Avery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen
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Brett Beer
3.66 | pDev: 17.49%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Avery Anniversary Ale - FifteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tectactoe for dropping this bottle on me as an extra in a recent trade; I haven't had much Avery since they pulled out of Minnesota prematurely a couple years ago. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pop is solid & the pour is a clear, light orange, plenty of carbonation for a 4 1/2 yr. old beer. Nose is rock-em-sock-em wow. Somebody jammed a lemon up my nose & followed up it with an inhalant of Belgian yeast, menthol, cedar, good-fuck-knows what else. Honestly like nothing else I've ever sniffled.

Avery Fifteen is like a gentle duke of funk. Overwhelming impression of a plank of cedar that's been dragged through an herb garden, left out to gather dust for a couple years, then sprinkled with pear juice & pepper. Then lick the plank. Oh, it probably wasn't treated wood, either. Musty. Carbonation is fleeting & gone by mid-drink, but that's probably due to its advanced age; isn't this about 63 in human years?

"Interesting" keeps going through my mind, much more frequently that "Great". A worthwhile experiment that's held up very nicely. Good beer.

Feb 15, 2014
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BierJager89 from California

3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow or orange with a foamy white head, for a four year old brew, a lot of carbonation.

S: Earthy, funky Belgian yeast, tart fruit, lemon, fig in the nose.

T: Lemon, fig, funky/earthy Belgian yeast. A bit one-dimensional.

M: Smooth and medium bodied.

O: More funky than tart. Not the best wild ale, but pretty good. Recommended for fans of the style, if you can find it (seeing as how it's now really old).

Note: Brewed in 2008, imbibed in 2012.

Feb 08, 2014
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beagle75 from Iowa

4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a zone of suspended debris is observed amongst the sporadic bubbles rising in the column.

S: Estery fruits and some potent goat pasture combine for a very authentic "wild" effect in which some sourness is suggested. Breadiness adds depth, weaving some conventional beer qualities in with the funk.

T: Begins dry, with faint tartness and refined pale malt. Adjunct flavors make an early contribution, showing earthy fig and spicy pepper. Acidity is bright, vinous, into the middle where some of the funky aromatics associated with Brettanomyces are present but restrained, compared to the smell. Mid-profile apple esters are mild yet juicy. Bitterness is substantial for the style, coming on late and tasting appropriately stale and herbaceous.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, drying and slightly acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: A few weeks after tasting Avery's Twenty, this vintage wild ale is found to be in excellent form. Part brett-y strong pale ale, part saison, it is not easy to imagine a better domestic contribution to this particular niche. It is the equal of Green Flash's Rayon Vert when that other beer is at its best, and it may even present a challenge to Russian River's glorious Sanctification.

Aug 18, 2013
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tectactoe from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in April 2008, enjoyed July 2013; that means over five years of aging for this anniversary, 100% Brett beer. Who knows what those critters might have done in that long of a time frame! Cloudy and gold with a lighter, hay-straw colored bottom. The broken and chunky, off-white head is large and volatile with a gentle pour - impressive for five years of shelf-sitting.

Holy smackers - funk city. But what else do you expect when you give wild yeast a chance to work its magic for 60 months? Wet hay, bubblegum, lightly tart pineapple, heavy bandaid (one of the first times I can say I smell bandaid). Plenty of dank, musty and cheesy-ass cellar basement floor like aromas abound. My god, da funk is here.

The aroma is about 90% funk, with the other 10% consisting of some phenol alcohol, herbal hops, and a grassy twinge that I'm going to call hibiscus because the bottle says "hibiscus" on it. There may be some other spices sifting through the static, but at five years and counting, the brettanomyces just continues to swallow everything in its path.

Fifteen may have been shitty during its release (as early ratings would indicate), but it seems that time has treated it well. Either that, or you know, "there's nowhere else to go but up". The taste is just like the aroma; fully loaded with musty forest floors, sweaty horseblanket, clumpy yeast and damp wood, rotten pineapple... just unabashed, funky shit all over the place.

The extremely mild Brett-induced pineapple tartness quickly melds into a finishing sweetness with a touch of Belgian-like spices, peppery and floral, with more of those grassy and hibiscus-esque notes in the finish. The mouth feel is pretty good and light, carbonation is lively and even borderline effervescent. It's safe to say that this sucker has held up pretty well.

Well there's no doubt that if funky-ass beers are your thing or you enjoy eating spoonfuls of brettanomyces yeast, then you'll love Avery's Fifteen with five solid years on it. It's like a poor man's Sanctification, only without the insane tartness (which I was kind of hoping to find here and didn't get it). I love funk, too, but it was almost just a bit much in this capacity. Still not a bad pick up for the price, especially since 100% brett'd beers aren't the most common in Michigan.

Jul 15, 2013
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Ralphs66 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A spectacular aging on this beer. My favorite watering hole (Holy Smoke in Mahopac NY), found this one buried in the cellar a few days in advance of a brewmaster night from Avery. All good here. Tartness, funk, drink ability, look, feel, nose. A very, very good American Wild. It's retired, so if you're a sour head, seek it out.

Jun 13, 2013
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 1.12.13.

A - Pours a clear medium orange with a two inch foamy off-white head with good retention.

S - Strong Belgian yeast, citrus, lots of lemons.

T - Lemony citrus with a touch of peppery spice, Belgian yeast backbone.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Citrus and spicy. This one aged nicely.

Jan 22, 2013
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katan from Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark golden color. Heavy strong bright white formation, bubbly as can be. Breaks down quickly with a little bit of film.

S - heavy fruity, citrus - sour nose. Super strong amount of funky notes.

T - Starts off citrus, fruity. Sour, acidic, funky. Pilsner malts is the base, I think. Comes through with some white pepper and other spicy notes. Finishes off with grapefruit.

M - Very airy mouthfeel from all the stingy strong carbonation. A light sugary sweet cling finishes on the tongue. Alcohol warmth is present but light overall.

O/D - This one had a lot of time to "get funky" in the bottle. Brett yeast seems to have taken over big time. A little bit filling but that fits the still. Worth a try.

Oct 17, 2012
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AgentMunky from New York

3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a brandy snifter. Bottled April 2008.

A: Some white head tops a murkily translucent straw-yellow beer. Scattered lacing.

S: Faint Brettanomyces. Some tart, tropical fruit.

T: Jaw-achingly tart initially. This yeast has got some serious funk, but by the latter half of the taste, the hibiscus becomes unmistakably prominent and leads to a smooth, clean finish. A trace of balancing spice is likely the black pepper. I really like what's going on in here. I have no idea what it's like fresh, but it seems to have aged well. The tartness fades with acquaintance, and mellows out into a saisonesque funk-forward yeasty beer with some sweet fruit undertones and spicy topnotes.

M: Middling.

O: I quite liked it, but it's certainly strange. Recommended if you can still find one laying about, as my friend did, languishing unappreciated on some dusty shelf.

Sep 12, 2012
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My local bottle shop got an old 2008 keg of this so I took some home. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter. Clear gold color with a thin head. The nose has some apples, light barnyard funk, and a hint of berries (possibly the mission figs used). Other than the light funk, it smells like a nice Chardonnay.

Nice tart acidic flavor. The tartness is balanced by a little bit of sweetness, but not much. Mouth feel is nice and firm, though it could use a bit more carbonation to wake up the palate. The beer is creamy in the front of the mouth with some oak and cedar notes. Tartness arrives at mid-palate with flavors of apple skins and green grapes, but does not destroy your taste buds. Rather, it brings a refreshing acidity.

I was surprised at some of the lukewarm reviews this beer got. Perhaps time has mellowed it out some and improved the flavor. I thought it was a solid, refreshing sour.

Jul 31, 2012
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DenverLogan from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold, copper, orange...small lingering head. Giant aroma of a big mix of herbs, lavender, fruits, bread, pepper, funk. Big flavors of herbs but not too medicinally, minerals but in a refreshing manner, melon, and barnyard. Big and rich, complex, but not something I would drink more than a glass.

May 27, 2012
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superspak from Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle with gold foil into tulip glass, bottled in April 2008. Pours slightly cloudy golden amber color, with a nice 2-3 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice and thick soapy lacing on the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of big tart apple, grape, pear, lemon, hay, grass, fig, bread, pepper, herbal, floral, funk, and yeast spices. Some fairly nice aromas, with good strength and complexity. Taste of big apple, grape, pepper, pear, grass, herbal, fig, clove, lemon, floral, bread, and yeast spices. Fairly dry on the finish; with lingering notes of pepper, lemon, bread, grape, grass, and yeast spices on the finish for a bit. Slight tartness on the finish, but not anywhere near what I was expecting from the aromas. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly crisp and prickly mouthfeel that fits well. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with pretty much no warming present at all. Quite easy to drink, but is still a sipper. Overall this is a nice and quite enjoyable spiced wild ale. Good amount of flavor complexity and balance; and very smooth to drink. It held up well to age as expected.

Apr 30, 2012
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Naugros from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I always look forward to Avery's Anniversary Ales. They always bend the boundaries of the style guide and I love to see what style BA pigeon holes each year's offering into. I was betting they'd put this on in the saison category, but went with wild ale instead. Interesting.

Crystal clear amber with a creamy, white, tall head. Unlike most heads, the sides collapsed first, leaving a dense dollop in the center. The lace makes bands down the sides of the glass.

The smell is strong with the figs, smelling a lot like pears. There's some graham cracker, wet hay with the white pepper showing up on top of it all. The taste is very similar with an additional tang. The white pepper strengthens a little, changing the fruit character and masking it a little. In fact, the astringency from the pepper keeps this from becoming a nice crisp fruit beer with a solid measure of tartness. There's also some ash left behind on the tongue and the white pepper dominates the aftertaste. If the white pepper were toned down a bit I think it would be a much better beer.

A bit disappointed in the outcome, but I still applaud the concept.

Apr 15, 2012
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zeledonia from Washington

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 2008. Probably the oldest beer I've ever had; not sure where or why I picked this up, but since it's never to be brewed again, here goes.

Cap pops with a nice hiss; still well-carbonated. Pours a clear, medium golden-straw yellow. Head erupts as I pour, but the big bubbles pop quickly, and it fades down to a nice white cap. Some good gobs of lacing. Big streams of bubbles continue to rush up from the bottom of the glass.

Smells like fruity sweet and sour. Crisp sugary apple sweetness comes as the vanguard, followed by a big wave of lemony sour. It's actually quite good, with both that crisp sour, and the hints of sweetness underneath. Biggest complaint is that I'd like it to be more potent.

Taste is where this beer falls off. It starts out slightly sour, but then gets really muddled. A jumble of flavors I can't place - slightly funky, slightly earthy, grassy. But it's a little like chewing on a big gob of peanut butter - too much all at once, without any clear idea where it's going. Much less fruity and sour than it was in the nose, and with a dry bitter finish that's just okay.

What looked good in the glass does not feel so good when it hits my tongue. Carbonation erupts from everywhere, and I want it to stop. Aside from that, it's light-bodied, pretty thin, and so dry that it's gone in a flash.

Still a good beer, but looks and smells better than it tastes and feels. I suspect it's fallen off since brewing, but I found it quite drinkable even at 4 years.

Apr 14, 2012
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ummswimmin from New Jersey

3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I found this bottle a year ago at Oak Tree Liquors in Central New Jersey. A year ago I thought it was a huge find. I went a few weeks ago, and they still had it. I still think it is a great find, and Oak Tree probably bought too much of this brew from a great brewery.

On the pour I expected a far darker beer based on the style and description on the label. It came out as a orange-yellow color. There was quite a bit of fluffy head from the initial pour into my goblet. The head dissipates to a very small amount of foam on top.

I love the smell of wild ales. You get a ton of that spice coming off the top. The hibiscus really comes through here.

This is really one of those cases where the beer smells much better than the flavor. I get a ton of spice and flowers in the smell. In the taste all I get is the white pepper and flower taste.

I appreciate the opportunity to have this beer. However, I guess I didn't appreciate it enough.

Mar 10, 2012
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MerryTapster from Pennsylvania

3.09/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden amber. Tiny yet foamy head. Some lacing.

S: Funkiness. Fresh baked bread and spice.

T: Almost complete funkiness. To be honest the funk in this one is a little to overwhelming. There are hits of bread, lemon and yeasty spice ness, but the funk totally over powers these noes.

M: The part that made this beer enjoyable. Fluffy and light. Smooth down the hatch. Typical medium carbonation for a farmhouse.

O: Like I say for all beers, give it a spin. I just think this is way to funky of a brew, but everyone got different tastes.

Dec 16, 2011
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elNopalero from California

3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw, very thin lacing around the top. Should I be surprised? This has had some time to sit. Although I missed out on it fresh I think it’s held up nicely. Lots of fruity esters and some spiciness comes through on the aromas. Very full-flavored,with a bite.

Happy belated quinceañera, Avery!

Dec 07, 2011
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Beerdregs from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle states that this beer was bottled in 2008.
A: This beer was still so alive that upon opening foam oozed out of the top of the bottle for a good minute before I got impatient and went ahead and poured it anyway. The appearance was straw colored effervescent looking brew that with ample white head.

S: First thought was "cheesy". But when I let the aroma permeate I also can pick up various fruit essences. Apples or hibiscus? Alot going on here.

T: The sourness from the brett is here but perhaps mellowed out over the past 3.5 years in the bottle. The brett is not as aggressive as the aroma would have you believe. What is left is a wonderful balance of fruits, sweet malt and sourness. I keep getting apples but I wonder if that is the synergy between the hibiscus and figs. This is a fun beer for being a sub 8%.

M: medium bodied beer with heavy carbonation which lends to a very lively experience on the palate.

O: This beer was really fun to drink. I enjoyed trying to pick apart all of the ingredients described on the label. This was a real find sitting in the refridgerator at haskels in woodbury a month ago! Well done Avery!

Dec 05, 2011
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ThirstyHerf for this! He claimed it was drinking great right now, so here goes!

Pours a hazy sun color, with an unmistakable slight pinking hue. Head was not massive, but it sounded fizzy like a soda. Bright white and nice lace.

Aroma is slightly tart, earthy, fruity and malty, some funk, but it's over powered by the tartness.

Taste is mostly on par with the aroma. There's a faint tart fruitiness, but nicely funky and earthy. A bit of spiciness on the finish.

With age, and despite the fizzy sound, it's a bit creamy feeling and not hugely crisp. Still nice though

I never tried this fresh, but with a few years, it's quite nice in my opinion!

Oct 07, 2011
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Bonis from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes: 9/9/11

A - Pours golden in the glass with very lively champagne-like bubbles. Tall pillowy head leaves a white lacing behind.

S - Floral, funky, and sour. Smells barnyardish, like a sour saison. I haven't tried many (or any) American Wild Ales, so this is different for me, but definitely awesome. Somewhat fruity, I'm guessing from the figs. A touch of vinegar is noted, no alcohol.

T - Lots of funk and a nice dose of malt sweetness. I'm a little disappointed, as I expected more sourness that I got from the nose to carry over. This one is subtly sour at best. I wouldn't even call it tart. Not bad tasting overall, though. Herbal mint and flowers mingle in with the bretty funk, which is huge. Nice overall, but nothing exciting.

M - Lively carbonation with a big mouthfeel. Pretty much what I expected, so I'll give it a decent mark (even though I'm not normally a fan of beers that are this carbed).

O - A pretty nice beer that I'll probably never have or see again. I'd recommend to buy this if you see it, as it is still drinking good.

Sep 16, 2011
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JoeAmerican77 from Colorado

4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You know I've taken the Avery Brewery tour at least 12 times (I lived five minutes away in college) and they always talk about their special strains of bugs rolling around in their barrel room. This beer smells exactly like that Avery home blend. Sour funk, some brettomyces and the whole barnyard crew jump in.

The flavor is a bit milder than the smell. Same bitter characteristics, wet horse blanket, some chewable vitamin C without the sweetness, definitly hibiscus. I really like the flavor

Medium mouthfeel, nice light carbonation

Overall, heck yes! I love when Avery pulls out a winner and this is a good addition to their portfolio

Sep 03, 2011
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shoky01 from Texas

4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had in a goblet, on tap at the Houston Flying Saucer.

First impressions: I love this beer!

From the moment I saw it in the glass I knew it was a beauty. The smell gave away most of the flavor off the bat with the spices and grains. The taste left nothing to be desired, just a perfect balance of sweet, spice, malt and a tiny bit of bitter. I want this again and I want it now!! So happy I got to experience this.

Aug 21, 2011
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sjccmd from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2008, a lucky find at my local liquor store.

Pours a light copper, surprisingly clear with only a little haze. Large billowing white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles. As the head fades it leaves a nice lacing.

Smell is even better than I was expecting for a wild ale aged for 3 years. Loads of brett. Barnyard, overripe fruit, pineapple, figs, apricots. It has a nice musty basement sort of odor. Earthy and spicy. The amount of funk almost seems meaty. Very nice.

The flavor begins with tart apples which is followed by hibiscus. It's nice and earthy. The flowers add a slight earthy bitterness. I wouldn't have been able to point out figs, hibiscus, and white pepper if it didn't say so on the label, but I do believe they have a presence even after all this time in the bottle. Brett of course has a big presence providing more musty basement flavors, tartness, and a cheesy/earthy/meaty flavor. This is all balanced nicely with a good amount of bready malts.

Decent body with enough carbonation to deliver a nice little sting even after this long in the bottle. Super dry, finishing with earthy/spicy hops and yeast.

Overall an excellent beer. I have recently become a big fan of brett beers and this is right up my alley. Age, I'm sure, has served it well.

Aug 11, 2011
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scbrew from California

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light orangey-rose color with white head. Definite farmhouse aroma, with something different...hibiscus maybe. Moderately carbonated with a medium body. Very spicey (not picante), peppery. Subtle stone fruit flavors with light tartness. Very drinkable.

Jun 22, 2011
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SHODriver from North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep yellow to light orange with a fluffy white head and a constant stream of carbonation rising to the top. Very effervescent.
S: Sharp spice notes on the nose with some small notes of fruit and bready yeast
T: A bit of winy/sour grape flavor up front with some hints of apricot and some other fruity alcohol flavor. the spices come through toward the end but the vinous qualities are quite apparent the whole way through. Not very beery
M: kinda thin and heavy carbonation.
D: this one's different for sure but it's still decent.

Jun 08, 2011
CHILLINDYLAN from Washington

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2008; Consumed Sept 30, 2010

Peach lemonade in color with a big creamy near white head with decent retention. Thick, tight bubbly walls of lace.

Funky brett and spicy white pepper. Some sourness. Floral citrus and lemongrass.

Sour and tart. Lemon and grass. spicy herbal and white pepper. floral notes. Subtle fig jam. Mild bitter funky aftertaste.

Fast lively carbonation, very refreshing. medium body with a bit of creaminess. slight dryness after the funk.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. Not overly tart, sour, or funky, but a good combo of all three that complement the other ingredients and let their complexities come through. Over two year aging, this one was drinking great when I had it. if you still have one cellaring, I don't think it will improve much more, drink it now if you havent already.

May 18, 2011
Avery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 445 ratings