Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty Three
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Brett Beer
3.91 | pDev: 11.25%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty ThreeAvery Anniversary Ale - Twenty Three
Notes: 100% Brettanomyces Fermented Dark Farmhouse

Inspired by Brabant (remember that one?) and the goodness of its marriage of Brettanomyces fermentation and Belgian dark malts, we’ve crafted this celebratory wild ale using three strains of Bretts. Our house strain, Brettanomyces drie, brings loads of ripe stone fruit aromas to the mix. Brettanomyces bruxellensis lends the classic horsey and rustic aspects of a traditional wild ale, while Brettanomyces custersianus delivers massive tropical fruit essences to the flavor party. Add some beautiful, dark and robust Belgian specialty malts for caramel, chocolate and fig elements and you have this — our rendition of a Dark Farmhouse Ale.
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CaptainHate from Ohio

4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2016 bottle bought a week ago without having checked the date. When I got home I thought WTF let's see what happens.

Poured into a DFH tulip, body was a dark mahogany with a tan head that showed no sign of having aged badly. Smell was very sour at the cellar temperature, which worried me but as it warmed up dark fruit and funk began to make their presence felt. Taste reflected the smell but was also very refreshing. At first I thought it tasted a bit "old" as in past its prime, and maybe it is because I never had it fresh; but as it warmed up and the other flavors began blending in it tasted very zesty. By the time I got to the end I was sorry I didn't have more. So this was a successful inadvertent experiment in aging.

Jun 07, 2020
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into an oversized wine glass to a deep brown with some mahogany hues topped by a dense two finger light tan head which fades slowly and leaves decent lacing.
S: Smells of an interesting mix of horseblanket, tropical fruits, toasted malts, and some slight funk
T: Taste is caramel and tropical fruits followed by horseblanket and funk. Good fruity notes throughout along with those dark malt notes. Swallow is more horseblanket and funk, toasted malts, tropical fruits and stone fruits with some lingering chalky notes.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is effervescent but not prickly while the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this one is a little funky and different. Great flavors and very enjoyable as well. Definitely aged well and it doesn't show any signs of falling off yet. Definitely worth a try if you can find it and like your saisons a little funky.

Jun 05, 2018
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Boto from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber: This one pours a dark brown color. There was a thin tan head that went away quickly, with no lacing. Good nose. Brett, earthy and some dark fruits are predominate. Good flavor. Some sourness, but not a lot. Dark fruits, a hint of chocolate and some breadiness. Very nice!

May 13, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nearly black, mahogany brown body; thin yet lasting head, creamy and sticky. Funky, nutty aroma; black licorice. Tart, cherry-like flavors blending nicely with a cocoa and nutty complement of dark grains; a note of sourness. Medium body; dark grain warmth; mostly dry finish.

A full-on brett yeast creation that works well with the dark Belgian grains. It ditches the common barnyard funk of many beers like this and actually has just a touch of sourness and tartness to the overall quality of the beer. At this stage, the brew comes across like a slightly tart Cascadian dark ale.

Mar 01, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. Neck of bottle is stamped for bottling date as 'BOTTLED2-25-16 11:14FV32'.
Very dark brown body, with reddish highlights when presented to glass. Thin off white, fizzy head on the pour, which settles to ring fed by rising bubbles. Just a few small spots of lacing.
Aroma includes cherry and other dark fruit, a dark wine aspect, and a sweeter yeast of molasses and sweet dark fruit.
Taste follows the nose and introduces chocolate to the mix. Lots of dark fruit, tart and sweet, sweet caramel, dark wine aspects. Very faint funk adds to everything else. No strong horsey or rustic funk elements. As the beer warms, tropical fruit essences are tasted.
Medium mouth feel, with quite a bit of carbonation.
A beer with a lot going on, but the mix of sour and sweet does not provide incentive for repeated sipping. I can respect the recipe design and the execution is right on, but more funk would be welcomed.

Feb 24, 2018
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of the 22 oz. bomber bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a dark brown, almost black color with a tan colored head that's about an inch thick when first poured that eventually settles to a thick film layer of foam on the beer's surface along with a thick ring lining the inside of the glass and pretty decent lacing. Aromas of bready, roasted malts and hints of chocolate and esters of cherries , plums, and figs are all certainly present along with a nice bit of yeasty barnyard funk. The taste is pretty much the same, with roasted, bready caramel malt sweetness with a nice hint of chocolate that gives way to the aforementioned fruits, a hint of pepper, and some barnyard yeasty funk notes that has a touch of tart sourness. One of the most sour saisons I've ever had, and I very much like this here. Good balance of flavors. Has a crisp, yet smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean and dry finish and a fairly dry aftertaste.


Jan 13, 2018
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a dark purple brown color with a very large creamy tan brown head with no lacing on the glass. Not the prettiest beer out there.

S: Sweet malt and grape, a bit of a winey quality to it, slightly tart and sour, some cherry and a slight bit of caramel. I don't smell much Brett.

T: Sweet malt and caramel, notes of cherry and grape. A slight dryness from the Brett but other than that the Brett is very unnoticeable.

F: Medium body and lower carbonation.

O: This is not a bad, has several wine like qualities, but I am disappointed with the lack of Brett in this beer.

Nov 18, 2017
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - super dark and great tan head, looks slightly thin but we will see
Smell - dark red cherry, tart, slight caramel
Taste - dark cherry tartness, farmhouse style
Feel - medium light body and medium carb
Overall - pretty good but I’m not sure I’d get it agajn

Oct 28, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown with a modest beige foam in the Orval chalice. Surprising sweetness and a malty warmth. Winey. Some sudsy carbonation to start but it flattens out in the mouth as you sip.

This has less of the Brett flavor than you might expect. There is just a dry finish to hint at the yeast. It's quite pleasant stuff, but more fruity than funky. some dark roast grain and a slight tartness in the finish. I wish they would keep working on this and put it in cans, it could be their Dark Reverend. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

Jul 05, 2017
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rajendra82 from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured dark brown to black in color, and formed a beige colored head that was about one finger thick. The smell was a mix of sweet molasses, ripe cherry, and green apple. There was a definitive note of Brett, but not as much as I was expecting from a 100% fermentation. The taste was more like a diluted quad, than a farmhouse ale, as I could detect raisin, green apple, vanilla, fig, and toffee. The funk from the Brett was quite subdued. The beer was very light on the palette, hid the alcohol very well, and was easy to drink. Decent sour ale, but not very farmhouse evoking.

Apr 30, 2017
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stortore from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 2/25/16, had 10/24/16.

Pours near black, opaque, with a one and a half inch thick, foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly, some loose lacing. The smell is Belgian yeast, cherries, plums, caramel. tart, some brett, a little sourness, some chocolate, light black pepper. The taste leads with malt, cherries, caramel, raisins, plums, some figs, light chocolate, a general berry flavor, a little yeast, light brett, not much tartness or sourness. Pretty full- bodied for the style, smooth, creamy, well carbonated.

Liked this one more, the more I had. Really good flavor and aroma, well blended and balanced between the hops and malt. Not really tart or sour, which is what was advertised, and the brett is more complimentary than out front. But, it's just a very enjoyable beer to drink. Had a great price point, too.

Feb 13, 2017
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Mitchster from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brewed with Chateau CaraRuby, Caraamber, Dingemans Chocolate, Special B and 2-Row. Hopped with Hersbrucker and Bravo. Fermented with Brettanomyces custersianus, Brettanomyces drie, Brettanomyces bruxellensis.
7.9% ABV.

Pours out to a near black, very dark mahogany, forming a nice poofy medium tan head with very good retention and moderate lacing. The nose is sour cherry pie, horse blanket and funky basement. Mouthfeel is lightly tart with a medium light body, slick and smooth mouthfeel, not overly carbonated, more towards 2.0 carbs or so. Very nice. The taste opens with sour cherry pie, then followed by a little brown ale caramel and mild toast, but no roasted flavors per say. Subtle dark fruit. Watery finish. Very mild to minimal bitterness. No appreciable off flavors.

This is an interesting beer. Most farmhouses are way to carbonated for me, so this is a nice surprise. I dig the cherry pie flavor, but was hoping for a thicker mouthfeel and a little more roast character. A nice beer.

Feb 12, 2017
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spoony from Colorado

3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 650 ml bottle (bottled February 24, 2016) to a tulip.

A-The beer looks a bit like cola with dark, dark brown liquid sitting beneath a short lived brown head. The foam drops quickly to a collar that hangs around for while. Not much lacing to be seen.

S-The aroma is slightly tart at first with hints of balsamic and sour cherry. As it opens and I take a few sips, I sniff more bread crust, cocoa, raisin, prune, and molasses. It is strangely sweet and more musty than funky. Kinda all over the place.

T-The taste is not as fruit forward as I would expect. Light cherry tartness is overwhelmed by a strange malty sweetness that has no real defining flavor, but I pick up prune (especially on the finish), molasses, burnt sugar, and woody notes. The aftertaste is moderately funky and not terribly appetizing.

M-The beer is robust with a slightly oily feel. Carbonation is on the mild side and the beer is filling.

O-This birthday beer is not my favorite Avery. None of the flavor pieces seem to fit with each other and I don't find myself want to pour a second a glass from the bottle.

Jan 30, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got the Twenty Three Anniversary Ale from Avery via a beer trade. I liked it very much.

Look: dark brown almost black hue with an inch thick mocca head.

Aroma: Bready, grassy, sweet aroma.

Taste: The bottle says lots of stone fruit, and it probably is. I taste bread, earthy, chocolate, a bit sweet, yeast, dark fruits, cherry, figs, plum, a bit sour, not too much,.

Feel: medium body, good carbonation.

Nov 21, 2016
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed on tap. Pours an opaque dark brown with a thin, tan head. The aroma is roasty, fruity and funky. Taste is roasty up front then some fruitiness, a little bit of tart an then a little bitter hit. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and smooth. Just doesn't all come together for me.

Oct 16, 2016
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cunderhill from California

3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: bubbly pour, tan colored quickly dissipating head, black cherry color;

Smell: first sweet and sour vomit then soy sauce, cherries, balsamic vinegar;

Taste: caramel malt, brett, cherry soda, almost cloyingly sweet, sour finish;

Feel: medium body, fairly smooth, sticks to the tongue;

Overall: good moments but low drink-ability. I considered not finishing the glass but kept going back for more to figure out what exactly I did not like about it. It is certainly funky, but there is perhaps just enough character to distract from this.

Oct 11, 2016
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.1/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body with a short-lived, sandy beige head that fades fast.

Smell: A taint of bile burps, with chopped cherry, raisin drizzled generously with vinegar. Potting soil, baker's chocolate and store-brand cola.

Taste: A sweetish chocolate-cherry cola vibe and a steely-eyed acetic bent with a soiled sourness about it, hinting pointedly of coughed up bile. A few drops of old coffee. Earthy, oh, heck, let's just wrap this up, I'm throwin' in the towel on these 22 ounces of 23.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Relatively low carbonation. Slight mouth-coating quality about it.

Overall: Just dreadful, couldn't finish the bottle by a long shot.

Sep 18, 2016
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Pencible from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear black cherry with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like earthy wheat bread and grassy hops, with some sour cherry and sweet prune.
T: It tasted like whole grain bread and creamy wheat, with some grassy hops and sour cherry and sweet prune. It had a clean sweet tart aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an interesting brew with complex scent and taste. Well balanced, but not that well integrated. The body was nice, and the finish was really smooth, so it was quite easy to drink. Age may help this beer gel into something more impressive. Fresh wasn't bad, but it wasn't memorable either.

Sep 16, 2016
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OrangeMen from New York

3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2016 vintage
~ 6 months from bottle date

Appearance- Pours a black color w/ ruby red highlights, not completely opaque. Finger thick, light tan colored head, creamy and thick. Lots of spotty head lacing on glass.

Aroma- Fruity breadiness, underlying biscuity malts with stone fruits of apricot and peach, with hints of tropical fruit, pineapple. Roasty, chocolatey, nutty. Earthy funkiness, wet hay, barnyard, grassy and spicy.

Taste- Biscuity breadiness, hints of chocolate, toasty bread, nuts, woody flavors. Lots of fruitiness, candied fruits, apricots and pineapple, some cherry. Funky yeast, horse funk, wet hay, grassiness.

Feel- Medium to thinner bodied, very easy drinking but lacks a consistency at times. Moderate to lower carbonation.

Overall- A very different and unique beer. Fruity and funky, and held up by a rich and complex malty body. The yeast qualities are going in so many different directions, and it all wraps together quite nicely.

Aug 21, 2016
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VABA from Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good wild ale! The beer was complex , great aroma, great flavor. It is definitely worthy of purchasing again! Avery has done a good job with this beer.

Jul 27, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours dark brown with a purple hue.

Smell: It has aromas of dried cherries, plums, horse blanket, and hints of chocolate.

Taste: The initial flavor is sweet with dried cherries and plums. It also has earthly elements with low caramel and low chocolate flavors.

Feel: It is moderate bodied with a somewhat tart and sweet finish.

Overall, this is a unique take on wild ales both in color and in malt flavors.

Jul 09, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with hints of ruby.

Smell: A fruity and sweet Belgian style aroma with a scent of brett, spices, and tropical fruit. Belgian yeast with hints of peppers and clove. Big presence of brett with some funk hints. Tropical fruit hints of stone fruit, pineapple, and mango along with some cherry, grape, apple, and banana. Dark fruit hints of raisin, fig, prune, and dates. Malt hints of caramel, chocolate, biscuit, grains, and toast. Some hints of candied sugar. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity and sweet dark Belgian style taste with notes of brett, spices, and tropical fruit. Belgian yeast with notes of clove, peppers, and farmhouse funk. Big presence of brett funk with some tropical notes of stone fruit, pineapple, and mango. Also some fruit notes of banana, dark grapes, cherry, and apple along with some dark fruit notes of fig, raisin, dates, and prune. Toasted malt notes of caramel, chocolate, grains, biscuit, and toast. A very nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and fairly sticky. Alcohol heat is minimal.

Overall: A very nice take on a Dark Belgian Saison. Nice blend of brett with the spicy and fruity yeast flavors.

Jul 01, 2016
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Emersonio from District of Columbia

4.34/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Bomber bottle into a goblet. Appearance: Very effervescent on the pour. Medium off color head. Both the head and the effervescence seem to subside after the brew settles. No head after settling and glass lacing seems quite minimal. The look is dark brownish with some ruby red like notes when held up to the light. Clear quality but very dark. Aroma: Interesting. Can detect some tart and funky aromas. Brett present. Deep and dark berries with chocolate notes. Candied figs and dates as well. Some sour notes present as well. Taste: Sour and tart yet mild. Deep dark fruits. Sour cherries very present. On the exhale there is definite but subtle barnyard and Brett funk. Aftertaste: Finishes on the dry side with some slight burn. The funk remains throughout along with the sour cherry and deep dark fruits. Less sweet on the back end than on the initial sip. Notes Interesting and unique take on a Saison. Despite three different strains of Brett it is surprisingly mild and balanced. Result/Rating: Very good/

Jun 24, 2016
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superspak from Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/24/2016. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin spotty lace cap that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart cherry, blackberry, strawberry, red grape, plum, fig, date, pineapple, peach, apricot, hay, straw, musty funk, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, chocolate, light cocoa/nuttiness, herbal, wood, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky yeast and moderate dark/roast/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, blackberry, strawberry, red grape, plum, fig, date, pineapple, peach, apricot, hay, straw, musty funk, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, chocolate, light cocoa/nuttiness, wood, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate fruity tartness and light yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of tart cherry, blackberry, strawberry, red grape, plum, fig, date, pineapple, peach, apricot, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, chocolate, wood, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky yeast and moderate dark/roast/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tartness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/grainy/acidic balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding dark Brett saison! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky yeast and moderate dark/roast/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink, with the balanced acidity and malt flavors. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jun 24, 2016
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delta490 from Virginia

3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It pours a murky dark brown with a fizzy light tan head that is gone almost as quickly as it arrives. A thin broken ring of head hangs on around the outside of the glass, aided by a solitary stream of carbonation. The aroma has a note of stronger Belgian sours, with just a hint of cherry, and some alcohol. The taste is similar to the aroma but a little less robust. It is medium-bodied and almost completely smooth.

Jun 20, 2016
Avery Anniversary Ale - Twenty Three from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 202 ratings