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Brabant - Avery Brewing Company

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381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 37
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.65% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 381 | Reviews: 294
Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at The Ginger Man. A very nice wild ale. Dark chocolate colour, with small Caesar off-white head. Good lace. Some chocolate, a wild ale taste all he way, good bitterness, with a tart finish. While nicely drinkable, had to share out a 330 ml with other patrons as I got it in the first half of the bottle. Would work with food.

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thin off-white/tan head and a decent amount of lacing. Nose brings forward quite a bit of acetic and lactic sourness, with the acetic character taking over a little bit. Also a bit of roasted malt, wood, and sour cherries. Taste brings the cherries and malt forward a bit, and has a moderate amount of a balsamic vinegar taste. Just a touch in that it doesn't detract too many from the beer's flavor. Feel is fairly light and quite sour. Drinks really well with a lot going on throughout.

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a ring of beige bubbles surrounding the edge of the glass and some lacy patterns in the center. A medium to high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate amount of sourness in the nose along with some notes of cherries and hints of oak.
T: Like the smell, the taste is mostly sour; there are some notes of cherries and oak as well as hints of dark roasted malts and vinegar in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the sourness isn't overpowering and the alcohol is well hidden from both the smell and taste.

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque fudge color with a magnificent, rocky tan head; lots of large bubbles and plenty of lace

Smell: The Zin barrel aging is prominent on the nose, with cherries, grapes and funky Brett underneath

Taste: Wine grape and cherry flavors mingle with toasty caramel elements on the front end, with a building Brett tartness that unfolds by mid-palate; after the swallow, the funk blossoms, leaving the other elements that appeared up front to play a supporting role; an interesting cocoa and allspice flavor appears in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This beer has aged nicely in my cellar and is a nice balance between a variety of surprising aspects; a worthy experiment

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark deep brown color ale with a nice thick brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of vinous notes with light dry fruits notes. Taste is a quite complex mix with great notes of Zinfandel and dry plums with light residual sweetness. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very complex mix between the wine barrel and the dark Belgian ale used as the base beer.

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a reddish color with some fizzy bubbles on top. The head fades quickly and doesn't leave any lacing at all. The beer smells sour, very acidic aroma. The taste of the beer gives off plenty of sour cherry flavors and a little bit of oak. The mouthfeel has a tart bite to it. Not much carbonation here. Overall I sound this brew to be a lot like a wine. It was ok, but I'm not going to miss it.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkest mahogany with no highlights whatsoever. The upper third of the snifter is filled with a quality crown of wheat toast colored mousse that is developing a gently rocky surface as it melts. Meandering streamers of sea foam lace look good as well.

Nose doesn't even have to be over glass for the telltale funk of Brettanomyces Bruxelles to be appreciated. The next highest score would have been earned with ease if either the dark malts or the Zinfandel barrel-aging were more noticeable. Still, this should be damn good beer.

Brabant is release No. 1 in the Avery Barrel-Aged Series and was bottled on February 10, 2009. It has held up very well, with no signs of age in flavor or mouthfeel. For those who care about such things, Old Jubilation wort was combined with Belgian abbey yeast, then a portion was aged for one year in barrels that had previously held Zinfandel wine.

The result is almost complex enough to be special... but not quite. The malts contribute a little more on the palate, with hints of cocoa and a dark fruitiness reminiscent of a BSDA. The purple grape vinousness of Zin is noted as well, although I probably couldn't have identified that contribution if blinded.

If the suggestion box is open, and if Avery plans to release this brew again, they might think about easing off the wild yeast a little, emboldening the malts, and using leakier barrels. Warming helps... and confirms that this ale is on the cusp of greatness.

The mouthfeel, although not the biggest brute on the block, is matched exceptionally well with the flavor profile. It's medium-weight silky smooth and the bubbles are without fault. Solid job all around.

Brabant (a geographic region of Belgium) is a fine first effort in what is a promising new series from one of Colorado's best craft breweries. Lovers of 'da funk' will find plenty of enjoyment in this 12 oz. bottle. Unfortunately, a price tag of $8.99 is 50% too high.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was lucky enough to get a bottle of this one in a trade recently. I had ben wanting to try it but was unsure how it would turn out, so thrilled to be able to get it here. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/11/2009.

Dark brown in color, nearly black, quite suprised by how dark it was. The small tan head rose up quick, fading into a small, but whisp broken crown that hung out on the top for the remainder of the session. The aroma was intresting. Subtle notes of grapes, hints of light woody and oak notes and a decent, yet subtle touch of sweetness to it. I have to say though I was a little dissapointed as it came across a bit light and not as full as I would have thought. Same could be said for the taste, while nice, decent notes of oak and a touch of even waht seemed like vanilla mixed in with a light funk, I just was not impressed with it. Maybe it needs more time, not sure, but this was not really what I was looking for. Decent but I do not think I would pay for it at this time.

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark reddish color with an off-white head. Smells like red-wine vinegar, oak, and cherry. A light funkiness to it, sort of musty, maybe a little cardboard, and a light lactic note. Taste is sort of muddled and muted. Light fruitiness, hints of wine, a bit of vinegar and leather, maybe some wood. Cardboard, musty oak, and some light barnyard. Not really a fan.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown body topped with a rich, beige-hued lather. Modest amount of lace.

Smell: Rich scent of wild black cherries, discarded wine barrels, darkened malts, lactic acid, subdued Bretty funkiness, and just a touch of vanilla.

Taste: Dark malts with a restrained amount of sweetness sets a canvas for quite an array of complexities. Fruit flavors of black currants and black cherry with a strong, tart taste of red wine all the while. Pinch of anise. The Brettanomyces is definitely evident, but not particularly assertive at this time. Robust, earthy wood barrel taste. Moderate lactic sourness, a touch of astringent tannins, and a fair amount of acidity. Slight taste of vanilla upon further warming. The taste shifts to a more head-on, bold wine flavor as you work your way through the bottle. The finish is all at once fruity, funky, and tangy.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: This is certainly one to revisit somewhere down the road. An interesting brew and certainly a change of pace for Avery. Sensibly, it's sold in 12 ounce bottles; I just can't see myself reaching the bottom of a bomber of this. We'll just have to see where time takes this one.

Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks and smells the part of a Wild Ale, if blindfolded I would have said Madrugada Obscura from Jolly Pumpkin. Pours black with a crimson glint when backlit, fizzy bubbles fade to a ring, leaving spotty lace. Very complex nose, wet gravel and hay, moss, dried berries, dark malts. Flavor is very dry and Brett forward, a distracting metallic note is also there with some astringency. Lingering scorched popcorn kernels and dark berry. Feels dry and effervescent at first, but deflates across the palate. Berry or Zin gives it a trace sweetness that cues the salivary glands ever so slightly. Flavors are interesting, but in the end don't feel harmonious. Hope this series refines itself as it progresses...

Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, dark copper/burgundy color with a small, foamy, off-white head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of some sour funk and a little vinegar.

T - It tasted musty and funky with a sweet caramel. It also had some peppery heat with touches of dark fruits.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied wild ale.

D - This is an interesting wild ale. I think I'd prefer to not have it barrel aged.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  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).

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery surprised me with this one! I was expecting something golden, but this is dark, and - chocolatey! It's not very chocolatey, but there's a definite component to it. It's subtly roasty as well; and of course there's a solid woodiness. Beyond that, or I guess even before you even get to that, there's the funky barnyard. It's bright and intriguing with lots of leather and some manure along with a sharp note of tartness. The aroma reminds me very much of the chestnuts being roasted by street vendors in Manhattan during the holiday season. And then wood and funk and a fruity vinous note. And mixed with the caramelish and chocolatey notes it gives an almost spicy character as well (think ginger cookies or something like that). The bitterness is of course limited, but there's a bit there. The balance is impeccable though. You couldn't go any more "sharp" without throwing the darker malt notes out of balance and leaving the whole thing askew. And I guess that's what's most interesting about it - it delivers a lot of funkiness up front, but then it also offers a good chunk of maltiness behind it. Finally, in the finish, they merge into one rounded, polished note. It's like chocolate and wine and horse shit! :) - quite nice, and fairly complex. The alcohol, at 8.65% abv, is not really noticeable, yet I think it does make an impression in the overall character, and along with the woodiness lends to that spiciness I mentioned earlier. Well worth seeking out. A really unique "Belgian" style beer brewed in America.

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Brabant from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.