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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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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: waltonc on 05-31-2009)
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

rab53, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

bluelynbrewing, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of kkrez
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes:
This Saison captures the bold, experimental and adventurous nature the Avery staff brings with them to work on the daily. Sixteen is also known as the three strippers beer because it is brewed with Jasmine, Peaches, and Honey.

She pours a beautiful hazy golden straw color.

The smell is of Belgian yeast, somewhat sulfury, with hints of the jasmine, peaches and honey, the peach is the most pronounced of the three.

Taste starts out somewhat citrusy wheaty, Belgian yeast, hints of banana, peaches, and a slight hop bitterness.

It starts pretty creamy and finishes pretty dry

Overall, a very interesting American Belgian. Would def drink again

kkrez, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of shanblur
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at the Liquor Locker Green River Road location in Evansville, IN. Imagine that, a beer sitting for 2 years in Evansville. Bottled in May of 2009. Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

A - Pours a murky straw color with a sizeable white head which stirs up more from a vigorous pour. Leaves moderate lacing.

S - Fruity esters dominate with scents of lemons and peaches. There is also the characteristic barnyard smell of the style.

T - Tart up front with the fruit playing a major role. The funk is also evident and mixes well with the fruit.

M - Fairly light with a generous carbonation.

A good representative of the style. Glad I got to try it. Have never had a bad beer from Avery.

shanblur, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Immortale25
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Says Bottled on May 2009. I didn't realize this was bottled so long ago. I should've known something was up when I found it in Total Wine's clearance section. At first, I was upset but, upon reading reviews for the beer, I realized that many people have let it sit for a couple years intentionally and that the results were very good. So my spirits were once again lifted and now: time to review the beer!

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a 1/4 inch head that eventually decays to a more or less solid sheet of white foam on the surface. Some lacing but not much.

S- Smells of oranges, lemons and of the peaches made during the brewing. Smells a bit sour and has a lightness that's typical of saisons.

T- Some citrusy fruit esters upfront that widen to a full, tart flavor and lingers a good while. The 7.6% ABV is clear but not overpowering. Feel a warming in the stomach after a few easy swigs. Jeez, this stuff's good. I'm not usually a fan of sourness but this is pretty much spot on to my pucker threshold. And it's not that syrupy sweet sour that you sometimes encounter in contrived versions but rather a light yet complex use of the style. Mild hops and mild malts but still around for the ride. Way to go.

M- The tangy tartness of the beer provides plenty of room for the medium-high carbonation to bounce around and show off its stuff.

O- Interesting take on a farmhouse ale. I'm not used to them being this strong yet light in body but man, Avery nailed it as they usually do. A great beer indeed.

Immortale25, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light gold with a medium head. Nose is floral, sweet, saison yeast, stone fruit. Mouth is sweet upfront with a lot of stone fruit, honey, Belgian yeast, very light hops on the finish. Kind of hot. Stronger than I would have thought before I opened it, and comes across as such. Like a Belgian Strong Ale more than a saison, and way too sweet for my taste.

JAXSON, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of mactrail
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

mactrail, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

womencantsail, Aug 24, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 8/4/11. Fluffy, fairly loose white foam. Cloudy bright lemon-yellow brew has ample trails of effervescence throughout.

Funky, spicy aroma. Dry and quite redolent of barnyard. Just a faint hint of the peach peeks through.

Tastes sweeter than it smells, but still on the dry side. Lots of white pepper and coriander spiciness. Light peach and pineapple add a mere touch of sweetness. The peach comes through most readily in the aftertaste, where it lingers alone on the palate after the spice departs.

Mouthfeel is overly fizzy, making an already light beer even fluffier.

Overall, this is an interesting beer that could be very refreshing if less carbonated. Not bad, but not one of Avery's best, either.

brewskier, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of jneiswender
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bomber bottle into a tasting glass. Served cool but not cold.

A-very clear yellow body and a nice fluffy white head.

S-yeasty, clove and slight veggie smell

T-spicey, hard candy middle, metallic aftertaste.

M-light, well carbonated.

D-okay, there are such better representations or this style out there. Might pass if given limited options.

jneiswender, Jul 20, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this 22oz on sale for $5.95. Bottled May, 2009. Poured into an Allagash chalice.

A- Pours a pale hay hue from bottle, sits a hazy pale golden straw color. A nice crisp paper white head forms and stays around for a while. Creamy lacing.

S- Really nice and robust aroma. Immediately sweet summer fruit and spice are upfront. The ripe peaches are really enticing. Smell almost is of fruit juice.

T- Sweet fruit, hay and mellow spice upfront. There is a slight citrus zest in the mix. The yeast lends some character. There is a slight bitterness that comes from the citrus rind notes.

M- Medium body that starts light on palate and builds up through sip. Starts wet and juicy and ends pretty dry. The sweet fruit lingers on sides of palate while the mild zest sits on tip. End flavors linger very well.

O- A very nice take on a farmhouse/ saison. The peaches really add a good flavor and sweetness to this brew. Crisp and sweet, great for a warm summer evening. Worth the $6 and will be looking to pick up another bottle or two. Recommend picking this one up if you want a good fruity summer saison.

busterthecat, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of mdcrouser
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy gold, shining like a flashlight from beneath the glass, glowing from its base. A narrow lip of white head wraps the outer edge and thinly covers the top.

Acidic from the start, with citrus and yeast being the most apparent. The sweet tang of peaches is there as well - almost too much. Reminiscent of other acidic liquids - like stomach acid.

Lemons and other citrus are highlights, underscored by a floral bitterness - guessing that's the jasmine. Honey sweetness and yeasty to close.

Biting carbonation blows up in the mouth at the swallow, bringing with it a sweet and bitter close, which slowly fades, drying the mouth as it does.

Off-putting from the outset, but after awhile it is a beer that begins to grow on you. Unfortunately, there is not enough beer in that bottle for me to like it very much. Love the experiment, not the end result.

mdcrouser, Jun 23, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

mikesgroove, May 09, 2011
Photo of CMW
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy, straw yellow color with a bright white head that adds some nice lacing to the glass.

S - Earthy as you might expect. I get straw, esters, banana, and clove.

T - The taste comes through just a little flat. Somewhat sweet upfront and that transforms into a more earthy flavor. However, the aftertaste is almost non-existent. Very strange.

M - The mouthfeel is dead on, light and crisp.

O - Overall this is a good beer but the aftertaste still has me scratching my head.

CMW, Apr 23, 2011
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4.43/5  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!

NeroFiddled, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to aapp for grabbing this for me at Julio's. 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Brewed with jasmine, peaches and honey.

Pours a very pale straw yellow with thin, quick white head. Nose is a little stinky right off the bat, but opens up and blows off after a few minutes. Aromas of white peaches, white flowers, orange blossoms and Belgian-yeast fruitiness.

Palate is crisp and fruity. Very light with some peach juice notes, a little white pepper and some pale wheat malt.

Notes: A decent "fruit beer" and is rather tasty, but I feel it falls short on the saison promise.

SFLpunk, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Krakistophales
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: It pours a honeydew sort of hue, like a yellowish green, with pretty lively carbonation and about a finger's worth of head.

S: I did get some honey and floral notes, but definitely not a jasmine or peach smell. It has a sweet, light, and tart smell.

T: Honestly, I was let down a bit because I was looking forward to something heavy in either honey, jasmine, or peach, and if I did get any of those notes, they were subtle in the utmost. I didn't really get any jasmine, either in smell or taste, a small touch of peach tartness in taste, and I wish the honey was as present as, say, Chateau Jiahu by dogfish head.

M: Light, thin, fizzy, has a very summer ale, champagneish mouthfeel.

O: It wasn't bad, definitely drinkable, and if you're into lighter tasting beers, this will be something to consider. However, I won't be grabbing for this one again. Usually, when a beer lists ingredients, I want those ingredients in spades, and if I don't get them, I'm usually disappointed.

Krakistophales, Mar 18, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle. No best before date.

A - very light yellow, clear, no head and no lacing.

S - apple and dried fruit; slight floral but not overpowering.

T - very light initial taste with a hint of bitterness, middle palate fruit and ending with slight sweetness; definitely not a classic Saison, though has a hint of the familiar yeast at the very end

M - very sharp carbonation, almost too much, little aftertaste

D - goes down relatively easy though wouldn't want a lot.

Decent, but not amazing.

DoktorZee, Mar 11, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't remember how this ended up in my fridge, but I'm pleased it did. Out of the 22oz bottle, this poured with little head and little carbonation - probably due to its age. There was more bite in the mouthfeel than I expected, what little carbonation came through nicely here. This the first saison I've had in a long time and was pleasantly surprised. If you've got a bottle drink it up, don't let this go to waste!

spiritdeus, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original review 6/17/10.
Poured from a 22oz. (bottled May '09) into a Duvel tulip.

Look: Light peach or honey colored with a quickly fading head that ends up looking like a little island in the middle of the glass. 3.5

Smell: Sour peach and bread are the most noticeable. A little hint of something floral in the background. 4

Taste: A little dryer than I expected from the smell. Not very complex but nice. A little sweet with a small, tart fruit taste in the background. The yeast doesn't leave much spice but does have a nice country white bread flavor. Goes down alright, the carbonation is pretty heavy though. 4, 3.5

Drink: Though it isn't up there with my favorites, it is certainly a good tasting Saison made by a brewery I respect. Keep rocking out Avery. The world loves good beer (or should.) 3.5

New Review from cellared bottle:
So this bottle is almost on its' second birthday and I decided to pull it.
Poured into a Chimay Goblet from a 22oz with a bottle date of May 2009. Pours more of a straw then I remember. Fizzy white head that is gone in a second. No lace.
The smell pops it up a notch, apple, peach, funky funk, grass, herbs and sourdough (slightly stale) bread. Up a notch from the previous review.
The taste rates about the same, good, but with an additional sour note. The mouth is much easier to handle (wasn't too bad before). I've read a few of the recent reviews and am guessing that their bottle wasn't stored by the store correctly. I have a proven cellar that stays dark and 45-50 degrees (not amazing but still proper enough) and I have to say that if it was stored well it may be at it's peak. Very easy to finish. I just wish I had someone to share it with.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Feb 22, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$9.99 for a 22oz bottle. Brewed with malted barley, malted wheat, Belgian candi sugar, hops, Jasmine flowers, peaches, and honey and a Belgian yeast strain. Bottled in May 2009, reviewed probably past it's prime.

Pours out to hazy, very pale straw golden, forming a capricious white head with very good retention and nice lacing. Moderately strong carbonation. The aroma is mostly of Saison yeast...that green apple, clove, white pepper combo. Not really picking up on jasmine or honey or peaches in the nose, but those are very subtly scented ingredients. Mouthfeel is moderately spritzy with a medium-light body. The taste opens with green apples, cloves, and white pepper, followed by a floral medium strong bitterness, like old Saaz, and finishing with a slightly ruddy and oxidized mouthfeel and aftertaste. Absolutely no taste of jasmine, peaches, or honey.

Disappointed in this one. This has a lot of potential, but it really just tastes like an average saison. Great Divide or New Belgium saisons are better and far cheaper. If I could taste the ingredients listed, it would be a killer. I wonder if some of those subtleties have been gobbled up in the bottle since it's almost 2 years old now, but the other reviews here would indicate not. That being said, it has survived the test of time so far.

Mitchster, Jan 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy yellow straw color. It has a 2-finger bright white head. The head didn't last too long, and it left no lacing behind. There are also a lot of carbonation bubbles present.

S - It smells of belgian yeast up front. It also smells of wheat, clove, pepper, honey, and citrus.

T - The big honey sweetness comes out at first. There is also a nice maltiness to it. I am also getting some tartness, clove, and some yeast spiciness. There is a small amount of bitterness present as well, mostly in the finish.

M - This has a medium body with high carbonation. The carbonation tickles the mouth a little bit. The finish has a touch of bitterness that sits in the back of the mouth.

D - This has good drinkability. It is very easy going, and I think it would be a nice beer for warm weather. I picked this up because I thought it would be the only chance I might have to try it out. Overall, I'm glad I picked it up. I was craving a beer style that I don't normally have and this hit the spot. If you see it around, give it a shot.

JizackFH, Jan 02, 2011
Avery Anniversary Ale - Sixteen from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.