Anniversary Strong Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

Anniversary Strong AleAnniversary Strong Ale
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Anniversary Strong AleAnniversary Strong Ale

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jakob on 05-18-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 402 |  Reviews: 75
Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice dark brown color with little head. Dark red almost purple accents.

S - Very sweet smell with caramel malt notes

T - Complex is a good way to describe it. Starts out with a cherry or apple taste and finishes with caramel, malt, hops, and alcohol.

M - Very fizzy up front, but clean and smooth finish.

O - Complex and unique taste profile. It's not an every day beer, but a nice beer to sip slowly on a cool Saturday night. Cheers to the success that New Glarus Brewery very much deserves and Cheers to Dan and Deb for making it 30 years.

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Sunn
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great, great take on the style. In my opinion, this is Wisconsin's answer to St. Bernardus ABT 12. And in my opinion, it's better. Every beer I've had from New Glarus has been clean, crisp, and refreshing. No matter what the style is. This beer is no exception. Dark cherries are the most prevalent flavor I pulled out of this beer, and the carbonation is absolutely perfect and really allows the flavors to pop out after every sip.

I have no idea what the ABV is for this beer is, but judging by the style I'm guessing it's quite high. I experienced absolutely NO alcohol presence in the beer whatsoever, which is what puts this above St. Bernardus for me. Also, to anyone who's lucky enough to get their hands on this beer, let it warm up before you slug it down. Normally I prefer a beer cold, no matter what the style is, but this one really shines once it's been sitting in a glass for a bit.

New Glarus is a spectacular brewery. This is a great, great beer that shouldn't be missed by anyone who's a fan of the Belgian style. Awesome stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of TheSSG
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, soapy, off-white head that laces nicely. Floral hop aroma behind sweet, slightly toasted malt. Deep, burnt umber color. A medium bitterness with toasted malt behind the sweetness. Lingering bitterness over lightly toasted malt. The sweetness has a nice banana-like aspect to it.

Not bad, but not really a favorite style of mine. I feel silly rating this because I'm just not a fan of this style.

Edit: I will agree with a previous reviewer that this gets much nicer as it warms.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Chris (spycow). Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Big white foam settles to a solid cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Transparent dark nut brown body; think Brazil nut skin or a shade darker than almonds.

S - I went into this beer blind, and all the bottle said was 'strong ale'. I quickly determined it was not an 'American Strong Ale', as the aromas had a definite continental bent to them. Spicy, phenolic yeast that to me is more evocative of a weizenbock than a Belgian, with some nutty, fruity, and cake-like malt characters. Somewhere between Westvleteren 8 and Aventinus on the flavor spectrum. There's a bit of perceptible alcohol, but it's hard to evaluate with no listed ABV.

T - The taste was a little more Belgian to me, with candi sugar malts and more abbey-style spices. Notes of nutmeg and cinnamon, and perhaps a touch of clove from the yeast mingle with red fruits, nuts, cocoa, dark fruits and a bit of treacle. Alcohol isn't as apparent here.

M - Full-bodied, creamy and smooth, with a touch of lingering stickiness. Perhaps a bit drying in the finish, along with some moderate booziness.

D - Not what I was expecting initially, but grew on me, particularly as it warmed. A definite sipper, and best shared with a friend or two. Should age quite gracefully, and definitely exemplifies New Glarus' European heritage and brewing practices. One of the best American-made 'Belgium' beers in recent memory.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Anniversary Strong Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81.6% out of 100 with 402 ratings
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