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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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308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 184
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 13.42%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | 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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djaeon

California

3/5  rDev -17.8%

01-22-2012 21:22:45 | More by djaeon
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mattmarka1

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.8%

01-13-2014 18:38:43 | More by mattmarka1
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nealbert

California

3/5  rDev -17.8%

01-23-2014 19:20:14 | More by nealbert
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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-04-2011 17:45:30 | More by mhaugo
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Pjev11

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.8%

09-01-2012 19:37:57 | More by Pjev11
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-22-2013 20:50:44 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-20-2011 03:30:51 | More by jenray
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-22-2011 01:42:41 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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ObeMaltKinobee

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.8%

03-27-2012 04:40:38 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-15-2011 17:07:35 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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kickerofelves

Oregon

3/5  rDev -17.8%

04-22-2012 05:05:43 | More by kickerofelves
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rab53

Washington

3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-25-2012 04:12:42 | More by rab53
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gcotts

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -17.8%

03-07-2012 02:56:12 | More by gcotts
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don't understand this beer. For the components, the beer is alright. I felt like the saison didn't mesh with the rye. The rye came through strong, but the saison really fought these flavors.

The rye was very strong, and the funk was present. The saison came in on the back end of most drinks. It was almost like having a restaurant serve sweet and savory in the same dish without complication. The savory was very dominant, and the sweet came in poorly.

I'm aging this beer, and I'm hoping that this mix will mellow with time... or I might just trade with it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 02:51:08 | More by ummswimmin
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 15:22:31 | More by VelvetExtract
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 02:58:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
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omnigrits

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a Perfect Pint glass.

A. Wow, I wasn't expecting a beer quite as dark as that. It's a clear dark amber that's almost the colour of an English bitter.

S. Very saison-like - fruity and rich. Nothing out of the ordinary.

T. This is a very confused beer, I think. The basic saison flavours really don't sit well with the rye, and the dry hopping is just adding to the problem. It reminds me of a line from a Mighty Boosh song - "Elements of the past and the future combining to make something not quite as good as either".

M. I'll give it its due, it has a good mouthfeel.

O. This is a beer that should not have happened. It just doesn't work. The different parts of the beer aren't compatible and I'm left with a rather unpleasant aftertaste and about 16oz of beverage that's going down the drain.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:08:47 | More by omnigrits
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julian

Washington

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Darker copper color with a nice frothy almond colored head. Good clarity with little haze. 3.5

S: Malty rye/smoke/spice. Not much else. Couldn’t tell this was Belgian style. 3

T&M: Kind of a dominant rye flavor. Some pepper and a hoppy backbone. Very little Belgian spice or Saison flavors. Mouthfeel is medium to high carbonation. 3 / 3.5

O: Not much about this speaks to me in a Belgian way. I just got back from Belgian sampling some of the best of all the styles and I don’t think I ran into a Saison that was brewed with rye. This could be a renegade experimental American touch. I’m not sure it works. 3

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 16:40:30 | More by julian
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roblowther

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I poured into the well-known correct glass for a dry-hopped rye saison. What? You don't know what that is? I pity you, little person! Pours copper color with a thin active off-white head. It smells like a candy store, sugar and peppermint. And tree bark. Sort of a woody-earthy thingy. The taste is dry, spicy, and hoppy. I'm not sure the smell and the taste have been introduced to each other. I get some rye bread, some sharp hops, and a little pepper. The mouthfeel is slick and fizzy. I knew a guy like that once. Overall, it has a lot of interesting stuff going on but I'm not sure its a symphony so much as it an orchestra tuning. Lots of good stuff, but all at once?

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 22:42:48 | More by roblowther
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Re-post from my hacked "jmkratt" :(

look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was very excited to try this! Avery's limited releases have proven to be well worth the price and this brew certainly sounded interesting! Bottled May 2011 to a globe glass.

A - The beer pours a dark yellow with a bit of dark amber red. A slight 3/4 finger white head with some retention and lacing as expected.

S - Pepper, spice and a bit of sweet malt. No hop presence. The yeast provides the familiar banana with just a bit of clove. Not a lot to report.

T - Similar to the nose. Begins with a a hint of light malt sweetness. A touch of toast with toffee and caramel character. Then the flavors come. First is the strong peppery spice of the rye found in the nose. Then the yeast provides banana and bubble gum esters. A slight presence of hops, which in my opinion don't provide any benefit to the flavor and seem to contrast the palate, slightly earthen in flavor. Finishes clean with a hint of bitterness. I really don't care for the flavor here, very average, too many competing flavors that don't seem to blend or work well together.

M - Light carbonation with a lighter end of medium body.

O - Interesting beer, though not for me. Too much going on. Not all that refreshing. Not what I was expecting from a saison. Rare Avery release that I don't care for.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-07-2011 15:44:53

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 14:39:18 | More by hopfacebrew
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jIsh

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Avery's use of the silver or gold foil-lined caps gets me every time. One of the coolest designs in craft beer. This anniversary beer is no different; very cool label as well.

After the foil has been peeled back and this beer is opened, it is poured into one of my favorite tasting glasses, my 10oz miniature "pint" glass.

A distinctly amber pour is surprising given the style, and is accompanied by a half an inch of slightly off-white head. Rice, spice, funky yeast and a strange malt-type aroma fill the upper reaches of my glass. The smell is pleasing, but still, there is something about it I don't quite like (or perhaps understand).

The combination of dry-hopping along with the use of rye and Belgian yeast creates an unusual earthy and grainy taste accompanied by funky bitterness. This is one of the most unusual saisons I've ever had. To me, it tastes more like a funky amber ale.

A decent offering, but most likely the worst of the Avery anniversary offerings that I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 01:40:36 | More by jIsh
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2012 17:39:09 | More by Thorpe429
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roodie

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Avery Anniverysary 18

Enjoyed at The Petrol Station in Houston, TX

Poured into a pint glass

A: pours an amber brown with 1 finger of weak head that barely retains. no lacing to speak of

S: interesting aroma, barnyard funky like a saison should be, with hoppiness and a sour/tartness I associate with lambics. Almost jam-like, strawberry?

T: the fruity, jam flavor does not show up. It's mostly a funkiness, followed by mild bitterness from the hops

M: very smooth, no lingerness from the hops, very drinkable.

O: a very confusing brew, not constrained by any criteria. I could be convinced it's a beer from several different genres. I think I'd try it again, but only on a whim, nothing I'd seek out

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 19:25:09 | More by roodie
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 20:55:49 | More by AdamBear
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours out a dark,dirty penny color with some amber moments that supported a fleeting 1 1/2 inch stark white crown that left wispy lacing on the tulip.

S-Odd but not unpleasant blend of bready yeasts,grassy and citric hops,dried apples,spicy/peppery rye,some vegetal qualities and a herbal note similar to thyme.

T-Honestly,kind of muddled.I appreciate the effort
but I feel that this has too much going on.The rye and various yeasts clash and manage to kill the effect of the dry hopping.Not sure this is a saison.Some golden raisin,sourdough bread,dried apple,black pepper,muted orange and mild tobacco.

M-Kind of rough.Medium bodied with a moderately dry finish and good carbonation but a little heavy for the style.

O-A nice idea that just didn't pan out.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 16:26:50 | More by StlHopHead77
Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) from Avery Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.