Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 185
Hads: 318
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 3
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.12% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: t420o on 06-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of JoshRadTxist
4.57/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a roller coaster.

A: Brown

S: Appetizing, clean barnyard, tangy grasses.

T: Started off rather average. It turns out my taste buds just were sorting through the data: At first, I thought "Really" this anniversary beer is going to be a chore to drink? Then it tasted different with each sip: and at one point I swear this brew aftertasted reminiscent of "Fruit Loop milk." Then I ate some salami with it. Then the brew returned to its former state. It is chalky, but in a wholesome way, plus herbs, subtle fruits, and bittering, not aroma hops.

M: Quaffable, not oily but midline viscosity on retrospect, leaves a wet mouth after without a hint of slime. Very good.\

O: Going well with this evening, I do not normally drink big beers. I must say going with the Avery trend that does not disappoint.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Two-row barley, rye malt, chocolate malt, acidulated malt, caramunich malt. Hopped with Bravo, Hersbrucker & Tettnang (aroma + dry-hop). Fermented with a proprietary blend of five Belgian yeasts.
OG: 1.069 ABV: 8.12% IBU: 40
$6.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo.

Pours out to a slightly hazy deep amber, forming a tall off yellow head with meringue like consistency with superior retention and very good lacing. Great looking brew. Firm carbonation provides a constant source of streamers. Immediately has a nice Belgian yeast nose of fresh tropical fruit, cloves, and some grassiness. The dry hopped Tettnang doesn't really stand out in comparison to the esters. The mouthfeel is very nice...somewhat creamy and bigger bodied than an 8.12% beer would suggest. The carbonation level is just right. The taste opens with the fresh tropical fruit...some from yeasty esters like pineapple, apple and peach, and some from the hops, like mango. Definitely some Wyeast 1214 and 3787 character going on here. The middle has a well balanced mild but floral bitterness which allows the earthiness of the rye to appear in the finish. The aftertaste is uniquely earthy as well and gives it a nice rustic quality, while getting some of the saison funk in there as well. No ruddy oxidation/wet cardboard character, which is a common complaint of mine with saisons.

This is a really well brewed and enjoyable beer. I would buy it again on a special occasion, and I highly recommend you try it!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, floral, fruity, small tartness and some candy sugar. In the taste, starts fruity to a small tart earthiness. A small tart bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a mildly dry earth and small tartness in the aftertaste. Hides the ABV, earthy and tart, and quite exceptional.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dry-hopped rye saison? Did you just put three of my favourite beer-terms into a single beer? Is this even going to work? Let's let the great Avery Brewing Co answer these questions. Tried on-tap at Barcade in Williamsburg, NY.

Pours a deep and burnished amber-brown colour, with enough haze to catch and expel the light. Head is fine-bubbled, but a little weak and filmy. Not much lace, just the odd patch of foam left behind as the beer diminishes.

Nose is slightly bready, but with deep rye notes, giving its own acidity that mingles with the true funk—almost gueuze-like notes of rubber and crushed leaf. The leafy freshness is the only real suggestion of the hops, but otherwise it's very nice—a weird mix, but one that works really well.

Taste is rather sweet, with clear rye notes singing out with a touch of bready acidity, and mingled notes of cacao nibs and carob. Some cleansing bite on the back and a touch of organic bitterness. Not a lot of acidity, really, apart from what is imparted by the rye, but this is actually welcome, as it would undermine the smoothness and the dark sweet characters. Smooth, complex, gorgeous.

Yep. I'm a fan. I love it when breweries put together something unusual that really works. Avery has done it again with their anniversary releases; this is an excitingly different but brilliantly realised brew.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black/brown, slightly cloudy, with thick white cream that fades slowly and leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and honey with lemon pepper, orange peel, and citrus following. Nice tart, funky scents reach out as well.

Nice mix of funk, citrus, and chocolate cherries with hints of roasted malts and belgian yeast funk. Nice blend.

Very interesting sipper. Complex and delicious.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as a birthday present. Thanks, Zootsuit88!

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Deep russet with kind of bright plum highlights under whipped tan head. Good-looking.

Bright rye smell, like doughy pretzels with a light lemon-tea character. Mild vanilla, kind of an herbal flavor, like saffron maybe?

Ah, flavor is much more reminiscent of a saison. Sweet flowers, berry yogurt, very subtle dryness. Starts to build & get saturated, then recedes & ends nice & simple.

Velvety smooth mouthfeel, with just the tiniest bit of bite to it. Actually really nice, kind of rolls down the throat. Maybe a little on the full side, but definitely doesn't bloat me like a lot of saisons.

I'm pleasantly surprised - the last Avery saison I had was hard to take, & this is much more even & temperate. Good mix of spice with being so filling like I find so many saisons.

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Photo of riored4v
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 6/24/11

Appearance was a rusty amber color. Clear body. Thin head with a pour in to a tulip glass.

Aroma was fruity, floral and some notes of citrus. Good spiceness. Yeasty. Good maltiness.

Taste had some great flavors. Good spiceyness from the rye. Floral and citrus hop flavor. Mild maltiness and a good yeasty belgian flavor. Refreshing. Notes of banana and clove. Subtle hints of pepper. Good fruitness.

Mouthfeel had a medium body, medium carb and a crisp, dry finish.

Overall a good beer with good drinkability. No signs of ABV. Refreshing with a good blend of flavors.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonik glass. This is a hazy dark-orange amber beer with a small but lasting head. The nose is interesting! Immediate hops and sweet malt give way to some interesting yeasty spiciness. The flavor is similar, and well-balanced: initially sweet malt is balanced by herbal hoppiness. Very nice yeast character, with lots of clovy phenols. It's a bit peppery, but I can't quite distinguish if that's the rye or the yeast byproducts. There's also some nice fruitiness that matches the caramel malt well. The finish blends these flavors together.

It's been a few years since I was last impressed by one of Avery's annuals, but this one is well worth drinking. It's tasty and complexly interesting.

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Photo of americanbeerbuzz
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish bread color with orange tints. It smells of rye and of course an Avery beer it smells hoppy as fu#l3 and the beer has a pretty intense alcohol burn.

slice of fruity bannana rye bread with a bitter hop finish. tastes more alchol than 8% because of the rye. will be better aged.

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Photo of Dlish
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a beautiful ruby red with a golden background. Some head but gives way quickly to the malty profile.

S- Glover lots of Belgium yeast smell, some bubble gum, hint of banana. Light amount of hops in the background, probably would not notice them if I was not looking for them.

T- This is a special Saison that is for sure mostly it starts off like a very malty IPA, there is lots of sweet caramel malts, that is citriusy light and floral then burst into the lightness and floral appeal of a siason, with the Belgium yeast fighting nicely with the caramel and cirtus flavor. Its a Americanized Saison with unforgiving hops and malt. I like this more with each sip its surprising.

M- Good carbonation any less and it would feel syrupy any more and It becomes to harsh.

O- I like this a lot more than I thought after reading some reviews. This has a lot going for it and Avery did a fine twist of a traditional beer making a comeback while still putting a great twist on it. I'd expect nothing less from a 18 year beer company!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Had a fresh one on tap in 2012 and had a May 2011 bottle also in 2012. The dry hopping gives a spicy floral character which obscures some of the saison yeast notes.
Spicy nose from the hops and the rye, light floral, fruit, caramel, light roast
Pours a beautiful clear dark reddish amber under a thin white finely bubbled foam cap.
Palate starts malty, big rye flavors, caramel, spicy, with a slight tang and blight, large pitted fruit. Dries on the finish with a moderate bitter hop accent.
Medium body and medium high carbonation, slightly warming.

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Photo of teromous
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up because it has a very interesting set of flavor descriptions. Dry hopped...rye...and saison. Here we go!

A: It has a dark copper color, with a pretty good sized (small finger) white head. The head stays up well with lots of different bubble sizes, and is already forming lacing. The beer is hazy.

S: I get that characteristic Saison smell, with a lightly sour smell, some fruity plums, and banana.

T: The beer does have a very unique flavor profile. At first I get this Belgian type of vanilla ester flavor, then it's taken over by a light resinous hop flavor. The hops aren't overpowering. There is a light fruitiness to the beer too. In the end there is this nice bitterness. It's not your typical Saison, but it's really good. I would have liked some more sourness or tartness from the beer but it's still very good. I don't get a whole lot of the rye character.

M: The mouthfeel is medium but leans a bit light. It is well balanced. The carbonation is good. The beer is fairly dry and the hop bitterness complements it well. It's not perfect but it's very good.

O: Overall I don't think this would go over too well with people who enjoy classical Saisons. I think the beer is still very good. It would be better suited for people who enjoy bitter beers and are also fond of Belgian-like flavors. I would drink it again, and I would recommend it.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy and dark copper-orange color with two fingers of off-white head.

Aroma of light tropical fruit and lemon, Belgian yeast, rye cracker and clove.

The taste led off with tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, lemon, candy sugar and rye followed by a black pepper finish. The 8% alcohol is well hidden.

Light to Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

I enjoyed this Saison from Avery quite a bit. Really easy-drinking for an 8% brew.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $14.99 for a growler from The Party Source...

Beer pours a clear amber colored base, nice head retention and lacing. It smells like a well-kept barn without the dung; much emphasis on the malts this year, with some side-notes of caramel, yeast, and rye.

The taste is a unique and a testament to Avery's creativity towards its anniversary beers. It manages to have a great mix of Indian spices (ginger, cumin), yeast, rye, and the major player sweet malts... a very nice combo that most breweries won't attempt because of the possible financial losses, much respect to Avery on this successful attempt.

Overall, I'd recommended this to any person who doesn't mind the Saison, Hefe, or most Belgians... but those who don't favor those styles might be extremely turned off by this brew. Best wishes!

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a finger of frothy slightly off white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops with sweet caramel and rye malts, some Belgian yeast, spices, and lemon zest.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops with some bitterness, sweet caramel malts, spices, and lemon zest. Through the middle, some spicy rye comes through with some pine hops, a bit more bitterness, and some Belgian yeast flavors. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops, bitterness, rye, sweet bready malts, Belgian yeast, and spices.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, dry, and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice overall balance with the rye being a nice touch.

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Photo of rand
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber to oversized wine glass

A: Pours a clear copper-orange in appearance with a sudsy 1-inch head. It dissipates surprisingly fast and leaves little lacIng.

S. Earthy grains, lemon pepper and a touch of barnyard funk. Bready, yeasty backdrop, and the bouquet leans more sweet and ripe than bitter.

T: The earthy, funky tones hit the front of the palate, but quickly roll into sweet and rich flavors. Diacetyl is noted, maybe a touch of caramel. The spicy, herb-like flavors anchor the flavor profile, but rich, sweet and buttery tones escape in ways unique to many traditional saisons.

M: Light on the palate, but oily-slick. Lightly cabonated - could have used a little more given layers of flavors and oily complexion.

I completely enjoyed this brew. I had this at a beer tasting earlier this summer at KnB http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/18500/?view=beerfly and have been looking forward to a full sample. Richer and sweeter than a lot of farmhouse ales, lending a somewhat luxurious experience. Hope they make this again.

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Photo of katan
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint - hoping to learn what dry hooping is.

A - Pours a dark golden color, even seemingly cut with some amber hints. Pearly white head formation breaks down to a film. Lightly bubbly, seemin to be a little low for what I would expect in a saison.

S - Nice solid belgian yeast nose here, lots of white pepper, some esters and a hint of pilsner malts. The dry hopping must be very light because it doesn't come through here.

T - Starts off lightly malty, some caramel and toffee. Mid-stream finally gets a little bit of the funky belgian yeasts - along with a good amount of bubble gum esters. Some hopping shows up, not normal for a saison but probabily intentional here - meaty - I think it is tied into the rye where contributes similar flavors. Finishes mostly clean with just a little bit of bitterness sneaking its way in.

M - Solid beer body, light carbonation in comparison. Seems a bit heavy at times. Has a somewhat sticky finish.

O/D- A very interesting beer. Not as light and refreshing as I prefer my saisons - this could almost be considered a americanization of the saison style. Black saisons are next I bet.

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Photo of bld81
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass:
A: mostly clear, dark amber and brownish, small head with good retention
S: rye, malt, lemon, coriander, yeast, spice, I was surprised by the nice complex aroma
T: less impressive than the aroma, yeasty malt, peppery
M: heavily for the style, probably due to the rye, nice texture, medium carbonation and bitterness
O: very good and very satisfying, totally worth picking up a bottle

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Photo of jrenn
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a tulip, deep amber copperish color. One of those impressive belgian heads.

Smell: Belgian yeast everywhere. Very subtle hops and fruit. Can't really detect the rye.

Taste & Mouthfeel: It really is an interesting take on the farmhouse style. First you detect the belgian yeast and spice, then it moves to the rye and hop character. Subtle darker fruits from the hops. Very creamy and velvety. Pleasing.

Overall: I was really excited to try this. I was hoping it'd be somewhere between a belgian IPA and strong rye ale. Although it really seemed to present itself as just a damn-good saison. It wasn't as complex as I was hoping. Also, the high ABV is nice: if this brew were a Daniel Day Lewis film it'd be called "There Will Be Buzz".

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled in May of 2011.

Appearance- Clear dark copper color with an off white head. Nice lacing as it disappears. 4/5

Smell- Rye, spicy, and musty. Very intriguing. 4.5/5

Taste- Same as the smell. Kind of a spicy, musty taste. Not unpleasant at all. Lots of rye in this. I am not getting a whole lot of hop flavors. Some citrus up front and some bitterness in the end. Gets sweet as is warms. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel. Medium bodied. 4/5

Overall- Good beer. Very interesting. I will be brewing a Saison soon and I am glad I got to try this to see how I want to brew mine. The best part of this beer is the smell. I will be dry hopping mine as well. 4/5

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft on tap at the Porter

A - Red/Amber, clear. Very nice head retention and sticky lace on the glass

S - Very sweet, with caramel notes. Maybe even some Honey.

T - Like the smell, fairly sweet. The high ABV is hidden. Very good!

M - Very high carbonation and smooth

O - A very drinkable brew. Here's to 18!

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Photo of yapez
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dry hooped. This beer is dry hooped.

Rather dark for a saison. A little bit on the hoppy side, but not so much that it's unpleasant. The mouthfeel is atypical for a saison. It's a little heavier and not as carbonated as is typical of the style. It seems to lose some of that effervescent quality I covet in saisons. The rye contributes a rustic, spiced sort of flavor that feels really appropriate given the history of the style, even if it's not typical.

Overall, I'd give it a B+. Ignore whatever rating Beer Advocate calculates based on my scores above as the calculation does not often adequately match my overall impression.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in May 2011. Pours hazy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big orange, pear, apple, grape, pepper, clove, caramel, toast, honey, spicy rye, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy ester notes. Taste of caramel, orange, pear, apple, grape, toast, clove, pepper, floral, honey, herbal, brown bread, spicy rye, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, citrus, light fruits, toast, pepper, clove, floral, honey, herbal, brown bread, spicy rye, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy esters, with tame rye flavor; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style. Great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of t420o
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amazed I'm the first one to review this. Seeing as I'm in California. Here it goes anyways

A- Pours a 1-1/2 finger head frothy off white head that recedes after a sip or two and leaves some very nice lacing. Beer is a very beautiful copper color. Looks excellent

S- a saison type smell with some rye added in there. Some funkiness, toated bread, a caramel like scent, the Belgian yeast smells excellent. A slight hop smell and slight alcohol smell.

T- Very tasty. Has a great yeast taste witha funkiness of a Saison (even if not all the way there) but it is sweeter upfront then you are greeted with a pine hop taste in the middle and it finishes with a dry slightly tart green grape finish. Their is a bold taste from the rye in there that is sort of spicy. Belgian yeast strains all mix great and taste excellent. They are their balancing every nuance all the way through to the finish. Not much alcohol taste, I would have guessed in the 5's rather than 8.12%. A lot of very good and very intersting things going on here.

M- Great carbonation and slightly heavy/chewy mouthfeel that I really like no matter what style.

O- A very good beer and nice take on the style (Saison) although a bit sweeter than most Saisons. Very drinkable

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Photo of charlzm
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed September 26th, 2011 in a standard pint glass.

Beer is a lovely shade, somewhere between deep yellow and copper. A two finger off-white/light yellow head provides impressive lacing as the fluid level goes down.

Aromas of orange, soft Belgian style yeast and a little wheat and rye. Gingerbread puts in a cameo appearance.

Flavor follows aroma for the most part. Rye is apparent as a slightly peppery, almost caramel presence on the palate. Some light bitterness on the finish accompanied by a slight parch, which is a nice contrast to the "wetness" of the beer. As the glass wore on, a bitter orange peel flavor came to dominate.

Mouthfeel has a little carbonation kick, a touch of dryness and a slight slickness that makes it thirst quenching.

Never had a rye saison before, but I would gladly have another one.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) from Avery Brewing Company
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