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)

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Added by Gusler on 05-06-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 177 | Ratings: 195
Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 2005. Pours hazy golden amber color with a good 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big cinnamon, allspice, ginger, biscuit, pepper, clove, coriander, lemon zest, wheat, herbal, floral, earth, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and spice complexity; reminiscent of cinnamon toast crunch a bit. Taste of lemon, pear, toast, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, pepper, coriander, wheat, herbal, floral, clove, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, pepper, cinnamon, clove, herbal, floral, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor complexity and balance; zero cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly slick and slightly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is was a fantastic saison!(even being 7 years old). Great spice balance and complexity and extremely smooth to sip on. This was very highly enjoyable.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 01/16/11 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a murky orange color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells like the cinnamon toast crunch cereal to a tee. Cinnamon, bready malts, and spices.

t - Tastes the same as the nose, mainly the cereal cinnamon toast crunch. Cinnamon, bready malts, spices, fruit.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, super smooth and creamy.

d - I really liked this one a lot; lots of bready malts and cinnamon. Would like to have again.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.98/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: The pour is a clear golden amber color with a finger's worth of mildly off-white head.

S: A huge cinnamon sugar aroma with some all spice and nutmeg too. Some hints of bread, but the cinnamon aroma is just completely overpowering.

T: The cinnamon sugar flavor would be fine by itself, but it's mixed with eucalyptus/menthol, which is in no way enjoyable. A slight burn on the tongue and throat, reminiscent of one of those teas one might drink when sick.

M: The body is medium with a carbonation that is on the low end of medium. The heat I associate with the menthol is quite noticeable here, too.

D: No thanks. As previously mentioned, the cinnamon might be fine on its own, but not with the addition of the burning heat of the menthol.

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Photo of Noah666
1.8/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours cloudy bright orange with a nice thick white head, leaves a good lacing for a 4yr old bottle.

This is a Sasion spice bomb. It'd be a great Halloween beer (for someone) due to the overtly cinnamon, allspice flavors I'm getting. Big spice...I hope I don't get heart burn....

I would think this beer would mellow out after 4 years of aging but it seems to have only diminished the other characters pushing the Pumpkin pie profile to the front. Some (more?) white pepper mighjt have cut it for me.

If you like sweet spicey holiday style beers then you need this beer. If that's not your thing (it's not mine) then tell a friend who might like it.

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Photo of BZero007
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle from Ye old Spirit Shop in Frederick, MD.

Pours a nice yellow hazy orange with a good head formation. The aroma will make you sit back as for me I have yet to smell a beer quite like this. The aroma for me contains a very bready and fruit spice to it. Can we say Pumpkin Bread? or Zuchini Bread? WOW the flavors of this brew were extremly bready as in the kind freash out of the oven that was made with some kind of fruit or vegetable. These flavors are very intense im guessing due to the aging of it. The brew is otherwise of medium body and Alcohol level is no where to be noticed. Though the flavors are very extreme and I could not have another afterwards.

Still would recomend as an extremly interesting brew.

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Photo of SirDrinxAlot
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy orange/straw with a big 2 finger fluffy head. Little lace.

Smell was ALL spice. Pumpkin pie, cinnamon

Taste was a powdery spice, with a yeasty flavor. Light citrus also.

Overrall pretty drinkable. Sweet and could only have 1 per sitting but a tasty beer regardless.

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Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Ding, (poured into a Piraat chalice also courtesy of Ding) thanks again!

Beer is a nice bright and hazy gold color with a huge white fluffy head.

Aromas are quite floral, with some minerals, lemon, with lots of mixed spices, especially cloves. This beer has a very nice and complex nose.

Taste is very dry, with a very distrinct chamomile flavor. Almost like a sweet and spiced tea. There is a subtle malt creaminess, and a varied mixture of spices that it's hard to detect some of them. Finish is of light lemon and citrus zest, as well as some mineral spices.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, very thick with a full, with great carbonation and an overall smoothness.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is an interesting and complex Saison. However, it's a little over spiced in my opinion. Still tasty though, and well worth trying.

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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 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 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 SaCkErZ9
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a stiff white head.

Aroma is purely floral. Loads of lavender, juniper, rose petals, lemony and peppery spicy as well. Smells very festive and fruity.

Taste mimics the aroma quite nicely. Lavender, juniper berries, and a good dose of hops as well. I really enjoyed this beer. Seems like this could work in the winter season or in the summer season with the drinkability being very nice. A pleasant surprise.

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Photo of nick76
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is very diverse. I detect citrus, spices, herbs, and cheese. The appearance is hazy like a wheat beer. The flavor is as complex as the aroma. It has the same citrus, spices, and herbs along with hop bitterness. The palate is exactly what it should be. Lemon pepper aftertaste but overall I like it. I just wish it was less acidic.

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Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle shared thanks to Fatty.

Poured a medum and clear golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of stronger cinnamon, light leather, and citrus. Tastes of cinnamon, orange peel, and citrus. Tom ruined this when he said it tasted and smelled like a stick of Big Red Gum (that nailed it on the head).

Notes from 9/15/05

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/18/2005 (bottle):

Has an aroma of spices, and some cinammon. Very floral, citrusy aroma. Pours a cloudy yellow color body with a nice white that is diminishing. Nice carbonated and spicy mouthfeel. Spicy taste, some floralness. Very tasty.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a nice Belgianesque cap that laces the chalice and retains for quite some time

Smell: Despite (or perhaps because of) the age, the beer remains quite aromatic and complex; perfumey orange peel, grains of paradise and lavendar layer on top of a biscuity backbone that contains a bit a wheat character, too

Taste: With a biscuity start and a nod to the wheat, the spices quickly take over, with orange peel and grains of paradise dominating in a peppery, clovey fashion; after the swallow, the flavors blend together nicely, with the lingering pepper from the grains of paradise lasting well after the finish; with this age, the hop influence is pretty well finished, and the alcohol has mellowed, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with soft carbonation

Drinkability: While not a classic Saison, this is a very interesting beer that has aged nicely; although I suspect that it doesn't have much longer to go - glad I cellared it for a while and equally happy to have consumed it now

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Photo of TasteTester
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Been sitting on this one for a while. Not sure where I picked it up, but it's been in the cellar for a few months now. Figured I'd give it a try.

A-Light golden orange. Semi-transparent around the edges. 1 finger of head on the pour, which dissipates to a few bubbles around the edges with some lacing as the beer goes down.

S-Smells like the holidays, perfect time to open this one. Smells almost pumpkin pie-ish. Spicy and subtly sweet.

T-White pepper, some fruit. As one reviewer put it, "saison esters are not really there". Has a good bite to it.

M-Smooth and a little sticky at the back of the mouth. Flavors linger for a little bit.

D-One of these is good, as I see it being a sloshed evening of more than 1.

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Photo of ccrida
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber (thx tprokop7) poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Twelve is a murky pale orangish gold with a very large, fluffy off-white head that is very slow and rocky settling, and leaves tons of foam, some in big hunks.

Smell is super spicy, cinnamon/allspice mainly (even though they're not listed on the label), with some of the lavender and grains of paradise wafting in the background, as well as some rubbing alcohol. Smells like some kind of thanksgiving sweet potato souffle or pumpkin pie, good enough I suppose but to obtuse for a saison, and not quite as appetizing as I may have made that sound. Especially with the solvents, I just couldn't sniff to deeply.

Taste is also super spicy, with some honey and fusels. Whoa. 3 years old, I can't imagine what this sucker was like when it was first released. Frankly, it's not too bad, the spices are kind of tasty, but they're a bit intense, and the alcohol isn't helping. Really no hint of saison esters, or anything else to really put this in that category, save for the dryness. Nevertheless, I normally hate over-spiced brews, but that isn't the case here, I could just stand less heat. The alcohol is amplified by the spiciness, which gives it a bit of a metallic quality, especially on the finish. Still, this beer slowly grew on me, but not so much I needed another.

Mouthfeel is creamy carbonation, dry prickly alcohol and spices, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is not high. I honestly like the taste, but it's awfully strong, and the heat of the alcohol is really out of place for the 'style'.

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Photo of glid02
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this from Capital City Liquor Store in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy gold color with a one finger white head that recedes to a ring of bubbles that stick to the glass just above the beer. There's some decent lacing here too.

The smell is great. It's very pungent with an amalgamation of spices. It smells like there's nutmeg and traces of a lot of other things that I can't pin down. Very pleasing overall.

The taste was not quite as good as I expected from the smell. The spices are most prevalent, and then there's some banana-like flavor. There's also the tiniest bit of medically sterilized flavor, if that makes any sense.

The mouthfeel is alright, it's not too thick and pretty smooth. It could use just a little bit more carbonation maybe.

The drinkability is low just because of how intense the flavors are. This is certainly not a session beer.

Overall this beer is certainly worth a shot. It's one of the more unique Saisons I've tried.

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Into Duvel chalice

A - pours a hazy, golden amber with a frothy white head which dissipated somewhat quickly

S - wow, what a spice explosion! Cinnamon, ginger, orange peel, cloves, and hints of citrus. Very inviting

T - initial hit is of cinnamon and ginger with some yeastiness and breadyness. Tiny hints of citrus again. Spice really tastes quite good in the mouth. Almost a little dry in the finish, but not really

M - medium bodied with some carbonation present

D - I quite like this so far, but I'm only one glass in. GF seems to like it too. I'm always down for a saison as well. However, due to the strong flavor I'm not quite sure I could session this etc. One glass will probably be enough, but I'll gladly finish the bomber.

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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 JDV
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at tasting. Thanks!
Pours a hazy light yellowish orange color. Smell is spiced and floral with strong notes of cinammon. Really smells like a cinnamon roll more than anything. Taste is cinnamony and spiced. Dry, like chewing on a fresh cinnamon stick. Balanced sweetness, and nicely spiced. Really unique, and highly enjoyable!

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Photo of IBUnit63
2.66/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very nice, pillowy, soapy, tight head. Light-bodied butterscotch body that's cloudy and hazy. Cascading carbonation.

A WHOLE lot of spice on the nose. Cloves and ginger dominate. And it's all downhill from there...
...soapy, almost potpourri scent. What is it? Remember those fragrant decorative soaps that your grandmother used to have? My notes say "a little strong but spent." Bull$#!+. That was the very first whiff out of the fridge. As the genie is out of the bottle longer it gets stronger. Not much else going on here. My better half took a sniff and said, "Ewww...Mr. Clean. Wait...Pine-Sol...what IS that?!" 'Nuff said.

Can't shake the spice on the palate either - very soapy and overpowering. No character of anything else can be discerned. Methinks this train left the station a wicked long time ago.

Verry overpowering spice and soap doesn't leave the mouth in its happy place. No bitter aftertaste - this one at least gets points for consistency. Potpourri from start to finish. Unfortunately it's a pretty full and deep finish.

This one doesn't work for me at all. Not sure if it ever would have but especially not now. My guess is whatever they set out to accomplish they did in spades. Time to adjust goals here. This is my very first drain pour.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours an everso slightly hazy, burnished gold body with a full, white head.

Smell: Very floral, zesty aroma with malted wheat notes and hints of Grains of Paradise, ginger, and fresh cloves.

Taste: Sweet malted wheat with a drizzle of clover honey. Dash of floral, herbal tea. Sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar. Hints of citrus and pear juice. And ginger, white pepper, cardamon, and one drop of cleansing soap. Floral, sweetish finish. What a busy beer!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Somewhat coating mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I started off smirking, but ended up fairly pleased for a three-year old, American-made saison. Not the most saisony saison on the block, but tasty and with a lil' kick of spice -- though a single 12 ounce helping would've been better appreciated.

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Photo of gabeerfan
3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, bright yellow gold. Thick, white head that falls away quickly.
Smells of ginger, orange peel, spices and soy sauce.
The ginger flavor hits first on the palate, followed by the orange peel and spices. As the beer warmed, I seemed to detect a coconut flavor in there.
Light mouthfeel, good carbonation. Flavors finish clean.
Very different flavors in this beer. I would have a hard time finishing a full pint, I think, so I think it's not very drinkable.
I'm a fan of Saisons and this is not like any saison I've had before, so I will grudgingly recommend it only because the flavors are so interesting.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear slightly orange tinted gold into a large pint glass. The carbonation was HUGE leaving a 3 finger thick head that slowly shrunk down to a more manageable size.

S: That classic saison type smell meets the nose as you bring it to the glass. A musty grain smell with hints of lemon. There is some sort of spice I can smell as well, but I cant determine what exactly it is.

T: That spicing in the aroma seems like it may be ginger since it is very noticeable in the taste. There is just the slightest hint of hops with the overall profile being more on the sweet side. There is a hint of lemony citrus along with the yeasty bready type taste that usually appears in saisons. Its too bad they do not still produce this one.

M: Its on the thin to medium in body. The spicing and carbonation make it a little bit overbearing in the mouth. It makes it seem almost astringent.

D: The spicing and carbonation add a lot to the taste profile, but just like the mouthfeel, the drinkability is slightly reduced for me due to its affects for me.

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