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RATINGS: 571   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 230   ABV: 7.68%
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15 years of brewing! You know whatís been the best part lately? Tons of experimentation! For the last couple of years, weíve been working with several strains of brettanomyces (wild yeast). We found one and deemed it the best for itís tart flavor and funky, fruity aroma. Adding black mission figs for a subtle jammy aspect, hibiscus flowers for an herbal bouquet and hazy sunset hue, and white pepper for a bit of spicy twang, weíve created FIFTEEN - a unique drinking experience inspired by the wild farmhouse ales of Belgium. Though immensely complex today, more flavor will emerge with time, so throw a few bottles in your cellar for future celebrations. Thanks to all of you who have made our 15-year ride possible! Peace to all and follow your dreams! Brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, malted wheat, hops, black mission figs, hibiscus flowers, white pepper, and a very unique strain of brettanomyces yeast.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
theisti (3414) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2008 22 oz bottle at Uber Tavern in Seattle, Washington bought by Mike. Pour is mostly clear orange golden. Aroma of old vegetables, really a crazy nose. Smells like the trash at a prep station in a kitchen. Not sure what this is, really odd. Taste is thankfully cleaner than the nose, wheaty, grainy, hibiscus floral, all kinds of crazy stuff. This was certainly an experimental brew, didnít really work for me. No Brett character, perhaps that will come in time. I can not really imagine what it would do to this beer, though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
marcus (7301) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 14, 2008
This hazy golden ale poured with a decent white head and a fruity aroma. Avery has produced some great beers, but this isnít one of them. There is an unpleasant herbal flavor that overrides and negates the malt, hop and yeast characteristics. I canít really detect the brett notes. Something went wrong with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2008 Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in McKinney, TX. Poured a hazy gold with fizzy white head. Aroma was very nice, very fruity, rasberries, cranbeeries, and other things I canít identify, I think an acidic quality, could be the barnyard they mentioned...maybe just from the fruit, but I like the funky aroma. Flavor is very nice!!!! When you take a drink, you get the acidic fumes as well....Very nice citric tart, very light sweet malty taste. It is somewhat complex to me, slight alcohol spice. Palate is very nice, seems soft and crisp with medium-high carbonation....I really liked this....If this is whats capable with wild yeast, I will have to try and make this too.....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Poured a nice deep cloudy amber gold, with a fair amount of head. The bottle mentions funk, and I was pretty sure thatís what my nose picked up too... Funk; smelled like straws and hays. The taste was very interesting. At first the palate is filled with the aforementioned funk, but it quickly mellows out into some pleasantly fruity vibes. The carbonation level was pretty low, hardly there at all really. It also left the mouth a little dry. An interesting beer, glad I picked a bottle up. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8497) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2008
In short: A sticky, perfume heavy mess of a Belgian beer, with little of the promised brett character.

Poured from a bottle at the Brickskeller Lupulin Reunulin, it has a lightly hazed amber hued body with a small off-white to white head. Nose of perfume and potpourri spices is overwhelming at first, but turns downright offensive in short time. Notes of black pepper, perfume, soap, overwhelming coriander, and some sort of musk all converge into an aromatic trainwreck. Reminds me of Troegs Scratch 8. Taste is exceedingly sweet, in pure Avery fashion, and the body is regrettably dull, with unnecessary thickness and carbonation higher than needed. Hibiscus, sure, white pepper, I can see that, but brett? Are you kidding? Itís an estery, perfumy, syrupy mess that will make me cringe every time I see the bottle in stores for the next six months.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5568) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Tasted at the Lupulin Reunulin event at the Brickskellar. Poured from a 22oz bottle with a slightly hazy, amber, rosy gold body with a cloudy, white head. Aroma is spicy with oranges, coriander, some barnyard funk and some tartness. Flavor is fruity, sour, yeasty, with orange peel, rose petals and peaches. Lasting spice on the palate. Unique with a complimentary fruitiness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAY 14, 2008
Bottle @ Brickskellerís Lupulin Reunulin event. Pours a bright, bold honey golden color; off-white head with fine-bubbled lacing. Very floral aroma: gardenias, vegetal, and oddly perfumy; sort of stewed floral notes; bandaids? Slightly syrupy aroma: bandaids, aspirin (like a liquid first-aid kit), Belgian sugars, and stale malts; very bland malt character; brett in description only. Medium finish: aspirin, bland malts, and breadiness; messy stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (11962) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2008
(Lupulin Reunulin, 22oz bottle) Crystal clear apple juice body with white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grape, funk, light lemon, banana. Taste is moderately sweet, grape, banana cream, light lemon, alcohol. Medium body, some creaminess, alcohol.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (6597) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is hazy medium to dark yellow, unfiltered. Aroma is lightly malty (grain), lightly hoppy (flowers), lightly yeasty (barnyard), with notes of plastic, apple, alcohol, and DMS. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, lightly alcoholic. I hate when bad things happen to good people, and thatís the case here. The Avery guys are awesome folks without exception, but this one just didnít work out right. Vegetal, grainy, unpleasant aftertaste, etc.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Nice orange haze with a sudsy head. Funky-monkey nose was inviting. Soft, light and fluffy texture. Malts were light and toasty; seemed to have a rye-like quality. Faint sweetness (sweet pineapple and vanilla). Bright and very spicy, peppery, perfumey and flowery. Just a pinch of sourness in the background; I kind of yearned for more. Yeast flavors and aromas were very pleasant, somewhat farmy. Fun beer!

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