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Anniversary Ale - Sixteen by Avery Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
7.69 % ABV

Review by Lum on 10/06/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
50 2 7 9 3 4 2012
Almost looks (crisp, bubbly head, not frothy/meringue/cloud-like ) and smells the part... but the taste is reminiscent of old produce and otherwise underwhelming. Drinkable, but there are better Saisons to be had - won't be buying this one again.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
64 2 7 13 4 6 2010
22oz Bomber
Binny's, Willowbrook

This is one of the lightest colored beers I have yet to come across. It nearly looks like water while the thin stream pours from the bottle. In the tulip it shows off straw golden hues with enough haziness to darken the body up. Slow rising carbonation streams up the sides of the glass form numerous locations to the easy growing one finger head. The head grows easily but also falls rather quickly to a clumpy skim coat.

I'm liking the nose on this brew but it's tough to pull from the glass. Peach hits off the bat and has a touch of sour candy feel to it before it segues into an orange creamsickle kind of unexpected craziness. A swirl of the glass pushes ripe green apple forward with a mild sweetness. The malt bill lends some kind of artificial sweetness before it leads into tempting sugar cookie sweetness. A touch of jasmine wafts up but it's faint and doesn't last long.

There's a nice sourness that comes up front with the added peachiness. I don't get any jasmine besides a hint on the swallow. There's a solid malt base to this saison and luckily it's in the form of the palest out there. A handful of crumbled sugar cookies lay down the base. The slightly overripe green apple comes along mid-palate and lends to the growing peachy tartness on the swallow. Not your typical saison but good none the less. Well, I take back that last statement, when this beer warms considerably there's a rather large metallic aftertaste I could do without.

I enjoy the mouthfeel. It's aggressively carbonated but never hits prickly. The bubbles are soft but quick moving and wash off the tongue. The body leans toward the lighter side of the spectrum and while it aspires to hit the Belgian airiness, falls just short.

The mouthfeel and slight sourness is the best thing going for this beer and it makes it a pretty easy brew to put away. The bomber is disappearing with no problem.

I most likely won't pick anymore of these bombers up but I'm enjoying it while I drink. Avery is hit or miss with me and while this one is solid there's so many better out there it's hard to pass those up for this. With all that said it is interesting.

Reviewed: 7/22/09

Price: $6.99 Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 11/19/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 1 9 16 4 8 2009
Slightly hazed light golden pear yellow body covered well at about a pinky high with a white starchy actively crumbly and fizzyish foam. The cap dissolves away simply to a nice thick collar ring and minimal drippy lacing with minimal glaring spottyness sticking to the chalice.

Aroma is medium spiced with peppy yeast dashing with fresh lemon grass, white pepper, chalk, and paprika backed with a slightly sweet bubble gummy malt backing.

Taste is a near perfect reflection from the nose with a milding medium toned spice of white pepper, lemon grass, and feathery light chalky yeast. Nice tang and moderate snap of malt girth in the middle which then grabs the sweet bubble gum esters, pear jam, some breadyness and apricot notes which slowly fades into a fairly complexing yeasty spice and uniquely drying finish of dirt, wood, leaves, and uncooked mushrooms. The balance is decent as the bubble gummyness really encapsulates all the spices fairly well. Some wamrth seeps in after a while and hampers the finish just a touch.

Body is a very solid medium and well-carbonated with the fore mentioned balance with the sweet bubble gum bready maltyness and its yeasty spices. As noted in the taste, the mid range has a perk to it and slowly retreats into a better balance. Especially as it warms. However, ethanolic-like warming tends to also get picked up as it warms and does hinder some of its performance in the flavor and finish.

A pretty solid and drinkable, yet perfectly sip-able brew. Like the label as well with the three bodiced bosomy ladies. A agreeably swell Saison to celebrate Sixteen years of brewing yummyness by Avery.

Price: $8.00 Served In: Wine Glass

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