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)

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Added by t420o on 06-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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 -1.7%
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 -6.9%
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 +1.9%
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 +25.9%
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 +1.4%
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 -8.3%
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 -8.5%
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 -3.6%
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 +14%
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 +11.6%
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 -7.2%
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 +0.6%
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 +3.3%
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 -4.7%
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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Photo of ILikeGoodCider
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on 09.30.11. Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a 14oz pint glass.

A: Clear, amber base, good head retention & lacing. It smells like a well-kept barn. Good malt profile with some side-notes of caramel, yeast, and rye.

S: Unique as expected from an Avery anniversary beer. Great mix of Indian spices, yeast, rye, and the sweet malts. Very nice combo that most breweries don't attempt.

T&M: Tastes like a sweet saison. Malt-forward, but still plenty of the funky yeast flavor. Only the slightest touch of hops. Medium thickness in the mouthfeel.

Overall, a different take on the style. I was falling in love with it, but I ran out of ounces...

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy and dark copper-orange color with two fingers of off-white head.

Aroma of light tropical fruit and lemon, Belgian yeast, rye cracker and clove.

The taste led off with tropical fruit, Belgian yeast, lemon, candy sugar and rye followed by a black pepper finish. The 8% alcohol is well hidden.

Light to Medium bodied and sticky with a moderate carbonation.

I enjoyed this Saison from Avery quite a bit. Really easy-drinking for an 8% brew.

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

Consumed September 26th, 2011 in a standard pint glass.

Beer is a lovely shade, somewhere between deep yellow and copper. A two finger off-white/light yellow head provides impressive lacing as the fluid level goes down.

Aromas of orange, soft Belgian style yeast and a little wheat and rye. Gingerbread puts in a cameo appearance.

Flavor follows aroma for the most part. Rye is apparent as a slightly peppery, almost caramel presence on the palate. Some light bitterness on the finish accompanied by a slight parch, which is a nice contrast to the "wetness" of the beer. As the glass wore on, a bitter orange peel flavor came to dominate.

Mouthfeel has a little carbonation kick, a touch of dryness and a slight slickness that makes it thirst quenching.

Never had a rye saison before, but I would gladly have another one.

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

22oz bomber. Bottled in May 2011. Served in a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a 2 finger beige head. Some chunky lacing.

Smells of spicy Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Banana, clove, and gingerbread notes.

Taste is a real surprise as it's quite different from the nose. Not as sweet as expected, rye malt brings a strong grainy flavor with a dose of apple cider. Dry finish with a lingering bitter smokey aftertaste, reminds me of a watered down rye whiskey.

Mouthfeel isn't exceptional. Medium body doesn't have quite enough carbonation to fully support it.

Not sure how true this is to style. An odd and unique tasting beer, appropriate for a one-off, but nothing really great.

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

I wasn't sure how well the rye and Saison aspects would work together, but the combined effect was quite good. Light caramel pour with some sweetness and Belgian yeast in the aroma. Tight compact head. Lively carbonation with a bit of sharp prickle up front. Primary flavor sticks close to a traditional Saison, but the rye adds an interesting sharp spicy note. Hopping is evident, but less of a front-line player. Some residual bite from the etoh. Finish was well-balanced bittersweet.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to sweetwillyrolbar for this! Cheers Andrea!

Pours a dark amber color, with a fluffy yellow-shaded head. Creamy, with nice lace. Aroma is floral. You can tell the dry-hopping. There's a tart bread aroma, definitely rye, with a spicy, predominant yeast note. Bready taste, the rye is definitely there with a zing. Slightly floral, with a light pepper and yeast finish. Crisp feel, good carbonation, lighter body.

Interesting, but enjoyable. I think the rye took a bit away from the experience. I think without the rye, this would have been a rather enjoyable hoppy saison.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with Two-row barley, rye malt, chocolate malt, acidulated malt, caramunich malt. Hopped with Bravo, Hersbrucker & Tettnang (aroma + dry-hop). Fermented with a proprietary blend of five Belgian yeasts.
OG: 1.069 ABV: 8.12% IBU: 40
$6.99 for a 22oz bottle @ BevCo.

Pours out to a slightly hazy deep amber, forming a tall off yellow head with meringue like consistency with superior retention and very good lacing. Great looking brew. Firm carbonation provides a constant source of streamers. Immediately has a nice Belgian yeast nose of fresh tropical fruit, cloves, and some grassiness. The dry hopped Tettnang doesn't really stand out in comparison to the esters. The mouthfeel is very nice...somewhat creamy and bigger bodied than an 8.12% beer would suggest. The carbonation level is just right. The taste opens with the fresh tropical fruit...some from yeasty esters like pineapple, apple and peach, and some from the hops, like mango. Definitely some Wyeast 1214 and 3787 character going on here. The middle has a well balanced mild but floral bitterness which allows the earthiness of the rye to appear in the finish. The aftertaste is uniquely earthy as well and gives it a nice rustic quality, while getting some of the saison funk in there as well. No ruddy oxidation/wet cardboard character, which is a common complaint of mine with saisons.

This is a really well brewed and enjoyable beer. I would buy it again on a special occasion, and I highly recommend you try it!

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

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, citrus (orange?), slight hop, slight grain, and spice (coriander?). Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, sweet malt, slight hops, slight spice, hint of alcohol, and a hint of grain. Overall, good appearance, aroma, feel, blend, and body.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clean orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, floral, fruity, small tartness and some candy sugar. In the taste, starts fruity to a small tart earthiness. A small tart bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a mildly dry earth and small tartness in the aftertaste. Hides the ABV, earthy and tart, and quite exceptional.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a medium amber color with a white head. The aroma is very interesting. I get the yeast and citrus notes that I expect from a saison, but I also get some toffee and a little bit of rye. The rye adds quite a bit to the aroma of the beer. The rye is also present in the flavor, as is some orange citrus, caramel, toffee and yeast notes. The beer is fairly dry overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) from Avery Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 321 ratings.
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