Anniversary Strong Ale | New Glarus Brewing Company

very good
402 Ratings
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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Photo of pweis909
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A=Dark with big head composed of large bubbles that web the glass as the head recedes
S=Dark sugar and Belgian ester profile suggests the peel of a ripe banana.
T=Dessert. This is a very sweet, rich beer. Lots of residual sugar, a brown sugar flavor. I should have shared this beer with four people because 4 oz would have been enough. Cloyingly sweet, I'm afraid.
M=Full bodied. Thick, slick, mouth-coating. Too much.
O= This is not a very drinkable beer. I guess that's OK because you only celebrate a 20th anniversary once. New Glarus went for the gusto, and I give them credit for trying. I wonder if this is exactly the beer that was envisioned, or if they were hoping for something a little more attenuated, as all that sweetness and body make me wonder about the fermentation. Difficult to second guess a company that puts out so many great beers. For special beers by New Glarus, I still prefer the Golden Ale (an homage of sorts to Orval, methinks) that was put out a few years ago, the fruit beers, and the sours of the thumprint series.

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Photo of don1481
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Kahlstrom
2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

Photo of t420o
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

New Glarus Anniversary Strong Ale

A- pour produces a massive 3-1/2 finger tan head resting on a deep brown body with some ruby highlights when held to the light. Head retention is excellent and lacing is as well. 4.5

S- Belgian yeast, candied sugar, chocolate and caramel malt, clove, bready, slightly nutty. Smells nice. 4

T- lighter than I was expecting but excellent. Clove, spices, candied sugar, caramel malt, doughy yeast, light nuttiness. Not a hint of alcohol. 4

M- medium body, creamy, lighter carbonation. 4.25

O- very much like a dubbel in a lot of ways. It's a very good beer that I'd like to have more of to see what some age does to it. 4


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Photo of olafphysics
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of elcrawl
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of bradner
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of Brabander
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This bottle was a gift from my beerbuddy Trevorjk, thanks for this very nice beer my friend.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer shows a very decent head, a bit light brown. Fluid is darkred to brown. Very decent smell. The taste is as a beer should be; very drinkable and enjoying. Some sweetness in it and some candysugar.

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Photo of jhillwastaken
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Bubba569
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of hoosier222002
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of yamar68
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Swampy ruby brown body with slow, steady beading and a healthy dollop of pale tan head... large gauge with plenty of sticky lace left behind.

Root beer, caramel, butterscotch, metallic brown ale notes, mild cocoa, ginger, stale coffee,

Plenty of nutty malts and cola flavors. Syrupy dessert flavors leading to a surprisingly tame sweet finish. It's dry and spicy, nothing sticky about it.

A nice beer. There are far more impressive New Glarus brews though.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of bird22
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Anniversary Strong Ale from New Glarus Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 402 ratings.
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