This years Anniversary Ale from Avery Brewing Company, located in Boulder, CO, is a saison-esq ale that is brewed with jasmine flowers, peaches, honey and fermented with Belgium yeast. The saison style originated before the advent of refrigeration, Belgian brewers had to brew in autumn or winter to prevent the ale from spoiling during the storage period. After brewing, the ale was stored until the late summer harvest. Although now most commercial examples range from 5 to 8% abv, originally saisons were meant to be refreshing and thus had alcohol levels less than 3%. Because of the lack of potable water, saisons would give the farm hands the hydration they needed without the threat of illness. This particular saison has cloudy golden color with aromas of hops, jasmine and citrus that leads into refreshing palate.
Rating: 9.3 out of 10