Avery Anniversary Ale – Sixteen

$8.49 for the 22 oz, gold foiled bottle from Charleston Beer Exchange, Charleston, SC, USA.
Very interested to try this, as I have a few of the Twelve Saison left. The Saison re-birth in the Anniversary series should prove interesting and the side-by-side tasting should prove enlightening.
Pour is a hazy, light lemon affair with initially a high head but it disappears quickly to a spotty film and little or no lace.
Nose is floral (I guess from the Jasmine) and there is a little acidic tartness in there too. Definite, dirty funk with light, sweet manure as well.
The tastes are all quite highly carbonated and the honey and light, summer fruits come to the fore. More floral notes in the taste (Peaches are a floral contributor to my palate) and more honey. Dry finish and the whole thing is brought together with some alcohol. Some phenolic tastes and other fruit esters as well.
The mouthfeel is smooth which is surprising given the high level of carbonation. Not prickly at all.
Incredibly drinkable and a beer that is perfect for summer boozing and has crossover potential. Only downside for those two, potential uses is the ABV which at just under 8% kinda screws both thing up a bit.
Tasty and drinkable.

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07/05/2009
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bottle
ABV: 7.7 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 4.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 4
Overall: 4
Total: 4.23
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