Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) - Avery Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
Here we sit in front of my 8th anniversary that I have tried from Avery. I am fortunate enough to have tried them all. Hopefully this Saison isn't a spice bomb like the #13 was (I guess that was it). Let's give this one a shot:
Appearance: Pours a pretty clear slightly reddish amber color with a solid 1/2"+ of tannish creamy looking foam on top that is maintained by lots of bubbles lazily rising to the surface. The beer looks rather thick since the bubbles are going so slow. The head has significant staying power and is still a solid 1/4" ten minutes after the pour. There is some solid lacing left on the glass after pouring. Overall, this is a very well presented beer.
Aroma: The aroma is pretty clean for what I expected. It is pretty malty with Rye not really being up-front, and even the dry hops are reserved. Overall it has a pleasant aroma, but it is much more subtle than I expected. After it warms up some and the head falls a bit, there are Rye notes becoming apparent, but the dry-hopping is still reserved. The other notes are Saison yeast notes adding to the ensemble.
Taste: The flavor has a lot more going on, and this is much truer to the Saison style than the other one. I am getting the Rye a bit in the flavor, and the hops are there as well. Overall this is a pretty malty beer with the balance of the finish being tipped slightly toward the malt giving you a little bit of toasty sweetness to linger for a while. The yeast character is mild for what you typically get for a Saison, but it seems like it was just fermented a bit cool for the yeast they used as the fruity esters are reserved. The alcohol is very well masked and is really only noticeable as warming in the core once you have drank about half the bottle.
Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. I think that Adam decided to play the safe side this time and make the anniversary beer more subtle. This isn't a bad thing as I appreciate subtlety. It is a little unusual for an anniversary beer, and especially for Avery brewing to make a beer with the words "dry hopped", or "hopped" just about anything means that it will be bold from Avery...don't expect that from this one. This is more of a Saison with some Rye and Hop accents, rather than the monster that you may be expecting when you pop the cap.
07-03-2011 05:46:12 | More by SkeeterHawk
3.55/5 rDev -2.7%
22oz bomber into pint glass
A – 2+ finger yellowish tan head diminished to a ¼’’ of foam leaving fair lacing, a light to moderate hazy brown amber color 3.5
S – Yeasty, floral, with a general spiciness. Slight rye notes, with a thin sweet and spiciness notes throughout. 4
T – Spicy (and surprisingly hefty) malts lead up front; the rye and many yeast types lend a lot of character to this saison. Grassy hop & earthy finish leaves me wanting 3.5
M – Good carbonation, moderate body 3
O – Disappointed, guess I had high hopes when I saw “Avery” and “Rye Saison”. A decent beer that strays too far from the enjoy-ability factor for me 3.5
07-03-2011 04:50:56 | More by rsdaugherty
3.93/5 rDev +7.7%
A- Pours a amber color with small thin white head
S- Had a nice sour funk also getting some yeast and spices
T- Good malyness up front with a nice sourness and finishs crisp
M-Light bodied with great Carbonation
D-Overall i like this brew. It wasnt the best ever but a very solid and tasty brew. THe balance was nice and the sour funk was just right.
07-02-2011 16:38:28 | More by zrab11
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
07-02-2011 14:13:18 | More by yapez
3.8/5 rDev +4.1%
A - light amber, a little murky, light tan small head that leaves to ring fast. Not much lace.
S - Sharp - with rye, spice and a small sour funk.
T - Malty, with the rye and the light barn coming in at finish. Rye seems to be the prevalent flavor.
M - Medium body, fair carb, the sour at the end gets a little tinny and the sweetness stays around a little more than I woudl like.
D - Not a bad offering, but one is enough per session.
07-02-2011 03:52:22 | More by srandycarter
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
3.65/5 rDev 0%
On tap at Hamiltons.
A - Pours deep orange/amber with red highlights. No head or lacing to speak of.
S - Hops, sweet malt, grain.
T - Dry hops and pine, which gives way to a nice bitterness. Sweetness shows up at the the finish, which is very pleasant.
M - medium bodied, medium carbonation. Nice dry finish.
O - Pretty good. Dry-hopping was a kind of different addition, though I'm not sure how I feel about it.
06-30-2011 02:16:17 | More by ExplosivoSR
3.28/5 rDev -10.1%
Got this bottle from Common Market in Charlotte NC.
Pours a deep amber hued body with a light white head that is about two finger lengths.
Smells of rye and saaz hops.
Taste of thick rye, bready malts, spicey notes from yeast such as pepper, corriander and some orange peel. Very dry with distinct saison finish.
A bubbley but still full bodied mouth feel.
06-29-2011 02:15:19 | More by chaz410
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
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured a murky brownish-amber into a tulip with a finger of off-white head. Malty aroma of rye bread with a touch of Belgian spice.
Moderate carbonation and a dry, light mouthfeel, bordering on thin. Taste is dominated almost entirely by bready malt with a touch of fruity esters and a lingering rye spice.
Light, even for the style, but the spice of the rye helps slow you down a bit.
06-27-2011 21:19:21 | More by grittybrews
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
Pours a cloudy dark orange with a nice white head that laces.
Smells of apple, malt/rye, some funky sugar notes.
Tastes of apple, pear with some bitterness...a bit of spice. Nothing lingers for long.
It is dry but almost too acidic. Maybe, since it's so dry, drop the carbonation some.
It is a different take on saision that has some funk but isn't that striking or interesting in the end. It's too acidic/harsh for my taste...not sure what in the mix is causing that. Anyway, an OK beer overall.
06-24-2011 23:23:36 | More by TenHornsProud
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
I had this on tap a few weeks ago and enjoyed it but didn't give it a review so I thought I'd try it from the bottle.
Bomber served cool into a goblet.
Eighteen is a light redish brown color with thick head and good retention.
Aroma is a little unusual. When I saw that it was dry-hopped, I expected more of a punchy, fresh, hoppy character. It's actually the yeast and the rye that seem to come out more in the nose than the hops.
Flavor is more closely related to a rye beer than a saison. A rich malty backbone with caramel and toffee overlain with the spicy/peppery rye and saison yeast traits.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well-carbonated. The alcohol seems strong for 8%+ but the spice tends to have that effect.
Overall not as strong an offering as I originally thought from the draft version. The combination of rye and saison is a spice-lovers dream but this takes it a little too far for my liking. Still probably one of the better anniversary beers from Avery in recent memory.
06-23-2011 00:11:54 | More by GilGarp
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
taste a bit cold and then wait for this guy to warm up
appearance - orange golden with great lacing and decent head
smell - smells of yeast which makes since in a saison with a five yeast blend, minor malts when it warms it smells like very nice marijuana
taste - the same and then when it warms and gives you much more floral sensation
mouthfeel - refreshing, but not really chuggable for me, a sipper for 8 percent, but i like it.
06-21-2011 16:04:46 | More by claytong
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
22oz bottle, bottled 5/2011. Pours a copper amber with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is spicy yeast with some bready malts and a little fruit (banana).
The flavor is earthy malts and yeast and a little old fruit with a bit of a zing from the hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall, an OK saison. I liked it better on draft.
06-21-2011 04:56:28 | More by Beaver13
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
575th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
Fathers Day present to myself. Purchased from Bevmo Chino Hills.
App- This was on the border of being a darker gold but having some Amber highlights to it. Huge puffy three finger head that left lots of cling down the side of the glass. A few bubbles came up from the bottom.
Smell- Not as aromatic as I was hoping for but quite nice. Had a yeasty note on first scent than the other two smells were next and that was about it. Really was just the ingredients described on the bottle.
Taste- The taste was more complex than the nose but could've been a touch more unbalanced. It was yeasty which I was hoping for in a Saison. The Rye does a really nice job of being assertive and the hoppy bitterness was a nice addition to the taste.
Mouth- Medium bodied and the carbonation level bordered on being a medium to medium high. The Rye flavors remained mostly for me.
Drink- This was pretty damn tasty. It was pretty rye forward and I enjoyed it. I could see having a couple more of these before they are gone.
06-20-2011 15:40:26 | More by FosterJM
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
A- The color is between burnt orange and brownish amber. Moderate off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing.
N- Pretty complex aromas going on here. Crisp malt volatiles with yeasty phenols and a touch of peppery alcohol. Some citrus, spicy cloves, and fruitiness as well. Just a whisper of lime. Not much in the way of hops. I would not know this beer was dry hopped if the label didn't say so.
T- Crisp malt with a subtle caramel sweetness up front , balanced by assertive phenols, a clean leafy/slightly herbal bitterness, and spicy rye. Cloves blend well with the rye, and I pick up some banana in the finish. The finish is nicely dry with lingering phenols and spiciness. Rustic aftertaste of grass and hay.
M- Light bodied. I feel like the beer would be watery without the addition of rye. Prickly carbonation and a dry finish.
D- Overall, a tasty brew that won't disappoint. Being an anniversary beer, I expected something a little more full-bodied, but the more I drink this, the more I appreciate the subtleties.
06-20-2011 04:46:27 | More by KevinBrewer
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
Avery 18, a dry hopped rye saison. I like saisons, dry hopped beers, and rye. Sounds like winning combo. Avery 18 pours a slightly hazy copper color. Things are topped by almost a fingers worth of bone white head. Head settles to a ring. Some lacing is left in its wake.
Onto the aroma. This brew smells different compared to your average saison. I'll chalk that up to the rye and dry hopping. Plenty of sweet smelling citrus, oranges and tangerines mostly, hit the nose first. A touch of spicy rye comes through.Some medicinal phenols hit beneath the citrus. A light touch of bubblegum rounds things out.
The taste is much like the nose. The citrus in the nose is much drier on the palate. The rye is much stronger on the palate. Spicy and slightly sour rye notes come through. Some slightly herbal hop notes hit mid palate. Some bubblegum pops near the end. The finish is bone dry with a lingering herbal and bubblegum quality.
Avery 18 is as light bodied as they come. An effervescent carbonation really livens things up.
Avery 18 is an interesting take on a saison. If you are a purist, then you might just want to move along to something else. All in all, this a tasty twist on a classic saison. The rye and dry hooping add some nice complexities to the beer. The alcohol is almost non existent, making this one dangerously drinkable brew. A nice brew overall. Cheers to Avery for 18 years of tasty brews.
06-19-2011 22:55:18 | More by Sweasty
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
2.68/5 rDev -26.6%
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.
06-18-2011 02:38:44 | More by champ103
4.03/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip glass. One time release that was bottled in May 2011. It was a very heavily clouded orange amber with good carb streams. It had a large, foamy head that slowly settled into a thick collar and central foam fed by the etching. Great lacing with lots sticking.
Being a dry-hopped rye saison, the aroma was unusual but still good. It was a mix of the rye and dry-hopping with the traditional saison elements of Belgian yeast, citrus and pepper. Led more by the rye and hops. Having hard time deciding on the aroma. I love a good saison aroma so I'm missing that but the rye is good. The taste is similar to the aroma and is a blend of traditional saison and the rye and hops. Starts out with the hops and rye leading with the way and just when you think that it's drowning out the saison those elements kick in and it has a saison like finish. Good if you like hybrids and are not purists. If I wanted a true saison, I'd be disappointed but I do like variants so I did enjoy it. Creamy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and a nice, dry spicy finish.
Overall, an interesting beer from an outstanding brewery that is one of my favorites. If you like a little adventure in your styles then you won't be disappointed. Can't wait to see next year's beer. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one timer so probably pick up another for now and then age one. Also try on tap. [O;Y]
06-18-2011 01:59:14 | More by TexIndy
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
Eighteen pours into my tulip with a lightly hazed copper hue. A rocky rust tinted head falls fairly quickly to a patchwork quilt, while leaving a fair amount of lace behind.
A funky sourdough aroma meets the distinct caraway bite of rye in the nose. A bit of pine comes through from the dry hopping. Alcohol adds a light tingle. All of these aromas fall nicely into the flavor. As the beer warms, the rye takes over. The lemon sourness adds to the rye to give the beer a sourdough rye bread theme. A woodsy bitterness offsets the bread flavors with a bit too much bite for my liking. Alcohol adds a little heat to the flavor, as well as a system permeating warmth as the beer goes down. The beer finishes tart, with a long lingering rye and pine flavor. Despite the high ABV, the body is quite light and has fairly vigorous carbonation.
I think I would have liked this beer better without the extra bitterness. It felt like I had a few too many themes vying for my attention. So much so that only the rye really stood out. Overall; however, I'm glad I grabbed this.
06-17-2011 03:01:37 | More by Rayek
3.75/5 rDev +2.7%
A - Pours hazy amber in color with about two fingers of tan head that has moderate retention and minimal splotchy lacing.
S - Spice, banana, clove, coriander, candied sugar, and sweet bread notes.
T - Rye is very present, peppery and spicy, clove, banana and coriander, hops have a bitter bite and there is certainly a lingering funk on the palate, but nothing overwhelming.
M - Feels a bit thin and is really really dry.
O - Glad a tried it, decent beer, but don't plan on running out to get more any time soon.
06-13-2011 17:08:33 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
3.58/5 rDev -1.9%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, very long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.
S: An odd (for a saison) smell of hops, rye, and the barnyard funk.
T: Tasted of rye (more than you'd think), hops, Belgian yeast, some mild spices and malt. The addition of rye to a saison is definitely an interesting choice, but for some reason it doesn't seem to be wholly successful. It might be too strong a flavor for the style.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.
O: Not a bad beer by any means, but it isn't something I'd return to any time soon.
06-12-2011 12:34:23 | More by avalon07
3.88/5 rDev +6.3%
Poured a nice dark amber hue with a tan head. There was a small amount of haze but it was pretty clear for the most part. Not a lot of lacing left of the glass.
Smell was some very nice yeast aromas like banana and clove mixed with some bready notes. Floral hop notes are present as well.
Taste was very nice. This a super crisp and dry saison that combines great clovey yeast flavors with a rye twang. The lingering aftetaste just makes you have another sip.
Mouthfeel was kinda thin to me. Overall its a nice refreshing beer just in time for a warm summer night.
06-12-2011 06:01:12 | More by snpub540
3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
A rye saison, dry hopped. Sounds interesting.
Pours a bright mahogany, a subtle head develops then fades quite rapidly. Little lacing. Not as 'bubbly' as saisons I"m used to. No matter...
Aroma isn't all that surprising; spice, yeasty, coriander, some clove and florals. Additional slight sweet bread and earthy spice.
A darker, richer malt backbone on this one, yet remains calm. Rye is noticeable. Spice comes up quick and strong, white pepper and herbal spice. Hops make a pressence to whisk away these spices and impart a dryness. Alcohol fills the vacancy.
Starts out nicely, is a bit harsh in the end. Love the idea
06-12-2011 06:01:06 | More by Mebuzzard
Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) from Avery Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.