Brabant - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by SammyDavisJrJrJr:
4.4/5 rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Bottled on 2/10/09. Into the Konings hoeven goblet...
A - Creamy mocha colored head on a light brown body with caramel tints. Some lacing and decent retention that leaves a few clouds of head long after the pour.
S - Big sour cherry funk up front in the aroma, with some nice undertones to balance it out including coffee, minerals, and something that is reminding me of a fruit-forward dry red (maybe just the power of suggestion though...)
F - The backbone of the flavor is a mild belgian dark malt, with typical dark fruits and chocolate notes. Big juicy cherry tartness and pear sweetness highlights the entry. Some tannin like dryness comes in the midpalate, along with earthy funk and oak notes that, when combined with the present alcohol and the cherry tartness made me think bourbon (yum...) The finish combined big earthy blue cheese notes, orange bitters and a lingering bready flavor that finished out this deep beer wonderfully.
M - Mid-full body with low carbonation for what I'm used to in a Wild ale. A very dry mouthfeel, like some of the tannins from the barrel were doing there work on my tongue.
D - I felt like this was a big step forward in quality from Avery. After the 15th Anniversary, I was a bit hesitant to drop $9 on this 12 oz, but now I am very glad that I did. Good complexity, seems like it has great aging potential, and really one of the better American examples of a wild I've had. I did pick up some vinegar-like acidity, but no more than one finds in Cantillon Kriek. If you like funk, this one is a can't miss.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2009 14:26:29 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
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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.