Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by StoneTSR:
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
APPEARANCE: Pours a deep, hazy copper that only lets a bit of amber colored light through when held up to the chandelier. Two fingers of fluffy white head topped my 330 ml tulip glass before settling down to about a quarter-inch of head that took a considerable amount of time to disappear. A few scattered bubbles slowly floated to the top.
SMELL: A lot of sweet, spicy malt immediately hits the nose along with more hop aroma than is to be expected from a saison. Orange zest and hints of dark fruit are also present helping to create a very appetizing aroma.
TASTE: An absolutely enormous blast of malt hits the palate right off the bat and lemon, orange, black pepper and a hint of grapefruit are not far behind. About midway through the sip the rye and hop notes come out and provide a small, but much needed balance.
MOUTHFEEL: This is one of the sweeter and stickier saisons I have had. The carbonation is fairly strong and provides a light, tickling sparkle, but it is not nearly as crisp as I would have expected out of a hoppy saison.
OVERALL: The Eighteen is a very unusual for the style. In a lot of ways it smelled like and tasted like a standard saison. The addition of hops, however, provided some unique and pleasant flavors and aromas. The massive amounts of malt, however, made the Eighteen too sweet for my tastes and the mouthfeel was stickier and less crisp than I would have preferred. I enjoyed this one on tap at the brewery a lot more than I did out of the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2011 03:54:51 | More by StoneTSR
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3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Reviewed from notes, no date, drank with Nate on his second trip down.
Nate says after taste reminds him of Fresca. Medium cloudy brown with a thin white head, smells like an aged saison, rye definitely apparent in smell and taste, also taste faintly yeasty and clovey. Medium low in carbonation, slightly boozy. Taste like a mild version of John Henry's 3 lick spiker ale almost exactly.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2014 03:40:26 | More by Beerlover
Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) from Avery Brewing Company
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