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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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 60
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 msubulldog25
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Another from the 'Bond Street' series, introduced by Deschutes in recent years...

A: Almost perfectly clear and golden, with a faint orange-ish haze. The slightest and smallest floating sediment hovers, scattered by some steady streams of carbonation. A foamy cap of whiteness, about a finger-worth initially but fading quickly to a thin filming covering barely half the glass.

S: Sweet, pale malt smell; pleasant but bearing little resemblance to a "Belgian" PA. Grains smell of corn syrup (Light Karo?) with only a dash of spiced yeastiness, a little fruit & over-ripe banana ester, & with a trace of rubbing alcohol.

T: Zesty with spice and a fading souring. This one is full of spicy, piney hops (at 60 IBU's it's much more bitter than a typical Belgian of the style). I read 'cough syrup' in another review and I do concur. Grainy through & through, with a medicinally bitter, dry finish.

M: Gummy, syrupy-thick mouthfeel, very little of the carbonation comes through. Medium body and sticky with more than a hint of fusel burn.

D: As much as it pains me, I probably wouldn't get this again and wouldn't recommend it either. Well, maybe I'll give it one more try... After all the recent successes by this brewery, this one didn't impress me all that much. Still, congrats to Deschutes...Happy 19th!

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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 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. Doesn’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 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 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 GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/23/07- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no bottle freshness date, however it's a summer 2007 release for their 19th anniversary.

Appearance- Deep golden pour with a 1/2 inch fairly creamy head. Leaves minor lace markings behind.

Smell- Has a malt liquor type scent. Alcohol present plus loads of perfume scent. Smells very sweet from the confectioneirs sugar.

Taste- A bit too sweet if you ask me. The malt base is nice, and the hops are present, but the sugar is a bit overpowering in this release. Not really bad, but hurts the overall product. A bit spicy in the finish and a warming alcohol note as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, sugary mouthcoating.

Drinkability- A bit too sweet for me. It's still pretty tasty though. I wonder how a year of aging would do this? Overall a really nice attempt at a quality beer for this style. Almost had a great one.

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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 woemad
3.07/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber picked up at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $4.29.

This poured a slightly hazy gold color, with an inch or so of white, semi-fizzy foam. It dropped rapidly and left little in the way of lace aside from the odd spot.

The nose wasn't as interesting as I had hoped. Vaguely earthy scent, with a mildly sweet honey-ish tinge and an equally mind grassiness. Most Belgian beers I've had tend to have a bit more character than this. The only Belgian or ersatz Belgian beer I've had with less character that I can think of right now is Stella. It depresses me no end to have to type that.

The taste starts out with a mildly sweet maltiness, then a somewhat dry grassiness and faintly peppery spiciness takes over. That's pretty much it.

The body of this beer is relatively thin, but doesn't have that almost indefinable lightness of touch that Belgian beers usually have. The mouthfeel is light and slightly prickly, but still unsatisfying.

A disappointing beer in that I expect better from Deschutes and I was looking forward to something vaguely Belgian tasting. There's probably a poor to fair Belgian beer out there that tastes like this, but I haven't been unlucky enough to have it yet. It was actually kinda refreshing in that it's light and vaguely crisp, but it's hella hot in Spokane right now, and refreshing can be achieved here by nearly any beverage that's cold, especially one that's nearly 9%abv.

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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 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 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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19th Anniversary Belgian Style Golden Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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