Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) - Avery Brewing Company
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3.15/5 rDev -13.7%
On tap at Fire Works Pizza in Arlington, VA over the weekend. Served in a taster glass. Pours a reddish-copper color with a thin off-white head and a bit of lacing as it falls down the glass. The nose carries a good bit of rye along with some peppery spice. Faint fruit there as well. Flavor keeps up with the high pepper and spice combo, with a lot of rye zestiness in there. Body is a bit chewy and a bit too thick for my liking. Decent.
05-09-2012 17:39:09 | More by Thorpe429
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of spices (from the rye) in the nose along with some hints of yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is rather spicy because of the rye, but the spiciness is in no way overpowering. There are also malty and earthy flavors. The spiciness persists into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The dryness particularly stands out in the finish.
O: This beer isn’t as refreshing compared to other saisons, yet considering its strength, the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.
Note: Bottled May 2011
06-18-2011 10:57:55 | More by metter98
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
A strange combination of flavors that somehow work. The peppery dry Saison character controls the tempo while the pungent rye and spicy hops further reinforce the intent of Belgian Saisons.
Avery's 18 Anniversary Ale pours with a medium amber color, mild haze, and a froathy white head that both retains and laces well. Definately not the quentessential Saison look, but the darker nature of rye dyes the beer with an amber-stained look. Signature American creaminess is evident, different than the rocky-froathy textures of Saison Dupont.
Light bready notes of pilsner malt is met with the robust aromas of rye- leading to the malty nose of bread crust maltiness. Backed by the natural spiciness of yeast, the pungent rye grains contribute a peppery, musty note that rounds out the dry malt balance. Still, the fruity esters play lightfully behind the addition of mild caramel and toast, but not without the quick rebuttal of spice and orange zest from hops.
Flavors closely mimic the nose, with a lead of toast and the crust of bread, providing a much more hearty malt base than that of normal saisons. Fruity apples and pears have a tough time in penetrating the malt base, but the black peppercorn, corriander, and clove character easily carry the balance; especially with the pungent addition of rye. The added malt character is further balanced by the spicy and citrus taste of late addition hops.
Medium bodied throughout, the beer seemingly has a more robust texture because of the richness in taste. However, the malt character remains dry and spicy with a late turn to hops, alcohol, and spice for a malty-dry decission in finish.
As the popularity of dark Saisons rise, I like the quality of grains that give this beer its unique identity, rather than just giving a darker color and powdery dryness. But wiht the added rye, an obvious hop balance is needed but not in bitterness which would upset the balance. I like this beer, but its not what I want when reaching for a Saison.
07-21-2011 03:30:36 | More by BEERchitect
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
Two and a half finger frothy rapidly dissipating head on a cloudy amber golden mix body. nice lacing. Aroma is very nice fruity ester and yeasty aroma. The taste is a dull yeast and fruit ester flavor which seems very simple and not complex. medium body and moderate to high carbonation. I liked this one more than most. Its a simple saison, not very memorable but good.
12-25-2011 04:01:34 | More by kylehay2004
3.03/5 rDev -17%
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!
07-18-2011 02:58:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
This poured out as a deep copper color, nearly a shade of brown. The head was white and left a good lacing on the glass after every sip. The smell of the beer was a little spicy with some hop aromas in there as well. The Saison aromas were a little more difficult to pick up. The taste of the beer had a really good amount of rye in it I think, That was the primary flavor I was picking up next to the hops. The Saison part again was almost nonexistant. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good, I found that it was very easy to drink. Overall this wasn't too bad, not the best from Avery but still it might be worth trying.
11-15-2011 05:13:21 | More by Knapp85
3.65/5 rDev 0%
Poured into a large tulip glass a deep burnt orange infuse amber with a thinner than expected head atop.Aromas are grainy with a decent amount of funk,the rye provides just a light shot of spice.Flavors are lightly funky with some phenolic clove spice,the rye is really subdues in my opinion,it really could have counterbalanced the phenols better in my mind.Its a decent beer but the the rye could have been bigger and it would have made it more complex and fuller.
07-10-2011 02:05:30 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.
Avery's finally legal. Nice... Anyway, this stuff pours a russet-garnet topped by a bit over a finger of dusty ecru foam. The nose comprises rye crust, very light roasted malts, biscuit, very light coffee, and fennel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with clove, black pepper, plenty of banana, more fennel, and a kiss of mild cocoa. The spicy, more saison-like qualities finally overcome the breadiness that so dominated the smell. The body is a light-feeling medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, lightly grainy feel. Overall, an interesting little experiment, one that I feel succeeds on more levels than it fails. Good times.
12-16-2011 05:21:54 | More by TMoney2591
3.98/5 rDev +9%
A - Poured out a cloudy burgundy color with gold highlights. It had a one-finger khaki head of foam that left some sudsy residue on the glass.
S - Smelled like a rye beer and a saison. Yeasty, fruity notes with some subtle rye notes.
T - Good taste of rye breads with some fruitiness. Nice spicy and yeasty presence.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.
O - This is like a nice blend of saison and rye beer. I enjoyed this twist on two styles.
08-11-2011 01:44:02 | More by zeff80
4/5 rDev +9.6%
22 oz. bottle; $10 @ Capone's in Norristown, PA
"Dry Hopped Rye Saison"? Where to begin?
It looks like a rye beer might, with a dark crimson tinted deep-copper colored body. The creamy head is a light khaki. The head drops shortly but it leaves some very nice walls of tiny spots of lace behind.
The aroma displays rye, that's for sure. Rye and deep caramel malt. Hops? Yes, but I can't make out what they might be through the malt and yeast. It's hard to tell. Are they spicy, or is that the malt? Or the yeast? Are they fruity, or is THAT the yeast? There's definitely something there... I'm gonna go with floral and grassy.
On to the taste. It's spicy up front with dark fruit, deep caramel that's almost like burnt sugar, and spice as you cross the middle. That might be from the yeast, but it's at least partially from the rye. Pretty nice. The fruit flavors work well with it (dark raisin, black cherry, dried figs). From there it just seems to drop away. There's not a lot of bitterness left over, but it's dry. Some clove lingers, as well as some general spice, a flicker of that same non-descript hop from the aroma, and a light touch of dull chocolate.
In the mouth it's quite nice. It's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge, and it becomes quite creamy as the carbonation is released and it 'foams' in the mouth.
Overall it's a little bit much that somehow becomes not enough.
12-15-2011 02:18:13 | More by NeroFiddled
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
Bottled May 2011
Pours an effervescent & chill hazed orange/copper with a thumb of cream colored head. Stellar lacing & good head retention
S: Grassyness, apple juice & grainy notes, some clean, some musty
T: Sweet apple juice, spicy rye & a touch of juicy fruit up front. Yeasty twang & grainyness surface as this warms, just a smidge of white pepper & green banana & green apple too along with just a whisper of pineapple
MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, some grainy coarseness, works for the style
Seems fairly good for a a Dry-hopped rye saison, I reckon :P. Might've worked better as a Tripel to me. I'd like to revisit this one again & see how it holds up if I could catch it at a good price
An alright offering, but hardly Anniversary worthy IMO, but Avery has released some odd ducks for theirs, so maybe this right in line??? Still a nice drinker
12-11-2011 03:09:02 | More by russpowell
4.05/5 rDev +11%
Dusky magenta hue…plummy? backside of a grape peel? It's a tough one to peg. Not quite lavender, nowhere near red. I like it, though. Beautiful. Under a slim, solid, eggshell head.
Aroma: spicy, bready rye malt hits first, citrus beneath, somewhere. Other flavors you may look for in a saison are hidden, masked, and obliterated by the rye malt. but I really don't care, for the flavor makes up for that.
Taste: rich and full in the mouth, a pumpernickel loaf on the palate. I don't want to be the broken record, but "spicy, bready" keeps coming back. The malt character dominates, and the hop presence is here, too, but in a minor capacity. Stays on the sidelines, staving away excessive sweetness.
Abundant flavor inside the mouth, spilling spice, sweetness and hop bitterness all over the place. Non-stop tingle-ation. Tasty and terrific stuff. some dark fruit flavor comes in, some raisin, some berry, …a little clove. Dark, toasty, and delicious.
This is not by any stretch a true saison (although, Belgian breweries are beginning to innovate within this category some), but damned if it isn't just plain good. Delivers everything you want, even if it blurs so many lines. Any if it delivers where it counts, who cares about the rest of it?
Can you taste the saison underneath? Not in the slightest, but it is just the base on which to innovate, bringing the rye and the hops to make something of another level. Got to love the end result. Another case of American innovation taking things to another step. Here's to eighteen more, Avery!
10-11-2011 06:02:54 | More by feloniousmonk
3.45/5 rDev -5.5%
On tap at a local beer bar, an overall average saison unfortunately, uninteresting, served in a snifter.
Beer is brown and hazy with a white head, decent retention, OK lacing, moderate carbonation.
Aroma is yeasty with a mild spice to it, odd ester banana and candy aroma.
Beer is thin on the palate and mildly sweet with a semi-dry finish. The overall beer is nice but a little too sweet for my tastes and I find myself wishing it was over. I don't hate it but I don't love it. I don't think I"d have it again or recommend it.
07-15-2011 21:33:21 | More by drabmuh
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
Nice creamy foamy 1 finger head fades at a med pace, tons of soapy lacing, hazy copper sediment laden colored
Nose spicy rye, saison spices, candy syrup and candi sugar, Belgian malt, light grass and straw, light bready malt yeast, light lemony hops. Little floral, hint phenolic.
Taste starts with copper grainy malts, biscuit, reddish toasty malt, light sweet syrupy malts, some spicy rye, hint if booze and phenols, light ester fruits, light saison spices, floral grassy hops and saison spices, little cough medicine thing, fair bitterness.Finish is sticky and syrupy, medicine and light phenols, little grassy rye and bready flavors lingering.
Mouth is med bodied, some phenolic booze, decent carb.
Overall meh, probably better fresh and wish I had it back then.
03-26-2013 12:35:33 | More by jlindros
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
First had: on tap at their brewpub
Poured a slightly hazy amber color with a pleasantly lacing white head. Rye + saison ... two things that can be great when done right, so together they could be great too. I think Avery hit the mark for the most part. A definite breadiness in the aroma, slightly yeasty, with a good rye spice addition, and woody, citrusy hops noticeable. Tasted toasty, bready, light with pale malts, but flavorful with rye, moderately hopped, with spicy notes, and a touch of astringency, I thought. Overall very good, medium-bodied and complex, and quite drinkable. It is Avery, so watch your ABV.
08-17-2011 22:27:20 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev +9.6%
The beer pours a medium amber color with a white head. The aroma is very interesting. I get the yeast and citrus notes that I expect from a saison, but I also get some toffee and a little bit of rye. The rye adds quite a bit to the aroma of the beer. The rye is also present in the flavor, as is some orange citrus, caramel, toffee and yeast notes. The beer is fairly dry overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
09-10-2011 19:51:16 | More by Mora2000
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
Starts with a nice malty mouthful. Morphs into a fruity flavor, and ends with a dry, slightly bitter taste. Attractive amber color in the small snifter. Nice grainy taste and brambly rye. Flowery fragrance with a spicy touch. Sweet malt balanced by tart fruitiness and the yeasty bitterness.
Pleasant and interesting beer. Decent carbonation. Complex but highly drinkable.
11-17-2011 05:48:11 | More by mactrail
4/5 rDev +9.6%
From 06/20/12 notes. Had on tap at FireWorks in Arlington, VA. Served in a tulip.
a - Pours a murky amber-red color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of bananas, rye, spices, wheat, floral notes, and bready malts. Very nice bananas, rye, and spice mix; I like it quite a bit.
t - Tastes of bready malts, bananas, wheat, spices, rye, pepper, light fruity malts. Less rye than the nose, but still quite nice.
m - Medium body and low carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.
o - Overall I liked this one quite a bit; exactly what I was hoping for in a rye saison. More rye in the nose than the taste, but a nice mix of bananas, spices, and rye all around. Would like to have it again.
06-26-2012 15:13:32 | More by mdfb79
Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) from Avery Brewing Company
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