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

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Reviews: 177
Hads: 194
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 14.82%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gusler on 05-06-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of HoustonTX
1.53/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

2005 Vintage.

Pours straw yellow in color, with an orangish hue. Creamy white head, with good retention. Carbonation is lacking a bit. Now let's move to the smell. Phew...what a strong aroma. "Gets back up, after falling on the floor". Pardon me, I wasn't expecting that. Beer smells toxic from the amount of spice in the nasals. Huge amounts of nutmeg. Along with black pepper, a good amount of lemon, small amount of orange peel, and some pineapple thrown into the mix. Overall smell is closely similar to a glazed fruit cake. Not a bad smell, but extremely overwhelming.

Now for the taste. A lot like the nose, with some small differences. It's much more subtle. Yet still, quite strong. Taste is strongly dominated by a spiced glazed donut flavor. Lots of lemon there as well. Utterly non-appealing. Tons of cinnamon with small undertones of various other spices, and musty florals. Spice dominates both the hops and malts, as they never make an appearance. Way too unbalanced. All you can taste is the spice. This is definitely a drain pour beer. My poor sink is going to smell for months.

A totally non-appealing beer in any sense. This was the worst craft beer I have ever had, and that's saying a lot. Please, stay away from this beer. Avery makes some great beers, this however is not one of them. If beers could be refunded, this one would definitely be going back.

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Photo of Noah666
1.8/5  rDev -51.5%
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.

If you like sweet spicey holiday style beers then you need this beer. If that's not your thing (it's not mine) then tell a friend who might like it.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.98/5  rDev -46.6%
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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Photo of lackenhauser
2.01/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Nice, somewhat hazy, yellow golden color. Very nice, tight snow white head on top.Very perfumey. Huge spice aroma-reminds me of a holiday beer run amuck!!! Extremely floral-heavy mix of cinnamon and black pepper. Flavor screams with an almost cologne flavor. Way overspiced-lemony and licorice-like. Somewhat sweet in the finish. I could almost rate it as awful but the sweetness cuts through the nasty flavor. Ok body. Whoa boy-this is not for me nor do I find it very "saison" like. Is Avery trying to do an Imperial Saison or what? I would get a 30 foot pole for this one because I wouldnt touch it with a 20 foot pole. I have dumped 1 beer in my life. This makes a close # 2. Sorry-that's as constructive as I get.

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Photo of GregoryVII
2.06/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this out of the bottle in Michigan so maybe something was lost in the translation, as in it just sat on the shelf too long, but I did not care for this beer in the least. The complexity of a saison was completely absent and in its place I found an overabundance of overpowering citrus cinnamon sweetness that deafened the hops, the malt, other spices and just about everything that makes saison great. The aroma lacked subtlety, the mouthfeel was almost watery and due to the sweetness this was not a refreshing beer, just sugary disappointment.

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Photo of Rastacouere
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Unfiltered light golden hue, quickly fading white head. Highly floral nose, slightly sprucey and a spice overload. Soapy nature, shampoo like lavender and chamomile tea, pineapple, mango and styrian golding/saaz floral aspects. Highly sweet and floral, tons of spice games, not much acidity to balance out and where’s the malt in there? Were it from someone else, I’d expect them to have something to hide… Biting tiny bubbles, light-medium bodied. Not very good as a saison, but more than decent as a shampoo beer.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.64/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought this at the downtown Chicago Binny's; it wasn't until right before I drank this beer that the label said "Bottled in 2005." It tasted a bit old, but I think was representative of what this beer is. It is an unusual saison, which I did not particularly enjoy.

Its appearance was a bit flat, with a minimal amount of foam. The beer was hazy with a bright yellow color.

Aroma was festive: cinammon was prevalent, like a holiday fruitcake.

Taste was also very fruitcake-ish. It was only after I took some sips that I looked at the bottle and saw it was flavored with camomille (sic), which in hindsight seemed kind of obvious. Flavor was novel, but challenging.

Mouthfeel was full-bodied, yet sort of flat (as in not-carbonated). I didn't find this beer to be very drinkable.

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Photo of IBUnit63
2.66/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very nice, pillowy, soapy, tight head. Light-bodied butterscotch body that's cloudy and hazy. Cascading carbonation.

A WHOLE lot of spice on the nose. Cloves and ginger dominate. And it's all downhill from there...
...soapy, almost potpourri scent. What is it? Remember those fragrant decorative soaps that your grandmother used to have? My notes say "a little strong but spent." Bull$#!+. That was the very first whiff out of the fridge. As the genie is out of the bottle longer it gets stronger. Not much else going on here. My better half took a sniff and said, "Ewww...Mr. Clean. Wait...Pine-Sol...what IS that?!" 'Nuff said.

Can't shake the spice on the palate either - very soapy and overpowering. No character of anything else can be discerned. Methinks this train left the station a wicked long time ago.

Verry overpowering spice and soap doesn't leave the mouth in its happy place. No bitter aftertaste - this one at least gets points for consistency. Potpourri from start to finish. Unfortunately it's a pretty full and deep finish.

This one doesn't work for me at all. Not sure if it ever would have but especially not now. My guess is whatever they set out to accomplish they did in spades. Time to adjust goals here. This is my very first drain pour.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a pale straw color with a 1finger white head that drops to nothing quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smell is at first overwhelming. Too many things going on at once. Lavender, and grains of paradise and some odd lime scent.

Taste is very limey. The spices used in this one seem to meld into a weird taste that just doesn't seem to work for me.

Overall, I was dissappointed by this brew. Most of Avery's offerings are top notch, but this one is just off in my opinion. It is a very muddled attempt at a saison. Oh well, I've got some of the Fourteen left, and I love that one.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottled in 2005, purchased at Riley’s for $6.99.

Appearance is perfect. Pours into my snifter a bright, translucent pale yellow with lots of bubbles and huge amounts of froth – just tons of head, thick, foamy, bright clean white. A stunning beer.

The nose is problematic. It seems off, wrong somehow. There is an immense amount of coriander in the nose but it’s not terribly pleasant. It seems like rotten coriander, the kind that’s been sitting on the bottom of the vegetable tray in my fridge since burrito night 4 weeks ago. Some other kind of spice is really strong. It reminds me of Christmas but it’s not clove or cinnamon, perhaps its stale nutmeg? There is a lemon meringue pie quality too.

Taste/MF: hmm, spicy, spritzy…chamomile, shit! I’m fricking allergic to chamomile. I sure hope this flavor is coming from the hops or yeast. If chamomile was actually added to this beer, I’m going to have one runny nose and swollen throat in a little bit. Ricola cough lemon-herb cough drops. Medicinal. Intense and bold but not right, definitely not my cup of tea. Seems stronger then it is.

Drinkability: Very Christmasy. Around the holidays this might go nicely but now? I want winter to be over with. I don’t want to be reminded of it. Very odd.

Note: just read the label. There is chamomile in here. Better go take some anti-histamines before I pour the rest of this down the drain. Darn!

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Photo of Cresant
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date on the label. The body was a rich golden yellow with a chill haze. A hearty pour created a finger of crisp white head.

Smell was carrot cake. Unmistakably.

Taste was yeasty and sweet in the beginning. Cake, followed by a mild tartness. Spicy. Flavor mirrored the aroma -- carrot cake. Not saison-like in my opinion. Not very multidimensional. More than a small glass is too much.

Mouthfeel was medium to full with an alcohol zip in the mouth.

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Photo of doubleipa
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has been in the cellar for one year. It hasn't changed a bit in that time. I still don't much care for it, as a Saison. Overpowering aroma of pepper, clove, nutmeg. Nice frothy, off-white head, that fully vanishes.Texture was watery and with a levely carbonation. I just can't get past the pepper. I love saisons, but this is the first one I haven't really liked. I think I'll leave the other 2 I have in the cellar for another year or two to see what happens.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from mymrnngjckt, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet and spicy with ginger and fruit. There's also some light malts and Belgian yeast in it.

T: The taste is likewise sweet and spicy with a strong flavor of ginger that dominates. There are some background flavors of fruit and Belgian yeast along with some breadiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is spicy and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent beer but the strong spice flavor just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
2.96/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy light gold with a massive white head. Aroma is fruity and spicy, lots to see here: lemon zest, soap, cardamom, pepper.

Taste is malty sweet and very heavily spiced. Citrus is obvious, along with gingerbread flavors, yeast. Plenty of lemony zing, wite pepper, some slight clove, very bready. Maybe hedging into pumpkin ale territory (only without the pumpkin) with some allspice.

Mouthfeel is a too heavy for a saison. Almost a touch cloying, it loses some sweetness by the end of the bottle. Saisons are very Zen, like trying to fold spider-webs; this one is more than a little heavy-handed. Not a bad beer, but mix it with a club soda and maybe it would be better.

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Photo of turbine2475
2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Milky honey hue with a quickly forming head that disipated even quicker leaving a moderate lace.
S - Sweet ginger, cinnamon, and slight citrus.
T - Yeast, ginger, cinnamon, and toasted hops, decent but a little sour.
M - Chewy and a low carbonation.
D - Not bad but i found this as a rare find in a local shop. I don't know if this is getting a little old but something was a little off.

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Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle shared thanks to Fatty.

Poured a medum and clear golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of stronger cinnamon, light leather, and citrus. Tastes of cinnamon, orange peel, and citrus. Tom ruined this when he said it tasted and smelled like a stick of Big Red Gum (that nailed it on the head).

Notes from 9/15/05

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Photo of beveritt
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel snifter. The label simply says ale brewed with spices.

Appearance: Pours with a 2 inch white and foamy head. This and almost oily in its consistency. This settles slowly in to a 1/4 inch layer of foam and leaves behind a lot of Belgian lacing. The beer itself is a nice apricot color, with a slight haziness.

Smell: Smells strongly of spices; orange peels, lemons with an underlying sweetness.

Taste: Spicy, almost overpowering. Both aspects of orange are here, the sweet flaovr and the bitterness associated with the rind. After the spiciness fades, there is an undertone of wheat tang. A very, very slight hop nitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is good.

Drinkability: The spices int hsi one are almost too much. They border on overpowering, not too sure that I would want another one of these.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My sample poured a brilliant golden color with a massive, pillowy white head. Very nice.

The aroma was somewhat disappointing. There was an abundance of cooked sweet corn in the aroma... possibly dms? Whatever it was, it detracted from the otherwise pleasant spicy yeast notes and grassy herbal aroma.

The taste was decent; well balanced but a little to alcholic. It left a burning sensation at the end.

The mouthfeel was thin to medium, but was nice because of the high carbonation.

A somewhat drinkable brew, but nothing I'd ever seek out.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into snifter. Bottled in 2005.

Cloudy peach hue with a thick white frothy head that lasts a while. It slowly settles to a thin cap. Spotty and stringy lacing.

The aroma is a mix of soft cake-like bread and some sweet fruit.

A mix of pear and plum make up the flavor, with a little bit of acidic hops come through toward the end. A cloying metallic taste comes halfway though. The flavors seem overly harsh on the tongue. The higher carbonation's fizz only lowers the drinkability. The finish is loaded with spices.

Maybe others aged better than this one, I recently bought it at the store and I have no idea how they handled it. It seems like the spices are the only characteristic that lasted. I struggled with this one.

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Photo of rowew
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 22 oz bottle with foil around the neck. Labeled as "Bottled in 2005". Ingredients and beer description are also listed.

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow orange color with a medium sized head made up of large bubbles. Fairly high effervescence.

Smell: Spices dominate the aroma - smells like lavendar and oranges. Just a hint of funky yeast in there too.

Taste: The spice dominance continues to the taste as well. Finish is slightly bitter, but it seems to be from the other spices and not hops.

Overall impression: Not bad, but I have had much better saisons. This one seems to be a bit over spiced - the spices take away from the beer itself.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Left less than a one finger head that receded to just surface skim, and left some spotty lacing. Body was hazy, golden yellow with columns of crazy bubbles.

Smell - floral, lavender and chamomile.

Taste - same as smell. Lavender and chamomile dominate this to the extent that it's hard to get a read on malts and hops.

Mouthfeel - thin, fluid, moderate to high carbonation.

Drinkability - taste is interesting, just barely good, goes down fairly well. I'd have this only once in a while, and only one in a session.

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Photo of sacfly
3.07/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber
Pours a pale yellow, slightly hazy. Creamy white head. Smelly is very… Lavender. The taste is …. lavender and sweet orange peel. Reminds me of soap… but not necessarily in a bad way? Never had a saison like this before. Sure enough, in the ingredients list on the side lists both sweet orange and lemon peel, and lavender. A bit too perfume like for my tastes, but interesting none the less. If you like lavender soap, this is for you! It is worth a try. Not something that will go into your regular rotation and defiantly not something that you want to drink a lot of. But could be an interesting change of pace.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle. Avery 12 pours out a hazy yellow color with a large head. The aroma is zesty lemon, orange peel, and herbs. It's an interesting aroma, but it's a little overdone, like perfume or something. The flavor follows from the aroma. It's a wheat base with lots of fruit, spices, and herbs. The flavor becomes cloying after a while. The 22 ounce bottle is too large for this beer. Medium mouthfeel. Some interesting flavors in this beer, but I would have liked it more if the spicy herbal flavors were subtler.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer commemorating the twelfth anniversary of the founding of Avery, came in a 22 oz. brown bomber with silver foil covering the cap. As I popped the cap, and poured the beer into a tulip, the body looked crystal clear, pale golden, and well carbonated with a foamy head that did last as long as initially anticipated.

The aroma was very unusual for a beer. Usually when I describe floral aroma, I think of slightly perfumey hops. Instead Avery made this beer smell like the inside of a flower shop. The perfume smell drowned out everything else, and in my opinion should have been toned down quite a bit more.

Unlike the spicy and a bit funky Saison style beers I’ve had before, this beer possessed a much muted taste, with soft bland fruity malts. Almost no evidence of orange peel taste, and only a touch of pepper, and those darnned crushed flower petals getting in the way again.

This is clearly a beer intended for the summer months. Light and quenching, it serves that role just fine. But as a Saison, this beer not up to snuff. Disappointing in its lack of yeasty hearty character.

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Photo of ccrida
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber (thx tprokop7) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Twelve is a murky pale orangish gold with a very large, fluffy off-white head that is very slow and rocky settling, and leaves tons of foam, some in big hunks.

Smell is super spicy, cinnamon/allspice mainly (even though they're not listed on the label), with some of the lavender and grains of paradise wafting in the background, as well as some rubbing alcohol. Smells like some kind of thanksgiving sweet potato souffle or pumpkin pie, good enough I suppose but to obtuse for a saison, and not quite as appetizing as I may have made that sound. Especially with the solvents, I just couldn't sniff to deeply.

Taste is also super spicy, with some honey and fusels. Whoa. 3 years old, I can't imagine what this sucker was like when it was first released. Frankly, it's not too bad, the spices are kind of tasty, but they're a bit intense, and the alcohol isn't helping. Really no hint of saison esters, or anything else to really put this in that category, save for the dryness. Nevertheless, I normally hate over-spiced brews, but that isn't the case here, I could just stand less heat. The alcohol is amplified by the spiciness, which gives it a bit of a metallic quality, especially on the finish. Still, this beer slowly grew on me, but not so much I needed another.

Mouthfeel is creamy carbonation, dry prickly alcohol and spices, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is not high. I honestly like the taste, but it's awfully strong, and the heat of the alcohol is really out of place for the 'style'.

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