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16th Anniversary Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  16.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnnyChicago on 04-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of RochefortChris
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is really remarkable, and it's a shame it's over. It is indeed a strong Belgian pale ale--it looks like one, it tastes and drinks like one, but it's got crazy alcohol (I should have looked at the label first). For a Belgian-style pale ale this is excellent; I do not find it one-dimensional, though it doesn't have the depth of the best of the real Belgian ones--but for a "style" ale, yeah, real, real good.

Photo of Richardbcoffin
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mellowed enough after the 19 months or so, that the 16% is pretty well hidden. Good flavor, a little bitter on the back end. Overall, a pretty good rendition of a Belgian Strong Pale for being so jacked up.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JIMTRK16
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of GaryFields
4/5  rDev +0.3%

I'm with "sweemzander" on the taste review - too much sweetness & one dimensional malt backbone - but you gotta give a beer with 16% ABV some slack in the taste score.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.15/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle, released summer 2013
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Two Brothers' 16th Anniversary Ale is a standard Belgian Strong Pale Ale, big in sweetness and ethanol, low in most other characters. Nothing wrong with the beer, but nothing particularly noteworthy, either, except that the 16% ABV is not as obvious as one might think. Generally forgettable.

Pours a smallish, 0.5cm tall head of medium and small-sized bubbles, yielding a mass of sponge-like foam atop the body of the beer. Head retention is poor, with the foam quickly subsiding to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is moderately good, with numerous, complex dots and webs clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark golden color, with light bringing out paler golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma is of pale candi sugar, syrupy and heavy pilsner malt sweetness, pear juice, slight butter, and warm from ethanol (but not smelling of ethanol).

Overall flavor is of ethanol, syrupy sweet pilsner malt and pale candi sugar, and slight butteriness. Front of palate is of sweet candi sugar, pils malt, pear and apple juice, ethanol. Mid-palate of more prominent ethanol, syrupy sweet pilsner malt, pale candi sugar, a mix of pear and apple juice, and slight butter. Back of palate is of warm ethanol, pear juice, syrupy sweetness, and faint bitterness. Aftertaste of ethanol, faint bitterness, and bread-like maltiness.

Beer is heavy bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth (2/3) and slightly foamy (1/3) mouthfeel. Ethanol warmth is noticeable on the palate and in the nostrils as the beer warms, which is not surprising for a 16% ABV beer, though the ethanol seems less pronounced than in many wines of similar alcohol content. In total, the way that 16% is minimized in perception is fairly masterly.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Doogermeister
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a slightly cloudy yellow appearance, nothing to write home about here.
the smell is similar to a wheat beer, and it has a rather mild odor considering the labeled 16% ABV
The taste of this beer is also nothing special when going of pure taste, but it has something special about it. This beer tastes like it has as much alcohol in it as Ebel Weiss or a budweiser but it contains 16%. It is rather hard to believe that it is this high, because it is so smooth, but for those who dont believe it, try finishing a bomber to yourself.
The mouthfeel is smooth and easy drinking.
Overall i would say this is a standard beer, but the combination of 16%ABV and smoothness place it one step above the standard.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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16th Anniversary Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.