19th Anniversary Belgian Style Golden Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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

Brewed by:
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
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 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 BeerManDan
4.44/5  rDev +23.7%
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 ChrisA
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Super thanks to Adam Wade for bringing over this gem for "bomber night". We are huge fans of Deschutes and both of us were surprised that they had never taken a stab at the Belgian style. Well we are now blessed that they have. This is a stunning beer. Incredible flavors throughout bouncing all around my palate. An absolutely pleasure to imbibe. I'm getting thirsty again just thinking about it. I have spent a significant amount of time over the past two years reviewing IPA's far and wide, but this may be the beer that really drives me down the road to becoming a Belgium connoisseur. Deschutes continues to be one of my top ten favorite breweries.

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Photo of warmstorage
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
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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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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Photo of illidurit
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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 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 loren01
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden color, good sized white head, slight lace down the glass
S: Smell is fruity, slight IPAish almost citrusy hop scent. Belgian yeastiness.
T: Much like the smell, fruity and sweet up front. Solid amount of grain. Pretty surprising amount of hop bitterness. Spicy dry ETOH finish.
M: This has a pretty light mouthfeel for 8.7%, you wouldn't know it.
D: Very well balanced Begian Pale. Also very drinkable, goes down way too easy for 8.7%. Another well done brew from deschutes.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a large solid foamy head and is a beautiful golden color.

The smell has an aroma of an abbey style brew.

The taste was a well balanced alcohol and spiciness.

Mouthfeel comes in soft all around and finishes strong and lingers quite a long time on the tip of the tongue and back of the throat.

I found the 19th hole to be a money shot and will have a few more during the summer.

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Photo of flexabull
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Deschutes Bond Street Beers are now being carried at a local liquor store... and that of course, is a good thing.

Beer pours a clear gold color with a nice fluffy white head.

Aroma is peppery and with a touch of bananas.

Flavor is quite peppery. Strong crisp biting pepper flavor on the first sip. Beer then settles into a slightly creamy malt flavor, and a bitter and floral hop finish. This beer is has a nice pop and zing to it, but could probably use a bit of rest.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, thick, smooth, and supple.

A nice "version" of the Belgian Strong Pale Ale Style. This is unique, and worth a try. It's a bit potent right now, and might be even nicer a few months down the road. But I certainly enjoyed it right now.

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Photo of younger35
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz special Bond Street Bomber. Drank from a pint glass while waiting for the girlfriend to get ready before we head down to Deschutes Brewery & Pub.

Appearance- Pours a brilliantly goldish-yellow with a foamy half finger head. Leaves a nice collar and very little cap but does leave tiny spotty lacing. Very tiny gentle bubbles run throughout the glass.
Smell- Nice spicy banana bread yeast with very sharp orange fruitiness. Soft floral hops compliment the bready malt nicely. Random gentle wiffs of alcohol make an appearance also.
Taste- Classic Belgium yeastiness that is quietly subdued. Nice banana like start that slowly gets sweeter. There is a nice pineapple and orange citrus but it is quickly cut by the alcohol. Finishes with a peppery spice and a soft maltyness.
Mouthfeel- Medium body that is slightly “thick” with lots of effervescence. The alcohol is very present in this beer but it doesn’t have that normal warming sensation.
Drinkability- I really like this beer. I had it on tap about two weeks after its release and I didn’t really care for it. It was too sweet and kind of unbalanced. The bottle version that I’m currently enjoying seems a bit more balanced. My guess is that in 6-8 months this thing is going to be fantastic. Nice Belgium with some American flair.

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Photo of jbsteiny
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright clear gold with nearly two inches of thick white head that eventually dwindled to a ring. Left some chunky retention on the glass. Smelled of herbal hops, grain, & honey. A little medicinal with the booziness. Tastes delicious; sweet malts, cake with fruity undertones. The strong alcohol bite is somewhat offset by a spicy hop finish, but it could be cleaner overall. Big body for a golden -- makes sense that BA classified it as a Belgian Strong Ale -- but still fairly crisp and clean. Goes down pretty easily for the ABV. At $5.75 for the 22 oz., I'd consider getting one or two more and sitting on them til Xmas...

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I’m always game for a bomber from Deschutes so I bought a couple bottles of this. This ale appears clear and golden in color; can you imagine that? There is almost no head save for a smattering of white bubbles in the middle of the Chimay chalice. The carbonation is rising steadily from the etching in the bottom. The smells I pick up are faint esters of cloves and thyme (weird). It tastes yeasty and fruity, maybe some apple. Mouthfeel is slightly bubbly to me. This is a good one and really seemed to open up as it warmed, I need to learn to let the bottle sit for awhile outside the fridge before I crack it. I think I will save the other bottle for a while. The alcohol is only barely noticeable. I really like the fact that Deschutes seasonal/big beers are not expensive (with the exception of Abyss which was going for $9 here in Colorado). This beer only cost $3.50 which was a very good price.

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Photo of Floydster
4.02/5  rDev +12%
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 Night
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lightly hazy medium gold with orange flecks with a short and foamy white head. Lacing is sparse and spotty. Aroma is candy-sweet with cookie dough and bread malts, zesty orange and pine hops, a hint of coconut, and a background of neutral to sweet banana and earth yeastiness. Mouthfeel has a thicker medium body with light, sharp carbonation. Flavor is sweet and fruity primarily: banana, white grape, and apple are backed by light and sweet malts. Distant floral / resiny hops provide a bittersweet background along with a peppery spiciness. Some coconut and sourdough malts in the finish; aftertaste is sweet and a touch grassy.

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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 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 Kopfschuss
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of gmcfarre
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into traditional pint glass

A - Pours a straw golden color with an off-white 1/2 head. Mellow lacing while head disappears into a thin layer.

S - Sweet malty grain scent that is clean and soft yet not overbearing. Very little spice or hops involved.

T - Much like the smell, with a sweet grainy taste taking the lead. Again, few hop or spice flavors are evident. Simple in a good way, although I don't see this beer slotting into the Belgian Strong Pale Ale category very well. Its much more of a overly malty blonde ale. Tasty nevertheless, and an easy drinker at that.

M - Medium carbonation at the forefront and a medium body, although its a bit sticky at the finish.

D - Alcohol is not really a consideration here, and this beer goes down fairly easily. Perhaps too sweet to properly accompany most meals (might be great for light meals or fish though). Worth a try, especially seeing as it is not too pricey ($3.49 for a bomber).

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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 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 Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I guess this is Deschutes first brew of a Belgian ale. They did a good job.
Pours a hazed up, golden body. Carbonation rises to form a slight, yet dense looking white head. Most of the aroma is concentrated in the yeast patterns. Some herbal spice and unripe citrus linger in the background.
Malty for a Belgian ale, imo. Although this is not bad. A good balance between the zing of the yeast. Sweetens it up a bit and gives it some body and depth. Slight honeydew melon and pear detections.
Not sure how this feels. Smooth? Light? Chewy? A bit odd (or maybe I'm a bit odd).
Very nice drinking. I'll pick this one up again.

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Photo of dnichols
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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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19th Anniversary Belgian Style Golden Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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