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Avery Anniversary Ale - NineteenAvery Anniversary Ale - Nineteen

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.23%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by chugalug06 on 05-13-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 269
Photo of uturn
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How served: 22oz bomber with a silver foil wrapped cap was poured into a Westmalle Chalice.

Notes: This is Avery’s 19 anniversary beer which was bottled in the spring of 2012.

A: The beer poured an opaque golden color with a 2 finger white fluffy head which left a thin sticky lacing on the glass.

N: The nose was full of cloves and pepper with mild hints of citrus and pears and at the very beginning I got a faint note of banana.

T: The taste followed the nose with cloves and spicy pepper mixed with coriander, pears and hints of green apple. There were also mild hints of candi sugar however this brew was not sweet and finished fairly dry.

M: This beer had a medium body with a low to medium level of carbonation and left a nice warming sensation on the palate.

O: Overall this was a very good brew and a very good representation of a true Belgium made Tripel, however it was not quite in the same class of some of the classic Tripels like the one from Westmalle.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky straw. Not much head. Small white ring. No lace.

S - Sharp. Acrid. Green apple. Malt undertow.

T - Lush tropical fruit, malt, a little funk. I like the Juicy Fruit aspect of it.

M - Medium body, low on carb, good balance.

D - Tasty enough. I would have a few.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cold into a goblet.

Avery's anniversary tripel is a very hazy straw yellow color. The thick white head settles to a rocky top with nice lacing left behind.

Aroma is classic tripel with a mild pilsner base and Belgian yeast.

Flavor is strong, maybe a little more intense than an authentic Belgian example. Spicy and mildly tropical, starts sweet but finishes pretty dry.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a solid American tripel and one of the best of Avery's anniversary beers.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a cloudy, pale orange straw. Thin mixed head dissipates quickly to a thick ring around the glass and thin film. Aroma true to style with Belgian yeast and spicing, sweet malt and light apple and stone fruit. Flavor follows, with light apple and pear with stone fruit, Belgian yeast, coriander and cloves, sweet malt. Starts somewhat on the sweet side, but finishes rather dry with the tripel spices lingering after the taste. Medium bodied. A nice tripel and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Kromes
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy yellow color with a thick white head that laces the sides of the tulip glass.

S: Alcohol, Belgian yeast, pineapple, and sweet corn.

T: The clove spice and alcohol are immediately apparent. There is also some sweet tropical fruit and another faint trace of what tastes like sweet corn or creamed corn.

M: Light and a bit syrupy with peppery carbonation.

O: A good tripel, good quality in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat in West Hollywood, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with some citrus fruit and citrus zest flavors as well. There is a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and a good American take on the style. Good stuff.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Poured a pale gold with a couple of fingers of tight bubbled white head. Clove and Belgian spice in the aroma. Light bodied and dry. A little citrus. More spice in the finish. Nice American version of a tripel. Most seem to be sweet and flabby. Good stuff.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Avery's Nineteenth Anniversary Ale a couple months ago for $7.59 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for a Tripel tonight and I've been holding on to this one long enough so it's time give it a try, lets see how it goes. Bottled in April 2012, so it's over a year old. Poured from a brown 22oz foiled bottle into a Belgian tulip.

A- The label looks ok, it looks like a couple monks sitting around a table drinking beer, not bad, but it's not that eye catching. It poured a slightly hazy straw yellow color that took on a golden hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left a good amount of patchy lacing behind. This was a nice looking Tripel, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that has a candied sugar like aroma to it and it's followed by some spicy Belgian yeast that leads to a nice banana aroma with some nice citrus and slight tropical fruit aromas in the background. Towards the end I get a slight bubblegum like aroma. The aroma is pretty nice, it's was a little unique for the style with a nice mixture of citrus fruit aromas.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that has a nice Belgian candied sugar flavor followed by a great mix of fruit flavors, there's some banana sticking out the most but it's blended nicely with some citrus fruit flavors with some pineapple sticking out. Up next I get a really light bubblegum flavor that is barely detectable with a lighter amount of spicy flavors from the Belgian yeast. On the finish there's a pretty light amount of medium bitterness with a nice fruity aftertaste with a little bit of Belgian yeast. This beer tasted good, it was unique for the style with a unique fruit combination that I really enjoyed.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, refreshing, fairly dry on the finish, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice but I felt like it needed just a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and a good and unique example of a Tripel, it wasn't as heavy on the spices, bubblegum and banana as most Tripel's but it made up for that with the a great and unique combination of fruits in the taste and aroma. This beer has good drinkability, it's smooth, refreshing, not filling, the alcohol is hidden very well and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, I could drink a whole bomber to myself and if I was really in the mood for this beer I could see myself drinking a couple, especially on a nice summer day. What I liked the most about this beer was the unique fruity aspect in the taste and aroma, it was really nice and it sets this beer apart from all the other Tripel's. What I liked the least about this beer was the carbonation, it could have used a little more, but that could be from the age, so i'm not that concerned about it. I would buy this beer again if they decide to release it again, I bought the last bottle my local store had and I don't think I'll find any more bottles hanging around, but if I did I would buy one or two and I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer, I didn't have the highest expectations since I have yet to be really impressed by a beer from Avery but this one turned out to be pretty damn good and I enjoyed how this wasn't your average Tripel. Nice job guys, this is is good beer and I'll have to keep a look out for more beers from Avery.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a tulip.

Appearance: silvery-golden hue with a touch of haze to the body and a nice effervescence. Head is a thin cap of frothy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: light, sweet malt with a nice pear and apple aroma and a tiny hint of grain. Quite good; just what I like in a tripel.

Taste: sweet malt with a bigger pear and apple character than the aroma, along with a little bit of chalkiness. Bitterness is relatively low but definitely present toward the end. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a nice creaminess. Good.

Overall: a good, if not outstanding, tripel. Good enough to have again, if I have limited tripel options.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2012. Pours a hazy straw color with a large white head that diminishes quickly. Scent is bubblegum and coriander at first. A good amount of wheat and some apples. Taste is slightly boozy alcohol at first, which immediately turns to sweet fruit. Apples...both green and red with some lemon. Good amount of pepper and spiciness with bubblegum and coriander. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little under-carbonated for a Belgian style tripel. I say this because most tripels are overly carbonated. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very tasty brew.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy honey colored brew. A rich and dense head sits on top and when it fades it leaves alot of lacing. Looks more like a wit then Tripel.
Aroma is dry and crisp pale malts, spicy and yeasty.
Taste is dry and tart with some fruity notes. Pale malts and spice too.
Drinks smooth and clean. Really nothing to dislike about this brew. not exactly to style in my opinion but very drinkable.

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Photo of argock
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear white wine glass. Bottled in April 2012 printed on front of label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $8.49.

A: Very light golden, like a witbier almost with the same sort of haze and no head to speak of. I rewashed the glass after the first run to get any residual JetDry off that might have been there, and still, only a
S: Plenty of Belgian yeast phenolics, bubblegum, berry alcohol, pale malt graininess, apple, pear and quite a bit of lemon citrus.

T: A very good tasting tripel with strong Belgian yeast phenolic character with clove and coriander melting to orange/lemon peel with white pepper in the finish. There is just a hint of grain and a light alcohol note in the finish. The light fruit of green apple and pear come through as well. Really an outstanding flavorful tripel in this department.

M: A crisp and moderately-very dry finish with fine carbonation and a medium body.

O: It has some hits and misses with a light aroma profile and a subpar appearance, but the flavor and feel more than make up for it. If you like your tripels on the fruity, phenolic, and dry side, this is a real winner.

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Approaching 3 years old.

Huge Belgian yeast esters of pear, peach, and green apple accompany a syrupy sweet, fairly bready malt character to form the aroma. Smells terrific.

Flavor is a touch less fruity. Similar esters, with peach surfacing more, open the profile. There's a missing note in the middle. Could perhaps use more pronounced malt or sweetness to lead into the lightly dry, peppery, lightly bitter finish. Notes of clove and banana surface late.

Great beer that's going to age well a while longer. Swirling in the yeast produces a muddling effect of the esters, reminiscent of less tart sweet tarts.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is classic tripel, with some nice citrus and wheat notes. There is also some sweetness from the candy sugar and some spice from the Belgian yeast. The flavor is very similar, with a lot of orange and lemon notes, as well as a lot of pepper and yeast. The beer is fairly dry and the alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice American-made tripel and another good anniversary beer from Avery.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at Brewforia Meridian tonight for a pricey $10ish... Poured into my slim tulip while taking care of some stuff for work tomorrow... Nice white head leaves behind decent lacing... the brew is slightly hazed straw golden.

The nose is more phenolic than estery... pretty pronounced peppery note with an almost equal clove quality... a little bit of banana with warmth.

Banana and clove battle on the palate ... clove wins out and lingers for quite a while... Some honey and subtle under-ripe apple. As it warms, an almost floral orange zest note comes out.

Good body for an American interpretation of the style... A bit lighter than expected... carbonation is good too, but may be a touch light.

I dig this one... I would buy it again, but it would have to be for less than what I paid today.

All 4's.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Slightly hazy gold. A full, almost honey look. Decent white head on the pour that settles to nearly nothing.
smell: Sweet fruit with a hint of spice. Very appealing.
taste: Nicely done. Nice, easy fruit and sweetness with a hint of sour with a gentle finish.
overall: Not a big anniversary beer that will wow, but a nicely done tripel.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at The Sidecar Bar

A- Served in a ten ounce portion, nineteen looks on the yellow side with some straw color thrown in as well. A nice frothy white head up top that leaves minor sticks but retains rather lengthy.

S- I get a nice dose of bready Belgian yeast up front, with some banana and pear mixed in. A nice earthy hop addition with some pale malt backing.

T- Taste is bold with hops and yeast trying to steal each others thunder. They both pop out rather big with some earth from the hop variety used, slight citrus with pear and a bit of banana. In the end the yeast is the clear winner.

M- Pretty much dead on medium with a crisp carb bite that stings the tounge a bit, yet the insane amount of taste thwarts that. Pretty bitter for a saison, this is on the American side of things.

D- This is a tasty beer, it delves in some american style hop methods with a triple backing. If your looking for a Belgian type triple, you will find it but with a bunch of hops. I think i could do a bomber of this if i put forth the effort.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silver foil capped bomber bottled April 2012 into standard pint.

A: hazy straw colored got about a finger of frothy white head that fell to a fantastic cap of froth.

S: strong pale malt smell with a bit of mild hops keeping it from being sweet. A bit of spice and very light citrus notes almost like lemongrass. But mostly big rich pale malts. Not as much belgian funk as I was expecting, only a slight yeast smell.

T: Opens malty and rich, slight spicy notes. Finishes with some citrus and a good hard yeast flavor almost like a bread starter.

M: chewey and pretty heavy. Good stuff.

O: my first trippel, had a couple strongs and dubbels. I like this despite it being a lighter beer (color wise) for my taste. The belgian yeast flavor hits right when it should.

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Photo of diamondc
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very different tripel from the ones I've been drinking lately. Some mild funkiness on the initial swirl, lemon zest, lavender, corn, aspirin. Really aggressive flavors though.. hard candy, peppermint, banana, yellow pear, & pineapple. Carbonation and mouthfeel is spot on for a tripel, lots of tiny bubbles on each sip makes it feel light, despite the heavy flavors.

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a white head. An aroma of some yeast, wheat, spices, and a little sweet fruit. Taste followed suit. A medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with this one and quite enjoyed it. I'd definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of NWer
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured opaque golden into my Russian River stemmed glass.
yellow head. Nice appearance.
Taste a little on the dry side compared to most tripels. Hoppier than most as well. Dry finish.
Very enjoyable. I liked this beer a lot and would definitely recommend it.
Very well crafted. Comes down to personal taste as to how well it is received.
Looking forward to going back and snagging a few more while I still can.

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Photo of DrinkNewport
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A gold pour, reasonable head, mild aroma (especially for a Belgian-style), as tripels go, there is a very mild flavor. This beer has a pretty high carbonation. There's little aftertaste.

Unfortunately, for an anniversary beer, it's rather forgettable. It's not a bad beer. I'd happily drink it again, but I'm not going to crave it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two years from legal age, Avery's birthday recipe is an oddly calm Belgian-style tripel ale that sticks to the script without going off the deep end with exotic spice-this or rare fruit-that. It's surprisingly refreshing, both literally and figuratively, to have a tripel done right. Maybe our little brewery is growing up.

Nineteen pours with a mostly bright pour of absolute straw and only the most modest of haze for yeast-heavy Belgian ales. The beer develops a froathy white foam that caps the beer with terrific retention and lace. There's nothing to the eye that suggest this beer is anything but stellar.

Floral, fruity, and spicy, the beer fills the nose with a bouquet of supple and feminine aromatics. Flower nectar, mild honey, fruit blossoms, ripe pears, apricots, and apples marry together for a well integrated scent that implies sweetness and tartness. A balance of clove, white pepper, and white wine acidity balances the notion of potpourri with zest and zing.

Lightly bready and peppery to as malty flavors of light bread, clove, and coriander cradle the palate and usher in a medium-sweet juicy flavor of fruit, agave, and powdered sugar. This full flavor bursts with apples, pears, white grapes, and kiwi with an unexpected intensity. Yet the beer develops toward a fleeting malt taste that gives rise to mildly grassy, herbal bitterness, and white pepper.

Medium bodied, the carbonation prefers the creamy bread textures over the more authentic champagne-like sprite of Belgian-brewed examples. Yet the beer's rich mid palate recedes a bit to allow the finish of alcohol warmth, peppery bite, and mild fruit acidity to seem somewhat wine-like.

Avery's delicious balance of fruit and spice with malt support lets the yeast do the talking. Foregoing any meaningful spice additions, the beer takes high honors for American-style Belgian tripel design and execution.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Very yellow in color. A little hazy too with a medium-sized fluffy, white head. The retention was decent and the lacing was OK, at least on the top third of the glass. Below that it lacked.

SMELL: Smells exactly like a Tripel should. Lemon, orange, coriander, a little yeast - spot-on for the style. It coul be a little stronger though.

TASTE: Citrus dominates this beer. Lemon, some orange and even a bit of grapefruit at the end are all here. The grapefruit provides a really nice bitterness on to the finish. A little funk and spice serve to make this beer a little more complex as well.

MOUTHFEEL: There is a shocking lack of booziness considering the 8.23% ABV. This light-bodied beer is also very well balanced.

OVERALL: Unusual for Avery in the sense that they nailed the style, and I mean just drilled it. They typically push the limits a little bit, but this only serves as an example that proves that Avery knows how to brew exactly what they want.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is an outstanding beer, different than a lot of other tripels. pours a little hazy with a big foaming white head, and a pale wheat color. smells delicious! notes of vanilla and sweet cream intermingle with a spicy belgian yeast and what must assuredly be some candy sugar. flavor is entirely unique, massive butterscotch sweet flavor right out of the gate, followed up by a yeasty groove with notes of citrus and black pepper, finish is sweet and long. the butterscotch flavor is very potent and direct, ive never tasted this in a beer before, and i like it. mouthfeel is lively, with a smooth medium body. this is drinkable yet fairly strong. overall a new classic from avery, which i hope i can get more of. this is really different and yummy.

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Avery Anniversary Ale - Nineteen from Avery Brewing Company
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