Dépuceleuse - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 57
Gots: 57 | FT: 3
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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Photo of Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 6/19/10

Bottled on March 31st, 2010

Ruby colored with highlights of light plum; I find it similar to grape juice in that respect. The head rose to one finger of bubbly foam; however, it wasn't long for this world. Swirling congers a layer of foam but recedes to a wisp in the middle & a ring inside. No retention or lace by the end.

Immediately apparent in the aroma are notes of sour cherries & brettanomyces funk. Closer inspection reveals overtones of wood & an effervescent booziness (the latter being apparent after swirling the glass). A nice mustiness is prevalent as well.

The beer is tart & tangy, especially for the first few sips. Sour cherries are in full force. Funk & mustiness aren't as pronounced as I expected, though maybe not surprising considering how prominent the sourness is upfront. Toward the latter middle & finish, notes of oak & zinfandel are manifest. It finishes dry & slightly spicy. Tartness does dull a bit by the end.

Medium bodied with two-fold carbonation. At the onset, it's moderately prickly; by the end carbonation has become very low. Hardly any appreciable alcohol heat. Funky, tart & peppery residuals linger briefly.

Depuceleuse doesn't seem nearly as complex as I remember Brabant being. It appears Depuceleuse is, for better or worse, intent on working with less. I enjoyed it, though there could be a few improvements.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice barrel wild ale, stimulating sour and fruity sense that works with dexterity.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle with golden avery neck foil. Front label pivots around an image of a barrel aging where the name of the brew is etched alongside an image of cherries. Offers a brief description of the brew on top, with a side narrative noting main intent of the barrel-aged series and this particular brew, with a general enumeration of ingredients, serving glassware and temperature. Notes bottling date(MAR 31 2010) and total production (463 cases), alongside Alc. by Vol. (9.59%) Poured into a medium size snifter.

A - Deep amber pour with a short lived 1/3 " head, short surface memory with a fair surface ring that fades shortly thereafter, and no lacing.

S - Rich initial whiff with a predominant brett barnyard sense, which moves to the background quickly to let a malty and sweet range permeate the nose with a cherry touch coating the caramel, and slowly taking over.

T - Taste has a similar range with an almost reverse sequence. Fruity cherry sense picking up the malty caramel ranger picked up by a sour note, a bit of brett funk, rather well integrated, lifting it up. Faint hints of vanilla in the horizon with a remote vinous glimpse as it warms up.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, providing a nice tingly balance over a smooth sense that concludes with a nice sour finish.

D - Nice complex sipper, not extraordinary but well worth the experience.

Notes: Rich and long but for me a bit short of the provocation. Makes me want to try again the other one I tried from Avery's barrel series, the Bravant, of which I have vague memories of broader complexity. Unfair comparison in any case, in particular since this is a good brew that holds its ground rather well.

Photo of Overlord
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a ruddy amber hue. Inch or two of off-white foam.

Smells like leather, sour cherries, a bit of yeasty funk, and maybe a hint of citrus. Interesting.

Does not taste as good as it smells. What was a pleasant zing of citrus zest to the nose is a strange sweet aftertaste that doesn't mix well with sour cherries, a bit of oak, tannin-ish leather, and ... some sourness, but it ain't overboard.

Meh. Ultimately forgettable, but not bad.

Photo of John_M
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on my recent trip to Asheville. The label says this was bottled March 31, 2010.

The beer pours a copper amber color with a light, reddish, hue. Head retention and lacing are otherwise so-so, though there looks to be decent carbonation. The nose is attractive and complex. While I get some noticeable cherry, there's also some light sour funk, vanilla and an underlying wine aroma. The combination is attractive, with the sweet cherry and wine dominating the aroma profile. On the palate, the sour funk dominates the flavor profile, though there's enough underlying wine and cherry to keep me in the game. On the other hand, there's no sweetness at all on the palate, which surprised me a bit given the amount of cherry aroma I picked up. The wet horse blanket, moose sweat and barnyard funk come on strong on the finish, but again, it's not so overwhelming as to knock me off my seat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with the beer showing good carbonation and decent length on the finish. Drinkability isnt' bad, though the combination of relatively high alcohol and sour funk make drinking this beer rather slow going (at least for me).

While I'm not sure the $10 a pop charge for a 12 ounce bottle was justified, this was still an interesting enough beer that I was glad to have the opportunity to sample.

Photo of Jwale73
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jedwards for breaking this one out. Bottled on March 31, 2010. Poured a hazy, reddish-brown - no head, just a cluster of bubbles. Nose had some very wine-like qualities, sweet raspberries and the merest suggestion of wood. Taste reveals vanilla, a buttery quality, some wood and citrus. Mouthfeel was light-medium with a lively carbonation - goes down very smooth. This is a very nice brew - not all that sour; however, that's not surprising considering the bottled on date. Nonetheless, I definitely want to pick up a couple bottles to cellar so I can see how this one develops.

Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a nice clear amber/copper color with a very minimal off-white head.

S: A really pleasant and inviting nose. Plenty of brett and funkiness along with a nice musty fruit and oak aroma, mildly sweet and tart cherries.

T: The flavor is surprisingly disappointing considering the nose. Almost solely sweet, cherry pie without too much in the way of acidity or yeast character.

M: Medium in body with a slow, rolling low carbonation.

D: A decent beer, but I was hoping for a bit more, especially from the nose.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from dmeadows, now trying it directly after a 2010 Red Poppy. Similar styles, barrel aged American wild ales with cherries, should be an interesting comparison.

This beer pours a clear copper color with a very thin, nearly nonexistent head. This is less red and clearer than Red Poppy, with less head too. Advantage: Red Poppy.

The aroma of sour cherries and caramel malt, more malt than comes through in the Red Poppy, and to be honest the Red Poppy also smells more tart. But Depuceleuse has its own assets, as the malt helps complement the funk in a more Allagash way than Lost Abbey way. Smell is a draw between RP and D, depends on personal tastes.

The flavor follows the nose, this is malty and sour, more bitter than tart in the after-taste, again reminds me of some Allagash sours, maybe Vagabond. The body is medium viscosity, good carbonation, easy drinking as long as you pause for each pucker.

Overall a solid beer, and probably a deal as it's a little over half the price of Red Poppy (still expensive though). But Red Poppy's profile fits me better, and is in the end worth the extra coin in my opinion.

Photo of bluetravlr
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cranberry/amber coloration. Very unique. Good amount of carbonation visible, especially for a barrel-aged. Slight initial head dissipates almost immediately.

S: Cherries are strongly present in the nose. This combines with wine and oak and a slight breadyness.

T: Very refreshing for such a high ABV! Avery has done it again. Like the nose, ample amounts of cherry and wine delight the palate. The funkyness of the brett mixes well with these citrus notes to create a complex, ever-changing flavor. Not your typical farmhouse. This is followed by a very dry, sour finish. There is a bitter quality that complements the sour/tartness of the cherry and wine. The funk really ties all these flavors together.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation for the style. The mouthfeel is what makes this beer so refreshing. Medium to light body with a bubbly explosion that is overtaken by a desert wind of dryness.

D: Surprisingly drinkable. Great strong ale for a hot summer day. The sour and dry aspects of this beer don't exactly make if sessionable, but a 12oz goes down in a flash. Yummy!

Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on 3/31/10, my bottle says 9.59% ABV,

A: Pours a red copper orange with a moderate white head, fair/good retention. Great colour.

S: Cherries and cheese. Predominately a sweet cherry nose mixed with the fruit bomb Zin barrel notes.

T: Brett funk and cherries form an interesting interplay. Has a delicious factor with the fruit to hook you with very noticable Brett - mushrooms, cloves and leather. Like an imaginary blend of Avery 15 and Cascade Kriek.

M: Mild acidity at this point. The Brett really brings the funk without a lot of acidity. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a cool little beer, I wish it was more available as I like to see where this goes in a couple years.

Photo of merlin48
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle pours a hazed copper body with a small tan head that quickly vanishes without any lacing.

Complex aroma boasts bready caramel, oaky vanilla, sour cherries, vinegar, and plenty of funky brett in the form of wet concrete and attic cobwebs.

Medium body has a zippy carbonation and a lot of tartness.

Taste has a lot going on. Very sour cherries, some vinegar, oaky vanilla notes, vinous zinfandel hints, and plenty of the funky brett found in the aroma. Wet gravel, horseblanket, and musty attic traits. Alcohol is well hidden. Finishes dry, bitter, and slightly musty.

This one was bottled March 31, 2010, according to the label, but there is plenty of wild funk already going on. An excellent candidate for aging but very tasty and interesting at this young age.

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle at our recent sour tasting.

The beer pours a light orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the brett with some cherries. The flavor is cherries and brett funk with some hints of vanilla. There is not much tartness. The flavor starts off with fruity cherries before transitioning into brettanomyces funk. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bceagles39
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a sniftern from a bottle at the Publick House (Brookline, MA) on May 30, 2010. Bottled on 3/31/2010.

Looks like apple cider. Virtually no head and no lacing.

There is a lot going on here. Smells more like a wine than a beer. Complex. Cherries, funkiness (almost a grassylike manure?), vanilla. Woody and tart and sweet. Very interesting.

A lot going on with the taste as well... A lot of tartness with the cherry and I got a sour apple flavor. Almost a vinegar character, a little too much at times. Vanilla as well. Some heat but does not drink like 10$ ABV.

Fairly light bodied with average carbonation.

A very interesting and enjoyable brew. But a little too tart and sour to make it very drinkable. A pleasure to smell, fun to taste, but the 12oz was more than enough.

Photo of jpoder
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles 3/31/2010 according to the label. poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Golden-red color with lots of carbonation and a head that disappears very quickly.

S- initially grapefruit, moving to pineapple bomb as it warmed. good amount of brett funkiness going on!

T- good funk taste with a fair bit of sourness. started with cherry funk taste moving to pineapple (Brett A?) as the beer warmed. could have dialed back the bitterness a bit for my taste

M- high carbonation, low body

D- Great beer if you wild / sour ales. alcohol well hidden. very tasty.

I'm surprised that my review was far different from others....I didn't pick up much by way of oakiness and mine was plenty funky. also, I'm the first to specify the pineapple flavor...it was overwhelming through the bottom half of the glass. I wish this weren't so expensive at my local shop...I'd definitely buy a few more!

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large head that dies rapidly. It initially leaves only spotty lace on the glass, which slides down to the bottom. The color is a reddish orange. The liquid is very cloudy.

Strong similarity to a framboise--lots of sourness and fresh raspberry (even though it's flavored with sour cherries) smells.

The taste is quite sour. It has the cherry flavor of a kriek. It has a rich body with a high level of carbonation. The finish is lip smackingly sour.

Personally, I prefer a real kriek.

Photo of drink1121
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow this is my first review in a loooong time.

A- Very IPA-esk looking with thin head that dissapears within seconds of pouring - typical for a wild. No real lacing, average appearance.

S- Off citrus smell with vanilla (from the oak)l. Not much funk, but more vinegar. Some light cherries - very similiar to some flemish versions of the style.

T- Big oakyness up front. Cherries and darker fruit behind that. VERY oaky aand big vanilla as it warms. No real funk again, not terribly sour or tart either. Well rounded and vinous

M- High carbonation, typical for a wild/sour.

D- One is good for me, but the 9.5% abv is well hidden. Overall a good offering. Glad I tried it, but wont seek it out again like a RR Concecration/Supplication

Photo of Gobzilla
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured brown with slight burgundy hues and a thin head that had good sticky lacing.

S: oak. Funk. And vinegar aromas with acidc and vinous notes as well. After a couple whiffs I also got plums in the nose.

T: nice grape sourness up front with hints of booze, oak, plums, and a little vinegar.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation and a nice tart dry finish.

D: I definitely love my sours and I have to say it was a good offering from avery considering they don't brew too many wild ales.
Drank good and will seek another bottle.

Photo of pastradul
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up the last bottle at K&B wine cellars.

poured into my Stone IRS tulip.

pours a nice cherry red. with a slightly pink bubbly head that dissipates pretty quick.

The smell and the taste are about the same. Starts with a sweet/sour cherry hit, followed by that lovely brett sour funk taste. With a nice dry finish. The Zin barrel comes out a bit in the back of the palate.

Not the best sour I have ever had but very good. Might hae to try to find another bottle around SD!

Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle served at Monk's.

Pours a very dark ruby red color with dark golden rose edges and a very thin pinkish off white head that immediately disappears leaving no lacing.

Funky tart aroma with a strong vinous and oaky tannis presence. Dry bretty efervescence and dark fruit notes, especially dark sour cherries. There's a nice vinegary presence in the nose with a prominent barrel character that gives off a touch of vanilla.

Flavor is very similar to the aroma with a sligtly funk, tart puckering mouthfeel. Not acidic at all though with a sweet vinous presence and prominent earthy oaky tannis that gives off some vanila flavor. Again, slight vinegar flavor with lots of dark fruit, especially tart dark cherry, grape and other berries. A bittoo vinous with strong wine barrel presence. This is balanced by the oaky tannis and while it is slightly tart it is not overly funk. This is a complex interesting beer that is pretty quaffable but not mind blowing. Another solid effort in this series.

Photo of riored4v
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Slighlty hazy, amber, dark red body. Well carbonated/bubbly head that faded quick to a ring on the glass.

Smell was tart cherries and some good acidity. Hints of malt. Mild funk from the brett and some notes of oak.

Taste had a medium-high tartness upfront that really hit the back of the cheeks. Nice flavor of the sour cherries with a mild maltiness. Acidity and tartness blends well with the zinfandel characteristics the beer picked up. Mellow tartness in the finish. Starts with a medium strength and smooths out nicely. Brett was noticeable but not strong with a slight musty presence.

Mouthfeel was light body with high carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability was great. No signs of ABV at all. Refreshing and a nice finish.

Overall I thought it was a great beer. Really loving this barrel-aged series. One of the better AWA's I've had as well.

Photo of Onibubba
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kind of murky brown, minimal head. Pungent sour cherries, but not like sour lambic. Kind of a malty, rotten smell. It tastes a little rough too. It was interesting, and good that it was in a small bottle - a bomber would have been too much for me. Not sure if I'll be lining up for the next in the series.

Photo of realmpel
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice smell of cherries. Nice flavor of cherries, a light sourness on the finish. Carbonation is subtle; it has a light soda-like quality to it.

Extremely easy to drink; I am surprised that this beer is close to 10%. Overall I'm very impressed with this beer.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most pleasant drinker, not that sour at all, more tart cherry, with redidual sugars and brett. The aroma was a hint of funkiness, a little cherry. Slightly reddish colour, a little head. Just a great accompaniment to lunch. Fresh stuff, bottled March 31 2010 and just received from JMBSH. Satisfying, above average mouthfeel

Photo of Bitterbill
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Freethyhops. Thanks Riley!

Bottled March 31, 2010.

It pours a very hazy red colour, about a 1 finger head of foam that is shrinking slowly.

The smell is everything that's on the label. Sour cherries and funk from the Brett, slight note of wood, some vinegar like tartness. A great start with me for this AWA.

The taste isn't as tart as I expected. The cherries are well done but probably peak in their glory near the finish. The funk is done very well and I can taste the barrel aging influence. A bit more tartness would suit me more but I can't give a huge knock to the flavours I'm getting.

It's on the low end of medium bodied with more carbonation than I would have guessed from looking at it through my glass. Still in ok territory though.

Drinkability? Close to 10%abv though it doesn't *feel* like it, I'd say drinkability is close to very good. Very enjoyable flavours but, not to beat a dead horse, I wish it was more tart..

Photo of DaveHS
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ale brewed with brettanomyces yeast and cherries, aged in zinfandel barrels. Number 4 in Avery's much sought-after barrel aged series.
Pours a hazy light pink with a quarter inch thin off-white head. Minimal lacing. The nose is vinous, with a light tinge of cherry. The funk soon overpowers the fruit, with a musty burst of horse blanket. The mouthfeel is light and prickly, which is a great way to deliver the flavors represented here. The barrel influence is light, so you'll really have to search for it. I got plenty of brettanomyces funk and touches of sour fruit. The cherry is present throughout, but never a dominant flavor. I have a feeling it would become more pronounced with aging. Would be great on a hot day.

Photo of champ103
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a burnt/copper/reddish color. At first a two finger, tightly packed head forms with good retention. The foam gently recedes. Light lace is left behind.
S: A light Bretty funk up front. Juicy cherries that are slightly tart and vinous. Sweet malt with some bread and biscuit.
T: Very tart and sour cherries up front. Light funky, but almost nothing else.
M/D: A light to medium body. Overly effervescent. The tartness, alcohol, and carbonation makes this a slow sipping beer. One in a sitting is enough.

Not bad, mostly a simply cherry tartness. Overall kind of a dud in Avery's Barrel Aged Series.

Dépuceleuse from Avery Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.