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 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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Boto
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber: This one pours a fairly opaque caramel color. There was a pretty decent pop when the cap came off, and a fair amount of a beige head that lingers awhile. Nice nose. Rye, citrus, yeast, breadiness are the most notable. Very nice taste. Just a bit of the rye flavor, and some spiciness. A little citrus, some breadiness, and a touch tart with a hint of bitterness. A very nice offering.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy orange-brown with a finger of frothy slightly off white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, and pine hops with sweet caramel and rye malts, some Belgian yeast, spices, and lemon zest.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit and citrus hops with some bitterness, sweet caramel malts, spices, and lemon zest. Through the middle, some spicy rye comes through with some pine hops, a bit more bitterness, and some Belgian yeast flavors. The finish is a mix of grapefruit and pine hops, bitterness, rye, sweet bready malts, Belgian yeast, and spices.

M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, dry, and spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice overall balance with the rye being a nice touch.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber pour with a moderate white foam head and almost no lacing.

S - Spicy scent of rye. Other light grains give a scent of fresh bread.

T - Fresh, clean rye flavor with a spicy bite at then end. Some garden spices are noted as well. A mild hop bitterness balances htis one out.

M - Smooth feel, mild except in the raspy finish. Balance is nice, and this one goes great with snack foods.

O - The fresh rye really makes this one a nice beer. Since I like both farmhouse ales and rye beers this was a treat. I didn't get any of the musky yeast scent typical in saison but that's fine. I think the age did this one well.

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Photo of BenjaminButton
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Turbid orange/brown. Head is a light blade of froth. Head is slightly tan. The cap leaves rings of lacing.

S-Wreaks of esters. A slight note of green hops that has faded over time (assuming this keg was from its original brewing date). Rye with slight spice. The rye seems almost stagnant and has lost some of that 'zip' that makes rye some fun and noticeable. A bit of melon and a bunch of eatery apple juice. Quite sweet overall. Not heavy with yeast.

T-Apple juice and fruit juice concentrate. Light grass. Old pears dipped in caramel. Spots of rye. Cloves. Mild yeast. Too sweet.

M-Sticky and lingering upon the tongue. Not an enjoyable feel. Semi-flat. Not so dry.

O/D-Not fan of this. Almost bought a bottle back when it was still on the shelves. A 'Dry Hopped Rye Saison' sounds fun. I am happy I passed back then because I did not enjoy a glass of it now. I assume this is a keg that has sat around for a while. In that case, this brew did not age with much grace.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep amber/amber brown body, a thin layer of ivory head; drops some lacing and motes

S: sweet, chewy caramel and rye bread

T: this may be more for a rye ale lover than a saison lover - a definite dark, sweet, chewy malt base - lots of rye - which I loved; toast, booze, grains, caramel, toffee; herbal rye has an upfront chewy sweetness

M: can I say chewy again? Thicker-feeling than most saisons, and a richer, heartier beer; not as carbonated; the rye truly changes the character into something different. Fairly low-key aftertaste - almost clean-finishing.

O: I really liked this beer, but as you can see, in my experience at least, this was more of a rye ale than a farmhouse ale - but maybe I've only run into lighter-tasting and feeling saisons - I don't know. I've only had a few rye ales/ales which feature rye, but for me this beer was the rye-est beer I've had. It really rocks the rye - so fans will enjoy. Think: caramel rye ale.

I'm thinking I'm way above the average rating because I really liked the rye, and while I love saisons, I wasn't disappointed or thrown off by this beer's flavor profiles. If I was dying to have a saison - and it was in my heart and mind that it was what I was going to have, this beer probably would have gotten a different review.

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

A: pours a nice reddish amber hue with a small off white head and minimal retention into a duvel tulip
S: smells slightly fruity, a bit spicy from the rye and yeast, a little citrus, and an underlying sweetness
T: fruity esters up front, rye spice and yeast, a little hop bitterness, rich and sweet malt flavor. swallow brings a bit of oily hop flavor, spicy rye and some more fruity esters
M: light carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel in the mouth. a bit too viscous for the style
O: Not a bad beer, it probably would have been a bit better fresh due to the dry hopping but it isn't bad. Definitely drinkable but it misses some things I'd have liked to see out of it.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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5/5  rDev +37%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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