Quinquepartite - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by jampics2:
4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A 12oz bottle poured into a souvenir glass. Enjoyed with Adam Avery at his Adam Avery Experience at the Buckeye Beer Engine during Cleveland Beer Week 2010.
This was the "rarest" beer Adam brought out with him as less than 1000 bottles made it to the general public. The name of this beer (Quinquepartite) means 'something divided into five parts'. I know Adam chose that name because it is the fifth release in the series, but I have a better meaning: I, like all beer raters, always review my beers based of appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability. So, here's my Quinquepartite review of Quinquepartite! The beer is a nice amber color with a white head. It looks a bit more appealing than the other two barrel aged beers I have it next to. Some gold and orange highlights around the edges of the glass and a nice white head leave me thinking this is a great looking American Wild, especially on that is almost 10% ABV.
The beer smells great! Tart sourness and chardonnay grapes jump out along with some port and black grapes. There are notes of lemon, cherry, orange and strawberry. A nice touch of wood adds some earthiness and slight tannins to the mix. There's also a slight presence of lactobacillus bacteria, giving a sour edge, as well as pediococcus bacteria, which lends a touch of butterscotch to the mix. The malt is sweet but is buried in a sea of wine barrel, fruity esters, and funky organisms.
This beer tastes simply amazing. If I had to describe it in one phrase it would be: sour woody wine. What I mean is that the beer has four huge, distinct wine barrel aged elements as the base. The mastery of the blend here is unparalleled. I can taste the buttery Chardonnay hints, the Port wine's dark dried fruit and spice, the plum and cherry from the Cabernet and the spicy kick of the Zinfandel. The wood comes into play next, with some great tannins and touches of oak, spice, and vanillin. Finally, the sour element from the bacteria brings in hints of sour cherry and tart lemon. This is so complex and so well executed. One of the best examples of multi-dimensional flavor in an American Wild Ale I've ever experienced.
The beer has low carbonation which leads to a lightly sticky sensation in-between sips. But the body never becomes syrupy and the beer is enjoyable to sip. There is no hint of alcohol, as the complex wood and sour tastes that linger cover up any booze. I'd happily drink this beer again and I'm actually going to try to find a bottle or two to share with wine-drinking family members. A world class barrel aged beer from Avery's Basement!
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2010 21:59:55 | More by jampics2
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4.25/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to GRG1313 for gifting me this one.
Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with grain, wine, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet and sour grain and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super sour and tasty.
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2013 05:17:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.2/5 rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Beer is amber wtih a thin white head, no lacing, no retention.
Aroma is all wine with a little lactic sourness, a little succinic sharpness, and some oak...actually a lot of oak.
Beer is sort of like a sour wine, there are several in this series that just end up tasting like spoiled wine, this is one of them. I don't like, not a repeat.
Serving type: bottle
12-05-2012 18:05:51 | More by drabmuh
Quinquepartite from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.