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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:
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Added by Gusler on 05-06-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

fragrant. Generous sized soapy bubble head and lace in glass, light coloured body.More like a biere de garde than a saison in taste. Coriander, honeyish, herbal grassy, lemon, ginger, pepper.. Good enough but not all that tasty, more like one of these yoga teas. Thanks Tupalev.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a good beer, but not what I look for in a Saison. I liked the lemon, orange, tropical fruit flavors. The color and light haze was on target, great proteins and retention. The sweetness was big and allowed the beer to get a little too heavy. The sweetness dominated the tartness that I like in Saisons. The lavender, corriander and other soft spices erased the acidity that I prefer in the style. I thought the hops and wood (raw oak) flavors were too bold for style. On the other hand, it's a wildly pleasant beer, brewed well, and a highly creative recipe--it's just out of character when compared to great Saisons.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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 Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Unclemattie: Poured a golden color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast and fruity ester is really pleasant. Taste is a well balance mix between some sweet malt with some hints of fruit ester and a spicy yeasty finish with maybe a hint of cinnamon or cloves. Full body with some great carbonation. I am really surprised by how well this beer has aged and it somehow reminded me of Smuttynnose Farmhouse ale.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
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 NeroFiddled
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brilliant saison pours a slightly hazy yellow-gold body that displays streams of quick-moving bubbles rising to help support it's billowing frothy white head. It holds quie well, and eventually drops to a thin surface covering; leaving behond some initial, wide splashes of lace.

The nose is quite lemony and sweet with a delicate coriander side that leaves it very floral.

It's effervescence lightly bristles the tongue before it warms to become cottony, and it's dextrinous medium-light body slides smoothly away.

The flavor is very much as the aroma indicates with more sweetness to the malt and some additional depth (grassy/floral hops, honeyish notes). The hop bitterness is clearly intended to be low-key, and the spicinesss and alcohol help to balance it. It finishes with some lingering, sweet lemon and orange peel and delicate spice (coriander, and perhaps cardamom).

Avery had delivered a very enjoyable, unique, and drinkable 'strong' saison that's bright with citrus and spice. It's a bit over-spiced, perhaps, but very nicely balanced; and the alcohol is restrained as well, barely showing its 7.6%. Nicely done!

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2.95/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from mymrnngjckt, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet and spicy with ginger and fruit. There's also some light malts and Belgian yeast in it.

T: The taste is likewise sweet and spicy with a strong flavor of ginger that dominates. There are some background flavors of fruit and Belgian yeast along with some breadiness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild hops presence. The after-taste is spicy and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, it's a decent beer but the strong spice flavor just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet a light golden with white one finger head that settles nicely leaving patches of lace behind,like some others I notice a real lavender presence in the aroma wich is soft and pleasant along with a touch clove/spice.Falvors up front are fruity and gummy if thats a word with a big,bold spiness really hitting late and in the finish I also noticed a toasty gran presence in the finish.In my mind another solid Avery brew a little out of the ordinary like alot of therie brews.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
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 russpowell
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dust moted lemony gold with multiple streams of superfine bubbles. The pour generated a controlled explosion of alabaster foam that very nearly escaped its glassy confines. Pillowy and delicate, the cap is still firm enough to persist admirably and to look great while doing so. It's loaded with character and wouldn't look out of place on a true Belgian saison. Both head and lace look even better after multiple pours.

The multifaceted nose is interesting and appealing. Forget about malt; barley and wheat make no effective contribution to the aroma. The stars of the show are hops and especially spices and herbs. With the exception of chamomile, the added ingredients are all things I like. Both lemon and orange peel add a bright, refreshing, zesty citrusiness. The grains of paradise (alligator pepper) are, no doubt, responsible for the faint cardomom-like muskiness.

Twelve is quintessential Avery. In other words, it's a generally well-crafted, flavorful ale that possesses some degree of unmasked alcohol. In this case at least, the alcohol isn't abrasive enough to spoil the party. Like the nose, there's a lot happening on the palate. The pale malt base is solid, sweet and lacking in flavor transfer. The top notes continue to be the stars of the show and consist of three varieties of hops, as well as a laundry list of additional ingredients (the ones noted above, plus lavender).

Although it's difficult to identify the various hop flavors, this is a hoppier than usual saison. Bitterness is matched step for step by sweetness. Both are trumped by spiciness. Despite utilizing ingredients that have very distinctive personalities, the brewers have mananged to keep them all in relative balance. Still, though, if you don't like grains of paradise, you probably won't like Twelve. The peppery spiciness glows brighter and the alcohol is marginally better integrated as the beer warms.

Thanks to a generous amount of malt, the mouthfeel is on the outer edges of medium's orbit and is pleasantly smooth and slick. This is no light and airy saison, but is a meaty, substantial one. While the carbonation is well-buried, it's energetic enough to keep the mouthfeel from becoming leaden. Drinkability depends on one's tolerance for incompletely masked alcohol and for having a spice rack emptied into one's beer. At the moment, I feel pretty tolerant.

I wish Avery had continued to brew DIPAs as their anniversary beers. At the same time, I'm not disappointed that they chose to branch out into a different style. Twelve Saison Ale shouldn't be confused with a Belgian saison, although that doesn't mean that it's without merit. Even though it's close to over the top in some respects, I found it to be fascinatingly different and great fun to drink.

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Photo of Jason
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz brown bottle with a "Bottled In 2005" vintage date on the label.

A- Fluffy off white head, some retention is noticeable. Bright pale golden hue show some active carbonation rise to the top.

S- Big lemon zest aroma, faint earthy herbal note in the nose with a backing of spice and mild pale malt.

T- Lemon zest and a musty choatic herbal mix, biscuity bready malt only adds to the choas. Finishes dry blinded with spices and herbs.

M- Thick crispness make the body feel bigger than it really is.

D- This beer is for sharing and sipping. More than a half bottle is more than enough for me at one sitting.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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 mikesgroove
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, so my love of all things Avery meets my love of all things limited. Here we have the Avery 12, a nice Saison, a style I really need to be come more familar with. I was really happy to be able to get one of these tro try. Decided to just open it on a whim today, guess I had a good day or something. Anyway...

A - Poured an extemely hazy golden amber. A nice two inch or so head dominated the top of it before fading gradually to reveal a frothy, soap like layer on top that was about a quarter inch in height. Large amounts of carbonation rippled up from the bottom of the glass. Very nice colr and a good amount of residual lace. Looked very nice.

S - Aroma was very lively. A ton of spice was locked inside of here. Huge aromas of cinnamon and bananas were the most prevelent and were there from the very start. As it warmed some peaches and maybe some fig started to come through. A nice light, summer like aroma, but quite nice and strong.

T - Wow, this was definatly an intresting brew for sure. Huge amount of cinnamon and nutmeg hit me from the start. A good spicey banana with a touch of apple was to follow. Nice long lingering, fall like flavor. Really very full. Some figs and a touch of a grassy flavor as well. This was really unique. Great flavor, and so refreshing.

M - Feel was super smooth with great carbonation. Lots of little bubbles gave it the nice full, popping flavor feel. Almost silky like. Great smooth finish, a touch dry, but really nice finish.

D - Awesome. I could sip this one all night long. It was just so light and refreshing, I really just could not get bored of it. Just was like a nice fall evening, really a finely crafted brew.

Overall this was fantastic. I really enjoyed trying this Avery brew. The fact that it has been retired is sad, but still hopefully one day it comes back or I can snag another bottle somewhere, FAantastic brew!

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of womencantsail
1.98/5  rDev -46.8%
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 Billolick
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the BTAH in NYC as part of their Saison event. I couldnt make it over there till saturday night, but I was pleased to see they had several selections still flowing, anyway I was happy to have the chance to sample this one on tap.

Poured cloudy, light golden amber, tiny bubble white film thing going on, leaves fine lacing of a limited nature.

Spicy, spicy nose, corriander, nutmeg, cinnimin, did somebody say pumpkin pie spices? Also a band-aide note to the aroma.

This is a sharp and zesty brew, more of the above spices picked up in the flavor profile. Can't say this is my favorite saison, needs to be toned down a notch or two. Needs more earthyness and less sharp spicing IMHO. Anyway would like to try the bottled version and allways nice to try another breweries try at saison.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Quite an effervescent thing in the glass, flumes of carbonation rising and rising, never ending, all in a hazed straw yellow encasement, under a solid, unbending 1" creamy, snowbank of froth. Looks great...

Aroma whiffs out from the start....candi sugar, lemons, whipped cream, meringue, light, delicate spices, coriander and clove, arousing, uplifting, most delicious...

Lush and tasty on the tongue, smooth and dazzling on the palate, goes down delightful, with a soft, spicy, drying finish. Slightly sour at times.
Light to medium body, dreamy texture, beautiful flavor. Malt is well-represented, biscuity, lemony-cookie-y, with hops delivering well-appointed tasty treats.

I like this. 22 ounces of joy.
Cheers to Avery & Co.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

01/10/06- Purchased at Sun Devil Liquors in Mesa, AZ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness information on the label. Poured into a chalice like glass.

Appearance- Golden in color, decent amount of cloud with tiny bits of sediment. Solid 1/2 inch head, a bit spritzy, but some remains all the way down. Lacing is light and patchy.

Smell- Odd, as well as the taste will reflect, strong scents of cinnimon, clove and coriander. Cinnimon and clove take control over everything else.

Taste- Cinnimon, clove, white pepper, corriander, lemon and cardomom? Whatever it is, it's almost overkill on all these spices. Confuses the tongue at times. It is good though, and keeps you guessing. Maybe a touch of hop bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel- Higher than average carbonation, a bit of a fuller mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Odd tasting ingredients for a saison, at least odd to me from my previous saison experiences. But, it was interesting to be sure, and quite tasty. I would recommend for anyone willing to try a good saison and to give your buds a new experience.

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Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: lightly hazy golden yellow in color with a 2" fluffy white head.

Smell: lemon citrus, earthy tones, yeast, and some spiciness.

Taste: this beer has a grainy maltiness to it, with some earthiness, lemon zest, apples, pepper, hint of alcohol, and decent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: crisp at the start and finish, and the finish was quite dry. The spicy citrus lingers briefly on the tastebuds. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Nicely drinkable saison. Worth finding a bottle of this.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden color with a little haze and a white fluffy head. Good head and decent lacing.

The taste and smell of are of very spicy and almost floral malt sweetness. Almost too spicey for a saison at first, but I got used to it and enjoyed. I would also argue it lacks balance as the hops and spice flavor is a little too overpowering. Ends with a pleasant bitter note.

Fairly good drinkability. I nursed mine through dinner and enjoyed it but had no need for a second bottle.

Overall, this is what I'd call an "American-ized" style. Start with a delicate style, beef up the recipe and end up with something much stronger on your palate. Thus, the American saison in this case. Lacked the overall sublety of saisons, but it was still a tasty brew.

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a nice pale malt scent with loads of spices and citrus appeal. The orange and lemon peel really stand out. The taste is good. It has a dry, yet fruity pale malt and Belgian yeast flavor. It goes down smooth with a peppery, warm finish. It has a sweet citrus aftertaste with some orange and lemon flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good Belgian brew. I love the use of orange and lemon peel. It really stands out in the aroma and flavor.

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