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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: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 244   ABV: 8.12%
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For this yearís 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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2553) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Pours quite dark amber mostly clear with an off white head. The aroma is soft sweet saison yeast, hop profile is gone in the nose. The body is a bit syrupy. The flavors brings a unique combo of spicy rye, Belgian yeast, and citrus hops that each are uniquely tasted instead of being blended well together.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (2955) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Pours a ruddy red color with a decent beige head of foam. The aroma has a distinct ryeness to it, but it just isnít very appealing. Its just kind of there. Taste is pretty dull. Some spiciness from the rye on top of a heavily ryed malt bill. Either this beer is past its prime, or it never really had one to begin with. Either way, this beerís one to leave at the store.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3417) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Hazy amber beer out of thebottle with a thin off white head. Fruity Pepples and hop resin nose. Flavors of orange, apricot, rye, dark bread and some long citrus peel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 9, 2012
pours a semi-cloudy brown with a thin tan head, and some lacing. smell is of malt, rye, caramel, a touch of citrus, and some brown sugar. taste is of smoke, malt, a little roastiness, rye, and hops. ends dry and a little bitter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PhillyCraft (3166) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2012
Bottle down the shore. Pour is a murky amber brown with light head. Lacing was medium on this one. Aromas of sweet malt, belgian spice, apples, rye bread, and various fruit. Taste was spicy rye, bread, candy coated apples, hops. There was alot going on with this beer especially for a saison. Ehh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (8357) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2012
Deep amber pour. Sweet chewy rye malt aroma. A touch of pale malt and some spice in addition to the grainy sweetness. Chewy and fairly full-bodied - tending to sticky sweet really. The rye really adds a slickness to the palate on this one. There is a curious mix of spice and fruit but the slickness really kills this one for me. The rye flavour is pronounced and although that is welcome, the excessive sweetness just does a number on the beer. A little bit herbal on the back. Ugh - could have been so much better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (2890) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Very nice saison. The funk is there, though Iím not sure what five different yeasts do to the flavor of a beer. Medium bodied, earthy, and musky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2012
This is sort of odd and not very good. Too dry, too much astringency and charred flavor/feel, not enough lightness or fruitiness to the saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nightsky (176) - Lutz, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2012
Has a sweet aroma. Golden in color and hazy. Delicious malty flavor. Slightly bitter finish. I enjoyed this very much. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2012
Poured into a tulip. Bottled May 2011. Apparently Cincy is the biggest importer of old Avery as I can still buy Fifteen and Sixteen if I want to. 4.0 A: Big carbonation in this. First pour was 60% head. Eventually I got a full glass. Moderately hazed dark orange amber color. Big off-white, pillowy head. Retention is very good and tons of lacing is left. 4.0 S: Smells mainly of a very tasty saison. The dry hopping isnít very intense now if it every was. The rye plays a complementary role, rather than dominating. Flowery and herbal overall, which is just how I like my saisons. Not a whole lot of pure funk, but it doesnít need it. Spicy earthiness, which is amplified by the rye. 3.0 T: Taste is good, but it has a few problems. The herbalness and floweriness is solid, but thereís an excess of astringent herbal-type bitterness. Earthy spicy rye is less intense than Iíd like. For the most part, this is lacking all fruitiness, which I donít think Iíve ever encountered in a saison. That mixed with the dryness of the style and you get an earth bomb. Not that that is such a bad thing, it just doesnít work all that well in this case. 3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is lightly spritzy. Reasonably smooth despite the bitterness. 3.0 D: Not the most drinkable beer. The bitterness becomes trying over time and the lack of fruitiness makes this a bit more boring than Iíd like toward the end of the bomber. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-28-2012 03:27:15

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