RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Anniversary XVI has a distinctly Belgian character having been fermented with an antique Belgian yeast strain. The beer is fermented of wort brewed from Pilsen malts with additions of California apple juice and Belgian candi sugar. This technique produces an extremely pale beer with a rich champagne-like quality in both the flavor and the mouth feel.

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Oakes (17642) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2008 I did not vibe off this at all. The pale lager appearance wasn’t appetizing in the slightest. There was a faint Norman cider aroma, the key being faint. Real Norman cider is fuller, better. The palate is bland, vaguely appley. For its size, the body was actually quite light, like they attenuated this beer down to the barest essentials. But that guts it, and I’m not into fruit beers that don’t bring a little something else to the table. Comes off like an imitation of Norman cider. I’ll stick with the real stuff, thanks. 3-1-2-2-3

Interesting - a re-rate of this beer proved a completely different experience. I found the second sampling (Apr 2008) to have an appley aroma with some malt and light wood and a pleasing vinous character. The body straddled between cider and champagne. Pears and peaches crept in there. It did not strike me as overattenuated. I scored a 7-3-7-4-15. The score above is a blend of my two experiences with this beer.

slowrunner77 (12037) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"crisp and tart are the first two words that come to mind. refreshing is the next. Very cider like, and not too heavy on the belgian spiciness, this was a great "light" 8% brew. well done."

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2008
Date: 04/03/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta

Appearance: hazy dark yellow, frothy white head,
Aroma: sweet fruity malt aroma with a nice tart apple character,
Flavor: sweet apple flavor backed by a lot of honey sweetness, just a touch of the apple tartness, light spicyness, touch of bitterness from the spicyness,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Maybe it’s because of all the big beers that I was sampling at the Vintage Ale Fest that caused this to seem relatively uninteresting, but it struck me as a light, spritzy golden Belgium ale with no remarkable qualities. Very light and sugary sweet with soft malts and a dash of apples, it had a light yet crisp finish. The strong abv was certainly well masked. Okay.

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BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Sampled bottled at Man Land, Portland
Pale yellow, moderate carbonation. White head, small lacing. Nose of small Belgian yeast & citrusy carbonation. Cider flavors with lots of dryness & alcohol. Lots of farmhouse character with a bite of tart cider. Very nice!

goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Poured a clear light straw color with a medium white head. Aroma of tart apple with much lighter aromas of malt and yeast. Flavor tastes like apple cider (not hard cider), light malt and a spiced/bitter finish. Tastes like coriander. Light body with well hidden alcohol. Warming sensation.

JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 20, 2008
Thanks to Dr. Bill for sharing at a gathering he held at his house. It poured a yellow color with a foamy white head. The flavor had a lot of apple juice-like notes in it.

beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2005
This bottle was very difficult to open, the wax dipping over the wire cage cost our crew one cut finger, then the cork broke, and finally with a corkscrew the rest of the cork was removed. After all that the brew poured a very clear light golden color, small champagne bubbles throughout, capped with a big small bubbled white head. Slightly tart and mild acidity to the aroma with an apple aroma and a bit of estery spice. Taste was very dry, sweet up front with a cider quality to it, finishing with a touch of spice and some remaining sweetness to bring the apple into the aftertaste.

Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2005
Pours with a golden body topped by a thick, white head with some lacing. It’s slightly sweet adn sugary with a slight grassiness. Light bodied, dry and crisp.

shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Pours a pale yellow color with a white head. Aroma is malty, honey, sugar, and green apple. Flavor is malty, honey, sugar, green apple, and some alcohol.

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