Anniversary Strong Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Anniversary Strong AleAnniversary Strong Ale

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372 Ratings
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Ratings: 372
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)
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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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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.

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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.

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Anniversary Strong Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.