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Avery Anniversary Fifteen



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RATINGS: 565   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 230   ABV: 7.68%
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15 years of brewing! You know what’s been the best part lately? Tons of experimentation! For the last couple of years, we’ve been working with several strains of brettanomyces (wild yeast). We found one and deemed it the best for it’s 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, we’ve 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1221) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.

The aroma is rather unpleasant funky (and slightly burnt) yeast and bandaids with some spices and some tart fruits. Some buttery malts (popcorn) come out as it warms.

The flavor is a little tart fruitiness (lemons) and buttery malts that is quickly smothered by a kind of peppery and floral bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation at first that mellows.

Overall, an interesting concept, but not nearly as good as it sounded. The combination of flavors and smells didn’t mesh well with me. It’d be interesting to see if more sourness comes out as it ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2008
bottle, hazy yellow gold color with a nice white head, nose is like aspirin or chalk, well balanced sour funky taste that has some fruit and flowers, good beer

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Pours a golden, hazy, orange with a thick white head. Aroma is very unique, smells of hospital bandages and sweet italian sausage. Mouthfeel is meduim. Tastes is very akward, didn’t get the funk. Taste is heavy with the same as the aroma, some spice, and full of yeast. Finish is akward and dry. Wild yeast? In homebrewing this is a negative thing. To sum up this rating all I can say is wow, what a disappointment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle. Poured a clear golden color with rapid rising bubbles and a thick white head that faded slowly and left some light lacing. Nice aroma of funky, tart brett, some buttery toast, a bit of cirtus, and light spice. Opens with some light, soft citrus flavors and funk that leads into an awkward, out of place buttered popcorn flavor that really took away from the enjoyment of the beer. Still finishes with a lightly tart, fruity finish that shows a little promise. I pray that some age will smooth out the malt flavors and bring out a bit more funk, because as is this is a huge disappointment.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours straw colored with a thin off white head. Aroma is tiger pee (I just go back from the zoo, so I know), light floral, light pale malts. Flavor is funk, pale malts, some toast, some citrus. Palate is medium to light bodied, medium carbonation finished lightly tart. I hate this beer! Very rarely do I pour anything down the drain, but that’s where this one is going! Blahhh! I may have a newest lowest rated ever!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
legion242 (2100) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2008
Probably the most subtle of the Avery anniversary series that I have had. A definite herbal/floral essence is noticeable. Poured cloudy orange with a quickly fading head. But you know what this reminded me of most? The one and only Sahti that I have had- lots of lactose/citrus notes and the mouthfeel was really nice- almost milk-like in it’s viscosity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2008
This is the Fifteen?! Draft @ Barley’s: Pours a cloudy golden/orange. Smells of fermented fruit and rubber, with a funkiness that dominates. Pretty bland tasting for those that are expecting either a Belgian or a sour, tastes of lemony citrus and a bit soapy, with a bite that seems wholly misplaced. Disappointed that the hibiscus flower did not translate. This one fell really flat on my palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Bottle. Clear gold, thin white head. I had a draught sample earlier that was cloudy. LIghtly sweet wheat undertone with a forward funky Brett nose. Grainy wheat flavor with some interesting fruit notes, a hint of peppery flavor and lingering pepper burn on the back of the tongue. The Brett character is mellow and fleeting. Finishes a little tangy with low bitterness. Tastes like a filtered American Wheat beer on Brett to me. Will revisit aging bottles....

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2277) - California, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Draft at Toronado: Hazy golden color, not much for lacing, some retention. Aroma is somewhat fruity, sugary, very very light funk that’s only there if you know to look for it. Medium bodied, sugary mouthfeel, light alcohol in finish. Doesn’t seem like an Avery anniversary beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Bomber. Pours pretty light golden color with a small quickly fading white head. Aroma is different. Bready, biscuity, slight funk, white wine grapes, a touch of manure, a little bit of rubber (pencil eraser, shoe, bicycle tire). White pepper is noticeable. Potpourri, flowery, perfume. The funkiness is certainly less apparent than in brews that have been innoculated in secondary rather than primary fermentation. Taste is a little cidery, very slightly acidic, very smooth, a tad watery, and very drinkable. This is a little bland for my expectations. Certainly not bad but not as funky as I’d hoped.

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