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)

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:
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Added by t420o on 06-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, bottled 5/2011. Pours a copper amber with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is spicy yeast with some bready malts and a little fruit (banana).

The flavor is earthy malts and yeast and a little old fruit with a bit of a zing from the hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, an OK saison. I liked it better on draft.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

575th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

Fathers Day present to myself. Purchased from Bevmo Chino Hills.

App- This was on the border of being a darker gold but having some Amber highlights to it. Huge puffy three finger head that left lots of cling down the side of the glass. A few bubbles came up from the bottom.

Smell- Not as aromatic as I was hoping for but quite nice. Had a yeasty note on first scent than the other two smells were next and that was about it. Really was just the ingredients described on the bottle.

Taste- The taste was more complex than the nose but could've been a touch more unbalanced. It was yeasty which I was hoping for in a Saison. The Rye does a really nice job of being assertive and the hoppy bitterness was a nice addition to the taste.

Mouth- Medium bodied and the carbonation level bordered on being a medium to medium high. The Rye flavors remained mostly for me.

Drink- This was pretty damn tasty. It was pretty rye forward and I enjoyed it. I could see having a couple more of these before they are gone.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- The color is between burnt orange and brownish amber. Moderate off-white head that dissipates quickly, leaving minimal lacing.

N- Pretty complex aromas going on here. Crisp malt volatiles with yeasty phenols and a touch of peppery alcohol. Some citrus, spicy cloves, and fruitiness as well. Just a whisper of lime. Not much in the way of hops. I would not know this beer was dry hopped if the label didn't say so.

T- Crisp malt with a subtle caramel sweetness up front , balanced by assertive phenols, a clean leafy/slightly herbal bitterness, and spicy rye. Cloves blend well with the rye, and I pick up some banana in the finish. The finish is nicely dry with lingering phenols and spiciness. Rustic aftertaste of grass and hay.

M- Light bodied. I feel like the beer would be watery without the addition of rye. Prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

D- Overall, a tasty brew that won't disappoint. Being an anniversary beer, I expected something a little more full-bodied, but the more I drink this, the more I appreciate the subtleties.

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Photo of Sweasty
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of spices (from the rye) in the nose along with some hints of yeast.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and is rather spicy because of the rye, but the spiciness is in no way overpowering. There are also malty and earthy flavors. The spiciness persists into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The dryness particularly stands out in the finish.
O: This beer isn’t as refreshing compared to other saisons, yet considering its strength, the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Note: Bottled May 2011

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Photo of champ103
2.71/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a dark reddish/orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. The foam sticks around as a small cap. Some lace is left behind.
S: Some yeast with a fair amount of fruity esters. Bananas are most up front. Some spicy aromas. Though some sulfur and a metallic aroma that is very sharp works its way up front.
T: The yeast is there with some light fruity esters. Some white pepper. Musky in kind of a wet cloths kind of way. Metal and sulfur. Really nothing I care to drink.
M/D: A medium body that is really dry. Good carbonation. Overall, not something I care to come back to. Let alone finish the bottle.

I love Avery, and Saisons are one of my favorite styles. Adding rye to the mix seems like a match made in heaven. Though like the first saison Avery made for their anniversary beers, this is a big let down. No rye, no dry hops. This just has a musky, sulfuric, and metallic flavor. Nothing I care to drink again or recommend.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip glass. One time release that was bottled in May 2011. It was a very heavily clouded orange amber with good carb streams. It had a large, foamy head that slowly settled into a thick collar and central foam fed by the etching. Great lacing with lots sticking.

Being a dry-hopped rye saison, the aroma was unusual but still good. It was a mix of the rye and dry-hopping with the traditional saison elements of Belgian yeast, citrus and pepper. Led more by the rye and hops. Having hard time deciding on the aroma. I love a good saison aroma so I'm missing that but the rye is good. The taste is similar to the aroma and is a blend of traditional saison and the rye and hops. Starts out with the hops and rye leading with the way and just when you think that it's drowning out the saison those elements kick in and it has a saison like finish. Good if you like hybrids and are not purists. If I wanted a true saison, I'd be disappointed but I do like variants so I did enjoy it. Creamy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation and a nice, dry spicy finish.

Overall, an interesting beer from an outstanding brewery that is one of my favorites. If you like a little adventure in your styles then you won't be disappointed. Can't wait to see next year's beer. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one timer so probably pick up another for now and then age one. Also try on tap. [O;Y]

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Photo of Rayek
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eighteen pours into my tulip with a lightly hazed copper hue. A rocky rust tinted head falls fairly quickly to a patchwork quilt, while leaving a fair amount of lace behind.

A funky sourdough aroma meets the distinct caraway bite of rye in the nose. A bit of pine comes through from the dry hopping. Alcohol adds a light tingle. All of these aromas fall nicely into the flavor. As the beer warms, the rye takes over. The lemon sourness adds to the rye to give the beer a sourdough rye bread theme. A woodsy bitterness offsets the bread flavors with a bit too much bite for my liking. Alcohol adds a little heat to the flavor, as well as a system permeating warmth as the beer goes down. The beer finishes tart, with a long lingering rye and pine flavor. Despite the high ABV, the body is quite light and has fairly vigorous carbonation.

I think I would have liked this beer better without the extra bitterness. It felt like I had a few too many themes vying for my attention. So much so that only the rye really stood out. Overall; however, I'm glad I grabbed this.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours hazy amber in color with about two fingers of tan head that has moderate retention and minimal splotchy lacing.

S - Spice, banana, clove, coriander, candied sugar, and sweet bread notes.

T - Rye is very present, peppery and spicy, clove, banana and coriander, hops have a bitter bite and there is certainly a lingering funk on the palate, but nothing overwhelming.

M - Feels a bit thin and is really really dry.

O - Glad a tried it, decent beer, but don't plan on running out to get more any time soon.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy, very long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: An odd (for a saison) smell of hops, rye, and the barnyard funk.

T: Tasted of rye (more than you'd think), hops, Belgian yeast, some mild spices and malt. The addition of rye to a saison is definitely an interesting choice, but for some reason it doesn't seem to be wholly successful. It might be too strong a flavor for the style.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not a bad beer by any means, but it isn't something I'd return to any time soon.

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Photo of snpub540
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark amber hue with a tan head. There was a small amount of haze but it was pretty clear for the most part. Not a lot of lacing left of the glass.

Smell was some very nice yeast aromas like banana and clove mixed with some bready notes. Floral hop notes are present as well.

Taste was very nice. This a super crisp and dry saison that combines great clovey yeast flavors with a rye twang. The lingering aftetaste just makes you have another sip.

Mouthfeel was kinda thin to me. Overall its a nice refreshing beer just in time for a warm summer night.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A rye saison, dry hopped. Sounds interesting.

Pours a bright mahogany, a subtle head develops then fades quite rapidly. Little lacing. Not as 'bubbly' as saisons I"m used to. No matter...

Aroma isn't all that surprising; spice, yeasty, coriander, some clove and florals. Additional slight sweet bread and earthy spice.

A darker, richer malt backbone on this one, yet remains calm. Rye is noticeable. Spice comes up quick and strong, white pepper and herbal spice. Hops make a pressence to whisk away these spices and impart a dryness. Alcohol fills the vacancy.

Starts out nicely, is a bit harsh in the end. Love the idea

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Photo of
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a-murkey brown in color, has a nice two finger head. Lacing is good.

s-smells of different Belgian yeast being used in conjunction with the rye. Some esters in here, along with some banana, clove and malt.

t-has a good taste to the saison. There is some good yeast at work with the rye. This adds a little spice to the beer, and gives it some depth of flavor. The rye is there without being too big. There are some hops in the background of this beer. Slightly, and I mean slightly, there is a twang in the finish. The dry hopping could be a little more agressive.

m-a little thinner than I would like, but good with nice carbonation.

o-decent beer, that is easy to drink while giving you something to think about. I enjoyed this beer and would have it again.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: This one is an Amber orange color and has just a little bit of haze. Off white head forms and has very small bubbles. Retention is so so and lacing is good.

S: Citrus and spice wheat and caramel malt, all together it smells pretty good.

T: Spicy (rye) and earthy (think herbal) flavors meet a grassy bitterness (from the hopping). All together this is just ok. Holistically the flavors muddle together, and whats left doesn't work so great.

M: carbonic

O: another disappointing avery anniversary beer.

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Photo of rawfish
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper into a tulip glass with a one finger head of eggshell coloration. Retention is decent and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Aroma has a very heavy yeast presence with peppery clove and slight banana taffy and bubble gum aromas. Malt is of sweet bread and syrup with a lingering herbaceous note likely from the rye and yeast.

Large mix of everything saison including the kitchen sink. Yeast is the first thing I taste, earthy with substantial amounts of bubble gum and some banana. Malt character is only slightly sweet, a tad bready with noticable drying and grainy rye. The back end of the drink introduces banana and spicy clove at larger amounts with some soapy coriander and a lemon peel flash at the end. Isn't crisp but slightly drying and warm in the aftertaste. A hybrid of clove and soap lingers. Sensory overload.

Average body a bit dark for a saison and the carbonation may have been undershot a little. Despite the burst of flavors (for better or worse) warming alcohol is a factor. Smooth and clean finish.

I can really appreciate the complexity of the beer and it really shows off the capability of Avery. However for a summer beer style there is an awful lot triggered here and doesn't have the refreshment of crispness typical of the style. The dry hopping doesn't seem to do much for this beer and the delicate rye character gets lost in the Belgian yeast.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark gold/amber color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head with fair retention to an even skim. Carbonation not as active as might be expected. Laced in wide rings.

S: Lots of Belgian yeast character; white pepper and fruity esters. Pilsner malts and musty rye. The dry-hopping (unless it referred to barrel hoop) doesn't seem evident.

T: Caramel malt much more evident than in the nose. Belgian funky is quickly evident. Rye also becomes more prominent as the beer warmed. Finishes fairly clean, but is warm and dry.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Starts smooth, but turns boozy and dry.

O: Not as "wild" as expected. Also thought it was dry-hoped (not hooped). All that said, it was an interesting and entertaining beer.

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Photo of jIsh
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Avery's use of the silver or gold foil-lined caps gets me every time. One of the coolest designs in craft beer. This anniversary beer is no different; very cool label as well.

After the foil has been peeled back and this beer is opened, it is poured into one of my favorite tasting glasses, my 10oz miniature "pint" glass.

A distinctly amber pour is surprising given the style, and is accompanied by a half an inch of slightly off-white head. Rice, spice, funky yeast and a strange malt-type aroma fill the upper reaches of my glass. The smell is pleasing, but still, there is something about it I don't quite like (or perhaps understand).

The combination of dry-hopping along with the use of rye and Belgian yeast creates an unusual earthy and grainy taste accompanied by funky bitterness. This is one of the most unusual saisons I've ever had. To me, it tastes more like a funky amber ale.

A decent offering, but most likely the worst of the Avery anniversary offerings that I've had.

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Photo of katan
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint - hoping to learn what dry hooping is.

A - Pours a dark golden color, even seemingly cut with some amber hints. Pearly white head formation breaks down to a film. Lightly bubbly, seemin to be a little low for what I would expect in a saison.

S - Nice solid belgian yeast nose here, lots of white pepper, some esters and a hint of pilsner malts. The dry hopping must be very light because it doesn't come through here.

T - Starts off lightly malty, some caramel and toffee. Mid-stream finally gets a little bit of the funky belgian yeasts - along with a good amount of bubble gum esters. Some hopping shows up, not normal for a saison but probabily intentional here - meaty - I think it is tied into the rye where contributes similar flavors. Finishes mostly clean with just a little bit of bitterness sneaking its way in.

M - Solid beer body, light carbonation in comparison. Seems a bit heavy at times. Has a somewhat sticky finish.

O/D- A very interesting beer. Not as light and refreshing as I prefer my saisons - this could almost be considered a americanization of the saison style. Black saisons are next I bet.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours amber to orange-red with a small white head which leaves good lace.

S: Heavy amount of orange, tangerine and citrus, with some spice character.

T: Citrus heavy as with the nose. There is a clear yeast component, but never really coalesces as a clear saison, more of a BSPA. Good malty undercurrent, a nice beer.

M: Medium-bodied, firm crisp carbonation character, nice feel.

O: A good beer, never great, but enjoyable. I do like the take of adding rye to a saison, added some nuance.

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Photo of t420o
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amazed I'm the first one to review this. Seeing as I'm in California. Here it goes anyways

A- Pours a 1-1/2 finger head frothy off white head that recedes after a sip or two and leaves some very nice lacing. Beer is a very beautiful copper color. Looks excellent

S- a saison type smell with some rye added in there. Some funkiness, toated bread, a caramel like scent, the Belgian yeast smells excellent. A slight hop smell and slight alcohol smell.

T- Very tasty. Has a great yeast taste witha funkiness of a Saison (even if not all the way there) but it is sweeter upfront then you are greeted with a pine hop taste in the middle and it finishes with a dry slightly tart green grape finish. Their is a bold taste from the rye in there that is sort of spicy. Belgian yeast strains all mix great and taste excellent. They are their balancing every nuance all the way through to the finish. Not much alcohol taste, I would have guessed in the 5's rather than 8.12%. A lot of very good and very intersting things going on here.

M- Great carbonation and slightly heavy/chewy mouthfeel that I really like no matter what style.

O- A very good beer and nice take on the style (Saison) although a bit sweeter than most Saisons. Very drinkable

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 320 ratings