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

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

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Ratings: 313
Reviews: 185
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.12% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: t420o on 06-03-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

cestlavie, Feb 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

illiniipa, Jul 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

FLBeerGuy, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

pperez38, Dec 06, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

bluckbeyes, Mar 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

sendbeer, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of StoneTSR
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Pours a deep, hazy copper that only lets a bit of amber colored light through when held up to the chandelier. Two fingers of fluffy white head topped my 330 ml tulip glass before settling down to about a quarter-inch of head that took a considerable amount of time to disappear. A few scattered bubbles slowly floated to the top.

SMELL: A lot of sweet, spicy malt immediately hits the nose along with more hop aroma than is to be expected from a saison. Orange zest and hints of dark fruit are also present helping to create a very appetizing aroma.

TASTE: An absolutely enormous blast of malt hits the palate right off the bat and lemon, orange, black pepper and a hint of grapefruit are not far behind. About midway through the sip the rye and hop notes come out and provide a small, but much needed balance.

MOUTHFEEL: This is one of the sweeter and stickier saisons I have had. The carbonation is fairly strong and provides a light, tickling sparkle, but it is not nearly as crisp as I would have expected out of a hoppy saison.

OVERALL: The Eighteen is a very unusual for the style. In a lot of ways it smelled like and tasted like a standard saison. The addition of hops, however, provided some unique and pleasant flavors and aromas. The massive amounts of malt, however, made the Eighteen too sweet for my tastes and the mouthfeel was stickier and less crisp than I would have preferred. I enjoyed this one on tap at the brewery a lot more than I did out of the bottle.

StoneTSR, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

StoneBrewFanatic, Jun 13, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

stealth, Jan 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Caterwaul, Dec 26, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

TonyTalon, Sep 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

BoRaeCho, Jun 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma has a fruity and yeasty overtone, rather like a good hefeweizen. It pours a clear, dark brownish amber with a typical pale golden-tan head. Malty flavor has firm fruity and hoppy notes, with just a little bitterness and a hint of caramel. Smooth, edgy texture has good body and leaves a woody, slightly sweet finish.

Cyberkedi, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 09.30.11. Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a 14oz pint glass.

A: Clear, amber base, good head retention & lacing. It smells like a well-kept barn. Good malt profile with some side-notes of caramel, yeast, and rye.

S: Unique as expected from an Avery anniversary beer. Great mix of Indian spices, yeast, rye, and the sweet malts. Very nice combo that most breweries don't attempt.

T&M: Tastes like a sweet saison. Malt-forward, but still plenty of the funky yeast flavor. Only the slightest touch of hops. Medium thickness in the mouthfeel.

Overall, a different take on the style. I was falling in love with it, but I ran out of ounces...

ILikeGoodCider, Oct 01, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a hazed copper color with a fluffy off-white head. Nice lace, ok retention.

Nose is great on this - grassy hops, estery yeast and sugary, bready rye. Very nice, everything comes together extremely well. Little bit of alcohol and lemon peel as it warms.

Hops are all over the place, lemon zest up front and a grass-blade bitterness at the end. The middle is mostly sweet and grainy with burnt toffee and toasted rye bread. Body is smooth and silky, I actually wouldnt mind a bit more prickly carbonation. Yeast seems more tripel than saison, but compared to the smell the yeast is quite tame unfortunately. A little rough around the edges, but overall a tasty beverage and I like this better than any of the anniversary beers since 15. I will consider buying one more of these this year.

twiggamortis420, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Bottle shared by Crowley. Thanks!

A: Hazy light orange with a frothy off-white head.

S: Bread with some floral and grassy notes. Phenolics are redolent of white pepper and clove. Lightly spicy. I detect apple and pear.

T: White pepper up front with a little clove. Malt is faint and bready with evident rye. Pretty grassy with fruit notes of apple and pear.

M: Lower medium in body with moderate carbonation. Sticky and dry.

Overall: An enjoyable Saison. A little heavier on the mouthfeel with the rye addition but still nice.

HopHead84, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

srandycarter, Jul 02, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - A burnt orange brick body color on this beer with a thin white head that was supprisingly sticky.

S - Rye, Funk, Citrus mixed together. There were some sweet citruses on the front that opened to funkiness and spice on the back.

T & M & D - This beer had a great funk spice to it which is why I am partial to it. It was a great summer beer as well as it was only medium bodied and finished pretty clean. The citrus started out the front end and the spice and yeasty funk broke it up in the middle and end (just like the nose in that respect).

O - I have seen some people bash it a bit becasue it is not traditional but I really enjoyed this beer. It was interesting, fresh, and complex enough to sip and talk about it.


CuttDeez, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Rifugium, Aug 17, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen is fruity, bubbly, and remarkably refreshing despite the high ABV.

It poured a muddy cloudy dark copper, with a fleeting one-finger bubbly head, and cascading bubbles racing from bottom to top. The smell was yeasty and metallic. The flavor was fruity, with dark cherry, followed by lemon peal and a lingering banana finish. It had a great feel: bready in the beginning, crisp, clean, bubbly, and refreshing, and a thick, if passive finish. The high ABV was not immediately perceived.

Eighteen was tasty and refreshing. It begged to be quickly downed on a hot day; however the high alcohol content eventually caught up. I prefer high gravity beers and most are better suited for cold weather. Eighteen is a great high ABV summer ale.

MetalHopHead6, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of PhageLab
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Effervescent body to this reddish brown brew. Nice head that settled to a 1 finger layer. Laced well.

S - Dark fruits with touch of hops. Grassy notes shine through at the end.

T - Surprisingly malty, with a popping sensation on the tongue, almost champagne-like. Sweet body, flavor of plums, and a bit of alcohol showing through.

M - Medium bodied with a somewhat sharp carbonation level. Finish was mostly dry.

D - Very interesting, but not something I could drink often. I'm all for experimentation, but this didn't seem like the best place for a saison to go. Still worth trying though.

PhageLab, Nov 10, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mactrail, Nov 17, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from review on 10/2/11

A -- Dark gold, 1/4" tan head that was quickly gone

S -- Fruity / Belgian yeasty aroma, some hops

T -- Smooth but crisp (saison flavors?) up front, spicy yeasty/ester flavors in middle, smooth rye/toasty finish with bitterness

M -- Medium carb, a bit chewy

O -- Not sure what to expect with a "dry-hopped rye saison" but smooth and tasty...my wife loved it; I felt it was pretty good

chadmoe1, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of KevinBrewer
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

KevinBrewer, Jun 20, 2011
Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) from Avery Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 313 ratings.