Meretrix - Avery Brewing Company
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Reviews by Schmittymack:
4.3/5 rDev -0.2%
Surprised I'm the first here to review this one. Shared a 12 oz bottle that I picked up at the release Saturday the 16th. Poured a reddish-brown color with a decent head that quickly dissapated. Aromas of sourness, tart cherries, a bit of funk, and malt. Taste is where this one shines: sour and very tart cherries, oak, malt goodness, with just a bit of funk. No hop bitterness, just sour and tart. I loved this brew; might be my favorite sour that Adam and CO have produced. Will be anxious to see what others think of this one.
07-17-2011 09:29:54 | More by Schmittymack
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4.22/5 rDev -2.1%
12oz. bottle shared at a recent sour tasting
It pours a transparent copper with ruby overtones. A small amount of bubbles with no discernible head to speak of.
The aroma had a sharp lactic acid burn with some oak/wine tannins and just a little bit of sour cherry at the end.
I enjoyed the taste much more than the aroma. The acid was fairly strong but not vinegary or overpowering. An oak/ minor tannic flavor came next and last through the rest of the drink. I actually didn't get a whole bunch of cherries in the flavor. There was some sour cherry flavors but it wasn't so strong as if i hadn't know cherries were used I might have contributed it to a fermentation character.
The body was light and the beer was well carbonated. The acidity hampered the drinkability but it was still a very enjoyable beer. If I was comparing this beer to others with similar flavors I would say it's halfway in-between Supplication and Cantillon Kreik with less fruit flavor. I think the base beer is lighter than what is used for Supplication so I'm getting less malt flavors but has a noticeable increased acidity but no where near the enamel stripping levels of Cantillon Kreik. I can't wait for the day where American craft brewers can produce beers like this on a scale where they are accessible on store shelves.
08-08-2011 06:20:42 | More by weatherdog
4.23/5 rDev -1.9%
Thanks to someone for sharing this at the DFW-area Beer Advocate tasting at the Addison Flying Saucer in August 2011.
The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the sour cherries with a good dose of brown sugar thrown in. The flavor is similar. There is a ton of sour cherry, as well as quite a bit of vinegar, some oak and some brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.
06-03-2012 21:35:42 | More by Mora2000
3.88/5 rDev -10%
One of the more sour of this series. Near-wine, the taste is here but you know its not wine itself. Reddish colour, disappearing head. Above average mouthfeel, a sipper and good drinkability with a full meal. Very good creation, and worth seeking out for sour fans. Wine fumes.
03-04-2012 03:55:20 | More by Sammy
4.43/5 rDev +2.8%
First off, a huge thanks to waltonc for this great beer. Cheers!
Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark red, mahogany color. About a finer of head is achieved with a moderate pour that fizzes away almost immediately leaving the slightest of lacing.
Smell – As soon as I popped the cap I could smell this beer. Tart cherries, oaky wood, slight plums, grapes, granny smith apples, and some wonderful wet hay barnyard funk. As the beer warms, each of these aromas becomes more prominent (be sure to let this beer warm up to fully enjoy such a great aroma).
Taste – Woah. Holy pucker. I could tell this one was going to be a nice sour, acidic tart beer when before I even tasted it my mouth began to ruck. A strong sour presence up front that actually continues the entire sip. Sometimes with this style of beer you get an initial pucker sensation but it goes away. Not with this bad boy. The tart cherries are much more dominant in the flavor category versus the aroma. The oak shines through both as the beer warms and midway during the sip. There is a nice lactic acidic quality to the beer, a hint of vanilla, and just a little red wine vinegar in the taste. Quite multifaceted.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, prickly carbonation, finishes a hint dry and acidic.
Overall – A fantastic sour from Avery. Very happy I was able to try this, and even happier I have one left to see how a few years will change it. Definitely worth seeking out.
08-31-2011 00:11:59 | More by SpdKilz
3.33/5 rDev -22.7%
Poured into a tulip. Bottled Jun 29, 2011.
3.0 A: Moderately hazed medium amber color. Short lived fizzy off-white head.
3.5 S: Big cherry notes right from the start. Moderately tart with a potent helping of acetic acid. Plum, raisin, mixed berry, and pomagranate fruits. Caramel maltiness with vinous grape. Mildly earthy with a tough of musty funk and some outdoorsy dirtiness. Lightly tannic with soft vanilla and oak notes. Booze is well hidden.
3.5 T: Again tart cherries lead the way. More funky and less fruity than the nose, though the fruits mentioned are still easily discernable. Vinous grape is a lot more apparent though. Caramel, hints of brown sugar, and toastiness. Moderate acetic acid and a surprisingly amount of tangy lactic acid. Basement must funk predominates. Tannic astringency is a little stronger than I'd like, but it's not too distracting. Booze is also apparent in the taste, but again, not too distracting. Lots of oak and a mild vanilla.
3.0 M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation, but it's a little too bity for my liking. Also lacking creaminess.
3.0 D: Decent beer, but it's a little too unrefined. More astringency than I'd like, harsh carbonation, and not enough flavor integration. Might be better with more time, but it's still a little rough right now.
10-28-2012 05:17:08 | More by DavoleBomb
4.16/5 rDev -3.5%
First had: bottle at City Tap House, Philly, PA
Slightly hazy reddish-brown pour with a thin ringlet of bubbles on top. Aroma was fairly lactic, with a good dose of cherries and red grapes. The aroma was accurately reflected in the taste, cherries, red wine, lactic notes, tart but not puckering, dry oakiness, a hint of vanilla and sugary malt base. Enjoyable. Medium body, alcohol was right about where it should have been, moderate carbonation, dry, and easily sippable.
06-06-2013 02:22:15 | More by Rifugium
3.98/5 rDev -7.7%
Thanks to SpdKilz for this nice share at Zwanze Day.
A - Reddish brown beer with a small head that didn't stay for very long at all. And that's all she wrote for that.
S - Oak, cherries, a little citrus, some tart notes. There is some lactic going on here as well.
T - Cherries, oak, yogurty taste, a little bit of tartness. The sour and fruity things are more subdued in the taste and the lactic is more forward. This is pretty solid, but not one of the best of their barrel-aged series.
M - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.
O - Pretty good, but as far as American Wilds go it doesn't do a whole lot to distinguish itself. Good beer, would drink again.
09-21-2011 04:45:33 | More by AgentZero
3.7/5 rDev -14.2%
Shared by drewba at a recent sour tasting.
Reviewed from notes dictated into voice notes on my iphone.
This is a glowing orange, rusty copper, cold dusk kinda wierd color. Minimal head. Thin legs. It is such an odd color-- like burnt orange with 1986 Chevy truck rust chunks added in liquid form.
Lightly sweet malt followed by REALLY intense cherry notes. Some oak and some vinegar. The nose is dominated by the sour cherries.
The flavor is pretty sour, actually very reminiscent of supplication. More than a touch of tartness here. Very big sour cherry note with a lot of sweetness here too-- like those dark black cherries with the pits in them that I used to eat as a kid.
The finish has a strange off flavor to me... It's like over-ripe or even rotting cherries and other fruit. It hurts the score a little, but it isn't detrimental, though it brings down the taste and overall ratings by .5 each.
The body is pretty wine-like. Very little carbonation... bordering on none.
Overall, not bad. Depelcuese was a better beer... but this is certainly better than Brabant and several other sours I've had.
08-19-2011 04:16:38 | More by AleWatcher
Meretrix from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.