I told myself I was going to wait until the appropriate time to start pumpkin gushing…but I can’t wait anymore. They’re already starting to pile up in my fridge. I’m popping into Grain & Vine every other day to check on new arrivals. I cannot wait to assemble a compendium of our pumpkin posts here at Two Girls, gear up for our second Cambridge Brewing Pumpkin Festival, and possibly another attempt at a pumpkin homebrew.
But Alas, it is still only August. So while I am mentally preparing myself for the pumpkin onslaught, I will save it from the interwebs until a more applicable time. Thus, today we are reviewing last year’s anniversary beer put out by Avery; number eighteen, which comes to us in the form of a dry-hopped rye saison. Whoa.
A very pungent beer; you definitely get the rye right away in the aroma, as well as some spicy yeasts, caramel, and citrus. The taste is bready and spicy, full of dark fruits and cloves, as well as a funky yeastiness. Unfortunately, these nice fruit flavors seem to drop away pretty quickly. The finish is dry and grassy, with a spiciness that lingers.
Overall, it was a little bit too much for me. It seemed a bit convoluted and not quite what I’m looking for when I pick up a saison. I just picked up a bottle of Avery’s 19th anniversary, so we’ll see if that proves itself to be more celebratory.