drjay44 (2342) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours an initially thick white head, which rapidly deflates, over a pale yellow (SRM 5) cloudy body....nose of light lemon, mild spice (allspice, cardamom), honey, bit of Belgian funk.....tastes of light malts, lemon bit of the spices, finishes dry and with slight hop bitterness....mouth feel is light, carbonation medium to high. This is an excellent example of the style. Light, refreshing, easily drinkable, almost perfect summer beers.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours bright golden with a frothy head. Its inviting smell is like a spring meadow filled with wildflowers. The mouthfeel is light and creamy with a sprightly carbonation. The Saison Dupont yeast provides a variety of bold, fruity-spicy esters such as faint banana, clove and white pepper. With each sip, more aromas unveil themselves. I think of fresh-cut herbs, tea, flower petals and honey. The malt side of the beer is mild yet balanced. Flavors of water crackers, crusty bread and honey come through, providing a solid backbone to the beerís bouquet of aromas, slight tartness and spicy bitterness. The peach addition in the beer is mild, and itís far from your typical "fruit" beer. But it does have a wholesome, earthy, peach-accented quality that brings me back to my younger days when I explored peach orchards near my momís house in northern California. The beer finishes dry with a snappy, hoppy bitterness that blends effortlessly with the spices and aromas. Refreshing beer.
djd07 (2535) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at flying saucer. Has a cloudy yellow golden with a medium creamy white head that leaves behind good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a spicy fruit with a strong clove. Medium mouthfeel with a dry malt taste with a nice dry finish. Hides the alcohol well, a good saison from Avery.
rallison (116) - USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy golden color on the pour with a minimal head. Tons of sulfur (aka rotten egg smell) on the nose, with notes of sweet, light fruits and spice.
The taste is light with sweet fruit notes (peaches and the like) with a grassy character and some decent spice character.
There seems to be, however, something lacking in the flavor. Decent spicy carbonation on the swallow. And this could use more funk/earthiness and less sulfur.
Despite all that, I didnít actually mind drinking this - so, this does apparently have redeeming qualities.
Edit: Actually, after drinking this some more and letting it open up a bit more, that taste is pretty good. Bumped up the score a bit.
thornecb (3975) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pale yellow into a tulip. Bright white head recedes at a medium pace to hug rim. Yeast and lemon aromas. Sweet peaches upfront with sweet honey in the middle. Crisp and dry with a flowery alcohol finish.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Pizza Port. Clear golden yellow with almost no head. Floral fruity aroma. Big honey and mild peach taste with the jasmine showing through in the finish.
thehurt01 (257) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2009
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A 22 oz bottle. The beer poured a golden body with a fluffy cream head. The smell is of ham and spices. The taste was of a hint of peach and honey, very smooth. Good carbonation and flavor.
beerwhore69 (7) - Northglenn, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2009 does not count
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not the best avery beer that iíve ever had, but not all that bad. Pours like any other bitter saison, cloudy yellow. Could not taste either the peaches or honey, but have heard on tap in boulder is the way to go. Then again, It may be a sleeper that goes better with age.
jmcguire1969 (161) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I realy enjoyed this beer. Avery has done some pretty wacky things with their anniversary editions but this one was refined and tasteful. Like "Twelve" this had the classic lines and body of a Saison but not as over powering as "Twelve". They should at least put a Saison in their seasonal line up...please!
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Pours a pastel yellow with an active, densly foamy white head. Visable rising carbonation is seen in the body.
Aroma: After a vigorous pour into my glass, I could smell this sucker from a foot away. I got a huge whiff of must, dust, wet ground on a rainy day right off the bat. Upon a closer inspection, I found spice, citrus, spicy hops and a mixture of funky and bready yeast.
Taste: Bready malts, lemon and orange juice, spicy bitter Euro hops, cloves, banana. Finishes with a lingering citrus zest and pepperyness.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, very fizzy.
Overall: Way way better on the palate than Fifteen, and a classic beer in itís own right. This is a farmhouse/Saison on Steroids. Tons of stuff going on in the aroma and taste.