Saturday, December 03, 2005

Avery Twelve Saison Ale

Congratulations to Avery Brewing Co. for twelve years of brewing!! The Avery Twelve Saison Ale is brewed with Rocky Mountain water, malted barley, imported Belgian malted wheat, sweet orange peel, lemon peel, grains of paradise, chamomile, lavender, hops and Belgian yeast.

The Avery Tweleve Saison Ale pours into my glass a nice opaque golden yellow with a half inch of tight bubbly head on top. Aromas begin with a citrusy, fruity pale maltiness along with an very floral, spicy nose. Chamomile and lavender are both easily noticeable and really quite nice. A fresh, zesty yeast is there along with a touch of hops. The melding of citrusy scents with the floral and herbal scents works quite well here!

First sip brings a crisp, citric fruity wheat maltiness along with a rush of herbal spiciness. A collision of chamomile and lavender intermingle with a mellow peppery spiciness. The brew is a tad bit astringent on the way down with only a touch of hops and a lingering lemon zest. A subtle earthy yeast emerges as well. An interesting saison for sure. The herbs get a bit overbearing at times but overall it's a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a nice amount of carbonation. Goes down easily with only a hint of alcohol. I think one bomber will be enough for me of this unqiue brew. Worth trying..but ultimately I don't see myself coming back to this one again. Yet another interesting creation by Avery.

Overall I gave this brew 3.75 out of 5.

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