16th Anniversary Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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110 Ratings
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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:
8
For Trade:
1
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.76/5  rDev +23.3%
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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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RochefortChris
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of gollem
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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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4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mellowed enough after the 19 months or so, that the 16% is pretty well hidden. Good flavor, a little bitter on the back end. Overall, a pretty good rendition of a Belgian Strong Pale for being so jacked up.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.85/5  rDev +25.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

I'm with "sweemzander" on the taste review - too much sweetness & one dimensional malt backbone - but you gotta give a beer with 16% ABV some slack in the taste score.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.9/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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16th Anniversary Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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