisingly thin on the finish.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Fairly heavy carbonation for the style. Mild bitterness. Moderate sweetness.

O: A good beer. Not incredibly complex, but enough so to be interesting. Malty, yet still rather drinkable.

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

A - Pours deep burgundy raison color with a massive soapy looking, tan colored, three finger head that sticks to the glass like cotton candy.

S - Sweet candied dark fruit, prunes, and raisons.

T - Bready, yeasty, prunes, figs, and raisons.

M - Thick medium body.

O - Enjoyable.

Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of garymuchow
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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.

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Anniversary Strong Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.