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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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Ratings: 320 |  Reviews: 184
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 1 Jan 2012. Served in the 0.4 L Augustiner snifter.

Large beige head. Well carbonated. Clear reddish orange in color with some floaties. Aroma is lightly spicy, yeasty, grapefruity. Starts quite fruity and sweet tart. Becomes a bit spicy towards the middle. A says syrupy. Spicy, rye with some champagne like qualities. Medium body, ethanol somewhat hidden. Finish is fruity tart. Lightly bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall an interesting beer.

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3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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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3.79/5  rDev +3.8%
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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3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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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3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen is fruity, bubbly, and remarkably refreshing despite the high ABV.

It poured a muddy cloudy dark copper, with a fleeting one-finger bubbly head, and cascading bubbles racing from bottom to top. The smell was yeasty and metallic. The flavor was fruity, with dark cherry, followed by lemon peal and a lingering banana finish. It had a great feel: bready in the beginning, crisp, clean, bubbly, and refreshing, and a thick, if passive finish. The high ABV was not immediately perceived.

Eighteen was tasty and refreshing. It begged to be quickly downed on a hot day; however the high alcohol content eventually caught up. I prefer high gravity beers and most are better suited for cold weather. Eighteen is a great high ABV summer ale.

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3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Pours a deep, hazy copper that only lets a bit of amber colored light through when held up to the chandelier. Two fingers of fluffy white head topped my 330 ml tulip glass before settling down to about a quarter-inch of head that took a considerable amount of time to disappear. A few scattered bubbles slowly floated to the top.

SMELL: A lot of sweet, spicy malt immediately hits the nose along with more hop aroma than is to be expected from a saison. Orange zest and hints of dark fruit are also present helping to create a very appetizing aroma.

TASTE: An absolutely enormous blast of malt hits the palate right off the bat and lemon, orange, black pepper and a hint of grapefruit are not far behind. About midway through the sip the rye and hop notes come out and provide a small, but much needed balance.

MOUTHFEEL: This is one of the sweeter and stickier saisons I have had. The carbonation is fairly strong and provides a light, tickling sparkle, but it is not nearly as crisp as I would have expected out of a hoppy saison.

OVERALL: The Eighteen is a very unusual for the style. In a lot of ways it smelled like and tasted like a standard saison. The addition of hops, however, provided some unique and pleasant flavors and aromas. The massive amounts of malt, however, made the Eighteen too sweet for my tastes and the mouthfeel was stickier and less crisp than I would have preferred. I enjoyed this one on tap at the brewery a lot more than I did out of the bottle.

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3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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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3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Avery Anniversary Ale - Eighteen (Dry Hopped Rye Saison) from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 320 ratings
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