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Avery Anniversary Ale - Sixteen - Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - SixteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Sixteen

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216 Reviews
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Reviews: 216
Hads: 265
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.69% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: waltonc on 05-31-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent saison, a serviceable saison. A style I like. Pours light body with lots of bubbly foam. Pleasant aromas, fruity and a bit of yeast. Above average mouthfeel,honeyish, a somewhat pleasant spiciness and bitterness. Most drinkable. A tad complex.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Sixteen Saison" brewed with jasmine, peaches and honey.

Pours a light honey yellow with hint of orange and a nice white head. Nose is very perfumy and lovely, although no hint of jasmine or peaches and only hints of honey.

Medium body with a pleasant medium mouthfeel. Flavors are light Belgian malt and candy sugar. Some of the peach character comes out in the flavors but very subtle. Decent honey flavors and finish but short.

All in all, it's not got the Belgian character and it's not got the Saison quality. Pleasant but a bit "too elegant and refined."

I would prefer bolder more assertive flavors and character. Quality, clearly, but not of universal appeal.

I'm a firm believer that this is not one to age. I suspect nothing in this brew will get better with time. Just my opinion.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Two finger frothy head with good retention and lacing on a clear golden body. Aroma is mostly tropical fruit with mostly pineapple, some lemon custard, a little grainy and little in the way of Belgian character. Flavor is a little understated, the Belgian yeast goes well with the creaminess, fruits are mild and mostly are of lemon. The herbal flavors are generic. Creamy body, pretty dry finish, moderate carbonation. I don't know how age may have affected this one. I had this one stored and forgot about it. It's easy to drink just bland.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden straw color with a pillowy head - nice retention and lacing

Smell: Unusual combination of floral honey, peaches and funk; quite distinctive

Taste: After an initial yeasty approach, the beer becomes rather fruity, with the peaches and, to a lesser, extent, the jasmine making their presence felt; by mid-palate, however, the horse blanket funk flavors become pronounced, although there is some honey appearing underneath; after the swallow, the hops become apparent, introducing a bitter element which contrasts with the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to full carbonation

Drinkability: Although I don't love it, this is a particularly complex saison that has quite a few elements going on which become discernable as the beer warms

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I felt like Avery hit their peak with the Ten and Eleven (the great hoppy stuff). I do like the new Belgin and sours but I sure do miss those aggressive hops!

This Saison fits the look; with a bright yellow/straw color, the beer has active carbonation that forms a stellar white head, great retention and lacing that makes any beer proud. A mild haze gives a pleasant diffused glow, this beer hits a home run so far.

Fruity aromas of peaches, pears, appricots, white grapes, and green apples lead the way with an estery forward profile. Maltiness is medium (which is more bready than I expected). Lightly tart with a Chardonay vinous scent is welcomed for the complexity and mustiness.

Flavors also begin with the fruits (peaches, pears, and appricots). A mild spiciness struggles to meet the malts, sweetness, and esters with a timid phenolic profile- makes me want more white pepper, spicy, snap that never comes through.

Quite rich and malty for a Saison, though these beers can follow a sweeter pattern throughout (expecially compared to, say a Belgian Pale) this beer is a bit too heavy, sweet, and mellow for the style.

This is a beer deserving of a good score but it doesn't compare favorably to Saison Dupot, Fantome's Hiver, or Southampton's Saison Delux. It has too much body, not enough dryness and not enough peppery phenols to balance the ordinant ester profile.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep golden color ale with a large pure white frothy head with good retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of light jasmine and peach notes with some attenuated sweet Belgian malt. Taste is quite enjoyable with good notes of jasmine scent and light sweet peach ester with some well balanced sweet Belgian malt. Body is quite full with nice bottle conditioning and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very well done is maybe lacking some funky notes, which I usually appreciate for the style.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, pale gold color with a long-lasting, white head of foam. When the big bubbles subsided they left behind patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of peaches, honey, yeast and clove. There were floral notes - I assume from the jasmine.

T - This one hits you with a good deal of clove. There was a blend of peach, yeast and some funk.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied brew.

D - Another great anniversary ale from Avery. A great twist on the saison style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunny haystack yellow with Champagnesque carbonation racing up to a pillowy crown of eggshell colored froth that is stubbornly holding its ground. The texture of the foam isn't great, but some still manages to stick to the glass.

The aroma is a wonderful combination of fruity, floral and spicy... exactly what a saison should be. Jasmine, peaches and honey were added, which is a pretty interesting set of ingredients. The Belgian yeast smells like a real humdinger and is the biggest reason why this brew will (most likely) taste good.

Sixteen Saison is another beauty of an Anniversary Ale from Avery. It tastes as much like a BSPA as a saison; no surprise when primarily pale malt is used alongside a hugely estery yeast strain. A tangy wheatiness is refreshing, sugared lemon peel is delicious, the beer is slightly more bitter than sweet, and it isn't as dry as expected.

Although I couldn't have identified them if blinded, peaches and jasmine are appreciated on the palate. Honey... not so much. In the end, Sixteen isn't about individual flavors as much as it's about a fantastic, well-integrated combination of flavors that washes over the taste buds and makes them happy to be drowned in good beer.

The second pour recreates the expansive crown in seconds. For some reason, it looks much better this time around, which allows the appearance score to be increased. The mouthfeel, while far from Belgianesque, gets the job done. A more full creaminess would have been welcome.

Sixteen is another good Birthday Beer from ABC. Memories of Twelve are lost in the mists of time. However, going by that review and those scores, this might be the better saison. It's drinking great right now if you're lucky enough to run across a bomber or two.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this one closed the show for us tonight, as we had 4 different anniversary beers, i really liked this and thought it had actually improved over time. served into a tulip.

A rich and very hazy medium yellow color came gurgling out of the bottle, quickly coming to a head that reached a height of maybe two inches. There was then a rich coating of side glass lace that thoroughly coated the glass with some nice carbonation being visible throughout the session.

The aroma was highly charged on this one. Lots of light fruit swirling around with a healthy dose of spice in it as well. Nice touches of coriander, lemon, hints of pepper coming through, with a touch of pears warming up to it as it came up to room temperature. Nice earthy notes as it mellows with a rather lively profile. The initial taste was grainy, with a rush of lemon following suit almost immediately banana and clove soon to follow.. A wonderful sense of light fruit really just ran all over this one. I was quite impressed I have to admit. Smooth mouth feel was more the adequately carbonated and really just kept the profile popping throughout. An easy sipper, the moderate ABV lended itself well to a warm late summer evening.

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Photo of nickfl
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Came with a small head of white foam on a hazy, yellow body. The head recedes quickly and laves little lace.

S - Slightly sour, musty aroma. Lots of spicy wheat and quite a bit of coriander as well.

T - Spicy wheat up front with very musty saison yeast notes. A huge, excessive coriander note dominates the middle and fades to spicy, european hops in the finish with more saison musk.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Reasonably drinkable, but I wouldn't want more than one. It really struck me as a Wit at first, but it revealed more and more Saison characteristics as I got towards the bottom of the glass. The spice and wheat characteristics are a bit excessive, but the yeast is good and the hops are quite well done.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at Stone back around when it first came out. From old notes (August 2009).

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden straw color with a tall white head.

S: An incredibly floral aroma. Lots of jasmine to it along with some of the peach and perhaps even a touch of honey. A light malt note to it, very soft but slightly sweet. Quite a bit of yeast with a mild citrus note.

T: The flavor has a distinct spice and intense floral quality to it. Jasmine notes are certainly there and there's a hint of lavender. Sweet fruits such as apples and peaches with a lightly sweet malt flavor.

M: Quite light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Nice and easy to drink, great for the summer time. Not sure how it might be holding up these days.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Gotta put out there initially that I'm drinking this with a couple years on it, mostly to see how it's holding up. It pours a slightly hazy golden-straw topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, musty hay, light clove, light musty orange peel, and a twist of lemon. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some flowers and a pinch of what seems to be black pepper. All of the flavors kinda collide a bit near the finish, making for a muddled sort of experience. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a slightly watery feel, and a drying finish. Overall, still a pretty decent saison, but it's definitely showing its age now.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer fresh when it was released and I thought it might do well with some age on it. I was not wrong. The maltiness, Belgian yeast esters, spiciness and alcohol have all subsided a little. And although the other flavors may have become toned-down a bit as well, it now appears much more focused and balanced than I remember it. If it was bottled in May of 2009, then it's just about 2 years old now...

It still looks the same, except that my first pour was much clearer as the yeast had sedimented.

The aroma displays only a minimal amount of malt and yeast within a fruity combination of peach, apple, and tangerine. Don't get me wrong, it's not brightly fruity, those notes are mixed within the malt, but it's not nearly what it was initially, and they appear a little more readily within the mix.

The same is true of the flavor. There's a bit of light tang at the front, followed by some chalky yeastiness and a bit of rising spiciness that arcs over peach, honey and floral notes going into the finish. It's just so much smoother and more balanced and rounded than it had been young. A hint of vanilla, and a clear note of peach linger in the finish.

Pleasantly surprising - I wish I'd aged more than one bottle of this one!

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Photo of mactrail
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled May 2009. This has lasted amazingly well. Fruity, tart, and on the sweet side. No trace of off flavors. Just a slight haze to the light golden color in the wine glass. Slight head and modest lacing, but enough carbonation to fill the mouth. Sharp and flavorful. Quite fruity, which carries over into the aroma. Celery and jelly beans.

Very drinkable and pleasant beer. If only it was a regular Avery offering.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at Teresa's Next door at the Beer geek brunch. Served chilled in a goblet.

A - Dark lemon juice appearance like green tea w/ a 1/2 inch of white capping w/ a fine bead. The beer is lightly hazed

S - Sweet tangerine, peach and mango w/ light sour aromaand gentle notes of lilies w/ floral sweetness. A gentle lemon rind and mild vegetal notes of hops w/ light lime essence

M - A crisp, fruity and light feel on the tongue w/ a high level of carbonation and dry finish w/ subtle alcohol in the feel

T - A creamy malt taste up front w/ a subtle peach and crisp lemony astringency. The mild herbal hop notes compliment w/ flavors of lime rind and a mild vegetal note. a lemon/lime peel aspect continues w/ slightly yeasty, nutty/spice w/ gentle earthy and mildly sour flavor. A light vinous notes is tastes in the finish

D -A tasty saison, very drinkable with lots of different things going on, but perhaps not all complimentary. The citrus and fruit is enough to keep it interesting and overall I was very satisfied.

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of my Goebel's haul...

Pours an effervescent & semi-hazed straw color with a finger+ of pearl colored head. Clears up pretty nicely, good lacing & above average head retention

S: Grassy notes, honey & orchard fruits, plus pineapple & not much else

T: Grassy notes, mushrooms, boozey dirt with a little peach thrown in up front. Some lemon & grapefruit, a bit of apricot & peach juice & just a touch of funk, as this warms along with some grainyness. Finishes with much grapefruit, a touch of lemons & a bit of dirt, drank more like a tripel to me

MF: Medium bodied, lightly carbonated, slightlty grainy & a little chewy/warming at the end

Drinks alright, but nothing special here to me. I even liked the bacon greased flavored offering from last year better than this. Come on Avery step up your game!

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled May 2009. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, peach, herbal, honey, floral, clove, pepper, earth, and light yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good complexity, strength, and balance. Very pleasant. Taste of pear, peach, apple, herbal, floral, honey, earth, pepper, clove, wheat, and yeast spices. Slight funkiness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, herbal, floral, clove, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick, creamy, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a great saison! Great flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one (also enjoyed this one much more than the last time I had it a while back).

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Avery 16 Saison
Hazy, appearance, light golden hue, nealy pear-skin in color, with a thin, creamy white head that leaves in a quickness.

Funky, pungent aromatics, citrus and spice. A bit more sour and strange than I like.

And in the taste, it rises up and spanks with weird, funkiness, some bitter hop smack...really bretty, sour an funky.
Jasmine, peaches, and honey, eh? There's peaches, somewhere, ...yeah, I get it. A touch of honey, maybe. Sure, Jasmine. It's all there. But more muted than I'd prefer. Those ingredients can't rise about the sourness up front on the palate, and the dryness that ends it all. What's the point of having them in there, if they're smothered?

Good saison, interesting, but not a success, in my eyes. Think I liked 15 a lot better.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow golden with a white head that fizzles down to a thin cover than slowly fades to a ring.

The smell is funky/musty with lemon and orange peel, some sourish grapes, floral/herbal spicing, honey and ripe peaches.

The taste is of honey and grainy sweetness and peaches with a hint of banana. There's a touch of tart and a light herbal/floral dryness in the finish, but it is a honey/grainy sweet interpretation of the style as a whole.

An interesting interpretation. Personally, I think there's just a bit too much honey in this one. But, it's still enjoyable for a creative, different brew. Alcohol is well-hidden.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and refreshing pale and wheat malt scent along with a fruity, lemony aroma. It has a mild funk to it as well. The taste is good also. It has a smooth wheat malt flavor with a really nice farmhouse yeast finish. It's dry as well, but not in the traditional earthy scense. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a damn drinkable beer. It's tastey and well brewed; a fitting celebration ale.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, brewed in May 2009. Pours cloudy and lemon hued, Near white head and then fine strands of lace on the glass. Flowery, fruity and pepper in the nose. Pretty solid saison, pepper, fruit, Belgian yeasties...quite dry in the finish. Nothing stunning...but a respectable take on the style...so from Avery, known for their bold brews, this one has to be considered a dissappointment

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Photo of Gavage
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a yellowish color with a one finger head that lasts a bit. Some spots of lace develop during the session.

Smell: earthy tones, lemon citrus, and a hint of spice is light but enjoyable.

Taste: mild malt profile with a big earthy tone. Lemon zest, green apples, pears, pepper, and some other spiciness rounds it out. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium boided. Crisp and dry throughout. Spicy and earthy aftertaste.

Drinkability: nice farmhouse styled ale. Despite the dryness this one hits the spot. It's easy to quaff the bottle in a short timeframe.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled February 27th, 2010
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmelite tulip produces a voluminous, four-finger thickness of pale, off-white colored head. The head slowly subsides with a pillowy texture all the while leaving some light lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer shows a yellow gold color and a hazed, bright gold color when held up to the light. The aroma smells tart and floral with lots of peach-derived fruitiness, a flint-like white wine note, dry mead like notes and some herbal grassy notes. I am definitely enjoying the fruit leaning aromatics tempered by floral character and a touch of spice.

Light feeling on the tongue, but it still has some sweetness to it. The flavor is also fairly floral tasting, both from the peach notes and the hint of jasmine flavors, and likely the honey too, but this last is perhaps a bit more subtle contribution. This is well carbonated as it fizzes up nicely as it rolls across the tongue; this is perhaps not as light, or dry for that matter, as I might prefer a Saison, but this is eminently quaffable and refreshing The finish has an almost bitter herbal note from the jasmine, plus a peppery, slightly phenolic spiciness from the fermentation character. Somehow the fruit, floral aspects, and flint like notes remind me of a Sauvignon Blanc; the light tartness helps with that too.

This is probably the best Saison that I have had from Avery. My only complaint is that the yeast character could be a bit more "rustic"; earthy, musty & even funky notes would be a welcome addition for me, but I have a feeling they might lose some people if they did that, and I am still perfectly happy with how this beer is.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer confuses me. Listed (here) as a saison/farmhouse ale, I just don't see it. Keep in mind, it could be me.

Flat looking pour at Falling Rock, minimal head, if any. Hazy, pale yellow/gold body. Looks like a dirty Chardonnay. No richness to it.
Aroma. Yeah, I just don't get the farmhouse. This reminds of the Cantillon Gueze. Sour and musky. Some soft fruit in there; apricot, peach, green plum.

Feels a bit flat and sour. I don't get much, if any, yeasty esters, malt or lightness. I hope this is just a bad pour and will try again from the bottle.
I hope this ages well. It's not bad, but I would say it's not in the correct style.

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Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle at Little Ortino's. The label says it was bottled in May 2009. This is easily one of Avery's better and more authentic Belgian brews, but it tastes like it needs more time for the yeast character to develop. There's a herbal spicyness up front (like in a good, dry saison) that's followed by a mildly tangy earth flavor that reminds me of a young brett beer. I wonder if another couple years could turn this into a real beast. While the flavor doesn't seem fully developed, it's still quite drinkable and the light body is spot on. Not bad, not bad at all.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Sixteen from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.