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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)

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Added by t420o on 06-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma has a fruity and yeasty overtone, rather like a good hefeweizen. It pours a clear, dark brownish amber with a typical pale golden-tan head. Malty flavor has firm fruity and hoppy notes, with just a little bitterness and a hint of caramel. Smooth, edgy texture has good body and leaves a woody, slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of chadmoe1
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from review on 10/2/11

A -- Dark gold, 1/4" tan head that was quickly gone

S -- Fruity / Belgian yeasty aroma, some hops

T -- Smooth but crisp (saison flavors?) up front, spicy yeasty/ester flavors in middle, smooth rye/toasty finish with bitterness

M -- Medium carb, a bit chewy

O -- Not sure what to expect with a "dry-hopped rye saison" but smooth and tasty...my wife loved it; I felt it was pretty good

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Photo of PDXHops
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bomber poured into a Maudite tulip. Hazy dark copper with an ample off-white head that leaves scattered soapy lace patches.

Any extra oomph the dry-hopping might have provided the nose is long gone at this point (this was bottled ~9 months ago). Smells like a saison should, if perhaps a bit on the tame side. Plummy, yeast, earthy and banana notes, all in fairly modest doses.

Seems rather sweet for the style up front, but a still-potent bitterness balances it out (still, it's not dry enough). Not sure if it's by design or oxidation, but the hint of cardboard doesn't jive well with bubblegum and banana. The rye brings some interest in an otherwise disappointingly watery finish. The lingering rye and mild funk are the highlights of this brew.

Overall impression: Approachable but forgettable take on the style.

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Photo of beer2day
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish gold in color, with a thin layer of head. Light on retention and thin lace.

Banana cream nose with vanilla underneath and light toasted malt.

Strong rye flavor right up front. Very dry, fruity finish - think tart cherries and banana notes. Bready, malty overall flavor with touch of biscuit.

Light syrup in the body with just a touch of cream.

Interesting and glad I tried it.

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Photo of teromous
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up because it has a very interesting set of flavor descriptions. Dry hopped...rye...and saison. Here we go!

A: It has a dark copper color, with a pretty good sized (small finger) white head. The head stays up well with lots of different bubble sizes, and is already forming lacing. The beer is hazy.

S: I get that characteristic Saison smell, with a lightly sour smell, some fruity plums, and banana.

T: The beer does have a very unique flavor profile. At first I get this Belgian type of vanilla ester flavor, then it's taken over by a light resinous hop flavor. The hops aren't overpowering. There is a light fruitiness to the beer too. In the end there is this nice bitterness. It's not your typical Saison, but it's really good. I would have liked some more sourness or tartness from the beer but it's still very good. I don't get a whole lot of the rye character.

M: The mouthfeel is medium but leans a bit light. It is well balanced. The carbonation is good. The beer is fairly dry and the hop bitterness complements it well. It's not perfect but it's very good.

O: Overall I don't think this would go over too well with people who enjoy classical Saisons. I think the beer is still very good. It would be better suited for people who enjoy bitter beers and are also fond of Belgian-like flavors. I would drink it again, and I would recommend it.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
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

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Photo of doucmehu
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a tulip. Yay, this sounds delicious - I like Saisons and Rye pale ales.

A: Pours a nice ruddy amber with a fairly clean white head, heavy pour gives it a nice look but robs me of a couple ounces.

S: Sweet and spicy up front, with some hop bitterness and a dash of funk.

T: Clean, crisp and peppery rye add a nice touch to a fairly straightforward saison, though the funk seems slightly off. There is that nice clean lemon zest and mild spiciness that works fairly well though, despite the off wild flavor.

M: Prickly and clean, but with more bite than a regular saison. Finishes crisp with some Rye and hops bitterness.

O: A solid beer, but not as good as I was hoping. All of the elements are there, but it is just missing something, both in the body and that saison funk being a bit off somehow.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a reddish color with a nice white to off hire colored head. The smell is lightly spivey with a definite rye presence and earthy hops. The flavor follows suit with the earth hops up from follows by the eye malt and finishes with a nice bitterness. The mouthfeel is light well carbonated and dry. Overall this is a great beer that I look forward t having again.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a thin, creamy white mousse. Lacing is decent, but not all that impressive.

S: Aromas of rye, caramel, vague fruits, and spicy, pungent yeast are present on the nose. You can really tell that Avery was going for an ale that was heavy on the malt and yeast.

T: Notes of rye bread, juniper berries, cedar, caramel, grapefruit, tangerine, white peach, bitter orange, and pungent, spicy yeasts immediately fill the mouth. The finish is fruity and yeasty with a mixture of cedar, citrus, and Belgian yeast flavors.

M: Medium-to-full in body and surprisingly creamy. Oddly, the rye imparts no harshness to the mouth, Instead, this ale is smooth with a very restrained alcohol presence. Carbonation is initially prickly, but drops off the table pretty quickly.

O: This is an interesting saison. There's almost so much going on here that it is impossible to process it all at one time. Avery Eighteen is definitely worth a try, particularly if you're a fan of the more eccentric takes on this style.

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Photo of DCon
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $6.99 & Shared w/ GeoffTheAleMan. Poured from the Black/Silver/Green labeled bottle w/ grass on it into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Has Bottled in May 2011 on the front of the label.

Aroma- Tons of malt, rye, and citrus hit the nose first. Very clean all the way through the sniffing session and has a medium hop character that comes out, floral if I wasn't mistaken.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that has average retention. The body color is a dark amber/light red with a cloud within. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Big time combo of rye and then malt again. Has light spices and light hops in the background. Light-Medium bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and then leaves light spice afterwards. Kept looking for the light sour note and fruit but didn't come around here...

Overall Impression- Didn't enjoy as much in bottle as I did on-tap but still very nice! Would recommend getting your hands on it but it looks like this was only brewed once. A nice, refreshing Saison with a good rye character to it. Not sure you can combine the two "officially" but what the heck. Avery sure did.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber with an off-white head that lingers nicely.

Aroma of fruity esters and some floral hops. Slightly tart. Light alcohol astringency as it warms.

Upfront taste is fruity esters, grape, pear--yeasty. Fruity esters still present in the background of the finish. Rye malt, black pepper along with a tiny floral hop flavor and bitterness.

Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Dry finish.

A somewhat ordinary beer. The dry hopping and rye are a nice touch, but nothing spectacular. Body seems kind of heavy for a saison too.


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Photo of Spider889
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Caramel color, short white head. Spotty lace.

S - Smells like a saison alright. Spicy and yeasty with clove and some rye in the aroma. A little on the harsh side of things.

T - Bitter and vegetal. Also some herbal flavor I described as smokey moss (not to be confused with peat). Spicy rye on the finish.

M/O - Dry finish, the 8% isn't horrible, but also more apparent than I'd like. Overall this just wasn't my type of saison.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Amber/copper colored, with lots of tiny bubbles. A 1.5 finger head lingers.
S: Dried apple, fresh bread & rye grain.
T: Rye, fruit... kind of hard to place anything specific & overall not doing much for me.
M: Medium-bodied but not much to write home about.
O: I really enjoyed visiting Avery's taproom, but their bottles haven't impressed me overall. This is decent but nothing special.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two and a half finger frothy rapidly dissipating head on a cloudy amber golden mix body. nice lacing. Aroma is very nice fruity ester and yeasty aroma. The taste is a dull yeast and fruit ester flavor which seems very simple and not complex. medium body and moderate to high carbonation. I liked this one more than most. Its a simple saison, not very memorable but good.

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Photo of dbossman
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light brownish gold with a slight red tinge and no head; minimal lacing

S: Grainy, spicy rye, dry fruits: apples, pears; this is also hoppy and citrusy too

T: Rye graininess and mustiness is first prevalent followed by just a touch of something a bit funky; this is also hoppy, fruity, and good

F: Medium body, sticky, great mouth feel with a fantastic yeasty creaminess in the finish

O: A really nice hop forward, grainy, spicy, bready, and musty saison

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Avery's finally legal. Nice... Anyway, this stuff pours a russet-garnet topped by a bit over a finger of dusty ecru foam. The nose comprises rye crust, very light roasted malts, biscuit, very light coffee, and fennel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with clove, black pepper, plenty of banana, more fennel, and a kiss of mild cocoa. The spicy, more saison-like qualities finally overcome the breadiness that so dominated the smell. The body is a light-feeling medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth, lightly grainy feel. Overall, an interesting little experiment, one that I feel succeeds on more levels than it fails. Good times.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery "Eighteen"
22 oz. bottle; $10 @ Capone's in Norristown, PA

"Dry Hopped Rye Saison"? Where to begin?

It looks like a rye beer might, with a dark crimson tinted deep-copper colored body. The creamy head is a light khaki. The head drops shortly but it leaves some very nice walls of tiny spots of lace behind.

The aroma displays rye, that's for sure. Rye and deep caramel malt. Hops? Yes, but I can't make out what they might be through the malt and yeast. It's hard to tell. Are they spicy, or is that the malt? Or the yeast? Are they fruity, or is THAT the yeast? There's definitely something there... I'm gonna go with floral and grassy.

On to the taste. It's spicy up front with dark fruit, deep caramel that's almost like burnt sugar, and spice as you cross the middle. That might be from the yeast, but it's at least partially from the rye. Pretty nice. The fruit flavors work well with it (dark raisin, black cherry, dried figs). From there it just seems to drop away. There's not a lot of bitterness left over, but it's dry. Some clove lingers, as well as some general spice, a flicker of that same non-descript hop from the aroma, and a light touch of dull chocolate.

In the mouth it's quite nice. It's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge, and it becomes quite creamy as the carbonation is released and it 'foams' in the mouth.

Overall it's a little bit much that somehow becomes not enough.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled May 2011

Pours an effervescent & chill hazed orange/copper with a thumb of cream colored head. Stellar lacing & good head retention

S: Grassyness, apple juice & grainy notes, some clean, some musty

T: Sweet apple juice, spicy rye & a touch of juicy fruit up front. Yeasty twang & grainyness surface as this warms, just a smidge of white pepper & green banana & green apple too along with just a whisper of pineapple

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, some grainy coarseness, works for the style

Seems fairly good for a a Dry-hopped rye saison, I reckon :P. Might've worked better as a Tripel to me. I'd like to revisit this one again & see how it holds up if I could catch it at a good price

An alright offering, but hardly Anniversary worthy IMO, but Avery has released some odd ducks for theirs, so maybe this right in line??? Still a nice drinker

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Photo of Crossmd
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured 42 degrees Fahrenheit into a wine glass. Bottled in May 2011.

Pours a copper-orange. (burnt?) 1.5 finger white head with a spotty lasting lacing.

Smells of lightly burnt sugar and some herbal notes with a hint of citrus hops.

Tastes of an attack of caramel rye and some creme, turning dry and cleaning up entirely. Surprisingly little finish. Mouthfeel is rather effervescent, with small, champagne bubbles. Light feeling for what you would expect in the weight.

Overall, a decent, not incredible offering thats pleasant, if rather safe and sort of trite.


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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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?

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Photo of evilkalla
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Bomber into a goblet.

A: Pours clear copper with a quarter inch of head. Fairly carbonated. Attractive beer, although somewhat darker for a Saison, which is no doubt due to the Rye.

S: Rye malt with a belgian/saison yeast smell to it. Nothing overpowering. Slightly floral.

T: Definitely some saison-style yeast in this one. A little wild yeast noticeable as well. The taste is somewhat dry, with hints of spiciness mixed with rye malt. Not my favorite, but not bad.

M: Has a somewhat lighter feel in the mouth, which goes pretty well with the amount of carbonation present.

O: Not my favorite saison but not bad. Glad I gave it a try.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking anniversary beers seemed fun at first, but an unintended consequence has appeared: I am aging alongside the beer. The beer itself isn't aging, but the lineage of the beer is. Years from now I'll be sipping an Avery 28 and say to myself, "Oh yes, I remember the Avery 17, back when I was young and naive and full of optimism and good beer." So cheers here to the Avery 18, an herbaceous beer and a loyal successor to the Avery Seventeen. The Eighteen leaves a thick and webby lacing around the glass, with the body glowing a deep fox red color, burning with a dark orange haze against a lamp. The smell is dominated by the herb-laden smell of parsley, cooked unpeeled carrots, a mild maltiness, and a touch of banana esters. True to the aroma, the Eigtheen's flavor leads with a dominantly botanical taste - parsley, carrot stems and little glints of sweetness to decorate the green flavors like a Christmas tree. Avery's product description boats of rye, chocolate malt and spice, but I mostly taste an engagingly green brew - something I'll attribute to the five layers of yeast that worked their way through the batch.

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Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Starts with a nice malty mouthful. Morphs into a fruity flavor, and ends with a dry, slightly bitter taste. Attractive amber color in the small snifter. Nice grainy taste and brambly rye. Flowery fragrance with a spicy touch. Sweet malt balanced by tart fruitiness and the yeasty bitterness.

Pleasant and interesting beer. Decent carbonation. Complex but highly drinkable.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 PhageLab
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) from Avery Brewing Company
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