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

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.12%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by t420o on 06-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 320 |  Reviews: 184
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of randomdanger
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of adrian21
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep copper color, nearly a shade of brown. The head was white and left a good lacing on the glass after every sip. The smell of the beer was a little spicy with some hop aromas in there as well. The Saison aromas were a little more difficult to pick up. The taste of the beer had a really good amount of rye in it I think, That was the primary flavor I was picking up next to the hops. The Saison part again was almost nonexistant. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good, I found that it was very easy to drink. Overall this wasn't too bad, not the best from Avery but still it might be worth trying.

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Photo of BeerMe42
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of PhageLab
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Effervescent body to this reddish brown brew. Nice head that settled to a 1 finger layer. Laced well.

S - Dark fruits with touch of hops. Grassy notes shine through at the end.

T - Surprisingly malty, with a popping sensation on the tongue, almost champagne-like. Sweet body, flavor of plums, and a bit of alcohol showing through.

M - Medium bodied with a somewhat sharp carbonation level. Finish was mostly dry.

D - Very interesting, but not something I could drink often. I'm all for experimentation, but this didn't seem like the best place for a saison to go. Still worth trying though.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a clear tulip glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium brown in color, with a one and half finger foam head that settled to a frothy cap and left good sticky lacing.

Smell: Yeasty spices like clove and nutmeg, mixed with some rye and citrus hops. Sweetness from malts underneath. Complex and inviting.

Taste: The invitation of the smell extends to the flavor. The rye and hops are up front with very little bitterness, then the rye and roasted malts kick in to smooth things out and the yeasts add a good spiciness. Finishes semi-dry.

Mouth Feel: Medium body and good carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: A very interesting take on the Saison style. The rye and dry hopping really add to the yeast varieties and make this one really complex and unique. I like this beer a lot and will grab at least a couple more bottles before it's gone.

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Photo of vincicle
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a nice red caramel color. The head comes up slowly and doesn't build into any real accumulation. The lacing is fantastic with the beer however and the sliver of a head stays constant throughout.
The smell is slightly subdued and the malt flavors still shine through both the yeast and dry-hops characters. It's pleasant but not spectacular.
The taste is well balanced between the malts, the hops and the dryness on the rye. the complex flavor profile from the yeast I had hoped for seems over powered by the other elements.
Overall this is a very decent beer but the complexity seems to overpower the elements and none of them come to the forefront. It is a pleasant drinking beer, and well worth the price.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my notes:

Pours an light amber color w/ very little carbonation or lacing on the tulip glass. Light and somewhat clear in appearance. The nose is mainly rye, hops, yeast, and a touch of malt. Very dry, and a little on the light side smell wise. The taste profile is a little better, with the flavors of rye, hops and yeast really coming out. Feel is very light and extremely dry. It almost evaporates of your tongue a split second after you drink it. Overall, this was an OK brew- not my favorite in the style. Cheers.

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Photo of philbe311
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of densely packed perfectly level slightly off-white colored head... Solid retention gives way to a full veil of lace and moderately thick collar... The carbonation is limited and sluggish... The color a mix of burnt copper and light-to-medium brown... Becomes completely translucent when back lit, otherwise this one has a bit of haze and murkiness...

S - At it's most basic, this one smells like a slightly sweetened Saison... The mix of five Belgian yeasts provides lots of character and complexity... A brown sugar sweetness permeates as well... The rye notes are present but rather subdued... The dry hop addition is also present and buried a bit beneath the surface but adds additional depth to an already complex bouquet...

T - The rye is much more pronounced on the palette and dominate the finish... The mix of yeasts is much more subdued than expected... Some of the sweetness from the nose is dissipated but the brown sugar is still there... Raisins... The dry hopping sort of gets lost in them mix...

M - Exceedingly dry would be an understatement... Light to medium bodied... Very minimal carbonation... A bit thick... A bit syrupy... Completely unique...

D - A very interested brew... Certain things I like a lot (appearance and aroma) and others not so much (taste and mouthfeel)... This one is a brewer's artistic statement and a wonderful example of creativity and originality in brewing... The end product is solid, respectable, and completely unique but the sum of the parts doesn't equate to anything more than solidly above average...

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Photo of JoshRadTxist
4.57/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a roller coaster.

A: Brown

S: Appetizing, clean barnyard, tangy grasses.

T: Started off rather average. It turns out my taste buds just were sorting through the data: At first, I thought "Really" this anniversary beer is going to be a chore to drink? Then it tasted different with each sip: and at one point I swear this brew aftertasted reminiscent of "Fruit Loop milk." Then I ate some salami with it. Then the brew returned to its former state. It is chalky, but in a wholesome way, plus herbs, subtle fruits, and bittering, not aroma hops.

M: Quaffable, not oily but midline viscosity on retrospect, leaves a wet mouth after without a hint of slime. Very good.\

O: Going well with this evening, I do not normally drink big beers. I must say going with the Avery trend that does not disappoint.

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Photo of MsRif
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle into a pretty things pint glass.

A - a solid transparent copper body with some carbonation noticeable in there. finger thick off white head sits atop. good lacing good retention.

S - good presence of rye and grass pine hops. big yeast note sits right behind them. some sweet malts seem to be hiding in there as well.

T - big rye up front. gives way to big spice yeast taste. then pine hops that fade back into a yeasty taste.

M - medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. syrupy feel to this loses it some points.

O - its got some things going for it and it has other things going against it. overall its decent enough.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 22oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. Colour is a dark hazy orange. 1/2 finger head. No visible carbonation.

Smell: Rye and malts with a lot of spicy yeast, almost something you would find in a Belgian tripel.

Taste: Primarily peppery yeast, a little bit of biting rye and roasted malt. Pretty disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, light carbonation, a decent amount of bite.

Overall: This brew was a little disappointing. Main flavour was yeast which isn't the best thing. Besides, that, this wasn't a very interesting beer. It was more of an element to mix with other flavours than to use on its own.

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Photo of shanblur
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in May of 2011. Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

A - Hazy orange with 2 finger white head which leaves moderate lacing.

S - I get a Belgian yeast component, some fruity esters and a little malt.

T - Rye comes through on the taste. Definite funkiness. Can there be too much yeast?

M - Medium body with a light carbonation.

Happy 18th. Definite presence of the yeast. Pushes the envelope of beer. But that's a good thing.

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Photo of bld81
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass:
A: mostly clear, dark amber and brownish, small head with good retention
S: rye, malt, lemon, coriander, yeast, spice, I was surprised by the nice complex aroma
T: less impressive than the aroma, yeasty malt, peppery
M: heavily for the style, probably due to the rye, nice texture, medium carbonation and bitterness
O: very good and very satisfying, totally worth picking up a bottle

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dusky magenta hue…plummy? backside of a grape peel? It's a tough one to peg. Not quite lavender, nowhere near red. I like it, though. Beautiful. Under a slim, solid, eggshell head.

Aroma: spicy, bready rye malt hits first, citrus beneath, somewhere. Other flavors you may look for in a saison are hidden, masked, and obliterated by the rye malt. but I really don't care, for the flavor makes up for that.

Taste: rich and full in the mouth, a pumpernickel loaf on the palate. I don't want to be the broken record, but "spicy, bready" keeps coming back. The malt character dominates, and the hop presence is here, too, but in a minor capacity. Stays on the sidelines, staving away excessive sweetness.
Abundant flavor inside the mouth, spilling spice, sweetness and hop bitterness all over the place. Non-stop tingle-ation. Tasty and terrific stuff. some dark fruit flavor comes in, some raisin, some berry, …a little clove. Dark, toasty, and delicious.
This is not by any stretch a true saison (although, Belgian breweries are beginning to innovate within this category some), but damned if it isn't just plain good. Delivers everything you want, even if it blurs so many lines. Any if it delivers where it counts, who cares about the rest of it?
Can you taste the saison underneath? Not in the slightest, but it is just the base on which to innovate, bringing the rye and the hops to make something of another level. Got to love the end result. Another case of American innovation taking things to another step. Here's to eighteen more, Avery!

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Photo of maximum12
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up this bottle recently after having an excellent locally-grown rye saison & wishing there were more of the genre laying about. 22 oz. bomber split into two pint glasses.

Pour is Burnt Sienna, filtered, thankyouverymuch, no sludgies. Smell is long on the yeasts, ripe apples, candied sweets, slight rye spiciness, ass. Ohhh, sorry, that was me, not the beer. Hold on a moment while the room clears. Ah. Better.

Avery's Eighteenth Anniversary Ale might have gone a little overboard with the yeast varietal. Belgian yeasts crawl all over the palate, cascading down my throat, likely to take up residence & begin propigating in my stomach. Yowza. Yeast, yeast, & more yeast. Pepper, less prominent spicing from the rye, lemon, & bready malts drift around the mouth. Grainy & grassy on the finish, before the yeasts come through with a haymaker & TKO everything else. Glad I split this with my wife, I'd struggle to get through an entire bomber of this character.

This is a pretty good beer that just doesn't quite come together well. The rye is nice, but in case I didn't mention it before, the yeasts make this a psychotic, unbalanced brew, & not in a good way (like...oh, never mind). Feel like this one is close to greatness. Close, but so far.

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Photo of Flux
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear dark amber in color. Forms a large, slightly off-white head with good retention. Some very light lacing.

S: Lemon and spice. There is a blend of floral and lemon citrus hops.

T: Unusually malty for a Saison. Light sweetness. A little caramel. Lemon, spice, some light black pepper. Slight bit of yeastiness to it. Citrusy hops. Alcoholic heat in the background.

M: Medium bodied and much to heavy for the style. Light to medium carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: A decent beer. Quite drinkable. I'm just having a hard time wrapping my head around this beer being a saison. If it was listed as an IPA, it'd probably have received a better reception.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This did not sound appealing based in the description but a bottle that a friend shared was better than expected. Dark amber color, decent head. Smells like rye and Belgian yeast. Flavor was odd, spicy rye, fruit, yeast but no hops. I honestly couldn't detect any sort of dry hopping. Overall not bad but I was glad I didn't actually pay for a bottle.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 45.3% out of 100 with 320 ratings
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