Avery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen | Avery Brewing Company

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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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4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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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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4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Avery Anniversary Ale - Fifteen from Avery Brewing Company
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