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Avery Anniversary Eighteen

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

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RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 244   ABV: 8.12%
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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.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Bottle. Clear browny bronze. Huge light tan head of soapy persuasion. Perfumey and floral nose...not sure on whether i get any rye. Flavors again are perfumey and floral...5 belgian yeasts? Is that necessary? No, Never Never. The phenols are off the hook but at least they’re not overly sweet or chunky...nor are they overly banana-like like the yeast Stone is all wet over, but even so, way too much belgian floral phenols to make the beer drinkable. A little spicy kick comes out in the finish too...kind of a spicey yeast phenol and spicy hop thang combined..meh, Saisons should be light, refreshing, and if there’s gonna be spices or strong yeast phenols...they should be light and fluffy and complementing the idea of refreshment...not cumbersome and akin to a salad of flower petals....totally defeats the purpose of saison and shows that when it comes to saison brewing, these fuckers are stupid gay.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Pours amber-brown (quite dark for a Saison) with very little head or lacing. Nose is generically sweet with a little roastiness and skunk. Flavor is pedestrian and lacks the tart character usually found in the style, instead mired in brown sugar, light hops, and a touch of bland breadiness. Finish is quick and a little sticky. Not particularly good stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2011
On tap at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO. This poured a pale red color with a thin ring of a head. The beer gave off a powerful aroma of Belgian-style yeast, and similar flavors followed suit. I usually really enjoy rye beers, but taste very little rye in this one; it is a lot more like an okay saison than a grain beer. It might highlight the offerings of other breweries, but pales next to Avery’s other fine offerings.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
On tap. Sampled blind. Pours with a slightly hazed golden body with a large and lasting white head. Grainy, pils aroma with a hint of spice. Yeasty, estery, light spicy hop aroma. Baked bread. Tongue depressor. Flavors are grainy, grassy and lightly fruity (estery), bready, bananas, spice. Medium to noticeable alcohol. Malt forward.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (5341) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Draft at Rattle n Hum with Linh. Pours a hazy brown body with no head and slight off white lacing. Aroma is light funky wheat notes. Mouthfeel is smooth - lightly carbonated with notes of funky wheat, dark fruit, and sweet fruity malts.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beernovice39 (3125) - Montana, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Bottle pours a hazy amber with a thin off white head. Scent is malty, bready and sweet. Taste is sweet with a light bitter finish. Different and not that great.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Atom (1344) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bomber pours a hazy deep amber with a large khaki head, nice pop opening this one. Aroma of candied Belgian yeasts, cotton candy, bubble gum, and fruits. Bitter Rye and alcohol taste really taking over any other flavors here, malty. Spices and yeast more predominant as it warms but I’m still not digging the dry bitterness in this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1182) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Bottle from kegs and barrels. Pours a rich amber with a medium off white head. The aromas are rye, musk, bread. The mouthfeel is slightly dry, a little malty and lightly bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ilovedarkbeer (2289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Pours an orange color with a large canvas colored head. Notes of peanut butter, biscuits, Citrus hops, Belgian yeast and cookies. Weird beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
degbert (1122) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark red-gold wtih a fine-grained creamy head that leaves lace. Nose is spicy and dry with an almost minty overtone. Citrusy and very very dry on the tongue, with definite rye spiciness. The mouthfeel provides a nice balance -- there’s some round richness that helps cut the dry. Good.


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