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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twelve (Saison Ale) - Avery Brewing Company

Avery Anniversary Ale - Twelve (Saison Ale)Avery Anniversary Ale - Twelve (Saison Ale)

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84
good

191 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 15.05%


Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 05-06-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 191 | Reviews: 177 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by denjen:
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denjen

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dennis: After drinking so many beers over the years, you find that the unique ones really stand out in your memory. The taste of this is so different it's crazy, I've never had a beer that tastes likes this ever...the lemon peel really shines through and takes control of a whole complex whirlwind of flavors, spices and soft alcohol tartness (7.6%). This is worth having for the simple fact that no other beer out there is like it.
Jen: Wow, what an unusual beer (in a good way). The flavors are plentiful and seem to roll from the tip of your tongue to the back of your throat. For anyone who has had chamomile tea, the smell is very distinct and comes across nicely at first whiff. The body of the beer has a nice level of carbonation to it with flavors of citrus fruits and sweet roasted malts. The ending leaves an interesting sweet and spicy taste. What can I say, I LOVE AVERY! My favorite brewery hands down!

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 23:01:42 | More by denjen
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4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2005. Pours hazy golden amber color with a good 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big cinnamon, allspice, ginger, biscuit, pepper, clove, coriander, lemon zest, wheat, herbal, floral, earth, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and spice complexity; reminiscent of cinnamon toast crunch a bit. Taste of lemon, pear, toast, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, pepper, coriander, wheat, herbal, floral, clove, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, pepper, cinnamon, clove, herbal, floral, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor complexity and balance; zero cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and slightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is was a fantastic saison!(even being 7 years old). Great spice balance and complexity and extremely smooth to sip on. This was very highly enjoyable.

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08-26-2012 05:41:49 | More by superspak
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New York

4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 01/16/11 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky orange color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells like the cinnamon toast crunch cereal to a tee. Cinnamon, bready malts, and spices.

t - Tastes the same as the nose, mainly the cereal cinnamon toast crunch. Cinnamon, bready malts, spices, fruit.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and creamy.

d - I really liked this one a lot; lots of bready malts and cinnamon. Would like to have again.

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womencantsail

California

1.9/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: The pour is a clear golden amber color with a finger's worth of mildly off-white head.

S: A huge cinnamon sugar aroma with some all spice and nutmeg too. Some hints of bread, but the cinnamon aroma is just completely overpowering.

T: The cinnamon sugar flavor would be fine by itself, but it's mixed with eucalyptus/menthol, which is in no way enjoyable. A slight burn on the tongue and throat, reminiscent of one of those teas one might drink when sick.

M: The body is medium with a carbonation that is on the low end of medium. The heat I associate with the menthol is quite noticeable here, too.

D: No thanks. As previously mentioned, the cinnamon might be fine on its own, but not with the addition of the burning heat of the menthol.

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10-09-2010 23:48:51 | More by womencantsail
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Noah666

Massachusetts

1.78/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours cloudy bright orange with a nice thick white head, leaves a good lacing for a 4yr old bottle.

This is a Sasion spice bomb. It'd be a great Halloween beer (for someone) due to the overtly cinnamon, allspice flavors I'm getting. Big spice...I hope I don't get heart burn....

I would think this beer would mellow out after 4 years of aging but it seems to have only diminished the other characters pushing the Pumpkin pie profile to the front. Some (more?) white pepper mighjt have cut it for me.

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Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 17:23:03 | More by Noah666
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BZero007

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle from Ye old Spirit Shop in Frederick, MD.

Pours a nice yellow hazy orange with a good head formation. The aroma will make you sit back as for me I have yet to smell a beer quite like this. The aroma for me contains a very bready and fruit spice to it. Can we say Pumpkin Bread? or Zuchini Bread? WOW the flavors of this brew were extremly bready as in the kind freash out of the oven that was made with some kind of fruit or vegetable. These flavors are very intense im guessing due to the aging of it. The brew is otherwise of medium body and Alcohol level is no where to be noticed. Though the flavors are very extreme and I could not have another afterwards.

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SirDrinxAlot

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy orange/straw with a big 2 finger fluffy head. Little lace.

Smell was ALL spice. Pumpkin pie, cinnamon

Taste was a powdery spice, with a yeasty flavor. Light citrus also.

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Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 02:42:03 | More by SirDrinxAlot
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flexabull

California

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Ding, (poured into a Piraat chalice also courtesy of Ding) thanks again!

Beer is a nice bright and hazy gold color with a huge white fluffy head.

Aromas are quite floral, with some minerals, lemon, with lots of mixed spices, especially cloves. This beer has a very nice and complex nose.

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Mouthfeel is nice and full, very thick with a full, with great carbonation and an overall smoothness.

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4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
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A - This beer had a golden hue with decent lacing. Nothing special

S - Huge ginger spice with a large backup of malt. Hint of almond and lemon

T - Huge sweetness that dies off gradually. Sweetest beer I can remember. Spicy and compliments the smell.

M - Thin and smooth, carbonation does not come in to play which may be from the age. Mouth dries out at the end.

D - This beer is very drinkable. Alcohol is very moderate.

Final Thoughts: This beer leaves you wanting more. With the dry ending you can't help but take another sip. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

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natasharai

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with 1 inch white bubbly frothy head that dissipated to a thin layer leaving a little lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is yellowish gold and slightly hazy

Smell: Lemon, strong spice smell like ginger and cardamom, sweet cocoa, and huge amount of fruit

Taste: spicy sweet, even after a few years there is a small hop presence. The flavor reminds me of pumpkin bread, and some lemony after taste with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Has a small alcohol taste at the end.

Mouthfeel: Spicy tingle, and slightly dry

Overall: Pretty drinkable, huge smell with a lot going on. Nice subtle flavors all work well together. Still very delicious even with the years on it.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 00:12:58 | More by natasharai
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br3wmeister

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Nice big white head, that has good retention and nice lacing. Golden slightly hazed in color.

S- Lots of crazy spicy notes. Lemon, ginger bread and pumpkin pie are the most dominate aromas. Cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar, some herbal yeast as well. This beer smells amazing!

T- Very nice subtle sweet spicy flavors. Some nice lemon flavor up front then ginger bread, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg and other sweet herbal flavors. This is a really subtle but complex flavored beer.

M- Medium bodied beer with great spicy bite and nice sweetness. Very enjoyable mouth feel.

Overall- One of the best smelling beers I have ever had. This is a very subtle but complex beer that makes you think. I would say that this is a great beer!

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02-28-2009 04:41:44 | More by br3wmeister
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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twelve (Saison Ale) from Avery Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.