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

Anniversary Strong Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Anniversary Strong AleAnniversary Strong Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

373 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 373
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 17
Gots: 90 | FT: 10
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jakob on 05-18-2013)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 373 | Reviews: 67 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ajzy
2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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.

Photo of InVinoVeritas
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of weonfire
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
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 doucmehu
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of jonfalk
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This strong Ale boasts an impressive pour into a Belgium style chalice, exhibiting a brown to red color with a thick tan head. The aroma was immediate and equally rich. Lacing existed through out the entire experience. The immediate flavors are cherry, dark chocolate and raisin. A slight tart note was noticed but did not reappear until later in the glass as the elixir warmed. Spice notes of allspice and clove were found to be a bit harsh, perhaps even hot, but cellaring could smooth out that experience. This beer has a rich mouth feel which helps cover the alcohol and makes this fairly drinkable beverage. Overall my congratulations to the craftsman raised master. I expect this to age well and would recommend one to drink and one to cellar as the individuals means permit.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Zuidman
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Benish
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Fusebuddy
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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!

Photo of EdTheEdge
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of mecummins
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of DubbelTrubbel
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

Photo of WiscoBrewsco
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of RyanTheLion13
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Dactrius
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Woodman70
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a big fan of Belgian Strong Ales...or so I thought...This beer was absolutely amazing!!! heading back to the liquor store to buy 4 more...I think this would be a perfect beer to cellar for a year..Dan created a great 20th anniversary beer as expected

Photo of smartassboiler
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Anniversary Strong Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.