Avery Anniversary Ale - Nineteen - Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - NineteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Nineteen

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Reviews: 94
Hads: 263
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 6.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.23% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: chugalug06 on 05-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kristiekatk
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nineteen pours a beautiful straw/golden color, hazy, with a 3-finger off-white head that slowly settles into a thick, whipped topping layer and leaving terrific Belgian lace.

The aroma is heavy golden fruit esters; peaches, pears, etc. There are some flowery bouquet notes, mild alcohol, and some grainy notes. Flavor is sweet with a huge fruit presence that leans more towards the citrus rather than bananas. You’ll find some light peppery phenols and a great, spicy yeast flavor.

The 8.23% alcohol creates a pleasant creaminess in this medium-bodied beer, and it’s well-carbonated, effervescent qualities lead to a crisp and dry finish. It stays sweet all the way through, but there is some light grassy hop action in the finish. There is a slight bit of alcohol warmth, but nothing overly noticeable.

Overall, a sweet and crisp tripel that I really enjoyed. (867 characters)

Photo of Living816
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a shame this is a one-time beer. Avery did an outstanding job here. A convincingly Belgian tripel without any inappropriate embellishments or adornments. Very nice aroma of sweet malt, fruits, slight banana and spice. Exceedingly smooth on the mouth without inappropriate hot or solventy alcohols. You can tell it's a proper strong beer but it doesn't have any hot or unpleasant burn to it. The yeast and malt carry this beer. Mine was bottled in April. No idea how it changed over time, except that it aged quite well.

You'll feel it for sure. Very drinkable beer. Simple, clean, straightforward tripel. No new ground paved here, but a good tripel is hard to find. The road to Belgium is littered with half-assed attempts to doctor up a style that, by definition, is clean and yeast driven. (798 characters)

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. (846 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of some citrus hops, sweet bready and grainy malts, Belgian yeast, coriander and other spices, and lemon zest.

T - Starts off with a mix of citrus hops, some light bitterness, some sweet grainy malts, some lemon zest, and coriander. Through the middle, some more Belgian yeast comes through with some more spices, and a bit of farmhouse flavor. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts, Belgian yeast, spices, fruity esters, and lemon zest.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, spicy, and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice balanced Tripel. Very smooth. (759 characters)

Photo of ummswimmin
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a tulip style glass. The coloring is a little darker than straw with very minimal head coming off. There is a lot of stuff floating in this beer, which you would expect from the bottle conditioning.

Off the top I get pretty strong banana esthers and the sour presence. It smells pretty good, but there isn't a lot of balance there.

The flavor is pretty strong. It has the elements of the tripel from the yeast. You get a lot of flavor in each sip, and it seems pretty over-whelming.

This is a decent tripel, but I think I would go pick up a Unibroue trippel in the future. (594 characters)

Photo of Vec2267
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy pale yellow, an inch of white foam that fades quickly leaving some lacing

S - quite aromatic, yeast, spice, floral, honey

T - Belgian yeast, spice (Coriander/clove/pepper), apples, a grape Pinot Noir tart note more than the typical sweet

M - heavier and more syrupy than a typical Belgian, not the expected effervescence

O - a very enjoyable beer, the spice components give it more a Wit quality than a typical Triple (431 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.94/5  rDev -23%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed yellow wheat color. Just a whisp of fizzy white head formed then fell just as quickly.

4.0 S: This is a nice, earthy tripel. Not overly fruity like some - just right. Honey, pepper and clove spiciness dominate the nose. Hay and grassy hoppiness. Lightly floral with a dirty earthiness that I like a lot. Mildly yeasty. Overall, solid.

3.5 T: Like the nose, this is earthy and spicy. Honey, pepper, and clove are again the leading flavors. Hay, grassy, flowers, earth to follow. Not a lot of complexity, but what is there is done quite well.

4.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good carbonation level for the style, but on the lower end. Spritzy, light, and fluffy. Good here.

3.5 D: Good overall effort. Lacking in the complexity department, but other than that I have no complaints. (835 characters)

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. (912 characters)

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

Pretty good Tripel. Avery got the hard part down...the yeasty, almost cheese-like presence of the really good Tripels. It was a bit short in the fruity / spicy flavors which many lesser Tripels achieve.

Pours a hazy, light straw gold color into my Chimay goblet. Small delicately bubbly white head that fades quickly...like many Tripels. Not much in the way of lacing

The yeast is really prominent in the aroma, a little light fruit (apples/pears) and some mild citrus (lemon).

Tastes pretty good!!! The yeast really makes it, as good as some of the better Tripels out there. I was expecting to notice more sweet light fruit and a little black pepper spiciness. Those aspects were pretty mild. The citrus presence was prominent.

Mouthfeel is rich as it should be. Could have used a bit more black pepper, but overall just right. There is a little alcohol presence but not too much. Very easy on the palate....goes down very smooth.

Overall a good but not great Tripel. One of the better American takes on this style. (1,021 characters)

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! (739 characters)

Photo of beertunes
2.55/5  rDev -33.2%
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. (1,069 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of cracgor
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy yellow beer with almost no head. It smells delicious though I am a fan of Tripels. The normal arrangement of citrus/corriander to my nose. It also has a nice flavor though the multistoried to overpower some of the subtleties. The mouthful is full and spicy. Overall-god but could definitely be better. (310 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (1,328 characters)

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. (1,096 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottled April 2012.

A: Fizzy head fades fast. Cloudy-clear pale yellow beer.

S: Smells like a tripel. Grainy, yeasty, and Belgian. Blindly, I'd peg it maybe as the St. Bernardus Tripel. Fruity-spicy and very nice.

T: It tastes like a Belgian tripel. Top marks! Lightly spicy, semi-fruity, yeasty-dry, with a full-bodied grainy maintaste. In short, an ideal tripel. The balances might be tweaked slightly, but it doesn't get too much better than this.

M: Spicy, grainy, dry, sweet.

O: Highly recommended. Probably the best American tripel I've ever encountered. Could definitely compete with the Big Boys in Belgium. Would drink again. (692 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (813 characters)

Photo of Fitwitchik
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

Pours yellow with a sweet head into nice lacing

Smells just like a Belguim. Lemony with coriander

Strong fruity flavor without the burn of alcohol (alas) Coriander is a bit much. Not as smooth as a high quality Belguim

High carbonation but works for the moment

Overall I would prefer a "true" Belguim but Avery certainly did their best in this department. (394 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston, TX

A: Pours a clear yellow color. A two finger white head forms and recedes in a minute to nothing. Not much lace either.
S: Phenolic yeast and peppery spice up front. I get a whiff of sulfur that lingers around. Also a metallic twang.
T: Follows the nose with yeast and peppery spice. Phenolic and sweet. A lingering sulfur and mineral flavor that is slightly metallic.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and effervescent. The alcohol is noticeable, and makes this a slow sipper.

I don't know why, but I always seem to get a mineral and sulfur character in most of Avery's Anniversary offerings that I am not a fan of. Not something I particularly want to come back to. (705 characters)

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. (975 characters)

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. (490 characters)

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

Avery Nineteen pours a light gold color. There’s a fair amount of haze clouding the scene. It takes on a brighter, more yellow look when held to light. A soft white head tops things off. It only rises to about a finger in height before falling back quickly. A few surface bubbles remained. Lacing was spotty and rather light overall.

The nose is pretty good. It seems a tad weak, but isn’t bad. It is a bit fruity up front. Apple and pear are most notable. Belgian yeast is noticeable almost immediately. I like that. It adds quite a bit in terms of spiciness. White pepper and clove work nicely into the mix. There’s a hint of honey and light hops at the secondary level. Hops smell a little earthy and grassy. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t overwhelm. Smells pretty good. Just needs a little more strength.

The flavor is a notch better. Enough to warrant a score bump. It starts out with a nice mix of apple and pear flavors. A touch of peach might be there, as well. Belgian yeast smells delicious and adds a blend of pepper and clove spiciness. It all works together really well. Honey is noted and adds an intriguing dimension to the flavor. Hops follow and add a bit of a grassy flavor. It all works well together and produces a nice flavor. Alcohol is noted, but isn’t warm or hot. Finishes spicy and dry.

Nineteen has a medium body. Carbonation is active, but the bubbles feel soft. It’s smooth, but won’t be confused with a top-notch, authentic Belgian Triple. It’s pretty easy drinking all the same. I’ll finish off the bomber with little trouble.

Avery Nineteen is a good Triple. No, it’s not top tier, but it’s good. It features the hallmarks of the style and performs pretty well. It’s definitely worth checking out. Happy 19th! (1,768 characters)

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. (284 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.14/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,062 characters)

Avery Anniversary Ale - Nineteen from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.