ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2011
deep orange mango, passion fruit yeast aroma one that rivals a tripel, lemon grassy slight dry rye aspects in there as well, light ruby red, the darkest saison I have ever seen, first taste is real passion fruity belgian yeast like, with some lemongrassy notes then goes to a leathery cheesey rye taste and finishes with a slight roasty taste that is followed by a little hop bitterness, definately will buy a few more to age, suprisingly bitter for a saison, but it is nice to taste a saison that is pushing the limits ads135 (4923) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Very nice saison. The funk is there, though I’m not sure what five different yeasts do to the flavor of a beer. Medium bodied, earthy, and musky. Aml42000 (622) - Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Great aromatics showing the dry hops and saison funk. Citrus and apple on the palate. Some hints of caramel and spice from the rye on the finish. Delicious. mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2015
Pours a copper brown with a thin head and some lace. Amazing spicy, fruity pineapple aroma. More pineapple in the flavour, also teriyaki. Good carbonation, nice body. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - AUG 23, 2011
Pours light mahogany with small white-ish fizz. Smells like rye, flowers, and a touch of five Belgian yeast breadiness. Tastes spicy from hops and rye, a touch floral, and some fruity and bready characteristics from the Belgian yeasts; very different. Medium to full bodied with a slick texture and okay mouth-carbonation, Avery Anniversary Eighteen finishes with a touch of sweetness and spiciness intertwined.
Travlr (25768) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Draft at Churchkey. Dark amber color, huge off white head. Aroma of farms, barns and pollen. Taste of malt and light spice. Good stuff. poisoneddwarf (2620) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Night of the Living Saisons Part 3, and the first beer rated on my second year anniversary on RateBeer (it’s just past midnight!). I had to pick a couple of anniversary beers for this occasion: Avery’s 18th Anniversary and Firestone Walker’s 14th Anniversary Ale. Also to come later in this celebration of fermentation: my 700th rating, fuck yeah! So, Avery Eighteen: bomber poured into tulip. Bottled May 2011. Pours a hazy copper-orange with noticeable floating sediment and a nice beige head with great retention; leaves some lace. Aroma is, woah, WTF, crazy. Compared to the other saisons I drank before this, this is extremely more earthy. Also noted is some definite Brett, nuttiness, clearly insane weirdness. It’s truly strange. My senses keep alternating between: it smells a bit like garbage to "Wow, this is some complex stuff, here!" I give it a high score for being so off the wall. Taste is--holy fuck this is a weird beer--sweet and meaty with some sour edges. Finishes dry, nutty and bitter. Flavors include grapefruit, garbage (how I do love garbage), dusty old libraries (always worth tasting), cheese. Carbonation is medium-low and the body is full. This beer is so at odds with the other two saisons drank before this. It’s clearly a one-off and extremely experimental (like all of Avery’s Anniversary beers), whereas the other two were pretty basic, yet excellent examples of the style. Not nearly as drinkable as the other two, yet quite a bit more interesting. I’d be interested to see how this ages (maybe the garbage aspects will disappear!). Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2011
On tap a Blind Tiger. Pours an orange amber color with a thin white head. Aroma of citrus and funk. Sweet hoppy taste with some funk. Damn tasty. nuplastikk (6414) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2012
22oz bomber. Unfiltered blood red-orange, with a lacy beige head. Mellowed with age a little probably, I’m drinking it 7 months or so after bottling. Mellow hop laced rye aroma, some faint barnyard. Really captures the Belgian essence because this beer is truly unique. Funky saison tone coupled with a steady clean(?) rye chewyness really works in this case. Just big enough to be interesting, but could pass for 6% any day. I can tell the hops have faded, but there is some nice berry like citrus in there. Quite an excellent beer. superspak (5877) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in May 2011. Pours hazy reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big orange, pear, apple, grape, pepper, clove, caramel, toast, honey, spicy rye, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy ester notes. Taste of caramel, orange, pear, apple, grape, toast, clove, pepper, floral, honey, herbal, brown bread, spicy rye, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, citrus, light fruits, toast, pepper, clove, floral, honey, herbal, brown bread, spicy rye, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy esters, with tame rye flavor; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style. Great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.