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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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Photo of Sammy
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, a wild ale is a good description of this below-average saison. The horse smell was an impediment to enjoyment. It is however easy drinking and there is some mild spice in the aroma. Bottled in April - I cannot say in two years the aroma will dissipitate, bit perhaps the taste will be more interesting.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.18/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This Avery Anniversay is purportedly brewed with spices, herbs and figs.

It pours a cloudy orange/amber with a white head. Very light brettanomyces in the nose with hints of old fruit and a bit of a musty character; not the wet blanket characteristic of bret; rather something more like wet laundry. Weak nose of mild tangerine hidden in there, as well.

Mouthfeel is very thin. Flavors are weak and a bit offensive. Little redeeming flavors or character to this one.

Flavor of soap with hints of weak tangerine. Tastes more like dish soap than anything else. No hints of figs, hibiscus flowers or the white pepper supposedly used in the brew. Light bret character but with no real character or statement at all. Simply not pleasant in the mouth; it just "doesn't taste good." Light, thin, weak flavors. My impression overall is "fizzed out orange soda."

Finish is very short and with little character. All around, I would not try this again and this is likely the least desireable Avery I've tasted. I am a huge Avery fan and like most everything they do. And, they can handle bret and make interesting, characteristic beer (i.e., try the Brabant). Anyway, this is not the Avery from which you should judge the others.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I sit here catching up on a lot of emails and listening to CCR I decided to open this beer. Its not great but its certainly not bad. I don't get what all the negative press was about when this beer was released. 22oz bottle opened 12/22/2008.

Pours a very light copper color, like a nice pale ale. 3/4" head, but rocky and no retention. Some lacing however. Moderately clear but that's due to its color, I think there is some chill haze.

Granted the beer was served cold, as this "house" is a virtual walk in refrigerator, the aroma is a bit thin. What I smell is some tropical fruits and some darker fruits. That all goes along with the usual funky barnyard smells that brett produces.

The taste is very familiar. I would bet money that this was fermented with Brettanomyces Claussenii. That's the yeast found in wine on occasion. I get some passion fruit flavors, a medium acidity, and a touch of malt. There is some spiciness that is a bit unusual for brett but after reading the bottle I am lead to believe its the spices (not sure which ones exactly). Very funky aftertaste that could stand to be balanced with either some regular yeast or some other bugs. No alcohol in the taste.

Body is thin, as it should be for the style but I think it could be a bit more carbonated. Medium acidity makes it pretty drinkable for the average sour head but might be a bit over the threshold for someone new to the style.

I think Avery is on to something with this sour beer thing. I say this after having tried the sour version of their Salvation at the Strong Ale Fest a few weeks ago.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this super-sour beer fresh at the brewery during the 2008 GABF weekend. Upon the first sip, I was taken back at it's quality, cleanliness, and control. The beer opens with a hazy yellow appearance with a nice, terse head formation that retained the session. Aromas of slight bready malts come out from hiding behing the clean Brettonomyces sourness. Fruity esters of peaches, pears, pineapple, appricots, lemons, and other citus give the beer a lot of character and variety. The sourness gives a sharp acidity that never really crosses the line to barnyard or musty notes. Peppery phenols gives a lot of complexity to the alcohols and hop bittering. Flavors favor the zesty lemony sourness, but allow the malts, esters, and phenols to balance the beer and add a ton of complexity. The malt base gives a lot of body to the beer, keeping it from complete astringency and vineousness. Finishes lemony, tart, and fruity with a pleasant dryness. Hard to beleive this beer hasn't seen higher ratings.

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Photo of largadeer
2.03/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Golden with slight haze, lots of visible carbonation and a big two finger head of white.

Smell: Massively funky stuff. Cheese, sweaty socks, farmyard and wet dog. There's a fresh herbal undertone that doesn't quite gel with the funk. Decent, but there are more enticing brett beers out there.

Taste & mouthfeel: Starts off with a light sourness, faint grainy sweetness underneath. Sourness quickly becomes bizarre funk; cheesy, sweaty, downright odd. There's a lot of husky astringency as well, too much for a wild ale as far as I'm concerned. The finish is an odd mix of sour, sweet and tannic, with the astringent graininess prevailing, and eventually becoming annoyingly cloying.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a huge head that leaves shards of lace as it descends

Smell: Fruit and spice, with tart apples and figs, peppery spice phenols and undercurrents of Brett

Taste: Tangy, fruity and slightly sweet up front, with apples, pears and figs joined by the peppery spice; the Brett is more subtle than expected, but the sour presence is clearly there both before and after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I was expecting something much more extreme, but this has its attributes and seems to be getting slammed by those who wish it were funkier as well as by those who don't quite know what to make of it - I rather enjoyed it

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Crizay: Poured a deep golden color ale with a large foamy head with a huge pure white foamy head with great retention and great lacing. Aroma is dominated by some funky notes with some light fruity ester and sweet malt. Taste is also dominated by some funky notes produce form the yeast strain that was used with some very light fruity ester and some sweet malt. Great carbonation with an average body and no apparent alcohol. Good but I can't help thinking that some sourness would have improve balance.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull opaque orange body, that seems to glow from within. Short cap of creamy foam at first, that keeps itself going with gentle streams of tiny bubbles. Looks like Orval or an Abbey Ale.

Multifaceted Brettanomyces nose. At times you get wet hay, cheese, fresh cut grain, and some Daffodil or wildflowers too. Wild farmhouse ale all the way. Reminded me of Allagash Interlude at times.

Full bodied, mild tartness, funky flavors backed by mild citrus rind and peppery spiciness. You can feel the tingle of the white pepper listed on the label. Bit of a fading floral note in the aftertaste, with some melon flavor.

The Brett may be a curveball for the Wild Ale novice, but Avery really hit the nail on the head with this creative brew. 100% Brett just like the label says, which means never a dull moment, it evolves over time. Here's to 15 more years...

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Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a light orange-yellow color with a bubbly, pillowy, white, one finger head. It had some sediment at the bottle of the bottle and it had some lacing.

S - It smelled very floral. It sounds cheesy but it smelled like spring.

T - It tasted slightly sour and spiced. It had a sweet candy sugar taste. Also, some yeasty flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was my first American Wild Ale and I was pleasantly surprised. I knew that this beer had quite a few negative reviews but I found it very good and quite drinkable.

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Photo of nickfl
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, golden body. Retention is good and the head leaves a nice ring of lace as it settles.

S - Musty aroma of wild yeast funk along with a bready malt note and hints of apricots and white pepper.

T - Sour, cheesy funk up front, followed by a mellow spiciness in the middle. Notes of pepper, apricots, cloves, and rosemary. The finish is smooth and yeasty with moderate hop bitterness.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - The yeast funk dominates the palate of this beer and gives it an overall impression reminiscent of a good stinky cheese like Raclette. The flavor is nice, though not as complex as some other wild beers, but the flavor is what really stands out, with deep, musty aromas that compare favorably to classic Belgian funky beers like Cantillon. Hardly a session brew, but worth seeking out if you enjoy wild beers.

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Photo of mothman
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

American wild ale?? By reading the label it sounds as if this is a saison/farmhouse ale.

Poured into a snifter.

Pours 1 finger of white head. Fades down just a bit leaves some lace on the glass. Color is a hazed bright golden orange. A very nice looking saison.

Aroma: The brett is really starting to show nicely with a big funk aroma. It has has some sour notes. Oak flavors with lemons. It is slightly herbal with some pepper.

Taste: I am surprised by how funky/sour this has gotten. The brett seems to be taking this beer over in a good way. It even has a bit of a medicinal flavor to it, which is probably from the funk. Herbal notes with black pepper. Finishes with a hay/grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Funky and fizzy. Medium bodied with a larger amount of carbonation. Ends dry with the medicinal funk flavor.

Overall, this beer surprised me by how funky it was. I was pretty impresed with it and the only part that really bugged me was the medicinal flavors coming from the taste. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sparkling honey with a hint of juicy tangerine. Champagnesque bubbles zoom up to a three finger crown that has the color and texture of whipped egg whites. Although the glass isn't plastered with lace, what appears looks good. Fifteen resembles a BSPA, but then wild ales don't really have 'a look'.

A single whiff is all it takes to tell that Brettanomyces is in the house. I'm sure the beer's unique ingredients (black mission figs, hibiscus flowers and white pepper) do their part in the creation of an appealing aroma, but they aren't identifiable on an individual basis. If you want the Cliff Notes version: fruity, spicy funk.

Leave it to Avery to brew a wild ale that still has quite a bit of hop bitterness after more than a year (bottled April 2008). That's a good thing. Fifteen is also drier than expected, which works much better in a beer of this style than sweetness does.

When compared to other wild ales, this anniversary brew is middle of the pack in terms of the funk factor. That's for the best because it allows some of the beer's other flavors to have their day in the sun. On the other hand, the added ingredients contribute general flavors, not specific ones. The figs add fruitiness, the hisbiscus add floweriness and the pepper adds spiciness.

If you like the full creaminess of big beer, then you'll like the mouthfeel. I've had 9.0% ales that weren't this plush. Zesty bubbles keep things from bogging down and give the beer a wonderful mouth energy. The bottom half of the bomber is calmer... and still great.

Avery Anniversary Ales are always solid. Fifteen might have been somewhat experimental, but it's to Adam Avery's credit that it was a successful experiment. If you're cellaring a bottle, this brew is drinking fine right now and could doubtless be aged for some time to come. It'll probably even be good until Seventeen is released.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.24/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden-orange body with an inch of frothy, white foam.

Smell: Aroma of dried flower petals, leather, muscadines, strawberry jelly, spice-covered honeydew melons and, yes, even a handful of band aids.

Taste: Belgian pils malt, lightly sweet. Melange of light fruit flavors. Splash of sauvignon blanc. Taste of antique leather in need of a long overdue cleaning. Herbal, mentholesque, Ricola-like flavor builds throughout. Hints of antiseptic-coated band aids. Spicy, citrusy hops with a decent bitterness that pairs with the Ricola and peppery hints. Pinch of white pepper (honest, I just read this on the bottle in between watching Back to the Future III. I'm not a huge fan of white pepper, particularly when used in potato dishes or soups). Finishes with a light funky tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An admirable attempt at using Brett, but it didn't do it for me, especially with all those band aids in there. It certainly was no Fourteen (or Thirteen or Twelve).

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.36/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pungent yeast, spices, light malts and tart fruit.

T: The taste starts out spicy and sour with flavors of figs, citrus, Belgian yeast and pepper. There's a thin malt character and a decent hops presence. All of the different flavors just don't seem to blend well with each other. The after-taste is tart and spicy.

M: Very crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, I was expecting the beer to be sour, but the lack of balance just ruins the beer for me, not one that I would want to drink again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this as part of my avery cellar cleaning tonight. i must admit i had a few high hopes for this one. served in a snifter

the pour was a nice golden yellow color with with a smooth head of white that settled down quickly into just a thin film that wrapped around the edges. pungent sour aroma was too lopsided for me. lots of vinegar and sour apple, but little other then that to provide any depth or contrast to it. not exactly what i was looking for to be honest. very light carbonation on the first sip though it did not detract from the overall expierence. lots of interesting sour notes, but again that was about all, none of the really nice, interesting flavors i normally look for. very dry finish left me looking for more.

overall it was, ok. i will admit i really thought it could have been alot better.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy orange color with a small white foam. Lots of small bubbles.

S: Funk, and a bit of spice, but that's about it. The figs and hibiscus that are supposedly there aren't present for me.

T: A nice balance of the spice character and the wonderful funky Brett characteristics. The figs are subtle, but there, in the flavor.

M: A nice crisp and dry mouthfeel.

D: A nice beer, not fantastic, but certainly a solid one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a bit different as wild ales go, having said that I'd take this over la follie this worked better for me

Pours an effervescent apricot with fast fading white head. Retains a viscous appearance once the head breaks down

S: Funk by the bucket, hay, horse blanket, sourness & vinegar

T: Grassy, greasy, & some hay notes up front. Lemon, bacon rinds ( you know the fakey frito-lay ones) mushrooms, dirt & appleskins as this warms. Finishes with dirt, lemons, honey, bacon fat & tartness. Almost gave this a 4.0 the taste grew on me after awhile would go great with stinky cheese

Slick with low but noticeable carbonation

Drinks alright, not in to the style that much, would like to try it on draft to see if I liked it better, I sure did with the La Follie. Would like to see how this ages

Just tried on draft June 12 2008, lots of funk, but no essence of pork, I'd rate it the same as my bottle experience

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Photo of smcolw
1.62/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Golden color and clear; good head with spotty lace.

Wild indeed; Lots of earthy and barnyard aromas. Faint olive, berry and dairy farm. (Yes, you read that correctly. If you haven't been to a milk producing barn, you can get an idea from this smell.)

OMG, the taste is poorer than the smell, particularly in the swallow, which is like drinking from the stalls of said dairy barn. It's sour without flavor--I can't find any of the spices, herbs or figs here. The aftertaste is ugly and unfortunately long lasting. Imagine stale postage stamps.

The body is too little of an improvement to save this one. I may have to dump this. Sorry guys; this is a clear miss.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crystal clear and yellow, the beer begins teeming with effervescence and opens with a thick white head. The bubbles diminuendo to stillness, while the head exhibits staying power and coats the glass in white lacing. A very impressive appearance.

S: funk, brettanomyces, apples,

T: Subtle spices, apples, brettanomyces. There is a slighty astringent taste, with notes of rubber and ethanol. The beer has a sour character, but it is by no means puckering.

M: Pretty smooth drinking, in spite of some subtle off flavors.

D: An above average sour.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with a thinner white head that falls to nothing. Nose is spices and almost a mild tar thing. Flavor is weird. Almost like there is apple juice in there. The tar seems to be on the flavor as well. It's mildly funky. Seems to be a little bit of smoke there as well. The profile is okay I guess. I mean there isn't anything interesting to it at all. It isn't putrid or anything. It's just boring. Low feel on carbonation and the liquid is average at best. Overall this isn't a very good anniversary beer. It's decent at best overall. But as a special one-off, I'd expect a whole lot more really.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The nose was the tip-off that Brett had been used in its production. There was a good bit of a barnyard odor, but underlain by a grape-y fruitiness. I got a little better than a finger's worth of bone-white head with decent retention from my pour. Color was a slightly cloudy golden yellow with lots of effervescence. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a lot of Brett-driven sourness on the tongue. The finish had the grape-ish flavor I noted on the nose, but the spices were lost in the mix. Not bad, but not my bag, either.

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Photo of stakem
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Smoked for sharing this bomber on 3/13/11. Bottled in April 2008 putting this just shy of 3 years old at time of this review.

Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a hazed yellow with a thin film of white bubbly and fizzy head. A light swirl revives the cap back to a finger of head. Spotty fingers of lace stick to the glass.

The smell of this brew is all over the place, generically it smells of funk and sulfur upfront. As more sniffs are taken, more specific scents are identified as spicy, sweet floral notes, pearish fruit, grass and crushed pepper. Quite interesting but the fruity notes don't blend very well with the spices and peppered aspect.

The taste mimics the aroma, it's tart with a sulfuric flavor that gives way to pears and spices that accent a very distinct dryness to the finish. The abv comes forward with a minor fruity flavor. The aftertaste is citrus rinds with lactic acidity and a peppery, earthy flavor that lasts.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is easy drinking with lots of lively bubbly and fizziness on the tongue. The 7+ abv is well integrated in both flavor and warmth but collectively this brew is a bit of a mess. In this case, flowers and fruits don't work very well with pepper and sulfur.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden beery color with a huge bubbly white head that sticks around forever. Smells of wet horse blanket, spicy Belgian yeast, lemons, a bit phenolic. Taste is kind of rough! Really bretty character with some solvent, medicinal and phenolic. Some citrus and spices thrown in there as well. Carbonation is high, body is medium to thin, mouthfeel is syrupy. I guess its decent for an all brett beer, but I really would have liked some acid in this one. I didn't taste any of the figs or white pepper either. This bottle is older, maybe its faded.This actually grew on me as I drank it, but really this one is nothing special.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen from Avery Brewing Company
3.59 out of 5 based on 445 ratings.
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