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Eremita - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

The first release in our Tap Room Only series, it’s a strong sour ale with a moderate lactic acid bite, a hint of acetic acid flavor, and some mild farmhouse funk that melds well with the red wine aroma.

(Beer added by: corby112 on 06-23-2011)
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quine, Dec 09, 2011
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4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Rarely do I rate beers but I value all the ones I read for the hidden flavors. I must say Avery tap room is a personal Mecca to me. I'm an east coast resident that travels to Boulder a lot and never miss Avery brewery when I come to town. Up until now their Brabant and Depeuseluse were the two best beers I've ever had but they topped it with Eremita.

The smell is obvious Brett beer farmhouse smell. It's one of those "this could be either incredible or horrifying" smells that I love with geuze beers and lambics. But knowing Avery's mastery with Brett beers, no fear at all.... Smell is definitely on the sour/bitter side though rather than sweet

The taste out of the tiny snifter is absolutely incredible. It's sweet with a perfect balance of sour.. And by that I mean reeealy sweet and reeealy sour in a perfect dichotomy. I'm told it has a blend from the old Depeuseluse casks with newer blends which I can't verify but I can imagine. Lots of woody flavors to increase complexity. Yet highly enjoyable to a "novice beer master".

The color is cloudy dark red and the head stays solid even while it warms up. And letting it warm up certainly doesn't hurt. Its nice to take a few sips cold and get the sweet character, move on to their selection of great tap-room-only dry hopped IPA's, and finish up this fantastic beer nice and warm where the more sour fruit character comes out. Like cherry and apple rind comes out from the jumble. The alcohol taste also starts to appear when warmed up but not enough to detract from other flavors.

This is a BOLD beer but still subtle in the right areas. Absolute,y worth a trip to the tap room at Avery which I already highly recommend (just keep it a secret since it's already been growing too fast over the past few years)

lespaul85, Aug 30, 2011
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jIsh, Dec 24, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the tasting room.

Pours a very dark, hazy copper color that is completely opaque with dark golden orange hues and a frothy creamy two finger off white head.  Excellent retention only slowly fading into lasting cap.  Spots of soapy lace left behind.  

Tart, funky aroma with lots of earthy oak and dark fruit as well as some funky barnyard notes and musty Brett.  Vinegar acetic quality with vinous dark fruit notes, especially cherry and grape along with some toasted oak.  

Full bodied with a slight creamy texture with a tart, puckering presence up front that is sour without being very acidic.  Prominent barrel character with a good bit of toasted oak, vanilla and vinous dark fruit.  Hints of grape, sour dark cherry and a lingering vinegary puckering finish that makes me salivate for more.  

corby112, Jun 23, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Caleb, Oct 14, 2012
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4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Avery’s. Told it was a sour / wild ale aged in wine barrels. Pours a cloudy copper color with a decent head and nice lacing. Big funky fruity nose. Flavors are nicely sour and vinous, with a slight woody, balsamic vinegar flavor on the finish. Yummy stuff. This really should be bottled...

Doodler, Sep 11, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i believe the abv is 10.4, i know its 10 something.

appearance - orange amber, opaque from haze, good head that lingers the whole time im drinking

smell - sour apples, grapes, very fruity

taste - tangerines, sour apples, sweet lemon

mouthfeel - nice crisp dry finish

a solid sour. up there with rr's.

claytong, Jul 12, 2011
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery, ABV-10.6%

A-Red, with a small amount of white head.

S-Tart cherries, red wine.

T-Oak, more red wine and tart cherries.

M-Clean and crisp.

O-A good sour, definitely tastes like it was aged in zin and cab barrels as advertised. Loving this offering from Avery

emaciated, Sep 05, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at their brewery

YUM. A strong sour ale aged in Cabernet AND Zinfandel barrels.

Served in a little baby snifter, poured a dark, hazy brown, burnt orange around the edges, with a small layer of eggshell head; some streaking on the glass, but not much in the way of lacing, as would be expected from a high ABV brew. Aroma of tart fruits, cherries, white grapes, oranges, with some yeasty notes coming through. Blast of flavor, with lots of fruit, cherries, grapes, white wine, sour apple, citrus pith, oak, acetic acid (vinegar, but not that bitter), woody, all on a solid malt base. I'll say it again: YUM. Alcohol definitely noticeable, but that's how it goes. On the heavy end of medium-bodied, smooth, but very strong. Definitely drinkable, just use caution.

Rifugium, Aug 24, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

LotsofLupulin, Oct 21, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was lucky enough to try this one at the Avery Tap Room. Beer was served in a four-ounce snifter that nearly toppled over the rim.

A: Color was a deep reddish brown typical of a Flanders Red, although a bit more opaque than usual.

S: Smell was relatively mild for a sour with hints of grape jelly, cherries and lemon.

T: The taste matched the nose, as this beer was not overly sweet or sour. It made my lips smack just enough to enjoy the bite. Despite an initial taste of ripe sour cherries and dark fruit, the acidity of lemon tartness really shone through. As the beer warmed, it really opened up, inviting sugary flavors and a yeasty, malty backbone.

M: The mouthfeel was a bit thin compared with other sours, although this did not detract from the overall enjoyment of the beer.

O: I highly recommend those who make it to the Avery Tap Room to give this one a try. For those who haven't made the foray into sours, Eremita would make for a solid introduction and leave you puckering for more.

techster14, Jul 10, 2011
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Eremita from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.