Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) - Avery Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev +9.6%
A: deep amber/amber brown body, a thin layer of ivory head; drops some lacing and motes
S: sweet, chewy caramel and rye bread
T: this may be more for a rye ale lover than a saison lover - a definite dark, sweet, chewy malt base - lots of rye - which I loved; toast, booze, grains, caramel, toffee; herbal rye has an upfront chewy sweetness
M: can I say chewy again? Thicker-feeling than most saisons, and a richer, heartier beer; not as carbonated; the rye truly changes the character into something different. Fairly low-key aftertaste - almost clean-finishing.
O: I really liked this beer, but as you can see, in my experience at least, this was more of a rye ale than a farmhouse ale - but maybe I've only run into lighter-tasting and feeling saisons - I don't know. I've only had a few rye ales/ales which feature rye, but for me this beer was the rye-est beer I've had. It really rocks the rye - so fans will enjoy. Think: caramel rye ale.
I'm thinking I'm way above the average rating because I really liked the rye, and while I love saisons, I wasn't disappointed or thrown off by this beer's flavor profiles. If I was dying to have a saison - and it was in my heart and mind that it was what I was going to have, this beer probably would have gotten a different review.
10-07-2012 15:51:18 | More by Greywulfken
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
A: pours a nice reddish amber hue with a small off white head and minimal retention into a duvel tulip
S: smells slightly fruity, a bit spicy from the rye and yeast, a little citrus, and an underlying sweetness
T: fruity esters up front, rye spice and yeast, a little hop bitterness, rich and sweet malt flavor. swallow brings a bit of oily hop flavor, spicy rye and some more fruity esters
M: light carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel in the mouth. a bit too viscous for the style
O: Not a bad beer, it probably would have been a bit better fresh due to the dry hopping but it isn't bad. Definitely drinkable but it misses some things I'd have liked to see out of it.
09-22-2012 20:27:02 | More by SHODriver
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
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
Served in a tulip glass that exhibits a brown copper huen color. The head held some carbonation around.
A bit of Belgian yeast and the rest is muted. I wish it was on draft a while back because of the year it sat I can see the extra bits of the nose suffered. There is a bit of hops, rye, and black pepper in the nose but alot has faded into a medium bodied malt.
Taste & Mouthfeel:
Its a nice combination that even not being fresh - was a nice take. I will say the nose laided out the taste. The hops just faded away and the rye was really working with the malt. The mouthfeel was a little thicker than I was expecting but it works with the context.
06-22-2012 04:26:24 | More by TubaManJack
2.93/5 rDev -19.7%
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.
06-06-2012 04:07:00 | More by Etan
3.18/5 rDev -12.9%
A-cloudy amber with a thick light tan head
S-very herbal and spicy. Pale Belgian spices. Has a touch of syrupy caramel to it.
T-comes in with an odd mix of spice and herbs. it's not a very well balanced mix. It has some bitterness and a touch of dog breath rawness to it. Has good after-taste of spice and rye.
M-medium carbonation with dry finish
O-it's a very interesting concept for a beer, though I dont think it was quite carried out all too well. The bitterness is just off to me. Has a weird side taste to it. I'm not a fan.
06-05-2012 20:55:49 | More by AdamBear
3.3/5 rDev -9.6%
Poured into a tulip. Bottled May 2011. Apparently Cincy is the biggest importer of old Avery as I can still buy Fifteen and Sixteen if I want to.
4.0 A: Big carbonation in this. First pour was 60% head. Eventually I got a full glass. Moderately hazed dark orange amber color. Big off-white, pillowy head. Retention is very good and tons of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Smells mainly of a very tasty saison. The dry hopping isn't very intense now if it every was. The rye plays a complementary role, rather than dominating. Flowery and herbal overall, which is just how I like my saisons. Not a whole lot of pure funk, but it doesn't need it. Spicy earthiness, which is amplified by the rye.
3.0 T: Taste is good, but it has a few problems. The herbalness and floweriness is solid, but there's an excess of astringent herbal-type bitterness. Earthy spicy rye is less intense than I'd like. For the most part, this is lacking all fruitiness, which I don't think I've ever encountered in a saison. That mixed with the dryness of the style and you get an earth bomb. Not that that is such a bad thing, it just doesn't work all that well in this case.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is lightly spritzy. Reasonably smooth despite the bitterness.
3.0 D: Not the most drinkable beer. The bitterness becomes trying over time and the lack of fruitiness makes this a bit more boring than I'd like toward the end of the bomber.
05-28-2012 03:27:15 | More by DavoleBomb
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
Appearance: Poured into a tulip, deep amber copperish color. One of those impressive belgian heads.
Smell: Belgian yeast everywhere. Very subtle hops and fruit. Can't really detect the rye.
Taste & Mouthfeel: It really is an interesting take on the farmhouse style. First you detect the belgian yeast and spice, then it moves to the rye and hop character. Subtle darker fruits from the hops. Very creamy and velvety. Pleasing.
Overall: I was really excited to try this. I was hoping it'd be somewhere between a belgian IPA and strong rye ale. Although it really seemed to present itself as just a damn-good saison. It wasn't as complex as I was hoping. Also, the high ABV is nice: if this brew were a Daniel Day Lewis film it'd be called "There Will Be Buzz".
05-17-2012 23:45:33 | More by jrenn
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
Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) from Avery Brewing Company
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