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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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261 Ratings
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Ratings: 261
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: waltonc on 05-31-2009)
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Photo of ChillMike
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant golden yellow opaque color with a nice frothy bright white head. Tons of carbo bubbles.

S: smells of belgian sugary malts, honey and some light floral notes. Not too much going on in this one.

T: Tastes pretty much like it smells, sort of like a tripel, but with a very strong honey aftertaste with a nice mild floral hop taste to compliment. Not bad but I expected a bit more.

MF: light to medium bodied, lots of carbonation but it definitely suits this beer in particular.

D: Quite drinkable beer, hides the alcohol quite nicely, nice taste for summertime, just an overall solid beer, nothing special but pretty nice.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, banana, clove, and light spices. Flavor is sweet and herbally (I definitely get the honey and jasmine) initially with a yeasty/bready finish. A bit heavy on the honey and jasmine (admittedly not my favorite flavors either). A decent saison.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the label with the ladies in historic outfits.

Split with my wife in two Saison Dupont glasses. Pours hazy, light yellow with a one finger thick white head. Spicy saison aroma with some unique, hard to describe traits (probably the extra seasonings they added).

Dry, soft, full, fruity flavor.

Not your typically saison but worth the anniversary effort.

Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy bright yellow color with a nice head that falls quickly and leaves a touch of lacing on the glass. The aroma is all about the lemon and spice. The flavor is refreshing and the main flavor is the citrus, lemon I think. There is also a bit of sweetness that hangs around as well as a bit of spice that lingers on the tongue. The body is between thin and medium and the drinkability is quite good. I really like this beer, but it seems that some don't. More for me.

Photo of rye726
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with a foamy white head and some light lacing. Nose has ripe tropical fruit, herbal yeast and spices. Taste is also quite fruity but kept in balance by the peppery Belgian yeast. Body is a bit thin, but well carbonated. More of a Belgian Pale, but good stuff.

Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with an off-white head. 

S- The aroma is fantastic! It is very fruity with spices and floral notes along with citrus, a touch of honey and Belgian yeast. This is a beer I could smell all night.

T- the taste features some fruity esters along with some citrus and spices. There is also some sweetness from the honey as well. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer that is well worth trying. Happy Sweet Sixteenth Avery!

Photo of jmz62565
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with a giant white frothy head. This has a ton of carbonation and a lot of yeast "chunks". The smell is nice with lemon,wheat,grass,bread yeast,and horse blanket. The taste is crisp with citrus hops,lemon,wheat,alcohol,and bread yeast. A nice flavorful taste . The m/f is light for a higher alcohol brew,but the flavors mix well. This is a damn good summer brew.Don't miss out.

Photo of Gehrig
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very nice find from the Crossing Piccadilly, a good store with a small but eclectic selection and a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Tucked away with Avery Fifteen on the top shelf, Sixteen is a mild, somewhat sweet Saison that is easy on the palate. Ample white head atop a hazy peach body, excellent retention and lacing all provide a fine presentation.

Good nose, borderline excellent with honey, pepper, peach, and pear. It is milder on the nose than many Saisons, far more sweet and a bit less skunky for the style--not a bad thing. Good, balanced flavor, and the honey really shines through. It is neither cloying nor overbearing, blending nicely with the other flavors. The mouthfeel ably augments the experience with its creamy but light texture.

This is terrific, an excellent beer to enjoy in the evening on a hot summer day. Again, Avery has provided a top-notch anniversary ale while also illustrating its creativity in approaching styles, even those with which it is rather familiar and well-versed.

A must-try.

Photo of Murchmac
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit cloudy for a saison, this aint a player but it crushes a lot.

Smells like pork?! Some sweet floral notes, but a little off. My name is mud.

Tastes just ok. Maybe that Rodenbach Grand Cru is affecting my taste buds... but spicy, peppery, crisp, like the mini buffalo ranch, chicken sandwich.

Not a bad beer, but not good. If you like Avery and must try it, do it, if not, there are other beers out there.

Photo of TexIndy
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got from ummagum - many thanks! Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Nice label and side story. Fresh as just recently released. Was a cloudy golden honey color with massive carb geyser in center. Great lacing as well. Had a large white head that slowly settled to a thick center foam from the geyser.

The aroma was good. Was toned down on the spices compared to most saisons but did have good floral and sweet from the jasmine and honey. Didn't really get much peach. I would have preferred a little more spice in the nose and definitely in the taste. The flavor was lacking in spice or dry and was much more on the sweet side. Wasn't bad but would have been much better with some bite to offset the sweet. Smooth with good carb bite.

Overall, a good beer that misses the mark of being great for me. The anniversary beers have been hit or miss and this one just misses. Still one of my favorite breweries though. Do recommend as the jasmine, peach and honey twist are unique. Might have to try one more later in the season to see how it ages but probably no more in the rotation unless greatly improved.


Photo of wnh
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ever-so-slightly cloudy straw with a light white head. Acidic fruit on the nose--peach and lemon, primarily--with a sort of balancing earthy cellar funk. Tart on the palate, with a satisfyingly mild peach flavor. There's just enough peach to make it interesting, and make for a great summer beer, but not so much as to overwhelm the beer. Floral honey flavors come through on the swallow, with a little bite to it. Dry and a little chalky on the finish, with well-hidden alcohol.

Photo of GRG1313
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

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

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a hazy yellow, with a soft light white head, good retention.

S: Peaches, flower petals, honey.

T: Not as peachy as the nose and label would lead me to believe, nice notes of stone fruit, bready malt, banana and apple esters, good wildflower honey and peaches in the finish. The flavour isn't that intense and it's not wowing me, just an above average taste.

M: Smooth, spritzy, light-bodied for it size, honey gives it some body.

D: This beer has it's good qualities, but it didn't pique my interest throughout the whole drinking experience, glad to try it though.

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

Presentation: poured on tap into a snifter.

A: Golden yellow clear. Light head with heavy lacing.

S: Spices and slight sweet aroma. Cloves, but not overpowering.

T&M: Light to medium bodied. Very smooth and good flavor. Not too complex but flavorful.

Overall good beer. Not the best, but very good.

Photo of ebin6
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA...simply amazing restaurant/bar. It has been a week or two since I've had it and I'll be trying it out of the bottle tomorrow.

A - Nothing too exciting; a little cloudy with a decent head

S - This was one of the better aspects of the beer for me. I could not taste all the complexities (Jasmine, Peaches) as much as I could smell them

T - Alright, but as far as Saisons go It was middle of the road

M - Not as good as I'd hoped for. Again, this was a week ago, so it isn't the freshest in my mind

D - Very drinkable, I had two

Overall, it does not compare with a good Belgian Saison IMHO.

Photo of johnnieoz
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in May 2009, 22oz bomber.

A: Golden haze with a lush, snow-white head.

S: Honey and peaches are there alright. I'm trying to detect jasmine or any flower...and as it warms up, there it is!!! A powerful bouquet and very original to boot.

T: This hits the spot! A little sweet on the tip of the tongue then tart fruit flavors take over. There is definitely some funk in here too. This would pair well with a lot of food!

M: Very effervescent and refreshing - the wheat malts are kicking in. The finish is dry and crisp, with a hint of jasmine...

D: The alcohol is creeping up here. If only this could be 1% abv lower or so...I want to keep drinking this, but I know it would do me in. Take a cue from Jolly P and their Bam Biere, tone it down...Make no mistake though, this goes down like a dream.

A very tasty, unique saison. Aside from the abv, this is a stellar brew. I know that Hennepin, Saison Dupont and all Fantôme saison are around 8% abv as well, but I'd just like to see more farmhouse brews around 5-6% abv.

I'm sure I'm not the first to write this, but I was skeptical about this after last year's 15th Anniversary Wild Ale. I was wrong. I now need to revisit that one to see how age has treated the Brett. And it's about time I crack my last 14th... Nice one, Avery! The June 2009 Maharaja was awesome and this ain't far behind, your stock is rising!

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i was really looking forward to this beer,however i was pretty disappointed.honestly,i would never have guessed this beer was brewed with peaches unless someone told me.

poured into a snifter,the beer is a hazy golden color with a slight head that left moderate lacing,not much though really.

the nose is somewhat bready with an obvious yeast scent profile.has some farmhouse funk,with a slight bit of jasmine.

this beer is really dry,im actually quite surprised how dry it is.i think the dryness is further,i pick up alot of it in the tongue.the peach is hard to pick out.it's almost as if they brewed this with just the skins of the peaches.faint bit of alcohol in the finish which is surprising to me.

i think this beer would benefit from more carbonation,as i felt the mouthfeel didn't quite match up with the flavor profile of the beer.i really feel like this beer should have been bottle conditioned.the best american saison i have had (southhampton saison deluxe) and the second best (red sky at night) were bottle conditioned.i think there is a correlation between the two.the other american saisons i feel fall short.the

if i had this with some greens or something of that nature i think i would have given it a higher score.however, this beer is kinda medicore.a good concept that just fell short.

Photo of Goldopelgt
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a hazy, light straw color with an off-white head that disappeared very quickly with little to no lacing.

S- Very crisp with a sweetness and light fruits up front...some earthiness and spice on the end.

T- Again, sweet with some fruity notes and a hint of alcohol...honestly, not what I was expecting from this brew, but don't get me wrong, it was still damn good.

M- Light bodied with some carbonation...very nice

D- Definitely enjoyed this beer even though it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. Would definitely recommend it, and wonder what aging would to to this...

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

A-Straw colored, with a huge eggshell head. Tons of bubbles streaming from the bottom. Fairly clear.

S-Musty honey. slight bubblegum. some peach. Interesting.

T- Honey upfront. some spice (jasmin?). Slight bready malt. the yeast left a tart fruity taste that lingers. Slight brett, but not over the top.

M- Sweet and dry all at the same time. prickly carbonation.

D-The honey seems to give the sensation of sweet, even though it is pretty dry. I like this beer, but I think it would be better without the brett. Would love to try this beer "unplugged"

Photo of Bitterbill
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours(near room temp and vigorous pour) a hazy straw gold with a 1 finger head of ..err...1"...err...now just a ring around the glass. Wow, I didn't expect the foam to act the way it did.

The smell is of weird spices? must be the jasmine... and some honey notes and a note that tells me there should should be some tartness involved with the flavour. Really, there's not much to like here.

The taste has a decent amount of honey-like sweetness, some spiciness...the jasmine doesn't taste all that bad compared to what it added to the smell, some pepper, and a little bit of tartness. A very strange brew both smell and taste wise. I guerss I am tasting some peach but it's pretty muted. The alcohol gives me some warming after the swallow.

Light bodied with more carbonation in the mouth than what I see in the glass would suggest. It looks flat but it ain't.

Drinkability? It seems I'm getting used to the flavours here after the initial "shock" so....it's not a bad sipper. The second pour saw the same results with the foam but the taste a slightly bigger presence of the tart factor. A good thing in my book.

Bottom line: This is a very different Saison to say the least. My first impression was "no way I'm going to finish this" but things changed as the session went on. Still, it's not up to what I expect from the style and in that way, was disappointed. I guess Avery was thinking outside the box when they brewed this one....

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Saison brewed with Jasmine, Peaches and Honey.

Cloudy pale yellow body with a thick head and good retention. A complex blend of peaches, flowers, tea and honey form the aroma. The flavor is lemon, tea, flowers, peaches, and light fruit notes. A hint of tartness of on the finish. The body is crisp.

I digg it. Jasmine and peaches produce an uncommon but pleasing flavor profile. The tea-like qualities produced by the Jasmine are dominant now, as the beer is still young and fresh, but I have been told by Avery employees that the peaches will takeover as it ages.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer just came in yesterday, so I decided to give it a try. Sixteen pours a hazy straw-color with a head about a finger thick that settles very quickly. The smell is very sweet, with notes of honey and fruit. There is little hop presence on the nose. The taste begins sweet, with honey and is followed by a tart fruity character. The hops only become present with a dry, slightly bitter finish. The flavor does not last long on the palate. This brew has more body than I expected, but too much for this style of beer. It's a fun beer to try, but I don't think I would have more than one glass in a session.

Photo of blackie
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: westmalle chalice, frothy white head continuously fed by a rush of bubbles atop a straw golden beer

s: clean wheat body carries a light sweetness with gentle nuances of dried peach and apricot, crisp aged noble hop presence, a bit grassy, green pear, can't really pick up on the honey, nicely floral jasmine and gardenia, lovely delicate spice, the brett is nascent at this point - with only a mild funk detectable, really like this aroma

m: delicately full carbonation and light body, though not as crisp as would be preferred

t: wheat malt body carries a mild sweetness - perhaps a bit much for the style but still on the lower end, fruity flavors of pear and dried peach, delicate floral infusion, some of the honey absent in the aroma does come out on the back of the tongue, aged hop flavor with only a glimpse of bitterness, a crisper finish would really set this one off, yum

d: very easy given the abv but the sugar unchecked by a crisp finish pulls this score down a touch

this was a blind purchase, and I was a bit disappointed upon checking reviews once home, but this is a nice saison and I find the low reviews pretty surprising, bomber from Whole Foods, Vienna, VA

Photo of IBUnit63
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into Ommegang chalice with a mild pffft of the cap. Jasmine, peach and honey, they say...

Very pale...like white grapefruit juice and maybe a little straw. But there's a decent ½ - 2/3 finger of head that drops pretty quickly but half of it sticks around. There's a lot of active carbonation here...after a while there are a fair amount of yeasty wisps up top. It's a little translucent but not hazy - the glare from the lighting in the house isn't helping, either...but that's irrelevant.

Definitely honey, and some kind of flower - I guess it's the jasmine. Sort of a cross between gardenia and chamomile. A faint hint of peach essence. Yeast electricity is there, as is a bit of austere, light grains. Hop profile is pretty latent and nondescript.

At first there's a little metallic bite - after this goes away (quickly), there's a nice carbonation bite that works in sync with the jasmine, the significant dryness and the peach essence...along with a fair amount of honey. Hop bite comes around a little bit - Styrian Goldings, maybe? Yeast electricity does its job, as does a little light Belgian candi sugar. Solid if not spectacular without the peculiar adjuncts, but I gotta be honest - they mess this one up quite a bit.

Palate feel is, as mentioned before, a little dry and tinny. Not a huge fan of the jasmine. Or the peaches. In this case, not even the honey. It's well-constructed but personally I could do without a lot of sweetness in a Saison...just a bit of candi sugar and go on with yo' bad seff. Yeast electricity dries it up nicely with a little Styrian Goldngs hop pine. Finish benefits from the carbonation, which fortunately cuts through the sweetness.

Given the ingredients this is definitely well-constructed, but I don't dig the extra-sweet and floral adjuncts in here. It drinks a bit on the light side even with the sweetness, so I imagine if you took all that stuff out you'd have a pretty damn good Saison.

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

22oz bomber into 25oz wine glass.

Hazy and glowing golden hue with a bright white one finger head that slowly settles to very little - just a thin coating along the top with a thin rim along the glass.

Loads of estery citrus and a little bit of spice, with only a little bit of earthy musty aroma.

Lots of orange peel up front, with a somewhat creamy overtone. The tart flavors normally found in a saison come in at the very end. A little bit of sharp hop bitterness. Full bodied, highly carbonated, and a bit acerbic.

This one tastes like a slightly tart American Pale Wheat Ale. If I was blindfolded, I probably never would have guessed that it's a saison. Still, a decent beer and very drinkable.

Avery Anniversary Ale - Sixteen from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.