Dépuceleuse - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by connecticutpoet:
3.93/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
100% Brett fermentation? Dang, this is going to be INTERESTING! I LOVE wild ales!
On the pour, I got a three finger head atop a hazy, deep amber body. The head was loud, fizzy, and fast dissipating. It eventually disappeared, leaving not even a ring.
Aroma started out wild and FUNKY. Lots of sour fruit, apples, some cherries, and a little vinous. Lurking down beneath it all was a nice malt foundation, but I had to go hunting to find it. Very complex.
Taste was more tart than sour, but both were present. Some woody oak presence was definitely up front. It was a little vinous, but not too out of balance. A fair amount of fruitiness was thrown in there, but no sweetness to accompany it.
Mouthfeel was pretty good. Not heavy, a little thinner than expected but not really watery. Somewhat smooth.
Very easy drinking. Too bad it's a one-shot, and so expensive. Glad to have had the opportunity.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2010 01:50:47 | More by connecticutpoet
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3.58/5 rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bottle served into an Avery stem-snifter as the Easy Tiger bar here in Austin, Texas on a special Avery night. Cost was a wallet-raping #30.00 USD (it was my birthday, so I paid it). 9.59% ABV. Bottled March 31st, 2010. "Barrel aged wild ale." Expectations were high. Reviewed from notes taken two nights ago.
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.
Sm: Musty sour cherry. Zinfandel/white grapes. Some brettanomyces funkiness along with the mustiness. Lightly tat. Doesn't seem too sour. Depleted white wine. Not too tannic. A bit acetic. Fleeting hints of oak wood. No hop character. Quite appealing, though the age is noticeable - in a bad sense. Mild in strength. Luscious and attractive.
T/Mf: Luscious full grape notes. Nice fruity smacky tartness. Tame sourness. It's not puckering. Pleasantly sour, with some nice acetic character. Subtle timid brettanomyces funkiness. No hop presence. Malty base is seamless: red malts and Belgian malts provide a hardly noticeable foundation which doesn't intrude on the sourness. Rustic wood lends it a natural cohesion, but there's no identifiable oak. The grape is fantastic; I definitely get zinfandel when I search for it, but I'm not so pretentious I'd wager I could recognize it blind. The cherry notes could be more interesting; they're a bit shallow. The alcohol is dangerously well hidden. Well balanced, though it seems age has made it a bit reticent.
Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, almost refreshing. A bit too thick and imposing for the style and flavour profile.
I don't find any spices in the flavour profile. Below average depth of flavour. Below average intensity; quite mellow for a sour. Average duration of flavour. I like it.
Not oily, harsh, astringent, boozy, hot, or gushed. Has a decent presence on the palate. Not too acidic.
Dr: Quite drinkable. I think it'd be better fresh. Drink it now if you have one. At $30, I definitely wouldn't buy it again, but it's nice to try once. A tasty but not world class sour from Avery. Hides its ABV well. Will satisfy sour lovers but not blow them away.
Serving type: bottle
11-04-2013 21:35:30 | More by kojevergas
Dépuceleuse from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.