Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) - Avery Brewing Company
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3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
Not expecting much from the dry hop at this point.
Pours a clear amber with a frothy half inch cream head that lingers. Bubbles of effervescent carbonation rise from the bottom of the tulip.
Caramelized malt, slightly buttery, along with pear and green apple firm the initial aroma. Fairly yeasty, slightly funky notes emerge. There's a hint of peach.
Flavor is less impressive. There's an underlying green apple note, along with peach and a bit of yeast character. The toasted malt backbone is present, but fairly banal. Finish is slightly dry and has a touch of rye bitterness. There's a plastic flavor that is offputting. Sweettart flavor emerges late. Rye flavor becomes more prominent as it warms.
Body is moderate, with almost sparkly carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.
Wish the flavor was as intriguing as the aroma. Definitely more malt character than most saisons. The malt character seems a little stale, likely due to the rye contribution.
04-06-2013 20:48:40 | More by barczar
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
3.45/5 rDev -5.5%
Appearance: hazy deep caramel colored body with a one finger beige colored head that leaves some lacing on the glass.
Aroma: very faint, touch of caramel malts, earthy yeast, sweet yet spicy grains, a little fruity note as it warms up; reminds me of apple and pear
Flavors: much better than the nose, spicy rye, earthy notes, toasted caramel note, undertone of over-ripped stone fruit, dry grassy hops, herbal like,
Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, nice fizzy feel, moderate bitterness, dry on the back and finish; is it the rye or the dry grassy hops on the finish? The alcohol did not really come into play.
To the Point: it’s okay to good; I won’t be running out to buy out the rest; if you find it and want something a little different try it – otherwise I’ll skip it. I did enjoy it a little more when I didn’t think about it.
02-27-2013 20:31:48 | More by hackmann
4.1/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
02-23-2013 06:50:42 | More by superspak
3.69/5 rDev +1.1%
Served in a tulip.
Appearance: Dark amber, semi-opaque...thing head. It comes off off-white but what i mean by thin is it rose to maybe a finger's length but dropped quickly. Still looks pretty appetizing.
Smell: Strong citrus scent, feels slightly floral a bit. Wish it was a notch stronger but still really nice.
Taste: Real complex, sweet like grapefruit but it's like you still feel lemon skin to go with it. It is a little sour but not overwhelmingly sour (which is good).
Mouth: Nice lemon after-taste feel to the beer. Gives it a sour dry feel almost like rye bread to it. Carbonation is a solid medium crisp and toasty coming slightly dry.
Overall: A real treat and easy to drink...after dinner or dessert this beer will definitely not disappoint. It starts off average, but builds up to something worthwhile. Avery makes a lot of incredible beers this one isn't exactly the best one you will regret if you ever miss it.
02-19-2013 02:23:51 | More by BlurryVisi0n
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
22oz bomber: This one pours a fairly opaque caramel color. There was a pretty decent pop when the cap came off, and a fair amount of a beige head that lingers awhile. Nice nose. Rye, citrus, yeast, breadiness are the most notable. Very nice taste. Just a bit of the rye flavor, and some spiciness. A little citrus, some breadiness, and a touch tart with a hint of bitterness. A very nice offering.
01-10-2013 22:33:41 | More by Boto
3.4/5 rDev -6.8%
P: Copper amber body with floating specks and timid bubbles. Head creates a offwhite layer of thin bubbles that settle to a silky film.
S: Hefty dose of spice with rye bread, tannin, barley, oxidation has set in, very timid funky yeast that is more powdery than funky. Orange, lemon and tart pear sprinkled with crushed pepper corns. Clove, old leather, booze and faint banana arrive once warmed. Musty and earthy like crawling around in the attic.
T/M: Orange oil, rose petals, soapy citrus, grapefruit, caramel malt, tons if rye, barley, cardamom, hibiscus leaves, jasmine, fruit wax and aggressive spices. Floral hops and bitter fruit round out the super dry and chaulky finish. Medium-full creamy body with spicy carbonation. Hop bitterness is unpleasant and distracts from the blend.
O: So I have to say that I was excited for this beer. This didn't age well at all. Stale spicy rye is the forefront on this beer. It really shows more like a rye IPA than a saison. Super aggressive flavor profile that is really rough and messy. Not a triumphant success of the style but still glad I was able to try this. If fresh this would have blown me away and would have done better in my eyes.
12-30-2012 01:11:02 | More by Hopswagger
4.23/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
12-07-2012 04:08:12 | More by ngeunit1
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
A - Amber pour with a moderate white foam head and almost no lacing.
S - Spicy scent of rye. Other light grains give a scent of fresh bread.
T - Fresh, clean rye flavor with a spicy bite at then end. Some garden spices are noted as well. A mild hop bitterness balances htis one out.
M - Smooth feel, mild except in the raspy finish. Balance is nice, and this one goes great with snack foods.
O - The fresh rye really makes this one a nice beer. Since I like both farmhouse ales and rye beers this was a treat. I didn't get any of the musky yeast scent typical in saison but that's fine. I think the age did this one well.
11-25-2012 20:21:20 | More by socon67
3.03/5 rDev -17%
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.
11-09-2012 15:22:31 | More by VelvetExtract
Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) from Avery Brewing Company
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