Avery Anniversary Ale - Nineteen - Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - NineteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Nineteen

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Ratings: 263
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.23% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: chugalug06 on 05-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with some citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors as well. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and a good American take on the style. Good stuff.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two years from legal age, Avery's birthday recipe is an oddly calm Belgian-style tripel ale that sticks to the script without going off the deep end with exotic spice-this or rare fruit-that. It's surprisingly refreshing, both literally and figuratively, to have a tripel done right. Maybe our little brewery is growing up.

Nineteen pours with a mostly bright pour of absolute straw and only the most modest of haze for yeast-heavy Belgian ales. The beer develops a froathy white foam that caps the beer with terrific retention and lace. There's nothing to the eye that suggest this beer is anything but stellar.

Floral, fruity, and spicy, the beer fills the nose with a bouquet of supple and feminine aromatics. Flower nectar, mild honey, fruit blossoms, ripe pears, apricots, and apples marry together for a well integrated scent that implies sweetness and tartness. A balance of clove, white pepper, and white wine acidity balances the notion of potpourri with zest and zing.

Lightly bready and peppery to as malty flavors of light bread, clove, and coriander cradle the palate and usher in a medium-sweet juicy flavor of fruit, agave, and powdered sugar. This full flavor bursts with apples, pears, white grapes, and kiwi with an unexpected intensity. Yet the beer develops toward a fleeting malt taste that gives rise to mildly grassy, herbal bitterness, and white pepper.

Medium bodied, the carbonation prefers the creamy bread textures over the more authentic champagne-like sprite of Belgian-brewed examples. Yet the beer's rich mid palate recedes a bit to allow the finish of alcohol warmth, peppery bite, and mild fruit acidity to seem somewhat wine-like.

Avery's delicious balance of fruit and spice with malt support lets the yeast do the talking. Foregoing any meaningful spice additions, the beer takes high honors for American-style Belgian tripel design and execution.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is an outstanding beer, different than a lot of other tripels. pours a little hazy with a big foaming white head, and a pale wheat color. smells delicious! notes of vanilla and sweet cream intermingle with a spicy belgian yeast and what must assuredly be some candy sugar. flavor is entirely unique, massive butterscotch sweet flavor right out of the gate, followed up by a yeasty groove with notes of citrus and black pepper, finish is sweet and long. the butterscotch flavor is very potent and direct, ive never tasted this in a beer before, and i like it. mouthfeel is lively, with a smooth medium body. this is drinkable yet fairly strong. overall a new classic from avery, which i hope i can get more of. this is really different and yummy.

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

Pours a pale golden color with a white head. Smells fairly sweet with lots of bready malt and table sugar. A moderate fruitiness to it, mostly pears and apples with a touch of banana. Good yeastiness to it. The flavor is sweet with lots of fruit character. A touch of citrus, some banana, pear, and apple to go with a sweet bread and sugar malt base. Mild yeast and a very light spice note.

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a hazy, straw-yellow color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left some thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled yeasty with some fruity notes. Light caramel notes.

T - Nineteen hits you with spiciness up front with some fruitiness - like green apple and pear. Some sweet caramel and bready malt add backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is good. Avery always does good beer and their Anniversary beers are always ones I look forward to. This did not disappoint.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $7.98 at Sherlock's in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, yellow toned body with a smallish, brief head of near white suds.

Smell: A nose smelling of light pale malts, wheat included, some husky hints and additional notes of peach/pear, ineffusive lemon, florals, faint spice, but a big pop of liquor.

Taste: Ultra pale maltiness with grainy unrefined wheat followed by a big pinch of sugar. Some orchard fruitiness, though essentially nothing in the way of banana esters. Small hint of citrus, too. Minor phenolic spiciness. Quick into the taste, there's a sizable bite of alcohol that's nearly solvent in character and fairly bitter. Remains sweet, sugary until the warm finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some sticky chewiness present.

Overall: Nineteen is just too sweet and too boozy for me and a bit coarse, much the way I was at nineteen. Maybe it's simply Avery really lowering their anniversary beer expectations to completely blow us away for the 20th anniversary release. Crafty, them Avery boys.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Yup, Avery's definitely legal... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw-gold topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light biscuit, black pepper, clove, a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg, light banana peel, and confectioner's sugar-laden lemon. The taste brings in more of the same, with the spices still taking center stage, along with a vein of sweet flowers coming through the sides on occasion. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty nice spice-forward tripel, one that shows its American colors fairly strongly.

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive pour yields a decent fluffy pasty white bubbly 1/2 finger head that does stick around for a while, with lots of lacing, over semi clear lemony yellow golden colored beer.

Nose is nice floral Belgian, tripel aroma, some citrus and orange rind, light floral spices, coriander like, light fruity esters, light golden sweet malt, hint of phenols, a touch bready malts, hint of fruity floral hops.

Taste starts with more golden malts, very Belgian-y, a bit of sweetness, with hint of warming booze, plenty of esters, a touch of phenols comes out later. Light floral spices as well, little coriander, hint clove like, plenty of orange zest and citrus flavors, etc. typical Belgian tripel flavors. It has a light fluffy malt flavor, with touch bready malts. Finish is dry, more warming and slight tingly booze, some bitterness with orange peel spices and a bit of a citrusy, tangy, and floral hop character, more spices and esters.

Mouth is med to slightly bigger bodied, good carb, some warming slightly tingly booze.

Overall nice, about as good as you can get for an American made Belgian tripel, nice malts, floral spices, esters, phenols done well, some booze at the right tickle, slightly tingles and tickles the mouth nicely, but still drinkable and tasty, and just the right amount of a bit of hops. Well done.

Photo of mactrail
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden amber in the Duvel tulip. Decent head and quite spritzy on the tongue. Very fragrant with a long flowery and fruity nose.

At first tastes like a really big Wit, with the wheaty German esters and spicy citrus flavors. But it dries out after a couple of sips and goes through a Saison-like phase. Lots of fragrant fruit. A dose of banana along with a fruit salad of apricots and dried pears with some grainy taste. It's really spicy, almost hot. Tangy but not overly acidic. Interestingly complex and the long aftertaste provides more fragrances and flavors.

The nose of fruity fragrance with each sip is quite nice. A little austere but rewarding. From the 22 oz bottle bought in San Diego somewhere.

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed honey color with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Pepper notes, phenols, breadyness

T: Coriander, peppery spice & phenols up front, some green apple peel as well. Band-aids, pineapples, a touch of lemon & even some mango, getting better as it warms, grainy notes as well & more coriander. Finishes peppery, fruitty, with pineapple & more coriander

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, carbonation picks up a bit as this warms

Drinks alright, not as good as I hoped, but worth a shot. Avery best deliver something bigger than this for 20 or I will be dissapointed

Photo of Rifugium
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured a cloudy straw-yellow color with a thin white head, minimal retention and a bit of soapy lacing. Spicy yeast in the nose, and a mix of light phenol and fruity esters; pretty typical tripel profile, really. More of the same in the taste, bready malts, spicy coriander, yeast, banana and pear. Again, pretty typical stuff for the style. The tripel is a style that I'm falling more and more out of love with, but this one was actually quite smooth and drinkable, medium body, and soft carbonation. Alcohol was noticeable but not too pronounced. Pretty good selection from our pals at Avery.

Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2012 Avery Anniversary Edition Belgian-Style Tripel. Nineteen. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with foiled-over pressure cap served into a La Chouffe tulip in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are above average. Reviewed live.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger white colour head of slight cream, nice thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a dull hazy yellow. Nontransparent. Nontranslucent.

Sm: Lemon citrus esters, biscuity yeast, clean malts, hints of cream, hints of wheat (?), and a light floral hop aroma. Mild to moderate in strength.

T: Lemon citrus rides nicely alongside the backgrounded citrusy hop aroma atop the clean malt foundation with wheat tinges. Some cream underlies, but ideally should open the flavours. Nicely balanced and put together, if a bit watery. Not particularly complex, but there's some subtlety here. The ABV trickles in a bit on the backend. The yeast is too understated.

Mf: Too watery. Smooth and wet, with some light coarseness through the climax - and aptly so. Adequately carbonated. Fairly light on the palate.

Dr: I wouldn't call it refreshing, but it's nice to drink. I wouldn't want to quaff it, but it's drinkable for the ABV. A nice little tripel from Avery, but nothing I'd have again or recommend. I do like it, but it's far from special or unique.

C+

Photo of superspak
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into chalice, bottled in April 2012. Pours hazy golden amber color with a small 1 finger foamy white head with poor retention, that reduces to nearly nothing. Small specks of lacing, and a small amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big lemon, banana, clove, pear, apple, pepper, grass, bread, bubblegum, herbal, earth, candi sugar, wheat, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of lemon, banana, pear, apple, bubblegum, clove, herbal, earth, wheat, bread, pepper, candi sugar, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of banana, lemon, pear, apple, clove, pepper, herbal, earth, wheat, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Tripel! Great flavor complexity and balance; and extremely smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is classic tripel, with some nice citrus and wheat notes. There is also some sweetness from the candy sugar and some spice from the Belgian yeast. The flavor is very similar, with a lot of orange and lemon notes, as well as a lot of pepper and yeast. The beer is fairly dry and the alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice American-made tripel and another good anniversary beer from Avery.

Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Sidecar Bar

A- Served in a ten ounce portion, nineteen looks on the yellow side with some straw color thrown in as well. A nice frothy white head up top that leaves minor sticks but retains rather lengthy.

S- I get a nice dose of bready Belgian yeast up front, with some banana and pear mixed in. A nice earthy hop addition with some pale malt backing.

T- Taste is bold with hops and yeast trying to steal each others thunder. They both pop out rather big with some earth from the hop variety used, slight citrus with pear and a bit of banana. In the end the yeast is the clear winner.

M- Pretty much dead on medium with a crisp carb bite that stings the tounge a bit, yet the insane amount of taste thwarts that. Pretty bitter for a saison, this is on the American side of things.

D- This is a tasty beer, it delves in some american style hop methods with a triple backing. If your looking for a Belgian type triple, you will find it but with a bunch of hops. I think i could do a bomber of this if i put forth the effort.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a hazy gold with a medium white head which leaves very good lace.

S: Peppery spice, some apricot and pear, nice smell.

T: Stone fruit and a lot of pear. Yellow apple, coriander, white pepper. Complex and tasty.

M: Creamy, medium to full-bodied, touch of ethanol, soft carbonation.

O: This is a really well done American tripel, very much to style. A tasty strong ale.

Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice creamy and bright white head is made off the pour, which sits on this real nice glowing yellow orb of lemon. Opaque with some faint rising pinhead streams. Real nice light yellow glow, good looking tripel.

Nose is classic Belgian candy, soft malts and an almost dense pear fruit smell. Sweetness is dialed down just a bit, with a good semi-dry action. Airy and slightly clove comes out.

Palate seems quite spicy, with a big dry finish which seems unexpected. A nearly hop bitter comes forward in the front with a somewhat buttery palate. Carbonation comes out with a real sharp club soda and tonic water action, but disapates very quickly. Some creamyness gets in but the finish rolls a good amout of gas and left over dioxide sensations.

Overall not that bad, kind of interesting, but no complaints.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a glowing, cloudy yellow with a small white cap, some bubbles but the lacing is nice

S: Ligth citrus notes with bubblegum, pepper, wheat and cloves

T: Initially I get some light heat with yeast, bubblegum and spice. Midway I get some wheat more cloves and the finish rounds out with some spice, fruits, light booze, wheat and a lingering but light bitterness and a dry finish

M: Well carbonated, medium to big body. The more it sits on palate the boozier, sharper and more astringent it taste

O: Not a bad Tripel. I probably would not drink it again but was happy to try it. The only recommendation I would make is losing some of the finishing heat and lingering bite

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)
Bottled April 2012
A- This beer pours a hazy golden yellow body with a thin snow white head that last a bit and a swirling microbubble carbonation.

S- The soft dry yeast aroma has a green citrus pith note to it that could be some esters or some hops? The citrus hint at the finish is green hops and has some fruit cocktail notes to it as it warms.

T- The dry green citrus fruit zest quality leads to the yeasty ester taste that is classic in tripels. There is a touch of bitterness from the hops that lingers a moment in the dry finish. The hops take on some apricot notes in the after taste and the fruit cocktail flavor comes through similar to the smell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a crisp clean fizz to it with no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This is a nice crisp dry tripel but it has some interesting twist to it that are quite nice. The fruity character that could be hops or yeasty esters really enhance the flavor/smell but they are subtle enough that they don't over power the beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Brewforia Meridian tonight for a pricey $10ish... Poured into my slim tulip while taking care of some stuff for work tomorrow... Nice white head leaves behind decent lacing... the brew is slightly hazed straw golden.

The nose is more phenolic than estery... pretty pronounced peppery note with an almost equal clove quality... a little bit of banana with warmth.

Banana and clove battle on the palate ... clove wins out and lingers for quite a while... Some honey and subtle under-ripe apple. As it warms, an almost floral orange zest note comes out.

Good body for an American interpretation of the style... A bit lighter than expected... carbonation is good too, but may be a touch light.

I dig this one... I would buy it again, but it would have to be for less than what I paid today.

All 4's.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy, pale orange straw. Thin mixed head dissipates quickly to a thick ring around the glass and thin film. Aroma true to style with Belgian yeast and spicing, sweet malt and light apple and stone fruit. Flavor follows, with light apple and pear with stone fruit, Belgian yeast, coriander and cloves, sweet malt. Starts somewhat on the sweet side, but finishes rather dry with the tripel spices lingering after the taste. Medium bodied. A nice tripel and enjoyable to drink.

Photo of beertunes
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a hazy pale yellow color, with just a thin cap of white head that had very low retention and lacing. Not the big, pillowey, long-lasting and sticky head I expect (and love) in the style.

The aroma hit all the expected notes, grains, spice and yeast, of the style, but nothing really took control. Taste-wise, something was missing. All the things that should have been there were there, but it didn't come together like it should have. The flavors were soft, not bold and crisp (except for a sharp alcohol bite that shouldn't have been there, given that this is on the low side of the scale for the style) like I look for, the taste was bland and harsh at the same time.

The body was very much on the the thin side of typical for the style. Drinkability was not very pleasant, it was almost a chore to finish the bottle. Overall, a disappointment. Avery makes some very good beers and their White Rascal is among the best, and my favorites, of the Wit style. I expected much more from them in a Tripel. Take a pass if you see this one.

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: silvery-golden hue with a touch of haze to the body and a nice effervescence. Head is a thin cap of frothy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: light, sweet malt with a nice pear and apple aroma and a tiny hint of grain. Quite good; just what I like in a tripel.

Taste: sweet malt with a bigger pear and apple character than the aroma, along with a little bit of chalkiness. Bitterness is relatively low but definitely present toward the end. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess. Good.

Overall: a good, if not outstanding, tripel. Good enough to have again, if I have limited tripel options.

Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a goblet. Had a bright yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Average lacing.

S: A nice and spicy aroma, with hints of yeast and malt as well.

T: Tasted of yeast, a phenolic element, some malt and a good deal of spices (pepper especially). An incredibly vibrant, well rounded flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An incredibly enjoyable beer. One of the more drinkable American versions of a tripel I've tried.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber pours a very hazed, light gold color with a small-ish white head. Retention is about average and lacing is quite good.

Nose has a nice Belgian yeast presence and the malts are honeyed but not too sweet. Surprisingly restrained on the hops for Avery.

Very nice, fresh all-round tripel! I am surprised by this one. I really like the fact they didnt add any crazy ingredients here. Yeast is very authentic tasting. The oats give it a nice heft to the mouthfeel. Alcohol is prevalent yet integrated nicely. Its been a long time since I bought multiple Avery anniversary beers, probably Avery 15 was the last one. I will do so here though, this is delicious. I really dont have anything negative to say about this one...good stuff, recommended for tripel fans.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Nineteen from Avery Brewing Company
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