20th Anniversary Ale | Weyerbacher Brewing Co.

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Weyerbacher Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Weyerbacher is turning 20 this year! How do we celebrate 20 years of bold and innovative beers? With the release of our 20th Anniversary ale! Our 20th Anniversary brew is a Belgian-Style Dark Ale weighing in at 11% ABV. It’s malty with notes of caramel, raisins and berries, as well as subtle hints of coriander and star anise.

Added by StoutSnob40 on 05-20-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 270 |  Reviews: 84
Reviews by justintcoons:
Photo of justintcoons
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed tulip.

Deep mahogany with 1 finger of tan head that dissipates quickly. Murky with plenty of yeast sediment.

Raisin, date, fig, cherry, honey, licorice, and dark candy sugar.

Black licorice, molasses, toffee, and dark candy syrup. Raisin, date, fig, and clove. Touches of honey and cherry. Warming alcohol present.

Medium-light bodied, oily, silky, smooth, sweet, and warming.

Warming, sweet, and rich.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jzeilinger
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep burgundy/brown color with a very thick, and creamy toffee colored head that doesn't subside and sticks to the sides of the glass.

S - Raisins, cherries, cream, and sweet dark maltiness. The smell is a little on the lighter side, haven't determined if it's the serving temp or the beer itself.

T - On the boozy side but it's still young right now, to be expected. Nice complexity of flavors going on: cherries, some sweet black licorice is buried in the mix, raisins, a touch of spiciness, and the dark malt has a little bit of breadiness to it. About half way in the booze factor becomes less noticeable after things start to adjust on the palate.

M - Slippery, viscous, lip smacking sticky, some initial warming in the back of the throat because of the ABV but not burning, thick/heavy body, velvety.

O - Right now it's a little on the sweeter side and still enjoyable, 'going to age quite well. In regards to the taste, I'm stuck somewhere between a 4.00 and 4.25 so erred towards the conservative side. Definitely an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Weyerbacher has made another terrific beer without much fanfare. Excellent appearance. The beer glints with a wink and few hues.The nose is just asit should be. dark fruits, soft malt ,sweet bit of brown sugar. taste is excellent and has only one short moment where the finish is a bit too sweet. This one has the flavor of prune which I like very much but some don't.

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Photo of don1481
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into Belgian glass.

Appearance: A very fizzy dark brown with a light tan head that dissipates very quickly. Keeps fizzing and fizzing.

Smell: smells a lot like a quad. Notes of plum and sugar dominate. A little coriander and anise but those are in the background.

Taste: Yeah, this even tastes closer to something like Rochefort 10 than what I was expecting here. Notes of the coriander and anise do come through once the bubbles wear off the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, sticky. Taste lingers quite awhile.

Overall: I like it a lot, but I wonder if it's barely too carbonated to let the coriander and anise pop. I'm gonna age the other three bottles and see what happens.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a murky brown, with a slight off-white head that lasted for about 30 seconds before dissipating. Not much on the lace
Smell: Big fig, raisin, prune, sweet candy sugar, booze. What I would expect from a big Belgian quad.
Taste: Dark fruits, Candied sugar maltiness. super sweet, almost cloying, but not quite. Walks the line
Feel: Medium-heavy, moderate carbonation. Sweetness all the way through the sip
Overall: Exactly what I expected. A big, sweet, malty Belgian strong ale.. And It was goodl

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Photo of Apellonious
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle born 6/9/2015 (5 yr exp) poured into a tulip glass.

A - dark brown/black, active carbonation release, but poured without a head, minuscule lace. Visible sediment, may have left less than desired in the bottle (left about a finger)

S - You can definitely pick up the coriander, some black licorice, dark fruit

T - Its heavy. Follows the nose mostly, with some banana and fig notes in addition to those listed above.

M - The mouthfeel is dense. Has a champagne like finish to it, but it does get sticky as it warms.

O - At 11%, you can only pick a hint of the alcohol. The tastes seem to work well with the aroma, the heavy sediment and lack of any head the only appearance detractors. May pick up another one of these to see what some age does to it. Give it a go.

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap, in a snifter at Smoke & Barrel in Washington, DC.

A - Pours a black with a reddish tinge, almost no head, no lacing, and good alcohol legs. - 3.75

S - Black cherry with some the associated sweetness. - 4

T - Dark fruit (raisins and dates) black cherry, some honey sweetness but never cloying, a bit of nuttiness in the after taste. An ever so slight alcohol heat that balances the fruit and sweetness. - 4.25

MF - Medium heavy with an almost dry finish. Smooth for the ABV with some viscosity to the body. - 4.5

O - Many of this beer’s characteristics are reflective of the high ABV but not the taste. A very enjoyable beer but too heavy for multiples regardless of your ABV abilities. Could almost be described as a tasty dry cough syrup. - 4.25

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a goblet the beer was a dark brown color with a small tan head.

There was an aroma of dark fruit, some sweetness.

Tasted of plums and raisins. A little bit of candy.

Medium-bodied. Alcohol hidden.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JC333
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wattoclone
4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smells and tastes like sweet over-ripe bananas, the kind that turn black on the skin. Figs and dates present on the middle with caramelized brown sugar. This dark goes down way too easy. On draft at Capone's.

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Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy brownish amber with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A spicy and fruity Belgian style aroma with a scent of yeast, spice, and dark fruit. Belgian yeast with hints of clove, pepper, cinnamon, coriander, and anise spicing. Toasted malt with hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit, straw, and cracker. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Belgian style fruit hints of banana, berries, dark cherry, raisin, fig, and plum. Also some hints of leather and tobacco. Subtle earthy hops. A really good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a spicy and fruity Belgian Quad style taste with notes of yeast, spice, and fruits. Belgian yeast with spice notes of pepper, clove, coriander, anise, and cinnamon. Sweet taste of candied sugar. Toasted malt with notes of caramel, toffee, straw, biscuit, and cracker. Good fruit presence with notes of banana, dark cherry, berries, fig, raisin, apple, and plum. Some notes of tobacco and leather. Light earthy hop bitterness. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy and silky with a fairly drying finish. Some alcohol is noticeable as expected but it's still pretty smooth for 11%.

Overall: A very good take on a Belgian style Quad. Good blend of yeasty spicy and fruit esters.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at Duckworth's on Park Road Charlotte NC.

Pours a dark brown with minimal head and thin oily lacing. Some dark fruit in the nose - plums and raisins. The taste follows suit, with a fair share of cinnamon and peppermint present as well. I'd be interested in trying an aged bottle of this in the future - I think it could use a bit of time to settle down. It's boozy and exceptionally sweet. Cheers!

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, double dated 6/9/2015 and (BB) 6/9/2020, poured into a Belgian snifter.

A - hazy dark reddish-brown body with an initially good size off-white head that soon reduced to a thin partial coat.

Aroma - Dark fruits including dates and raisins, Belgian yeast, alcohol esters, chocolate, faint spices.

Flavor - largely follow the nose, with a rich and complex mix of dark fruits, yeasts, alcohol, dark roasted grains, coriander, faint cloves, and additional spices.

Feel - Smooth, medium-full body with light carbonation and some alcohol heat.

Overall - A rich strong dark Belgian style ale with qualities that merit it being served in Belgium itself, or elsewhere in the company of great dark Belgian brews. Likely to benefit from some aging.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tdm168
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MispeledStalion
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of grahuba
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thrifty101091
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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