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Avery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen - Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - FifteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen

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BA SCORE
81
good

432 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 373
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 18.11%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.68% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 04-27-2008)
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Tdizzle

California

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Vendome Fullerton. I'm editing my review upon giving this beer a second try. I think that my first review was influenced by the inital negative response to this beer. A Belgian-style farmhouse ale brewed with hibiscus leaves, white pepper, black mission figs, and Brettanomyces.

A- Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, this beer pours a clear dark straw color with a bubbly white head that dissipates quickly, leaving barely any lacing.

S- Musty barnyard hay and tart notes of wild yeast are the two main characteristics of the aroma. There are some very spicy, herbal and floral notes as well, which is probably due to the hibiscus and white pepper. Green apple sweetness and alcohol emerge as the beer warms. The smell reminds me of a petting zoo.

T- The same funky barnyard notes of the aroma are present in the taste. A very strong flavor of musty grain is quickly overtaken by a bit of sourness and some spicy, yeasty notes on the finish, which also leaves a lingering metallic twinge on the palate that I could do without. The fig flavors are slightly noticeable.

M- A medium-bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation, but it's also slightly oily and slick, coating the inside of the mouth.

D- I was almost able to finish an entire bomber of this before I had enough of the farm animal aspect of this interesting brew.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit more the second time around. A must try beer for anyone seeking a unique drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 22:30:31 | More by Tdizzle
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HalfFull

California

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber haze, not quite Belgium and not quite Hefeweizen in color. Smell is floral and earthy with definite sour notes. Lacing and head are thin and fleeting.

Sour smell segues to a thin earthy musk yet doesn't effect the taste of this beer. Sour yeast overwhelms the flavor and provides a decent feel for this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2008 07:24:32 | More by HalfFull
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goochpunch

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a hazy dark gold with a decent sized egg-shell white head. Left a few bits of lace. Smells strongly of a petting zoo complete with droppings. Good amounts of funk and a "fungal" character I tend to get from brett. Nice, but there's a weird residual sugar thing that gets to me. Taste is solid all-around in the funk category. Mushrooms, earth and "barnyard" are all well-represented. As in the smell, there's an odd sweetness that I didn't care for. There was also sort of a flatness in the finish that didn't seem to work all that well with the mild acidity that precedes it. Didn't really pick up on any hibiscus or figs, but the white pepper did lend a pleasant spiciness to the already mentioned flatness in the finish. Mouthfeel is moderate in carbonation and in weight on the tongue (although slightly leans more toward more than moderate). Drinkability is good for a shot at a brett beer from Avery, for sure. It would be interesting to see them experiment more with beers like this.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 05:05:24 | More by goochpunch
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: Hazy golden body, thin white head.

s: Funk. Smells like a horse. Sour, almost vinegar like aroma. Mostly though, it smells like a horse.

t: Hay, lemon, apples, grass, some mild sourness and a good tart finish.

m: Light with a nice carbonation bite.

d: Interesting. Not what I expected. An intriguing beer that would probably be greatly improved with aging. I wish it were more tart and sour.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 01:59:05 | More by BradLikesBrew
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allengarvin

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a Duvel glass, this beer is a cloudy orange-amber color with a modest but lasting head. Oh! I didn't realize this was a lambic/sour type beer until the aroma hit me. Tart, vinegary, with some underlying funkiness. Interesting flavor. Not nearly as sour as most (genuine) lambics or flemish sours, but it's got a nice tart metallic fruit flavor and a surprising amount of hops. It lacks complexity, but it's still quite drinkable... well, at first. By the end of the bottle I was getting kind of tired of it. Would have been better appreciated in a 12-oz bottle than a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 04:20:45 | More by allengarvin
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

1.88/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Picked up a bomber of this beer last night. I don't get many chances to sample wild ales, so this one was an easy choice. Poured in to a red wine glass a nice looking blood orange color, with more head than was expected. White heading sticks to the sides of the glass, and holds up pretty well. Smell is how I expected: some light sour fruit, basement funk, a bit of vinegar; overall good. Taste on the other hand was a complete one eighty. The only thing that came to mind is old milk, with a really weird stinky cheese taste. Some tartness sticks in there in the background, but not nearly enough to suppress the nasty dairy taste. Mouthfeel was weird in that although it wasn't that big, the flavors almost made me believe that it was as thick as milk. I also have to say that I am the last person to dump a brew down the sink, but I did in this case. It was simply a foul beer. I still like Avery a lot, but I have no idea what they were going for with this stuff. Go for the Fourteen if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 03:59:05 | More by jamie2dope
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dsa7783

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle... Just recently available in stores...
"A refreshingly tart, fruity, funky, farmhouse ale"... on the front logo sticker...
Key ingredients include Figs, hibiscus flowers, and white pepper...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, dull-orange colored hue with a decent sized foamy head that quickly dissipated and left a minimal amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
For almost $8 a bottle, I was really expecting more from this in terms of all-around flavor...
Very tart, bittersweet, funky, earthy aroma and taste pervades this brew... Slightly sour flavor added to an all-around "missed" shot at the style... Really hard to pinpoint a particular description of this one, with so much being thrown around in the mix...
Mouthfeel wasn't bad, but certainly nothing to write home about, and drinkability was pretty poor...
Not recommended...

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 16:16:25 | More by dsa7783
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours from foil wrapped 22oz bottle a clear and very bubbly straw gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Head retention is only average because halfway through, it's almost gone but there was some nice lacing early in the session.

Smell wise, the funk is certainly there in spades, acutally I can't smell anything else but that in itself is very inviting.

The taste is strange. Yes, I get a lot of that good funk and I'm down with, but there's also a lemon zest thing going on that I don't think adds much to the overall flavour except in the finish and reading this is a wild ale, where's the sour? I *love* sour and I'm disappointed that it's not there and that I'm only getting the Brett(very good thing), some lemon, a bit of honey, and some decent peppery notes.

The mouthfeel is lightish and right for the style, the carbonation is medium light which works well for sure, and it finishes with a lemon tartness and some more funk and that also works well. I guess the only thing I realy have to bitch about is the lack of sour notes. Oh well, it's still pretty tasty and quite drinkable for me and if I can say that I like it, which I do, that's all that counts. Would I seek it out again. Yep.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 16:19:17 | More by Bitterbill
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turbine2475

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours honey colored with a quickly forming massive head that disipated even quicker leaving a spotty lace.
S - Funky. Smells of garbage disposal leavings and soured meats. Is a little different, but not bad for a young bret.
T - Soured citrus, maze, grain, and floral hops.
M - Chewy with a decent carbonation and a sour coating that lingers.
D - Decent brew. Not the best wild ale I have had, but with some age this one could be pretty nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 05:04:24 | More by turbine2475
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FranklinPCombs

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle, from Bauer W&S

Appearance is decent enough. Head is not overwhelming, and diminishes fast enough. There is a good deal of lacing, which I like. The color is a golden honey, complimented by the stark white head. Lots of bubbles flowing up from the bottom.

The smell is unpleasant. The only thing I could think of was a spoiled leg of lamb I bought from the butcher once. It is peppery and a bit slimy (if that makes sense). The more I smell it the more it reminds me of the smell of prosciutto, crossed with musty flower petals. Not a good combination.

The taste carries over from the smell, though not to the same degree of distaste. There is much more wheaty taste, and a bit of stale hops, but there is still a good deal of rancid meat...

Mouthfeel is good, the kind of large tingly bubbles that compliment the taste of wild fermentation well, releasing the funk of Brettanomyces. Unfortunately it ends up releasing the overabundance of lackluster funk this beer is overpowered by.

There's not much drinkability here... The taste/smell is just too discordant with the tart flavors that I love so much and was hoping for in this beer. The label claims figs, hibiscus and white pepper. I didn't taste much of any of these, and I can't see how they contributed to the flavor.

All in all, I was very disappointed by this beer. I've tried a few American wild ales, and so far I haven't found any that have been able to balance the rich, tart character of wild fermentation with the wide and sometimes outlandish variety of spices/flavors the style tends to make use of.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 22:55:40 | More by FranklinPCombs
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drumrboy22

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Chimay chalice. Beer was a hazy, peach color with a one finger, white head. Moderate carbonation and lacing.

Aroma was earthy and funky, with notes of fruit, pepper, flowers and hay.

Taste was mildly sour, funky and earthy. Notes of lemon, funky yeast and other farmhouse flavors.

This was a weird one for me. I love this style of beer, but I was a little let down by this one. It was just so-so for me. Still, I'm interested to see how it changes over time.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 22:45:56 | More by drumrboy22
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy pale orange color. The head is a billowy two inches in height, and recedes slowly into a thick half inch cap of lacing which lasts until the beer is gone. The aroma is floral, with figs and dates and enough bretta sourness to give it a sweet and sour smell. The taste has more of the dark fruits than the aroma. There is some sourness, but it seems to be overpowered by the sweet malt, and fruit combination. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a high level of carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. It isn't the best bretta beer I have had, but it is drinkable. I think the dark fruits throw it a bit off balanced in the taste, but with time and bottle conditioning that might mellow out.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 23:52:20 | More by KarlHungus
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Billolick

New York

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber bottle, "bottled in April, 2008", label pays homage to famous Belgian painters. Gold foil over the cap. Pours clear initially, the yeast cake on the bottom of the bottle creates cloudy later pours. Minor lacing left from the short lived eggshell head. Carbonation on the low side. Allowed to warm, the nose is of Brett laced horseyness. Sourness is quite moderate, I get licorice notes, some coriander, some farmy and sour funk and not much else. I will do my best to get a few bottles more of this one and let em sit around for a year or so to see if the Brett kicks in more fully. This fresh bottle seems to have a ways to go to reach its complexity and interest apogee.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 22:54:46 | More by Billolick
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GClarkage

California

2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

05/19/08- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, 2008 Avery anniversary release. Poured into my Pilaarbijiter glass.

Appearance- Champagne-like golden in color with effervescent bubbles rising to the top. Looks a tad greasy if that makes sense. Small 1/2 inch quickly evaporating head.

Smell- Farmhouse funk. Horse urine, earth and hay. Also a weird grainy nose. Overall pretty good though.

Taste- At first, I wasn't as turned off on this beer as everyone else...until I got halfway through the bottle. It kind of tastes like a pils-saison-wild ale. Has a grainy and saaz like hop flavor with a drying saison spice flavor followed by a good dose of brett. The more you get into it, the carbonation turns flat, the grain intensifies and you pick up metallic and medicinal notes. It never was as sour as it should be either.

Mouthfeel- At first carbonation was brisk and spot on, but then it got a touch watery and flat. Leaves a funky metallic flavor in your mouth as well.

Drinkability- I went in with an open mind, but in the end it got poured out. Started out fine, but ended in the toilet.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 15:48:49 | More by GClarkage
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Domingo

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Falling Rock on 5/16/08.
Arrives an off-yellow color that's not quite tan. It's cloudy and has a weird white sheen on top that's thicker than expected. Looks a little like a wheat beer.
Smells really sour and peachy. It definitely has the Belgian spicy yeast smell, too. Reminds me of a funky Festina peche.
Taste starts with a bitter bite and then goes to sour with the peach flavor. Alcohol is very prominent, and the hops add more bitterness to that. Funky yeast dominates the back end, and the actual finish is really woody. Tons of depth...but it's not really good depth.
The texture is weird. It seems like it should go down easier than it does.
I think this one sounds better on paper than in practice. At first you'll drink it to pick up the nuances and to see if you like it. Once I was 2/3 done, I really didn't want any more.
I admire the yearly Avery anniversary beers, but this has been my least favorite of the last 5. 13 is still a masterpiece, though.
I might revisit this one one more time from a bottle just to see if it's any different.

EDIT: After having this in a bottle, I will say that it was better and a little more straightforward than the tap version. I'm still not really picking up any fig flavors, but I'm definitely getting more straightforward Belgian funky flavors rather than just a sour assault. The bottled version's definitely better to me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2008 17:24:43 | More by Domingo
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy peach-like color, with a fluffy white head. Good head retention for a few minutes. A few spots of lace on the glass.

Sour aroma, with some fruit thrown in, namely peaches. Some yeasty aroma, with some spices.

A bit of a sharp sourness that fades quickly. A good amount of fruit. A bit of the barnyard/horse blanket, but not a great deal. Earthy hop finish.

Not overly sour or funky. Pretty good all around. Could use a bit more carbonation to lighten things up. This would probably be great after some age.

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2008 13:54:20 | More by Bierguy5
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jslot38

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A golden copper, translucent.

Smell: Tart, sour apples, and a hint of cherries, maybe some blackberries. Very fruity nose. Maybe a bit too tart, but this is a wild ale.

Taste: Earthy, musty and tart, a touch of horse blanket. Some fruits cross over the tongue - apples and pears primarily.

MF: Dry, not as crisp as expected.

D: Alcohol doesn't hit you, but probably too tart to go beyond one. Would suggest sharing the bottle with a friend or two.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 01:11:14 | More by jslot38
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very light, translucent amber in color. Only a little frothing on the pour, but no head appears. Smell is funk. But it seems to be a pre-mature funk. I think this one needs some more time in the bottle to grow up. Taste is definite barnyard funk and wet hay. Has potential, but I think some time can only make it better.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 01:03:54 | More by FtownThrowDown
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vasdef42

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

on tap at Choice City Butchershop, Ft. Collins CO.
poured super cloudy yellow, with a small waning head. smelled like lemons, tart, white pepper and funk. figs and plastic were abundant.
the taste started with citrus and tart wild yeast, quickly overtaken by malt and figs, bringing an odd plastic note back into the brew. the mouthfeel was fairly smooth. the figs threw me off for a moment with their odd bitter plastic character. also had a bottle and found there is much more plastic in glass than on tap. interesting, mind-expanding beer right here, fruity, super funky, but could be more tart.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2008 19:37:42 | More by vasdef42
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep cloudy amber gold, with a fair amount of head.

The bottle mentions funk, and I was pretty sure that's what my nose picked up too... Funk; smelled like straws and hays.

The taste was very interesting. At first the palate is filled with the aforementioned funk, but it quickly mellows out into some pleasantly fruity vibes.

The carbonation level was pretty low, hardly there at all really. It also left the mouth a little dry.

An interesting beer, glad I picked a bottle up.

[edited after reading other reviews to add: If this is what gym socks smells like, I need to start consuming gym socks.]

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 03:20:48 | More by donteatpoop
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Onibubba

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to get my hands on this. Looks OK - Head does not last long, but body has a nice apricot color. Smells good - nice thick funk shines through. Not getting black pepper, hibiscus, or mission figs though. The figs do pull through in the taste, which is pleasingly funky, but not sour. Sadly, I could not pick up on the pepper, which is one of the things I was hoping to taste.

Good mouthfeel, very smooth at a very manageable abv. Was this beer as good as I was
anticipating? No. Did that stop me from drinking 2 bottles? No.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 00:57:09 | More by Onibubba
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is rather unpleasant funky (and slightly burnt) yeast and bandaids with some spices and some tart fruits. Some buttery malts (popcorn) come out as it warms.

The flavor is a little tart fruitiness (lemons) and buttery malts that is quickly smothered by a kind of peppery and floral bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation at first that mellows.

Overall, an interesting concept, but not nearly as good as it sounded. The combination of flavors and smells didn't mesh well with me. It'd be interesting to see if more sourness comes out as it ages.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 06:16:26 | More by Beaver13
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teamizm

California

1.7/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Wow, what a shocker. Had this on tap at Toronado and it was the first time I did not finish a beer there.

A - a reddish, copper like pour w/ about a half an inch of foam.

S - A very musty smell, I was expecting a more typical sour beer style smell akin to the RRBC beers, but was quite surprised that it smelled like a gym locker w/ fruits

T - Not good. Like drinking sour grass, probably the best way to put it

M - low carbonation, slightly astringent

D - Not very drinakble, I had to leave a third of it

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2008 04:13:34 | More by teamizm
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stumac

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

quite a weird style...

pours up a great looking apricot coor with a long lasting white head with moderate retentive lacing.

aromas of funky, earthy yeast. hay, old dew (mildew?), slight citrus, pepper, floral scents.

tastes of citrus, hay, earth, white pepper, not much malt character or hop character. bitter/sour taste fo sho.

medium body, low to medium carbo, kinda falls just-short-of-sweet aftertaste

very strange style. not my cup of tea

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 22:04:47 | More by stumac
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thickerfreakness

Texas

2.03/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Wow this was a real surprise. I loved the fourteenth anniversary and was anticipating Avery's attempt at a sour. This poured a nice burnt golden color and had a thin white head that faded fast. The smell is pure barnyard funk, but not as good as many other sours. As it warms I can get a little bit of sweet fruit and some of the hibiscus in the nose. The taste was just almost unbearable for me, really musty. Its just a weird sweet and sour taste that is completely unpleasant. I even let it warm from below cellar temp all the way to room temp and it just never worked for me. I had high hopes for this one but it just didn't perform.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 04:55:10 | More by thickerfreakness
Avery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen from Avery Brewing Company
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