Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) - Avery Brewing Company
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4.6/5 rDev +26%
This beer is a roller coaster.
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.
10-30-2011 03:04:38 | More by JoshRadTxist
4.53/5 rDev +24.1%
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.
09-14-2011 12:07:49 | More by OWSLEY069
4.53/5 rDev +24.1%
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!
09-14-2011 22:12:56 | More by Mitchster
4.47/5 rDev +22.5%
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.
08-07-2011 05:41:17 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.43/5 rDev +21.4%
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.
09-08-2011 01:04:36 | More by JayS2629
4.43/5 rDev +21.4%
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.
09-01-2011 22:11:06 | More by OneDropSoup
4.43/5 rDev +21.4%
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.
07-31-2011 23:25:18 | More by riored4v
4.43/5 rDev +21.4%
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.
08-05-2011 01:44:55 | More by allengarvin
4.33/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
06-28-2011 03:14:11 | More by americanbeerbuzz
4.33/5 rDev +18.6%
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!
07-01-2011 01:44:31 | More by Dlish
4.28/5 rDev +17.3%
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.
01-21-2012 22:13:44 | More by teromous
Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) from Avery Brewing Company
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