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

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Reviews: 185
Hads: 318
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 9.12%
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)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: t420o on 06-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.98/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

BOTTLE: 2011 vintage. Brown glass. 1 pint 6 fl oz. Silver foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap.

Cost was $8.99 USD. O.G. 1.069. 8.12% ABV. Served cold into a tulip and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

Reviewed live as a saison per the label. Expectations are average; I'm a bit skeptical of it given it was brewed with five different Belgian yeasts.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Pours a vigorous 4 fingers of foam. Beige. Decent creaminess and thickness. Nice consistency. Average complexion. Retention is good for its ABV and age - easily 6-7 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Vibrant deep copper. Translucent and semitransparent. Appears well-carbonated. Clean; no yeast particles or hop sediment is visible.

Not a unique or special appearance for a saison. In fairness, it's well outside style conventions, featuring unbecoming obvious filtration. Not hazy like you'd expect.

AROMA: Hmm. Age hasn't suited the dry hopping well; depleted stale hops lurk beneath the surface. This character is quite off-putting when coupled with the ill-chosen copper malt and Belgian pale malt base. I get hints of oxidation: cardboard, marshmallow. I search for rye's signature spiciness, but don't find it. Yeast attenuation seems poor judging by the rampant sweetness. But this doesn't suffer from a dead Belgian yeast/lees off-character as I feared. Still, it's a poor aroma for a saison, lacking fundamentals: there's no intricate spicing (a la Fantome) or nuanced milkiness (a la Dupont), and I find no brettanomyces funkiness or even any grainy barnyard character (e.g. hay or straw). Ultimately, it evokes an over-malted Belgian pale. Very poorly handled.

Aromatic intensity is moderately high. One would expect a more subtle aroma in a saison.

TASTE: That weird oxidized marshmallow tone is present, and I'd say it ruins the flavour profile if not for the bit where the flavour profile wouldn't have been satisfying anyway; it's heavily over-malted, with plenty of copper malt (more apt for a barleywine or even wee heavy) and pale malt (too sweet for a saison) in addition to the usual clean barley characteristics. What's missing is the promised rye malt (which would have lent this needed subtle spiciness) and barnyard/farmhouse malt character (e.g. hay, straw, grains, et al). There's no spice profile at all, nor is there any milkiness or brettanomyces character...so how is this a saison, exactly? The dry hopping hasn't lent this any interesting hop characteristics, though I suppose I would've found those more in the aroma anyway. Hop presence is minimal but what little there is floral in character; at least in this minor respect they satisfied one of the conventions of the style.

Has some ill-placed frutiness (replete with equally unwelcome esters), English caramel/caramalt, and even toffee...are they after a Belgian feel or a British one? The subtle white pepper notes I crave in a saison are sorely absent. There isn't even any clove or basic attempt at spice. What happened?

Where to start with the criticism? Well, the balance is completely off, and the build is completely wrong. Even as a glorified Belgian pale, it's overmalted and overly sweet, and lacks depth of flavour, complexity/intricacy, subtlety, and nuance. Flavour duration is above average, as is flavour intensity (in both cases, this is to its detriment). I do not like this, but it's not unenjoyable.

The ABV is pretty well disguised. This may be its best characteristic.

As it warms, I pick up on some artificial vanillin - perhaps a byproduct of its slight oxidation during aging?

TEXTURE: Closer to the style than the taste, but still quite lackluster. It's medium-bodied, smooth, wet, aptly carbonated, unrefreshing, a bit stale, and a bit gushed.
Slight astringency is noticeable.

Not oily, hot, boozy, harsh, rough or scratchy.

Overall presence on the palate is bad. This doesn't elevate the beer, nor does it do much to complement the taste.

OVERALL: A horribly conceived stab at a saison, Eighteen couldn't be further from its intended style and doesn't succeed as any other. Some of the worst work Avery's done and a beer I'd avoid in the future. Not only is it not a saison, the rye that was meant to be so focal in the build never even appears. I have to say I'm surprised this even made it to market. This is a strong Avoid, and is the kind of poor quality off-style brew I'd expect from someone like Bristol, but it's not undrinkable.

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Photo of mothman
2.53/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours 1 finger of off-white head. Color is a clear autumn gold.

Aroma: A lot of dry spice and rye flavors. Bready and malty. Some barnyard funk. Fairly hoppy. Floral. Some orange peel and fruit flavors.

Taste: Barnyard funk and a lot of rye. Dry and spicy. Orange peel and lemon zest. Floral and grassy. Malty and bready.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A bit of alcohol shows here. Ends sticky and dry.

Overall, this saison wasn't for me. It wasn't easy drinking like a saison should be. It wasn't refreshing. It just wasn't much of a saison. Pretty big letdown. (616 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
2.56/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A- Pours a copper color with a pretty big frothy head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice lacing. Darker than most for the style for sure.

S- Smell is pretty complex here and a lot going on here. Quite a bit of yeast, spice and rye are what first jump out at me. A good amount of bready malts. Seems like that there is so much going on that its kind of running together and not going well at all.

T- Follows the nose with a lot going on. Yeast is dominant, followed by spice and malts. I'm not picking up any hops. This is a pretty dry beer.

M- Medium in body and in carbonation.

O- Not really digging this beer. Too much going on for sure. (665 characters)

Photo of isualum12
2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

had on tap at brewforia boise/meridian Idaho

appearance murky golden with a small head with very little lacing on the glass. No sediment to speak of.

smell- Lots of hops with lemon or apricot coming off of it.

Taste- fruity with lots of hops

mouthfeel- light fizzy with bitterness. Not a relaxed feel to it. lively in the mouth

overall not my fav. I wouldn't order it again... (382 characters)

Photo of jmunsters
2.62/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A: It poured a nice amber and copper color with a very solid head that retained well. Very little carbonation came up. Lacing has stuck still and I'm halfway through the glass.

S: I'm not really picking up a lot here. Light malts, a bit of caramel. No "wild" yeast, and only a little bit of citrus.

T: Actually really bland. There isn't much of anything in here to pick up on. There is a bit of roasting you can taste from the malts, a little sweetness, a hint of banana and spice you would expect from the style, but not at all like the norm.

M: Very little carbonation. Feels full body up front with the malts and lack of carbonation, fades to a slightly lesser body revealing a bit of the yeast flavor and spices.

O: Pretty disappointed here. Went to my LBS and found them gem tucked away in the holding cooler. The guy at the store was just as excited as I was finding it and reading the description. I'm was hoping for more everything; carbonation, taste, smell. It's pretty mellow for the ABV, but it's more mellow and boring than I would have expected, especially billed as an Anniversary beer.

Overall I was not at all impressed. Avery beers are a bit rare here in Michigan, and (1,220 characters)

Photo of JLeege
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dry Hopped Rye Saison, one of those beers I have dreamed about… Let’s see how it turned out.

Appearance- Pours out a clear copper color with two thick fingers of off white head. Good retention and some sticky lace left down the glass.

Smell- Lots of citrus and floral notes. Caramel, a little bit doughy and yeasty. Some muddled rye in their too. I suppose it smells like it should, but the rye isn’t as “bright” as I was expecting.

Taste- Very doughy up front, but sort of plain (Lacking the rye quality and spicy yeast). Then it turns floral and slightly citrus; your more classic saison flavor notes. A little lemon and fairly grassy. Some caramel and raison. Then the rye is noticed on the finish, again not very vibrant.

Mouthfeel- Dull, rather syrupy. Lacks the liveliness typically found in the style.

Overall- A disappointment for me, the rye addition retracted more than anything. There is a lot going on, but it doesn’t all come together very well. I love saisons and rye beers, but this was ok at best. (1,032 characters)

Photo of PDXHops
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a Maudite tulip. Hazy dark copper with an ample off-white head that leaves scattered soapy lace patches.

Any extra oomph the dry-hopping might have provided the nose is long gone at this point (this was bottled ~9 months ago). Smells like a saison should, if perhaps a bit on the tame side. Plummy, yeast, earthy and banana notes, all in fairly modest doses.

Seems rather sweet for the style up front, but a still-potent bitterness balances it out (still, it's not dry enough). Not sure if it's by design or oxidation, but the hint of cardboard doesn't jive well with bubblegum and banana. The rye brings some interest in an otherwise disappointingly watery finish. The lingering rye and mild funk are the highlights of this brew.

Overall impression: Approachable but forgettable take on the style. (822 characters)

Photo of champ103
2.71/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark reddish/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. The foam sticks around as a small cap. Some lace is left behind.
S: Some yeast with a fair amount of fruity esters. Bananas are most up front. Some spicy aromas. Though some sulfur and a metallic aroma that is very sharp works its way up front.
T: The yeast is there with some light fruity esters. Some white pepper. Musky in kind of a wet cloths kind of way. Metal and sulfur. Really nothing I care to drink.
M/D: A medium body that is really dry. Good carbonation. Overall, not something I care to come back to. Let alone finish the bottle.

I love Avery, and Saisons are one of my favorite styles. Adding rye to the mix seems like a match made in heaven. Though like the first saison Avery made for their anniversary beers, this is a big let down. No rye, no dry hops. This just has a musky, sulfuric, and metallic flavor. Nothing I care to drink again or recommend. (959 characters)

Photo of jfmorey
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I look forward to Avery's annual offerings. so this year I was happy to find that they were binging together several things that I particularly like: rye malts, saison yeasts and dry hopping.

Poured into a standard pint glass, it looked promising with a hazy amber and creamy head. However the smell was woody, acrid.

As with many creative recipes, the results are mixed. The funky yeasts, hop bitterness, and spicy sweetness compete rather than contribute to a balanced whole. Then there is the metallic aftertaste that sometimes accompanies a higher-alcohol beer.

At the end, very disappointed. (599 characters)

Photo of ms11781
2.74/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Pours a deep amber, almost brown color. Definitely different for a saison. Huge frothy head develops and settles at about a half finger. Great retention. Lacing clings to any part of the glass that the head comes in contact with. Good carbonation is evident in the appearance.

There is a good deal going on in the nose. Yeast is dominant. A spicy, rye character is here as well. Bready and sweet malt is present as is a slight citric note. As mentioned, there is a lot going on but at times it seems to be almost too much. Some aspects are tough to pick out and other run together, making it tough to figure out what is what at certain times.

The taste is even more muddled than the nose. Yeast is prominent as is a spicy character. Sometimes it's clove-like, other times it's definitely rye. Most of the time it's tough to tell. The sweet malt that was in the nose is here too, but none of the bready malt is present. There is a slight bitterness at the finish, which is also semi-dry. The bitterness is the only hint of hops that can be found in the taste.

The beer actually has a much thicker mouthfeel for a saison. Not thick in general but in relativity to the style it certainly is heavier. Semi-dry finish but not to dry. Good carbonation at first but it goes away very quickly.

This beer was ok overall. With the head and lacing it looks fantastic, despite being darker than normal but the aroma and taste doesn't hold up their end of the bargain. The aromas and flavors are assertive but they don't really mesh together as hoped. (1,604 characters)

Photo of OldPenguinHunter
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this at the end of the night, we were all looking foward to this always awaited anniversary of Avery. We were all a bit disappointed.
A: Darker than I really like in Saisons, I know this isn't the traditional way, but I just thought it was far too dark.
S: Very sweet hoppy, earthy funk.
T: The aroma of the hop is very prevalent, wheaty backbone, alcoholic and bitter. Not very refreshing.
M: Slightly hot, flat-one-dimensional flavor.

Overall: Dissapointed. (464 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazed deep golden/light amber on tap. Half inch of slightly off white foam offers decent retention and light lacing. I was certainly thrown by the deep color of the pour. Hmmm.

Aroma was malty and a bit distracting. Caramel malts fought tooth and nail with the hop notes and the rye component. Subtleties of the yeast typical for a Saison were pushed to the background. Warming improved things in that the caramel was less dominant, allowing for a bit more complexity.

Flavor again is malt forward with dark fruit and a bit of chocolate/caramel. Hops and rye add a bit of spice to the equation but they are a bit overpowered, particularly given the light yeast influence relative to the malt structure. Offers a decent and spritzy feel, balancing itself with some warming to become marginal yet overall I'm just not getting this one. Just too much work for a saison. (876 characters)

Photo of morimech
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark copper colored with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma of dry hay, yeast phenols, and some rye spiciness. Mild earthiness but not much funk.

Yeast phenol overload. Something went wrong here. If the 5 Belgian yeast strains results in this sort of outcome, then it was a failed experiment. Very dry as well with some rye notes. Bitterness is moderate or high for a Saison. A little alcohol in the finish.

For the unpleasantness of the flavor, this actually has a very nice mouthfeel. A little bit bigger body and less carbonated than most of the style.

Not a pleasant flavor profile for this drinker. This beer is definately not for everyone. (745 characters)

Photo of aggiearcher13
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber purchased at the brewery a few weeks ago. Poured into my 2006 Great Taste of the Midwest tasting glass.

A: Pours crystal clear with a nice auburn hue, not head retention. Looks a little thin.

S: Caramel and grassy, with a significant floral component. Doesn't do much to excite the taste buds honestly.

T: Bitterness and cloves. Boozy. It's kind of harsh.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Actually pretty good in this department, but could use a bit more carbonation.

O: A bit of a mess, and I would say it is a saison in name only. (549 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours with a relatively short off-white head over a deep, nearly opaque dark orange body. Respectable lacing.

Aromas come through with lots of banana peel, dark rye bread, and some Belgian yeasty spice.

Mouthfeel comes through pretty thick for the style. Flavors are interesting... Coriander, pumpernickel, unsweetened cocoa, citrus peel, and banana. Definitely not a typical saison.

I gave this one average marks across the board, as it doesn't offend, but doesn't impress. It has more flavor overall than a typical saison, but was just too thick for my liking - more weizenbock like. (590 characters)

Photo of Etan
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz into a stout glass.

A: Pours a darkish orange-brown, murky, with a small white head. Bit of lacing.

S: A nice bit of sweet brett, some grape-like aromas, and ghost of faded hops.

T: Very dry. Charred rye grain, mild funkiness, dark spice and a tiny touch of bald fruitiness from the old hops and esters. Alcohol and a heavy smoky astringency on the back end.

M: Light-bodied, tingly carbonation, oddly astringent bite to it.

O: This is sort of odd and not very good. Too dry, too much astringency and charred flavor/feel, not enough lightness or fruitiness to the saison. (595 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Turbid orange/brown. Head is a light blade of froth. Head is slightly tan. The cap leaves rings of lacing.

S-Wreaks of esters. A slight note of green hops that has faded over time (assuming this keg was from its original brewing date). Rye with slight spice. The rye seems almost stagnant and has lost some of that 'zip' that makes rye some fun and noticeable. A bit of melon and a bunch of eatery apple juice. Quite sweet overall. Not heavy with yeast.

T-Apple juice and fruit juice concentrate. Light grass. Old pears dipped in caramel. Spots of rye. Cloves. Mild yeast. Too sweet.

M-Sticky and lingering upon the tongue. Not an enjoyable feel. Semi-flat. Not so dry.

O/D-Not fan of this. Almost bought a bottle back when it was still on the shelves. A 'Dry Hopped Rye Saison' sounds fun. I am happy I passed back then because I did not enjoy a glass of it now. I assume this is a keg that has sat around for a while. In that case, this brew did not age with much grace. (979 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a light amber-brown body with a modestly-sized, sudsy, off-white head.

Smell: A drizzle of caramel tossed with rye grains, toasted barley, cheap chewing gum, steeping clove tea bags, dehydrated grasses, pine sap, citrus pith. Frankly, it comes across as a bit medicinal.

Taste: Toasted grains, a little bit of sweetish caramel tucked under the combined surge of zesty rye, hop bitterness, and spicy, clove-like yeast phenolics. Moderately bitter. Some resins ride out, joining a bit of warm alcohol and a tiny pinch of abrasive citrus pith. A few pre-chewed Chiclets. A soft, understated maltiness returns after the fireworks die down. Finishes dry, grassy, and with a dull, sustained spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Eighteen came across as a bit jumbled and a bit coarse, certainly not what I'm looking for in a saison. As far as their anniversary series goes, seventeen was alright, I suppose. The one I've always been saddened for never being able to locate was Sixteen. Ah well! (1,122 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.07/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't understand this beer. For the components, the beer is alright. I felt like the saison didn't mesh with the rye. The rye came through strong, but the saison really fought these flavors.

The rye was very strong, and the funk was present. The saison came in on the back end of most drinks. It was almost like having a restaurant serve sweet and savory in the same dish without complication. The savory was very dominant, and the sweet came in poorly.

I'm aging this beer, and I'm hoping that this mix will mellow with time... or I might just trade with it. (563 characters)

Photo of julian
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Darker copper color with a nice frothy almond colored head. Good clarity with little haze. 3.5

S: Malty rye/smoke/spice. Not much else. Couldn’t tell this was Belgian style. 3

T&M: Kind of a dominant rye flavor. Some pepper and a hoppy backbone. Very little Belgian spice or Saison flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to high carbonation. 3 / 3.5

O: Not much about this speaks to me in a Belgian way. I just got back from Belgian sampling some of the best of all the styles and I don’t think I ran into a Saison that was brewed with rye. This could be a renegade experimental American touch. I’m not sure it works. 3 (621 characters)

Photo of omnigrits
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a Perfect Pint glass.

A. Wow, I wasn't expecting a beer quite as dark as that. It's a clear dark amber that's almost the colour of an English bitter.

S. Very saison-like - fruity and rich. Nothing out of the ordinary.

T. This is a very confused beer, I think. The basic saison flavours really don't sit well with the rye, and the dry hopping is just adding to the problem. It reminds me of a line from a Mighty Boosh song - "Elements of the past and the future combining to make something not quite as good as either".

M. I'll give it its due, it has a good mouthfeel.

O. This is a beer that should not have happened. It just doesn't work. The different parts of the beer aren't compatible and I'm left with a rather unpleasant aftertaste and about 16oz of beverage that's going down the drain. (828 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Re-post from my hacked "jmkratt" :(

look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was very excited to try this! Avery's limited releases have proven to be well worth the price and this brew certainly sounded interesting! Bottled May 2011 to a globe glass.

A - The beer pours a dark yellow with a bit of dark amber red. A slight 3/4 finger white head with some retention and lacing as expected.

S - Pepper, spice and a bit of sweet malt. No hop presence. The yeast provides the familiar banana with just a bit of clove. Not a lot to report.

T - Similar to the nose. Begins with a a hint of light malt sweetness. A touch of toast with toffee and caramel character. Then the flavors come. First is the strong peppery spice of the rye found in the nose. Then the yeast provides banana and bubble gum esters. A slight presence of hops, which in my opinion don't provide any benefit to the flavor and seem to contrast the palate, slightly earthen in flavor. Finishes clean with a hint of bitterness. I really don't care for the flavor here, very average, too many competing flavors that don't seem to blend or work well together.

M - Light carbonation with a lighter end of medium body.

O - Interesting beer, though not for me. Too much going on. Not all that refreshing. Not what I was expecting from a saison. Rare Avery release that I don't care for.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-07-2011 15:44:53 (1,421 characters)

Photo of jIsh
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Avery's use of the silver or gold foil-lined caps gets me every time. One of the coolest designs in craft beer. This anniversary beer is no different; very cool label as well.

After the foil has been peeled back and this beer is opened, it is poured into one of my favorite tasting glasses, my 10oz miniature "pint" glass.

A distinctly amber pour is surprising given the style, and is accompanied by a half an inch of slightly off-white head. Rice, spice, funky yeast and a strange malt-type aroma fill the upper reaches of my glass. The smell is pleasing, but still, there is something about it I don't quite like (or perhaps understand).

The combination of dry-hopping along with the use of rye and Belgian yeast creates an unusual earthy and grainy taste accompanied by funky bitterness. This is one of the most unusual saisons I've ever had. To me, it tastes more like a funky amber ale.

A decent offering, but most likely the worst of the Avery anniversary offerings that I've had. (990 characters)

Photo of roblowther
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured into the well-known correct glass for a dry-hopped rye saison. What? You don't know what that is? I pity you, little person! Pours copper color with a thin active off-white head. It smells like a candy store, sugar and peppermint. And tree bark. Sort of a woody-earthy thingy. The taste is dry, spicy, and hoppy. I'm not sure the smell and the taste have been introduced to each other. I get some rye bread, some sharp hops, and a little pepper. The mouthfeel is slick and fizzy. I knew a guy like that once. Overall, it has a lot of interesting stuff going on but I'm not sure its a symphony so much as it an orchestra tuning. Lots of good stuff, but all at once? (673 characters)

Photo of roodie
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Avery Anniverysary 18

Enjoyed at The Petrol Station in Houston, TX

Poured into a pint glass

A: pours an amber brown with 1 finger of weak head that barely retains. no lacing to speak of

S: interesting aroma, barnyard funky like a saison should be, with hoppiness and a sour/tartness I associate with lambics. Almost jam-like, strawberry?

T: the fruity, jam flavor does not show up. It's mostly a funkiness, followed by mild bitterness from the hops

M: very smooth, no lingerness from the hops, very drinkable.

O: a very confusing brew, not constrained by any criteria. I could be convinced it's a beer from several different genres. I think I'd try it again, but only on a whim, nothing I'd seek out (706 characters)

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