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Sui Generis - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.01%
Wants: 210
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Oxymoron on 09-10-2009)
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joshuaseresse

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade from gn0sis, thanks Eric! Shared at our recent La Crosse sour tasting and split with friends:

A - Rich gold and amber. Creamy foam head. Great lacing and head retention.

S - Peaches, apricots and lemon. Nice mized wine flavors and funk. Just the slightest hint of bourbon.

T - Grapes, apples, cherries and strawberries. Great wine flavors. Oak and a bit of vanilla. Lemon and lime, sherry, port and just a feel of bourbon. Wonderful!

M - Creamy and sharp. Crisp and very well balanced. The carbonation is really well done here.

O - One of my favorite sours to date. This one is great in all aspects and just amazing how many flavors there are. I'd like a case of this. Worth trying a seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 18:40:50 | More by joshuaseresse
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.68/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 18:40:49 | More by trappistlover
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of a great CO trader, poured in to a tulip as I near my 1200th review.

Appearance: Pours a cherry pit rouge, hazily chilled sweet tea, Georgia-style, glassy and heat mirage-like with dissolved sugar. A pour of modest intensity at best caused a taupe head of mammoth proportions to burst forth, liberated from its 12 oz. prison, rising to a height of three and a half fingers tall. The rocky, dense monstrosity had remarkable staying power, courtesy of a plethora of effervescence. I may be overstating how zippy, fast, and plentiful the carbonation is, because it's all originating on the back of the "Bruery" logo on the side of my tulip - the single nucleation site may be concentrating the forces of the gassy, if you will, but either way, it's pretty breathtaking in appearance. What really brings it all together is the stick, though - crisp, snowy streaks of faintly off white ice cling adamantly to the sides of the tulip, and even successive sips do little to lessen their grip. Great color, great stick, great head, great bubble activity - what more do you want?

Aroma: Sweet and sour and spicy, this is one inviting brew. Cherries, dates, and raisins mingle with ruddy port and cabernet notes, and springy apples, pears, and nectarines mingle with lighter grape notes. The tartness here could be courtesy of the base beer, or it could be largely vinous in nature - I can't quite tell from the aroma as it stands - but it mingles well with an underlying roasted sweetness, bready, with hints of caramel and glassy toffee.

Taste: I didn't like it as much at first, but I'm really digging the complexity of this one now, particularly as it warms. First of all, this beer isn't about any one flavor aspect. It's an insanely robust beer that's all over the place in terms of flavors, light to dark, sweet to savory, tart to saccharine, bright to heavy. And while I at first thought that it was a bit of a mishmash and a jumble of flavors, I'm beginning to get a lot of interplay now that I didn't detect before.

First, the base beer. It's admittedly a little hard to tease it out, particularly because (at least, I think because) so many of its characteristics are augmented particularly well by the barrel aging. But what is obvious are some toffee and caramel malt notes, as well as a few dark and stone fruit notes. If I had to peg it to a style, I'd suggest that it was an Imperial Amber or light Belgian Dark Strong of some kind. The tartness on this one is fairly lactic, though there's a fair amount of funk dancing around in here - both interplay nicely with the other components here, the former with the fruit notes of the base beer (and wine additions) and the latter with the malts (and the spirit additions).

And ah, the barrels. The barrels! Understandably (based upon their respective percentages), the wine notes are stronger, and why shouldn't they be? This is a sour, and the tartness associated with wine is a perfect companion to the tartness imparted by wild yeast. I'll admit I find it a little difficult to tease apart the Chardonnay from the Cabernet, though that's likely the immaturity of my palate rather than the confusion of this brew - there is something here that tastes decidedly plummy that I can only assume is Cabernet, but also a (slightly stronger) quantity of grassy, herbal fruitiness, reminiscent of sour apples and pears. The port is perhaps the most noticeable spirit in attendance, contributing a tawny (note: is that adjective ever not used to describe port?) dried fruity presence suggestive of figs, spice, wood, smoke, and raisins - you can imagine which of these augment the tartness and maltiness of the base beer. And then the bourbon, largely lost in the scuffle here, but nonetheless bringing the slightest amount of sweetness and spice (and indeed, it is nice) to the party.

Mouthfeel: The softest, most delicate beer I've ever sipped, hands down. It doesn't sublimate off the tongue like a Belgian strong - it's literally a cloud from the moment it enters the mouth, floating in to the mouth, above the tongue, and then down the gullet smoothly, cleanly, and crisply. There's really not too much to say about it - just fantastic.

Drinkability: I was shocked to read that this was 10.2%. Sure, sours are good at covering up alcohol burn, but this beer isn't overwhelmingly or particularly sour, not to mention that the alcohol presence in barrel aged brews is typically enhanced, not subdued. But here I sit, dumbfounded at the smoothness and maturity of this brew. I'm not sure what makes it work as well as it does, but this one's my favorite of the (admittedly young) year thus far, and I truly hope it's one Avery brings back - it's the best beer they've ever made, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 04:47:48 | More by CrellMoset
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery Sui Generis has a dark, copper-colored body that is orange at its core. The off-white head recedes fairly quickly, but manages to leave some lacing on the glass.

The aroma has some light sourness, all kinds of wild yeasts, and a ton of vinous notes. A good bit of fruitiness too, a lot of which is white grapes from the wine. Bits of oak also.

I know this suggestion stands true for most sours, Sui Generis really needs to be consumed a cellar temperature or even room temperature. This bottle was served to me cold, and I had to wait for it to warm up before the flavors opened up. The first thing I notice is a good bit of light fruit from the yeast, paired with white grapes that stand out as coming from the chardonnay barrel aging that part of this beer experienced. Next comes a good bit of sourness, a slight acidic edge and some brett flavor. Woody flavors from the oak are noticeable also. The finish has just a hint of bourbon and is rather nice. As I work my way through this beer I really start to notice the influence of cabernet sauvignon and port barrel aging. The port brings a desert wine type of dark fruit flavor the the beginning with light figs and plums, and the cabernet grapes creep up toward the end of the beer. Overall, Sui Generis reminds me more of a good geuze than many of the American Wild Ales that I have come across.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

There is really no way to tell that this beer is over 10% ABV. It is a great sipping beer. Complex as hell and very tasty, I recommend grabbing a bottle of Sui Generis if it crosses your path.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 17:45:41 | More by Hojaminbag
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glid02

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy amber color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of good amounts of funk with solid amounts of pear and white oak. The chardonnay barrel aromas are most prevalent while the cab barrels provide a bit of depth. I don't get much of the bourbon or port influence.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust funky flavors are backed by slight pale malt and slighter wheat twang to kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter is a good amount of oak influence - chard and cab as with the aroma - that dries out the flavor profile a good deal. Very slight amounts of deep and sweet dessert wine make a brief appearance before giving way to slightly tart fruit and funk to carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was the most balanced of the Avery barrel-aged series that I've had (Black Tot is the lone escapee). Very much worth a shot if you see it around.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 01:16:45 | More by glid02
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Sept 18, 2009. Consumed March 12, 2010.

Clear robust copper with amber and orange highlights. Good ecru head with pretty organic lace.

Funk plus Sour plus Fruit. Sour dark fruit. grapes, currants, cherries. Sour Apple. Earthy wood and funky herbal spiciness.

Earthy wood, spicy herbal. Sour apples, currants, cherries, white grapes, red grapes. Peppery funk. Sweet vanilla caramel and clove. nice bitterness that cuts some of the sour. Complex as fuck. Can taste the flavors of the different blends (cab sav, chard, port, and bourbon barrels).

Drying, semi rich med body. high carbonation cuts some of the body though. some puckering.

A very interesting and complex blend. 3 yeasts and 4 different barrel types. Doesnt taste anywhere near 10.20% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 21:37:21 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 22:06:20 | More by mothman
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 18:50:53 | More by kbutler1
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Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 19:01:28 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep amber with a good amount of visible carbonation and a good amount of head that sticks around throughout.

S: Nice, funky Brett hits me first off. Afterword, some good sour notes with some cherries and plums.

T: Not as complex as the nose. Sourness and funk with hints of fruit.

M: Medium body with fairly light carbonation. Some tannins but not too many.

D: Overall, very drinkable. The first really solid beer that I've had from Avery in a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 17:47:26 | More by Thorpe429
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Jeff (ipa247) for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle dated 9/18/09 into a tulip and shared with schen9303.

A: Pours a dense, 4 finger pinkish-cream head that never seemed to dissipate. Beer is a cloudy, tinted reddish-clay. Lacing is patchy and thick with great legs.

S: Nose is oaky, subtley sweet cherry, slightly vinegary, wood, and vanilla in the back. Not the most aromatic but pleasant with a characteristically wild smell.

T: Cherry, raspberry, cranberry dry and tartness. Great balance between the sour and fruitiness. Sweet vinegar and oaky vanilla develops as the brew warms. Dry, acrid finish with a slightly bitter, yeasty aftertaste that lingers.

M: Light to medium bodied, highly carbonated, dry, and very smooth. Lively tart with a dry and a bit powdery finish. Aftertaste is filmy and oily.

D: I, for the most part, haven't been a big fan of the Avery Bal-aged series. That being said, this beer absolutely blows my mind!! A near perfect mouthfeel with great complexity and balance in the flavor. Absolutely delightful and I'm sure to search this one out again!!

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 13:39:28 | More by SpeedwayJim
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koopa

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a reddish copper with a 1 finger white crown that displays some retention and good lace.

Smell: Loads of delicious wild yeast, slight lemon rind brett note, red wine fruitiness, grape skin dry acidity, and a mild wood barrel note. Sweet!

Taste: Wood and a touch of toffee malt up front that is quickly washed over by a wave of yeasty and moderately puckering brett. Just a hint of alcohol presence in the flavor profile. A good interplay of sweet and sour.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. The carbonation is a bit prickly on the back of the throat and I'd like to see it soften a touch.

Drinkability: Not bad despite being slightly overcarbonated and having a double digit abv.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 17:35:29 | More by koopa
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ShadesOfGray

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from BigEBeer, a big want of mine for a while...thanks again man! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my De Dolle large snifter glass. Pours a bronze-like amber color with a HUGE frothy off-white head with amazing retention! Leaves excelent lacing all over the glass walls, sticky, frothy...just a perfect appearance!

Aroma is strong of acidic sharpness! A massive wine-like resemblance for sure...which is not a surprise considering it's aged in all the different barrels. Some light sweet fruit present, yeast...and bourbon rising from deep with-in.

Flavor is sharp, acidic, fruity...full of carbonation, tons of wine characteristics, but yeast/malty to keep the beer approach strong! Wow, this is delicious. Medium body yet big carbonation that lightens the mouthfeel. Finishes dry...and leaves your mouth watering for another sip! Great beer from Avery! Glad I got the chance to try it~

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 02:06:58 | More by ShadesOfGray
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womencantsail

California

4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly hazy amber/copper color with a fluffy off-white head that sticks nicely to the sides of the glass.

S: A very pleasant aroma, indeed. Good lactic tartness, cherries, apples, and slightly vinous. A mild oak and funk to the beer, but fairly yeasty and "bretty".

T: The tartness is noticeable right away, but it's not overly sour in any way. The fruit flavors are there, especially the cherries with some lemon character as well. Good barrel/wood flavor and a subtle mustiness to it.

M: The body is medium with a very lively and high level of carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

D: I was surprised to see that this beer was so high in alcohol, as it definitely is not noticeable. Great flavors and aromas, I would happily drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 22:35:42 | More by womencantsail
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GarrisWH

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, deep amber color with a big, frothy, light-beige head. Good retention and leaves some lacing behind.

S - Tart fruit (cherry and apple) aromas jump out first, backed by some of chardonnay. There is a bit of funk hiding in there as well.

T - Sour/tart fruitiness with a strong vinous character. Subtle brett funkiness. Oakiness. Dry finish. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but is very nicely integrated.

M - Medium body with a soft carbonation that fits this one nicely.

D - Glad I finally cracked this one. Complex flavors that meld together well. I couldn't really detect the bourbon or port barrels' effects, as the oaky, wine flavors really stood in the forefront. Another well done brew from Avery

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 04:19:28 | More by GarrisWH
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a mini-nonic; shared at a tasting.

A: Clear medium-amber with a billowy, creamy inch and a half of off-white foam. Excellent retention and lacing. Beautiful.

S: Fairly subdued aromas of Brett, tart cherries, citrus, and light spice. Nice.

T: Smoothly sour and funky, with pungent citrus, mango, and grape. Very tasty indeed.

M: Creamy throughout, both body and carbonation.

D: Intense and delicious. Not terribly easy to drink, but I never would have guessed it was over 10%. It gets an extra half-point for hiding the booze so thoroughly in wild awesomeness.

Notes: This was the follow up beer to the underwhelming Perseguidor 5, and it blew it out of the water. Awesome beer, and infinitely better than Dépuceleuse. Good show, Avery, and thanks, Tony, for sharing.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 14:24:04 | More by woosterbill
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gford217

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Matt for this bottle.

Pours a brilliantly clear deep amber with tons of bubbles rising through the body feeding a rocky off-white head that remains a cap for the duration and leaves solid lacing.

Aroma takes a while to open up but it's very complex when it warms. There is a hint of lactic sourness with some earthy funk but the aroma is sweeter than I was expecting overall with dark, sweet fruits, brown sugar and butterscotch.

The taste is very wine-like up front with the chardonnay and cabernet definitely showing through. There is a light oaky spiciness with dark fruits underneath as well as a bit more brett funk than in the aroma. The finish is dry and vinous with an alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and dry and oaky in the finish.

I drank this one alongside the Brabant and I'm not sure I can pick a winner. This one has less funk than the Brabant and maybe a tad more barrel character. Very good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 01:28:24 | More by gford217
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of this in a recent trade with rye726. Thanks, Ryan! Into my RR -tion tulip. Bottled 18 Sept 2009, consumed 27 April 2010

The pour is mildly hazy copper with a large off-white head with excellent retention and intricate lacework. This is particularly impressive given that this is a 10+% sour.

The nose is excellent. Buttery chardonnay reminiscent of Temptation and big, fruity red wine character with cherries earth, leather, this smells great. Mildly tart, there's a touch of lemony/citrus sourness to go with a rather grassy, hay-like Brett funk.Some dark fruit is noticeable, probably from the port-barrel? The contribution of bourbon isn't particularly noticeable here, maybe just some coconut that works well with the tartness. Alcohol is noticeable, lending a spiciness that when combined with the woody character makes for a very interesting aroma. This is one of the better smelling beers I've had recently.

As with the Brabant, the palate doesn't seem to be as well integrated and not realizing the potential that the nose suggested. Opening with a pronounced sourness that's a blend of some lemon and some acetic character, there's a certain sharpness and zing to this that's enhanced by the high carbonation, resulting in a carbonic acid-like character. Plenty of fruity tartness is present as well, with cherries, some peach. Moderate grassy character is present working well with the grape skin tannins. Drying and quite tannic on the finish (though not as tannic as the Brabant), this beer is quite excellent. I also get a slight boozy character. Medium-light in body with high carbonation, this beer is very enjoyable and I'm thankful for the chance to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 22:37:33 | More by DefenCorps
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DiabolikDUB

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from Bottle into Snifter glass.

Pours a slightly hazy bronze color with a frothy finger of off-white head that remains a nice layer atop the glass. The aroma is sour dark fruit, vanilla, slight funk, lemon and lots more just not finding the right words but simply put delicious. The flavor sour fruit, bitter orange peel, oak, bourbon, leather. Its medium bodied with a fizzy carbonation and finishes slightly dry. There is a lot going on in this beer. The aroma is amazing and is the most quaffable beer of my most recent memory. The flavor was extremely complex and my words won't do it justice even for my own-sake. I found this very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 05:40:13 | More by DiabolikDUB
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caresville

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.6%
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!!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 10:35:32 | More by caresville
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally I get to try this one, seems like it took me forever to track one down, but well worth the wait! Served chilled and poured into a fluted snifter, this one was consumed on 03/30/2010.

The pour was near perfect for the style with a deep orange amber that was nearly clouded over with haze. Nice tight head of a finger in height rises up and settles across the top with gorgeous swirls of lacing across the sides of the glass. First whiff seems a bit light to be honest, light funk, sour notes, pears, and hints of malts starting to come though. No alcohol present at all and the sour seems very understated at this point. The forst sip totally redeems it though as the sour fruits and oak notes start to perk up. Nice touches of grapeskins, sour, sour grapefruit like flavors rip through the palate. Dark fruits, prunes, hints of vanilla and light notes of brown sugar can be picked up through the haze of barnyard funk. Rich medium body is more then well carbonated and really lets the flavor pop across the palate. Final sips are dy, vinegar rich and full of apple and pear back flavors.

Overall a fantastic sour. Very underated as I honestly think it goes up there with the big boys. Very, very well done. Please send me more.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 23:25:05 | More by mikesgroove
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.

Pours a murky orangish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is tart lemons. The flavor is tart lemons with some oak-aged character. The beer finishes very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 03:20:16 | More by Mora2000
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from JMBSH. A great sour ale, not too sour but certainly giving my palate a workout. Bottled September 2009. Body is cloudy grapefruit, topped by enormous level of white bubbly foam. Nose of funk but mainly also rich vinous aromas, and certainly more of the latter after airing out for a while. Mouthfeel is yes sour but also near creamy. Lemon, vinegar, and brettish flavours. To be sipped and enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 04:01:50 | More by Sammy
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy copper/caramel body with visible yeast. Modest white head, nice lacing.

The aroma is straight up wild ale. Cider vinegar, tart cherry and raspberry. Caramel, oak, bourbon, shock tarts, grapefruit, peach, green apple, brett, vinegar, tart cider, and a dry finish. Sour yes, but it also has that mouth watering malic acid that many sours posses.

Alcohol is a real creeper with this one. Sneaky!

Big thanks to Ratman for hooking me up with this bottle. One of the downsides of Avery's sour program is the tiny production. It doesn't help that over 80% of the production is sold outside of Colorado. I feel lucky just to get a hold of a bottle and now that I have tried it, I feel even more privileged. Thanks again!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 23:07:37 | More by BradLikesBrew
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 17:13:25 | More by WesWes
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95 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.