Brabant - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by coldmeat23:
4.45/5 rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
GLASS: Lindemans Flute
TEMP: Cellared at approx 55 degrees
BOTTLED: FEB 10 2009
Here's another one that I've had a few bottles of but, for some reason or another, haven't reviewed yet.
This is just one week shy of being a year old.
This is probably the darkest 'wild ale' that I've ever had. It pours a dark mahogony color, with a heavy emphasis on dark brown, but with some nice ruby highlighting. The head is a light-to-medium shade of brown in color and is about a finger and a half thick. The retention is excellent and so is the thick, sticky, lacing.
A very nice balance of sour and funk is the first thing that I smell. Beneath that there is a light touch of dark fruit sweetness. Cherries and plums are what I'm getting most of. A definite hint of oak is here, also.
Great balance between the sour and the funk has been achieved, after a year in the cellar. The sourness has subdued a touch and the funk has come up slightly, so that they are just about equal now. The dark fruit notes are coming more forward and are more easily distinguished. You get totally easy-to-pickup hints of zinfandel from the barrels that this was aged in, along with a decent showing of oak notes. There is a definite backbone of strong maltiness here, which while easy to spot, is kept in check by the 'wildness'. Nice hints of caramel and a touch of molasses are spotted. A nice touch of spiciness, like ginger and nutmeg, shows up in the finish.
The taste on this one is actually very impressive right now. It makes me wonder if I should drink my other bottle or keep it downstairs for awhile longer, as was my plan. I don't know what this will do to become better, but I guess that I'll probably find out....in a few more months to a year.
This is now in the medium-to-full bodied range. It has a medium level of natural carbonation, which is filled with all of those tiny little bubbles that are so wonderful. It has a nice smoothness and a very nice amount of creaminess going on.
Fresh, this one was quite abit more to the 'sour' side of things. Now, it's hitting on a very nice balance, which is making it very tasty and drinkable. There is also no way that it tastes like it has almost 9%abv.
Very, very well done, Avery!
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2010 05:12:51 | More by coldmeat23
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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
3.71/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
I've had this a number of times over the years, but never bothered to review it. Thanks to ChrisPro for busting out a bottle and enabling my ticker tendencies. Served in Närke snifter.
A - Off-white foam settles to a thin collar and a few wisps, leaving behind minimal lace. Dark brown body with minimal translucency to it.
S - Lots of vinous oak, light zinfandel notes, dirty and lightly medicinal brett strain that seems to be a favorite at Avery. Dusty and earthy, with light chocolate malt character. Interesting in that it's ostensibly a dark brett beer rather than dark sour.
T - Fruity, with tropical notes, along with cocoa, and nutty malts. Like a brett fermented brown ale, with a light vinous character in the periphery. Vaguely reminiscent of Surly Pentagram.
M - Dry, medium body, with well-hidden alcohol, as is usual with Avery. Lightly chewy texture, and a dry and crisp finish.
D - An interesting mix of fruit, chocolate, funk, and wine. This bottle was surprisingly palatable, but others I've had were drain pours, so your mileage may vary; either that or this beer has finally turned the corner into Decentville. Not one of my favorites from the series, but certainly better than infected Black Tot.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2013 22:26:34 | More by MasterSki
Brabant from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.