Avery Anniversary Ale - Sixteen | Avery Brewing Company

Avery Anniversary Ale - SixteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Sixteen
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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by waltonc on 05-31-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of joe1510
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber
Binny's, Willowbrook

This is one of the lightest colored beers I have yet to come across. It nearly looks like water while the thin stream pours from the bottle. In the tulip it shows off straw golden hues with enough haziness to darken the body up. Slow rising carbonation streams up the sides of the glass form numerous locations to the easy growing one finger head. The head grows easily but also falls rather quickly to a clumpy skim coat.

I'm liking the nose on this brew but it's tough to pull from the glass. Peach hits off the bat and has a touch of sour candy feel to it before it segues into an orange creamsickle kind of unexpected craziness. A swirl of the glass pushes ripe green apple forward with a mild sweetness. The malt bill lends some kind of artificial sweetness before it leads into tempting sugar cookie sweetness. A touch of jasmine wafts up but it's faint and doesn't last long.

There's a nice sourness that comes up front with the added peachiness. I don't get any jasmine besides a hint on the swallow. There's a solid malt base to this saison and luckily it's in the form of the palest out there. A handful of crumbled sugar cookies lay down the base. The slightly overripe green apple comes along mid-palate and lends to the growing peachy tartness on the swallow. Not your typical saison but good none the less. Well, I take back that last statement, when this beer warms considerably there's a rather large metallic aftertaste I could do without.

I enjoy the mouthfeel. It's aggressively carbonated but never hits prickly. The bubbles are soft but quick moving and wash off the tongue. The body leans toward the lighter side of the spectrum and while it aspires to hit the Belgian airiness, falls just short.

The mouthfeel and slight sourness is the best thing going for this beer and it makes it a pretty easy brew to put away. The bomber is disappearing with no problem.

I most likely won't pick anymore of these bombers up but I'm enjoying it while I drink. Avery is hit or miss with me and while this one is solid there's so many better out there it's hard to pass those up for this. With all that said it is interesting.

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Photo of grayburn
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting saison, the combination of jasmine and honey combine into an almost medicinal quality. The peaches don't add sweetness, but instead more of a tart freshness that vastly improves the mouthfeel. The appearance, a cloudy straw color, with a minimal white head.
This is pretty easy drinking, but nothing to write home about, an interesting dry finishing belgian-style ale.

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, brewed in May 2009. Pours cloudy and lemon hued, Near white head and then fine strands of lace on the glass. Flowery, fruity and pepper in the nose. Pretty solid saison, pepper, fruit, Belgian yeasties...quite dry in the finish. Nothing stunning...but a respectable take on the style...so from Avery, known for their bold brews, this one has to be considered a dissappointment

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemless wineglass clear yellow with a white head that disappated quickly. Minimal lacing. Smell is light with some spice notes. Taste is odd for a saison. The bitterness is rather high, with some definate wild yeast taste. The end of the palatte could be a little dryer, as a saison should be. But this one isn't. The mouthfeel is high in carbonation, but overall smooth. I'm rather perplexed by this saison, as I would almost consider it a strong lager as opposed to a Saison.

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Photo of sweethome
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love Avery's Anniversary beers - many great memories - from big hoppy dark beers to a rpevious saison.

Pour is very hazy light yellow to golden. Big white - belgian head. Nose is wheat, yeast.

First impression is a wit beer. Some yeast, light and dry. Yeast is a bit understated for a saison.

Is this really an Avery Anniversary - nothing particularly defining - picking up some of the fruit and spice - some alcohol warmth, but overall, sorry lacks refinement.

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Photo of younger35
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this from Pairings Food and Wine Market in Minnetonka. I've had the last 4-5 years of the Anniversary brews and for the most part they've been pretty tasty. Big fan of Jasmine and Peaches so I think I'll enjoy this. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear yellow with a lot of foamy bubbles from the sharp carbonation. A nice two finger bright white head sits a top the beer for quite some time. A fairly nice cap is maintained for most of the beer with a bit of spotty lacing.
Smell- Lightly floral and very perfumed from either the Jasmine or hops (or both). The honey is really the only ingredient I could pick out in the nose of the three listed (Honey, Peaches and Jasmine). A slight bit of something lemon peel like with a bit of dirty yeast.
Taste- Wow fairly intense stuff here. The yeast esters are very strong and earthy and make this an unmistakable Saison. Honestly, like the nose, I get a strong bit of that honey dryness but not really much Jasmine and NO peach. Just a bit of lilac and maybe something orange peel like and that's it. I was hoping for a big peach presence. Finishes with a bit of alcohol and some grassy hops.
Mouthfeel- Lightly crisp body that is very effervescent from the sharp carbonation.
Drinkability- Although the beer isn't what I was wanting it's still very good. As a normal ol' Saison it's pretty tasty. As a Saison with Jasmine, Peaches and Honey its ehhh... Either way, it's good and I'd drink it again. Recommended.

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Photo of ChillMike
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brilliant golden yellow opaque color with a nice frothy bright white head. Tons of carbo bubbles.

S: smells of belgian sugary malts, honey and some light floral notes. Not too much going on in this one.

T: Tastes pretty much like it smells, sort of like a tripel, but with a very strong honey aftertaste with a nice mild floral hop taste to compliment. Not bad but I expected a bit more.

MF: light to medium bodied, lots of carbonation but it definitely suits this beer in particular.

D: Quite drinkable beer, hides the alcohol quite nicely, nice taste for summertime, just an overall solid beer, nothing special but pretty nice.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, banana, clove, and light spices. Flavor is sweet and herbally (I definitely get the honey and jasmine) initially with a yeasty/bready finish. A bit heavy on the honey and jasmine (admittedly not my favorite flavors either). A decent saison.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the label with the ladies in historic outfits.

Split with my wife in two Saison Dupont glasses. Pours hazy, light yellow with a one finger thick white head. Spicy saison aroma with some unique, hard to describe traits (probably the extra seasonings they added).

Dry, soft, full, fruity flavor.

Not your typically saison but worth the anniversary effort.

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Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy bright yellow color with a nice head that falls quickly and leaves a touch of lacing on the glass. The aroma is all about the lemon and spice. The flavor is refreshing and the main flavor is the citrus, lemon I think. There is also a bit of sweetness that hangs around as well as a bit of spice that lingers on the tongue. The body is between thin and medium and the drinkability is quite good. I really like this beer, but it seems that some don't. More for me.

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Photo of rye726
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw color with a foamy white head and some light lacing. Nose has ripe tropical fruit, herbal yeast and spices. Taste is also quite fruity but kept in balance by the peppery Belgian yeast. Body is a bit thin, but well carbonated. More of a Belgian Pale, but good stuff.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with an off-white head. 

S- The aroma is fantastic! It is very fruity with spices and floral notes along with citrus, a touch of honey and Belgian yeast. This is a beer I could smell all night.

T- the taste features some fruity esters along with some citrus and spices. There is also some sweetness from the honey as well. 

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty tasty beer that is well worth trying. Happy Sweet Sixteenth Avery!

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange with a giant white frothy head. This has a ton of carbonation and a lot of yeast "chunks". The smell is nice with lemon,wheat,grass,bread yeast,and horse blanket. The taste is crisp with citrus hops,lemon,wheat,alcohol,and bread yeast. A nice flavorful taste . The m/f is light for a higher alcohol brew,but the flavors mix well. This is a damn good summer brew.Don't miss out.

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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 Murchmac
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A bit cloudy for a saison, this aint a player but it crushes a lot.

Smells like pork?! Some sweet floral notes, but a little off. My name is mud.

Tastes just ok. Maybe that Rodenbach Grand Cru is affecting my taste buds... but spicy, peppery, crisp, like the mini buffalo ranch, chicken sandwich.

Not a bad beer, but not good. If you like Avery and must try it, do it, if not, there are other beers out there.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got from ummagum - many thanks! Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Nice label and side story. Fresh as just recently released. Was a cloudy golden honey color with massive carb geyser in center. Great lacing as well. Had a large white head that slowly settled to a thick center foam from the geyser.

The aroma was good. Was toned down on the spices compared to most saisons but did have good floral and sweet from the jasmine and honey. Didn't really get much peach. I would have preferred a little more spice in the nose and definitely in the taste. The flavor was lacking in spice or dry and was much more on the sweet side. Wasn't bad but would have been much better with some bite to offset the sweet. Smooth with good carb bite.

Overall, a good beer that misses the mark of being great for me. The anniversary beers have been hit or miss and this one just misses. Still one of my favorite breweries though. Do recommend as the jasmine, peach and honey twist are unique. Might have to try one more later in the season to see how it ages but probably no more in the rotation unless greatly improved.


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Photo of wnh
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ever-so-slightly cloudy straw with a light white head. Acidic fruit on the nose--peach and lemon, primarily--with a sort of balancing earthy cellar funk. Tart on the palate, with a satisfyingly mild peach flavor. There's just enough peach to make it interesting, and make for a great summer beer, but not so much as to overwhelm the beer. Floral honey flavors come through on the swallow, with a little bite to it. Dry and a little chalky on the finish, with well-hidden alcohol.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Sixteen Saison" brewed with jasmine, peaches and honey.

Pours a light honey yellow with hint of orange and a nice white head. Nose is very perfumy and lovely, although no hint of jasmine or peaches and only hints of honey.

Medium body with a pleasant medium mouthfeel. Flavors are light Belgian malt and candy sugar. Some of the peach character comes out in the flavors but very subtle. Decent honey flavors and finish but short.

All in all, it's not got the Belgian character and it's not got the Saison quality. Pleasant but a bit "too elegant and refined."

I would prefer bolder more assertive flavors and character. Quality, clearly, but not of universal appeal.

I'm a firm believer that this is not one to age. I suspect nothing in this brew will get better with time. Just my opinion.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a hazy yellow, with a soft light white head, good retention.

S: Peaches, flower petals, honey.

T: Not as peachy as the nose and label would lead me to believe, nice notes of stone fruit, bready malt, banana and apple esters, good wildflower honey and peaches in the finish. The flavour isn't that intense and it's not wowing me, just an above average taste.

M: Smooth, spritzy, light-bodied for it size, honey gives it some body.

D: This beer has it's good qualities, but it didn't pique my interest throughout the whole drinking experience, glad to try it though.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: poured on tap into a snifter.

A: Golden yellow clear. Light head with heavy lacing.

S: Spices and slight sweet aroma. Cloves, but not overpowering.

T&M: Light to medium bodied. Very smooth and good flavor. Not too complex but flavorful.

Overall good beer. Not the best, but very good.

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Photo of ebin6
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA...simply amazing restaurant/bar. It has been a week or two since I've had it and I'll be trying it out of the bottle tomorrow.

A - Nothing too exciting; a little cloudy with a decent head

S - This was one of the better aspects of the beer for me. I could not taste all the complexities (Jasmine, Peaches) as much as I could smell them

T - Alright, but as far as Saisons go It was middle of the road

M - Not as good as I'd hoped for. Again, this was a week ago, so it isn't the freshest in my mind

D - Very drinkable, I had two

Overall, it does not compare with a good Belgian Saison IMHO.

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Photo of johnnieoz
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in May 2009, 22oz bomber.

A: Golden haze with a lush, snow-white head.

S: Honey and peaches are there alright. I'm trying to detect jasmine or any flower...and as it warms up, there it is!!! A powerful bouquet and very original to boot.

T: This hits the spot! A little sweet on the tip of the tongue then tart fruit flavors take over. There is definitely some funk in here too. This would pair well with a lot of food!

M: Very effervescent and refreshing - the wheat malts are kicking in. The finish is dry and crisp, with a hint of jasmine...

D: The alcohol is creeping up here. If only this could be 1% abv lower or so...I want to keep drinking this, but I know it would do me in. Take a cue from Jolly P and their Bam Biere, tone it down...Make no mistake though, this goes down like a dream.

A very tasty, unique saison. Aside from the abv, this is a stellar brew. I know that Hennepin, Saison Dupont and all Fantôme saison are around 8% abv as well, but I'd just like to see more farmhouse brews around 5-6% abv.

I'm sure I'm not the first to write this, but I was skeptical about this after last year's 15th Anniversary Wild Ale. I was wrong. I now need to revisit that one to see how age has treated the Brett. And it's about time I crack my last 14th... Nice one, Avery! The June 2009 Maharaja was awesome and this ain't far behind, your stock is rising!

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i was really looking forward to this beer,however i was pretty disappointed.honestly,i would never have guessed this beer was brewed with peaches unless someone told me.

poured into a snifter,the beer is a hazy golden color with a slight head that left moderate lacing,not much though really.

the nose is somewhat bready with an obvious yeast scent profile.has some farmhouse funk,with a slight bit of jasmine.

this beer is really dry,im actually quite surprised how dry it is.i think the dryness is further,i pick up alot of it in the tongue.the peach is hard to pick out.it's almost as if they brewed this with just the skins of the peaches.faint bit of alcohol in the finish which is surprising to me.

i think this beer would benefit from more carbonation,as i felt the mouthfeel didn't quite match up with the flavor profile of the beer.i really feel like this beer should have been bottle conditioned.the best american saison i have had (southhampton saison deluxe) and the second best (red sky at night) were bottle conditioned.i think there is a correlation between the two.the other american saisons i feel fall short.the

if i had this with some greens or something of that nature i think i would have given it a higher score.however, this beer is kinda medicore.a good concept that just fell short.

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Photo of Goldopelgt
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a hazy, light straw color with an off-white head that disappeared very quickly with little to no lacing.

S- Very crisp with a sweetness and light fruits up front...some earthiness and spice on the end.

T- Again, sweet with some fruity notes and a hint of alcohol...honestly, not what I was expecting from this brew, but don't get me wrong, it was still damn good.

M- Light bodied with some carbonation...very nice

D- Definitely enjoyed this beer even though it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. Would definitely recommend it, and wonder what aging would to to this...

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Photo of organicbrewer
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Straw colored, with a huge eggshell head. Tons of bubbles streaming from the bottom. Fairly clear.

S-Musty honey. slight bubblegum. some peach. Interesting.

T- Honey upfront. some spice (jasmin?). Slight bready malt. the yeast left a tart fruity taste that lingers. Slight brett, but not over the top.

M- Sweet and dry all at the same time. prickly carbonation.

D-The honey seems to give the sensation of sweet, even though it is pretty dry. I like this beer, but I think it would be better without the brett. Would love to try this beer "unplugged"

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