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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

361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 17
Gots: 86 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jakob on 05-18-2013)
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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

MattyG85, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of drewface
5/5  rDev +25.6%

drewface, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of knepper
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

knepper, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of jabo134
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

jabo134, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of anticipation23
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

anticipation23, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of maq89
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

maq89, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Fcolle2
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours slightly cloudy deep brown. 2 finger off white head the has good retention.

S: Belgian yeast some dark fruits and some nice warm spice.

T: nice Carmel malts and a licorice like sweetness with dark fruit notes lingering on the aftertaste.

M: slight carbonation. Not as much as I expected from the pour. Has a really nice warm feel that is enhanced by the alcohol.

O: really tasty strong ale. Belgian yeast and nice warm feel make this a drinkable strong ale no matter what season.

Fcolle2, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of theminutemen
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

theminutemen, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of stealth
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

stealth, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of WolfKeeper
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

WolfKeeper, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Zachtheporter
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Zachtheporter, May 31, 2013
Photo of tourdot
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

tourdot, May 31, 2013
Photo of deebo
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

deebo, May 29, 2013
Photo of mkennedy119
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

mkennedy119, May 28, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

bpfrush, May 28, 2013
Photo of pk18
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

pk18, May 27, 2013
Photo of Hallertau
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Hallertau, May 27, 2013
Photo of Soneast
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Soneast, May 27, 2013
Photo of TheRevMatt
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

TheRevMatt, May 27, 2013
Photo of cradke
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark brown with some transparency around the rim of the glass. Very fluffy head (2-3 fingers.)

Smell: Dark malts. Sweet candied sugar and Belgian yeast. Inviting, but with a touch of high ABV.

Taste: Strong Belgian yest, candied sugar and alcohol up front. Blends to very belgian quad taste. Dark fruits, esters, and some fig. Lots of brown and dark sugar. Enjoyable but maybe somewhere between over the top and not quite enough flavor. Wish they dialed it up just a bit more.

Mouthfeel: Very nice carbonation. I very much enjoy how the taste spreads across the palate. Wish it was a touch more viscous and thicker to let the dark notes sink in.

Overall: This is a very good beer. It's got great Belgian quad style notes with lots of dark fruit. I wish it was a touch thicker and that the flavor was a little more pronounced. On the plus side, this has every ingredient needed to age beautifully. Strong ABV, dark sugar and lots of carbonation from the get go. If you have multiples, crack one and let the other age. If you only have one, wait a couple months and let it develop. It's very good now, but it could be an world beater with 12-18 months on it.

cradke, May 27, 2013
Photo of Ri0
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A - Pours a deep, dark brown in color; 2 finger dirty white head. Thin head remains until I finish my glass. Decent amount of lacing.

S - Belgian yeast, toffee, caramel, banana esters, and dark fruits.

T - Sweet malts, dark fruits, caramel and brown sugar. Plenty of the funky Belgian yeast. An interesting take on a Belgian Strong Ale.

M - Big carbonation that really fizzes in my mouth with a nice light body. A very slight tart/bitterness lingers on my tongue.

O - Solid overall beer that I am glad I tried. Belgian Strong Ales are not my favorite style and I will need to develop my palate over time to get acquire a taste for these. I think this beer turned out sell for Dan and New Glarus.

Ri0, May 26, 2013
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 TonyTalon
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

TonyTalon, May 26, 2013
Photo of BrettD
4/5  rDev +0.5%

BrettD, May 25, 2013
Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +0.5%

atone315, May 25, 2013
Anniversary Strong Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.