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Anniversary Ale - Fifteen by Avery Brewing Company
Belgian Pale Ale
7.68 % ABV


 
Review by Surly Duff on 06/25/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
Bottled April 2008.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a frothy white head made up of tiny bubbles. A constant rush of little bubbles make their way from the bottom of the brew to the top. Just a small bit of lacing on the walls of the glass before it slowly slides down to join the small bit of head remaining atop the brew after a couple minutes.

The funk can be smelt when you open the bottle now. Fruity, funky, and slightly tart. Light aroma of adhesive bandages (Bandaid is a trademarked name, name brand association is one of the more subtle threats to the economy). Flowery touch and fig and some pepper. Small touch of clove spice.

Fruity with a nice peppery note and a little sour twang at the end. High carbonation bubbles finely on the tongue. Fairly brilliant initial farmhouse ale flavors with a nice light tartness that is overtaken by a medium sweetness and dry ending. Slight adhesive bandages note on the aftertaste along with the white pepper and a floral note that sticks around. Just a touch of green apples. Easy and fairly light drinking with no sign of 7.68% ABV in aroma or flavor.

The age on this beer has made it great. At the price, it's really great. The brewery had emailed a local liquor store to say it was drinking great now and still won't peak for another year or so. Gonna have to throw a couple more in the cellar while they're still around.

Price: $4.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by everetends on 06/20/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 2010
Old Review
22 oz bomber I picked up at Greens off Ponce in ATL, GA. They had a few select bombers of Avery brews for 3 bucks. Can't beat that. Lets get to it.

A: Pours a pretty nice light, golden orange color. Held to the light you get more of golden yellow color. The head was about 2 fingers of white head. The head falls to a decent finger that holds out pretty well. That head creates some decent soapy lace clinging to the glass. The brew is pretty clear but it has a really active carbonation look going on. Looks pretty good.

S: Smell is not ba at all. Its a bit on the weak side but some nice wild and funky notes do come out. Getting some hay and a bit of horse blanket in here. There is some decent green apple skin coming out as well. Little bit of white wine, on the sweet side. Not bad at all.

T: Taste is pretty good. Getting that nice green apple skin and meat flavor. Slightly sour apple juice. Its a bit on the sour side. Getting some wet wood and horseblanket. A bit of white wine and champagne coming out with a bit of floral flavors. There is a touch of sweet coming out, maybe just a touch of vanilla to play with the funk and touch of sour coming out here.

M: Light bodied medium feel. Nice high and crisp carbonation that has an almost champagne feel to it. That champagne comes through as well with some nice dryness going on. ABV is not even a factor here, and I can't believe it is over 6% at all. Just a nice smooth drinker. The aftertastes are just a bit of apple and sweetness.

D: This is a pretty light, easy drinker. Sits nice and light. I had heard some bad stuff about this beer, but I haven't gotten anything negative out of this. Sure its not as sour and funky as some Wild Ales I have had, but they work in a nice funky apple flavor. I dig this beer and my only regret is not picking up more $3 bombers. Dig it.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-17-2009 04:29:24

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 10/30/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2009
Clear peachy yellowed color with a tall lush capping of firm white foam that sifts off slowly to leave an ever present lasting thick skim. Lots of sheeted lacing thinly places itself across the goblet.

Soupy boastering aroma of dark tropical fruit skins and mushy stuff that gathers pear, sour and sugary apple, starfruit, perhaps some mango and papaya are spiked well with zippy, peppery spice of barnyard-esk floral sweetness and that peculiar metalic tinge of Brett.

Flavors are peppy yet smooth with a unique complexity that gives it some interesting layers of dryness and milding floral and metalic sourness. The dark tropical fruityness is there, but much less given on the tongue then what the aroma leads to. Quick, sharp lash of green apple with a twist of lime and way less mushy. Whick is too bad as this would have been a complete knock out of the park if the malt had jumped more to the front and lasted with some heavier set tropical saturation. This is more mildingly set with a good balance but the overall spices of sour stuff and tingey coated vitamin tannin complexity does tend to get one-sided in tone and the malt loses its grounding as it goes.

Body is mildly drying and sour within a well toned mediumness and has a certain complexity to its nature due to the Brett. Evenly handled and hardly overpowering like some of the crazy sour/wild ales out there.

Pretty solid and just mildly set enough in its dryness and tame enough in its souring funk as not to offend the tongue and have care enough for the easier drinking.

Price: $8.00 Served In: Goblet

Review by seaoflament on 03/18/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2009
Thanks to Joey for opening up this bottle tonight at La Bella Pizza.

Pours a pale orange color with some cloudiness from the yeast. About a half inch of foam topped the beer with some great retention.

I can smell the hibiscus, funk, plastic, white pepper, and some figs as soon as it was poured. Later on the beer got more floral and opened up to some citrusy guava, more tropical fruits, toast and malt sweetness.

Tasted of funk and plastic on the tip of the tongue with some nectarine and sweet malt in the middle, and some rose petals in the finish. Herbal flavors developed later on, along with some dates. Dry finish and very yeasty flavors.

Medium carbonation, worked very well for the beer.

Served In: Other

Review by Oxymoron on 12/04/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 3 9 2008
Love it or Hate it? Pours a golden straw color with good clarity and a soft white head that does settle over time and has decent lacing.

The nose is mostly funk and spicy. There is a slight malt backing with some lighter caramel notes but makes way to other characteristic. There is a barn yard nose that hints of brett but limited overall. Would like more if it's advertised. Some nutty, almost almond like aroma. There are some pepper, coriander, and some minor esters. Some off notes as well, phenolic and butyric that is off setting but not over the top.

The taste is more of the brett that I am looking for. More of a barn yard funk that blends nicely would the almond flavor that also comes out more. Odd with the nutty but works. The esters back off but some noticeable spice, pepper and coriander mostly. Some citrus on the backend. Very yeasty but ok for style (what style).

The body is moderate. Compared to other brett like beers, is a bit more fuller feel and would have liked it a bit more sour but overall still good. Overall this is an interesting beer, but I question the 100% brett. I have a buddy plate the yeast and it wasn't brett. He made a beer with it and it gave more of a pedo/lager flavor that just didn't fit. But hey

Served In: Bottle

Review by Tip Top on 05/11/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 2 9 16 4 8 2008
Ok, I entered this under Belgian Pale Ale cause it doesn't seem to fit into any of the styles we have. Open to suggestions.

A - Clean, light, dull yellow, almost champagne looking body. A few bubbles occasionally rise to the top. WHite soapy head is about a half inch tall. Decent enough retention.

S - Oh yeah, funky! Immediately reminds me of the De Proef Flemish Wild Ale series. Big yeasty funky presence with all sorts of crazy stuff going on. Some barnyard with definite horseblanket. Spicy backdrop with obvious pepper in the mix.

T - Holy funk. Starts off with some fruity funkiness. Light strawberry. Brett makes itself known with the peach/lime yogurty flavor I have grown to love so much. White pepper comes in and lasts for a while. Red fruit with obvious fig. Sort of a flowery, polleny presence around here. Some more brett funkiness. There is a lot going on here, but I think there is much more to develop here with time.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation is fine. Really dry finish to it.

Overall - I like this one a lot. Not for the meek of heart as it has all sorts of strange funk going on. Sort of like a Belgian Pale Ale meets a funky Saison a la Fantome. With time letting the Brett really come out, this could get really interesting. Avery is definitely doing some different stuff with the last two anniversary brews.

Served In: Pint Glass

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