Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Avery Sixteen Review

BreweryAvery Brewing Co. Beer: Sixteen
Style: Saison | ABV: 7.7% | IBUs: 14
Serving Method: 22 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass

Avery Sixteenth Anniversary SaisonOkay, so as I've already tried their 17th Anniversary brew, I get a major late pass on posting this review. But, better late than never, eh?

Anyway, like most breweries, Avery brews up a special one-off beer each year to celebrate their birthday. Last year for their sixteenth anniversary, they created a special Saison to celebrate.

It used Sterling hops exclusively and had a backbone built from Pale Two-Row barley and Pale malted Wheat. Stepping out of the box a little, the brewers also threw in some peaches, jasmine, and honey.

Here's how Avery described the finished product:
A harmonious combination of jasmine, peaches and honey fermented with an unmistakable Belgian yeast strain, all weaving a marvelously spicy and fruity, massively estery and dry, saison ale
Sounds good; let's pretend it's still 2009 and dive in.

Appearance: A lemony-golden, and ever so slightly hazy body capped by two fingers of bright white and bubbly head that fizzes out quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: Golden fruit, citrus, mild spice, and some yeasty funkiness over a pale wheat base.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, the flavor profile is a mix of golden fruit, light earthy bitterness, mild honey, floral spiciness, Belgian yeast, and a nice touch of tartness all over a smooth wheat backbone. Easily identifiable as a Belgian-inspired beer. The aftertaste is cereal grains and apples and lingers nicely.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with sharp carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A nicely quaffable brew, though you need to watch out for the deceptive alcohol content.

Verdict: Avery's sixteenth anniversary brew is tasty and interesting enough, though I probably won't be losing much sleep over the fact that this is a one-off brew. Worth a try for sure, this is a solid American Saison.

Grade: B+

Note: While the review above is being posted in 2010, the tasting notes contained within were taken when the beer was fresh in 2009.

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