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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

354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 18
Gots: 86 | FT: 8
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

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

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

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

tourdot, May 30, 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
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

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

pk18, May 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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

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

TheRevMatt, May 27, 2013
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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
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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
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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

BrettD, May 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

atone315, May 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

StoughtonGuy, May 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

IamMe90, May 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

derkfromwi, May 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

UWBadgerFan4Life, May 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Synergy87, May 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

thebigredone, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

BrownAleMale, May 21, 2013
Anniversary Strong Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.