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Rufus Corvus - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.22%
Wants: 30
Gots: 86 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.83% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
85% aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, 9% aged in Chardonnay barrels, 6% aged in Zinfandel barrels

(Beer added by: Rhettroactive on 04-25-2014)
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz brown glass. Appealing label art. Gold foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap.

Bottled Apr 7 2014. 6.83% ABV. Served cold into a stem-tulip in high altitude Castle Rock, CO and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as a wild ale per the label. Expectations are high given its high ratings and Avery's reputation.

HEAD: One finger wide. Pale khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Not real full or robust. Retention is decent - about 3 minutes - which isn't great for the ABV. Leaves no lacing as the head recedes.

BODY: Dark deep amber-sanguine of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special, but it looks good for a wild ale.

AROMA: Dampened oak wood, white zine grapes, some red wine notes, touches of acetic character, spritzy rose wine, neutral Belgian malts, and traces of caramel and vanilla. It's an inviting wine-evocative aroma of above average strength. Wine tannins, a hint of cherry, supple grape. Hints of vinegar and funkiness. The barrel notes are lovely, but I wonder if the base beer is bringing much to the table.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: The barrel is just amazing; there's incredible complexity with notes of dampened oak, white wine, rose wine, red wine, vanilla, caramel, and leather. The base is easily imposed upon: some neutral Belgian malts, and darker Belgian bruin malts. I do wish the base beer brought more to the table, but the barrel notes accentuate the guiding sourness so well it's almost a non-issue. Sourness is satisfying but not puckering - maybe a 7/10 in intensity overall. I love the tart cherry, subtle though it is. It tastes legitimately spontaneous, evoking lactobacillus bacteria and even hints of more complex wild yeast/bacteria - lambicus isn't out of the question as far as I'm concerned. Sour green apple notes lend it still more complexity.

Incredibly well-balanced and built. The acetic character really does it for me. Brilliantly subtle, with excellent depth and duration of flavour. Fairly high flavour intensity. I'm loving this.

TEXTURE: Smooth, lightly dry, moderately thick, full-bodied, soft, leathery, and well-carbonated. Some might find it a bit too rough and abrasive on the palate. It's not quite fine-tuned, but this mouthfeel complements the taste well. The acidity from the wine is perfect. It's also surprisingly supple. And the leathery feel grows on you, helping to coax out depth from and accent the flavours.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or scratchy.

OVERALL: It's extraordinarily drinkable, and slides down all too easy. I'll inhale my glass; this is one tasty sour from Avery. It's great work from a good brewery, and I'd love to see more from them. Definitely worth trying. Will impress the discerning drinker. Might even be Avery's best beer.


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4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light brown color with a sparse khaki head. Not too much to the head.

The aroma is quite sour. Big oak notes come through. You can really pick up the actual wood aroma. Tart wine grapes and some lemon. A bit of funk from the yeast.

The taste is very tart not really sour. Again big oak presence. The various wine barrels come through. A very pleasant wine flavor. The yeast is a bit funky, gives off a touch of farmhouse.

The feel is light and spritzy. Sweet and tart on the palate with a drying finish. I get a bit of stickiness.

Not a huge fan of wine barrel brews but this one is quite good. The base beer with the yeast is light and funky. The barrel provides excellent oak and wine flavors. Good job.

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Rufus Corvus from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.