Brabant - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by PatrickJR:
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into oversized white wine glass.
Bottled 2-10-09, nearly a year old.
A - Very dark, opaque brown; might as well be black but the edges show the "browness." Large 2-3 fingers of grayish brown head rise with decent retention. Thin cap with a thick collar remains; some lacing.
S - Probably my most favorite and the most unique aspect of this brew. Initially it's fairly sweet smelling with a bit of a sourish overtone. I'm likening the aroma to something between banana pudding made with overripe bananas and some very lemony lemon custard. The sweetness provides the base with very bready notes, though it never quite makes it to caramel or brown sugar. There's also a large citric component nearly identical to an actual lemon peel. Somewhere between the malt and citrus is the overripe fruit smell. Nearly rotten, but still quite sweet. I couldn't find any of the usual "funk" nor anything reminding me of either barrel aging or wine flavors.
T - Sweetness is noticable early on but quite a bit tamed down from what I was expecting after smelling Brabant. Huge lemon peel/lemon oil flavors jump out early on; whatever sweetness exists is only there to temper this big citrus. Mid to late palate the sourness grows considerably as does the bitterness. Acidic, chemical-like, and chalky. Expected farmhouse flavors start showing up with a bit of hay, leather, straw, and a modest bit of the almost-rotten-fruit aspect from the nose. Finish is sour and noticably bitter but enough sweetness is retained to keep it from being harsh and drying. Sadly I don't think I'm detecting any direct flavors from the Zinfandel barrels, though Brabant has struck a nice balance between sour/funk/sweet that I haven't encountered in similar styles.
M - Medium to full bodied, there's a bit of chewiness in here. Carbonation is low; in fact this bottle is nigh flat, though overall it fits the flavors pretty well.
D - I don't suppose beers like this will ever be my favorite, but this was far less challenging than I'd worried. I doubt I'd buy it again, but it was a unique and welcomed quaff.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2010 04:50:44 | More by PatrickJR
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3.79/5 rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Served in a Dirty John's tulip pint glass.
What better place to pop this than a random get-together in a buddy's basement? It pours a deep sienna topped by a finger of off-khaki foam. The nose comprises sharp red wine grapes, light French oak, a hint of vinegar, light tart cherry, and something beneath it all that seems like light pumpernickel. The taste brings in more of the same, with the tartness even sharper than expected, though not enough to induce wincing. The pumpernickel comes into its own in the finish, almost creating something of an after-dinner chocolate kind of effect. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a solid sour blast, one that brings the pain without overdoing it (though just barely).
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2013 04:07:18 | More by TMoney2591
3.35/5 rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/10/2009. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, sour apple, grape, clove, pepper, oak, leather, red wine, hay, funk, light vinegar, bread, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of the wild yeast notes with barrel character. Taste of sour cherry, sour apple, grape, clove, pepper, oak, red wine, leather, toast, light roasted malt, hay, funk, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy tartness after the finish; with lingering notes of light tart fruits, clove, pepper, oak, red wine, leather, funk, toast, hay, light vinegar, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Solid flavor balance and complexity of yeast ester flavors and barrel notes; some moderate astringency with light oxidation; and lightly cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium full bodied; with a crisp, lightly acidic, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid wild ale. Some nice aromas with solid flavor complexity and balance; and fairly smooth to sip on. A moderately enjoyable offering; had no problem finishing it.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2013 03:58:02 | More by superspak
Brabant from Avery Brewing Company
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