19th Anniversary Belgian Style Golden Ale
Deschutes Brewery

19th Anniversary Belgian Style Golden Ale19th Anniversary Belgian Style Golden Ale
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Belgian Strong Pale Ale
3.63 | pDev: 15.43%
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
19th Anniversary Belgian Style Golden Ale19th Anniversary Belgian Style Golden Ale
Notes: (Retired) Released 2007
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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 59
Photo of jdense
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De 2007 vintage shared with golfing buddy, dug out of cellar, 9.11.2010 poured into wine glasses.

Cork and caged bottles opened with well-appreciated pop, a bit of gun smoke. Light golden/a bit orangish clear body, busy carbonation trails rising quickly up the body. Not a lot of head, 1 finger quick dissipating in first glass pour, 1/2 finger in the other, minimal lacing. Spicy/sweet nose, coriander, white pepper, another spice I'm having problem isolating (grains of paradise?), good size sweet maltiness, with some flowery hops. Taste mirrors, nose, a bit on the sweet side, the hops have subsumed over time, peppery-sweet. We didn't have a problem finishing the bottle. Though it may have lost a bit of hoppiness over time, this nice golden was fairly well-balanced, and retained a nice, though, muted, hoppiness. I think this beer is near it's peak.

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Photo of Stigs
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, been sitting on it for a bit since JohnGalt1 sent me this bottle a few months ago in a great box...served in a Duvel tulip

A - big healthy amount of very frothy and loose, white foam. spotty lacing as it falls, eventually settling to a small floating island. the beer is crystal clear, pale golden color...like apple juice. the last pour from the bottle (about 8oz) sent a significant amount of yeast into the glass.

S - noticed the intense fruitiness as i poured...apples, pears, white grapes. pretty grainy as well, whiffs of minerals tag along. smells a bit hotter than the ABV, alcohol burn definitely in the nose. the fruits "ripen" as it opens up, last pour put a slight spice and belgian yeast scent into the mix.

T - starts off a with some touches of sweetness...light caramel, apples, slight banana and cloves. alcohol is present again here, kind of surprised a couple years hasn't taken much of the edge off. has some belgian characteristics, light yeast and a subtle pepper like those found in a Saison. aftertaste is of apple skin, cloves, and yeast. i actually wasnt sure about this at first but its kind of growing on me as it opens up. quite unique...like some sort of hefeweizen/saison/tripel/BPA hyrbid.

M - pretty subtle carbonation. medium to thinnish bodied, pretty slick and oily feel. alcohol here is again a factor, adding a noticeable burn with each sip.

D - an interesting one here for sure. a bit better than my scoring would indicate, really puzzled by the abundance of booze for a relatively low"ish" ABV beer that is two years old at this point. again, quite unique and somewhat enjoyable because of that.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of this wonderful beer crossing my path recently. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one welcomed the afternoon in yesterday, consumed on 01/01/2009.

The pour was very nice, a light golden amber with a nice clarity to it. Small white head, maybe a half inch gave way quicky to a bare top that was dotted with bubbles of carbonation. Lots of carbonation here on this one as chains of bubbles relentlessly reached the surface.

The aroma was mixed with light grain, some nice touches of light fruit, pears and apricots come to mind. Some light fresh grass like hop notes boucning around in there as well. Very complex I have to say. The taste was superb, honestly one of the best blond ales I have had, and I am not really that big of a fan of the style. Light grains, apples and pears all very prevelant, along with a nice touch of bready like flavor in the mid palate. Prickly carbonation was bouncing around here the entire time. Really giving it a light and bouncy nature. Very sessionable as no hint of alcohol on this one at all.

Overall a very solid beer here, nothing at all would keep me from drinking more then one of these in a day, really very good, simply a solid beer.

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Photo of Vancer
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer sent via limesmut in a nice trade, thanks again!

Poured a golden yellow with a nice white head - carbonation looks good, although the head dies a bit quick.

Candied apples along with the Belgium yeast bubble up in the aroma, and the quaff adds a tangy twist of soured fruit. A small presence of hot alcohol distracts from the overall goodness of this beer, but let 'er age for a year and this may move into the "A" category.

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Photo of vwcraig
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber from ArrogantB as an extra. Thanks Michael

Poured into Duvel tulip. Dark gold, orange color. Bright white and soapy head. Decent bead rose from all over. Sweet bready malt and an apple-like yeasty smell. The two together is almost like apple pie. First taste is fruity and sweet switching mid-palate to a bitterness with a puckering bite. Alcohol is there and beer has a dry finish. This is a pretty good interpretation on a golden Belgian. Medium bodied with lots of bubbly. Not thin and not syrupy. Little bit hot and peppery in the alcohol department, but otherwise very drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a decent head (though modest for a Belgian style); the lacing is rather good, however

Smell: Fusel alcohol is a bit too prominent for me, although I often find that to be the case in this style; there is also some fruit (melon and pear) and spice (cinnamon and allspice) that is underneath

Taste: Up front, this is the best example of a graham cracker flavor that I have encountered; the cinnamon flavor builds and turns peppery by, mid-palate, when the fusel alcohol also impacts the flavor profile; the fruit, along with some orange and honey also appears at this stage; after the swallow, the fusel flavors detract from the rest, and there is an excess bitterness that doesn't hit the BSPA style;

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation; warmth on the finish; not as creamy as I would like in a Belgian style

Drinkability: Just a few too many flaws to hit the nail on the head, but few American brewers do Belgians well, and the BSPA is a style that is really tricky

Thanks, JohnGalt1, for the opportunity

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Photo of MiScusi
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A light and clear golden with a big white fluffy head, although it doesn't stay put too long. There was a huge amount of sediment in this beer that is easily stirred up so there are some suspended particles in there. Lots of bubbles too. A thin seawater-like froth sits atop the beer the entire time, and is easily regenerable.

S- Very belgiany... pretty surprising huh? If it was a blind taste test I would probably think Delirium Tremens.

T- Has a big sweetness to it, accompined by a lot of earthiness to balance it out. It does finish with a kind of dullness, and low bitterness that lingers.

M/D- Very light mouthfeel, effervescent, overall pretty good, but not outstanding.

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Photo of Viggo
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to biegaman for bringing this one from Cali.

Pours a cloudy golden, thin white head forms, drops some decent lace spots, thin ring around the glass, looks okay. Smell is sweet, bananas, lots of fruit, some candi sugar, alcohol, some spice, decent amount of malt, pineapple, interesting. Taste is caramel, floral, some biscuit, banana, fruit smoothie, wheat and vanilla, alcohol, some spice, weird. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, significant warmth going down. Thanks Jan!

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Photo of grub
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

biegaman was nice enough to share this one. thanks jan!

22oz bottle. sampled april 5/08.

pours a deep yellow with a bit of haze and a medium fairly dense white head. the head drops fairly quick and leaves a bit of spotty lace behind.

aroma is good. alcohol. candi sugar. touch of light belgian spice. bread and cracker malt. bit of grain. light citrus. bit of belgian yeast character too.

taste is good. alcohol up front again. just below medium bitterness level. bit of honey sweetness. grainy. belgian yeast. bread and cracker malt. bit of biscuit. slightly floral hops.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. medium body with a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is ok. the alcohol is kind of obvious in both the flavour and aroma, giving it a bit of boozy feel. also definitely has a more american malt profile. still overall it's fairly nice.

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Photo of mentor
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half finger of off white head over a cloudy dark golden liquid. Smells earthy and wheat. Esters of oranges and pears. Rather hoppy for the style, IMO.

Tastes wet sweet with esters drying woodienss and mild phenolic. Lemony and a bit of pepper. Musty earthy hops which add a mild garssiness.. A small contribution of belgian candi-sugar. Finish hangs sweet in the back of the throat, but dry on the upper palette. Heartburn in the gut makes me wonder if some non-yeast critters are living in this beer. Light body and md-lgiht mouthfeel moderate carbonation.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Lemony gold with a light snow shower of yeast and variously sized bubbles blip-blip-blipping their way up to a pearl colored cap that looks more American than Belgian. It's an attrative lid, though, and is beginning to deposit an unbroken blanket of finely pocked lace.

Golden Ale's nose is strangely unaromatic. With such a worldly array of hops (Czech Saaz, Slovenian Goldings, Pacific NW Liberty and Brewer's Gold), not to mention Curacao orange peel, this sucker should be bursting out of the glass. A true Belgian yeast strain might have helped, but I'm betting that a simple ale yeast was used. Other than untoasted malt, a sketchy hoppiness and stainless steel, there isn't much going on. Warming helps and subtracts the metal.

Deschutes wants us to know that 19th Anniversary is their first attempt at a Belgian-style ale. I could have guessed because it isn't exactly a rousing success. The beer tastes a lot like a higher class malt liquor due to the simplicity and the prominence of the alcohol. On second thought, a higher class Euro strong lager is closer to the mark thanks to the grassy hops. Saaz dominate.

Considerably bitter, lemongrassy hops share the spotlight with a warm white pepperiness. The orange peel is a mere afterthought. The beer could have used more 'French pilsner malt' and/or more 'Belgian white candy diamonds' (candi sugar, presumably) to give it balance. A little more cohesion would be nice as well... which makes me think that more rest will do this one some good.

The mouthfeel is better than acceptable. It's medium in a general sense, thanks to an abundance of bubbles that provide quite a bit of lift. Although it falls short of the creamy voluminousness that all good Belgian beer has, I'm fine with the way it was designed.

This offering is exhibit 'A' in why Belgian-style beer is more difficult to brew than it looks. The fact that there are only a handful of American craft brewers up to the task is further proof. In the end, Deschutes 19th Anniversary Belgian Style Golden Ale is an acceptable, if somewhat unrefined, attempt at a BSPA that no one should mistake for the real thing.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz from the cellar; originally picked up at New Vintage for about $7 ... cellared for about 5-6 months. Shared with my half poured into my trusty red wine glass.

Big fluffy and chunky white head that drops like I've never seen a head drop before. No lacing. Absolute minimum collar. Left behind a very pretty crystal clear straw colored brew.

Nose is earthy hops and toasted bread. Sage and grassy herbs mixed with pale malts and Belgian candy sugar.. bubblegum and orange peel.

Palate is tropical fruits and spicy hops.. American pale malts and Belgian esters are the finish. Medium/large body with a big bubble carbonation. Weird lingering estery flavors... quite a bit too sweet, but still pretty tasty... I can't get past the finish... like a wit that is that is too big for it's britches.

I loved this beer when it first came out, and then pretty much hated it for a while now. This is Deschutes' first bottled Belgian style; I gave it the benefit of the doubt... Tonight, I am glad I still have more in the cellar... but what it really makes me think is, 19th Anniversary is the training wheel release for the 20th and the Dissident. I can't wait for both. Deschutes has the PNW mastered... now the rest of the world is ripe for conquest.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to flexabull for this one.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden with a soapy white head and sticky lacing.

S - Grassy herbal hops with a corn like bready maltiness. Hints of alcohol and tropical fruits.

T - Spicy herbal hops with some tropical fruit and bready corn maltiness.

M - On the thick side of medium and a bit sticky with a touch of hot alcohol.

D - Congrats to Deschutes on 19 years. I can't wait to try more of their beers.

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Photo of Stoneman78
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed at the 2007 Strong Ale Festival

A- Clear, dark orange hue, white thin layer of head , slight lacing

S- Dominant banana tones, cotton candy, citrus, green apples, subtle alcohol

T- Taste is surprisingly light and fruity, bread malts, belgian candy, cherries, banana liquer, dry finish, underwhelming for the style

M- Light-bodied, watery texture, low carbonation

D- Easy-drinking, but underwhelming and unbalanced, tastes like amped-up Hefe, the finish is a bit off-putting

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Photo of illidurit
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip. 3 finger off white head above an apple-juice colored body. Tiny yeast particles float around in suspension. Nice Belgian-type lacing.

Smells fruity with apple and banana notes, along with a spiciness and a hint of booziness.

Taste is sweet and spicy with apple and pear, a hint of banana, lots of yeast, and a hop bitterness in the finish that sets this apart from the traditional Belgian style. Interesting and delicious.

Body is pretty thick and rich, almost luxurious. Carbonation is appropriate.

The sweetness here makes it pretty easy to drink but it suffers from the booziness. A solid American try at the BSPA style.

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Photo of dnichols
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was served from a 22 ounce capped bottle into a pint glass.

A: A gentile pour produced a clear yellow body accented by copper hues and a modest half finger off-white head composed of small bubbles. The head fell fast leaving a lingering collar that barely supported any lacing.

S: It produced aromas of lightly roasted sweet malts, yeast and piny hops.

T: I detected the flavor of apples and pears, almonds and white bread early in the swig. These were followed by piny and citrusy (lemons) flavors. All of the flavors were somewhat muted and did not establish a strong profile.

M: It had a light body with a smooth presence and balanced carbonation. The aftertaste was dry, warm with a hint of sourness that lingered.

D: I could easy drink between on and three in a session. It is an easy brew to enjoy but lacks the distinctive character of a top of the class BSPA. Nice brew but not world class.

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Photo of Floydster
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber purchased from Liquid Solutions for about five dollars

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter with a golden yellow color that had a slightly orange tint

Head was soapy and close to an inch in heighth, had nice retention and left lacing after a whole hour

Smell was full of apples, particularly granny smith or sour types, lots of honey, Belgian yeast which gave it a grainy bread aroma

Taste was nicely balanced and was both sweet and hoppy, could definitely taste some tarty fruit followed by some bready hops, nice amount of malt to balance out the dryness, candy-like taste in the finish that lasted for about a minute after each sip

Could not have drank much more than this and it took me an hour and twenty minutes to finish the bottle, pretty high alcohol content coming in at around nine percent, not too heavy but the sweetness makes it go down a little less easier than it should

Another great beer from Deschutes, wish this bottle was readily available somewhere near me like Hop Trip was, but you cannot have them all

Recommended and should probably drink shortly after getting it because it will continue to get sweeter as the hops mellow out, great price for beer of this stature

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Photo of dirtylou
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, purchased at whole foods in portland

appearance: pours into a la chouffe tulip, clear golden orange body with a light haze, bubbly snowy white cap with very nice retention

smell: very sweet and malty aroma, light yeast, nothing too distinct

taste: overly sweet malty base, white pepper and lots of spice, moderate alcohol booze, no fruit flavors really take center stage here as the spice and malt power this one...definitely a pass

mouthfeel: hot and spicy

drinkability: ok

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Photo of RootedFool
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours hazy straw gold, thunderous (slightly yellow) white head. Smell: faint whiff of red delicious apple, honey, tangerine rind, backed by a solid waft of funky bread notes. The nose grows in depth after a few minutes spent warming in the glass. Taste: alcohol kicks right off the bat at the back of my palate, followed by a twist of dark fruit swiftness along the sides that opens into a puckering stab of bitterness at the center. The mouthfeel is syrupy thick -- well, close to it -- and not very pleasing. Aftertaste: hop sizzle, mild echoes of yeasty funk. A good effort, but not quite there.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.66/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brewed with French Pilsner malt, Belgian white candy diamonds, bitter orange peel from Curacao, Belgian yeast and hopped with Czech Saaz, Slovenian Goldings, Pacific Northwest Liberty and Brewers Gold. 8.7% ABV. The first Belgian Style ale that Deschutes has ever bottled. $3.49 for a 22oz bottle.

Pours out to a thick appearing hazy burnt golden, forming a rocky and soapy white head with excellent retention and good lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation level. The aroma is academically interesting, but not very rewarding...it's not very phenolic, but has a distinct Euro-malt base, some mild fruity esters of tropical fruit, alcohol, and vanilla. I have not smelled this yeast strain before...it's very mild for a Belgian-style yeast. Smells more French than Belgian. If anything it reminds me of Ommegang, where they have to ferment it really warm to bring out the necessary phenols, and in the process make a bunch of fusels. This would be like a colder fermentation of the Ommegang yeast. Mouthfeel is thick and soft with a medium-dense body. As it warms, it gets a bit gummy. The taste begins with herbal and woodsy hops (quite odd for the style), some off character esters, a husky pale malt body, a firm herbal bitterness, and ends in isopropyl with a touch of fusels. The finish is biting with alcohol and tastes quite boozy. The aftertaste is not very good...herbal bitterness lingers much longer than it should for the style. Bitterness is marked for the style.

Boy, Deschutes really missed the mark on this one. I can see why it's the first Belgian-style they've bottled, but really they should go back to the drawing board for this one. Very bland, lacking all the characteristics I expect in a triple, with plenty of off-flavors to boot.

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Photo of JohnY
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this beer both on tap and bottled. For this review I opened a bottle and poured it into a nice belgian style goblet.

Light Orange in color, with a beautiful white inch and a half of foam that dissipates after about a minute leaving very little lace. Slightly hazey.

Spice and hops on the nose, first flavor impressions result in spice, slight citrus, with a hoppy aftertaste. Warm mouthfeel. Overall leaving your mouth slippery but wanting another drink.

A great beer from Deschutes, a nice belgian style beer with a definate northwest twist.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of Deschutes 1th Anniversary Golden Ale at a grocery store several weeks ago. Poured in to a tulip glass.

The beer is an orange gold color and slightly hazy when viewed trough the side of the glass. Nearly clear when viewed through the surface of the beer to the bottom of the glass. A modest 1 finger head forms, but dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

The smell is sweet, soft fruit fragrances like pears and peaches, with some pie spices along side.

Taste is Belgian-like, with some sweet yeasty flavors, some fruitiness, and a mild bitter finish. The aftertaste is a curious combination of heat and bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. Fairly clean, yet full-bodied, and well carbonated. There is a little zip to the mouth on this one.

Certainly drinkable, but not necessarily session-able due to the ABV. Still a pint or two is a treat. I'll look for this again, before it's gone for good. Nice one time only offering from the folks at Deschutes.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured, it showed a slightly hazy golden yellow with no foam or lace.

The smell of sweet spices filled the nose with a very pleasant aroma, along with a hint of mild malt.

The taste was like a Belgium Tripel. Golden, malty and rich. What I liked about this Ale was the spicy aroma and a soft, sweet maltiness. Rich and effervescent as a resul of their fermentations.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one on-tap at the Public House, as well a few 22oz bottles here and there.

Clear gold, nearly white head.

Aroma is yeast and fruit, apricot, maybe banana, some other dried fruits there. Bit of spice too, perhaps clove.

After a sip or two, this one becomes more interesting. It starts a bit mild, but the middle is where i noticed all the flavors. Good maltyness, the fruit notes then come in with the spices. A bit of an alchohol pop in there, which warms you up as it goes down. Finish is pretty smooth. Not great drinkability, so expect to spend your night and take you time on this 22 bottle if you can find one.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle, $3.89 on sale at Fred Meyer, Anchorage (Seward Hwy & N. Lights) Alaska.

Appearance: Deep golden, hints of orange hue. Dense, slightly rocky off-white head. Leaves significant, thick lacing.

Aroma: Spicy, fruity Belgian yeast, with a slightly soapy hint. Nice, sweet, full. Distinctly sweet, almost sugary, with a mild, earthy spicy hop note.

Taste: sweet, thick Belgian yeast, with a spicy phenolic back. Nice and tangy sweet. Very reminiscent of Unibroue, maybe Don de Dieu, and even Chimay Blue. Yes, indeed: very Chimay Blue. In fact, since I kind of feel like Chimay Blue has declined a bit in the last five years, I'd almost prefer this, especially for the price difference. (The same Fred Meyer is selling Blue on a significant sale in 750ml for just a hair under $10.)

At the very end of a long aftertaste, hints at bananas, peaches, tropical fruit, but this is subtle. It's a good thing I'm not tasting this anywhere near food in distance or time, since it's subtle enough that I think this would be lost.

Mouth is thick and sweet and full, and finishes thick.

Overall, excellent as an American interpretation of a Belgian style. I'm always a little surprised when my ratings are significantly higher than the average. it seems that I'm almost always rating lower than others, but this deserves the exception to the rule.

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19th Anniversary Belgian Style Golden Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 59 ratings