Avery Anniversary Ale - Twelve (Saison Ale) | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twelve (Saison Ale)Avery Anniversary Ale - Twelve (Saison Ale)

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gusler on 05-06-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 195 |  Reviews: 177
Photo of kosmoraios
4.74/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been waiting to review this one for a long time, finally my friends at Fossil Creek got their distributor to cave in and bring a case.

I'm reviewing this one in it's class, and I haven't tried many saisons, so not much to compare it to. I may have to come back and edit this one.
Pours a murky bright orange-yellow, with an off-white head of about 3 fingers on the yeast swirl pour. Excellent head retention - lasts forever and laces the glass to the end. Aroma is malty and very spicy, with the lavender, grains of paradise adding spice on top of the lemon and orange peel zest. Very fruity and spicy on a strong yeast and wheat foundation. -- in a good strong way. Mouthfeel is smooth and phenolic with a decent amount of carbonation. Light enough to be very drinkable, but strong enough that one 750ml bottle is quite enough.

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Photo of jj21
4.72/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery cleaned out the spice cabinet for this one. Wow! Pours a hazy yellow with great white head. The most distinctive smell I have experienced in a beer. Hard to describe, kind of like walking past a Cinnibon and getting the whiff of Cinnamin with cloves, oranges and coriander. Very crisp, smooth mouthfeel. I split a bottle with some friends and we all thought it was fantastic. Looking back I don't know how well a full serving, let alone a full bottle, would go down. A little too harsh to drink in larger quantities. Great beer none-the-less.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.66/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - straw-colored pour, 3 fingers of white foam sit like cake above the beer. Thick, clumpy lace being fed by a strong flow of bubbles from below.

Aroma - fruity and sweet, oranges mostly. Slight yeast.

Taste - what a great blend of spices! Lavender, chamomile, the orange and lemon all make their presence known. A light portion of yeast, an equal measure of balancing hops on the swallow. Some cinnamon/clove type flavors work their way through at times. The finish is almost like tea - herbal, a little grassy, a little sweet.

Mouthfeel - for as bubbly as it is, it has a very smooth delivery. Feels a little drapy but not heavy.

Drinkability - fantastic beer, and pricy at eight bucks a bomber, but one of the tastiest saisons I've had yet. If it loses some authenticity without the signature funkiness, that's fine by me.

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Photo of aaj1002
4.62/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay here is the deal... This is not the saison for everybody but this is not really a bad thing. The nose is huge, a ton of under-notes like lavender, rosemary and all-spice. The taste is bold with the tones of yeast, which are the flavors you got from the nose, meshing in with inviting malt and balancing hops. The finish is clean enough considering the big bold complex taste. This is a wonderful beer if you like this sort of taste profile.

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Photo of russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazy straw colored body witha parfait-like white head and phenomenal lacing

Smell: Pepper lemon, and floral smell that is too delicate to make me think hops, coriander is prevalent as well

Taste: Spiciness is strong, but does compete with a sweet malty background, peppery taste, and lemon notes

MF; Well balanced and perfect carbonation.

Drinkability: Interesting, just a little off the chart with the pepper and lemon to drink more than one or two

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice filtered clear medium gold body, with a 3/4" head. Lots of carbonation visible in the body. Sweet floral nose, also a slight soapiness, spices (cayenne pepper, cloves, cinammon), also tea leaf aromas. Tastei s large and pungent, with a lot of cinnamon, cloves, sweet malt, and a little alcohol thrown in there for more spiciness. A nice sipper, unique to this style, which is very underproduced.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.6/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Nice big white head, that has good retention and nice lacing. Golden slightly hazed in color.

S- Lots of crazy spicy notes. Lemon, ginger bread and pumpkin pie are the most dominate aromas. Cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar, some herbal yeast as well. This beer smells amazing!

T- Very nice subtle sweet spicy flavors. Some nice lemon flavor up front then ginger bread, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg and other sweet herbal flavors. This is a really subtle but complex flavored beer.

M- Medium bodied beer with great spicy bite and nice sweetness. Very enjoyable mouth feel.

Overall- One of the best smelling beers I have ever had. This is a very subtle but complex beer that makes you think. I would say that this is a great beer!

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours light honey yellow, a bit hazy. Not much head.

Lovely aroma, sweet with a bit of sharp woody spice.

Spice and citrus are all over this one, with a clove hint and a slight medicinal hint in the back of the mouth.

Strong tight fizz up front, just a bit thinner than expected, but very pleasant.

I give it a five on drinkability. It's very user-friendly, and could be a great session beer.

Be well

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of Phatz
4.49/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What an excellent beer. Thanks to mugghugger for the opportunity to try this beer. This may be the most unique Saison I have ever had. And from a guy who is not a huge fan of the style I admit this is damn good and certainly the top of my list in the style. It is very spiced and interesting.

Appearance: Pours a hazy lemon gold color with a big fluffy white head and lots of active fine carbonation.

Smell: This beer literally smells like a candle my wife has. The aroma is sweet and candied with chamomile and herbs as well as honey and lemon and a hint cinnamon or maybe even cardamom.

Taste: Sweet easy candy, and still nostalgic of a flavored candle, with chamomile and cloves, honey lemon and orange lead to a gentle peppery hop character. Truly terrific!

Mouthfeel: The flavor is extremely lively on the palate but the texture is remarkably smooth and the fine carbonation is ideal.

Drinkability: As tasty as this beer is, it may be to spiced to session but sharing one is perfect.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of timmcd64
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I don't have the expertise to go into a full descriptive review of the beer. I feel that others have done a great job of that so far. But what I do want to do is make a comparison of this beer, for those reading, whom aren't entirely taken by the descriptive words "potpouri" or "perfume". I read the description on the bottle, not sure what to expect. First taste, seemed familiar to me. I put it down for a while as I was preparing dinner and when I went back to it for the second taste, I thought "damn, this reminds me of a wine spritzer...no, wait, not a wine spritzer, but a red wine sangria!". Every sip after that, even the nose, reminds me of sangria! I mean, you could close your eyes and think you were drinking my own red wine Sangria recipe! This might be a great beer to introduce wine-drinking friends to, especially at a summer BBQ or deck party.

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Photo of punker698
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer had a golden hue with decent lacing. Nothing special

S - Huge ginger spice with a large backup of malt. Hint of almond and lemon

T - Huge sweetness that dies off gradually. Sweetest beer I can remember. Spicy and compliments the smell.

M - Thin and smooth, carbonation does not come in to play which may be from the age. Mouth dries out at the end.

D - This beer is very drinkable. Alcohol is very moderate.

Final Thoughts: This beer leaves you wanting more. With the dry ending you can't help but take another sip. I like it.

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Photo of Beervis
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a deep golden with a nice fluffy white head. A tad cloudy at first, but it quickly clears.

Smell was of tangy citrus and orangey spice, with a hint of lavender.

Taste is fantastic, spicy, lemony, with a good hop bite. Medium mouthfeel, but not much alcohol taste present considering the strength.

This is highly drinkable, and it's perfect for a nice hot day.

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Photo of sweethome
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with thisck white head.

Nose is a smorgasboard of delights! Corriander, anice, cinnamon and other spices. Plenty of hops and alcohol too.

Flavors are spicey as noted above - lots of cinnamon and corriander. Generous maltiness fills the mouth. Hoppy kick in back, the Avery signature.

This is an easy drinking high alcohol beer. The last taste is as good as the first - delivers cinnamon, maltiness and hops.

An americanized version of the style, but it delivers with lots of flavor and alcohol warming to go along.

Don't be afraid to enjoy lots of flavor!

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Photo of AlesRTasty
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into a glass forms a white foamy head with a little lace left behind. Color is a yellow-straw color with a bit of haze

S - smells of spice and malt. very sweet and easy on the nose

T - reminds me of pumpkin spices. very sweet, easy on the palate as well. smooth. i think i sense a hint of vanilla in it as well.

M - light carbonation, good mouthfeel, smooth and easy to swallow

overall i enjoyed this beer. I've heard a lot of things about this style and this brew does not disappoint. given the oppurtunity I'd definitly drink this one again. very tasty and sweet and spicy, If you can find it, since it's a retired brew, try it.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amazingly bright lemon yellow with a mammoth thick white head. Modest carbonation is visible.

Smell is dominated by lemon-lime and coriander. Delicious honey sweetness. Unusual and complex aroma.

Taste is not quite what I expected. It's still quite lemony, but the range of spices is just amazing. Coriander, chamomile, nutmeg, pepper, clove, cinnamon... The bready maltiness reminds me of pie crust. Decent hop bite is a balancing agent against the onslaught of flavors. There is only a mild alcohol presence. Complex and enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

This is an interesting beer. There is a lot going on here, maybe too much for some. Personally I really enjoyed this lemon-spice take on a Saison. Coming from Avery the brashness is to be expected, but this is still a balanced brew overall. I definitely recommend it as a change of pace. Well done.

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Photo of natasharai
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured with 1 inch white bubbly frothy head that dissipated to a thin layer leaving a little lacing at the top of my glass. The beer is yellowish gold and slightly hazy

Smell: Lemon, strong spice smell like ginger and cardamom, sweet cocoa, and huge amount of fruit

Taste: spicy sweet, even after a few years there is a small hop presence. The flavor reminds me of pumpkin bread, and some lemony after taste with cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Has a small alcohol taste at the end.

Mouthfeel: Spicy tingle, and slightly dry

Overall: Pretty drinkable, huge smell with a lot going on. Nice subtle flavors all work well together. Still very delicious even with the years on it.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a capped and silver foiled bomber that was bottled in '05, poured into a tulip.

Pale, hazy gold with a white head that is two fingers high and really clings to the glass. Great retention.

The orange and lemon peels make up most of the nose, but there's a lot going on underneath. Slight mustiness paired with sugar and spices. Complex nose.

Again, citrus really comes through in the taste, and again there's a lot going on underneath. Sugar, some tea notes, and a nice hoppy bitterness plays with the spices and herbs. Damn good.

Moderate to full mouthfeel that has a nice tingle from the carbonation paired with the citrus. I could drink this all night.

This is the first Saison to wow me...and it comes from the same folks who unleashed The Beast.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale hazen lemon golden yellow color with a big bold cap of white creamy froth. Keeps a substantial glazing of finely whipped foam and the lacing sticks in a frosted, lightly broken sheeting.

Aroma is calm and clean with a nice creamy sense of lemon cookie dough and sugar coated must. Fair amount of stark and stiff grassyness with a lightly delicate touch of aromatic spicing that gives off a cinnamon lavendar candle wax.

Taste is quite complexing and sublte with a very tender give and low ended candy sweet tone to its nature. Its nurturing suppleness is alluring with a fair and medium build of rich lemony waffer cookies dusted with cinnamon. Kinda like snickerdoodle cookies with a lemon twist in there. Captivatingly full of light little spices of cinnamon and sugar. Perhaps a bit of lavendar seems to take a back seat as it begins to turn the corner into the finish, its hard to distinguish it exactly, but it has an inticing floral tone of lemon and apple blossoms, lavendar, vanilla, chamomile, white pepper, and cottonwood. The finish is great with lots of subtle twisted spices and a firm Belgian candyish malt body that makes a home on the palate.

Feel is boldly fluffy and malty set with a candyfied fullish bready body and sweetly firm feel throughout. Creamy and semi thick with a great texture for drinkin' it down in bigger portions then sips. A very nice rendition of the style. An Avery surprise was had with this one. A Nice beer!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazed lemon yellow appearance. Nice layer of snow white foam. Lacing is pretty good. Nice aroma. Similar to that of a good wit. Lemony. And lime. Lots of lime. Sweet orange. Corriander. Mint leaf as well. Perfumey. A lot of the intricacies on the nose translate nicely to the palate. Lime and lemon pepper and sweet bread, lots of sweat bread and cinamon bread and monkey bread and cookie dough... Really pretty damn nice. Sweet impression overall. Alcohol is just barely perceptible. Lightly carbonated. Body is about medium. This is an interesting take on a Saison. (Is that an oximoron??) Anyway, this was quite enjoyable.

A dozen thank yous to cokes for this nice dozen brew.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a hazy golden orange with strong carbonation. A large, creamy head has great retention. The aroma is a combination of sweet orange smell and spices. Twelve has an excellent assortment of citrissy flavors and spices. A sweet orange or tangerine flavor is dominate and combines with a bready underlying malt. A quick touch of lemon is also in the mix. Spice flavor is noted throughout with lavender being most notable. This is a great beer, the flavors are nicely layored and complex. This beer introduced me to the saison, now I must run out and get some more to try.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Clear straw yellow with a small fluffy white head and very active carbonation.
Smell- Lemons, pound cake, lemon bar, pepper, and cloves. I never smelt anything like this in a beer.
Taste – Lemons, orange, yeasty like a lemon pound cake.
Mouthfeel – Very light and refreshing.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a brilliant gold color, somewhat cloudy with a light head atop it. Aroma is softly fruity with a lot of peppery, spicy notes. Pleasantly sweet start, with banana & vanilla-like fruitiness. Spiciness really kicks in after a moment, with yeasty clove flavors, along with glimpses of pepper, lemongrass, bitter citrus. Finishes acidicly, lingering for a while. Full mouthfeel with a soft, creamy texture.

Very delightful beer! Two great anniversary in a row from Avery.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden body with nicely effervescent white foam, nicely decorating the Ommegang glass with rings of lace. More barn-like in the nose than I expected and I might like, but full of hops and spices--cinnamon, pepper, and a touch of clove. Excellent taste, smooth and hoppy with ample spices. This could use a good infusion of malt, but I'm nearly as keen on malt as I am hops. In this instance, it's as much body as taste that motivates the recommendation. Not exactly thin but needing a little lift, more malt could have done this some good.

In all, a fine example of the style. Smooth, a touch pungent but that's OK. I'd like to get more of this, but fat chance. Too bad they don't regularly make a farmhouse...

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Photo of asabreed
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Though this beer's retired, I still see it at many places, so I feel like reviewing it's still cool I suppose. Bottled in 2005.

Appearance: A hazy yellow body covered by a thick, yet quickly dissipating white head, leaving some round small clumps of lacing on the glass. I didn't pour the yeast, but it's still quite hazy, which I like a lot.

Smell: This is a year old, but wow the ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon have come through a lot, and according to Avery these ingredients aren't even added. It almost, oddly enough, now smells like a pumpkin ale. Interesting to say the least. As it warms some sweet lemon peel comes through, along with some orange, slight camomile, mild Belgian yeast, and mild medicinal phenolic qualities. Sweet and aromatic stuff here.

Taste: Again, lots of spice, and though sweet it's also very balanced. Peppery yeast, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and heavy on the clove. I imagine a year's done quite a lot for the yeast. There's some nice Belgian yeast, and by the time the finish arrives it's long, sweet, and the flavorful citrus zest comes through to linger on the tongue with the spice. It's sweet, yes, and after a year I imagine that's why there's not a lot of hops going on, which is fine by me.

Mouthfeel: Both full-bodied and fully carbonated, which achieves quite a nice balance overall.

Drinkability: I wonder what this is like fresh, but Avery's done a lot of great things with their big beers, and I think this is one of them. Unfortunately, if this one's retired, I may need to find a few more bottles and keep this in the cellar, as I could see some really wild things happening in a few years.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twelve (Saison Ale) from Avery Brewing Company
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