Formerly brewed at Avery Brewing Company
Style: Saison
Boulder, Colorado USA
Serve in Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 291   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 244   ABV: 8.12%
For this years 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4672) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Pours viscous ruddy copper amber with two fingers of sticky off white head. Very yeasty and ephemeral nose, floral and lightly peppery. Similar flavor, peppery with a citrus rind character and floral notes. Some hibiscus and pink grapefruit character. Medium bodied, not super dry. Tastes and smells like a homebrew and is probably higher alcohol and FG than it needs to be...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3044) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2011
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Malty hoppy flavor with a quick finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (11036) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2011
Caramel color. Aroma is lightly buttery, light hops, light caramel. Flavor is light on the spice, butter, wheat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (14046) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2011
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a cloudy amber with a large off white head that leaves good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a sweet hop and floral and yeast. Medium mouthfeel with a dry malt and yeast. Very dry finish a good saison from Avery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2011
Bottle from the Fort Worth Central Market. Light brown pour with a white head. Aroma is hops, yeast, and rye. Taste is astringent, vegetal, nice hops, spice, and awkward yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Interesting beer- Im surprised by the lower ratings. I found this to be rather strong in the bananna nose/flavor. Its dark orange nearly like an IPA with less carbonation. Palate is thinner but the flavor lingers with a long lasting yeast almost bubblegum kinda thing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
Bottle. Clear browny bronze. Huge light tan head of soapy persuasion. Perfumey and floral nose...not sure on whether i get any rye. Flavors again are perfumey and floral...5 belgian yeasts? Is that necessary? No, Never Never. The phenols are off the hook but at least theyre not overly sweet or chunky...nor are they overly banana-like like the yeast Stone is all wet over, but even so, way too much belgian floral phenols to make the beer drinkable. A little spicy kick comes out in the finish too...kind of a spicey yeast phenol and spicy hop thang combined..meh, Saisons should be light, refreshing, and if theres gonna be spices or strong yeast phenols...they should be light and fluffy and complementing the idea of refreshment...not cumbersome and akin to a salad of flower petals....totally defeats the purpose of saison and shows that when it comes to saison brewing, these fuckers are stupid gay.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Pours amber-brown (quite dark for a Saison) with very little head or lacing. Nose is generically sweet with a little roastiness and skunk. Flavor is pedestrian and lacks the tart character usually found in the style, instead mired in brown sugar, light hops, and a touch of bland breadiness. Finish is quick and a little sticky. Not particularly good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2011
On tap at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver, CO. This poured a pale red color with a thin ring of a head. The beer gave off a powerful aroma of Belgian-style yeast, and similar flavors followed suit. I usually really enjoy rye beers, but taste very little rye in this one; it is a lot more like an okay saison than a grain beer. It might highlight the offerings of other breweries, but pales next to Averys other fine offerings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 13, 2011
On tap. Sampled blind. Pours with a slightly hazed golden body with a large and lasting white head. Grainy, pils aroma with a hint of spice. Yeasty, estery, light spicy hop aroma. Baked bread. Tongue depressor. Flavors are grainy, grassy and lightly fruity (estery), bready, bananas, spice. Medium to noticeable alcohol. Malt forward.

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