16th Anniversary Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by JohnnyChicago on 04-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 23
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beer with this 16%abv this good is rare!
This beer would replace a sparkling wine before drinking wine

Appearance: light golden almost like a sparkling wine
Smell: fruity almost. Orderly
Taste: fruity tart and a slight yeast
Overall: need champange bottles of this for news years well done!

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.85/5  rDev +21.6%

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4.76/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

My first craft beer. Had it in Philly at Fox & The Hound. I got it for the alcohol % and kept getting it for the taste. Heavier than I had expected, but I lacked experience. Little bitter on the back end but not overly so. Really enjoyed it. Kickstarted my desire to learn more.

Was served in an 6 oz glass.

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Oakenator
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Richardbcoffin
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KFBR392
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark golden color, heavy orange accents. A frothy head on the pour which dissipated quickly. Highly above average carbonation active while drinking, especially for how outrageously high the ABV is.

Smell: Banana, mango, leafy greens, some very slight alcohol, yeast, and a lot of exotic tropical fruit. Some real solid complexity here, opened up much more as the beer warmed up.

Taste: Bright crisp yeast hits right away on the front of the brew. Flowing banana explodes on the palette. The alcohol provides an awesome warming sensation that makes this a real enjoyable beer to drink. One would think at 16% alcohol it would burn through but no way, solid through and through. Much more complexity here then I expected. The finish is clean and easy on the palette.

Mouthfeel: Clean, fresh, and outstanding due to what this beer is bringing. Goes down at an alarmingly awesome rate.

Overall: I expected a real awful boozy mess here, but instead I got a wonderfully balanced and complex beer. Are they lying about the 16% ABV here? Such a well done strong belgian ale, Two Brothers just keeps on making some really great beer.

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4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is really remarkable, and it's a shame it's over. It is indeed a strong Belgian pale ale--it looks like one, it tastes and drinks like one, but it's got crazy alcohol (I should have looked at the label first). For a Belgian-style pale ale this is excellent; I do not find it one-dimensional, though it doesn't have the depth of the best of the real Belgian ones--but for a "style" ale, yeah, real, real good.

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4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

First full review...here goes.

A: Clear, more golden than orange, very thin lacing up top after a thin head forms after the pour.

S: Smells ridiculously sweet: hints of apple, pear, clove, and floral, fruity, yeasty, Belgian goodness. More hints of booze as it warms.

T: Quite unlike any Belgian PA I've had...fruity, almost apple ciderish quality to it, topped off with a yeast taste which hits you way more than your average Belgian...with that much supposed alcohol in there, I can only imagine the amount of yeast needed to get this to 16%. Like a Belgian on steroids, Matilda comes to mind. Perfect carbonation for the style, fairly low...really makes you want another sip.

M: Amazingly smooth, especially considering the ABV here.

O: Really enjoyed it, would probably share a bottle with a friend next time instead of to myself. A sipper for sure, especially as it warms up a bit. Almost a wine, or barleywine-ish fruit character to it. If you enjoy the Belgian style, I think this is a must try if you see it. Use with caution.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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16th Anniversary Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 110 ratings
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