Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison)
Avery Brewing Company

Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison)Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison)
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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.66 | pDev: 13.39%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison)Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison)
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Reviews by JizackFH:
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JizackFH from New York

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice looking copper color. It has a small 1.5-finger slightly off-white head on it. The head has decent retention and leaves some lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of bready malt, belgian yeast, and a nice rye spiciness. There is also some citrus fruit and an earthy grass-like smell to it.

T - The taste starts off with some nice bready malts and some rye. There is quite a bit of earthiness that really goes well with hop presence, which is stronger than in your typical saison. The finish is lingering rye spiciness and mild hop bitterness.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is some spicy tingliness from the rye and spices. There is also a nice moderate hop bitterness throughout. There is a nice refreshing quality to this as well.

O - This has good drinkability. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. I also found it to be quite refreshing. It is definitely an interesting take on a farmhouse ale. The rye added some nice spice notes and the dry hopping definitely increased the hop presence. Overall, i thought it was a really nice beer. I recommend trying it, and I would buy it again.

Aug 17, 2011
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ejimhof from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Aug 28, 2013
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jmunsters from Michigan

2.62/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle.

A: It poured a nice amber and copper color with a very solid head that retained well. Very little carbonation came up. Lacing has stuck still and I'm halfway through the glass.

S: I'm not really picking up a lot here. Light malts, a bit of caramel. No "wild" yeast, and only a little bit of citrus.

T: Actually really bland. There isn't much of anything in here to pick up on. There is a bit of roasting you can taste from the malts, a little sweetness, a hint of banana and spice you would expect from the style, but not at all like the norm.

M: Very little carbonation. Feels full body up front with the malts and lack of carbonation, fades to a slightly lesser body revealing a bit of the yeast flavor and spices.

O: Pretty disappointed here. Went to my LBS and found them gem tucked away in the holding cooler. The guy at the store was just as excited as I was finding it and reading the description. I'm was hoping for more everything; carbonation, taste, smell. It's pretty mellow for the ABV, but it's more mellow and boring than I would have expected, especially billed as an Anniversary beer.

Overall I was not at all impressed. Avery beers are a bit rare here in Michigan, and

Aug 08, 2011
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dry-hopped rye saison? Did you just put three of my favourite beer-terms into a single beer? Is this even going to work? Let's let the great Avery Brewing Co answer these questions. Tried on-tap at Barcade in Williamsburg, NY.

Pours a deep and burnished amber-brown colour, with enough haze to catch and expel the light. Head is fine-bubbled, but a little weak and filmy. Not much lace, just the odd patch of foam left behind as the beer diminishes.

Nose is slightly bready, but with deep rye notes, giving its own acidity that mingles with the true funk—almost gueuze-like notes of rubber and crushed leaf. The leafy freshness is the only real suggestion of the hops, but otherwise it's very nice—a weird mix, but one that works really well.

Taste is rather sweet, with clear rye notes singing out with a touch of bready acidity, and mingled notes of cacao nibs and carob. Some cleansing bite on the back and a touch of organic bitterness. Not a lot of acidity, really, apart from what is imparted by the rye, but this is actually welcome, as it would undermine the smoothness and the dark sweet characters. Smooth, complex, gorgeous.

Yep. I'm a fan. I love it when breweries put together something unusual that really works. Avery has done it again with their anniversary releases; this is an excitingly different but brilliantly realised brew.

Aug 07, 2011
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hopfacebrew from Colorado

3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Re-post from my hacked "jmkratt" :(

look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was very excited to try this! Avery's limited releases have proven to be well worth the price and this brew certainly sounded interesting! Bottled May 2011 to a globe glass.

A - The beer pours a dark yellow with a bit of dark amber red. A slight 3/4 finger white head with some retention and lacing as expected.

S - Pepper, spice and a bit of sweet malt. No hop presence. The yeast provides the familiar banana with just a bit of clove. Not a lot to report.

T - Similar to the nose. Begins with a a hint of light malt sweetness. A touch of toast with toffee and caramel character. Then the flavors come. First is the strong peppery spice of the rye found in the nose. Then the yeast provides banana and bubble gum esters. A slight presence of hops, which in my opinion don't provide any benefit to the flavor and seem to contrast the palate, slightly earthen in flavor. Finishes clean with a hint of bitterness. I really don't care for the flavor here, very average, too many competing flavors that don't seem to blend or work well together.

M - Light carbonation with a lighter end of medium body.

O - Interesting beer, though not for me. Too much going on. Not all that refreshing. Not what I was expecting from a saison. Rare Avery release that I don't care for.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-07-2011 15:44:53

Jan 18, 2012
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mobyfann from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $14.99 for a growler from The Party Source...

Beer pours a clear amber colored base, nice head retention and lacing. It smells like a well-kept barn without the dung; much emphasis on the malts this year, with some side-notes of caramel, yeast, and rye.

The taste is a unique and a testament to Avery's creativity towards its anniversary beers. It manages to have a great mix of Indian spices (ginger, cumin), yeast, rye, and the major player sweet malts... a very nice combo that most breweries won't attempt because of the possible financial losses, much respect to Avery on this successful attempt.

Overall, I'd recommended this to any person who doesn't mind the Saison, Hefe, or most Belgians... but those who don't favor those styles might be extremely turned off by this brew. Best wishes!

Jul 17, 2011
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CommonRider from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Aug 10, 2012
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Sweasty from Texas

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery 18, a dry hopped rye saison. I like saisons, dry hopped beers, and rye. Sounds like winning combo. Avery 18 pours a slightly hazy copper color. Things are topped by almost a fingers worth of bone white head. Head settles to a ring. Some lacing is left in its wake.

Onto the aroma. This brew smells different compared to your average saison. I'll chalk that up to the rye and dry hopping. Plenty of sweet smelling citrus, oranges and tangerines mostly, hit the nose first. A touch of spicy rye comes through.Some medicinal phenols hit beneath the citrus. A light touch of bubblegum rounds things out.

The taste is much like the nose. The citrus in the nose is much drier on the palate. The rye is much stronger on the palate. Spicy and slightly sour rye notes come through. Some slightly herbal hop notes hit mid palate. Some bubblegum pops near the end. The finish is bone dry with a lingering herbal and bubblegum quality.

Avery 18 is as light bodied as they come. An effervescent carbonation really livens things up.

Avery 18 is an interesting take on a saison. If you are a purist, then you might just want to move along to something else. All in all, this a tasty twist on a classic saison. The rye and dry hooping add some nice complexities to the beer. The alcohol is almost non existent, making this one dangerously drinkable brew. A nice brew overall. Cheers to Avery for 18 years of tasty brews.

Jun 19, 2011
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MacStinson from Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Jan 05, 2012
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a clear slightly dense reddish-brown body with a rocky light tan head and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles
. S- The clean dry green hop aroma has some spice notes to it with a brassy wheat finish and some cider characters that come through as the beer opens.
T- The soft spicy rye note takes on an odd blend of yeast character with some bad breath Abbey yeast notes that finish. Some hints of bread dough cream and fruity esters have a brassy wheat and pear ester to follow. The soft green hops are dark in the finish
. M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat until it warms quite a bit and even then it is gentle. There is a soft fizz that dries the finish a bit.
O- The Abbey yeast comes through and is a bit odd with the saison yeast hiding and an odd mix of esters and fruit character aswell. Age might help this blend but how much I don't know?

Nov 28, 2011
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seanmonaghan13 from Colorado

5/5  rDev +36.6%

Nov 15, 2011
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allengarvin from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonik glass. This is a hazy dark-orange amber beer with a small but lasting head. The nose is interesting! Immediate hops and sweet malt give way to some interesting yeasty spiciness. The flavor is similar, and well-balanced: initially sweet malt is balanced by herbal hoppiness. Very nice yeast character, with lots of clovy phenols. It's a bit peppery, but I can't quite distinguish if that's the rye or the yeast byproducts. There's also some nice fruitiness that matches the caramel malt well. The finish blends these flavors together.

It's been a few years since I was last impressed by one of Avery's annuals, but this one is well worth drinking. It's tasty and complexly interesting.

Aug 05, 2011
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Flux from Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at cellar temp into a pint glass. Last bit swirled and poured into glass.

A- Dark straw color to amber. Bubbly head that doesn't last. Haze from the yeasts.

S- smells of yeast, and esters. Bitter smelling hops and peppercorns.

T- It's interesting that it's brewed with 5 strains of yeast. I wonder if it's a bit overkill but the yeast flavors taste muddled. Definite banana flavors but the rye adds a whole new dimension with a certain pepperyness. it tasted a little hot/boozy

M- Dry and crisp with medium carbonation.

Overall not a bad beer...but maybe not the greatest. I'll give them credit for branching out and putting a new spin on a saison. A lot of it could be because I was expecting it to taste like a mellow saison speckled with rye.

Oct 07, 2011
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a light amber-brown body with a modestly-sized, sudsy, off-white head.

Smell: A drizzle of caramel tossed with rye grains, toasted barley, cheap chewing gum, steeping clove tea bags, dehydrated grasses, pine sap, citrus pith. Frankly, it comes across as a bit medicinal.

Taste: Toasted grains, a little bit of sweetish caramel tucked under the combined surge of zesty rye, hop bitterness, and spicy, clove-like yeast phenolics. Moderately bitter. Some resins ride out, joining a bit of warm alcohol and a tiny pinch of abrasive citrus pith. A few pre-chewed Chiclets. A soft, understated maltiness returns after the fireworks die down. Finishes dry, grassy, and with a dull, sustained spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Eighteen came across as a bit jumbled and a bit coarse, certainly not what I'm looking for in a saison. As far as their anniversary series goes, seventeen was alright, I suppose. The one I've always been saddened for never being able to locate was Sixteen. Ah well!

Jul 18, 2011
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ucsbmullet from Colorado

5/5  rDev +36.6%

Nov 29, 2011
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Sep 10, 2014
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jrenn from Kansas

4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a tulip, deep amber copperish color. One of those impressive belgian heads.

Smell: Belgian yeast everywhere. Very subtle hops and fruit. Can't really detect the rye.

Taste & Mouthfeel: It really is an interesting take on the farmhouse style. First you detect the belgian yeast and spice, then it moves to the rye and hop character. Subtle darker fruits from the hops. Very creamy and velvety. Pleasing.

Overall: I was really excited to try this. I was hoping it'd be somewhere between a belgian IPA and strong rye ale. Although it really seemed to present itself as just a damn-good saison. It wasn't as complex as I was hoping. Also, the high ABV is nice: if this brew were a Daniel Day Lewis film it'd be called "There Will Be Buzz".

May 18, 2012
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ej285701 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Nov 16, 2011
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Hopswagger from South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Copper amber body with floating specks and timid bubbles. Head creates a offwhite layer of thin bubbles that settle to a silky film.

S: Hefty dose of spice with rye bread, tannin, barley, oxidation has set in, very timid funky yeast that is more powdery than funky. Orange, lemon and tart pear sprinkled with crushed pepper corns. Clove, old leather, booze and faint banana arrive once warmed. Musty and earthy like crawling around in the attic.

T/M: Orange oil, rose petals, soapy citrus, grapefruit, caramel malt, tons if rye, barley, cardamom, hibiscus leaves, jasmine, fruit wax and aggressive spices. Floral hops and bitter fruit round out the super dry and chaulky finish. Medium-full creamy body with spicy carbonation. Hop bitterness is unpleasant and distracts from the blend.

O: So I have to say that I was excited for this beer. This didn't age well at all. Stale spicy rye is the forefront on this beer. It really shows more like a rye IPA than a saison. Super aggressive flavor profile that is really rough and messy. Not a triumphant success of the style but still glad I was able to try this. If fresh this would have blown me away and would have done better in my eyes.

Dec 30, 2012
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A strange combination of flavors that somehow work. The peppery dry Saison character controls the tempo while the pungent rye and spicy hops further reinforce the intent of Belgian Saisons.

Avery's 18 Anniversary Ale pours with a medium amber color, mild haze, and a froathy white head that both retains and laces well. Definately not the quentessential Saison look, but the darker nature of rye dyes the beer with an amber-stained look. Signature American creaminess is evident, different than the rocky-froathy textures of Saison Dupont.

Light bready notes of pilsner malt is met with the robust aromas of rye- leading to the malty nose of bread crust maltiness. Backed by the natural spiciness of yeast, the pungent rye grains contribute a peppery, musty note that rounds out the dry malt balance. Still, the fruity esters play lightfully behind the addition of mild caramel and toast, but not without the quick rebuttal of spice and orange zest from hops.

Flavors closely mimic the nose, with a lead of toast and the crust of bread, providing a much more hearty malt base than that of normal saisons. Fruity apples and pears have a tough time in penetrating the malt base, but the black peppercorn, corriander, and clove character easily carry the balance; especially with the pungent addition of rye. The added malt character is further balanced by the spicy and citrus taste of late addition hops.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer seemingly has a more robust texture because of the richness in taste. However, the malt character remains dry and spicy with a late turn to hops, alcohol, and spice for a malty-dry decission in finish.

As the popularity of dark Saisons rise, I like the quality of grains that give this beer its unique identity, rather than just giving a darker color and powdery dryness. But wiht the added rye, an obvious hop balance is needed but not in bitterness which would upset the balance. I like this beer, but its not what I want when reaching for a Saison.

Jul 21, 2011
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MsRif from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at their brewpub. Poured a nice golden copper color. Head retention was so-so...lacing was nicer. I remember this one well because of how yeasty it smelled/tasted. It also had an aroma of hops and rye. Not all that enticing to me since I typically don't care for this style, but the taste was pretty good. Definite rye flavor...but mostly yeast. Definitely funky...definitely saison-esque. Not bad, I just wouldn't have had another.

Carbonation was moderate...medium bodied. Again, this was a one time taste for me...I'm glad I tried it, but I didn't feel bad about saying "next" to another sample after this one.

Oct 27, 2011
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Domingo from Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Nov 17, 2011
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cestlavie from New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Feb 06, 2012
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FightingEntropy from Minnesota

3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper ale with shiny gold highlights along the edge of the beer. Very thin off white head that melts immediately. Nose is promising with lots of clear hop and yeasty saison spice mixed in. Can clearly smell the dry hopped. Pepper and spice strong in the mouth, but singular and a bit overwhelming and seems to clash with the nose. Mouthfeel is light with a dry bite in the aftertaste. Sounds great reading the bottle, but just doesn't seem to come together. Fine for the night, happy to give Avery the benefit of the doubt on any special beers, but I won't be seeking this one out again.

Sep 10, 2011
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Pjev11 from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18%

Sep 01, 2012
Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 320 ratings