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16th Anniversary Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.59%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JohnnyChicago on 04-23-2013)
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Well, shit, looks like the Brothers can finally start learnin' how to drive... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brushed brass topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises apricot skin, light pear, mild Belgian-style yeast, light banana peel, a few bits of clove, and a hint of pineapple. There's a pervasive vein of mild, blunt booze throughout, but it never quite bubbles to the surface to greet the light of day. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the booze has found its way into the sun. Luckily, some yeast, spice, and light fruit spread out on top of it, but the combination ain't exactly what I would call pleasant, much less enjoyable or tasty. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this was just too big for its own britches, a Belgian-style golden ale that probably would have been alright without the unnecessarily high infusion of straight booze. It's sad when you come across a nice beer that has been mistreated by its owners and released into the world unable to happily coexist with the populace at large...

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 06:40:03 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this when it came out and it was boozy and gross, so I didn't bother to review. Five months later I came across it again at an out of the way shop, and figured what the hell after seeing some positive reviews. 16% abv... get it? What could possibly go wrong?

Bright saturated orange, crystal clear with trails of rising carbonation. A ring of drippy lacing decorates the glass, and a thin broken skim sits on the surface.

Banana and vanilla creme wafers in the aroma, some fruity yeast.

Taste is a little less pleasant, sharp phenols and a little bit of fusel alcohol. Sweet fruit up front bleeding into boozy territory. Lemon cookies and peach with a shot of gin. Medium bodied and somewhat creamy, though overtly boozy. Admittedly it would be hard to disguise 16%... more time would surely be beneficial in this case.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:22:32 | More by emerge077
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beernads

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

10-18-2013 11:48:51 | More by beernads
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-03-2013 19:02:18 | More by imperialking
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-06-2013 22:08:00 | More by Gonzoillini
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +0.8%

05-24-2014 16:21:48 | More by Latarnik
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-21-2013 01:28:30 | More by scruffwhor
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

05-05-2013 02:13:11 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16%!!! Probably the highest ABV I have ever had in a beer...This beer poured a clear golden color with little to no head and no lace. The scent had the typical Belgium malt/yeast with dried apricot and citrus. The taste was very smooth, the Belgium twang helped to mask the high ABV quite well. The mouthfeel was full body with little carbonation. Overall this is a monster beer and I was glad to share it with my neighbor and my cousin. A pint is enough to last the night.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 15:54:40 | More by WoodBrew
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Duff27

Illinois

3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

White short lived head leaves a cap and large bubbles on the sides of the tulip. Body is a dark golden color.

Extreme Belgian yeast, sweet and boozy. Light floral, lemon zest.

Highly fruit concentrated malt, I'm mostly getting bananas ans grapes. Alcohol really starts to seep through after a few minutes, no doubt about the 16%abv claim.

Thicker mouthfeel, medium to medium-low carbonation.

Becomes a sipper as it warms, this is the onw youll want to share with a few. I think the -perfectly executed to fit the beer profile- carbonation is the star of this show. Recommended for fans of polarizing Belgians and high alcohol content beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 01:47:30 | More by Duff27
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barnzy78

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, shared some with my wife (~7oz). Nice golden bodied ale topped with a larger than expected egg-shell colored head that holds good retention. Very delicate, fruity nose with apple juice, grape, chardonnay, honey, yeast. Booze comes through as it warms. Harsh hot alcohol burns a bit upon the first sip, but is more warming after the initial sip; notes of biscuit, delicate fruit, peach, grape, apple, dry chardonnay, faint grassy hop are all present. Medium body, lower carbonation. Overall, it's very white wine-ish, and with the higher ABV it's a given that it's going to be boozy, so I can look past that. I really enjoyed this one, and was glad my wife did too. I was a bit intimidated by the larger bottle and the crazy ABV of 16%.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 18:04:45 | More by barnzy78
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cjgator3

Florida

4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-04-2013 02:32:23 | More by cjgator3
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.21/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours an amber caramel-like color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Decent retention.

(S)- A grainy honey sweetness that meets a subtle biscuit-like yeast.

(T)- Fairly similar to the smell. A honey-like centric sweetness combined with a very subtle biscuit-like yeast. This is definitely not shy of the belgian candi sugar. This could give you diabetes it is so sweet.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level meets a very sweet honey-like sweetness overall. Just way too sugary sweet for me.

(O)- Again, extremely sweet and one dimensional for me. It does not have the balance and play on the yeast and sweetness that the style usually has.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 13:40:41 | More by sweemzander
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Lare453

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

11-23-2013 21:15:54 | More by Lare453
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-17-2013 02:38:40 | More by twenty5
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

07-11-2013 16:16:53 | More by JohnK17
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Rayek

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-13-2013 15:36:35 | More by Rayek
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zonker17

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-29-2013 01:22:44 | More by zonker17
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krome

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-09-2013 18:50:05 | More by krome
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bonkers

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-01-2013 13:52:19 | More by bonkers
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LambicKing

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

06-09-2013 22:25:19 | More by LambicKing
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 08:20:55 | More by falloutsnow
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neckbracesub

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

06-11-2013 16:03:11 | More by neckbracesub
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a bright gold with a 2 finger white head. Thick lacing remains

Honey, caramel, banana, clove more spice and Belgian yeast.

Sweet caramel, banana, light lemon, lots of spices from the Belgian yeast.

Nice Belgian beer from two brothers. Doesn't drink like its 16% but you notice it's a high abv beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 02:54:26 | More by kawilliams81
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waddellc2

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%

10-06-2013 21:27:04 | More by waddellc2
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16th Anniversary Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.