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Dihos Dactylion - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

127 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.19%


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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

(Beer added by: thagr81us on 02-15-2011)
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Patrickbrusil

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous dark ruby color with nice medium size bubbles. Looks like the wine literally mixed with a golden ale to get this color. Gorgeous.

Smell is funky as all hell. Almost goes overboard to the canned tuna whiff that ruins some wild and sours beers especially geuzes.

The taste is effervescent and robust. The wine taste of the cab is there but in the back ground. Refreshing and hides the ABV well.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 00:25:54 | More by Patrickbrusil
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 19:26:19 | More by jrallen34
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Domingo

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown into a wine glass. It foamed a bit at first, but things died down quickly.
The nose reminds me a lot of the RR Consecration. Vinous and citric...but still a bit sweet.
The flavor profile follows that same path. A semi-sweet balsamic malt profile that blends into a lemon-y sour citrus note. The wine character shows itself more and more as it warms. A bit of peppery spice in the middle (mild) that finishes with a hint of oak and tart grapefruit. The yeast is surprisingly not harsh or overly funky, which is welcome. Some of Avery's other sours have had a rough bite at the end, which is totally not present here.
Mouthfeel is a hair thin after the head dies down. However it's still not too bad after seeing how potent this beer is. There's not really a whole lot of heat going on.
Pretty good sour that reminds me a lot of the Russian River line-up. It's a hair sweeter and it's not quite as flavorful, but I'd still happily recommend it to fans.
The pricing was a hair steep, but not too crazy. I can't see them making this exact beer again, so it might be interesting to see what happens as it ages, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 14:03:33 | More by Domingo
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FosterJM

California

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 04:54:07 | More by FosterJM
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 23:52:21 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 02:40:20 | More by mikesgroove
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DearthVader

California

3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware.

Pours a beautiful clear, copper red, with a thick inch of tan head that is leaving behind gobs of lacing. Bubbles are very easily seen racing up the edges of the glass to keep the head lasting. The head does last the entire time as well. By far the most impressive looking sour ale I've seen. Excited for this one.

Smell is exactly like a glass of fine red wine. Very strong oak aromas with huge bursts of dark fruits coming through. There's actually not much acidity in the nose. Just a nice little tingle at the end of a huge breath in.

Taste is extremely oaky. It kind of works though. It covers up a lot of the complexity that I was getting in the nose, but it was still a great base flavor to have.

Good mouth feel with the nice dry finish you'd expect in a glass of cabernet. Medium to full bodied with slightly high carbonation, but it made this 10.3% extremely easy to drink. Quite a refreshing beer for such a high ABV.

I've been craving a good wild ale for a good week or two now, and I'm really glad I chose this one to get my fix. I have a few more bottles of this and I'm really curious to see what some time will do to this beer. Highly recommend giving this one a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 08:46:20 | More by DearthVader
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MasterSki

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 18:27:44 | More by MasterSki
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AAxsom

Texas

4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Meddlesome Moth in Dallas. Was able to have a bottle a few days after their Avery Experience Dinner. Split with a friend and chose this over the Depeuceluce due to the fact that this had Cabernet undertones. We were not disappointed.

Aroma is very strong Cab. Basically it smells just like a red wine. Taste begins the same, but the sour notes, fruit (cherry) and the carbonation take over.

Overall, this is an excellent beer from start to finish. I highly recommend this!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 02:42:55 | More by AAxsom
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UpToMeBeer

Colorado

4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Choice City Butcher for stocking up on this-- Allowed me to try a 12oz bottle, months after Avery's release event. I poured into a tulip glass.

A -- Pours a gorgeous cloudy auburn color with a swirl of solid carbonation. Nice fizzy beige head of about one-half inch.

S-- Sourness, grape, blackberry, blueberry, Cab Sav. Slight oakiness.

T-- Wow. Bitter, tangy melon flavors. Hint of cantaloupe on the finish. The heavy alcohol is part of the experience. Not for the timid. You've got to love beer and red wine.

M-- Medium bodied and somewhat creamy. Well carbonated from the get-go and the carbonation is pretty relentless. Nice quick finish leaves you feeling puckered and wanting more-- but not too much more.

O-- I estimate this bottle had been aging for four months or so. That must have helped. I bet I would like this beer anyway, but it seems to be aging very well. Excellent. I tend to like Avery's experimental stuff, and this is another feather in their cap.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 22:40:08 | More by UpToMeBeer
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

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

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle covered in gold foil. Opened and poured into my Dogfish Head snifter glass. Served at cellar temperature. Bottle dated Feb. 11, 2011 (10.74% ABV).

Appearance: Amber red in color. Fizzy offwhite head recedes almost instantly. Clear in color and no yeast collection at the bottom of the glass.

Aroma: There is definitely a pronounced funk note in the aroma here. Some tart cherry fruit and lemon notes are definitely there too, but it is definitely not fruit forward. Hints of Cabernet and oak are definitely present. A slight hint of the ABV is there too after further inspection.

Taste: The funk notes of horse blanket and barnyard definitely dominate here as well. Just incredible amounts of brett funk considering this hasn't really had that much time in the bottle. A slight tart cherry note is really all I get for sour or fruit notes. The funk is definitely the main attraction. Some Cabernet and oak notes from the barrels are there in small amounts as well. Pleasant and drinkable, but I could see anyone who was expecting a really sour ale to be disappointed.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation. Stays light in the mouth.

Overall, a really pleasant, incredibly funky sour. Unfortunately the sour element is really subdued. I really enjoyed the funk and thought it really added a lot to the beer. The other elements were a bit average. A good, not great sour ale with tons of funk.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 00:31:27 | More by Gosox8787
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a small snifter. Pours a ruby sort of amber ish. Hazy. Thin white head dissipated to nothing but a thin ring. No lacing.

Aroma smells super sour. Super funky too. Bit of sour cherry.

Taste is not as good as expected according to the aroma. It's really plain. Really just a bit of that Bret funk with a bit of tartness. It really needs some more tart and flavor.

Mouthfeel is nice and dry. Good high carb.

Overall an ok beer. Not worth the price for the 12 oz though.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 06:53:22 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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Brew33

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 14:58:24 | More by Brew33
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mondegreen

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into an Avery Tulip.

Pours a rusty copper with a thin off white head. Looks rather still, not showing any bubbles moving through the body.

Nose is tart, with elements of sweet fruits, tart vinegar, and a touch of funk.

Taste is interesting. The beer has a sweet/sour thing going on, but rather than a fruit sweetness it's more of an alcohol sweetness. I keep thinking this should be called a "Sour English Barleywine." I'm not getting any of the Cabernet, but I'm no expert in wine.

Mouth is heavy. It's not bad, but it doesn't have that dry, crisp quality that so many great American Wilds display. It is moderately carbonated.

Overall, an interesting take on the American Wild style. Worth a look, but not the best in category.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 19:49:59 | More by mondegreen
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alleykatking

Indiana

2.45/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to SuperNova777 for opening this bottle for a couple of us.

A- Pours a coppery amber color. Two finger white head shows great retention that ends up lightly capping the top of my beer. Nice streaky/sheety lacing on the sides of the glass when I took each sip.

S- This is interesting to say the least. I picked this up first and another couple people said the same thing. It smelled of some soured vinegar upfront. Nothing wrong with this of course....which leads to the next aroma. Tuna fish...as weird as this sounds this was a huge aroma as well. I mean canned tuna like scent. Like I said I had others agree with me on this one. After this there was a barnyard funk that went along with the style of the beer. Alcohol was light in the nose in the ending. Oddly enough this beer didn't have a horrible smell it was just well...disinteresting to me.

T- This beer starts off with a nice vinegar like sourness to it. Good start I think...haha. Next comes that damn tuna fish flavor. Like I said it tasted to me just like a fresh opened can of tuna. It wasn't horrible to be honest but not what I was looking for in what I thought was a soured beer..haha. Ending shows off some horseblanket barnyard funk. Alcohol comes in the very ending with a hint of vinegar as well. The flavor profile was pretty much dead on to what I was smelling...it wasn't too terrible but not what I was looking for in my flavor profile.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style I thought. Barnyard funk and tuna fish are left on the palate. Aftertaste showed a little tuna fish, alcohol, barnyard funk and hints of vinegar. Flavors were not out of balance but with such funky flavors I suppose it was in balance. No real off flavors?? Tuna fish I suppose was a off flavor but I couldn't tell of any other. High alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was interesting. Not horrible but nothing that I would be seeking out again. ABV really isn't a huge part of this beer until it drys out the ending. Like I said the tuna fish flavor and scent was not only picked out by me in the group but others as well. Don't know what that was about oh well...can't win them all.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 05:21:14 | More by alleykatking
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a New Belgium tulip.

Crimson red with a nice 1cm head around the top of it. Lots of bubbles coming off the nucleation etching on the bottom of the glass. Some thin but coating lacing down the side as I sip.

Big vinous fruit notes are the most obvious scents... Raspberries, strawberries and cherries mixed together in a fresh wine barrel. Some alcohol in there as well, as well as lactic like qualities. Nice.

The taste runs along the same lines as the smell. Lots of fruit and wine flavors with some acidic qualities mid palate. Pretty delicious and I would have guessed that this beer would have been around 7-8% if I hadn't known better. Not too sour, which is nice. Could use a bit of drying flavors in here though to round out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium full and juicy. Not too much carbontion once it is in your mouth which is nice.

Overall, a pretty good wild ale. Reminds me a lot of Supplication but without the big time cherry flavors you get form a fresh bottle of Supplication. Nice job, I would love to have more of this to age. I could see the beer becoming a bit more dry with time, which is really what this beer needs to be a great one.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 03:47:23 | More by auroracrisis
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 21:05:08 | More by Thorpe429
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AgentZero

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 05:13:21 | More by AgentZero
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ne0m00re

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes last week of a 12 oz bottle bottled 02/11/11.
A: Slightly cloudy burnt orange/red, cream collar and film and lacing.
S: Oaky cabernet, musty, cranberry, caramel... OK.
T: Slightly over-acidic, but otherwise balanced. Lemon finish, dark candi sugar, grape juice, and a sticky sweetness that stays on your teeth.
M: Thin and bubbly like champagne, it is crisp and sticky.
O: Nothin mind-blowing, but good nonetheless. I probably won't get another bottle, but I might try it on tap if the occasion arises.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 02:29:28 | More by ne0m00re
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Mora2000

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 05:26:26 | More by Mora2000
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b3shine

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to tulip. Liiks good; like a barrel-aged ale. Smells and tastes excellent. The sour and the cab-barreled wood complement each other nicely. Mouthfeel is good - warm though. Overall, a good beer. It borders on excellent, but not at $9/12 oz. bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2011 01:06:42 | More by b3shine
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Pahn

New York

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to BA morningthief for getting me this bottle (traded it for a KBS).

Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch fizzy offwhite head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Pours a slightly hazy ruby and leaves a few sweeping patches of lacing.

Smell: Strong lactic sourness. Mild fruit notes, cherry and strawberry. With warmth, the fruit opens up and gets stronger, but still not much else I can put my finger on. Faint oak. Decent brettanomyces tang.

Taste: Nice, deeper and darker flavors than in the smell. Creamy body comes as a welcome surprise, and works well with the mild lactic sourness, Cabernet Sauvignon, and vanilla oak flavors. Can immediately taste the 10.74% ABV--this is a hot beer, with alcohol heat lingering through the finish like hard liquor. More oak influence than wine, but the cab flavors come out stronger and deeper with warmth. More fruit emerges as well, with some melon and citrus flavors. Brettanomyces has very little influence on the flavor, though it comes out in the aftertaste occasionally.

This beer is packed with good flavor. Lots of complexity, and well-balanced. It's too hot for me, but perhaps that's the price paid to get all these beautiful flavors into the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy. Well carbonated. Reasonably puckering. Excessively hot, but that hurts the flavor more than the feel (I enjoy a nice lingering alcohol heat now and then).

Overall: This is a very good beer, though perhaps it's too confused to be a great beer. It has bright, fruity flavors bolstered by well-implemented wild yeast and bacteria sourness, so it should be refreshing... but then there's this enormous alcohol heat burning up the refreshment, along with mildly smokey and dark fruity cab flavors and big oak influence, both of which suggest a deep, decadent treat more than Spring/Summer refreshment.

The flavors are balanced, in that they work well together, nothing jumps out and overpowers (though the heat threatens to), but they're don't necessarily compliment each other that much. If it were food, you could perhaps say the chef should have done a little editing. Still, it's a very well made beer that's packed with flavor. I'll enjoy finishing this bottle (already about 40 minutes into it) and would happily buy another.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 22:37:31 | More by Pahn
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portia99

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 22:04:45 | More by portia99
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Brabander

Netherlands

3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the first sour beers which was better than expected. Got this beer in a trade with Listenatjoes when we met in Brussels.

Poured in my La Trappe small tasting glass this beer looks like a typical sour beer. A nice amber colour and the fresh sour smell in the glass.

This is not (and will not be) my favourite style but this is a good sour ale to try this style.

Thanks Joe!!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 21:32:08 | More by Brabander
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CashMoneyVagrant

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had 3 bottles of this brew so far. 2 were chilled/ fridge temperature & 1 was straight from the cellar. I feel it's best served at cellar temp. It was very closed in aroma and taste when chilled.

Poured into my Petrus triple glass. Nice rose petal, copper color with a light frothy head of foam. On the nose I get, well I get rum and fresh cut pineapple, very tropical. Even a bit of cantaloupe or honeydew. Oak is there, smells tart somewhat acidic, with fresh cherries & strawberries. Some taninns from the wine barrels are evident. I know the wine barrels used for aging are from the famed Plumpjack winery in California, which I believe the barrels held Cabernet. I'm not picking up alot of Cabernet aromas though, no lead pencil, cedar box, or dark currant.
Fresh strawberries and cherries are more pronounced in the palate, still fresh pineapple there as well. Oak, a little vanilla, buttery. Toasted bread or marshmallows. Tart, but not very sour or acidic, fresh crab apples. Tropical fruit all the way through. Has the feeling of a rum & pineapple juice coxtail. Light to medium in body, very easy to drink. ABv is hidden well for almost 11%. Tart red fruit, grape skins? Stawberries in the finish, with noticeable oak and tannins. Not overly complex, but unique.

The more I drink this I think of a Rose wine from the Tavel region of France, interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 15:08:02 | More by CashMoneyVagrant
Dihos Dactylion from Avery Brewing Company
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