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Sui Generis - Avery Brewing Company

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 8.8%
Wants: 207
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Oxymoron on 09-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 60
Photo of wrightst
2.5/5  rDev -42.1%

Photo of craytonic
3.28/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 2" head, large bubbles, little retention or lacing

Smell: Subdued and muted, a bit of funk but very fain. Some cherries, dates, and green apples as well

Taste: Again, very subdued and muted as compared to others of the style; very light funk. Neither as tart or sour as expected. Darker fruits make a showing with red cherries, raspberries and dates. Also a bit of leather, earth, and oak. Also a cabernet sauvignon wine element.

Mouthfeel: Light

Drinkability: Very drinkable, particularly given the suprisingly high ABV. 12oz is a bit small for this one however, and the entire experience is a bit muted. I guess it is a good sours for those who do not like sours.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -19%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy copper orange thin tan head. Nose has fair amount of ripe cherry, decent bit of wood, notes of red wine an lightly tannic, lactic acid in back, plum pits. Taste is more lactic, faintly acetic in back. Fruits are more muddled, cherry, dark grape, almost candied, and some plum pit. Note of olive in the lingering light to moderately sour finish. Body is a touch oily, light and well carbonated for easy drinking. Flavored aren't extremely bright, they have a fair amount of depth but slightly flabby. Decent stuff.

Photo of trappistlover
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle generously shared by Mike!). Bottled on September 18, 2009. Pours clear amber with off-white head. Aroma is boozy with some tart cherries and other pit fruit. Taste has a sweet malt backbone with some tartness, but not very much. Medium bodied with a slick finish. Compared to a couple other sours we had, this was a bid boozy although it was still pretty nice.

Photo of kbutler1
3.7/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a sort of pinkish hued brown color absent of any sediment. Has a nice big fluffy white head that laces on the glass as the head settles. Lots of wine type aromas in the nose; grapes and barrels with some sour/tart notes. The taste is tart upfront that then transitions to some medicinal Brett flavors with an overall flavor of Chardonnay. Light mouthfeel with just a touch of too much carbonation. Not bad, ends cleanly.

Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a tasting glass at NoTB.

The beer pours a medium clearish tea with a light white head not rising very much or with much lacing.

The aroma is super light, can barely pull anything out of it. There is some light horse blanket.

The taste to me is a little blah. There is some light horse blanket, and a little oak at the end. It finishes bitter wood, which isn't great.

The feel is ok, drinkability is a little limited.

Overall, this is an average wild ale. Its no overly complex, balanced or flavorfull. It needs to be more pronononced.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.82/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Greg!

Somewhat hazed dark orangey color, small head leaves some lace. Big funkiness in the nose, bretty, wet leather with some more subtle cheesy notes. Light tart fruit component, like under-ripe apples, cherry. In the taste, good compexity. More fruit here... tart orchard fruit, apple and semi-tart cranberry, approaching an almost chutney-like character with a bit of a brown sugariness combining with barrel(s) impact, oak, leading to a dry wine-like finish. Didn't think that this was 10.2% as I was drinking it. Glad to have tried it, thanks for the chance!

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the 2012 Peter Reeves Memorial Sourfest at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some malt, wood, and wine aromas. Taste is much the same with only a mild sourness. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into Lost Abbey Tulip.

Pours a big white head. Fades down. Decent retention. Nice lace. Color is a brown hued orange.

Aroma: Huge wine and grape flavors. Red grapes. Oak, light vinegar. Tart notes with a bit of brett.

Taste: Wow, this is all wine and funk/sour notes. Grapes with oak and spice notes. Light funk. Not overly sour. Cherry flavors. Brett and floral hints as well.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and funky. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends with sour medicinal flavors.

Overall, a nice sour from avery. Very good wine flavors. No port or bourbon, however. Pretty drinkable, but a bit fizzy for me.

Photo of auroracrisis
3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz into a RR tulip...

Pours a hazy amber with a big head. I mean big. Like Duvel big. A moderate amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Smells like vinous grapes, pears, and a bit of astringency. Lots of wine influence in this one, basically smells like a fruity white zinfandel that had gone bad in the barrels.

Pears, melon, granny smith apples, grapes and a citrus like sour greets you first. No sweetness or alcohol in the flavor, but a little bit of a drying/burn from the acidity that really brings out the fruit aspects of this beer. However, at this age I don't think it's as fruit forward as it once was. Possibly past it's prime? I don't know, this is my first Sui Generis...

Mouthfeel is a bit dry. Medium carbonation and a medium body mouthfeel.

Overall, a good beer. Great pear flavor. I wouldn't seek it out again simply due to it's rarity, but if given the chance I'd try it again.

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly reddish cloudy color ale with a large foamy head with good retention. Aroma consists of vinous notes with some lightly sweet port notes and a clear tart finish. Taste is a complex mix between some vinous notes with a subtle sweet undertones and a well balanced tart finish. Body was quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and assembled with a balanced mix between the different flavors.

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of rpstevens
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Bobbydigi
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of GregoryMo
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of AlexFields
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle shared by a friend so I got a good six ounces of this stuff. The first smell was funky but delicious, sour fruits all over the place. The color was a cloudy dark orange. The flavor was more fruitiness, brett funk, not much sour but enough, really impressive. The more I think about this, the more I'd like to buy some!

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Thanks to bauermj for bringing this over.

Appearance: The beer is a amber brown color with a big white frothy head. Great retention on the cap, and a bit of lace sticks to my glass.

Smell: A bit of caramel, lots of dark cherry and lemon zest.

Taste: The flavor starts with a smooth sweetness, with a bit of dark cherry and lemon zest give me a tart, lactic, and slightly acetic sour flavor.

Mouthfeel: If anything, this is a bit overcarbonated. Bubbly carbonation kind of overwhelms my tongue and distracts from the taste. The body is on the light side, and there is a lactic acidity as well. A bit grainy as well.

Overall: This was a definitely a solid sour. Avery makes some interesting sours for sure.

Photo of caresville
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

split bottle with PaulMPap the other night during a little sour tasting we had, i was hoping for another solid beer from avery and thats exactly what i got.

a- pours a deep dark sunset orange that fades to a light brown almost like a sugared up tea, no real lacing and good carbonation.

s- very interesting to say the least. not too strong on the funky, sour side but heavily pulling towards charcoal, smoke, and oakyness. quite obvious the smell it took after the barrels it was aged in more than the beer itself.

t&m- no surprise here after just taking a whiff of this thing. hints of tropical sour fruits, some lemons, maybe raspberries, grass clippings, hay and straw. making this beer so unique is the consistent taste of bourbon and whiskey on the palate while still getting that funky yet fresh really sour taste.

d- i had to drop a point or so for drinkability because i only split this little bottle with a friend and i was babying this beer the whole time because it tasted to strong and different. great beer to experience atleast once though!!

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mildly aggressive sourness with a little more malt character than most wild ales. The taste is much the same. It's not a mouth-puckering sour, but more of a mild tartness that adds a nice bit of complexity to a malt centric beer. The malt bill doesn't seem overly complex; mostly pale, wheat, maybe some light 10l-20l crystal malts. Because it's less sour than say Beatification form Russian River, it's more drinkable, even at 10.2% abv. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. The drinkability is very good. It's a sour beer that you can have a few of without getting sick of the sourness.

Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, shared with HopHead84, alfrantzell, and Nick3...and my girlfriend (Beek on BA) took a sip or two.

Pours a hazy amber color with a small white head leaving some foam on top, with good lacing.

Aroma is funk, malt, red wine, wood, bourbon, and sour apple.

Flavor is great and complex with funk, leather, bleu cheese, red wine, oak, bretty and lactic tartness.

Medium bodied with average acidity for a sour.

Drinkability is high. Overall very good and interesting.

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Sui Generis from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.