Dihos Dactylion - Avery Brewing Company

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137 Ratings
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 80
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: thagr81us on 02-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours peachy orange with but a little white head surrounding it, yielding miraculous lace as I finish from my Tops goblet. Somewhat Bretty musty yeasty aroma. The taste from the get go is outstanding. A full mouthfeel of fruit, with grape in the background, olives, pickle juice, apricot. A palate cleanser. Just what the Doc ordered, thanks JMBSH.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap for Churchill's Renaissance 2013 at Churchill's Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some fruity and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with a sour fruity flavor 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 with some nice sour flavors that make it easy to drink.

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour yields a light reddish beer with a small white head and a bit of light lacing. The nose brings forward a bit of wine character plus some raspberries. A bit of oak and mild acid. The flavor brings forward a good amount of red wine, oak, and lactic acid. A bit of berry and slight dark fruits. Body is light to medium with good acidity and some mild tannins. Pretty nice, though not my favorite in the series.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a very nice and hazy amber color right of the top. A good three finger high head of white colored foam then reached up and sat on top for a good few minutes before finally settling down

nice and sour. Lots of nice yeast likes smells coming off of here. A nice grain base was evident as was some fresh grass and a touch of light fruit. Nice sour cherry like smell coming off of it now. Nothing too heavy with the overall profile staying nice and light. This was very nice indeed, with just the right amount of tartness balanced against a good little bit of sweetness. apples and pears, with a touch of some light peach and fig notes. A good bit of spices. Nice sour and tart fruit notes in the back now, really starting to dominate the closer it gets to the finish. Very nice long finish with a nice sour bite that helped walk you through the finish, but never got too out of hand or too harsh, with the flavor staying light right up until the end.

Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Oakquinox

A: The beer pours amber in color with a medium sized khaki head.

S: Starts off with a nice lactic tartness and perhaps just a touch of vinegar. A little bit of a sour cherry aroma and some nice wine and oak aromas. In fact, there's quite a heavy cabernet note to this beer.

T: Lots and lots of wine flavor with a solid oak quality, including some mild tannins. A mild fruitiness which consists primarily of cherries and grapes, perhaps a little bit of red berries, too.

M: Medium in both body and carbonation.

O: Good beer from Avery. Pleasant to drink and surprisingly easy to do so, despite a rather high ABV.

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Eric (TurdFurgison) - a great birthday gift! Served in a ZBF 2011 tulip.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of creamy light tan foam that eventually settles to a solid cap. Superb retention, and large swathes of lacework. Body is an almost clear translucent dark orange-red. Streams of tiny bubbles are visible at the edges of the glass.

S - Large oak presence, vinous notes, musk, sweat, a bit of cheese, over-ripe berries, and lactic sourness are all present in varying degrees. Gets increasingly oaky and cabernet heavy as it warms, but it's worth the wait.

T - Taste is again heavy in oak and wine grapes, along with some tart berries. There's a bread and yeast malt character in the background, but this is dominated by acetic and vinous notes.

M - Creamy medium-full body, tannic and dry finish that is also lightly sticky on the lips. Medium, zesty carbonation. Some faint alcohol warmth, but the 10.74% is a bit of a surprise.

D - It was easy to drink 12oz, but I'd put this a notch behind Sui Generis and Quinquepartite. The intense oak, Cabernet, and acetobacter in the finish gets a bit fatiguing, and the high alcohol makes this more of a slow sipper than a refreshing sour ale. Definitely one to savor over a long period of time.

Photo of drabmuh
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not one of the good ones in my opinioin, served along side of the rest of these sours. Beer is yellow and mostly clear with a white head, no lacing, low retention, low carbonation.

Aroma is acetic with mild fruits and some other bright acid I can't identify.

Beer is light and dry, oaky, vinous, solvent. It is too sharp and bright, too much acetic acid. Not a repeat for me.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is great. I get a lot of tart fruit and some toffee malt. I could smell this beer all day long.

The flavor is full of tart strawberries with some toffee mixed in. The beer is fairly sour and is very dry and very drinkable. There is also a little bit of funk mixed into the flavor. Very nice.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled November 2011
Second soft pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a one-finger thick, nicely amber tinged head. The beer is a murky amber hue that shows a lightly hazed, bright cranberry red color when held up to the light. The beer has a buttery, sort of musky funkiness to it up front, but takes on a bright, almost perfectly cherry like fruitiness towards the middle and finish, but then takes a completely unexpected turn and smells distinctly of anise / black licorice somehow; this last seems to dissipate after a while, and makes me wonder if it was ever there in the first place (it was just so distinct and unexpected, which is what made it so noticeable while it was here). The fruitiness reminds me of the berry character from a fruit forward red wine. There is funky, slightly over-ripe cheese like aroma here, as well as a definite musky, funkiness (describe by many as horse blanket) that plays a quite significant role in the aroma. There is a tart acidity to this beer, it is not overly pronounced but does contribute a light acetic character that sharpens up the otherwise smooth lactic acidity. The oak character provides a spiciness and firmness to the finish that is quite woody.

The beer has a touch of sweetness to it, though only just a touch; this accentuates a distinct fruitiness that reminds me of blackberries, when coupled with the oak character it reminds me of the astringent and slightly woody blackberry seeds. The oak character is quite firm here, it provides lots of woody notes, a touch of spicy oak, some astringency to the finish as well as a tannic structure to the body. This beer is big enough that it has a viscous character to it that makes this more of a sipping beer. The carbonation provides some prickliness that helps to lighten things up just a touch. The tartness of this beer is definitely noticeable, though it is not as pronounced as I would prefer; the tartness is mostly lactic in character, but there is a touch of acetic acidity that adds a hint of harshness to the finish, and there is likely some acidity that was picked up from the barrel aging that helps to round things out here. At times this suggest at cider vinegar.

This is not nearly the beer that the Immitis is; there is not enough acidity (and I am not one that usually likes acetic acid that lightly accents this beer) , and the totality of all the components are not quite integrated nearly as well. The fruitiness could be a touch brighter, as long as the malt character played a better supporting role (the malt character in this beer seems to fall a bit flat and somehow seem a touch too thin somehow). Still, this is not a bad beer, it just doesn’t live up to the standard of the last one, from this series that I had.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours a clear amber with a limited white head, some lace.

S: Red wine barrel is clearly evident. Lots of sour cherries with a hint of cheese.

T: Vinous character is heavy. Sour cherries dominate with a hint of brown sugar.

M: Medium-bodied, well balanced with solid acidity, with a hint of spiritous alcohol on the back end.

O: The alcohol is quite well hidden here. Good flavours, nothing to blow you away, but certainly a good sour beer.

Photo of kscaldef
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a 1 finger off-white head. A clear reddish-amber. Aroma is primarily cherries and wine barrel. Initial taste impression is cherries, some spice, and vinegar; quite tart and prickly from carbonation. As it warms, the carbonation mellows and some wood and pomegranate appear. The alcohol is very well hidden. Overall, quite a nice sour, if not exceptionally complex. Worth the trade (thanks, doobliebop).

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.17/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber colored pour, thin head. Aroma was mildly tart, didn't reveal the alcohol, slightly vinegary, cheesy and flowery.

Taste, somewhat disappointed, didn't really bring the sour, was more of a kind of muddled profile, wasn't crisp, refreshing, sour that I was looking for based on its appearance. Didn't pull any distinct fruit flavor from it, it was just kind of this earthy, flower and mild sour feel. Old sock funk drives its flavor profile more than sour.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap multiple times at Brewvival.

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

Smells of medium malts with large amounts of lightly tart red cherry and raspberry aromas. Also present are light hints of funk and larger amounts of vanilla from the oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as complex. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by hints of vanilla and larger tart cherry flavors. Midway through the sip some funkiness dries things out a bit, carrying through to a crisp ending.

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

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was one of the more mild sours I've had from Avery. Easy-drinking but lacking the complexity and bite from their better attempts at the sour beer. Still, worth a shot if you see it around.

Photo of claspada
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a small quick-to-recede white head that leaves some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with lactic tartness and perhaps just a touch of vinegar. A little bit of a sour cherry aroma and some nice red wine and oak aromas. As it warms it gets a little funky, almost cheesy with increasing vinious characteristics.

The tastes begin with a great deal of vinious grape and a solid oak quality, including a fairly strong tannic and vinegar presence. As it warms there is a mild funky fruity mix of cherries and grapes, perhaps a little bit of red berry, as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is quite sour and tannic and makes the finish a bit astringent.

Overall I have had a few of these Avery sours and this we probably my least favorite to date. The vinous and oak flavor profile was a bit over the top and aggressive which says a lot considering how much I love red wine and wild ales.

Photo of jrallen34
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nate for this... Wow, a really good Avery sour, would love to try this again... pours a watery red brown with a light off white head, but watery... the nose is mostly sour cherries, a little simple but nice... taste has more going on, a very nice sharp tart bite, cherries, oak a bit of wine texture... get this

Photo of thagr81us
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had while at Brewvival! Served from tap into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured a reddish brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided quickly to a minimal amount. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, tart cherries, and sour. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, tart cherries, and a nice sour followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was another winning sour on the day. Avery really brought they A-game to this event. Really glad that I got the chance to try this one as the flavor was very nicely balanced and all aspects worked really well together. Even the aroma was quite nice. This is an absolute must try for anyone out there.

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Red amber color beer with a good sized white head that had some decent retention. Faded to an uneven cap with some pretty solid lacing on the sides.

S - Vinous qualities are fairly pleasant. Lot of berry flavor here with strawberries, raspberries, and some general other berry stuff going on. I get some sort of sweeter, more melon-like flavors on the nose as well.

T - Oak from the barrel, as well as wine qualities. There is a good amount of berry flavor with some lactic sourness on the end. Not bad, and the alcohol is pretty well hidden considering the ABV.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, tannic on the end.

O - Pretty good beer, not great as far as a wild goes, but quite good and enjoyable to drink.

Photo of gford217
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a murky reddish brown with a big creamy beige head that shows some lacing. The legs from the alcohol are actually noticeable, showing the higher ABV.

Aroma is heavy on the cab barrel, very vinous with red grapes alongside an earthy wood character. There is some funk coming out but maybe more lacto than brett overall in the nose. I have to say, it smells wonderful.

The taste has more funk than the nose with an initial kick that shows the brett earthiness. The backbone is sugary red grapes, blackberries and spicy yeast. The finish is all about the wine barrels - dry with lots of oaky tannins.

Mouthfeel is lively with strong carbonation and dry and almost spritzy in the finish.

This is a very good sour and definitely showing the alcohol. But, still, it's one of the better Avery barrel beers I've had. Really enjoyed this one.

Photo of FosterJM
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

610th Review on BA
Bottle to OSWG
12 oz
Bottled 2/11/11

Thanks to spdyfire83 for this awesome extra

App- Its a mix of a caramel brown with orange and amber with a 1/2 head. Very little in cling and legs. A very shallow sour but decent.

Smell- Big sour wine and vineous notes. Its tarty, sour and spritzy. Very crisp and pretty balanced.

Taste- Its not the most sour of beers but it retains a lot of the oak and cab flavors. With this sour its more of a sour than most of late that just throws a bunch of brett or lacto at it but still a bit unbalanced.

Mouth- Almost light bodied and high carbed. Leaves. Very tarty residual flavor. Nice little sour.

Drink- For an extra this was a very tasty little beer. Id welcome this again in whatever form I can get it. Tart, soft and oaky. A little unbalanced but good.

Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A = Caramel, almost clear. Not much near white head... Lots of spots for lace.

S - Ouch. Atringent. Harsh. Good.

T -Sour, nice, tart, appley, fun.

M - Errs to the sour, but that is the deal.... Yum.

D - Hard to drink all day, but like the chance to drink at all.

Photo of emmasdad
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't able to make it up to Avery for the release, so thanks to Ratman for sharing a bottle with us the other day. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a nice white head. Good tart/funky aromas, red grapes, wood, raisins and brett. On the palate, this one is light to medium bodied, with a nice tartness, wood, grapes, bordeux and brett. Excellent.

Photo of jsanford
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brewvial 2011.

Pours a lovely amber with a creamy off-white head. Very funky and sour, with aromas and flavors of tart lemon juice, cherries, and apples, with an intense tannin finish like a big red wine. Slightly syrupy and oily with fairly crisp carbonation. Moderately drinkable, but definitely a sipper.

Photo of Beaver13
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 2/11/11. Pours a clear dark reddish amber with a medium off white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is a whole lot of sour - some tart fruit with some vinous alcohol and some wood.

The flavor is sweet tart and sour fruits with some wood and some vinous alcohol leading to a dry, acidic, bretty, finish. As it warms it gets a little musty and leathery. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an excellent, complex sour. It's a little on the acidic side, but overall, well balanced.

Photo of Brew33
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up recently not thinking much would come of it, I was wrong.

This beer is fantastic. The apperance is good, reddish, amber in color with a very thin head.

The aroma is very promising. Huge Bretty nose. Stinky cheese, lactic tartness and big dose of fruit. The Cab barrel is very evident. A ton of oak in the nose.

The flavor is flat out excellent. TONS of Brett complexity. Stinky cheese, hay, grass, earthy flavors all over. Then a rush of sour followed by a mild sweetness and a very dry finish. Wow, I'm actually stunned at how good this beer is. The Brett plays lead no doubt. No trace of the abv. The mouthfeel is good, not great. Would like a little more carbonation.

Overall, I enjoyed the hell out of this beer and plan on buying it up if I can find more. On par with some of the best AWAs available in the US.

Photo of portia99
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Russian River stemmed glass.

A - Pours a bit murky and with lots of carbonation rising throughout the glass. Has a pinkish red tinted amber color and is capped by a finger of off-white foam that fizzes a bit quickly but then leaves a thick collar and a low layer on the surface for most of the remainder of the glass, as well as leaving behind some spiderwebby lacing too.

S - Interesting aroma. I get cantaloupe, over-ripe strawberries, red wine and lots of horsey funk. Mildly tart on the nose - lactic especially. Some interesting aromas here.

T - Somewhat sweet and fruity up front, still getting some strawberry but no cantaloupe in the flavor, but add in some cherry. Lactic sourness is on the low side, really just enough to make this pretty refreshing but not intense enough to be puckering. Red wine flavors come through more as it warms a bit. Alcohol shows up as the beer warms too - I found it unnoticeable in the first half of the glass, but it crept up on me in the second half.

M - Crisply and refreshingly tart, filled with fruity and winey flavors and somewhat light in body. Carbonation is ample and lively complementing the beer well. Sweet up front but dries out a bit on the finish.

O - Overall, a good effort. I find this very enjoyable. I wouldn't put it in the top tier of American Wilds...too many outstanding ones out there. I'd certainly have this again, although the $11 price tag for a 12oz bottle is a bit of a detractor for future purchases...rather go with a Girardin 1882 for a couple bucks less.

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Dihos Dactylion from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.