1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Meretrix - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.
MeretrixMeretrix

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

77 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 77
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 150
Gots: 28 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.62% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Schmittymack on 07-17-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SpdKilz:
Photo of SpdKilz
SpdKilz

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 00:11:59 | More by SpdKilz
More User Reviews:
Photo of zestar
zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-13-2014 08:24:18 | More by zestar
Photo of HuskyinPDX
HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.31/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2014 04:13:00 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of afsdan
afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

04-04-2014 04:15:34 | More by afsdan
Photo of jzeilinger
jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-08-2014 23:42:35 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
GeorgiaBeerGuy

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

03-08-2014 23:02:06 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
Photo of Knapp85
Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

03-08-2014 22:57:41 | More by Knapp85
Photo of djrn2
djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-08-2014 22:56:25 | More by djrn2
Photo of chugalug06
chugalug06

Colorado

4.76/5  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!!!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 22:36:39 | More by chugalug06
Photo of iatethecloudsfor
iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

12-30-2013 00:05:35 | More by iatethecloudsfor
Photo of budsandsuds8
budsandsuds8

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

11-22-2013 01:00:08 | More by budsandsuds8
Photo of AlexFields
AlexFields

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

11-16-2013 21:21:21 | More by AlexFields
Photo of dkw0063
dkw0063

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-06-2013 22:11:07 | More by dkw0063
Photo of jaydoc
jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

10-20-2013 15:04:53 | More by jaydoc
Photo of ncaudle
ncaudle

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

07-04-2013 03:24:50 | More by ncaudle
Photo of Rifugium
Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 02:22:15 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Gonzoillini
Gonzoillini

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

06-06-2013 00:46:42 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of drummermattie02
drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

05-13-2013 14:31:09 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of vonnegut21
vonnegut21

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

02-20-2013 01:48:32 | More by vonnegut21
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -42%

01-17-2013 22:58:30 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of drabmuh
drabmuh

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2012 17:48:38 | More by drabmuh
Photo of DavoleBomb
DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 05:17:08 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of bauermj
bauermj

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

10-19-2012 19:43:03 | More by bauermj
Photo of MarkyMOD
MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.2%

09-10-2012 03:38:35 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of CelticAleMan
CelticAleMan

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

08-16-2012 17:49:52 | More by CelticAleMan
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Meretrix from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.