1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Meretrix - Avery Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

80 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 80
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 145
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:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 32 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ricoch3t
5/5  rDev +16%

ricoch3t, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of kkrez
5/5  rDev +16%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +16%

GRG1313, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of tms2929
5/5  rDev +16%

tms2929, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of splax23
5/5  rDev +16%

splax23, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jfstilling
5/5  rDev +16%

jfstilling, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +16%

HopStoopid120, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Anthony1
5/5  rDev +16%

Anthony1, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
5/5  rDev +16%

brew3crew, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of quine
5/5  rDev +16%

quine, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of lcmir23
5/5  rDev +16%

lcmir23, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of BeerBATvocate
4.97/5  rDev +15.3%
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]

BeerBATvocate, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of chugalug06
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!!!

chugalug06, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of beerwolf77
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

beerwolf77, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of budsandsuds8
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

budsandsuds8, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
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

chefmikeanderson, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Gonzoillini, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of leprakhan
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

leprakhan, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of tlbarsh
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

tlbarsh, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of funkyaudio
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

funkyaudio, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of RSchaeffer
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

RSchaeffer, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Knapp85, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Axnjxn
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Axnjxn, Oct 01, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Meretrix from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.