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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 SFLpunk
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to aapp for grabbing this for me at Julio's. 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Brewed with jasmine, peaches and honey.

Pours a very pale straw yellow with thin, quick white head. Nose is a little stinky right off the bat, but opens up and blows off after a few minutes. Aromas of white peaches, white flowers, orange blossoms and Belgian-yeast fruitiness.

Palate is crisp and fruity. Very light with some peach juice notes, a little white pepper and some pale wheat malt.

Notes: A decent "fruit beer" and is rather tasty, but I feel it falls short on the saison promise.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: It pours a honeydew sort of hue, like a yellowish green, with pretty lively carbonation and about a finger's worth of head.

S: I did get some honey and floral notes, but definitely not a jasmine or peach smell. It has a sweet, light, and tart smell.

T: Honestly, I was let down a bit because I was looking forward to something heavy in either honey, jasmine, or peach, and if I did get any of those notes, they were subtle in the utmost. I didn't really get any jasmine, either in smell or taste, a small touch of peach tartness in taste, and I wish the honey was as present as, say, Chateau Jiahu by dogfish head.

M: Light, thin, fizzy, has a very summer ale, champagneish mouthfeel.

O: It wasn't bad, definitely drinkable, and if you're into lighter tasting beers, this will be something to consider. However, I won't be grabbing for this one again. Usually, when a beer lists ingredients, I want those ingredients in spades, and if I don't get them, I'm usually disappointed.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle. No best before date.

A - very light yellow, clear, no head and no lacing.

S - apple and dried fruit; slight floral but not overpowering.

T - very light initial taste with a hint of bitterness, middle palate fruit and ending with slight sweetness; definitely not a classic Saison, though has a hint of the familiar yeast at the very end

M - very sharp carbonation, almost too much, little aftertaste

D - goes down relatively easy though wouldn't want a lot.

Decent, but not amazing.

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Photo of spiritdeus
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't remember how this ended up in my fridge, but I'm pleased it did. Out of the 22oz bottle, this poured with little head and little carbonation - probably due to its age. There was more bite in the mouthfeel than I expected, what little carbonation came through nicely here. This the first saison I've had in a long time and was pleasantly surprised. If you've got a bottle drink it up, don't let this go to waste!

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Original review 6/17/10.
Poured from a 22oz. (bottled May '09) into a Duvel tulip.

Look: Light peach or honey colored with a quickly fading head that ends up looking like a little island in the middle of the glass. 3.5

Smell: Sour peach and bread are the most noticeable. A little hint of something floral in the background. 4

Taste: A little dryer than I expected from the smell. Not very complex but nice. A little sweet with a small, tart fruit taste in the background. The yeast doesn't leave much spice but does have a nice country white bread flavor. Goes down alright, the carbonation is pretty heavy though. 4, 3.5

Drink: Though it isn't up there with my favorites, it is certainly a good tasting Saison made by a brewery I respect. Keep rocking out Avery. The world loves good beer (or should.) 3.5

New Review from cellared bottle:
So this bottle is almost on its' second birthday and I decided to pull it.
Poured into a Chimay Goblet from a 22oz with a bottle date of May 2009. Pours more of a straw then I remember. Fizzy white head that is gone in a second. No lace.
The smell pops it up a notch, apple, peach, funky funk, grass, herbs and sourdough (slightly stale) bread. Up a notch from the previous review.
The taste rates about the same, good, but with an additional sour note. The mouth is much easier to handle (wasn't too bad before). I've read a few of the recent reviews and am guessing that their bottle wasn't stored by the store correctly. I have a proven cellar that stays dark and 45-50 degrees (not amazing but still proper enough) and I have to say that if it was stored well it may be at it's peak. Very easy to finish. I just wish I had someone to share it with.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$9.99 for a 22oz bottle. Brewed with malted barley, malted wheat, Belgian candi sugar, hops, Jasmine flowers, peaches, and honey and a Belgian yeast strain. Bottled in May 2009, reviewed probably past it's prime.

Pours out to hazy, very pale straw golden, forming a capricious white head with very good retention and nice lacing. Moderately strong carbonation. The aroma is mostly of Saison yeast...that green apple, clove, white pepper combo. Not really picking up on jasmine or honey or peaches in the nose, but those are very subtly scented ingredients. Mouthfeel is moderately spritzy with a medium-light body. The taste opens with green apples, cloves, and white pepper, followed by a floral medium strong bitterness, like old Saaz, and finishing with a slightly ruddy and oxidized mouthfeel and aftertaste. Absolutely no taste of jasmine, peaches, or honey.

Disappointed in this one. This has a lot of potential, but it really just tastes like an average saison. Great Divide or New Belgium saisons are better and far cheaper. If I could taste the ingredients listed, it would be a killer. I wonder if some of those subtleties have been gobbled up in the bottle since it's almost 2 years old now, but the other reviews here would indicate not. That being said, it has survived the test of time so far.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy yellow straw color. It has a 2-finger bright white head. The head didn't last too long, and it left no lacing behind. There are also a lot of carbonation bubbles present.

S - It smells of belgian yeast up front. It also smells of wheat, clove, pepper, honey, and citrus.

T - The big honey sweetness comes out at first. There is also a nice maltiness to it. I am also getting some tartness, clove, and some yeast spiciness. There is a small amount of bitterness present as well, mostly in the finish.

M - This has a medium body with high carbonation. The carbonation tickles the mouth a little bit. The finish has a touch of bitterness that sits in the back of the mouth.

D - This has good drinkability. It is very easy going, and I think it would be a nice beer for warm weather. I picked this up because I thought it would be the only chance I might have to try it out. Overall, I'm glad I picked it up. I was craving a beer style that I don't normally have and this hit the spot. If you see it around, give it a shot.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, Bruery tulip.

If one judged only by color, and some do, this straw colored beer with its popping, loose knit, and totally white head would knock some fizzy beer drinker on their butt. It cracks me up when color is used as a gauge for beer's strength or level of flavor. This beer looks light and the head lacks retention.

Avery's most often used Belgian yeast strain is distinctive and usually dominates the nose with light bubble gum, clove, and other phenols. It grants some small funk as well, but there is nothing over the top. The peaches and jasmine may be at work too.

The funk picks up. A little barnyard and light stone fruit. Jasmine seems to be around, though I wouldn't be able to say; 'yes, that is jasmine' if the bottle didn't tell us it was an ingredient. So, I will say 'some herb or spice is imparting a light, slightly fruity, floral flavor'. Pils malt coupled with the honey give moderate dryness.

Light and effervescent. Delicate dryness and fizz.

I've drunk this first glass quickly. Nothing is overpowering in what seems to be a well crafted Saison with no problems and no dominating ingredient. The adjuncts hardly make themselves known.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a barely hazy very pale yellow. A rather large develops from a straight-down-the-middle pour, off-white and somewhat fizzy. It settles down to a quite thick film and just holds there seemingly forever.
Smell is wheat/malt, yeast and citrus with faint notes of pepper and clove. Quite intriguing.
Taste is malty, with citrus and yeast, a slight pepper note with a touch of green apple and vanilla(?).
A slight tartness upfront with a bit of warming mid through the finish. Fairly smooth after a bit of fizz at the beginning. Alcohol presence noticed but mild and accompanying the warming aspect. Overall a very nice beer. The sad part of the anniversary beer series is we can't revisit them.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw colour with mild turpidity to it. Head is white in colour but lacklustre, just a ring of foam with isolated bubbles here and there. A swish gives it about half a finger back. Lace is decent, not great. Not a great-looking beer in all honesty; hope it smells good.

Smells pretty good, actually. Funky with a mild amount of acid on there. Some citric notes in the background with orange peel and a light cranberry hint. A wet blanket funk at the back gives a slight nuttiness, but overshadowed by the refreshing tartness, nice and fruity.

Taste is fresh and pleasant; lots of fruit with some white grape skin and orange zest on there. Lots of tang and slight acid complexity towards the mid that has shades of an immature sauvignon blanc. Some marzipan character and light sweetness hanging at the back, fructose for sure with a hint of granny smith apples. Slight champagney dryness, then finish is funky with a hint of rain-soaked barnyard flavour, slight grassy hint to finish and just a touch of damp basement. Very refreshing though, and nicely balanced with mild flavours for the most part; just never overwhelms the palate.

Quite a bit of zip and zing on the feel. Nice tingle, good body. Just feels like a party in my mouth, and there's a stripper passed out on the couch.

I said at the start that this wasn't a good-looking beer. But it's got substance, and heart. One could totally fall for this beer.

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

Pours a rather luminous pale golden color, perhaps straw, with medium sized white head. Nose has mixed fruit and floral elements. On the palate the malt sweetness comes through the fruit & herbal qualities nicely, with a bit of a dry character taking presence overall on the palate. Finishes this way too, somewhat dry, but still refreshing.

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

Slighly blurry golden straw colored with streams of carbonation feeding a dwindling white cap. It eventually lingers as a collar and leaves moderate lacing.
The nose is mostly wheat cracker dryness, with yeast driven allspice, clove, and pepper. Some underlying fruitness arrives, in vague kiwi, honeydew, and orange rind tones, and equally vague florality.
It's hits the mouth predominantly wheaty. Had I tasted it blind, my first guess would have been witbier. The yeast adds a bit of pepper, and a substrata of chalky, leathery dryness. Fruitiness picks up later and lower than expected, and carries only traces of melon and lemon zest. Honey shows up in a paradoxically drying way, then mingles with a low-level floral bitterness.
Charged-up and gassy right away, the body settles out over time, leaving a medium bodied, flaccid, but fairly drinkable glass of beer.
I wanted quite a bit more out of this. There is nothing concretely bad here, but nothing that specifically says "Saison" either, as the listed ingredients fail to show through the curtain of wheaty dullness.

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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 ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into tulip on 9/14/10. Shared with brewslut.

A - Poured a slightly hazy sun-drenched golden liquid with lots of large bubbles of carbonation and a finger's width of foamy head on top that reduced to a thin, bubbly ring around the rim of the glass.

S - Honey sweetness paired with a light citrusy character and some mild floral and grassy hop notes. There is also a faint alcohol presence in the nose. However, there are only scant traces of typical Saison attributes present, such as barnyard funk, earthy tones or sour notes. Rather, these are replaced by a pleasant sweetness and a fruity character.

T - Opens with an apparent honey sweetness and a sweet malt base with slight bubblegum notes and a hint of spice akin to clove. Finishes with a light grassy hop bitterness amid a sweet malt character. Light citrus and floral tones also emerge as the liquid warmed up a bit.

M - Medium bodied with lively effervescence and a slight syrupy texture resulting in a fairly slick yet ultimately crisp mouthfeel. Finishes quite sweet with just a hint of light hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Very drinkable Saison, although I remember liking this a lot more when I had it last year in California. Still, this is a tasty - albeit sweet - Saison and drinks extremely well for an almost 8% ABV ale.

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Photo of Fnord
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Effervescent cloudy yellow with a fairly thick white head.

Smell - Yeast, pineapple, apple, alcohol, pear, floral hops, and a bit of honey.

Taste - Very fruity, with a tart beginning and a finish full of alcohol and sweetness. There's definitely some tannins here, too. Not much bitterness, which is true to style. Not much funkiness, either, which isn't.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and high carbonation.

Notes - It's a good beer, but it's not a traditional saison (unfortunately). It could be useful in acclimating a friend's palate to funky styles, though. I have a personal reason to like this beer too, since my best friend served it to the wedding party at his wedding. If you're looking for a traditional saison, though, you should probably keep looking.

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Photo of biga7346
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy straw-like, turns more a rich golden hue as the beer warms. Head is thin, white creamy.

S - Black pepper spice, lively carbonation, bannana, orange zest, bittering floral hops.

D/T - Jasmine, young peaches, very little tartness. The carbonation slightly overpowers the floral and more complex notes that could have made the beer a better representation of saison. This would be good with fresh fruit or an heirloom tomato salad.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2009. Whoa, I'm late to the anniversary party.

Pours a huge, fluffy, bone-white three-fingers head, but it shrinks down to a third that size fairly quickly. Gobs of lace patches left on the glass, and the color is a lightly hazed sunny yellow.

Aroma definitely has the saison/farmhouse characteristics of yeasty funk, bright fruit and peppery spice, but the added ingredient each make themselves known; there an equal spread of jasmine, peach and honey in the nose, so they pretty much hit their target square in the nose.

Flavor is also well-balanced between your more traditional saison/farmhouse characteristics and the added bonuses. Sweet succulent fruit (peach, pear, green apple); white pepper; flowery (jasmine, definitely); candy-like sweetness (the honey); earthy yeast. All present and accounted for. Alcohol edges in fairly aggressively, something held back in the aroma, giving the fruit extra potency on the tongue. Light and crisp hops provide a pretty good snap along with all the other flavors here. Nice, although more yeast presence would have been great, or maybe just a funkier yeast strain, as this drinks more like a higher alcohol fruit beer than a more delicate, complex Belgian. And it's really the alcohol that, over time, tends to annoy ever so slightly. But it's not even that that keeps me from being totally wowed by this--there's just something lacking amidst all that flavor. Is it bad? Hell no. It's quite good enough.

Feels fantastic, being airy yet creamy, carbonated yet soft...just about perfect in this department, and very much "nailed" in terms of authentic saison-esque/Belgian-esque texture.

It's held up very well for being 15 months in the bottle, and surely the alcohol level helped keep it alive, crisp and sharp. But, it's also my least favorite aspect of this beer. Not Avery's best, anniversary or otherwise, but a cool and different take on the style, one I'm glad to have tried.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Procured at Vintage Estate & poured into a stemmed tulip.

Pours a rich, transparent yellow-gold with two fingers of frothy white head & plenty of fast, strong nucleation. Head drops to a spattering & a thick collar.

Smell is interesting, somewhere between Riesling & dry apple cider, with some floral & honey notes in there. Good stuff, but I feel like it would reach saturation pretty quickly.

Ew, boy. Taste is kind of a mess. Starts with some light malt, honey, white grape flavors, soon gets an apple skin kind of dryness & gains in booze WAY too quickly, ending dry, hot, & kind of sickening. Seriously, this tastes medicinal. Too bad, I had higher hopes.

Mouthfeel is moderately full with some effervescence, which is nice. Then it ends too dry & hot, kind of a turn-off.

Man, this started off strong & turned ugly, way too much alcohol taste for a 7.69% beer. That said, there were some interesting things going on here, & outside of sours, this might be the most vinous beer I've had, which is interesting in & of itself. But yeah, this is literally a hot mess.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy lemony yellow, huge sopay head formed right away and dissipated quickly into a tiny rim of head, little to no lacing. Nose full of peaches, wheat and some sweetness. Nice a floral. Flavor is richer than expected. Very tasty, effervescent, some sweetness but not anywhere near a "sweet" or sugary flavor. This is quaffable, I find myself taking long drinks. Hard to place some of the flavors - quite complex for such a Summertime-style beer. Finish is long a has a tangy bite to it. Not at all unpleasant, though. Good beer and priced in the middle to highg range at $5.99/bomber.

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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 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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Photo of jfro
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- very pale straw color. Thin head that dissipated quickly

S- citrus elements, slight grassy

T- Floral up front, giving way to citrusy "fantome" like flavors

M- The bottle I had lacked a bit in the carbonation department, but it was a nice saison mouthfeel to drink.

D- Very good! too bad it was a limited release!

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Photo of evilkalla
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

serving: bomber into a tall lager glass.

A: slightly cloudy golden color. An inch of head that remains quite a long time, with excellent amount of lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Earthy and yeasty but that's about all I can detect.

T: A light, slightly yeasty beer with hints of cloves, nuts and flowers. Some fruitiness in there too. Very refreshing.

M: The carbonation level of this beer makes it feel pretty good in the mouth, but nothing really jumps out.

D: Will definitely finish this one and will buy again. Would be good to drink this in the shade on a hot summer afternoon.

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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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