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Avery Anniversary Ale - SixteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Sixteen

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.69%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by waltonc on 05-31-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of LibraryTom
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brewed with jasmine, peaches, and honey, malted barley and wheat. That said the beer drinks clean and dry with only a hint of its malty sweetness. A bit of funk and yeast associated with all Saisons, but it is surely not a central tenet to the beer. The Jasmine flowers really push through in the mid-palette lifting up the sweetness and finishing clean with a touch of bitterness evened out by the honey flavors that mingle throughout. Like a perfectly brewed jasmine tea with just the perfect touch of honey as not to overwhelm the senses. A very well balanced beer. Happy 16!

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Photo of Kromes
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A huge air pop when un-corking this beer. It is a hazy pale straw color with a thick fluffy white head. There was lots of noticeable carbonation in the glass, but the head died down rather quickly.

S: A nice belgian yeast and clove aroma. There are some nice fruit and floral hop aromas and that little bit o' funk.

T: Lots of flavor going on in this beer. There is a sweet honey and malt flavor with some floral hop bitterness and a clove-ish flavor with some pepper. The typical belgian yeast flavors are there giving it a nice level of wet hay/funkiness. All the while there is a subtle peach flavor in the background. It finishes nice and dry with a little alcohol flavor and warmth.

M: A good spicy, high carbonation tingle on the tongue. Finishes clean and dry.

D: This beer is great....I really like all the flavors going on, they mix really well, nothing is too overpowering, and all the while the beer stays within the style.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.57/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

G – Tulip

A – Bright golden-orange hue, hazy but not cloudy, and with a big head that recedes to clingy lace.

S – Big lemon-lime funkiness, subtle peaches and clean jasmine breeze come together to paint the olfactory picture of perfect weather and summer afternoons. Avery has nailed it again. The flavorings are so clearly, yet subtly, expressed in this brew.

T – Tastes very good; nicely sour, and very pleasant overall, with a nice effervescence and notes of sour apple, pear, peach, even hints of un-oaked Chardonnay. I was pessimistic about this brew, I loved Fifteen so much, and I didn’t think Sixteen could possibly hang with it. I am pleasantly surprised. While not as delicious as the former, the latter certainly holds its own. I am headed to the store tomorrow to buy a case, before it disappears forever.

M – Nice and light, with a refreshing tartness, and a lingering sour tinge on the dry finish.

D – Very drinkable, pairs well, stands alone, all-season brew, off the hook.

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Photo of dancingbearpub
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring the bright straw colored liquid brought on about an inch of lacy head. Pepper and jasmine on the nose. This beer is a year old so most of the peach had mellowed but the taste was fantastic. Wonderful carbonation, tight little bubbles make this beer nice and dry. Find one and drink it!

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Photo of praufs01
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Hazy yellow with frothy white head.

Aroma - Peach, honey, and floral notes dominate the nose.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied ale with a good amount of small bubble carbonation that ends creamy.

Taste - Apple and peach with subtle notes of honey and herbal flavors in the background. The middle is white pepper that adds a delicious zing and the finish is slightly creamy that leaves your mouth watering.

Overall - What a great beer. Avery Sixteen is definitely one of the best Saison's I've had.

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Photo of Kikkycat
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy gold with half-finger of foam that evaporated almost immediately. No lacing whatsoever.

S: honey, allspice, clove, faint sour mash

T: Nicely balanced sweet-sour from the nose. The sweet honey takes the lead but it held in check by the sour cherry-like tartness at the very end.

M: It's got some heft, and despite very little visible evidence, a lot of carbonation on the tongue.

D: Sorry this one isn't made anymore; it's right up my alley.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer fresh when it was released and I thought it might do well with some age on it. I was not wrong. The maltiness, Belgian yeast esters, spiciness and alcohol have all subsided a little. And although the other flavors may have become toned-down a bit as well, it now appears much more focused and balanced than I remember it. If it was bottled in May of 2009, then it's just about 2 years old now...

It still looks the same, except that my first pour was much clearer as the yeast had sedimented.

The aroma displays only a minimal amount of malt and yeast within a fruity combination of peach, apple, and tangerine. Don't get me wrong, it's not brightly fruity, those notes are mixed within the malt, but it's not nearly what it was initially, and they appear a little more readily within the mix.

The same is true of the flavor. There's a bit of light tang at the front, followed by some chalky yeastiness and a bit of rising spiciness that arcs over peach, honey and floral notes going into the finish. It's just so much smoother and more balanced and rounded than it had been young. A hint of vanilla, and a clear note of peach linger in the finish.

Pleasantly surprising - I wish I'd aged more than one bottle of this one!

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Photo of RedPorter
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- head is easily formed with a moderate to gentle pour. A thin layer of head stays for the majority of this journey with little to no lacing. under the super white head i a foggy golden yellow liquid that seems to never stop releasing bubbles.

S- floral explosion with sweet notes and coriander in the mix

T- the taste might make some feel unfulfilled, it is fairly mellow for someone who likes imperial stouts but thats whats surprising about this beer nearly 8%abv and yould swear it wasnt there. taste mostly consists of light grains and lemon. tangy.

M- wonderful! doesnt stick to the inside of your mouth and keeps you wanting more.

D- perfect for someone like me! decent ABV and slides right down. perfect.

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Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy dark golden ripe banana yellow color with pale golden hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy pillowy white head that slowly settles into a lasting cap that leaves patches of soapy lacing in it's wake.

Slightly earthy funky aroma with a very prominent crisp light fruit aroma. The peaches dominate but I'm also picking up some apple and pear as well as some peppery spice, sweet honey anf floral hops.

Creamy medium body with a lot of peppery zest, earthy and floral hops, crisp light fruit and a slighty dry finish. Once again the peaches are prominent but there is also a nice dose of citrus peel and peppery spice and lemon zest. I'm also getting some other light fruits, mostly apple and pear as well as some slight earthiness, silky sweet honey, crisp dry bitter floral hops and a slight alcohol warmth. This beer is very well balanced and complex with a lot of interesting flavors bouncing off of each other. The ABV is very well balanced, making this extremely drinkable, especially during the warmer months. Recommended.

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Photo of Chaney
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light hazy yellow, almost the color of squeezed lemon, with carbonation bubbling up from the bottom, and a huge two inch head.

S: Jasmine upfront, with much more floral notes as well. I'm not quite getting peach yet, but if I try really hard I can find it.

T: Booze on first sip, but then that subsided, making room for peach, DEFINITELY jasmine, and a wonderful rose-gardenesque type of aftertaste. Nice!

M: Thick enough for the style. The jasmine and peach really kills the booze, wonderful fluffy and yeasty carbonation, and the sweet and floral elements are spot on. Also, allow me to repeat my usual mantra: Honey.kills.all.booziness!

D: I know others may disagree with my high rating, but (to me) since I love Jasmine and Jasmine-based teas, I interpreted this beer as a personal statement to me!

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Photo of Gehrig
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very nice find from the Crossing Piccadilly, a good store with a small but eclectic selection and a friendly, knowledgeable staff. Tucked away with Avery Fifteen on the top shelf, Sixteen is a mild, somewhat sweet Saison that is easy on the palate. Ample white head atop a hazy peach body, excellent retention and lacing all provide a fine presentation.

Good nose, borderline excellent with honey, pepper, peach, and pear. It is milder on the nose than many Saisons, far more sweet and a bit less skunky for the style--not a bad thing. Good, balanced flavor, and the honey really shines through. It is neither cloying nor overbearing, blending nicely with the other flavors. The mouthfeel ably augments the experience with its creamy but light texture.

This is terrific, an excellent beer to enjoy in the evening on a hot summer day. Again, Avery has provided a top-notch anniversary ale while also illustrating its creativity in approaching styles, even those with which it is rather familiar and well-versed.

A must-try.

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Photo of Riggo
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very light golden yellow opaque color. Soft white head. Wonderful nose. Lemon, peaches, herbs, apples, some earthiness, alcohol.

Wonderfully fruity in the mouth--apples and citrus, tangy, balanced by honeyed sweetness and a hit of alcohol toward the end. Some spiciness. Dryness nicely balancing out the sweeter elements. Creamy and silky in the mouth. Tightly carbonated but soft.

One of the best from this brewery. A beautiful nose and the flowery elements just come together nicely. Great balance. Perhaps a little boozy--but just barely. Great stuff.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at BevMo Sunnyvale, CA, and brought back to Australia to share with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe after they helped me move house. @tobeerornottobe left before the event though and missed out.

Pours a slightly hazed pale straw colour with a voluminous head of fine frothy white head. Some sudsy speckled lacing. Not a lot. Fine bead of carbonation looks very refined indeed.

Nose continues the refined, almost champagne like quality of the beer. Light dry characters, and a slight nut-butter sweetness. Hint of vinous acidity, with a light honey character keeping it together. It's a delicious. Saisony? Not so much, but it has some truly excellent characters.

Taste is also very good, although the acidity is surprisingly absent here. Light sweetness, more nuttiness, a touch of fruit and a biting yeasty finish that is subtly bitter but quite dry as well. Very well put together. Feel is surprisingly smooth, and has some body. It's not immediately dry, but is sparkling and refreshing.

A lovely brew, and an extremely refreshing and refined one. If it doesn't have many true saison characteristics, it can be forgiven, because it's an extremely good and extremely well made beer. I enjoyed it immensely.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Says Bottled on May 2009. I didn't realize this was bottled so long ago. I should've known something was up when I found it in Total Wine's clearance section. At first, I was upset but, upon reading reviews for the beer, I realized that many people have let it sit for a couple years intentionally and that the results were very good. So my spirits were once again lifted and now: time to review the beer!

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a 1/4 inch head that eventually decays to a more or less solid sheet of white foam on the surface. Some lacing but not much.

S- Smells of oranges, lemons and of the peaches made during the brewing. Smells a bit sour and has a lightness that's typical of saisons.

T- Some citrusy fruit esters upfront that widen to a full, tart flavor and lingers a good while. The 7.6% ABV is clear but not overpowering. Feel a warming in the stomach after a few easy swigs. Jeez, this stuff's good. I'm not usually a fan of sourness but this is pretty much spot on to my pucker threshold. And it's not that syrupy sweet sour that you sometimes encounter in contrived versions but rather a light yet complex use of the style. Mild hops and mild malts but still around for the ride. Way to go.

M- The tangy tartness of the beer provides plenty of room for the medium-high carbonation to bounce around and show off its stuff.

O- Interesting take on a farmhouse ale. I'm not used to them being this strong yet light in body but man, Avery nailed it as they usually do. A great beer indeed.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a gorgeous pal straw golden color with a great 1.5 inch white head that is very dense and active. The head recedes ever so slowly.

S - Very flowery nose in this saision. Nice spice profile with pepper and some coriander as well as nice sweet fruit aromas. Some yeast in the nose as well.

T - The taste is where this beer shines. Starts of with some mild fruit sweetness from the malt that is well balanced with some hop dryness and nice citrus fruit hints as well. Spices like clove and coriander are present as well as some peppery hints. Very smooth transition between all the flavors. Great beer.

M & D - Fluffy CO2 mouthfeel with a nice medium body. Refreshing and delicious with great drinkability for the style and ABV.

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Photo of akorsak
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to bryanbrick for this foil-wrapped 650 mL bomber.

A: The ale is a bright golden yellow color. When poured into my Duvel mini-tulip, it looks remarkably like that Belgian beast. Two fingers of head, concentrated in the narrow convex portion of the glass, leaves little in its wake.

S: Honey is strong, paired with a faint peach aroma. A sambuca-like anise presence is lurking but very subtle. A strong pale malt foundation supports the dry sweetness that is amplified by the yeast.

T: Jasmine, huh? That's the one element that doesn't stand out. The saison is very dry, bone dry even with a mild fruity presence. Peach stands out, as does a honey sweetness that runs underneath the entire ale. The esters yield more fruit, sweet light fruits that pair up nicely with the peach. Coriander and anise appear mid-sip, a diversion from the fruit. The dryness is the opposite of quenching, making me want another sip immediately. A nice saison, one of the better (if not the best) anniversary offerings from Avery.

M: The saison is complex, heavy with anise, fruits and honey. The dryness is the most memorable aspect, leaving the ale with little in the way of sugary sweetness.

D: Under 8%, this is a decent drink that never quite quenches the thirst, always making me want more. That's the sign of a good beer.

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Photo of Atlas1
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been ages since my last review, but it's nice to be back. I'd almost forgotten how much I enjoy reviewing beer.

Poured into a belgian snifter, the 16th Anniversary ale from Avery is a pretty golden color with a delicate head on top with plenty of bubbles. The nose is beautiful with notes of peach and honey standing out the most, just like the label suggests. Some spicy current aroma as well. The taste if fantastic as well. Heavy on the honey, with a nice fruity complement. Peppery aftertaste. Sturdy mouthfeel that finishes dry.

I love saisons, and this one is no exception. Fruity and flavorful with a good amount of spice without going overboard. A solid example of the style from the gang at Avery. To be commended and consumed. Would go great with a washed-rind cheese (Redhawk from Cowgirl Creamery comes to mind) or a creamy cobbler dessert.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, pale gold color with a long-lasting, white head of foam. When the big bubbles subsided they left behind patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of peaches, honey, yeast and clove. There were floral notes - I assume from the jasmine.

T - This one hits you with a good deal of clove. There was a blend of peach, yeast and some funk.

M - It was crisp and very sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied brew.

D - Another great anniversary ale from Avery. A great twist on the saison style.

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Photo of deapokid
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin yellow color with fizzy carbonation and surprisingly high retention (scratch that - it eventually recedes). This looks exactly like what I want from a Saison... and I mean that as a complement.

Scent brings to mind lemon zest, vanilla and bitters. It has a certain sourness that screams Saison and Avery seems to be taking on the style with a certain reverence.

Taste is quite sweet and spicy. Instead of a dry conclusion, we're treated to a sugary, milky aftertaste, which is very surprising and rather pleasant.

Due to its floral scent and flavor, this ale seems to hit every taste bud with a grassy and smooth taste profile.

This is an extremely drinkable and exemplary Saison from a brewery that I didn't think had it in 'em. It is so tasty and drinkable, that I never thought of the ABV and merely enjoyed all 22 oz. of this excellent Belgian Farmhouse Ale.

A total triumph and I really didn't expect something so subtle and nuanced.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A hazy yellow beet with an almost non-existent head. Looks pretty limp.

S- Peaches, apples, flowers, herbs, and a bit of sweet funk and honey.

T- Tart peaches, honey, flowers, funk. Very complex and really opens up as it warms. Very nice.

M- Tart, sweet, and clean. Dry finish. Just about right for the style.

D- A very nice beer that really grows on me the more I got into it.

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Photo of shanblur
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this at the Liquor Locker Green River Road location in Evansville, IN. Imagine that, a beer sitting for 2 years in Evansville. Bottled in May of 2009. Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

A - Pours a murky straw color with a sizeable white head which stirs up more from a vigorous pour. Leaves moderate lacing.

S - Fruity esters dominate with scents of lemons and peaches. There is also the characteristic barnyard smell of the style.

T - Tart up front with the fruit playing a major role. The funk is also evident and mixes well with the fruit.

M - Fairly light with a generous carbonation.

A good representative of the style. Glad I got to try it. Have never had a bad beer from Avery.

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Photo of brentk56
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden straw color with a pillowy head - nice retention and lacing

Smell: Unusual combination of floral honey, peaches and funk; quite distinctive

Taste: After an initial yeasty approach, the beer becomes rather fruity, with the peaches and, to a lesser, extent, the jasmine making their presence felt; by mid-palate, however, the horse blanket funk flavors become pronounced, although there is some honey appearing underneath; after the swallow, the hops become apparent, introducing a bitter element which contrasts with the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to full carbonation

Drinkability: Although I don't love it, this is a particularly complex saison that has quite a few elements going on which become discernable as the beer warms

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Photo of mactrail
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled May 2009. This has lasted amazingly well. Fruity, tart, and on the sweet side. No trace of off flavors. Just a slight haze to the light golden color in the wine glass. Slight head and modest lacing, but enough carbonation to fill the mouth. Sharp and flavorful. Quite fruity, which carries over into the aroma. Celery and jelly beans.

Very drinkable and pleasant beer. If only it was a regular Avery offering.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer a few times on tap during my travels. Finally getting around to reviewing it. JUST got this in upstate NY.

A: Slightly hazy golden color. A half finger of white head with some lacing. Looks good in my trusty Duvel chalice.

S: Get a big blast of honey right up front. Then you get some flowery notes. I would love to say that I picked up jasmin but that would be a lie. A little bit of grass. I really love the Belgian yeasts that Avery uses. Their bret=love. You do get a bit of the candi sugar though.

T: Nice sweetness from the honey and candi sugar. The flowers do something interesting with it. Reminds me in a way of the fantome with dandelions. Liked this better than I did when it was fresh.

M: Little syrupy. Light on the tongue. Active carbonation.

D: When you buy an Avery beer just put it in the cellar for a year. Their stuff ages like a champ. I have enjoyed this but my heart yearns for more 15. Lots of breweries do special beers for their anniversaries. Avery smashes styles and makes world class beers.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunny haystack yellow with Champagnesque carbonation racing up to a pillowy crown of eggshell colored froth that is stubbornly holding its ground. The texture of the foam isn't great, but some still manages to stick to the glass.

The aroma is a wonderful combination of fruity, floral and spicy... exactly what a saison should be. Jasmine, peaches and honey were added, which is a pretty interesting set of ingredients. The Belgian yeast smells like a real humdinger and is the biggest reason why this brew will (most likely) taste good.

Sixteen Saison is another beauty of an Anniversary Ale from Avery. It tastes as much like a BSPA as a saison; no surprise when primarily pale malt is used alongside a hugely estery yeast strain. A tangy wheatiness is refreshing, sugared lemon peel is delicious, the beer is slightly more bitter than sweet, and it isn't as dry as expected.

Although I couldn't have identified them if blinded, peaches and jasmine are appreciated on the palate. Honey... not so much. In the end, Sixteen isn't about individual flavors as much as it's about a fantastic, well-integrated combination of flavors that washes over the taste buds and makes them happy to be drowned in good beer.

The second pour recreates the expansive crown in seconds. For some reason, it looks much better this time around, which allows the appearance score to be increased. The mouthfeel, while far from Belgianesque, gets the job done. A more full creaminess would have been welcome.

Sixteen is another good Birthday Beer from ABC. Memories of Twelve are lost in the mists of time. However, going by that review and those scores, this might be the better saison. It's drinking great right now if you're lucky enough to run across a bomber or two.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Sixteen from Avery Brewing Company
3.8 out of 5 based on 267 ratings.
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