Avery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by Blybloke:
2.42/5 rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Purchased this bomber at Princeton's in Maple Grove.
Poured a light orange into a tulip glass. During the pour there almost seemed to be a shade of purple visible, but it didn't show up in the body. Small white cap, almost no lacing.
It smelled strange. I'll admit that I have limited experience with the style (I've had a few different Flander's Red Ales), but I just don't understand the appeal of some of the more pungent aromas here. On one hand, you can smell the flowers and figs, but in front of them is the barnhouse.
Taste was a bit unpleasant. Tasted about like it smelled. Weird sharp wheaty tang. It did taste better as it got warmer, however. The dirty tang was lessened and more mellow lemon moved in. I might consider pouring this much warmer if I have it again.
Mouthfeel was meh. Nothing extraordinary.
Drinkability was average too imo.
Avery makes some of my favorites. Their Maharaja is the stuff of legend in my apartment. And I REALLY enjoyed 14. Lot's of stuff going on in that one. It's one of my favorite beers of all time. Overall, I wanted to, and was expecting to enjoy this. It's certainly off the beaten path for me as I've been stuck in a style rut for most of the past year. But, at the end of it, I ask myself: did I enjoy this beer?
No. Not really.
Perhaps my palate isn't developed enough yet... but I just don't see myself seeking out this beer again.
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2008 02:24:30 | More by Blybloke
More User Reviews:
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Thanks to tectactoe for dropping this bottle on me as an extra in a recent trade; I haven't had much Avery since they pulled out of Minnesota prematurely a couple years ago. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.
The pop is solid & the pour is a clear, light orange, plenty of carbonation for a 4 1/2 yr. old beer. Nose is rock-em-sock-em wow. Somebody jammed a lemon up my nose & followed up it with an inhalant of Belgian yeast, menthol, cedar, good-fuck-knows what else. Honestly like nothing else I've ever sniffled.
Avery Fifteen is like a gentle duke of funk. Overwhelming impression of a plank of cedar that's been dragged through an herb garden, left out to gather dust for a couple years, then sprinkled with pear juice & pepper. Then lick the plank. Oh, it probably wasn't treated wood, either. Musty. Carbonation is fleeting & gone by mid-drink, but that's probably due to its advanced age; isn't this about 63 in human years?
"Interesting" keeps going through my mind, much more frequently that "Great". A worthwhile experiment that's held up very nicely. Good beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 03:51:28 | More by maximum12
3.95/5 rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Pours a hazy yellow or orange with a foamy white head, for a four year old brew, a lot of carbonation.
S: Earthy, funky Belgian yeast, tart fruit, lemon, fig in the nose.
T: Lemon, fig, funky/earthy Belgian yeast. A bit one-dimensional.
M: Smooth and medium bodied.
O: More funky than tart. Not the best wild ale, but pretty good. Recommended for fans of the style, if you can find it (seeing as how it's now really old).
Note: Brewed in 2008, imbibed in 2012.
Serving type: bottle
02-08-2014 06:20:36 | More by BierJager89
4.03/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.
A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a zone of suspended debris is observed amongst the sporadic bubbles rising in the column.
S: Estery fruits and some potent goat pasture combine for a very authentic "wild" effect in which some sourness is suggested. Breadiness adds depth, weaving some conventional beer qualities in with the funk.
T: Begins dry, with faint tartness and refined pale malt. Adjunct flavors make an early contribution, showing earthy fig and spicy pepper. Acidity is bright, vinous, into the middle where some of the funky aromatics associated with Brettanomyces are present but restrained, compared to the smell. Mid-profile apple esters are mild yet juicy. Bitterness is substantial for the style, coming on late and tasting appropriately stale and herbaceous.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, drying and slightly acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.
D/O: A few weeks after tasting Avery's Twenty, this vintage wild ale is found to be in excellent form. Part brett-y strong pale ale, part saison, it is not easy to imagine a better domestic contribution to this particular niche. It is the equal of Green Flash's Rayon Vert when that other beer is at its best, and it may even present a challenge to Russian River's glorious Sanctification.
Serving type: bottle
08-18-2013 16:48:57 | More by beagle75
3.75/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottled in April 2008, enjoyed July 2013; that means over five years of aging for this anniversary, 100% Brett beer. Who knows what those critters might have done in that long of a time frame! Cloudy and gold with a lighter, hay-straw colored bottom. The broken and chunky, off-white head is large and volatile with a gentle pour - impressive for five years of shelf-sitting.
Holy smackers - funk city. But what else do you expect when you give wild yeast a chance to work its magic for 60 months? Wet hay, bubblegum, lightly tart pineapple, heavy bandaid (one of the first times I can say I smell bandaid). Plenty of dank, musty and cheesy-ass cellar basement floor like aromas abound. My god, da funk is here.
The aroma is about 90% funk, with the other 10% consisting of some phenol alcohol, herbal hops, and a grassy twinge that I'm going to call hibiscus because the bottle says "hibiscus" on it. There may be some other spices sifting through the static, but at five years and counting, the brettanomyces just continues to swallow everything in its path.
Fifteen may have been shitty during its release (as early ratings would indicate), but it seems that time has treated it well. Either that, or you know, "there's nowhere else to go but up". The taste is just like the aroma; fully loaded with musty forest floors, sweaty horseblanket, clumpy yeast and damp wood, rotten pineapple... just unabashed, funky shit all over the place.
The extremely mild Brett-induced pineapple tartness quickly melds into a finishing sweetness with a touch of Belgian-like spices, peppery and floral, with more of those grassy and hibiscus-esque notes in the finish. The mouth feel is pretty good and light, carbonation is lively and even borderline effervescent. It's safe to say that this sucker has held up pretty well.
Well there's no doubt that if funky-ass beers are your thing or you enjoy eating spoonfuls of brettanomyces yeast, then you'll love Avery's Fifteen with five solid years on it. It's like a poor man's Sanctification, only without the insane tartness (which I was kind of hoping to find here and didn't get it). I love funk, too, but it was almost just a bit much in this capacity. Still not a bad pick up for the price, especially since 100% brett'd beers aren't the most common in Michigan.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2013 03:48:27 | More by tectactoe
4.5/5 rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A spectacular aging on this beer. My favorite watering hole (Holy Smoke in Mahopac NY), found this one buried in the cellar a few days in advance of a brewmaster night from Avery. All good here. Tartness, funk, drink ability, look, feel, nose. A very, very good American Wild. It's retired, so if you're a sour head, seek it out.
Serving type: on-tap
06-12-2013 23:01:59 | More by Ralphs66
Avery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen from Avery Brewing Company
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