lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2005
Aroma: honey, orange peel, lavender, chamomile, cinnamon, slight pumpkin spice, some cream, lemon juice, some wheatiness, yummy!
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Appearance: cloudy, murky golden yellow, small white head
Flavor: sweet, wheaty, coriander, orange peel, honey, lavander, chamomile, Beligum yeast, lemon juice, slight hay or grass, spiciness--sort of like a radical tripel taste
Palate: very smooth, creamy, and spicy
Overall: this is a lovely beer--a combination of a supped-up tripel and crazy saison--distinctly Avery--I could drink this ALL night!
So, I was a little surprised at some of the ratings for this one after I had this yesterday. I never look at the ratings before I drink, and what follows is my note from enjoying a bottle that I purchased last year. Maybe all the stars aligned for this particular bottle, but I found this to be a fantastic saison.<!-- br --> From bottle I bought in Plano. Really pleasant spicy nose. Herbal with chamomille and witchhazel - like a Ricola lozenge. Lemon peel and zesty fruity acids, light sweet malts and good yeasty esters. Pale clouldy golden with medium foamy eggshell lacing head. Medium bodied, lots of tiny bubbles - almost like a champagne fizziness. Goes down very smooth with a bit of alcohol warming and nice fizzy burn. Starts with good malty sweetness, kind of rich character, with neutral fruits and a touch of honey. After the initial sweetness, a whole bunch from herbs and spices come to the front. Lavender, chamomile, nice Belgian yeasty taste and some alcohol. A bit of lemon and bubblegum, like Beemans. Finishes with a very pleasant herbal bitterness that was just right in balancing with the malt sweetness. jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2005
I really like this beer but not because it’s a classic Saison. It’s a very interesting beer with ton’s of flavors. Sure there’s the cloudy orange appearance and classic orange peel (sweet instead of bitter) and effervescent carbonation. It’s the herbs they used for flavor and aroma that make this distinctive...lavender and chamomile. They take away from the classic ester flavors you get from the Belgian yeast but it works...for me at least. Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2005
I, for one, thought this was a very good beer. Breweries put out beer all the time that you couldn’t discern from one another, but when one comes out that breaks the mold I get excited. I will always ring the bell on the Avery bandwagon, but Twelve is legitimaly worth trying. Rosemary in this golden ale is almost reminiscent of some medievel brews that I’ve come across (except with carbonation). It is perfect for summer. RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2006
This beer offers a hearty aroma consisting of clove, nutmeg, pumpkin, and mild citrus hints in the background. It is a hazy gold colored liquid that boasts a thick off-white head and heavy lacing. This medium bodied beer flows smoothly through the mouth depositing the flavors of clove and nutmeg on the tongue. The finish starts out fruity and then turns to a sweet spicy sensation that has a tendency to dry the mouth out just a little.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 13, 2006 I had a bottle that was a year old (their Thirteen is now available in stores alongside the Twelve). Pours orange with nice white head which laces the glass nicely. The beer is quite opaque. The aroma is very nice - strongly smells of yeast and spices (mostly clove I think, but probably some cinnamon, too). The flavor is a little acidic, but sweet, too. It is very malty, with a little hop bitterness for some balance. The spice flavors from the aroma shine through the flavor, also. It would taste even better if the spices tasted a touch more subtle. But a very enjoyable beer. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 30, 2006
This is a great herbal brew. Heavy texture. Wonderful aroma of herbals!!!
Lavender, chamomile, orange zest, LEMON zest, malt aroma, and a slight hop aroma. I find all the same in the flavor of the beer as well. Some slight fruits, banana too. What a great find this was!!! Braudog (6712) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2006
22 oz bottle. Golden and active, with a nice lively white head. Very perfumey, herbal nose ... Very rich for such a light-colored brew ... virtual party of flavors here: chamomile and lavender unique and notable among them. Quite different and quite excellent. jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Avery cleaned out the spice cabinet for this one. Wow! Pours a hazy yellow with great white head. The most distinctive smell I have experienced in a beer. Hard to describe, kind of like walking past a Cinnibon and getting the whiff of Cinnamin with cloves, oranges and coriander. Very crisp, smooth mouthfeel. I split a bottle with some friends and we all thought it was fantastic. Looking back I don’t know how well a full serving, let alone a full bottle, would go down. A little too harsh to drink in larger quantities. Great beer none-the-less.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Bottle WoW has this ever improved. Pours a golden brown body with an off white head. Cinnamon, cloves, grams, v nicely spiced with a honeyard note in the finish. Reminds me of SH Cuvee but better. Awesome beer.