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Brabant - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.

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very good

378 Ratings
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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 36
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of rapidsequence
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, Feb 2009. Waiting patiently for 3.5 years in my basement.

Appearance: Pours a very dark red-brown. Light tan head with good retention.

Smell: Sweet, sour, fruity, and funky. Oaky red wine, malty sweet dark fruit, grassy brett funk. Very interesting.

Taste: The tartness and vinous flavor are very prominent, but they don't completely hide the fact that this is a Belgian dark beer underneath. It tastes less funky than it smells, but its still funky. Oaky, leathery, and a little musty. The finish interestingly isnt super dry, but long, sweet, and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is lively, but not sharp. Again, it feels like its going to dry out, but stops short and stays a little sticky sweet and a little tannic.

Overall: This beer gets points both for being different, and for just being good. I put off drinking this for a long while because thought it sounded a little too weird, but its great. Wish I had another. Buy it if you see it.

Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of drewone
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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 steph1974
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Allagash glass. It poured a dark brown, cola like color with a modest, tan and fizzy head to it. Nice head retention to it.

The aroma has a tart, sourness to it with notes of sour cherries, grapes and a touch of vinegar. Pretty nice sour and tart fruit profile to it, but it could have used a little more funk to it.

The sourness is a little sharp and acidic up front. The finish is where more of the tart, sour cherry and grape flavors come out. There is a hint of darker malts to it in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being high. Overall, it was a pretty good but not outstanding beer. It was a little sharp and acidic at times and could have used a little more funkiness give it some added complexity. Overall it had some good flavor and was pretty drinkable though.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of freduardo
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of theminutemen
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of ScottyC54
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of thecheapies
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big-time want for me. Landed two bottles of Avery Brabant. Bottle dated: February 10, 2009. Poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip glass.

Poured with a fat two-and-a-half fingered beige-colored head on a ruby-brown, but dark brown, body. Head fell pretty fast. One incomplete ring of lace. 3.5

Big red grape aroma with a wonderful sour potency with some acetic character. A pleasing oak character is upfront side-by-side with some Bretty funk and tickles of alcohol. Pretty wonderful. 4.5

First sip is a letdown. Stinging ethanol and very little pucker. Any fruits are decomposed by now. Astringent bitterness on the back of the tongue and in the throat on the swallow. Some black-charred wood effect. I can't tell, nor will I ever know, if this beer is past its prime or was never impressive to begin with. I'm assuming it's the former. This seems to be flattened in flavor. Not much complexity either, other than pulling out more bland flavors or aging flaws. The funk is still here and has evolved nicely, but there is not much complement. Truly, missing a fruit that I can tell was there, but is not really there anymore. 2.0

Not much carbonation left in the bottle. The body is just fine, but the sting of alcohol and residual tannins is uneasy. 3.0

I'm disappointed. I'm going to have to scour a few reviews for fresh examples when this beer was still being produced. No hurry in drinking the other one soon, I'll just let it continue to fall apart. Even with such great upside, a swing and a miss. 2.5

Photo of redfacedshooter
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of Miamilice
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of DoctorB2B
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mrand01
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cdaguanno
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of claspada
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Feb 10, 2009 courtesy of mrand01.

Pours a very dark mahogany with some minimal red highlights along the edges of the glass. Small khaki bubbly head that recedes immediately leaving a small cap of khaki bubbles.

Aromas begin with rich wild black cherries, red grape skins and a subdued Bretty funkiness. As it warms I get a bit of roasted malt, wood but it is hard to get past the sour Brett dominant smell. Cocoa powder aromas emerge a little more as it continues to warm.

The tastes are pleasantly more complex however; it opens with dark malts with a restrained amount of sweetness. Fruit flavors of black currants and black cherry with a strong, tart taste of red wine all the while. The Brett is definitely evident, and asserts itself in between the other flavors. Robust, earthy wood barrel, moderate lactic sourness, a touch of astringent tannins and a fair amount of acidity. Dark roasty malts are there in the background (and I mean background) compared to the sour Brett flavors but they all work quite nice together.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. I really enjoy the lingering flavors of acidity, mixed with tartness and lightly roasted malts. Finish is dry and tart thanks to the wine barrel aging.

Overall, I have yet to meet a beer I didn't like that touched a red wine barrel, but this one definitely stands out and hits the mark more for me because of the darker malt backbone. Some do not like tart and dark malts, which I can understand, but I really dig those dark vinous notes mixed with the light cocoa. It's like sipping a nice Zinfandel and eating decadent dark chocolate all at once. My first of this Avery barrel series, but it won't be my last that's for sure.

Photo of claytong
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark and opaque with a solid inch worth of tannish fluff

Smells of wet dog, cherry, vinegar, and oak

Lots of Brett up front, segues into a very mild vinegar and cherry middle. Finish is dry oak and some misplaced chocolate notes.
Not really sour at all.

Mouthfeel is slick and coating with an odd feeling carbonation.

Overall, it's kind of mish-mashed jigsaw of seemingly good pieces that just don't mesh so well together. The 2011 Philadelphia Eagles in a bottle.

Photo of rmaste6282
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of DovaliHops
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown head with a small, tan head that disappears quickly. Scent is slightly tart, with some chocolate aromas and red wine vinegar. There is also some interesting peppery spice to it. Cherries as well. Taste is not nearly as sour as I was expecting. Not even close. Just lightly tart with some nice oak flavors. Lovely wild yeast flavors (brett) with red wine vinegar and tart cherries, Hints of chocolate and vanilla. Mouthfeel is bubbly and nicely carbonated. Not as puckering as was hoping for. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer was not what I was expecting (hoping for), but it's very drinkable and a good wild ale.

Brabant from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.