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

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

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193 Ratings

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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)
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Photo of br3wmeister
4.6/5  rDev +24%
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!

br3wmeister, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a stiff white head.

Aroma is purely floral. Loads of lavender, juniper, rose petals, lemony and peppery spicy as well. Smells very festive and fruity.

Taste mimics the aroma quite nicely. Lavender, juniper berries, and a good dose of hops as well. I really enjoyed this beer. Seems like this could work in the winter season or in the summer season with the drinkability being very nice. A pleasant surprise.

SaCkErZ9, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of nick76
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very diverse. I detect citrus, spices, herbs, and cheese. The appearance is hazy like a wheat beer. The flavor is as complex as the aroma. It has the same citrus, spices, and herbs along with hop bitterness. The palate is exactly what it should be. Lemon pepper aftertaste but overall I like it. I just wish it was less acidic.

nick76, Dec 28, 2008
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

hopdog, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/18/2005 (bottle):

Has an aroma of spices, and some cinammon. Very floral, citrusy aroma. Pours a cloudy yellow color body with a nice white that is diminishing. Nice carbonated and spicy mouthfeel. Spicy taste, some floralness. Very tasty.

jujubeast6000, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a nice Belgianesque cap that laces the chalice and retains for quite some time

Smell: Despite (or perhaps because of) the age, the beer remains quite aromatic and complex; perfumey orange peel, grains of paradise and lavendar layer on top of a biscuity backbone that contains a bit a wheat character, too

Taste: With a biscuity start and a nod to the wheat, the spices quickly take over, with orange peel and grains of paradise dominating in a peppery, clovey fashion; after the swallow, the flavors blend together nicely, with the lingering pepper from the grains of paradise lasting well after the finish; with this age, the hop influence is pretty well finished, and the alcohol has mellowed, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with soft carbonation

Drinkability: While not a classic Saison, this is a very interesting beer that has aged nicely; although I suspect that it doesn't have much longer to go - glad I cellared it for a while and equally happy to have consumed it now

brentk56, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of TasteTester
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been sitting on this one for a while. Not sure where I picked it up, but it's been in the cellar for a few months now. Figured I'd give it a try.

A-Light golden orange. Semi-transparent around the edges. 1 finger of head on the pour, which dissipates to a few bubbles around the edges with some lacing as the beer goes down.

S-Smells like the holidays, perfect time to open this one. Smells almost pumpkin pie-ish. Spicy and subtly sweet.

T-White pepper, some fruit. As one reviewer put it, "saison esters are not really there". Has a good bite to it.

M-Smooth and a little sticky at the back of the mouth. Flavors linger for a little bit.

D-One of these is good, as I see it being a sloshed evening of more than 1.

TasteTester, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
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'.

ccrida, Sep 30, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Capital City Liquor Store in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy gold color with a one finger white head that recedes to a ring of bubbles that stick to the glass just above the beer. There's some decent lacing here too.

The smell is great. It's very pungent with an amalgamation of spices. It smells like there's nutmeg and traces of a lot of other things that I can't pin down. Very pleasing overall.

The taste was not quite as good as I expected from the smell. The spices are most prevalent, and then there's some banana-like flavor. There's also the tiniest bit of medically sterilized flavor, if that makes any sense.

The mouthfeel is alright, it's not too thick and pretty smooth. It could use just a little bit more carbonation maybe.

The drinkability is low just because of how intense the flavors are. This is certainly not a session beer.

Overall this beer is certainly worth a shot. It's one of the more unique Saisons I've tried.

glid02, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of ruckzuck
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into Duvel chalice

A - pours a hazy, golden amber with a frothy white head which dissipated somewhat quickly

S - wow, what a spice explosion! Cinnamon, ginger, orange peel, cloves, and hints of citrus. Very inviting

T - initial hit is of cinnamon and ginger with some yeastiness and breadyness. Tiny hints of citrus again. Spice really tastes quite good in the mouth. Almost a little dry in the finish, but not really

M - medium bodied with some carbonation present

D - I quite like this so far, but I'm only one glass in. GF seems to like it too. I'm always down for a saison as well. However, due to the strong flavor I'm not quite sure I could session this etc. One glass will probably be enough, but I'll gladly finish the bomber.

ruckzuck, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body with nicely effervescent white foam, nicely decorating the Ommegang glass with rings of lace. More barn-like in the nose than I expected and I might like, but full of hops and spices--cinnamon, pepper, and a touch of clove. Excellent taste, smooth and hoppy with ample spices. This could use a good infusion of malt, but I'm nearly as keen on malt as I am hops. In this instance, it's as much body as taste that motivates the recommendation. Not exactly thin but needing a little lift, more malt could have done this some good.

In all, a fine example of the style. Smooth, a touch pungent but that's OK. I'd like to get more of this, but fat chance. Too bad they don't regularly make a farmhouse...

Gehrig, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of JDV
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at tasting. Thanks!
Pours a hazy light yellowish orange color. Smell is spiced and floral with strong notes of cinammon. Really smells like a cinnamon roll more than anything. Taste is cinnamony and spiced. Dry, like chewing on a fresh cinnamon stick. Balanced sweetness, and nicely spiced. Really unique, and highly enjoyable!

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
2.63/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

IBUnit63, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an everso slightly hazy, burnished gold body with a full, white head.

Smell: Very floral, zesty aroma with malted wheat notes and hints of Grains of Paradise, ginger, and fresh cloves.

Taste: Sweet malted wheat with a drizzle of clover honey. Dash of floral, herbal tea. Sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar. Hints of citrus and pear juice. And ginger, white pepper, cardamon, and one drop of cleansing soap. Floral, sweetish finish. What a busy beer!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Somewhat coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I started off smirking, but ended up fairly pleased for a three-year old, American-made saison. Not the most saisony saison on the block, but tasty and with a lil' kick of spice -- though a single 12 ounce helping would've been better appreciated.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of gabeerfan
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, bright yellow gold. Thick, white head that falls away quickly.
Smells of ginger, orange peel, spices and soy sauce.
The ginger flavor hits first on the palate, followed by the orange peel and spices. As the beer warmed, I seemed to detect a coconut flavor in there.
Light mouthfeel, good carbonation. Flavors finish clean.
Very different flavors in this beer. I would have a hard time finishing a full pint, I think, so I think it's not very drinkable.
I'm a fan of Saisons and this is not like any saison I've had before, so I will grudgingly recommend it only because the flavors are so interesting.

gabeerfan, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear slightly orange tinted gold into a large pint glass. The carbonation was HUGE leaving a 3 finger thick head that slowly shrunk down to a more manageable size.

S: That classic saison type smell meets the nose as you bring it to the glass. A musty grain smell with hints of lemon. There is some sort of spice I can smell as well, but I cant determine what exactly it is.

T: That spicing in the aroma seems like it may be ginger since it is very noticeable in the taste. There is just the slightest hint of hops with the overall profile being more on the sweet side. There is a hint of lemony citrus along with the yeasty bready type taste that usually appears in saisons. Its too bad they do not still produce this one.

M: Its on the thin to medium in body. The spicing and carbonation make it a little bit overbearing in the mouth. It makes it seem almost astringent.

D: The spicing and carbonation add a lot to the taste profile, but just like the mouthfeel, the drinkability is slightly reduced for me due to its affects for me.

GatorBeerNerd, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of turbine2475
2.95/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

turbine2475, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of Cresant
2.8/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Cresant, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of kirok1999
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to aljordan for bringing this to a tasting.
Pours a cloudy light gold with a foamy white head. The smell leaps out in the pour, a slightly wheaty funk with some earth and sweetness.
Taste is really nice, by far one of the better saisons I've had. Lots of spice from corriander and nutmeg. Nice sweet cotton candy, toasted bready malts and some malted milk.
Thick and creamy and mouthcoating.

kirok1999, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy (with yeast, fairly clear w/o) golden color with a good pure white head that left some rings of lacing as it dissipated. The smell is very unlike any other saison that I have had. It has a strong aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. Perhaps the lavendar they use is creating some of these aromas. The taste is very similar, very strong on the cinnamon and nutmeg. This is like a blonde pumpkin ale. Besides those 2 spices, the brew has floral and honey notes, a sweet Belgian pale malt (candi sugar?). No real earthy or funky qualities to this. No bittering hops or tart apple flavors, basically nothing to control the sweetness of the brew. The feel is fairly light with light carbonation, definitely finishes sweet, though not sticky or slick. Definitely a different take of a saison. Definitely a spicy brew, just not the spices that I expected. This is a good flavorful brew but doesn't hit the saison mark.

Gmann, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Pours a hazy, cloudy appearance with a moderate-sized foamy head that soon dissipated and left a fair amount of lacing around the glass...
Off the bat, the aroma was very sweet... almost too sweet for a typical Saison... Fresh floral smell with sweet candied sugars dominated this one in both the nose and mouth...
Like the smell, the taste was also very sweet and somewhat medicinal, with a nice suggestion of florals, fresh fruit, lemons, citrus, clove, and honey...
Rich mouthfeel, with an about-average level of drinkability... The thing that really hurt this beer was its unnaturally sweet taste which pervaded the overall flavor and put a real dent in the overall quality of the beer...

dsa7783, Mar 08, 2008
Photo of blakesell
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a tasting glass. Bottle is at least two years old. Notes from 2-2-08 tasting.

Appearance- Light clear with a finger high head. Crystal clear with ample lacing on the sides of the glass. Baby got legs, hopefully she knows how to use them.

Smell- Soapy, Irish Spring zest with a lemony orange twang. No hops, light malts and cinnamon, egg nog spices, nutmeg coriander, ginger and brown sugar.

Taste- Big nutmeg and cinnamon, light and spicy. When drinking I felt that this could be the best saison ever, but since I have had the best saison ever so I can't agree with that statement from the month old notes. Sweet and fruity, over the top with black pepper. The yeast gives it a strange smoothness. No hops. Finishes cleanly.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, highly carbonated, not warming or astringent. Luscious and smooth. Wonderful!

Drinkability- An amazing saison. Perhaps a little too over spiced, but a pleasure to drink and I would love to get some more.

blakesell, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.9/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of DaggerEyes
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

some what vigorous pour into a tulip glass.
2 finger high foamy head rises above an incredibly hazy golden apricot colored body.

Smell of apple sauce, herbaceous, a little grassy. A bit citric with notes of lemon and orange. Coriander and clove

Lemony, spicy, grassy floral hops, honey

very smooth medium body. moderate carbonation scrubs the palate.

An enjoyable brew

DaggerEyes, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Unclemattie: Poured a golden color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast and fruity ester is really pleasant. Taste is a well balance mix between some sweet malt with some hints of fruit ester and a spicy yeasty finish with maybe a hint of cinnamon or cloves. Full body with some great carbonation. I am really surprised by how well this beer has aged and it somehow reminded me of Smuttynnose Farmhouse ale.

Phyl21ca, Jan 31, 2008
Avery Anniversary Ale - Twelve (Saison Ale) from Avery Brewing Company
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