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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 hackmann
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: hazy deep caramel colored body with a one finger beige colored head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma: very faint, touch of caramel malts, earthy yeast, sweet yet spicy grains, a little fruity note as it warms up; reminds me of apple and pear

Flavors: much better than the nose, spicy rye, earthy notes, toasted caramel note, undertone of over-ripped stone fruit, dry grassy hops, herbal like,

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, nice fizzy feel, moderate bitterness, dry on the back and finish; is it the rye or the dry grassy hops on the finish? The alcohol did not really come into play.

To the Point: it’s okay to good; I won’t be running out to buy out the rest; if you find it and want something a little different try it – otherwise I’ll skip it. I did enjoy it a little more when I didn’t think about it.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.45/5  rDev -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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Photo of stercomm
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle.

A- Dark coppery with a slight haze, 2 finger off white head that leaves lots of lacing on the glass.

S - Get lots of esters, a bready, malty scent with some hints of citrus and some allspice.

T - Lots going on here, get some citrus, some mango on the finish, some bread, a nice dry finishmaybe some lemon.

M - Medium bodied, slight carbonation.

D - This is an interesting beer, I like it.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a local beer bar, an overall average saison unfortunately, uninteresting, served in a snifter.

Beer is brown and hazy with a white head, decent retention, OK lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is yeasty with a mild spice to it, odd ester banana and candy aroma.

Beer is thin on the palate and mildly sweet with a semi-dry finish. The overall beer is nice but a little too sweet for my tastes and I find myself wishing it was over. I don't hate it but I don't love it. I don't think I"d have it again or recommend it.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Slightly hazy light brown body with a one-finger off-white head. Just a smattering of lacing.

Definitely smells like a saison - funky yeast aroma is prominent. A little sweet malt and some light fruit - mostly pear follow. Although it is dry-hopped, I'm getting very little of the hop aroma.

Tastes like a sweet saison. More malt forward than I would have expected, but still plenty of the funky yeast flavor. Only the slightest touch of hops.

Medium thickness in the mouthfeel and too sweet overall for a saison, in my opinion. But, a different take on the style overall.

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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 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 billshmeinke
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Dark amber with golden and dark brown highlights, pretty clear, two fingers of white head. Good lacing too. A really nice looking beer.

Smells of hay, rustic bread, a touch of funk, some fruity esters, belgian yeast notes, just a tad spicy with some earthy and herbal hops.

Pretty sweet and estery, full of belgian yeast flavors, and some rye bread. Note too spicy for a saison or at least the sweetness kinda cuts through the spice characteristics. Hoppy earth and herbal flavors are present on the finish.

Full bodied, slightly alcoholic, pretty sweet with just a touch of spice. Could use a little bit more attenuation and carbonation.

A little sweet for my liking. More like a belgian pale. Would have liked it to be a bit more dry throughout.

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

Reviewed from notes, no date, drank with Nate on his second trip down.

Nate says after taste reminds him of Fresca. Medium cloudy brown with a thin white head, smells like an aged saison, rye definitely apparent in smell and taste, also taste faintly yeasty and clovey. Medium low in carbonation, slightly boozy. Taste like a mild version of John Henry's 3 lick spiker ale almost exactly.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
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 FightingEntropy
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper ale with shiny gold highlights along the edge of the beer. Very thin off white head that melts immediately. Nose is promising with lots of clear hop and yeasty saison spice mixed in. Can clearly smell the dry hopped. Pepper and spice strong in the mouth, but singular and a bit overwhelming and seems to clash with the nose. Mouthfeel is light with a dry bite in the aftertaste. Sounds great reading the bottle, but just doesn't seem to come together. Fine for the night, happy to give Avery the benefit of the doubt on any special beers, but I won't be seeking this one out again.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

bomber into a tulip glass. bottled in may 2011.

a - pours a deep, hazy amber and gives me a finger of rocky tan foam on top. head falls to a thin film pretty quickly but leaves a few rings of lacing in the glass.

s - banana and clove are obvious, but also has a bit of an earthy funk and slight rye sourness. notes of grape also.

t - an interesting combination of banana bread sweetness, rye spiciness and a mellow twang of hop bitterness. has a musty quality to it, finishes dry and well balanced.

m - firmly medium bodied, with adequate carbonation.

o - i usually love rye beers, and while certainly an interesting flavor experience, i'm not sold on the combination. became less enjoyable the further i got through the bottle. i've only had a few examples of the style so i can't say how it measures up, but it's worth a try if you come across it.

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Photo of AAxsom
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very carbonated and dark amber color. This looks a bit diffent from a saison.

S- somewhat floral and fruity smell. I get just a bit of rye as well. Honestly, I expected more from this.

T- very much get the rye on the taste. I also taste a good amount of bready/yeasty flavor.

M- the dry finish of this is too tough to handle. I'd like this much more if the aftertaste wasn't so difficult. I also get a good kick from the alcohol, and at 8abv, it makes sense. I bet as this warms its even stronger.

O- this is an underwhelming effort from Avery. I am a big fan of their beers, as well as Saisons, but this didn't do it for me. Too much rye and too dry on the end. I had high expectations of this, especially after 16 and 17 from Avery.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
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 SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I pretty much like everything that Avery makes but I'm not the biggest fan of Saisons. This one was a little better than average although it was a little strong for the style and for what I look for in a Saison (refreshment).

Appearance was a light straw with a very light and active head. Overall hazy in look.

Aroma combined the spiciness of the rye with the esthery yeast aroma. Not bad.

Flavor also featured the spicy and yeasty character but, as mentioned before, a little strong for the style in my opinion.

Overall I would say it's worth trying and if you're a big fan of the style you may really like it.

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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 rawfish
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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 sidetracked
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep amber with an off-white head that lingers nicely.

Aroma of fruity esters and some floral hops. Slightly tart. Light alcohol astringency as it warms.

Upfront taste is fruity esters, grape, pear--yeasty. Fruity esters still present in the background of the finish. Rye malt, black pepper along with a tiny floral hop flavor and bitterness.

Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Dry finish.

A somewhat ordinary beer. The dry hopping and rye are a nice touch, but nothing spectacular. Body seems kind of heavy for a saison too.


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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I hardly ever buy Avery beers...maybe because I don't see that many in Texas but when I saw this I wanted to get it. I love things dry-hopped and I like the saison style. Only good things could come from this beer.

I drank this at an Italian restaurant and had it poured into a glass of theirs, a sort of a tall goblet. It looks lovely, with a frothy-creamy and off-white head that has some good retention. It leaves a good amount of lacing as well. Color is a bit cloudy and a dark bronze.

It's very citrusy in the nose, mango. It's obvious, because it's dry-hopped, that the hops are strong, pretty grassy. The rye comes out a lot too and gives a sort of rye whiskey aroma, though not boozy. The Belgian yeasts add a bready aroma.

Taste-wise this was interesting. The rye makes it taste different than most beers, kind of a woodsy spice. Belgian yeasts are throughout that are bready and there's plenty of fruitiness like mango and apple. Plenty of booze comes out in the finish. While this is an interesting beer I don't think it suits the style very much.

The mouthfeel is a bit too heavy for my liking, according to the style. It has a medium body and feels a bit creamy, thicker at the beginning but the end is drier. Carbonation is medium.

Although this beer is interesting, mostly with the rye and dry-hopping, it doesn't taste like a saison. A saison should be lighter-bodied, with slight peppery hops and nice pale malts with bready yeasts, while being refreshing. Not that every beer NEEDS to be exactly to the style, but I just didn't think it fit. I wanted refreshment but this saison wasn't. It reminded me more of a Belgian dark ale. The alcohol presence was surprising to me too. This isn't a bad beer though. It's a bit unique and interesting but it just didn't impress me too much.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A strange combination of flavors that somehow work. The peppery dry Saison character controls the tempo while the pungent rye and spicy hops further reinforce the intent of Belgian Saisons.

Avery's 18 Anniversary Ale pours with a medium amber color, mild haze, and a froathy white head that both retains and laces well. Definately not the quentessential Saison look, but the darker nature of rye dyes the beer with an amber-stained look. Signature American creaminess is evident, different than the rocky-froathy textures of Saison Dupont.

Light bready notes of pilsner malt is met with the robust aromas of rye- leading to the malty nose of bread crust maltiness. Backed by the natural spiciness of yeast, the pungent rye grains contribute a peppery, musty note that rounds out the dry malt balance. Still, the fruity esters play lightfully behind the addition of mild caramel and toast, but not without the quick rebuttal of spice and orange zest from hops.

Flavors closely mimic the nose, with a lead of toast and the crust of bread, providing a much more hearty malt base than that of normal saisons. Fruity apples and pears have a tough time in penetrating the malt base, but the black peppercorn, corriander, and clove character easily carry the balance; especially with the pungent addition of rye. The added malt character is further balanced by the spicy and citrus taste of late addition hops.

Medium bodied throughout, the beer seemingly has a more robust texture because of the richness in taste. However, the malt character remains dry and spicy with a late turn to hops, alcohol, and spice for a malty-dry decission in finish.

As the popularity of dark Saisons rise, I like the quality of grains that give this beer its unique identity, rather than just giving a darker color and powdery dryness. But wiht the added rye, an obvious hop balance is needed but not in bitterness which would upset the balance. I like this beer, but its not what I want when reaching for a Saison.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer on tap at the Flying Saucer. I was going to order a tank 7 and I asked the bartender what this beer was. He told me a Saison, so I got that instead. Little did I know it was a Dry Hopped Rye Saison...

Appearance-Hazy light brown with a 2 finger beige head. Nice head retention and lacing.

Smell-Without knowing this was a dry hopped Rye Saison, I had thought i got he wrong beer. It smelt like hops, bready malts, and got some of the rye.

Taste-It had a nice Saison sweetness to it and some spiciness. The real kicker was the hops, I was suprised how much I got out of the taste. Very drying to the tongue.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and carbonation.

Overall-The main reason why I got this beer is b/c I wanted my wife to try a Saison, turns out it was totally different. She actually kinda liked it and I thoght it was good as well. Nothing outstanding, but it worked.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

A - Pours a nice strong copper color with some amber hints. There is a nice quick medium dense head that pops up. The head is about 0.5 inch and is a off-white color.

S - Aroma is a bit spicy and there is some soft Belgian yeast notes. There is some nice slight clove hints as well as a spicy and piney slight rye.

T & M - Taste starts off with a more typical saison notes. Some nice malt notes and some slight fruit juices. PEar and apple come to mind. Then there is a quick hit of hop spice as well as some rye spice. It is quite prominent. I don't think the flavors meld that well. Its a nice brew but not my favorite.

O - The flavors are interesting and good but i am a bit disappointed by it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a deep copper color, nearly a shade of brown. The head was white and left a good lacing on the glass after every sip. The smell of the beer was a little spicy with some hop aromas in there as well. The Saison aromas were a little more difficult to pick up. The taste of the beer had a really good amount of rye in it I think, That was the primary flavor I was picking up next to the hops. The Saison part again was almost nonexistant. The mouthfeel of the beer was pretty good, I found that it was very easy to drink. Overall this wasn't too bad, not the best from Avery but still it might be worth trying.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking anniversary beers seemed fun at first, but an unintended consequence has appeared: I am aging alongside the beer. The beer itself isn't aging, but the lineage of the beer is. Years from now I'll be sipping an Avery 28 and say to myself, "Oh yes, I remember the Avery 17, back when I was young and naive and full of optimism and good beer." So cheers here to the Avery 18, an herbaceous beer and a loyal successor to the Avery Seventeen. The Eighteen leaves a thick and webby lacing around the glass, with the body glowing a deep fox red color, burning with a dark orange haze against a lamp. The smell is dominated by the herb-laden smell of parsley, cooked unpeeled carrots, a mild maltiness, and a touch of banana esters. True to the aroma, the Eigtheen's flavor leads with a dominantly botanical taste - parsley, carrot stems and little glints of sweetness to decorate the green flavors like a Christmas tree. Avery's product description boats of rye, chocolate malt and spice, but I mostly taste an engagingly green brew - something I'll attribute to the five layers of yeast that worked their way through the batch.

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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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