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Meretrix - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 147
Gots: 27 | FT: 3
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.62% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Schmittymack on 07-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 32
Reviews by Schmittymack:
Photo of Schmittymack
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.32/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of AgentZero
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.74/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of waltonc
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up last weekend at Avery with the esteemed bardwashrind. Pours a very nice red/copper with white carbonation that recedes to a ring around the glass. The smell delivers lots of tart cherry, with some light brett and bacterial funk. Flavor, again, is overflowing with refreshing tart cherries. Bright, acidic, refreshing...an appropriate beer for a hot Denver summer night. Body is fairly thick for a sour, and the carbonation is medium/high. Overall, this is quite a good beer. Not very complex, but nice clean sour cherry flavors here. Definitely has a signature Avery flavor to it that not every sour lover will necessarily appreciate. But worth seeking out if you have enjoyed past Avery barrel releases. Would be nice to see Avery focus on some regular sour releases (a la Russian River) instead of one-offing everything and releasing some hit-or-miss offerings.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 4.14.14
Bottled Jun 29, 2011

A - Dark amber with a fizzy dark tan head that is gone fast.

S - Tart cherry, oak, raspberry.

T - Tart cherry and oak, a nice sour without being a puckerer.

D - Good cabonation with a light body.

O - Nice cherry and oak flavors with a balanced tartness. Good beer.

Photo of emmasdad
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Ken and Dan for sharing bottles of this one at the release a couple weeks back. This one poured a hazy amber color with a small amber head. Aromas of sour cherries, brett, oak, caramel and vinegar. On the palate, this one was light bodied and quite sour, with flavors of horse blanket, sour cherries, oak and light caramel.

Photo of claytong
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - ruby red in color. no head, but lots of fizz from pour.

smell - tart cherries big time, some wood characters are coming in, sugar

taste - follows the smell almost to the tee with sugar coming in a bit more than i expected. though tart cherries are coming in big time.

mouthfeel - dry and wet at the same time. leaves my mouth dry but starts watering for more. great carbonation, and medium bodied.

pretty fresh, im sure more characters will come with time.

Photo of chugalug06
4.77/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice solid white/tan head with good retention. Great clarity. No lacing. Fantastic legs. Brew is rosey red with a nice pink undertone.

Strawberry, cherry, cranberry, white grape must. Sweet, tartness, Not vinegar. No lemon, slight lime.

Dry, earthy, strawberry, cherry, green apple, tart, nicely full. Fruity, aromatic. Great full sour. Carbonation is very solid and high, appropriate. Body is medium and well blended. Sweetness is rock-solid and gracious! This is an amazingly well rounded beer. Slight awkward bite at the very end. Not a vinegar sour at all. Solid.

It's nearly a perfect beer. This has to be near the pinnacle of Avery Barrel Series... Way beyond recommended. I will definitely be seeking another, just encase someone has an extra lying around. Thanks RuckusD for the swap!!!

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4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-deep red color with an initial one finger head that goes away as fast as it was poured. Nice lively carbonation. No lacing down the glass. The color is fitting for the Cab barrels and cherries that this beer has sat in for the last two years.

s-as soon as I popped the top, the smell hit my nose. There is some muted funk, grapes, wine, sour apple, cherries, and some oak on the nose. I know this sounds like a lot, but it comes out as the beer warms. Smell is a powerful part of this beer. Lots of things happening in this nose, glad it's in a snifter.

t-WOW! Beautiful expression of flavors layered in this beer. The beer begins with some sour and little funk right up front. It opens to some cherries and wood mid way through. The beer has a lot of sour fruits in here, and the apples are making their presence known. There is a cider taste in the finish. This beer will crush your palate. The finish went on for a good 5 mins. Beer finishes with some tannic notes.

m-the mouth feel is crisp. The carbonation is right on with the beer. This beer has good body.

o-Avery knocked it out of the park with this beer. I think their barrel aged beers just keep getting better and better. Great job with all of the great flavors blending in so well with this beer. It is not just sour and then more sour. There are a lot of things going on in here. I found a lot more flavors in the bottom half of the beer that was warmer than the first half.

Photo of jIsh
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery's Barrel-Aged Series, one of the brightest spots in craft beer today.

The gold foil-lining invites me; the label is simple, yet elegant. The top of this particular label reads No. 8.

As I open the cap, I am treated to an intoxicating smell, cherry, wood and (red) wine flavors are prominent. The sour smell definitely seems to confirm that this particular blend did in fact spend two years in a barrel.

When poured into my Belgian-style tulip a beautiful ruby-red color accompanied by a thin layer of slightly off white head presents itself. The head disappears very quickly, leaving several larger bubbles around the edges of my glass. This is how I like my sours to look!

As the glass warms and the beer begins to open, I'm treated to an even more amazing aroma. Wow.

The taste is quite sour, tart fruit, lactic acid, slightly sweet finish. Great balance. The mouth feel is very dry, definitely a heavy red wine influence on this one. The body is a little thin; think it will "fill out" with a little more time.

I think it's safe to say that this is one of best offerings in the series.

Photo of Urbancaver
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden reddish orange. Nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells grapey and cherry heavy. Oak, lots of tartness. Tastes great. Lots of cherry tartness. Very tart. Oak is heavy and nice. Highly carbonated.... Maybe a bit too much. Overall a very enjoyable sour

Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: a nice copper mohagany color. Starts with a decent off white head and instantly dissipates into nothing. Nice and clear

S: lots of wood and cherry sour. That's basically it. That's an awesome smell by the way. A little bit of darker fruit showing up in the background

T: huge amounts of flavor. First off there's an awesome sourness all the way through the beginning to the end. The wood isn't as pungent as the smell but the cherries are bold a delicious. Super smooth for the amount of sourness.

M: there is a nice little sting from the carbonation which is like salt to food... makes all the flavor come out. The sourness doesn't dry my mouth out so I can drink for days. It actually makes my mouth water after every sip.

O: this is a Damn fine beer. This competes with concecration in my eyes and im troubled by which is better. This is an all around delicious beer and if I had more I would give this to anyone and turn them on to goodness

Photo of Sean9689
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into CCB snifter.

A - Looks like Veritas 005...ruby red, thin collar, wisps.

S - Sour cherries, oak, fruity sweetness, slightly acidic, nice tart pucker. The fruit and cherry notes are really enjoyable...could just keep sniffing.

T - Not quite as good as the nose. Sour cherries, yogurt, slight oak, some tart fruity notes. Isn't as fruity as the nose, lots of yogurt.

M - Light to medium, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - Good, not great. The nose is excellent but the taste doesn't quite live up to it. I would have again, but it's not a top-notch wild for me.

Photo of Doodler
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ox bottle split with joshclauss (thanks Josh!) - Reddish brown color, decent off white head. Aromas of tart cherries and lemon zest. Slight hints of wood and burnt sugar. Taste is light bodied, nicely balanced with a great mixture of tartness and fruit. Good carbonation. Funky woodiness and a sweet finish that leaves you wanting more. What a nice beer. Loved Margarete and what Adam and the crew did here. More barrel aged cherry brews please....

Photo of rye726
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into snifter. Bottle ran about $10. After being fairly familiar with the rest of the beers in this series, I was expecting a lightly sour, mostly funky wild ale with lots of barrel presence. Well, there was a good amount of barrel character, but this was the first of the series that is adequately sour. Good job Avery, way to get one right. It took you long enough! Well balanced, nice complexity. Crisp clean body. Good stuff.

Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served with all the other Avery beers. Beer is amber with a tan / off white head, small bubbles, low retention.

Aroma is cherries and some acetic notes. A little bite.

The tartness of the cherries almost plays well with the bite from the acetic but overall this beer is over the hill and going down. Drink them now, they aren't getting any better.

Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Carleton (SpdKilz) for sharing this one. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving off-white foam that settles to nothing - no collar, lace, etc. Hazy dark red-brown body.

S - Lactic with lots of yogurt, some bretty pineapple funkiness, as well as some musky overripe fruits, red wine, and sweet malt backbone.

T - Taste is more vinous and oaky, with lactic yogurt notes further in the periphery. There's some light toffee malt, tart fruits, and a slightly sour apple skin finish.

M - Medium body, with surprisingly prickly carbonation. Extremely dry and tannic, with extremely well-hidden alcohol - a common feature of these Avery wilds.

D - This one is in the middle of the pack for me when it comes to Avery sours. Significantly better than the wide release ones, but not quite on the same level as Sui Generis. I'd gladly have this one again if offered.

Photo of kscaldef
3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper, just slightly brown. Minimal head and retention. Aromas of cherry and wine dominate, with earthy blackberry undertones. Intensely sour flavors of pie cherries and lemon. Just enough bitterness to finish clean. Another nice beer in the Avery barrel-aged series.

Photo of BeerBATvocate
4.97/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into Tulip glass

A- Quite the beautiful hue. Pours a deep copper-red, with thin pillowy head that fades at a medium pace. Minimal lacing.

S- Wow. Simply stunning aroma. Strong smell of sour cherry, followed immediately by very pronounced Cabernet qualities. The sour really comes out in the nose. It's something I could sit and smell for hours(and did, well, an hour at least).

T- The taste very much matches the nose, with more pronunciation on both the cherry and the Cab traits. In addition, you taste the Brett pretty upfront. And the Lactobacillus and Pediococcus really pronounce the lingering, and increasingly sour taste that coats your palate like a bed sheet draped over it. Quite the sour punch. Simply marvelous. There are some Red Wine Tannin characteristics that seem to hang around in the background. The Brett character seems to dance around the sour cherry, as if it was a shuffle. Beautiful balance of flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is silky, slick, and coats fairly well. Nice Medium body to it. Possibly slightly higher than a typical Sour.

O- Pretty scary on the drinkability. It's rated at 9.62% ABV, but very much drinks like it's 7. Quite impressive. Overall, pretty big sour bite to it, and yet super duper drinkable. Very tasty. Each flavor and aspect played well with one another. Balanced, refined, and yet, kind of in your face at the same time(in a good way). IMO, this is the best Sour to leave Avery. Hands down. [cue applause]

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Meretrix from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.