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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 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 bamadog
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up some time ago, aged for 3 years. Review is from notes taken on 4/8/2011 and poured from the bottle (bottled in April of 2008) to a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light and crisp lemony/gold color; starts with a big 3 finger white merengue-like head that fades eventually to a full and uneven fluffy cap; body has great clarity and shows pretty strong carbonation still bubbling throughout; some strands and spots of lacing are left behind; a fairly "pretty" beer, I would say, and I'm surprised at how clear the body is.

Smell: Some definite hay-like funk; tart and acidic green fruit (apple?); musky spiciness of coriander; not too bad

Taste: Three years may have been a bit too long as the flavors aren't very robust, but the they're still good; there is the tart/sour acidic green fruits that are definitely reminiscent of green apples or pears; there is a bit of a perfumey and musky spiciness; there is a bit of a lactic sour bite in the aftertaste; it's not bad overall -- this would be a good one for someone who hasn't a lot of wilds/sours to kind of break into the genre with.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little heavier than what I would consider light, and it comes across as a tad watery; carbonation is healthy and fitting -- not strong, but soft and "spritzy"; a fairly dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth and rest of the palate and it tends to hold the sour aftertaste; there are definitely wilds out there with better bodies than this (e.g., anything from RR would crush this attempt in this department). Not heavy though, so it's not as if it's going to weight you down, and I notice it's a little easier on the tummy since the acidity seems lesser in this one than in others with more robust tastes.

Overall: Worth trying, but not cellaring for this long. I think this one would have been much better fresh, or perhaps with just a year on it as it seems to be past its prime. Decent scents and flavors that match, could be better, but it could be a lot worse.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in April, 2008. Let's see if the last three years have been kind to the Fifteen.

It pours into a goblet with an orange-copper color. The clarity is good but the head settles immediately. So, overall, this looks like cider.

At first the aroma reminds me of apple juice too but after a minute it starts to open up. The brett is subtle but noticible and there is a nice floral quality.

The flavor is pleasant and mild. It's not a hugely sour beer like many wild ales but it has a lot of complex flavors. There is orchard fruit, floral and herbal notes, and some pepper.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a little too much carbonation. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Overall not a bad beer but not an exceptional one either. I think Avery has always had good 6-pack beers but has occasionally struggled with their "specials." This was not one of their best.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is either my second or third American Wild Ale. Enjoyed all of them so far, let's see how this one does...

Poured this one into a LA CHOUFFE tulip, and it produces about three fingers of off white rocky head, and has a cloudy orangish gold color.

The aroma is sour milk, yeast funk, and all sorts of crazy. I swear I smell pennies, lemon grass, and finally roses.

Taste wise it's very metallic with some yeast funk making it a bit sour. Grainy texture with lots of carbonation. Kind of refreshing for this abnormally warm day.

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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 RickS95
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden peach color; a thick white head follows with plenty of retention. Bubbles galore.

Too many smells to count, and they're all strong. Starts of a bit fruity before giving way to some spice and then to God only knows what else.

The taste is similar to the smell. It's strong and there's a lot happening. It's sweet and bitter, tart and spicy. Pepper and weird yeast play the biggest parts, with something sour deep in the finish.

Plenty going on on the palate as well. With all those different taste sensations happening, the taste buds are active. Despite the sweet, tart and spicy, it finishes clean and dry.

It's a weird beer, not like anything I've had before. But it works out pretty well for me, all the strangeness in tastes. Good alcohol and a refreshing bite to it make this drinkable for me.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had this since it came out in '08.

Hazy golden-amber hue, fluffy meringue white head rises up quickly and leaves a white film on top.

Nasty old figs and a peppery yeasty smell. Fruity and funky. Maybe even some steamed cabbage dipped in cleaning products and glue.

Peppery brett, potato chips (or maybe potato bread) and a doughy pretzel flavor. Spicy and slightly bitter on the finish. Extremely dry but a creamy mouthfeel at the same time. I don't find many fruit flavors in it. Maybe hints of pineapple, cherry and mango. Fairly subtle overall.

I really like how this one developed. It wasn't very good when it came out. Plus, I was new to wilds back then so my opinion probably doesn't matter.

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Photo of Pahn
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled April 2008 (as was every other one reviewed, I'm sure).

Appearance: Careful pour yields a 3 inch, rocky offwhite head that dissipates slowly leaving thick ridges of lacing. Pours a clear gold.

Smell: From the bottle: Brettanomyces and potato bread. In the glass, Brett, potato bread, some faint sweet fruit aromas, and an effervescent, metallic note.

Taste: My first reaction is one of amusement. The beer tastes like a really boring, 1 note pale ale or pilsner, but with Brett. It's bizarre. Flavors include cologne, tangy funk, and weird characteristic Bretty flavor transitions common among beers like this. Not much else. Aftertaste is kind of gritty and dirty.

As preposterous as this beer is, I kind of like the flavor. The weird Euro pale lager sweetness certainly tastes completely off with the brett, but it's not too dominant. The flavor is mostly bland or absurd. Haven't been this amused by a beer since Gubna.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium bodied. Very carbonated. Very dry.

Drinkability: There's occasional sparkles of goodness here. I don't really hate this beer, but what can I say? It's pretty terrible. Would not buy another.

The good parts of this beer remind me of the time I tasted this guy's infected homebrew. I think he was trying to brew a bitter or something. His infected beer was better than this one. Real head-scratcher from Avery. Tastes like a parody of wild ales.

Honorable mention to the black mission figs, hibiscus flowers, and white pepper that were apparently added to this beer for no reason and to no effect.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Yellow golden hue and fairly bright. Bone white head with soso retention, no lacing to speak of.

S: Herbal Lemon on the forefront. Funk and citrus dominate.

T: Earthy and funky. The white pepper shows through quite a bit. Lemon grass and garden herbs, a soft oregano? A bit of tartness stirred in this mix as well.

M: Prickly

D: medium plus, would be higher but on account of high funk I've taken off a few.

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light brownish yellow color, very hazy. Some sediment on the bottom of the glass. White, very thick, 1/4" head. Very sharp bitter aroma, big musty earthiness to aroma as well. Moderate Carbonation. Bright light sweetness in beginning. Feels very crisp and medium to light on the mouth. Fig and hibiscus comes through big on the end to finish. As beer warms, foralness becomes much bigger in flavor along with a grape note and mustiness becomes less prevelant as an earthy straw aroma comes into play. Quite a nice beer. Very light and drinkable. Finishes very cleanly, with a smooth light aftertaste.

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Photo of grittybrews
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy, deep straw gold into a tulip with several fingers of fluffy white head. Strong aroma of peppery spice, dried fig, mild citrus, and barnyard leather.

Moderate to high carbonation and a light, dry mouthfeel. Flavors of hibiscus tea and dried fig with complex notes of Belgian yeast and peppery funk on the finish. Extremely dry and refreshing.

It seems that this beer really needed a couple years of aging before it came into its own. A local deli had around ten bottles of these for five bucks a pop and now I'm excited to pick up a few more for the cellar -- a really spectacular brew from Avery.

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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 Bookseeb
2.97/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has a quickly dissapating crisp head, no lace with a light golden amber color to it. Smells has that farmhouse mustiness, sour ale with spice. Taste is definitely spicey with that farmhouse note and a light sweetness of figs and malt. Mouthfeel is light with a big bang of carbonation. I know this is what its suppose to be, but it sure reminds me of a lightstruck overdated room temp. ale thats been sitting on the shelf for awhile.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

Brettanomyces create a beer that's an acquired taste. Some say it's the pate of beer. Not only is Fifteen an American Wild Ale, but it runs the short path to extreme beer land with the use of black mission figs, hibiscus flowers and white pepper. Oh yeah, and it's fermented with 100-percent Brett!!!

Good head retention, lacing as well. Bright clarity with a light rose water-hued yellow color. Aroma is funky. Super funky, so funky it's love it or hate it, but we can take the funk just not sure about anyone else. Ripe fruit and barnyard combo in the nose. Smooth medium body. At first sip it's knee-slapping funk. Very ripe fruit, Band-Aid and barnyard funk are clearly dominant. Medicinal flavors throughout. Hibiscus tartness matches the tartness from the Brett and the white pepper is more warming than flavorful, though the alcohol plays a part in the warmth as well. Mission figs never really peak, though there is a cooked fig flavor deep within. Finishes dry and somewhat clean.

Funk, lots of it. Again, love it or hate it. For us, it's great to try but on its own but really should be paired with some sort of soft cheese or hearty game meat.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Its a whackamole of rustic and eccentric flavors brewed in honor of the wild Farmhouse Ales of Belgium. The Avery Fifteen recently just took me on a wild ride through flavor country; and when I say country, I mean country. This is Avery Brewing's fifteenth anniversary beer and was released in 2008. It has been brewed with malted barley, malted wheat, hops, black mission figs, hibiscus flower, white pepper, and a very unique strain of brettanomyces yeast.

The brettanomyces yeast strain is favored by Belgian brewers of Lambics, Farmhouse Ales, and spontaneously fermented beers for its unique tart flavor and funky, fruity aroma. Beers utilizing this yeast are certainly not for the faint of heart. The flavors that come with the brett are incredibly complex, spicy, tart, funky, sour, and aggressive. In fact, it is really considered my most brewers as a contaminant, but the Trappist and Gueze brewers just love it.

This, in combination with the range of other spicy and rustic flavors that have been used in brewing the Fifteen creates an exciting beer with loads of character and a distinct beer drinking experience. The Fifteen is available only in 650ml bottles with Avery Gold foil wrapped around the head of the bottle. It is 7.68% abv, and claims very specifically that it will age beautifully in your cellar. This bottle is close to two years old now, and I am happy to enjoy it!

It pours a very opaque and hazy golden orange with lots of yellow and copper peering through. A slow pour allows a soft and very fine head to kingly rise close to two inches above the surface of the beer. Holding it up to the light shows exceptional depth and rich character in the beer; as light beams through it, it catches vigorous carbonation and deep burnt oranges on its way.

The nose is sweetly floral, ripe, complex and spicy. The immediate scent is a blatant whiff of tart and field like yeast - the brettanomyces. It certainly makes it presence know right away. It brings with it a blue cheese funk, a random collection of spice, and dry champagne like tartness. Theres still more though, light apricots show in the background with a hint of fresh flowers and more sour fruit.

The beer itself is a hugely wild ride. It encompass a massive array of flavors which the late, and eminent Michael Jackson often described as Horse Blanket. Honestly, I never really knew what Mike was on about, but now it does make sense. The beer encompasses a wise and complex range of tart, funky, fruity, spicy, sour and earthy flavors all in one richly smoothbeer experience. As a blanket would cover all the wilderness found on a horses coat, this beer brings to your palate a massive array of flavors and micro cultures. Whether or not that makes any sense now, if you try the Fifteen, somehow, it will.

The first thing that hit me when I drank it was the supremely effervescent mouthfeel - not sparkling like champagne, but delicate and precise in carbonation and body. The beer itself seems heavy, falling across my tongue to the bottom of my mouth, yet is it very agile and refreshing on your palate. Right away it brings not waves, but many small rushes of diverse and distinct flavors. Initially, the light sweetness of pineapple, dried apricots, and wheat dance lightly back over my tongue, but then quickly funk and tart floral herbs blend with spice and pepper to lift the beer everywhere. The flavor is all encompassing.

Hibiscus and wheat pair together forming a light sweet and generously floral backdrop for lavender, rose pedals, rosemary and thyme. The floral and spicy character of the beer is completely necessary to add some balance to the otherwise sour and funky robust nature of this beer. The brettanomyces is constantly harassing your palate with old blue cheese, spiked lemonade, and country fresh air. I know it doesn't necessarily sound appetizing, and it certainly is an acquired taste, but regardless of preference, this beer is an amazing experience and journey through the never ending complexity that beer can offer everyone.

The finish of the Fifteen is dry and tart, not unlike the general feeling of the beer itself. It does quench very nicely, and did leave me looking for my next sip. It has a leather note to it which is so oddly savory and enjoyable. There's just something about these Farmhouse Ales that is to unique and indescribable that makes them a pleasure to drink. If you get the opportunity, definitely seize it, but clear your mind of preconceptions of good and bad flavor. Bring an open mind and take the Fifteen for what it is - truly a brewmaster's work of art.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.81/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by nickd717, mostly to make a point, I guess.

A: A murky light straw body with a finger of moderately-retaining off-white head. No clinging or lace.

S: Mild aroma of pressed rose petals. Musty.

T: Spritzy rose grenadine flavor. Maybe some pepper and a light hay flavor. Quite watery. The finish just drops off a cliff. For the style, this is pretty far below mediocre.

M: Overcarbonated, watery, unsatisfying. It's not offensive, but it's so underwhelming.

D: This is abysmal. I don't understand how anyone can regard this as an A-level beer. Does it really measure up to wilds from Russian River, Jolly Pumpkin, Lost Abbey? Really lame stuff.

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Photo of riored4v
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 7/19/10

Poured into a tulip. Clear, copper colored body with a froth white head that lasts. Good lacing as well.

Smell was tart with a great Brett presence. Some good fruitiness with notes of pepper in the back. Lightly floral.

Taste had some mild maltiness and was faintly fruit. Tartness in the finish along with being mildly sweaty/musty from Brett. Good overall fruit presence, nice peppery flavor with a subtle floral flavor. Nice balanced blend of flavors.

Moderately high carbonation, medium body with a dry finish.

Very good drinkability. No signs of abv and a good balanced flavor. Perfect for a warm day

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Photo of scottfrie
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into flute. Bottled April 2008.

A: Pours a golden-orange color with a large, bubbly white head that reduced into a rather thick film that left great lacing down the glass.
S: Predominantly tart and sour fruits including green apples and un-ripened pears. Notes of white grapes and some brett funk are present as well. As the beer warms, more and more of that horse poop farm smell starts to come through.
T: Not as sharp as I was expecting. This beer is actually very fruity, light and funky. The sour fruits from the nose are almost nonexistent and instead are replaced by sweet, rich fruity flavors and a barnyard funkiness. The figs the beer is brewed with come through nicely along with some honey. Actually, I'm hardly getting any tart apples or other sour mouth-puckering acid notes at all. The bottle claims that this beer is brewed with figs, hibiscus and white pepper, and I could see that. The finish could be described as peppery and there is a flower like sweetness to the brew.
M: Medium slick body with a lush mouthfeel and no alcohol presence. Very smooth and sweet.
D: Surprising smooth and easy to drink. I'm not sure if it's the age because I never had this beer fresh, but this beer was not tart or very dry at all. It is really delicious however. It was a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of jampics2
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into a tulip. This was purchased at a local store that I consider more of a "beer museum" than a store. Hopefully this hasn't been mistreated. It's been refrigerated but the fridges have lights, so let's hope this has no skunkiness.

Looks wonderful in the glass. Very translucent golden orange/copper with a nice finger head that recedes to a film in a minute or two. There's a touch of lace. Almost champagne like carbonation.

Smell is a pleasant surprise. For a 100% brett beer, this has some great depths of flavor. Not too intense barnyard funk with some band-aid tannic hints, but pleasant overall. There's also some green apple skin and white grapes, and the hibiscus flowers contribute a touch of perfume. Really nice and pleasant, not stinky like so many other brett strains. Not too sour either, just earthy.

Taste is dominated by the mild leather and farmouse funk from the brett, which gives beer it's most defined edges. Flowery and peppery notes dance along. The figs are noticeable as well, and the finish has some light, sweet malt that emerges. Spices aren't overbearing and this seems really well balanced. It just lacks the power of my favorite American Wilds, however, it has all the finesse of world class farmhouse beers. This beer has indeed held up very nicely!

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Light body and sparkling carbonation make this super enjoyable. Wow, this is really rocking right now, very drinkable and refreshing, I may have to pick more up. A very pleasant surprise (more for the fact that it thrived in the coolers at place I found it at 2 years of age than the quality of Avery beers). This is an excellent American Wild, and one that brett lovers should seek out.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden in color with a huge white head. Foam sticks all over the glass. Very active carbonation.

S - Big Brett punch in the nose right up front and it doesnt really back off much. Some peppery spiciness comes through as the beer warms but Brett really dominates. A bit of band-aid aroma.

T - Sour wheat grain up front with a bretty tartness quickly coming through. Cracked pepper spice and hints of floral notes linger underneath. Just a bit of bitterness is hanging in this one.

M/D - Very dry feel with a light and crsp body. Very easy drinking. This one has aged wonderfully and I certainly wish I had one or two more.

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

Appearance: Hazy straw color with white head that quickly dissipates.

Aroma: Not much aroma to speak of. Some sour notes and alchohol are present.

Taste: Begins with a sourness akin to light vinegar and sour apple, sourness fades a little and malt flavor comes in. Very interesting aftertaste features woody flavors and a barnhouse flavor like in a saison.

Mouthfeel: Light and effervescent.

Drinkability: A pretty good sour ale.

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Photo of m1ked
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At BT for their Avery event, nothing too crazy but all very tasty.

A- pours a murky yet bright yellow, looks like a hefe. Topped with a bright white creamy head that that fades to a thin covering with plenty clinging to the edges.

S- Sour apples tart cherry, touch of vinegar, slight funk, with a hint of cinnamon. There is a thread I'd sweetness throughout.

T- Wow, I am somewhat let down. The taste seems pretty singular, unlike the nose. I get apple vinegar, green grapes. Mostly a tolerable monotone tartness.

M- light bodied with a low unobtrusive carbonation.

D- love Avery, really enjoy a wild/sour/funky beer....but this isn't one I am crazy about. Not bad, but not one I will seek out again.

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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 RoyalT
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This poured a nice, glowing orange in color that was muddled yet shiny and brilliant. The pure white head was gorgeous.

Smell - This nose is a mix of farmy wild yeast notes and American hops. It's almost like a non-sour sour ale but with an American Pale Ale hop profile. It's very intriguing to say the least.

Taste - The flavors aren't sour at all. It's like a Belgian farmhouse ale but like I said with some dominant hoppy notes. The malt base is pretty much lost but you can find it if you look hard enough.

Mouthfeel - This ale is a solid medium-bodied, actually a tad bigger, with some tight, wonderful carbonation and a mild but significant bitter finish. Nicely done.

Drinkability - I wouldn't call this a drinker or a session ale, but it's interesting and quite unique among American breweries.

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Photo of clegolfski
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A = bring golden color, super effervescent head that settles to a nice bubbly finger width head and finishes with a decent layer. Alot of cling for the amount of carbonation. 2008

S = Apple, barnyard, fresh bright but not super intense.

T = Tons of barnyard, but really not much sour. Wonder what it was like fresh. Finishes with a green apple kinda of tang.

M = Feels less carbonated than it looks. finishes wiht a nice alcohol warm. Solid but not amazing

D = Very light and fairly favorable

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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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