Brabant - Avery Brewing Company
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3/5 rDev -21.7%
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
03-14-2012 02:50:18 | More by thecheapies
4.16/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
02-03-2012 00:55:43 | More by claspada
3.15/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
01-21-2012 02:47:11 | More by BarrytheBear
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
01-10-2012 08:39:33 | More by DovaliHops
2.38/5 rDev -37.9%
Another sour fest beer. Brown beer, a little bit of beige head formed on it, about 1/16" in formation, hardly any retention. Aroma lacked a sour character to it. Smelled more like a typical belgian dark strong ale. Alcohol and dark fruit thing going on.
Taste, again, lacking a sour character, just was like a mix of the BDSA style and a brown or porter. Even the vinegar character isn't all that sour. Minor oak component discernable. Has a somewhat vinuous character, probably from the lack of carbonation, sour critters and oak.
Nothing like a wild ale, much like the domestication of the dog under human supervision, my disappointment in the avery barrel program continues unabated. Why people purchase, covet, trade for this beer, I have no idea.
01-09-2012 18:42:56 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured into tulip glass (thanks again Ryan).
Appearance: Dark brown, subtle tan head, no lacing.
Smell: red fruit, red wine vinegar, tart, bell pepper.
Taste: red fruit, red wine vinegar, red wine, peppery.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, tart.
Overall: A tasty wild ale. Very drinkable. well balanced.
01-09-2012 18:21:52 | More by phichifiji00
4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
Aged for 2+ years at 50 degrees, controlled
A - Subtle head, cream in color. Very smooth head settles. Brew is deep ruby color. Great for style.
S - Very zinfandel. Smooth grape. Great wild farm smell.
T - Extremely smooth and mellow. I cannot wait to drink my last in a few months. Very rich and full. Very bread-y and delicious.
M - Perfect. No heat. Amazing carb. No bitterness.
O - I remeber first having this beer and debated drinking them all right away as I was unhappy with the flavor... Needless to say, I'm very glad I held on to a few bottles. Very smooth and delicious. Highly recommended.
12-30-2011 03:36:03 | More by chugalug06
Brabant from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.