Anniversary Strong Ale - New Glarus Brewing Company
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District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-25-2014 02:23:28 | More by Huhzubendah
4.45/5 rDev +11.8%
Appearance: brownish with reddish hues. fairly good clarity for the darkness of the beer. a finger or so of a white head that leaves a layer on the top and a sticky lacing on the sides.
Smell: Fruit first, plums and black cherries, dark candi sugar. and belgian yeast.
Taste: opens up with lots of fruit. plums and black cherries. middle is full of amber candi sugar and belgian yeast. the end comes full circle and leaves with lots of fruit.
Mouthfeel: this one is full of opposites. at times its creamy and juicy but then it ends dry. its sweet but the sweetness is never lingering. just a slight tinge of alcohol warmth. nice and heavy overall.
Overall: a wonderfully brewed beer. In the few new glarus beers ive had i have found very fruity and terrific yeast strains. pushes the limits of the style but stays easy within.
03-24-2014 00:54:33 | More by SportsandJorts
4.06/5 rDev +2%
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.
02-28-2014 16:57:09 | More by BEERchitect
4.19/5 rDev +5.3%
A: A long sustaining three finger tall head was formed when poured into a snifter glass. The foam, an off white color, first had very fine bubbles then as it fell got soapy looking and left behind stepped lacing. The beer is a dark tobacco brown color that shines a purple hue when held to the light and appears crystal clear.
S: Spicy phenolic yeast esters leap from the glass even when poured from the bottle. Dark brown sugar and molasses like aromas, not the overly sweet phenolics I don't care for in some lighter Belgian beers. A clean almost lager like character impression after the foam has gone away. Overall impression is very herbal and earthy.
T: Very low bitterness, almost no hop flavors detected. Balance is on the malt side and comes off moderately sweet. Flavors coming through first are clove, molasses, dark candy sugar, spice and earthyness (dirt?). The middle is where the gets sharp with a carbonic bite and follows with more spicey and dark brown sugar flavors. The after taste is slightly reminiscent of tobacco.
M: Dry finish with a moderate body and carbonation on the high side. The palate is left with a very dry sensation from the dark sugars. A tad bit of alcohol warming, maybe good since it goes down so smooth.
O: I'm no expert on the style, but this had a lot going on and I really liked it. The sweet phenolics I usually don't like are kept in check and there is a nice earthy flavor followed by a lager like drinkability. If you can still find one grab it.
02-26-2014 02:32:21 | More by guityler83
4.11/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
02-15-2014 03:39:34 | More by tempest
4.14/5 rDev +4%
Bottle courtesy of dmbforever (a great trader). Shared at Proof for HH. Deep amber brown in color with a really good amount of tan head that holds up well. Head faded into a medium-thin collar and good swirls of head. Aroma is earthy floral, some light brown sugar, vanilla. Great medium body and highly carbonated. Taste has fig and brown sugar throughout. Light bitterness in the middle. Sweet fig up front. Very interesting, a bit odd, but extremely enjoyable.
02-06-2014 05:58:48 | More by mverity
Anniversary Strong Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.