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Avery Anniversary Eighteen

Formerly brewed at Avery Brewing Company
Style: Saison
Boulder, Colorado USA
Serve in Tulip


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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 244   ABV: 8.12%
For this year’s celebratory brew, we decided to focus on the characteristics that certain yeasts bring to the party. Each of the five Belgian yeasts selected adds its own unique aspect to the flavor and aroma of this saison. The hefty addition of rye helps dry this beauty out and lends another spicy component to the flavor. And for added fun, we subtly dry-hopped it, too! Brewed with malted barley, imported malted rye, imported specialty malts, hops and a blend of five Belgian yeast strains.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
On tap at Mekong on 07/13/2011. Clear deep amber body with a medium frothy off white head. Sweet spice and light grain aroma with a caramel background. Sweet spicy flavor with caramel and floral notes. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
subsonic (82) - Pataskala, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2013
"Strong aroma has a fruity and yeasty overtone, rather like a good hefeweizen. It pours a clear, dark brownish amber with a typical pale golden-tan head. Malty flavor has firm fruity and hoppy notes, with just a little bitterness and a hint of caramel. Smooth, edgy texture has good body and leaves a woody, slightly sweet finish."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (5054) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2013
tap. amber with small head. interesting fruit flavor with some yeastiness. doesn’t seem like a traditional saison at all, but whatever this is, it’s pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
merc7186 (2957) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2013
The beer pours decently with a light brown/orangish color to it, a mild head and some lacing on the glass. The beer smells great with a good blend of banana, clove, citrus hoppiness, and a rye finish. The taste is decent with a lemon zest, citrus hoppiness and a rye finish...Im still waiting for the Saison portion other than the lemon zest. The mouthfeel is decent with the beer being carbonated okay, medium bodied, and a decent dryness. Overall, a decent blend of flavores but a total miss with the Saison portion of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nickel (1004) - - OCT 14, 2013
Beautiful color and aroma. Interesting yeast flavor, though, i would like to have more hops in it. Good belgian style beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bwa5879 (904) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Medium ambery brown pour like applice cider, intensely cloudy with eighth inch of eggshell head that disappeared within a minute. Powdery sour aroma, white grape juice and saison, a bit of alcohol too. Low carbonation, mouthfeel average to buttery, finish a bit peppery with a slight bit of alcohol heat that numbs the tongue. Rye-y taste, a decent amount of ground black pepper, subtle but some melon and booze flavor. Nice saison with a favorable amount of rye/pepper flavor, would be better if there was more sour fruit taste though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sinfull (1460) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Hazy amber color with minimal head. Aroma of sweet malt , bread , fruits , yeasts . Taste is rich : notes of yeast , hop, fruits, dark malt. Medium body, low carbonation. Decent , interesting saison. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2013
22oz bottle i think i got to this one too late. bit of a spice aroma. dark wheat pour. taste was just malt and spice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013

2011 Vintage / Bottled in May 2011

7/28/2011: Avery Eighteen (A Dry-Hopped Rye Saison)... Aroma: Flat, just the slightest hint of anise. Appearance: Pale copper color, shiny; average carbonation; thin, crackle-top beige veil. Flavor: Wow, quite unexpected... Starts with a deep, subtle, somewhat meaty smokiness that rises slowly to the surface; light citrus quality in the middle followed a bit of oily, toasted rye malt; there’s a hit of sweetness right at the end and then some dry fruitiness that I would expect from the rye malt. Palate: Medium-bodied; smooth and a bit slick; mild carbonation. Overall: Hmmm... Not really sure what this is as it is definitely NOT what I expected at all. That having been said, it’s good and perfectly drinkable, but definitely nothing noteworthy.

1 Pint 6 fl. oz. bottle (O.G. 1.069; 8.12% ALC/VOL). Rating #262 for this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle served in snifter: Pours a cloudy amber with some floaties, small lasting fizzy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of caramelized apples, strawberry, banana, rye bread, herbal and floral hops, juicy fruit bubblegum, dusty yeast esters and a touch of clove. The taste is pretty fruity and toffee based, heavy English Marmalade overtones. Some hop and yeast driven spicy notes along with the finishing rye and hint of noble herbal bitterness. The mouth feel is lightly lush and oily, moderate to light carbonation and a bit of the rye dryness. Overall, this has aged well and is enjoyable.

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