19th Anniversary Belgian Style Golden Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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19th Anniversary Belgian Style Golden Ale19th Anniversary Belgian Style Golden Ale

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Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Retired) Released 2007

Added by Cascadia on 06-15-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 60 |  Reviews: 56
Reviews by SurlyDuff:
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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 DaPeculierDane
2.61/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Purchased at a small grocery store in Hood River, OR. Consumed at a camp fire on the Hood River along with smores. Honey gold body, cream colored head with ok lacing. Aroma is boozey, grainy with some corn, very sweet and sugary. Tastes strong and full of alcohol. Malty with only light apply fruit flavors. DoesnÂ’t seem to match the style well. Heavy, thick mouthfeel with a touch of spritz and spice. Not very drinkable.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow with a pillowy white head (after a vigorous pour) that retains and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is yeast and some clove and a little fruit. It's pretty subdued.

The flavor is slightly sweet malts with some spices that seem a little off - kind of tarry. It has an ashy bitter finish. As it warms, more sugary sweetness, a little melon and alcohol come out. The mouthfeel it medium with sharp carbonation.

Overall, not a very good Belgian. The off-flavors really detract, and the flavors are rather mish-mashed.

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Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice white head off of a firm pour, the head drops down to a thin ring of lace and tosses a patch here and there on the glass. The clarity is bright and golden with a few bubbles racing to the top. Wildflower, herbal and grassy hop aroma and a cake-like malt character with a following of alcohol that brings a hint of tropical fruit to the nose. Thick medium body that holds hard onto the crispness as it rolls around in the mouth. Enough malt backbone to keep this beer together for the duration. Heavy bite from the hop bitterness and alcohol mix. Big spicy herbal hop flavor jockeys for the top layer. Hints of ripe pineapple and papaya come through as does remnants of yeast and some herbal phenols. Finishes big with a bittersweet finale.

Very well done, a great Belgian-style ale with a splash of American boldness thrown in for extra measure. Meaning, it has a bit more body for the style but is able to pull it off. I raise my glass to Deschutes Brewery for their 19th and this beer is certainly worthy for that occasion.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.04/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok...Belgium it isn't...but it's very, very interesting. In all fairness they really weren't trying to duplicate or make a Belgium, they just wanted to try a brew with a Belgium influence, and that they did.

Pours a pretty almost crystal clear pale orangish yellow with a nice two fingers of white foam topping it.

Aroma is the first place you get the 'impression' of a Belgium....you can recognize the yeast, but then there is a nice fruity and caramel aroma the comes into play followed by light citrus hops not found in most Belgiums...definitely Pacific NW.

Taste is very unusual...it starts like a Belgium with some candied malts and bread like graininess, but then definite Pacific NW Hops raise their head and make their presence known with nicely sharp citrus peel bitterness. This brew lacks a smoothness I am accustomed to finding in a Belguim beer and the different elements; particularly the sweet soft belguim fruits and then the Pacific NW bitter citrus peel hops, just don't even come close to blending leaving me with an unpleasant taste.

Mouthfeel is clean and it dries as you swallow so the aftertaste is also clean and fresh. Alcohol warmth follows swallow after making itself known in the tail end of the tasting.

Very interesting. I wish there was a catch-all for 'Anniversary Ales" because so many of these can't really be put in a single catagory.
This one is nice...
It isn't a Belgium Strong ale.

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Photo of Stigs
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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 ElGordo
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just got this one in the store on Friday and am excited to try another release from the always-excellent Bond Street series. Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.
Body is a bright golden color topped by a small, short-lived, creamy white head. Aroma of sweet bubble gum emanates as soon as the cap is popped, but after the pour settles into a more subtle, malty sweetness with a hint of apples, plum, and other sweet fruit. Palate is mildly sweet up front, with a fruity and slightly bitter hop profile balancing things out. The body is just a tad sticky, which is just about perfect for the style. The nuances and esters are a little lacking compared to a true Belgian ale, but this is a good American interpretation. Good job Decshutes on branching out to a completely new style of beer.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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 johnbonham1980
2.81/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured golden, as expected, with scant, bubbly head.

Both smell and taste have a good amount of boozy overtones, but beyond that is a fairly pleasant malty taste. Hops are well balanced with the malt, but in no way is this a heavily hopped beer. There is a good amount of citrus (mostly grapefruit) up front, and the beer leads to an earthy finish with mushroom notes. Good amount of pine as well, which comes out once the alcohol dissipates.

Effervescent carbonation helps its drinkability, but this is a beer that would be difficult to enjoy on a particularly warm day. Drinkable enough to sneak up on you, though.

I consider this beer to be a great deal for the price, but the overall impression is not one of something I'd buy by the case. Worth a try, though.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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 russpowell
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent honey color with 1 pinky of white head. Effervescence persists throughout. Average head retention & almost no lacing

S: Perfumy hops & a little grassyness

T: Apricots, lemony hops & little breadyness & honey up front. As this warms I get grapefruit & some boozey warmth & a firm malt background. Finishes warming with loads of lemony hops & some alcohol bite, like this as much as duvel taste-wise

mF: Low carbonation medium-heavy body & fairly slick

Drinks easy for the abv, not funky enough for Belgian-freaks, but I enjoyed it. It would advisable to stash a few bottles for aging & cooler weather

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Photo of TexIndy
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my DT glass. It was a slightly hazy golden yellow with tiny bits of yeast floating. It barely had a head that didn't even cover the whole top. What was there quickly dissipated. No lacing and very little carb. The aroma was really subdued. Some sweet malt, alcohol and fruit. The taste was off for me. Didn't really taste like a BSPA and it had a weird aftertaste. I got mine from a buddy who shipped it from Denver. Wonder if they summer heat got to it. Otherwise, it's just not that good which is a shame because I've loved every other Deschutes I've had. The label says this is their first Belgian so maybe future styles will improve. (2.5, NA, M, N)

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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 livingregret
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Size: 1 pint

Appearance: A pale orangeish colour w/ a white like head the dissipates quickly

Smell: Nice yeast smell w/ touch of fruity ness

Taste: I actually tasted a bit of cork in my drink. Very wood feeling w/ a touch of toffee toward the end. A touch of spiciness

Mouthfeel: Medium feel w/ a bit of carbonation in it, but in a good way

Drinkability: VERY nice drink, I can't wait to go pick up another bottle

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.55/5  rDev +26.7%
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 franksnbeans
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with some amber, a little bit of head that dies quickly and little to no lacing. Smells of malt, yeast, fig. Taste is very subtle but very interesting with dried fruits and some sweetness. This is not a Belgian in my book. Feels light in the mouth with good carbonation. Drinkability is very high as this is more of a refreshing yet flavorful brew. No alcohol even close to present which is crazy giving its ABV. Not true to the style but interesting in its own way.

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Photo of largadeer
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from a 22 oz bomber, this beer appears perfectly clear and golden. The head is modest at best, quite unlike most Belgian style ales, but this doesn't seem to be bottle conditioned either. An unusual choice for the style of beer.

Smell: The nose is fairly mild, revealing grassy and grainy notes and a slight fruity sweetness. There's something slightly soapy present as well.

Taste: Mild grainy sweetness, citrus, grass, a bit herbal/medicinal. It finishes quite dry, with an herbal hop bite and the distinct taste of alcohol. The aftertaste is fairly clean, with a slight hoppy bitterness sticking to the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and surprisingly thin for 8.7% ABV. The carbonation is moderate, less than I was expecting for the style.

Drinkability: Disappointing, especially after the awesome 18th Anniversary Pilsner. I really wish they had just brewed that again, because it's obvious that Belgian styles aren't their specialty.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber of this at The Trading Post in Bonners Ferry, Idaho during a quick beer run from Creston this summer.

Pours out a hazy marmalade hue, leaning more towards apricot in tone. Tall frothy white head that has impressive retention, and settles to a finger width creamy cap, with lots of lacing in its wake.

There are Belgian yeast notes on the nose for sure, mildly spicy, some tangerine as well.

The malt is mild within the flavour, everything really starts to happen in the middle where the spicy yeast picks up and makes its way to rendevous with the mildy astringent, dandelion-like hops on the finish, resulting in a very savoury climax.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, with a creamy texture to it, it suits the flavour profile and carries it well.

A very savoury ale, which makes it more of the sipping kind, it definitely leaves its mark, the aftertaste lingers on into forever. Not a bad start for the first beer I can recall sampling from this brewery.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a think white head that dissipates rather quickly. Spotty lacing.

Aroma has some yeast, but is dominated by sweetness.

Taste is also very sweet. Some light malts, light hops. Hints of apricot. But sweetness dominates.

Mouthfeel was light and not very cleansing.

Overall, a decent attempt, just not very interesting or complex. But, quite drinkable.

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Photo of JohnY
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
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 Phatz
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to LeftMindedRighty for sharing this beer with me. You are a saint, good sir.

Appearance: Pours a transparent honey gold color with a creamy head and little lacing.

Smell: Certainly sweet and yeasty with a strong malt and alcohol nose perfumey sugars and grassy hops.

Taste: It is sweet and fruity with a spicy finish. It is hard to call this a 'Belgian' but if not what else would you call it? It is malty and sugary sweet with some apple and melon on the way to nice crisp finish with some spices.

Mouthfeel: Soft and slick with moderate carbonation that leads to an almost chewy feel but still light.

Drinkability: Surprisingly high drinkability for a beer with 8.70 % ABV. Wow. The alcohol is present but does not stand in the way of my drinking it right up.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of jakon
1.87/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased 6-21 at Cedar Hills New Seasons. Consumed the same night so as to determine whether or not I'd be needing more.

The appearance didn't disappoint, but the aroma I was getting as I poured did. The beer was a few shades darker than golden, with an average head. No need to force it, and no need to ease back on the gas. It dissipated more quickly than I prefer. I didn't like the nose at all. Couldn't identify some of the more distinct aromas I was getting, but it just smelled too sweet and medicinal. I knew immediately that it was going to take me awhile to finish the beer. I couldn't believe it at first, but this beer actually had a slight malt liquor character to it. As I sipped, it only became more prevalent. The beer wasn't balanced at all. Far too malty for my taste, and I was actually getting hints of cough syrup. Overall, this is actually my least favorite beer I've tried in the last few years. Sorry to say it, because I love Deschutes. But it's the truth. I should note that I've been disappointed with many other belgian style ales in the past. Sometimes I wonder whether to chalk it up to abuse it may have suffered on it's journey to my fridge. I can't do that with this one though.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Golden coloured ale with a large slightly off white head. Mild alcohol aroma ,pneholic slightly,a wiff of plastic. Very sweet, sugary sweet indeed, taste, raw alcohol noticable near the end, nothing much too it really. Starts of Ok but 4 ozs into the beer, it gets a bit sickeningly sweet and sticky/cloying on the palate. Sad to say i didnt like this beer. Its very reminicent of Full Sails "Vesuvius" in that it is a really poor attempt at a Belgian style ale. Maybe Oregons big brewers cant stretch that far yet

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Photo of Cascadia
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got the first two bottles I saw at Market of Choice today in Eugene. I've been waiting to try this one since I heard about it.

Pours a nice clear pale-straw yellow with a good head, not the strongest retention, but a pretty beer nonetheless.

Smells of citrus and noble hops, a very pleasant yeast smell comes through at the end too. So far so good.

Taste is very nice, the bitter hops come in first, followed by a great nose of belgian yeast, ending with a slight burn. Nicely balenced flavors. Good chewy mouth feel too. Perfect for the style.

Very drinkable brew here, tip of the hat to the Deschutes Brewery team once again. I look forward to putting a few of these down for a year or two to see how the hops and malts play out.


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19th Anniversary Belgian Style Golden Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 60 ratings