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

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

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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 mothman
2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours 1 finger of off-white head. Color is a clear autumn gold.

Aroma: A lot of dry spice and rye flavors. Bready and malty. Some barnyard funk. Fairly hoppy. Floral. Some orange peel and fruit flavors.

Taste: Barnyard funk and a lot of rye. Dry and spicy. Orange peel and lemon zest. Floral and grassy. Malty and bready.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A bit of alcohol shows here. Ends sticky and dry.

Overall, this saison wasn't for me. It wasn't easy drinking like a saison should be. It wasn't refreshing. It just wasn't much of a saison. Pretty big letdown.

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Photo of JLeege
2.66/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dry Hopped Rye Saison, one of those beers I have dreamed about… Let’s see how it turned out.

Appearance- Pours out a clear copper color with two thick fingers of off white head. Good retention and some sticky lace left down the glass.

Smell- Lots of citrus and floral notes. Caramel, a little bit doughy and yeasty. Some muddled rye in their too. I suppose it smells like it should, but the rye isn’t as “bright” as I was expecting.

Taste- Very doughy up front, but sort of plain (Lacking the rye quality and spicy yeast). Then it turns floral and slightly citrus; your more classic saison flavor notes. A little lemon and fairly grassy. Some caramel and raison. Then the rye is noticed on the finish, again not very vibrant.

Mouthfeel- Dull, rather syrupy. Lacks the liveliness typically found in the style.

Overall- A disappointment for me, the rye addition retracted more than anything. There is a lot going on, but it doesn’t all come together very well. I love saisons and rye beers, but this was ok at best.

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Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a dark brownish-amber color with an off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of dark malts with moderate amounts of rye and heavier amounts of pine and light herbal hops. Also present are light amounts of dark fruit aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Slightly dry dark malts up front are joined quickly by pine hops and slightly musty flavors. Midway through the spicy rye asserts itself before it’s pushed out by medium and dark fruits – pears with hints of raisins – that fade out into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is OK, the carbonation is a bit heavy.

Overall this was an interesting beer but I thought too much was going on and the flavors didn’t meld together very well. Worth a shot for curiousity’s sake.

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - A burnt orange brick body color on this beer with a thin white head that was supprisingly sticky.

S - Rye, Funk, Citrus mixed together. There were some sweet citruses on the front that opened to funkiness and spice on the back.

T & M & D - This beer had a great funk spice to it which is why I am partial to it. It was a great summer beer as well as it was only medium bodied and finished pretty clean. The citrus started out the front end and the spice and yeasty funk broke it up in the middle and end (just like the nose in that respect).

O - I have seen some people bash it a bit becasue it is not traditional but I really enjoyed this beer. It was interesting, fresh, and complex enough to sip and talk about it.


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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at the Flying Saucer. I was going to order a tank 7 and I asked the bartender what this beer was. He told me a Saison, so I got that instead. Little did I know it was a Dry Hopped Rye Saison...

Appearance-Hazy light brown with a 2 finger beige head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell-Without knowing this was a dry hopped Rye Saison, I had thought i got he wrong beer. It smelt like hops, bready malts, and got some of the rye.

Taste-It had a nice Saison sweetness to it and some spiciness. The real kicker was the hops, I was suprised how much I got out of the taste. Very drying to the tongue.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and carbonation.

Overall-The main reason why I got this beer is b/c I wanted my wife to try a Saison, turns out it was totally different. She actually kinda liked it and I thoght it was good as well. Nothing outstanding, but it worked.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a deep burnt orange infuse amber with a thinner than expected head atop.Aromas are grainy with a decent amount of funk,the rye provides just a light shot of spice.Flavors are lightly funky with some phenolic clove spice,the rye is really subdues in my opinion,it really could have counterbalanced the phenols better in my mind.Its a decent beer but the the rye could have been bigger and it would have made it more complex and fuller.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, bottled in May 2011, $7.99 a bomber. Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a hazy copper/orange color with an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is sweet and spicy, the brew smells like peppery spice, grassy hops, yeast, bananas, rye and a bit of brown sugar. It tastes like dark bread, rye, peppery spice, light citrus, apricots and a slight sour/tart flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. I think this is a solid brew but I don't think it's something I would want to drink all the time. But I think it's definitely worth a try, it's a unique brew.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. This was $8 from Bruisin Ales.

Appearance: Clear amber, looks about like iced tea- darker than your average saison. Sort of a crappy head as saisons go. Not much lacing.

Smell: Pretty typical esters and phenolics of a saison yeast. Dry hopping gives some citrus and grassy aromas. Some malt sweetness. I like it.

Taste: This is a pretty nicely balanced beer. There's a reasonable amount of malty sweetness and some nice light fruit ester flavors. Rye spiciness and hops flavors complement this well. Finish is bitter and spicy.

Mouthfeel: Sort of a big mouthfeel for a saison. A little undercarbed. Finishes drier, but not dry enough.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, and would drink another, but wouldnt suggest they make it a year round offering, or even a seasonal.

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Photo of jfmorey
2.74/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I look forward to Avery's annual offerings. so this year I was happy to find that they were binging together several things that I particularly like: rye malts, saison yeasts and dry hopping.

Poured into a standard pint glass, it looked promising with a hazy amber and creamy head. However the smell was woody, acrid.

As with many creative recipes, the results are mixed. The funky yeasts, hop bitterness, and spicy sweetness compete rather than contribute to a balanced whole. Then there is the metallic aftertaste that sometimes accompanies a higher-alcohol beer.

At the end, very disappointed.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap yesterday afternoon at The Rackhouse. Poured a slightly hazy amber color with a nice beige head. Aromas of of coriander, Belgian yeast, light brown sugar and some spice. Medium bodied, and not as hoppy as I'd hoped, with flavors of coriander, dried apricots and spicy rye.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted June 17th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a la Chouffe tulip

A - a cloudy brown/red/copper, half finger off white head and decent lacing

S - lots of yeast, some sweet and some sour. A slight spice which may be the rye, fruity hops and sweet malts

T - lots of sweet yeast, a bit of hops (fruity and/or floral), slight alcohol, the rye is there, but it just hangs around balancing the sweet and bitter, nice sweet malt character, slightly sour and sugary

M - kind of chewy, medium/low acidity, medium bodied and well balanced

D - i feel like everyone would enjoy this beer. smooth like a big Belgian, just not as sweet. The hops and rye balance it nicely. Hop heads and Belgian lovers will like this

Final thought - great beer, awesome taste, ok price ($8), nice ABV 8.1%. Avery makes good shit, but web better seasonal and anniversary beer

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Photo of HopHead84
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Bottle shared by Crowley. Thanks!

A: Hazy light orange with a frothy off-white head.

S: Bread with some floral and grassy notes. Phenolics are redolent of white pepper and clove. Lightly spicy. I detect apple and pear.

T: White pepper up front with a little clove. Malt is faint and bready with evident rye. Pretty grassy with fruit notes of apple and pear.

M: Lower medium in body with moderate carbonation. Sticky and dry.

Overall: An enjoyable Saison. A little heavier on the mouthfeel with the rye addition but still nice.

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

Here we sit in front of my 8th anniversary that I have tried from Avery. I am fortunate enough to have tried them all. Hopefully this Saison isn't a spice bomb like the #13 was (I guess that was it). Let's give this one a shot:

Appearance: Pours a pretty clear slightly reddish amber color with a solid 1/2"+ of tannish creamy looking foam on top that is maintained by lots of bubbles lazily rising to the surface. The beer looks rather thick since the bubbles are going so slow. The head has significant staying power and is still a solid 1/4" ten minutes after the pour. There is some solid lacing left on the glass after pouring. Overall, this is a very well presented beer.

Aroma: The aroma is pretty clean for what I expected. It is pretty malty with Rye not really being up-front, and even the dry hops are reserved. Overall it has a pleasant aroma, but it is much more subtle than I expected. After it warms up some and the head falls a bit, there are Rye notes becoming apparent, but the dry-hopping is still reserved. The other notes are Saison yeast notes adding to the ensemble.

Taste: The flavor has a lot more going on, and this is much truer to the Saison style than the other one. I am getting the Rye a bit in the flavor, and the hops are there as well. Overall this is a pretty malty beer with the balance of the finish being tipped slightly toward the malt giving you a little bit of toasty sweetness to linger for a while. The yeast character is mild for what you typically get for a Saison, but it seems like it was just fermented a bit cool for the yeast they used as the fruity esters are reserved. The alcohol is very well masked and is really only noticeable as warming in the core once you have drank about half the bottle.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty decent beer. I think that Adam decided to play the safe side this time and make the anniversary beer more subtle. This isn't a bad thing as I appreciate subtlety. It is a little unusual for an anniversary beer, and especially for Avery brewing to make a beer with the words "dry hopped", or "hopped" just about anything means that it will be bold from Avery...don't expect that from this one. This is more of a Saison with some Rye and Hop accents, rather than the monster that you may be expecting when you pop the cap.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into pint glass
A – 2+ finger yellowish tan head diminished to a ¼’’ of foam leaving fair lacing, a light to moderate hazy brown amber color 3.5
S – Yeasty, floral, with a general spiciness. Slight rye notes, with a thin sweet and spiciness notes throughout. 4
T – Spicy (and surprisingly hefty) malts lead up front; the rye and many yeast types lend a lot of character to this saison. Grassy hop & earthy finish leaves me wanting 3.5
M – Good carbonation, moderate body 3
O – Disappointed, guess I had high hopes when I saw “Avery” and “Rye Saison”. A decent beer that strays too far from the enjoy-ability factor for me 3.5

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Photo of zrab11
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a amber color with small thin white head

S- Had a nice sour funk also getting some yeast and spices

T- Good malyness up front with a nice sourness and finishs crisp

M-Light bodied with great Carbonation

D-Overall i like this brew. It wasnt the best ever but a very solid and tasty brew. THe balance was nice and the sour funk was just right.

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Photo of yapez
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dry hooped. This beer is dry hooped.

Rather dark for a saison. A little bit on the hoppy side, but not so much that it's unpleasant. The mouthfeel is atypical for a saison. It's a little heavier and not as carbonated as is typical of the style. It seems to lose some of that effervescent quality I covet in saisons. The rye contributes a rustic, spiced sort of flavor that feels really appropriate given the history of the style, even if it's not typical.

Overall, I'd give it a B+. Ignore whatever rating Beer Advocate calculates based on my scores above as the calculation does not often adequately match my overall impression.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - light amber, a little murky, light tan small head that leaves to ring fast. Not much lace.

S - Sharp - with rye, spice and a small sour funk.

T - Malty, with the rye and the light barn coming in at finish. Rye seems to be the prevalent flavor.

M - Medium body, fair carb, the sour at the end gets a little tinny and the sweetness stays around a little more than I woudl like.

D - Not a bad offering, but one is enough per session.

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Photo of Dlish
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a beautiful ruby red with a golden background. Some head but gives way quickly to the malty profile.

S- Glover lots of Belgium yeast smell, some bubble gum, hint of banana. Light amount of hops in the background, probably would not notice them if I was not looking for them.

T- This is a special Saison that is for sure mostly it starts off like a very malty IPA, there is lots of sweet caramel malts, that is citriusy light and floral then burst into the lightness and floral appeal of a siason, with the Belgium yeast fighting nicely with the caramel and cirtus flavor. Its a Americanized Saison with unforgiving hops and malt. I like this more with each sip its surprising.

M- Good carbonation any less and it would feel syrupy any more and It becomes to harsh.

O- I like this a lot more than I thought after reading some reviews. This has a lot going for it and Avery did a fine twist of a traditional beer making a comeback while still putting a great twist on it. I'd expect nothing less from a 18 year beer company!

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

On tap at Hamiltons.

A - Pours deep orange/amber with red highlights. No head or lacing to speak of.

S - Hops, sweet malt, grain.

T - Dry hops and pine, which gives way to a nice bitterness. Sweetness shows up at the the finish, which is very pleasant.

M - medium bodied, medium carbonation. Nice dry finish.

O - Pretty good. Dry-hopping was a kind of different addition, though I'm not sure how I feel about it.

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Photo of chaz410
3.29/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from Common Market in Charlotte NC.
Pours a deep amber hued body with a light white head that is about two finger lengths.
Smells of rye and saaz hops.
Taste of thick rye, bready malts, spicey notes from yeast such as pepper, corriander and some orange peel. Very dry with distinct saison finish.
A bubbley but still full bodied mouth feel.

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Photo of americanbeerbuzz
4.37/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish bread color with orange tints. It smells of rye and of course an Avery beer it smells hoppy as fu#l3 and the beer has a pretty intense alcohol burn.

slice of fruity bannana rye bread with a bitter hop finish. tastes more alchol than 8% because of the rye. will be better aged.

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

Poured a murky brownish-amber into a tulip with a finger of off-white head. Malty aroma of rye bread with a touch of Belgian spice.

Moderate carbonation and a dry, light mouthfeel, bordering on thin. Taste is dominated almost entirely by bready malt with a touch of fruity esters and a lingering rye spice.

Light, even for the style, but the spice of the rye helps slow you down a bit.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark orange with a nice white head that laces.

Smells of apple, malt/rye, some funky sugar notes.

Tastes of apple, pear with some bitterness...a bit of spice. Nothing lingers for long.

It is dry but almost too acidic. Maybe, since it's so dry, drop the carbonation some.

It is a different take on saision that has some funk but isn't that striking or interesting in the end. It's too acidic/harsh for my taste...not sure what in the mix is causing that. Anyway, an OK beer overall.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap a few weeks ago and enjoyed it but didn't give it a review so I thought I'd try it from the bottle.

Bomber served cool into a goblet.

Eighteen is a light redish brown color with thick head and good retention.

Aroma is a little unusual. When I saw that it was dry-hopped, I expected more of a punchy, fresh, hoppy character. It's actually the yeast and the rye that seem to come out more in the nose than the hops.

Flavor is more closely related to a rye beer than a saison. A rich malty backbone with caramel and toffee overlain with the spicy/peppery rye and saison yeast traits.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well-carbonated. The alcohol seems strong for 8%+ but the spice tends to have that effect.

Overall not as strong an offering as I originally thought from the draft version. The combination of rye and saison is a spice-lovers dream but this takes it a little too far for my liking. Still probably one of the better anniversary beers from Avery in recent memory.

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Photo of claytong
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste a bit cold and then wait for this guy to warm up

appearance - orange golden with great lacing and decent head

smell - smells of yeast which makes since in a saison with a five yeast blend, minor malts when it warms it smells like very nice marijuana

taste - the same and then when it warms and gives you much more floral sensation

mouthfeel - refreshing, but not really chuggable for me, a sipper for 8 percent, but i like it.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) from Avery Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 320 ratings.
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