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Dépuceleuse - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

226 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 55
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.73% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rye726 on 04-05-2010)
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Reviews by MEsquandoles:
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MEsquandoles

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pungent. A joy to whiff. I could smell red wine and sour blackberry jam from 5 feet away.

A lot of sour cherries - also tart blackberry-cran-grape - that fade into red wine, oak, and then some mothy Brett and a lil clove. Not very sweet. Little to no malt chracater, but that's not a terrible thing here.

Very similar to the Brabant but no cacao or roastiness, and more sour cherry up front. This one seems to have more Brett presence for a little less than 2 months in the bottle - prolly from using the same barrels used with Brabant - a great flavour to pass on though! Worth noting is that Depuce is stronger and less was produced. Beernews.org shows it was in red zin barrels for a year.

Very drinkable for 9.73% !

There are some really great flavours going on here. As with the Brabant, def. worth seeking out, but I'd prolly favour the Brabant. This should age well and get funkier and become more drinkable as the strong flavours meld together.

2011-01-30 update: It's thinned and dried out, but still lots of sour berry. Wine presence is still very noticeable too. Brett seems fully developed, with some sour bacteria now too (sour green apple, lemon peel). Very earthy (like dirt or cherry pits). Kind of astringent. Produces a foul burp.
Sad to say I remember enjoying it more previously. I wish I had shared this bottle. Surpisingly low head retention. Appearance, Taste, and Drinkability have been moved down 0.5 each. This beer just doesn't seem as vibrant and complex as it once was. But still worth trying.
Once pouring the final 3 ounces, it becomes very murky. Lots of head that leaves after 2 minutes. And tons more oakiness.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2011 01:50:32 | More by MEsquandoles
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A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head which dissipates within 10 seconds. Body colour is a muted dull brown. Nontransparent and opaque.

Admittedly, it's not much to look at, but I'm optimistic.

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Dépuceleuse from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.