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

Avery Anniversary Ale - Twelve (Saison Ale)Avery Anniversary Ale - Twelve (Saison Ale)
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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 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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Photo of Beervis
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
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 sacfly
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber
Pours a pale yellow, slightly hazy. Creamy white head. Smelly is very… Lavender. The taste is …. lavender and sweet orange peel. Reminds me of soap… but not necessarily in a bad way? Never had a saison like this before. Sure enough, in the ingredients list on the side lists both sweet orange and lemon peel, and lavender. A bit too perfume like for my tastes, but interesting none the less. If you like lavender soap, this is for you! It is worth a try. Not something that will go into your regular rotation and defiantly not something that you want to drink a lot of. But could be an interesting change of pace.

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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 Dithyramb
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed as a 22 oz. bomber from Grand Cru in Baltimore. No freshness or born on dating.

Poured a bright hazy yellow with a pilloughy white head. Nice retention and sticky lacing.
Sweet lavender and spices on the nose.

Interesting beer, with a sweet flowery lavender flavor mixed with sweet malts, cloves, and a finishing hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel was light, but flavorful. The mix kept your tongue guessing as the carbonation tickled it. Spiciness and lingering sweetness detracted from the drinkability a bit.

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Photo of gbontrag
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour produces a vigorous froth. Sticks to the glass like a spider's web, you can drink right thru it. Yeah, it's pale yellow, the color of pee. Smells sweet, fruity; citrus, floral... No, that's flowers. It smells like flowers in my nose.

Is that lavendar? Very floral with bitter, dry grasses to follow. Very floral, almost like perfume. Urgh. Sweet aftertaste, very sweet. Tastes like a... never mind. I don't like this at all. It's cloying, the sweet aftertaste prevents it from being quenching. Miss. Excuse me, miss!?

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Photo of mntlover
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a nice fluffy 2 finger head that laces well and falls oh so slowly, very nice looking beer.

Aroma is musty grass some light wheat aromas mixed with bready malt. Fruity citrus mostly lemon some tangerine or oranges also somewhere in there mixed with spicess white pepper dominating others hard to pick out.

Taste is lightly musty grass wheat and bready malt combined with good dose of lemon juice. Spices all over the finish pepper, nutmeg hints of clove with lingering lemon.. Flavor is aided by good zesty feeling thru out the brew.

Mouthfeel is medium big carbonation probably about the max you could get with out being what I consider fizzy.

Drinkability is goood, only my second saison and this one isn't as funky smelling or tasting as my first so it may not be what some would say is true to style. But I enjoyed it and would buy more if I had the chance. Want to thank gimmehead for this sample.

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Photo of ADR
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle as I was pouring at American Beer Fest 2005, Boston, MA...

Light color, hazy to be sure, almost a gold color with little head but thick and leaving lots of laces. Aroma is monstrous in impact, both good and bad -- large amounts of spiciness that wander about the board but don't really hint at a Saison at all. Orangey, spicey flavors, bordering on straight medicinal with even a chalk on the chalkboard taste, along with tarragon (NoLiberty's description of a Thanksgiving dinner is interesting and fairly accurate, even a sage impression) and herbal tea. Low carbonation and lots of lingering thick aftertaste, as one drinker noticed, "like drinking incense". This beer is strictly a toss up, you can love it or not, lots of people did like it as different at ABF, but for me, it was easier pouring it than saying I want to drink it.

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

Previous reviews give a great description of the general color and appearance. Yes, strawlike, golden, slight cloudiness, but my bottle lacked any real quantity of yeast which I was disappointed about. From outside in, the color fades from shiny gold to baby carrot.

The head was nice and forthy and quickly disapates leaving generous film. Carbonation is nicely balanced and provides fine play-time on the tongue.

What I haven't heard yet - and maybe this was in my bottle only - was any description of the beautiful rosemary aroma. It was almost like Thanksgiving dinner. Not sure what "spices" they use, but certainly something piney and sweet. This doesn't last long on the palate and is replaced by more subtle hints of citrus and honey.

This beer is quite strong - 7.6 - and that's not bad, but a bit higher than I would have liked from a saison. I prefer more drinkable, balanced saisons and for that I go straight Belgian.

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

Shiny gold, until the yeast pour dulls it and turns it matte yellow. The large-pocked head endures a a milky froth.
Flourescent lemon scented, with a mentholated backing. A honeyed herbal pang bubbles up near the rear.
Begins with a frosted wheat, squeaking out lemons and hulls. It congeals into a much brighter sense of citrus, as lemon peels, sugared oranges, and lime leaves are manifest. Frought with spun sugar, it teeters on candy sweet. I've never been a stanch supporter of Grains of Paradise, but they are used harmoniously here. Like a liquid lemon drop. Yeast adds a congruent sense of angelfood. The close features additional lemony bitter yearnings, as it ventures more herbal, with eucalyptus, cilantro, and thyme, traced with blossoms of lilac.
Medium-fat build, with a small-grained rising carbonation. It's not truly obese, but it should hit the gym more. A certainly chunky version, even if alcohol is largely masked outside a gin-like fume or two.
If you want a juicier, junk-in-the-trunk American-interpertation of a Witbier, this is your pick. Likewise if you want fluid lemon candy. But if you're looking for something that is peer to Fantome or DuPont...um, not so much. Then this is just too false seeming.
I can't pan this too much, because once the lemonicity is acclimated to, it's pretty tasty, and would pair well with selct foods, especially Mexican (it simply pleads for a lime and cilantro salsa).
This is the pick of the litter as far as Avery's Belgian-styled brews go.
Certainly worth a whirl, as long as one downplays any true farmhouse, saisony standards. Brace yourself for a liquid Lemonhead instead.

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Photo of maxpower
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a bright hazy glowing peach orange with a nice white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Spicy lemon, citrus and soapy aromas, has an odd herbal ginger honey lemon flavor, reminds me of herbal honey lemon cough drops. Medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel , finishes on the dry side, spicy without any sourness, very different.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a medium fizzy white head. Thin and stringy lacing. The aroma is spicy with some citrus and pine. Light-bodied and spicy with lots of citrus but not much else. The finish is peppery and lightly hopped and crisp. I could have sworn the ABV was higher because I was feeling it more after this bottle than with most beers in the 10% range. Maybe it was the hot day. All in all this is a decent Saison. I liked the different spices, although a little more malt would have made it more enjoyable.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.
Pours an almost neon orange with a purely white head. Retention is okay, but lacing is quite good.
Smell is wheaty malts, some citrus, spices, some herbs (lavender). Very floral, and just a hint of sweetness. Alcohol is undetectable.
Taste is a definite wheaty presence. Lavender and camomile are very present in the taste. Extremely floral. Just a hint of hop bitterness as this one finishes out. Some citrus flavors in there as well. There is a definite bite to this one as should be expected of a beer like this. A bit of yeastiness also lingers. Slight, very slight, alcohol heat in the finish.
Mouthfeel of this one is kind of weird. Carbonation is okay, but this is still somewhat syrupy, which I'm not particularly thrilled with in a Saison.
Overall, an interesting take on the style to say the least. It's enjoyable, but I'm not sure how much of this one I could drink in one sitting (22 oz seems to be enough though).

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a hazy straw color with a finger of head that falls to a generous coating over top. I really like the nose. I would bet they used alligator pepper in this brew, as I get a blast of lime citrus, some lemoneyness and a bit of spiceyness and an almost creamyness. I like it. The flavor is okay. I get lemon-lime citrus and spiceyness. Its almost not bold enough in the flavor for me. I want a little more. The feel is modertate, with a light to moderate bubble. For a saison, I would like a touh lighter and more bubbles to keep it crisp and refreshing. This sits just a bit too heavy. Drinkability is very good. Not a hint of the 7.6%, so that gets a big thumbs up from me. I find it to be a distinctly drinkable beer.

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Photo of clvand0
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this one. Pours a light amber/ dark yellow with a medium head that has nice retention and leaves some good lacing on the glass. The nose is full of alligator pepper (grains of paradise). Quite a bit of peppery spice in the nose as well as a little bit of funk. The alligator pepper is obvious in the flavor as well, but it is not overpowering. Has a decent caramel backbone. Very interesting. It's not a saison such as Fantome, as it doesn't have the funkiness that I'm used to, but it's still pretty tasty and the pepper spices give it a very intersting character. The mouthfeel is slightly thick, but not too much. The drinkability is pretty good, given the amount of spicy pepper. Good beer. Not the typical Saison, but still very tasty.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw colored with a fluffy white head. Smells a lot like a hefeweizen - banana, clove, yeast... Also noticing some lavender, and after looking at the bottle, confirmed that I was smelling chamomile. The taste is also very much like a hefe along with some more pronounced lemon notes. Nice spiciness. Medium bodied, and pretty easy to drink, though it didn't quite have the "crispness" to it as many saisons that I have had.

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Photo of timmcd64
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
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 carln26
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured into a tulip glass a mildly hazy gold color with a thick white head. In appearance it reminds me of a fine German Hefeweizen. A stream of champagne bubbles fills the head, and maintains it over time. The aroma has a grassy herbal character, along with a lemony citrus back, no dough or other noticeable aromas from the yeast. The grassy character comes back in the flavor, this time accompanied by more of an orange citrus. There is a mild sweetness of figs form the malt, and a bit of an alcohol bite. Interesting beer, seems a little off style. It has a slick, light mouth feel, and a decent drinakbility.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy straw gold color and is topped by a frothy pale tan head that is held up by a persistent, yet on the light side for a Saison, carbonation. The aroma is quite spicy, but more from actual spices than from the yeast. The aroma is a mix of herbal notes, citrus, and vanilla, it is quite nice and is not so over-spiced that it is too much.

The taste is lightly sweet and full up front with notes of vanilla. The finish is dry and quite austere, but not based on the malt profile, instead the finish is dominated by the spices. The finish is slightly astringent from the spices as well it then moves to a flowery wild flower type, almost perfume-like, thing that seems to be from the lavender and chamomile.

As I get past my first couple of sips, the spices definitely start to take over. This beer has been healthily spiced, and despite this I still am enjoying this a fair amount. I do think that this beer will age quite well, with the heavy spicing that will mellow over time. This beer needs at least a year, perhaps two before it peaks. The finish really does remind me of perfume and or potpourri.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer disembarks the 22-ounce brown bottle a somewhat hazed gold with a magnificent crown of white, creamy in texture is the head, and after it slowly melts into nothingness, the residual lace forms an encircling blanket to smother the glass. Nose is fresh and sweet, hints of lavender and coriander, yes maybe some orange peel, quite attractive actually, start is nicely malted with and a bit sweet, top is fair to middling in feel. Finish is brisk in its acidity and the hops pleasing spicy, quite dry and a good drinking beer that improves as it warms to the room.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Twelve (Saison Ale) from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 54.9% out of 100 with 195 ratings
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