The Drafting Room 16th Anniversary Ale | Tröegs Brewing Company

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Tröegs Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This special brew was made in honor of TDR's 16th anniversary.

Added by Slatetank on 06-26-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by bigfnjoe:
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on cask into a pint glass at Al's.

A- pours a very cloudy amber with a one finger white head. Nice lacing. Nothing extraordinary here.

S- the sweet, lovely smell of citric hops. A slightly muted Nugget Nectar. Quite good.

T- getting a good IPA feel out of this...the hops in this one are very citrusy and very sweet. The finish is bitter and piney. Freakin niiice

M- feel is a little thin...not so much carbonation due to the cask. The thinness is fine though, because it could get a little overwhelming if it were any thicker.

D- very drinkable. If you're not a hophead, if could be a little much...but is well-balanced overall

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Kegatron
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the brewery on 7/22/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with a finger of eggshell-white head. This retains with a thinnish, yet still smooth and creamy look, which sends of cascade of rich foam down the sides of the glass. The aroma has that big hoppy bouquet of the Nugget Nectar present, with flowery hops, pine, and some grapefruit juice poking through. The yeast is fairly noticable, adding some fruity earth, spice, and even a little bit of bubblegum to the nose. Some toasty bready sweetness hangs on the edges.

Those hops offer up a fresh crisp bite of pine, bitter rind, and grapefruit, which is almost tempered somewhat by the estery flavors from the yeast. The more delicate fruit flavors work nicely with sticky notes of bread and caramel from the malts giving this a well balanced nature, while this finishes crisp, dry, and spicy with an equal lingering amount of bitter and sweet. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly sharpness to the carbonation that sits on top of a more beefy slickness underneath. There is definitely some warmth to this, mingling with that dry estery feel in the finish. I wouldn't call this completely drinkable but it does a pretty good job.

This was nice. The fresh hoppy awesomeness of Nugget Nectar punched up with the added flavors and sharpness of the Belgian yeast. Like I said, the combo of the yeast and thicker feel here kept the drinkibility of this down just a tad for me but I still really liked the innovation here.

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Photo of akorsak
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A growler filled at the brewery yesterday. I had this on cask at Al's and was anxious to try it from the comfort of my own couch. 2012 is on the tele (it's a true story, I think).

A: The ale is brilliant, an amber brown that is radiant and clear. Brighter even than I recall Nugget Nectar being. A sizeable head, over 2 fingers, has left sketchy lace behind.

S: Oh nugget, oh how I've missed you. The intense hoppiness is paired with a spicy yeast that takes the ale into new territory, that of a Belgian IPA. The caramel malts - a nice base for the hops and yeast.

T: I'm not sure which flavor is most dominant, the yeast or the hops. The yeast, Belgian to the core, adds a fruity, spicy flavor that sweetens up the hoppiness. The essence of Nugget Nectar hides just below the surface with its intense, full-flavored bitterness. An ale on par with Hommelbier, a boatload of hops amongst a lush Belgian background. The nugget rides the finish of the ale.

M: The mouthfeel, Belgian yeast and nugget hops, rocks, with bitterness and sweetness running neck and neck. It's a step below Nugget Nectar but I'm down with that.

D: I'm probably gonna need a night or two to kick this growler. The strength of Nugget and the sweetness of the yeast are filling.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler obtained via Growling at the Moon from dashirey. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" light beige head over the clear golden copper brew. Head recedes gradually, with thick lacing. Aroma is sweet pine, with a touch of earthiness.

Taste begins sweet as well, lightly floral in the middle, then pine bitterness to the close. Some spiciness tickles the tongue as well. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is almost too easy for the abv. A brew worthy of celebrating an anniversary, for sure.

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Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a counter firkin at the recent TDR hopfest event.

The beer pours a solid amber color with good retention and lacing (especially for a cask conditioned beer). The nose is just great, and is along the lines of a "saison meet IPA" aroma profile. I get some very nice orange citrus, vanilla and slight pumpkin. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but I just love how much flavor this beer imparts, and how well balanced it is. The sweetness is perfectly countered by the hoppy bitterness, which is along the lines of your typical (good) IPA. This beer is just absolutely enjoyable to drink. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fairly long, fairly bitter finish. It's also quite smooth and soft on the palate, as one expects from the cask conditioning.

This beer is so well made... I could drink a lot of this.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a growler GENEROUSLY donated by Jwiss22. That's why he's the man...

Appearance -- Pours a full, ruddy amber, exceptional clarity, with two fingers of creamy white head.

Smell -- Citrus hops, some tropical fruitiness, banana, clove, yeast, caramel malt.

Taste -- Big punch of citrus hops along with faint tropical fruitiness from the hopping up front, with clove and banana, yeast, caramel, and light roast malt. Pronounced hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with low carbonation making for a creamy mouthfeel. Long, drawn out finish.

Drinkability -- I really enjoyed the recent Scratch Belgian IPA, but this definitely tops it. Great depth of flavor, highly drinkable. The Belgian yeast flavors brought out in this beer complimented the NN malt bill and hop schedule very well.

Yet another mark in the 'Win' column for Tröegs!

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Photo of Deuane
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A special offering from Troeg's to Al's of Hampden to get their cask offerings going full throttle.

Scratch 32 is Nugget Nectar fermented with Westmalle yeast.

A-Hazy, golden copper with a thin, light tan head. Head sticks around and leaves nice webby lace.

S-Aggressive spiciness and orange citrus notes with a touch of infused herbal qualities. Somewhat muted to me and not as in your face as fresh Nugget Nectar.

T -Plenty of orange and citrus up front with a slight earthiness from the yeast coming in on it's heels. I like the balance of the hops and yeast flavours but at the same time feel that the yeast "dumbs it down" too. While I like it and find it enjoyable I do not like it as straight up NN.

M-Medium bodied and muddled. Doesn't smack me in the mouth as fresh Nugget does. Again, it works in the end and I enjoy it but....

D-Quite good and certainly interesting. I found the more I drank the more I liked it. The first half of the glass I found myself unfairly comparing it to NN too much. I have to give this one a chance to stand on it's own two feet. In the end, the cask delivery and the hop/yeast counterplay really won me over.

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Photo of orangesol
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint. Nugget Nectar fermented with westmalle yeast. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours amber orange with a strong one finger tall off-white head, dissipating down to a thin film, leaving thin webs of lacing down the glass.

S - Not as crisp as fresh nugget nectar, more of a dulled out version. Hints of citric hops, sweet bready yeast, bright citric fruits, and some light spice. Would be better described as a Belgian IPA.

T - Taste is very similar to the nose. Some grassy citric hops, chewy yeast, ripe citric fruits, and some light peppery spice. Finish is chewy with some lingering hop bitterness. I still prefer the normal version of nugget nectar but this one was an interesting twist on the original. Glad I got to try this one.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Plenty of breadiness in the feel. Finish is chewy with some lingering hop bitterness.

D - Pretty high. I really enjoy nugget nectar and this was an interesting twist on the original. I don't really enjoy the chewy feel but it really worked well here. I drank a few of these no problem.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 7/30/10.

On tap at the Troegs tasting room. This brew appears a perfectly polished, clear color of amber orange that looks so clear it seems fake. A slight offwhite creamy head appears about a finger strong and slowly receeds leaving legs of lace all about the glass.

The aroma of this brew has belgian notes of clove mixed with a fruitiness like pear meshed with apple skins. The flavor of this brew carries some of the indications brought on by the nose. It tastes lightly fruity with the previously described pear and apple with a light malty backing that comes across sweet with an even lighter amount of hop bitterness to counter it.

Overall quite drinkable with a medium body and modest level of carbonation. It isnt until the aftertaste where the hops start to make themselves known. For a description of nugget nectar (without the dryhopping) meets Mad elf yeast, this didnt really do it for me.

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Photo of thain709
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A hazy golden, orange kissed body with a two finger head...the head was foamy and white and slowly settled into a spotty cap...nice lacing

S - I found the aroma to be complex and going back and forth between being an IPA and a first the citrus hops stand out and I think I'm drinking Nugget Nectar...but at next sip I'm getting aromas yeast, spice, and other fruits

T - The flavors follow along with the nose...battling back and forth with which flavor dominates more...the first half of the beer (when it's colder) the citrus and floral hops stand out...sweet, grapefruit flavors...the second half of the beer (as it warmed) the Belgian characteristics come out...the spices are there but they aren't "spicy"...the yeast adds a nice feel to the palate and the banana is a nice compliment to the bitter grapefruit from earlier

M - Medium most Scratch beers there is a nice creaminess to the beer...some carbonation...good lingering bitterness paired with the yeast

D - This was a good first I thought I was drinking Nugget Nectar in July but with the yeast strain thrown in there it was actually a nice cuts down on the bitterness a little and makes it more enjoyable for the summer...the nose was complex but I found myself wanting more consistency with the taste...drink it cold if you want the hops...but let this one warm up if you want the yeast

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is reviewed from notes.

Drafting Room 16th Anniversary Ale has a reddish body with a thick tan head that has great retention and leaves some thick lacing behind.

The aroma mixes sweet malts and a big hop profile with distinctly Belgian fruit and spice notes. The hops impart a lot of pine aroma.

This beer is billed as Nugget Nectar with Belgian yeast added, and although it tastes similar to that, it is sweeter and maltier than Nugget Nectar. Obviously the yeast is much different also. In fact, the notes of banana and apple and some spcied pehnols from the yeast Are probably the dominant flavors in this one. Besides the yeast, a good punch of grapefruit along with bitterness and a hint of pine comes from the hops. The malts are pretty big and sweet, toning down the hops quite a bit. An earthy hop flavor is noticeable also. As far as hoppy belgians go, this one is pretty good.

The mouthfeel is pretty full and stands up to the big flavor profile of this beer pretty well.

Overall I really enjoyed this one, and I amd glad I was able to swing by the brewery and grab a growler of it.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This Scratch is a unique blend of Nugget Nectar's Malt bill and hops with the variation of Belgian yeast. I had this unique cross between and Imperial amber and a hoppy belgian strong pale.

Al's of Hampden was able to put this unique cask on for their first round of ales to break in the hand pumps

A - a resplendent tangerine - golden/amber color w/ rocky light creamy tan head. The lace collects in rings on the glass and the bead is fine.

S - The nose is like pepper and orange in the citrus hop note and belgian yeast phenolics. The scent is gentle blood orange, but as it warms it exhibits more herb garden characteristics like basil with mild leafy odors and mild ruby red grapefruit sour element with fruity blood orange scents

M & T - the flavor is the perfect melding of the acidic slightly catty grapefruity and pine mix of simcoe with white pepper and smooth munich malt sweetness with light tannic tinged and slight earthy yeast element. The flavor is more tart than sour with citrus and herbal qualities from the hops with mild warming notes and dry finish from the Belgian yeast.
The taste is mildly sweet with just enough juiciness in the hops and spice to balance and yet still gives a nice bitter edge going down. The flavor has some very interesting counterplay of elements at times the malt peaks out and crystal sweetness pushes you back to the Belgian yeast taste like a bumper car to the citrusy hops like bumpers in a pinball machine

D - I really enjoyed this - the cask brings out the alcohol slightly and makes it seem even more dry than with the american yeast if that is possible. the balance of the belgian yeast and american hop character verges on belgian red ipa, but a bit maltier with the munich flavor and bitterness matching the belgian yeasts which is why it seems more like a hoppy belgian pale regardless of the ibu's it just isn't as bitter as most belgian ipa's. I find the drinkability to be where this ale excels it is definitely as drinkable as Nugget Nectar, but probably moreso because of juicy hops w/ Belgian yeast - a must try!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nugget Nectar with a Belgian yeast. Did not know that when I was drinking it.

A: The pour was one of the most awesome cask pours that I have ever seen. Cascading delicate white head falling slowly down my imperial pint glass. Tons of lacing. A hazy orange color. Perfect.

S: I did not know what this beer was when I got it but I was thinking to myself. Damn this is on of the hoppiest Belgian pale ales that I have ever had. That being said the estery character of this beer was off the charts as well. Almost had a hoppy saison character. The hops were pungent and fresh but the yeast kept up.

T: Very estery. Lots of spice. A touch of white pepper. The yeast character was quite intense but it really was matched by the hops. Really weird how the two very intense flavors were both dominant but also complimentary.

M: Very nice delicate carbonation. I have had a few of their beers on cask and they always do it right.

D: The only reason I did not get a second was because Two Hearted was also on tap. This is an awesome and slept on beer. I usually get to the drafting room once a year and always get the anniversary ale.

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The Drafting Room 16th Anniversary Ale from Tröegs Brewing Company
4.2 out of 5 based on 13 ratings.
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