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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: 289   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 23, 2011
The pour is a mostly clear copper color with an average, white, frothy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves some Belgian lace. The nose is all over; flowers, faint tart brett?, spicy all over, gum, bready (maybe banana bread?). The flavor is the same, gum, pepper, banana bread, rye bread, allspice, floral/resinous hop notes. The palate is completely dry despite the hefty additions of sweeter malts, light to moderate, and lively. The finish is fairly long despite the intense dryness, still very peppery, complementing the mild warmth, still green resin, and lemon tartness. Where to begin....... What happened to anniversary beers being just well put together, well-crafted approachable styles?? I mean really when are five different yeast strains necessary and/or feasible? I looked up the hop profile of the beer on Avery’s website and found Bravo as one bittering hops -- why are very high alpha hops being used in a saison, ever, especially with additional dry-hopping? Too sweet to make for a good saison despite my other complaints. Complexity is one my highest factors in what makes good beers great but it means nothing without finesse and precision of craft. Why do so many American brewers think that just because they are experimenting with Belgian yeast allows them the freedom to craft something the in innovative, maybe, but certainly not well made? Farm house brews are fickle beers and without great knowledge and expertise, most do the style a disservice by putting marginal beers on the market. Most American brewers should stick to what they know best, leave these unique, creative, disciplined styles to the experts. Avery is a great brewery but their "creative" anniversary beers have all been Belgian, all been way over thought, and certainly not worth the time. I am praying for an American anniversary beer next, needless to say.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Another bottle at Dstructo/Daknole tasting I didn’t take notes on. I occasionally like saisons but I remember sipping this one and not being too impressed, but thanks to whoever brought it

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1621) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2011
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Orangey brown color, small dissipating head, low carbonation. Aroma is bready and hoppy. Biscuit flavors and dry finish. Strange blend of flavors with noticeable Belgian yeast as well. Interesting and different but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Pours a cloudy amber with a nice white head and an aroma of cheddar, cinnamon, prune, and bready fig. Flavor is watery spiced bread, plumb, raisin, dark melon, and flowers. Average mouthfeel. Not bad but too spicy and too heavy for a saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2915) - New York, USA - JUN 19, 2011
draught from R&H. Pours a dark ambery,not your normal saison color. Mild head. Citrus & some full bodied fruit for a saison. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Bottle:   Deep amber, a little burnt copper, moderate to large off-white head, fairly nice lacing.   Barnish nose, very strong Rye aspect... very strong.   Musty, dank, barnish, and a whole lot of Rye on the tongue.   Its a little too much as it tends to overshadow the Saison aspect.   Fairly hefty body.   Strong Rye lingers at the finish.   Interesting beer, but would be better off if the Rye were a bit more subtle.   Wouldn’t hurt if it was a bit sweeter, that is if the Rye was to be that strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crajun (1160) - , Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2011
hazy light yellow pour with short lived billowy white head. taste/flavor was carbonation slight hops. good mouthfeel. Has a dry hop finish that is nice. much better saisons out there for the price

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4585) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Pours viscous ruddy copper amber with two fingers of sticky off white head. Very yeasty and ephemeral nose, floral and lightly peppery. Similar flavor, peppery with a citrus rind character and floral notes. Some hibiscus and pink grapefruit character. Medium bodied, not super dry. Tastes and smells like a homebrew and is probably higher alcohol and FG than it needs to be...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2011
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Malty hoppy flavor with a quick finish.

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