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
Brabant from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.