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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 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.


4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allfreej (552) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Bottled. Frothy white head, good lace, hazy yellow pour. Lemon, dough, and a little barnyard in flavor and aroma. Medium bodied with a pleasingly dry finish. I think Avery did a great job with this one and was surprised it’s percentile was so low. I thought it was quite excellent.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Avery Fifteen is a golden bodied, white headed farmhouse style brewed with figs, hibiscus flowers, and white pepper. Funky, fruity, sour, and bitter, it is a surprising ale with a fantastic and generous dark finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (2452) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2009
It tastes and smells so unique from the combo of sweetness and white pepper. It has a perfect cloudy dark lemon saison color. The white pepper is the only thing I donít enjoy on the palate, but the figs and hibiscus are subtle and delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
poisoneddwarf (1680) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Bomber poured into Trappist glass. Bottled in April 2008. Drank in May 2010. Aroma is so pungently funky with Brett, itís almost overbearing! I love it! (Sorry, Brenn79, I know you hate it when I use the word funky in all my reviews of beers involving Brettanomyces. No other word fits as well!!) Sour sour aroma with notes of figs. Pours a hazy yellowish orange with a medium head and foamy lacework. Taste starts out a little sweet, but the sourness dominates. Very little bitterness. This is one of the fullest bodied beers Iíve ever had. Finishes with a floral acidic mouth-filling aftertaste. Carbonation is medium; oily and creamy texture. Iím surprised at the average score here. Iím blown away by this one. Perhaps the reviewers who ranked it fresh should rerank it now that itís aged a little? One other thing--the category this beer is under on here is "Belgian Ale" which isnít very specific. It definitely fits the description of a sour ale.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - AUG 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2010 got to try this on tap at papago before i cracked a bomber... looks like itís gonna be cool when the brett takes over... pours a hazy orange golden with a white head and light drippy lacing. the aroma is strange... rather biere de garde-ish... orange, cinnamon, clove, lots of yeast, light apple cider vinegar/sour fruit without the harshness, minerals, wood, funky and weird. the flavor is a bit strange... itís very medicinal and mineral-y akin to vitamin pills, wood, musty funk, cinnamon/clove/spice, lots of weird and a spicy dry finish. light to medium body. prickly mouth feel from high carbonation seems to work... iím confused...7/4/7/3/15/3.6

bottle sampled one year after release... this has been sitting at room temperature the entire time! it has almost a pure bretty stink on the nose!... ok, there are some notes of malty sweetness, flowers, earth and fruit... peaches and oranges but not figs. again, on the palate there is a fruitiness but foí shoí not figs... flavors of sweet juicy apricots?, oranges, cement, flowers and an herbaceous bretty finish. it is pretty dry throughout and at times shows some tartness. it is medium bodied with a light airy carbonation... refreshingly weird and impressive... hitting its stride.9/4/8/4/17/4.2

1/2/2010 this thing has turned to pure doo doo... yep, brilliant baby diaper galore! dry, funky and an udder pleasure to drink. 9/4/9/4/18/4.4

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonboy32818 (30) - orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Bottled in april 08. Now at a year old this one is hitting itís stride fellas. Golden hazy pour with a white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is mangos and band aids with the funk coming on nice. Flavor is a little sweet up front with a great medicinal barnyard flavor that coats the tongue long after a swallow. Aside from the absent hop profile this really reminds me of an orval with about a year on it or the first year oro with about a year on it. I actually was so impressed with this beer that after trying it yesterday I went out and bought some more just to be sure it was that good. It is. Cheers JON

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (946) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Once in a while, a beer comes along with an outrageous premise. Avery fifteen, with its use of figs, white pepper, hibiscus flowers, and 100% brettanomyces fermentation appears to be one such beer. I chose to pour it into a Duvel tulip, which it graced with clear, golden body, and a one to two finger thick head that faded over time. The smell was a mix of fruits like granny smith apples, papaya and cantaloupe, floral and herbal vegetable matter, and a milder than anticipated, but ever present funk. The taste was balanced between sour-tart and spicy-sweet. The pepper showed up only in the finish.I never did detect any fig. The mouthfeel was drying and refreshing. If I had not been told about the brewing with pure brett, I would never have guessed it. Not as wild as I have had before, but tasty nonetheless.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2008
22 oz Bomber-Poured a cloudy golden color w/a moderate white head. Great spiced Belgian aroma. Flavor really jumps out & grabs you, yeast, spice, floral traces, figs, & cane sugar. Very fresh, a little rough around the edges, but in a good way. Tastes very pure & unfiltered. I really liked this one a lot; Long spiced finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Orange-straw with good, creamy white head / Funky nose of brett and green apple / Light to medium body, acidic yet resinous, fruit, with good, long finish / Funky flavors of brett, green apple, ginko, eucalyptus, white pepper / Not picking up the figs. Very Jolly Pumpkin-like, but less citrusy in favor of vegetal funk.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Bottled in April of 2008, this bomber was shared during a local Memorial Day tasting. Poured a beautiful hazy gold-yellow with a billowing head that diminished over time. Right away I could smell the brett and noticed itís similarity to Orval. Musty fruits with a funky yeast quality. Earthy and assertively spicy. Lightly tart feeling with a quenching, medium bodied finish. Pears, lemon grass, and musty funk. Tart fruits and wild yeast flavors. A hint of pepper and spice. Mellow, wild beer. This beer was well received.


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