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Avery Anniversary Ale - Nineteen - Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - NineteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Nineteen

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95 Reviews
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Reviews: 95
Hads: 265
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 19.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 265
Photo of WastingFreetime
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a hazy pale straw color with a flash head and no lacing. The nose is mostly comprised of pear-heavy fruity esters and a straightforward hit of candi sugar sweetness, with light garnish levels of yeast and pepper, light booze lingers off in the middle distance. Each sip greets me with a light burst of peppery spice that retreats behind that lingering pear / sweet pineapple combo (yet also a minimal boozey hotness) of a classic tripel. Has a soft and creamy texture but also keeps on the lighter side of medium body...my biggest issue with this beer is lackluster carbonation but everything else is pretty much a by-the-book example of a good Tripel.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: somewhere between pale and deep gold in color; didn't kick up much head for me - thin lid of fizzy haze; by the time it'd warmed a bit, there was nothing left; quick swirls bring up a brief flash of fine bubbles

S: fairly normal tripel smells of orchard fruits, pale malts, and tart yeasty citrus

T: this is a spot-on tripel - nothing flashy, no attempt to infuse an interesting new ingredient; tastes like citron and white wine, distant pale fruits soaked in white wine; nice back-end tartness

M: cleansing and bracing - crisp with tart edges providing astringency; lively on the palate

O: again, a great tripel - I'm a big fan of Westmalle's Tripel and the Tripel Karmeliet - this beer shares a similar flavor profile; I'd put it on par with Thirsty Dog's Cerberus Tripel and Unibroue's La Fin du Monde in terms of craftmanship. So, if you're familiar with the aforementioned and of like mind, or if you're just getting into tripels, this is a great tasting (and representative) example of the style. Good drinking - refined and elegant/classy while still drinking like a beer. Get some.

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. An aroma of some yeast, wheat, spices, and a little sweet fruit. Taste followed suit. A medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this one and quite enjoyed it. I'd definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of Braz
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Tacoma Boys. Very blonde color, clear with a bit of chill haze. Thin white head leaves some decent bubbles. Fruit and yeast scents. Apple, maybe a little coriander. Slightly sweet bitter and acidic taste. White grape. Dull finish. Slight metallic notes too. Body is very thin for me. Booze not well masked either. For the most part, the beer fits a tripel but is just not a real good one. Drinkable but for this style not a great one.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2012. Pours a hazy straw color with a large white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is bubblegum and coriander at first. A good amount of wheat and some apples. Taste is slightly boozy alcohol at first, which immediately turns to sweet fruit. Apples...both green and red with some lemon. Good amount of pepper and spiciness with bubblegum and coriander. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little under-carbonated for a Belgian style tripel. I say this because most tripels are overly carbonated. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very tasty brew.

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Photo of katan
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a goblet

A - Pours a light golden color, to almost straw. Pearly white, super strong head formation that bubbles like crazy but breaks down to film.

S - Fruity and spicy nose - reminds me of coriander, clove, all over the backdrop of citrus.

T - Starts off smooth and sweet, lightly spicy. Mid-stream gets really strong spiciness, white pepper comes through huge. Hopping is non existent, and alcohol is well hidden as well. Finishes very clean.

M - Bubbly mouthfeel, almost biting carbonation. Moderate beer body, may even come off thin. Not very sticky sweet or hot considering the abv and style.

O/D - A very good tripel, nicely balanced between sweetness and the spicy character. Alcohol is well hidden - a little bit over carbonated, seems to be awfully filling. Too bad this is a one time only.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Label says "Bottled in April 2012". It was golden sunshine color with good carb streams. It had a large, foamy white head that slowly settled to a constant 1/8" foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was yeasty with coriander and other peppery notes along with good level of fruitiness and sweet malt. Moderately dry aroma. The taste leads off with the fruit and then quickly joined by the spices for a dry and spicy finish. I can't pin it down but there is something in the aftertaste that I didn't enjoy and threw it off. Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation but had that off aftertaste.

Overall, a good but not great Tripel for me. Avery is one of my favorite breweries and I've enjoyed most of the Anniversary Ales but this one was a slight miss for me. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one time release but if released again I'd have to pass.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Celebrating nineteen years of brewing could kind of get overlooked what with the big 2-0 coming. But we will never forget 2011! Not only was it our largest growth year ever, but we also began designing our new brewing facility! In excited anticipation of 20 years and the new brewery, we concocted this very traditional, yeast driven dry and fruity Tripel." Brewed in the style of a Belgian Tripel Ale. Released in 2012 as a one-off anniversary release, available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 46º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp foamy head of a ivory color over a medium-hazy golden amber body. Subtle Retention is above average and lacing is light and streaked. 4

(Smell) Wheat, pilsner malts, honey, spiced bread and white grape juice. Mildly sweet and potent aroma, very effervescent. 3.75

(Taste) Flavors of wheat malts, biscuity grains, fermented honey and a vinous fruit profile of white grape, peach and a touch of citrus rind. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slick, mildly viscous and medium dry. Carbonation generates spritely bubbles for a medium crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is slightly peppery and grainy over sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate, there are no notable off-characters. 4

(Overall) It's a fairly solid Tripel ale with a good deal of malt body, vinous fruit character and syrupy sweetness. 8.23% may seem a bit mild but this drinks surprisingly light. 4

Avery Brewing Company's
Nineteen Belgian-Style Tripel

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Photo of ksimons
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-a mostly clear golden with two fingers worth of white fluffy head

S-pale bready malt, sweet candied fruits, and spices

T-pale malt backbone with sweet fruit, spices, and a bit of bitterness

M-medium body, somewhat light carbonation

Overall this is a decent Tripel, not outstanding but has some good qualities to it

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Slightly hazy gold. A full, almost honey look. Decent white head on the pour that settles to nearly nothing.
smell: Sweet fruit with a hint of spice. Very appealing.
taste: Nicely done. Nice, easy fruit and sweetness with a hint of sour with a gentle finish.
overall: Not a big anniversary beer that will wow, but a nicely done tripel.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome white foamy three finger head. Very light, foggy, yellow color. Great lacing. As good as it gets.

Tons of pepper, cloves, and banana. Very nice use of yeast.

This brew drinks pretty hot. Lots of banana and clove goodness. Wet on arrival and semi-dry on exit. Slight sourness along with heavy sugary sweetness, but by no means a sugar bomb. decent carbonation too.

This brew is built to take the test of time. Awesome belgian flavors flow out of this brew. I'm going to scoop a few more to sit on. Quite highly recommended.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a Maudite snifter. While the size of the bright white head is disappointing, it's fairly tenacious and leaves some streaks of lace. Hazy gold body.

Sweet sugar cookie nose with a hearty dose of cloves and a white pepper spiciness that tastes much stronger than it smells. A bit on the thickish side, but with plenty of carbonation and bitterness to cut through the body. I'm digging the interplay between the sweeter clove/cookie flavors and the prickly spice. The ABV is reasonably well-disguised, enough so that this one will really sneak up on you. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Pale gold color, not bad at all. Slightly hazy with a white head that is weak in frame but the beer still looks good. Head is maybe 1/3" disappearing before the first sip.

Smell: Light yeast scent and hoppy feel. But keep in mind it is light.

Taste: Little all over the place with the yeast, lightly sour but bitter. Honestly really like it. It isn't the best tripel but that doesn't mean it isn't good.

Mouth: Little sticky, incredibly smooth.

Overall: I drank this without seeing a review and Avery has made better. I love tripels, but there are other brews out there that stand out. This is really a quality drink just depends on how and what you are comparing it to. Drink up and Salud!

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Photo of mscudder
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 bottled in April. Poured into a Duvel snifter.

A - Cloudy, almost frozen lemonade colored, yellow with a fluffy head sporting large bubbles.

S - Warm yeast is the most prominent aroma followed by subtle fruits and pine. Dry smell for sure.

T - Dry upfront and throughout, which is not personally my favorite, but well done for the style. Some hops and citrus notes are present throughout with an emphasis on apricot.

M - A crisp and fizzy light bodied Tripel with no alcohol leaking through whatsoever.

O - A solid showing from Avery, but simply too dry for my liking; I prefer more Belgian yeasts, wet hops and a moist finish.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Bright yellow, with no head or lace. A fair amount of clarity. Nothing special in the appearance

S - Trippel for sure. Belgian yeast is very strong. Bananas, pepper, spices.

T - Sweet, belgian yeast. Spicy. Very much like the aroma.

M - High carbonation.

O - A good trippel, but not over the top. I will drink it all day, don't get me wrong. But Avery sets the bar high with all of their other concoctions!

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Photo of Kromes
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy yellow color with a thick white head that laces the sides of the tulip glass.

S: Alcohol, Belgian yeast, pineapple, and sweet corn.

T: The clove spice and alcohol are immediately apparent. There is also some sweet tropical fruit and another faint trace of what tastes like sweet corn or creamed corn.

M: Light and a bit syrupy with peppery carbonation.

O: A good tripel, good quality in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of yamar68
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bit thin... lacking much of a head and no real lacing, a slight suggestion of alcohol legs but that's about it. A smidgen of beading.

Nose is nice and clean. Banana, clove, mango, syrupy fruit. Some nice yeast presence as well.

Bready, peppery yeast, more banana, and a strange alcohol character that I wouldn't expect from the ABV. The taste unfortunately suffers from the lack of body.

Overall, worth trying but not much else. I'd love to try this one on tap sometime.

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Photo of alysmith4
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale copper color with a massive, foamy head. Smell is of yeast, apple, sugar, and bread. I let it warm a bit before taking a sip, and was pleasantly surprised by the taste. It was a little hoppier than I had expected, but not in a bad way. I'd have this beer again, for sure.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from Total Wine in NoVA. Bottled April 2012.

Appearance: Hazy dark yellow, like concentrated urine. Soapy white head lasts 10 seconds and leaves no lacing-- at all.

Smell: Spicy phenolic yeast notes. Pear, apple, much less banana. Bready malt. Good smelling tripel.

Taste: Very yeast driven and spicy. Plenty sweet, not too much though. Not enough bright fruity esters to really round this out. Very little alcohol heat in this one.

Mouthfeel: I think this bottle may be a bit undercarbed. Other that some sweet stickiness on the finish, this beer is pretty boring in the mouth. None of the creaminess and silkiness that really good tripels have.

Overall: I think this may have been better fresh, and I wouldn't have aged it 8 months. I bought it a few weeks ago on an endcap at Total Wine and just assumed it was new. Oh well.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy, golden color. No head. Well carbonated when drinking. S: Sweet yeasts, white wine, boozy because of the wine smell. T: fruity with peach or apricot jam. The finish is metallic or bitter and then you taste chewy white bread. The alcohol taste is unbalanced with the other flavors, which I have not picked up on in Avery’s other Belgian brews. I like it, but I would rather pick up one of their other Belgian beers. In other words, for an anniversary beer, it was not that exciting.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

P: Pale bright yellow color that is evenly hazed. White fizzy head that lasts a few seconds and disappears.

S: Lime, lemon, tart and acidic, yikes stripes fruit striped gum, mango, pineapples, warmed milk in cereal, and bready yeast.

T/M: Dank earthy tropical fruit, musty mouth coating, tart lemon and limes. Belgian candy sugar, spices, and powdery yeast. Bitterness is apparent but subdued by the sweet alcohol. Booze starts to swarm once warm. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter fruit soaked alcohol.

O: A nice anniversary surprise. A solid tripel that delivers complex flavors. The acidity was a tad much but overall a great beer to enjoy. Cheers!

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Photo of NWer
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured opaque golden into my Russian River stemmed glass.
yellow head. Nice appearance.
Taste a little on the dry side compared to most tripels. Hoppier than most as well. Dry finish.
Very enjoyable. I liked this beer a lot and would definitely recommend it.
Very well crafted. Comes down to personal taste as to how well it is received.
Looking forward to going back and snagging a few more while I still can.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Somewhat hazy yellow with a foamy white head that quickly dissipates to absolutely nothing.

S: Funky, earthy belgian yeast, poppy, earthy spices, citrus in the nose.

T: Some poppy, orange dominates, some spices, Belgian yeast.

M: Smooth enough, and medium-full bodied.

O: A really good citric, perhaps unconventional, tripel.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Poured a pale gold with a couple of fingers of tight bubbled white head. Clove and Belgian spice in the aroma. Light bodied and dry. A little citrus. More spice in the finish. Nice American version of a tripel. Most seem to be sweet and flabby. Good stuff.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Very yellow in color. A little hazy too with a medium-sized fluffy, white head. The retention was decent and the lacing was OK, at least on the top third of the glass. Below that it lacked.

SMELL: Smells exactly like a Tripel should. Lemon, orange, coriander, a little yeast - spot-on for the style. It coul be a little stronger though.

TASTE: Citrus dominates this beer. Lemon, some orange and even a bit of grapefruit at the end are all here. The grapefruit provides a really nice bitterness on to the finish. A little funk and spice serve to make this beer a little more complex as well.

MOUTHFEEL: There is a shocking lack of booziness considering the 8.23% ABV. This light-bodied beer is also very well balanced.

OVERALL: Unusual for Avery in the sense that they nailed the style, and I mean just drilled it. They typically push the limits a little bit, but this only serves as an example that proves that Avery knows how to brew exactly what they want.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Nineteen from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.