16th Anniversary Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by JohnnyChicago on 04-23-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
110
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
7
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of sweemzander
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours an amber caramel-like color. Produced a nice cap of white froth. Decent retention.

(S)- A grainy honey sweetness that meets a subtle biscuit-like yeast.

(T)- Fairly similar to the smell. A honey-like centric sweetness combined with a very subtle biscuit-like yeast. This is definitely not shy of the belgian candi sugar. This could give you diabetes it is so sweet.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level meets a very sweet honey-like sweetness overall. Just way too sugary sweet for me.

(O)- Again, extremely sweet and one dimensional for me. It does not have the balance and play on the yeast and sweetness that the style usually has.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.77/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Well, shit, looks like the Brothers can finally start learnin' how to drive... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brushed brass topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises apricot skin, light pear, mild Belgian-style yeast, light banana peel, a few bits of clove, and a hint of pineapple. There's a pervasive vein of mild, blunt booze throughout, but it never quite bubbles to the surface to greet the light of day. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the booze has found its way into the sun. Luckily, some yeast, spice, and light fruit spread out on top of it, but the combination ain't exactly what I would call pleasant, much less enjoyable or tasty. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this was just too big for its own britches, a Belgian-style golden ale that probably would have been alright without the unnecessarily high infusion of straight booze. It's sad when you come across a nice beer that has been mistreated by its owners and released into the world unable to happily coexist with the populace at large...

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Photo of ThunderChicken7
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of w5baron
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of falloutsnow
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: None on bottle, released summer 2013
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Two Brothers' 16th Anniversary Ale is a standard Belgian Strong Pale Ale, big in sweetness and ethanol, low in most other characters. Nothing wrong with the beer, but nothing particularly noteworthy, either, except that the 16% ABV is not as obvious as one might think. Generally forgettable.

Pours a smallish, 0.5cm tall head of medium and small-sized bubbles, yielding a mass of sponge-like foam atop the body of the beer. Head retention is poor, with the foam quickly subsiding to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is moderately good, with numerous, complex dots and webs clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a dark golden color, with light bringing out paler golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma is of pale candi sugar, syrupy and heavy pilsner malt sweetness, pear juice, slight butter, and warm from ethanol (but not smelling of ethanol).

Overall flavor is of ethanol, syrupy sweet pilsner malt and pale candi sugar, and slight butteriness. Front of palate is of sweet candi sugar, pils malt, pear and apple juice, ethanol. Mid-palate of more prominent ethanol, syrupy sweet pilsner malt, pale candi sugar, a mix of pear and apple juice, and slight butter. Back of palate is of warm ethanol, pear juice, syrupy sweetness, and faint bitterness. Aftertaste of ethanol, faint bitterness, and bread-like maltiness.

Beer is heavy bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a smooth (2/3) and slightly foamy (1/3) mouthfeel. Ethanol warmth is noticeable on the palate and in the nostrils as the beer warms, which is not surprising for a 16% ABV beer, though the ethanol seems less pronounced than in many wines of similar alcohol content. In total, the way that 16% is minimized in perception is fairly masterly.

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Photo of lattydaddy07
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of beerhawk41
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of Doogermeister
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a slightly cloudy yellow appearance, nothing to write home about here.
the smell is similar to a wheat beer, and it has a rather mild odor considering the labeled 16% ABV
The taste of this beer is also nothing special when going of pure taste, but it has something special about it. This beer tastes like it has as much alcohol in it as Ebel Weiss or a budweiser but it contains 16%. It is rather hard to believe that it is this high, because it is so smooth, but for those who dont believe it, try finishing a bomber to yourself.
The mouthfeel is smooth and easy drinking.
Overall i would say this is a standard beer, but the combination of 16%ABV and smoothness place it one step above the standard.

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Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Lare453
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of birdsellam
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jdhasse
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of DoctorEvil65
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Vixie
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice golden color with a lot of bubbles. Forms a decent sized off white head, surprising for the strength. The head does linger for a bit.

Smell has malt, citrus, and pepper. I can also detect a hint of alcohol.

Starts out fruity, mainly citrus notes. There is some spice, mainly pepper. There is a bit of alcohol in the back, as well as a hop bite and alcohol warming.

Feel is smooth and full, with a bit of a bite from the carbonation.

An interesting take on the style. I was afraid this would be boozy, but the alcohol is a lot more subtle than expected. It is very drinkable, how they hid this high of an abv is beyond me, but I have never had a beer this strong go down so easy. I always feel an anniversary ale should be something special, and this one certainly is. Glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this when it came out and it was boozy and gross, so I didn't bother to review. Five months later I came across it again at an out of the way shop, and figured what the hell after seeing some positive reviews. 16% abv... get it? What could possibly go wrong?

Bright saturated orange, crystal clear with trails of rising carbonation. A ring of drippy lacing decorates the glass, and a thin broken skim sits on the surface.

Banana and vanilla creme wafers in the aroma, some fruity yeast.

Taste is a little less pleasant, sharp phenols and a little bit of fusel alcohol. Sweet fruit up front bleeding into boozy territory. Lemon cookies and peach with a shot of gin. Medium bodied and somewhat creamy, though overtly boozy. Admittedly it would be hard to disguise 16%... more time would surely be beneficial in this case.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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16th Anniversary Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.86 out of 5 based on 110 ratings.
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