Avery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen | Avery Brewing Company

Avery Anniversary Ale - FifteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen
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Avery Anniversary Ale - FifteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.68%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ArrogantB on 04-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 445 |  Reviews: 372
Photo of Scorpious
5/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased the bottle (750ml) @ a Bevmo in San Diego County. Described as a funky, fruity farmhouse saison ale.

The Beer itself is brewed with Mission Figs, White Pepper and Hibscius Flowers and 100% Belgian Brettanomyces...

Truly a wonderful sour beer, and should (I hope) age wonderfully over the next couple years.

Pours a hazy amber color with a good amount of amber color head.

Drinkability is fair to moderate, but I do love this style of beer however it can only be done in smaller quanties.

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Photo of chrispoint
5/5  rDev +39.3%

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5/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.89/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On sale now! I had to stock up. This beer was brewed in April 2008, and it tastes damn good today. In fact, I love it.

A – Pours a cloudy yellow-gold with a big head that quickly recedes, spotty lacing.

S – The aroma is of apples and autumn spices with a delicious lemon zest underpinning, with a pleasant slight medicinal / Band-Aid aroma as well.

T – Funky, sour, sweet, bitter; all in perfect moderation. Tart and dry start, sour and sweet tropical fruity middle. And bitter sour dark/dried fruity finish. Just a tremendously balanced and exquisitely flavored brew.

M – It feels nice, with not quite champagne dryness or effervescence, but a thin bubbly feel nonetheless.

D – This is one of my favorite beers. Ever.

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Photo of bradfordjohnson
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of bryanbrick
4.72/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 22oz bottle purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley. Label states that this was bottled in April of 2008. I have had this bottle in the chamber for about 3 months now. I'm really glad that I pulled the trigger tonight.

A pretty peach color with some apparent carbonation at the edge of the glass leads up to the small but persistent head that is not afraid to come back to the well for more. This has much more head retention than most wild ales I know of.

Side Note-Labeled here as a Wild Ale, labeled on the bottle as a farmhouse ale. Makes more sense to me from a carbonation and head retention standpoint to be a Farmhouse Ale. Yes, it is brewed with Brett, but so were/are so many traditional farmhouse/Saisons. A confused style these days for sure.

Back to the review regime, the nose is out of this world, easily one of the best for a wild, doctored up beer that I've ever come across. A pretty mix of ripe, sour and floral notes, this concoction smells like grandma's soap, fresh lavender, peach, granite, Meyer lemon zest, Satsuma mandarins, and mint jelly. A nose that is easy to get lost in. The 15th has a nose that stops you in your tracks, one that fills the room as soon as the bottle is opened.

The flavor here is not far behind but unfortunately it is a tad behind the superior nose. A playful sweet/tart aspect is the first thing that hits the tongue. Yes not unlike the candy, which was one of my faves when I was into that sort of thing. You really can see the flavors of Hibiscus and fig here. (I hate figs because of their texture but here I get to enjoy all of the indulgent flavors that they hold in that grainy mess of a flesh) The hibiscus has all of that sweet/bitter/tart interplay that I've come to love in Jamaica that comes out of the taco shops water coolers. Add some wet stone and hay from the Brett and this is one serious beverage. My only complaint is that the finish is seriously truncated. This is all forward with no back end. The good news is the front is pretty smoking!

I like the feel to this. While never lip-puckering this has plenty of sour qualities. While having some funky, damp, Brett-y qualities it is far from being overwhelmingly dirty. While having plenty of fruity sweetness this is never cloying. The feel is one of balance and clarity.

I could drink this all day long and never get tired of it. It has the perfect amount of acidity and tartness to have a completely restorative effect after every sip. Who would have though that Black Mission figs, Hibiscus flowers and white pepper would have worked in a Wild ale. Bravo to Avery and whoever was the mad genius behind this beer.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4.69/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer from a bottle at TJ's Everyday is Paoli, PA where it came is a tulip glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear golden color with a nice white head formed by big carbonated bubbles, but it left fast and had no lace.
Smell: The aroma was mostly apple cider, lots of pepper and some floral notes.
Taste: There are lots of fruits, apples and grapes, plus the white pepper is very noticeable.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very crisp and dry.
Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.59/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours translucent gold with nice contrasting white head.

Nose is HUGE barnyard, earth, musty attic, and overripe fruit. It could easily pass for a wine, judging by the nose alone. Fantastic!

Palate is melony sweet (canteloupe?), malty, earthy, with a salt/pepper taste towards the end.

Finish is very sweet with a return to fruit, maybe peach. Exceptional beer, not like any others I've had.

Simply perfect with cheese & roasted nuts. Substitute this beer with portwine with your dessert at holiday meals.

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Photo of BenZ
4.53/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 years has done wonders for this beer. Poured from cellared bottle today.

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip - enormous mousey head that stayed for a long time and left great lacing. Beer was cyrstal clear, light copper color.

S: Brett, fruit, maybe some very faint non-citrusy hops. Some maltiness as it warms.

T: Lot's of stuff going on - the bitterness is comprable to Orval. Haven't had one in a while, but I think it is close to a funkier version of Orval. Bitterness increases as it warms. Maybe a tiny bit of tartness.

M: Lots of carbonation and some creaminess at the end - it's unusual to see these two together.

D: Yeah, you could drink this by the pail.

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Photo of Ralphs66
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of Kirch
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of DmanGTR
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of gregc
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orangeish yellow color with a small head.
The aroma is wonderful tropical fruits, sour apple, small amount of figs, a nice brett funkiness, wet hay and some barnyard must.
The taste was also great in my opinion, tropical fruits, figs, some white pepper and the brett funk is really balanced nicely in this beer. I could drink this all night. I dont understand the bad reviews for this one. I guess people either love this beer or hate this beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 7.68% ABV, 1.064 O.G., no date or info.

Thanks to sweemzander for giving Todd and I this bottle to share!

A - Fifteen pours a clear golden yellow with moderate carbonation bubbles rising up. A dense off-white head rests lightly on top like a fresh powdery snowfall. A bit of sticky lace covers a portion of the glass.

S - Sweet pale malts, honey, and white grape all kick off an incredible nose of beer. The hibiscus flower aroma comes through with good strength that's very pollen-like. A dash of white pepper spikes the kick of funky brett yeast on the finish. This beer smells amazing but could use just a touch more barnyard complimentary aromas.

T - Spicy white pepper and lemony citrus open the flavor with a strong kick of flower-pedal taste. Sweet pale malts, white grape, and honey back up the complex flavor. The finish ends with a strong yeasty brett flavor that's more Belgian farmhouse than barnyard funk. Amazing regardless, Fifteen is a great tasting anniversary beer.

M - Medium-light in body with a citrusy carbonation kick and a tart apple bite. Spice attacks the tongue nicely and leaves a good lingering finish. Great mouthfeel!

D - Solid drinkability, especially for this hot day! Fifteen is one hell of an anniversary ale I could finish off myself. Aging very nicely.

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Photo of RickSawyer
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Elated to give this a go since I love saisons and wild ales. Pours from the 22oz foiled cap bottle into a snifter, a vibrant honey golden hue with a pillowy, creamy white mountainous head. Decent retention and nice layers of lace cling to the walls of the glass. Smell is pineapple, pear, hay, orange zest and some definite florally earthy funk. Taste isn't quite as funky as the nose but there is some definite funk available to the palate. Begins with a nice tropical boquet of pineapple and pear, transitions to a floral funk that certainly entertains the taste butds and transitions to a nice nut bread finish. Hopefully some time in the cellar will bring the flavors up to par with the aromas. Mouthfeel is a bit watery but decent enough. Way to take a chance Avery. Cheers.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I see that Avery has used Brett and an interesting assemblage for Fifteen, a wild ale. I like the risk as well as the result and, while I'm much fonder of some of Avery's other delectable items (The Czar, The Reverend, The Kaiser, and others), this is unique for them and well done.

A large, slightly off-white soda head emerges from a moderately aggressive pour, laying out two fingers of foam on a hazy orange-golden bed. Nice retention and lacing decorate the Ommegang glass. This sure does have farmhouse written all over the smell, but it's really a bit more complicated than that--berry, grape, and spice all introduce themselves with vigor.

Crisp taste all around--light and somewhat sweet with grape and berry, but also spicy with pepper and clove, tart fig, and a sour aftertaste. All hold together in a fine balance. Smooth with some hop bitterness, the mouthfeel does not backslide, instead maintaining the boldness and complexity that one hoped would characterize the anniversary beer.

Avery has done a terrific job with Fifteen, a unique and spirited brew that is fairly accessible. Definitely well recommended.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With exactly 6 months of age (bottled April '08) it was time to give this a go. Starts out looking super-good, a shimmering sunset yellow/orange with zillions of bubbles dancing around, while the head is thick and foamy and lasts forever. Some strands of lace left as the head slowly sinks but never disappears.

Whew...the nose is a lesson in Brettanomyces. Tart fruit, funky saddle-blanket, earth, flower. Very good balance between the funk and the fruit, whereas some beers in this vein are all funk, but here there's a ton of tangy citrus coming through in waves along with the dirty yeast stink.

Flavor is wonderful. Like the aroma it's not a total Brett overload. There's plenty of citrus rind (lemon, lime, grapefruit, take your pick), and even a soft bready element, like a freshly baked, gooey glazed doughnut. White pepper and hibiscus are detected, the latter which may not have been discernible without knowing it in advance, but only with overactive imagination can I detect any of the fig this was also brewed with. The mind boggles to consider what this would've been like if that came through stronger. All that adds depth to this wonderful brew, everything mingled and balanced extremely well.

Mouthfeel is soft yet tangible, buttery yet bright and springy, and the tart characteristic of the beer works well with all that.

There's wild, and then there's out of control. There's a difference, and this sits on the good side of that (ie. wild). Superb drinkability, unless you're not into the funk, but judging it by what it is, it's easily one of the most drinkable Brett-infected beers out there. Looking forward to Sixteen!

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Photo of electricfields
4.45/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorites in a long time.

A: First thing I noticed was that this stuff looks really intense when you pour it. It pours a cloudy golden yellow with lots of bubbles rising off the bottom with a fluffy white head that sticks around. Leaves a thick frothy lacing on the glass.

S: Really, really sweet. Almost like apple juice, but way more tart. A hint of some kind of flower, some wheat.

T: Surprising emphasis on the sour, but with a nice fruity sweetness balancing it. I taste some green apple for sure. There's also a nice spiciness to it. Maybe a little coriander.

M: Sort of foamy. Lots and lots of carbonation.

D: Be careful with this one. 7.68% alcohol, and it's pretty much concealed beyond recognition. It's also so tasty you wouldn't mind putting a couple of them away.

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Photo of shoky01
4.45/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a clear yellow body with a slight orange hue to it and a snow white head that is thin and sticky creeping up the glass with each sip.

S- Even during the pour there is a musty sweet funk of Brett. The notes of perfume flowers and grapefruit pith increase as the beer warms with a hint of wet straw coming through in the last glass.

T- This beer has some nice smooth tartness with grapefruit notes and a faint brie rind flavor. There is a light fruity tang to it aswell. The finish has a faint black pepper heat to it with some sweet jam flavor that appear after the finish and linger a bit. The finish has a nice white cheese flavor to it aswell.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizzy note at the finish that helps balance the sweet jam flavors. There is no alcohol heat noted.

D- This is my first 100%brett beer and it was interesting. The yeast flavors were wild and dominating and all the other flavors were really muted like figs, hibiscus,, white pepper and other spices but I was fine with that.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
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

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Appearance: Clear deep golden body at about 8 SRM. A full inch or so of white froth tops it. Some good head retention. Decent lace that's spotty, splashy, and left in small patches in some areas about the glass.

Smell: Uber funky! Not for the uninitiated. Distinct metallic/mineral from Bettanomyces, as well as barnyard and wet leather. Baby feces. Mud. Wet straw. Dark fruit skins. Some floral aspect. Very mild malt presence. Complex! Enjoyable! Michael would have liked this.

Taste: Surprisingly, the fig flavor comes right through. It's probably bolstered by some of the fruitiness of the Brett. Mild spice, but definitely present... soft, peppery. I had a suggestion of something like nutmeg, but I don't think there's any added, it was just another flavor floating by. (In the empty glass I even got a whiff of Chinese 5-spice which contains cinnamon, clove, anise, fennel, and pepper). Gently tangy, not overtly sharp sourness. Malt appears in the finish, but also more fruitiness: apples (tart green and sugary red), perhaps sugar-sprinkled apricots, more juicy soft orange fruit... not quite peach... but some papaya and melon... mango even? Restrained bitterness as required, firm at around 15 to 20 IBU's, but against a final gravity of around 2.8 Plato. Still balanced by tart and funk. Round? Not so much round - it's edgy - as wide. FAR from one sided to be sure. Remarkably complex as it warms. The alcohol can be felt, but isn't really noticeable within the tasting - perhaps it lends a tiny bit towards the spiciness, and helps to cut through the malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. A distinct edge of maltiness becomes apparent as it warms. Median carbonation. Very fine bubbles. Smooth.

Drinkability: For a beer like this, drinkability is certainly in the eye of the beer holder. I can't recall a beer that's really similar to this. Some of the De Proef wild ales come close, but they don't have the malt underbelly. And the funk is a major factor!!! So, for fans of Brett and weird, kinky, funky stuff I say HUGE drinkability because of the complexity and intensity. But for everyone else I'd have to question whether or not you're ready for it. If you like Orval I'd say go for it. If you like geueze dive right in. - My number for drinkability is biased towards imbibers who are familiar with beers in this vein.

I think this beer will develop a little bit over time, and I'm going to seek some out. I imagine it will become a touch drier, a touch sharper, and and perhaps a hint more spicy.


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Beer rating: 49% out of 100 with 445 ratings
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