Avery Anniversary Ale - Sixteen | Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Anniversary Ale - SixteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Sixteen

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

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 blindpiggie
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of pale golden honey. It holds a one finger head of crisp white bubbles, showing okay retention, and leaving a creamy film across the top of the liquid. Lacing is thick and lays in rings. There is moderate haze, no sediment, and active carbonation. The aroma is heavy, with big musk, cheddar cheese sharpness, wheaty malts, light bubblegum esters, metallic Belgian yeast, raw vanilla coolness, raw honey, and the toast of paler, muddier malts. With warmth comes phenolic bite, browned apples, fusel booze, and nutmeg spice. Our first impression is that the flavoring is crazy strong, with massive musk and honey sweetness. The flavoring opens with wheaty grain, light citric hops, raw honey sugars, pale and muddy malts, mineral, and Belgian yeast. This moves forward with fruity esters, apple sweetness, adjuncty grain, and red grapey syrupiness to the peak. Sweet booze mixes in, giving residual dextrins and lightly bittering fusels. Floral nectars wash through the finish, with floury grain, more mineral, more Belgian yeast, banana esters, grainy and adjuncty metallics, muddiness of raw honey, light pine, and light booziness. The aftertaste breathes of alcohol, peppery bite, wet and soggy grain, wheat, browned apple sugars, floral hops, grassiness, and barnyard funk. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium to high. There is hearty slurp, cream, froth, and smack off the sip, with a foam to the entire mouth. The palate and tongue are coated with creaminess, with an ultimately mild coating, and little dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer is more of a sipper.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the creaminess and fullness to the mouth, and the warmth and spice to the nose. Each sip was soft, inviting, and lightly warming, making you readily come back for more, while the nose kept the room aromatic and lively. The latter gave funk and definite Belgian coolness, much like Duvel or the likes. The flavoring, however, seemed a bit muted, where the jasmine and peaches were virtually unattainable. All of the funk and mustiness were there, but things were rather stale. This could be due, in part, to the agedness of the beer, but on the whole, things stood to the test of time and delivered for the style.

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Photo of davey101
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Random find in a store on a warm shelf. Bottled in May, 2009. 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a clear light amber body. Two finger bone white head disappears quickly into some thin edging. Dismal lacing.

S - Bubblegum sweetness with a cereal like malt presence. Floral and spicy herbal finish. No honey or peaches but the jasmine is still going strong. A bit of wet cardboard oxidation on the end. Not great, but not bad considering the age.

T - Awfully similar to the nose. Bubblegum, wheat and cereal malt, jasmine flowers, white grapes, and just a nod towards oxidation. Again, not great but drinkable. Mouth feel is well carbonated and lively.

O - This beer has held up well given its age and questionable storage conditions. The peaches and honey are long gone which probably originally constituted a great beer. What we have here is a jasmine strong quasi-saison that is past its peak. While it is on its way down the beer hill, its still very drinkable and worth a try.

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Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of yamar68
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I suppose I'd better open this up, three and a half years later...

Pours very pale, hazy straw gold body that's capped with a finger of paper white head that sinks to a collar after a few good minutes of retention. Great lacing.

The nose is still bright - sweet honey notes, white grapes, still quite floral. Unsurprisingly, the peach has faded entirely. What's left of the beer though smells terrific.

Light and slightly fruity. A bit of bubblegum that's kept in check by sweet, non-bitter citrus. I'm very impressed by how much flavor is still perfectly intact. Traces of peach are still evident here.

I'd honestly say this beer still has some genuine potential in the cellar.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled May 2009. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of pear, apple, grape, peach, herbal, honey, floral, clove, pepper, earth, and light yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good complexity, strength, and balance. Very pleasant. Taste of pear, peach, apple, herbal, floral, honey, earth, pepper, clove, wheat, and yeast spices. Slight funkiness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, herbal, floral, clove, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a fairly slick, creamy, and prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a great saison! Great flavor balance and complexity; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one (also enjoyed this one much more than the last time I had it a while back).

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Photo of dtx00
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of IMS
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Phelps
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2009, poured into a Stella chalice.

What a pretty beer. Pale dandelion yellow with absolutely perfect clarity. An inch of frothy head of pure white is constantly replenished by bubbles below.

According to the label, this was brewed with honey, jasmine, peaches and Belgian candy sugar, and this is pretty apparent in the aroma. Honey and hops are the biggest contributors, then floral jasmine and peach skin appear in the back.

This might be a little oxidized, but it’s to be expected from such an old bottle, and it doesn’t really detract from the flavor. Lots of honey and belgian sugar, a little wheat, pepper, jasmine and mint.

Soft like a fleece blanket in the mouth. This has a nice, fluffy feel to it. Light, prickly carbonation; a little alcohol heat upon the swallow.

This has held up surprisingly well after three years. Still boasts great flavor, nice feel and complexity.

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Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ScottyC54
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of KyleIPA
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of adrian21
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of mcallister
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a hazy lemon with a tint of cherry. Three fingers of creamy snowy foam above the brew, leaving some cratered and craggy lace ridges behind. Lots of bead underneath.

Aroma - not much at first, disappointing. As it sets up though, I'm getting notes of the yeast and the peaches. Nice.

Taste - a light crackery malt, the yeast is light but authentic. The peaches and jasmine have a grapey effect, making this very wine-like. A light alcohol vapor on the exhale. Mild sweetness on the finish with the palate drying. The flavors of peach and jasmine really show up as it warms.

Mouthfeel - crisp, fluffy, and medium-bodied.

Drinkability - time has turned my view of this style. Very tasty!

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Photo of mcorwin
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Poured from a bomber into my Bruery tulip.

A wonderful light straw color. About a finger of microbubble head with minimal lacing.

Smells a little funky and a little sour. Sourdough bread and tart peaches.

Taste is smooth and sweet with candied sugar and honey. A nice, very smooth aftertaste of Belgian yeast, mild spice, peach and very light citrus. And then a mild vanilla flavor that lingers.

Mouthfeel is very nice - light, bubbly, but not thin. Coats the tongue and sticks around for a while. Carbonation is perfect for this style and complements the light spice well.

This is an excellent beer with an interesting flavor profile. Light, easy to drink, with big flavor that would pair well with poultry or fish dishes. I also tried this beer almost two years ago and aging has really improved this beer. Wish I had more bottles.

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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Kirch
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Avery Anniversary Ale - Sixteen from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 267 ratings