16th Anniversary Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

16th Anniversary Ale16th Anniversary Ale
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16th Anniversary Ale16th Anniversary Ale

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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.

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Ratings: 110 |  Reviews: 23
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
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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Photo of TMoney2591
2.77/5  rDev -30.6%
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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3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16%!!! Probably the highest ABV I have ever had in a beer...This beer poured a clear golden color with little to no head and no lace. The scent had the typical Belgium malt/yeast with dried apricot and citrus. The taste was very smooth, the Belgium twang helped to mask the high ABV quite well. The mouthfeel was full body with little carbonation. Overall this is a monster beer and I was glad to share it with my neighbor and my cousin. A pint is enough to last the night.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of Duff27
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

White short lived head leaves a cap and large bubbles on the sides of the tulip. Body is a dark golden color.

Extreme Belgian yeast, sweet and boozy. Light floral, lemon zest.

Highly fruit concentrated malt, I'm mostly getting bananas ans grapes. Alcohol really starts to seep through after a few minutes, no doubt about the 16%abv claim.

Thicker mouthfeel, medium to medium-low carbonation.

Becomes a sipper as it warms, this is the onw youll want to share with a few. I think the -perfectly executed to fit the beer profile- carbonation is the star of this show. Recommended for fans of polarizing Belgians and high alcohol content beers.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of sweemzander
2.25/5  rDev -43.6%
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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, shared some with my wife (~7oz). Nice golden bodied ale topped with a larger than expected egg-shell colored head that holds good retention. Very delicate, fruity nose with apple juice, grape, chardonnay, honey, yeast. Booze comes through as it warms. Harsh hot alcohol burns a bit upon the first sip, but is more warming after the initial sip; notes of biscuit, delicate fruit, peach, grape, apple, dry chardonnay, faint grassy hop are all present. Medium body, lower carbonation. Overall, it's very white wine-ish, and with the higher ABV it's a given that it's going to be boozy, so I can look past that. I really enjoyed this one, and was glad my wife did too. I was a bit intimidated by the larger bottle and the crazy ABV of 16%.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of stortore
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +0.3%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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16th Anniversary Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81.8% out of 100 with 110 ratings
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