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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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Reviews: 185 | Ratings: 321
Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Fire Works Pizza in Arlington, VA over the weekend. Served in a taster glass. Pours a reddish-copper color with a thin off-white head and a bit of lacing as it falls down the glass. The nose carries a good bit of rye along with some peppery spice. Faint fruit there as well. Flavor keeps up with the high pepper and spice combo, with a lot of rye zestiness in there. Body is a bit chewy and a bit too thick for my liking. Decent.

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Photo of gatornation
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from 22oz bomber

A-pours a dark copper color with a 1 finger head that quickly dissipates .. some lacing is left with an ok fresh cap

S-smell is rye and malt with some toffee and fruit,pepper and hops

T- a tad better,,lots of rye and malt first with some burnt toffee,a touch of citrus hops on the palate are mixed with some fruit and yeast funk

M- a tad bitter with medium carbonation

O- not a great saison it was to bitter with to much rye and malt and not enough saison traits..low on funk and yeast,noy enough fruit and lemon grass..one and done for me

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Photo of Spider889
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Caramel color, short white head. Spotty lace.

S - Smells like a saison alright. Spicy and yeasty with clove and some rye in the aroma. A little on the harsh side of things.

T - Bitter and vegetal. Also some herbal flavor I described as smokey moss (not to be confused with peat). Spicy rye on the finish.

M/O - Dry finish, the 8% isn't horrible, but also more apparent than I'd like. Overall this just wasn't my type of saison.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-cloudy amber with a thick light tan head

S-very herbal and spicy. Pale Belgian spices. Has a touch of syrupy caramel to it. 

T-comes in with an odd mix of spice and herbs. it's not a very well balanced mix. It has some bitterness and a touch of dog breath rawness to it. Has good after-taste of spice and rye. 

M-medium carbonation with dry finish

O-it's a very interesting concept for a beer, though I dont think it was quite carried out all too well. The bitterness is just off to me. Has a weird side taste to it. I'm not a fan.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy amber with little head.

S - Spicy rye with some caramel malts. Lots of phenols that create a slight off aroma. Reminds me of the chalky bubble gum remnants from baseball cards as a kid.

T - Spicy rye and cloves followed by a black pepper kick. Bready, caramel malts with fruity apple and floral notes.

M - Medium body with a bit of malty presence which makes it feel somewhat heavy. Slight alcohol notes mixed with long lasting spice.

D - On the spicy side and a little messy.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours out a dark,dirty penny color with some amber moments that supported a fleeting 1 1/2 inch stark white crown that left wispy lacing on the tulip.

S-Odd but not unpleasant blend of bready yeasts,grassy and citric hops,dried apples,spicy/peppery rye,some vegetal qualities and a herbal note similar to thyme.

T-Honestly,kind of muddled.I appreciate the effort
but I feel that this has too much going on.The rye and various yeasts clash and manage to kill the effect of the dry hopping.Not sure this is a saison.Some golden raisin,sourdough bread,dried apple,black pepper,muted orange and mild tobacco.

M-Kind of rough.Medium bodied with a moderately dry finish and good carbonation but a little heavy for the style.

O-A nice idea that just didn't pan out.

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

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Amber/copper colored, with lots of tiny bubbles. A 1.5 finger head lingers.
S: Dried apple, fresh bread & rye grain.
T: Rye, fruit... kind of hard to place anything specific & overall not doing much for me.
M: Medium-bodied but not much to write home about.
O: I really enjoyed visiting Avery's taproom, but their bottles haven't impressed me overall. This is decent but nothing special.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Off work and home... picked this brew up at Brewforia for about $10.... Poured into my Portsmouth goblet.

I've been sipping on it for a bit while moving sprinklers around.... Thinking about it... I have a few minor points.

--Saison's should not be this high in ABV.... Quenching and refreshing would be good.

--Body should be much lighter... seems thick throughout for the style.

--I appreciate the attempt at a "bigger" saison, but even then, $10 is damn pricey.

Short lasting off white head... the brew is crystal clear deep amber... pretty leggy.

Nose shows pale malts with a good punch of caramel combined with an off putting phenol that come in as Bazooka Joe.... too much malt and there is a background grassy note that helps remind us that this is American.... Not too good really.

Big spiced clovey notes in the front of the palate... toasted bread malts come quickly... bits of orange zest... and sorta oily.. floral notes on the finish..

Body is a solid medium... the carbonation is there, but barely keeps up..

I would love to see this brew dialed in... but I don't think "cellaring" is going to do any good.


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Photo of Brewmeist
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap into a pint glass.

A - lagerish, dark amber appearance. Minimal lacing and head retention.

S - bananas, and bubble gum. Typical of Bavarian yeasty Belgian triples.

T - overall not highly impressed. Tiny bit of a hop presense, sweet, and a little bit boozy. Wet finish

M - hits the back of the pallette. Carbonated bite, slight bitterness.

D - not all that bad, however they're calling this beer a saison when I was actually expecting a sour beer (ex: saison dupont) worthy of a try, but not my favorite from this comany.

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Photo of gford217
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Pours a hazy dark amber with a thin beige head that doesn't leave much lacing behind.

Aroma is very spicy, both from he Belgian yeast and the rye. It does have quite a grainy character with a little bit of sweet malts. The dry hopping isn't all that evident, maybe a little bit of green herbal notes.

Taste has more sweetness with some caramel and hints of fruity esters from the yeast. But the graininess is even more prominent. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is certainly smoother than most saisons due to the rye. Creamy and well carbonated.

This is definitely not my favorite Avery beer and the rye and saison characters just didn't come together for me. Too grainy and bitter.

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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 wvsabbath
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type -22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark copper brown/tan, not much head or lacing.

Smell - Floral hops, grassy aroma. Yeast, lemon, grapefruit, some rye and sugars.

Taste - Floral hops hit you at first along with belgium yeast. The rye is pretty lost in all the floral flavors. Huge lemon flavor in each drink, along with classic grassy earthy flavor. Slight pepper and sweet sugar in the finish.

MOuthfeel - Pretty sweet with alot of flavor. Tounge gets the huge hop/yeast kick, palette gets alot of sugars and whole mouth gets the floral lemon flavor. Aftertaste is weak and not long lasting.

Overall - Not the best ive had. Kind of too sweet and peppery for me. Rye is too buried under all the flavors, unbalanced and nothing special, ive had better.

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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 augustgarage
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap shortly after release and thought it was dreadful, let's see if the bottle is an improvement:

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Troubadour tulip.

Rust and burnt sienna body with lighter orange-brown highlights. An active finger of suds coronates the glass with a messy cosmic latte crown. Fine sticky lacing, suitable retention.

Root beer, rye bread, a complex yet gentle mess of phenols and biscuits (both sourdough and English tea) make up the nose.

Bubblegum, banana, cheap tea, zucchini bread, roast corn, and toffee on the palate. A low grassy bitterness helps offset the sweet yeasty/buttery notes. Hints of diacetyl? Perhaps some ill-placed orange zest from hops as well? Finishes medium-dry with an odd aftertaste.

Creamy, soft, and almost but neither effervescent or medium-bodied.

An excess of specialty malts and an excess of yeast strains lends an unfocused quality to the flavor profile. The rye helps tie things together, but it doesn't elevate anything. While there are good flavors in here as well, I find this ale to be less than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Bottled May 2011. Apparently Cincy is the biggest importer of old Avery as I can still buy Fifteen and Sixteen if I want to.

4.0 A: Big carbonation in this. First pour was 60% head. Eventually I got a full glass. Moderately hazed dark orange amber color. Big off-white, pillowy head. Retention is very good and tons of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Smells mainly of a very tasty saison. The dry hopping isn't very intense now if it every was. The rye plays a complementary role, rather than dominating. Flowery and herbal overall, which is just how I like my saisons. Not a whole lot of pure funk, but it doesn't need it. Spicy earthiness, which is amplified by the rye.

3.0 T: Taste is good, but it has a few problems. The herbalness and floweriness is solid, but there's an excess of astringent herbal-type bitterness. Earthy spicy rye is less intense than I'd like. For the most part, this is lacking all fruitiness, which I don't think I've ever encountered in a saison. That mixed with the dryness of the style and you get an earth bomb. Not that that is such a bad thing, it just doesn't work all that well in this case.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is lightly spritzy. Reasonably smooth despite the bitterness.

3.0 D: Not the most drinkable beer. The bitterness becomes trying over time and the lack of fruitiness makes this a bit more boring than I'd like toward the end of the bomber.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Avery 18

Pours a murky golden bordering on brown color. Aroma of sweet malts, yeasty esters, and faint alcohol. In the taste, banana, rye spicyness with suggestions of mild pepper. Hops are minimal, and are not present beyond a leafy bitterness. Quite sweet in the flavor profile, but alcohol is well masked. Medium bodied feel, smooth, easy drinking. Overall, an interesting anniversary ale, almost an imperial saison.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On Tap

San Diego, CA

Slightly hazy light amber in color. Thin white head. Regular and consistent lacing down the glass.

Peppery spice, yeast, and some rye along with bready and sweet malts. Interesting and unusual.

There's a lot going on in the flavor of this beer. Lots of spice and yeast, some tangy rye, a bit of barnyard funk, and a slight hint of sweet, juicy fruit. If anything, there's perhaps too much going on and too many flavors, though it certainly makes for an interesting and unique saison.

The weakest part of this beer is how it feels in your mouth. This is a high-ABV saison and I think that actually hurts this beer. It seems a bit too heavy, thick, and somewhat metallic in mouthfeel. It's not at all refreshing like i find in my favorite saisons.

An interesting and unique rye saison, and while the flavors are certainly interesting, it's not a beer that I particularly want to come back to and try again.

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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 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 koopa
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle shared at the Hill Farmstead saison festival by jazzhead74 thanks!

Appearance: Light brown with red folds...fairly clear with a 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and good lace.

Smell: Mild noble-esque earthy hops, light caramel, some bready qualities, some bavarian qualities, and a rye twang.

Taste: Orange citrus and rye twang combine for something I just don't dig at all.

Mouthfeel: A touch thin for my liking.

Drinkability: Can't get past the flavor and the mouthfeel.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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 Daniellobo
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fair Saison, although somewhat short for the anniversary and for what Avery is capable of brewing.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Old fashion illustration with a classic-academic drawing of the brewing ingredients. Side narrative note about reaching the 18th anniversary, main ingredients, and brewing intent. Displays date of bottling (May2011), Original Gravity at 1.069, and Alc. by Vol. (8.12%). Served on a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy medium amber pour, fair frothy head and retention, moderate surface memory and some lacing.

S - Light aroma, generic with a light yeasty sense, hint of spices.

T - Taste with a yeasty and spicy sense, lacking nuances the brew starts to build up around a bit of a brash bitterness… picks up a citric touch and a longer spice but stays a bit short.

M - Medium body with medium and adequate carbonation. Dry finish with a predominating bitterness...

O -Fair at best, rye and Saison sounds great and others do it with some success, this on the other hand...

Notes: A bit of let down, starts relatively OK and ends blah at best… Pity, their Sixteen Anniversary Saison was nothing for the ages but surely better than this…. The rye does not shine on this take unfortunately, nor do the five yeast strains, which overall seems to add to the bitterness and a generic bitterness.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a clear slightly dense reddish-brown body with a rocky light tan head and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles
. S- The clean dry green hop aroma has some spice notes to it with a brassy wheat finish and some cider characters that come through as the beer opens.
T- The soft spicy rye note takes on an odd blend of yeast character with some bad breath Abbey yeast notes that finish. Some hints of bread dough cream and fruity esters have a brassy wheat and pear ester to follow. The soft green hops are dark in the finish
. M- The medium mouthfeel has no alcohol heat until it warms quite a bit and even then it is gentle. There is a soft fizz that dries the finish a bit.
O- The Abbey yeast comes through and is a bit odd with the saison yeast hiding and an odd mix of esters and fruit character aswell. Age might help this blend but how much I don't know?

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