Brabant - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a snifter on 12/31/09
Pours a dark & murky brown; settles very dark with deep plum highlights. Close to two fingers of brownish-tan foam. Over a few minutes the head dissipates to a thin layer, though swirling revives it some. Lacing is decent - a few solid clumps & streaks.
Tart & sour aromas are noticeable off the rip. This pans out to a blend of fruit esters, though they're blurred & somewhat hard to distinguish. Notes of dark grapes, black raspberries, dark cherries, apple & over-ripe pear. Some dark sugars, it seems. Wisps of spice. Mild funkiness. Musty earthiness; the Zinfandel barrels help in that respect.
The taste upfront is a medley of tart fruit that sours around the edges. Dark fruits manifest early on, most notably grapes. Lighter fruits become distinguishable more toward the finish - over-ripe apple & hints of pear. Dark sugars & spice throughout. Musty overtones, though there isn't a lot of pronounced funk. Barrel-induced earthiness, too. Still, sourness is the most distinctive trait.
Full bodied with carbonation tending toward the low end of the spectrum. Smooth despite a touch of grittiness. Tartness lingers on the finish.
This definitely lends itself for sipping, especially to enjoy the nuances. I can see how it wouldn't be for everyone but I liked it quite a bit. Well worth the price of admission.
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2010 01:35:48 | More by Ryan011235
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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
Brabant from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.