Avery Anniversary Ale - Twelve (Saison Ale) - Avery Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a lightly hazy straw gold color and is topped by a frothy pale tan head that is held up by a persistent, yet on the light side for a Saison, carbonation. The aroma is quite spicy, but more from actual spices than from the yeast. The aroma is a mix of herbal notes, citrus, and vanilla, it is quite nice and is not so over-spiced that it is too much.
The taste is lightly sweet and full up front with notes of vanilla. The finish is dry and quite austere, but not based on the malt profile, instead the finish is dominated by the spices. The finish is slightly astringent from the spices as well it then moves to a flowery wild flower type, almost perfume-like, thing that seems to be from the lavender and chamomile.
As I get past my first couple of sips, the spices definitely start to take over. This beer has been healthily spiced, and despite this I still am enjoying this a fair amount. I do think that this beer will age quite well, with the heavy spicing that will mellow over time. This beer needs at least a year, perhaps two before it peaks. The finish really does remind me of perfume and or potpourri.
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2005 04:30:15 | More by Gueuzedude
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
The beer disembarks the 22-ounce brown bottle a somewhat hazed gold with a magnificent crown of white, creamy in texture is the head, and after it slowly melts into nothingness, the residual lace forms an encircling blanket to smother the glass. Nose is fresh and sweet, hints of lavender and coriander, yes maybe some orange peel, quite attractive actually, start is nicely malted with and a bit sweet, top is fair to middling in feel. Finish is brisk in its acidity and the hops pleasing spicy, quite dry and a good drinking beer that improves as it warms to the room.
Serving type: bottle
05-13-2005 21:56:36 | More by Gusler
Avery Anniversary Ale - Twelve (Saison Ale) from Avery Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.