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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Ratings: 267 |  Reviews: 216
Photo of Bitterbill
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours(near room temp and vigorous pour) a hazy straw gold with a 1 finger head of ..err...1"...err...now just a ring around the glass. Wow, I didn't expect the foam to act the way it did.

The smell is of weird spices? must be the jasmine... and some honey notes and a note that tells me there should should be some tartness involved with the flavour. Really, there's not much to like here.

The taste has a decent amount of honey-like sweetness, some spiciness...the jasmine doesn't taste all that bad compared to what it added to the smell, some pepper, and a little bit of tartness. A very strange brew both smell and taste wise. I guerss I am tasting some peach but it's pretty muted. The alcohol gives me some warming after the swallow.

Light bodied with more carbonation in the mouth than what I see in the glass would suggest. It looks flat but it ain't.

Drinkability? It seems I'm getting used to the flavours here after the initial "shock" so....it's not a bad sipper. The second pour saw the same results with the foam but the taste a slightly bigger presence of the tart factor. A good thing in my book.

Bottom line: This is a very different Saison to say the least. My first impression was "no way I'm going to finish this" but things changed as the session went on. Still, it's not up to what I expect from the style and in that way, was disappointed. I guess Avery was thinking outside the box when they brewed this one....

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

A Saison brewed with Jasmine, Peaches and Honey.

Cloudy pale yellow body with a thick head and good retention. A complex blend of peaches, flowers, tea and honey form the aroma. The flavor is lemon, tea, flowers, peaches, and light fruit notes. A hint of tartness of on the finish. The body is crisp.

I digg it. Jasmine and peaches produce an uncommon but pleasing flavor profile. The tea-like qualities produced by the Jasmine are dominant now, as the beer is still young and fresh, but I have been told by Avery employees that the peaches will takeover as it ages.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer just came in yesterday, so I decided to give it a try. Sixteen pours a hazy straw-color with a head about a finger thick that settles very quickly. The smell is very sweet, with notes of honey and fruit. There is little hop presence on the nose. The taste begins sweet, with honey and is followed by a tart fruity character. The hops only become present with a dry, slightly bitter finish. The flavor does not last long on the palate. This brew has more body than I expected, but too much for this style of beer. It's a fun beer to try, but I don't think I would have more than one glass in a session.

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

a: westmalle chalice, frothy white head continuously fed by a rush of bubbles atop a straw golden beer

s: clean wheat body carries a light sweetness with gentle nuances of dried peach and apricot, crisp aged noble hop presence, a bit grassy, green pear, can't really pick up on the honey, nicely floral jasmine and gardenia, lovely delicate spice, the brett is nascent at this point - with only a mild funk detectable, really like this aroma

m: delicately full carbonation and light body, though not as crisp as would be preferred

t: wheat malt body carries a mild sweetness - perhaps a bit much for the style but still on the lower end, fruity flavors of pear and dried peach, delicate floral infusion, some of the honey absent in the aroma does come out on the back of the tongue, aged hop flavor with only a glimpse of bitterness, a crisper finish would really set this one off, yum

d: very easy given the abv but the sugar unchecked by a crisp finish pulls this score down a touch

this was a blind purchase, and I was a bit disappointed upon checking reviews once home, but this is a nice saison and I find the low reviews pretty surprising, bomber from Whole Foods, Vienna, VA

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into Ommegang chalice with a mild pffft of the cap. Jasmine, peach and honey, they say...

Very pale...like white grapefruit juice and maybe a little straw. But there's a decent ½ - 2/3 finger of head that drops pretty quickly but half of it sticks around. There's a lot of active carbonation here...after a while there are a fair amount of yeasty wisps up top. It's a little translucent but not hazy - the glare from the lighting in the house isn't helping, either...but that's irrelevant.

Definitely honey, and some kind of flower - I guess it's the jasmine. Sort of a cross between gardenia and chamomile. A faint hint of peach essence. Yeast electricity is there, as is a bit of austere, light grains. Hop profile is pretty latent and nondescript.

At first there's a little metallic bite - after this goes away (quickly), there's a nice carbonation bite that works in sync with the jasmine, the significant dryness and the peach essence...along with a fair amount of honey. Hop bite comes around a little bit - Styrian Goldings, maybe? Yeast electricity does its job, as does a little light Belgian candi sugar. Solid if not spectacular without the peculiar adjuncts, but I gotta be honest - they mess this one up quite a bit.

Palate feel is, as mentioned before, a little dry and tinny. Not a huge fan of the jasmine. Or the peaches. In this case, not even the honey. It's well-constructed but personally I could do without a lot of sweetness in a Saison...just a bit of candi sugar and go on with yo' bad seff. Yeast electricity dries it up nicely with a little Styrian Goldngs hop pine. Finish benefits from the carbonation, which fortunately cuts through the sweetness.

Given the ingredients this is definitely well-constructed, but I don't dig the extra-sweet and floral adjuncts in here. It drinks a bit on the light side even with the sweetness, so I imagine if you took all that stuff out you'd have a pretty damn good Saison.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into 25oz wine glass.

Hazy and glowing golden hue with a bright white one finger head that slowly settles to very little - just a thin coating along the top with a thin rim along the glass.

Loads of estery citrus and a little bit of spice, with only a little bit of earthy musty aroma.

Lots of orange peel up front, with a somewhat creamy overtone. The tart flavors normally found in a saison come in at the very end. A little bit of sharp hop bitterness. Full bodied, highly carbonated, and a bit acerbic.

This one tastes like a slightly tart American Pale Wheat Ale. If I was blindfolded, I probably never would have guessed that it's a saison. Still, a decent beer and very drinkable.

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

pours a cloudy pale light yellow with a medium size white foamy head, and good lacing.

smell is of wheat, oats, spice, and earth.

taste is smooth, a touch of sweet fruit, wheat, yeast, a little banana, some spice, and some malt, ends somewhat dry.

overall nice for the 16th.

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Photo of philipquarles
2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap. Pours a hazy lemonade yellow with a medium white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of citrus, honey, and a strange mineral character. Overly sweet and just generally unpleasant. The taste differs, with sweet malt and sugars coming to the forefront, along with some light fruity notes and spices. No real saison character. Kind of bad actually. Medium body with good carbonation. Overall, slightly offensive.

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Photo of rallison
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color on the pour with a minimal head. Tons of sulfur (aka rotten egg smell) on the nose, with notes of sweet, light fruits and spice.

The taste is light with sweet fruit notes (peaches and the like) with a grassy character and some decent spice character.

There seems to be, however, something lacking in the flavor. Decent spicy carbonation on the swallow. And this could use more funk/earthiness and less sulfur.

Despite all that, I didn't actually mind drinking this - so, this does apparently have redeeming qualities.

Edit: Actually, after drinking this some more and letting it open up a bit more, that taste is pretty good. Bumped up the score a bit.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours a small thin white head with a few whispers of lacing. The color has a pale yellow foggy glow. The nose has a nice aroma of peaches and jasmine. The taste: A big floral and wild yeasty flavors that quickly fades into a soft peach fruit bowl. The finish is slightly sweet with a touch of honey. This ale is very well balanced all the flavors blend together well. Cheers to Avery for another classic.

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Photo of champ103
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes to nothing. No lace to speak of.
S: A very odd sulfur aroma hits me first that really detracts for me. After that, some sweet malt. Citrus fruits as well.
T: Sweet malt and fruity. Not much is here. The sulfur character is pretty much gone.
M/D: A medium body a carbonation. A good creaminess. For being 8% this drinks pretty smooth. Though I can't say that I really want to keep coming back for more.

This did not really do it for me. There is not a lot going on, and the sulfur is really annoying. Not one of Avery's better offerings. I would not recommend this.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy very, very pale beer. Millet-y, barely off-white head, a fair amount. Not too much in the way of lacing. A dull appearance, but seeming oddly appropriate to me.

Immediately after cracking the bottle I got not-particularly-pleasant whiffs of egg. I figured it was the "compacted" nose that comes from a bottle, especially a freshly cracked one. While time and a pour reveal more subtleties, the egg remains. Wheat. Yeast contributes a hint of dough. Spice at the end.

Wheat, again, to the taste. Dusty and slightly tangy bubble gum notes. Honey, and the peach is detectable, while the jasmine less so, though it is there. The taste has some light, pleasant sour notes. A hint of white pepper towards the end. Alcohol drying.

Creamy and full bodied. The feel is quite nice. The rest is decent, but disappointing.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle picked up at the Charleston Beer Exchange into a tulip glass. Pours light, almost opaque hazy blonde with a thin white head that slumps down into a globby film and stays with the beer.

S - Aroma of light sugars, honey, light fruits, faint pineapple, peaches.

T - The beginning is sort of fizzy, lightly fruity, yeasty, then the saison funk blends in and rides this one through to a slightly milder finish.

M - Crisp, refreshing, light.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice yellow color with a decent amount of bubbles. The smell was honey, flowers, jasmine, and yes peaches. The flavor leaned more towards honey, pepper, spice, and there was the slightest hint of peaches in the taste but nothing really wowed me. Mouthfeel was just fine but the drinkability was just average as the potpourri aspect of the beer really started to wear on me about 3/4 of the way through the bottle and I couldn;t finish the last few ounces.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer confuses me. Listed (here) as a saison/farmhouse ale, I just don't see it. Keep in mind, it could be me.

Flat looking pour at Falling Rock, minimal head, if any. Hazy, pale yellow/gold body. Looks like a dirty Chardonnay. No richness to it.
Aroma. Yeah, I just don't get the farmhouse. This reminds of the Cantillon Gueze. Sour and musky. Some soft fruit in there; apricot, peach, green plum.

Feels a bit flat and sour. I don't get much, if any, yeasty esters, malt or lightness. I hope this is just a bad pour and will try again from the bottle.
I hope this ages well. It's not bad, but I would say it's not in the correct style.

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Photo of Wegbier
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

a- light white one finger head that reduced to nearly no retention and good carbonation. A very cloudy light yellow.

s- bad, i cant peg it really, it is kind of like old hops and the tannins, not fun to smell at all.

t- light wheaty dry with some esters.
barely can tell much about the jasmine or peaches' qualities. A light honey finish

m- light and bubbly, kind of weird bitter finish from the jasmine.

d- some how this was heavy to get down, it took me awhile, there is still a little heat from the abv.

One to try and especially after a few months to see if it improves.

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Photo of waltonc
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Falling Rock.

A: Hazy light straw color with white head.
S: Funky smell - cheese and sweat. Very strange, the smell does not match the taste. It's like they're two separate beers. My friend that was with me and is not as adventurous a beer drinker was totally turned off by the smell. But when she held her nose, she enjoyed the taste.
T: As advertised - honey, peaches, and jasmine are all present. Very light, dry and fruity flavors are well suited for the summer heat.
M: Light and crisp. Carbonation is fairly high and in sync.
D: As long as I hold my nose, I can drink a lot of this. Overall a pretty good brew.

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