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Meretrix - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
94
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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 151
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)
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -42%

01-17-2013 22:58:30 | More by Thorpe429
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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
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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
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seeswo

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

12-01-2011 04:29:45 | More by seeswo
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 04:16:38 | More by AleWatcher
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:55:20 | More by Sammy
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mynie

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super rare. Acquired via trade with BeerBATvocate. This is the first time I've had one of Avery's rare beers. The first time I've had a very rare sour, too, I think--certainly it's the first time that a sour has been the main object of a trade. What should my expectations be? Should what I expect out of the beer be dictated by the number of hoops I had to jump through in order to acquire it?

Smells dull. Not bad, but faint: more like unripe cherries than lactobacillus.

Tastes SOUR. Pleasant, but not as complex as I was hoping. The oakiness comes through after I've had a couple sips and grown accustom to the sourness' intensity. It doesn't really mellow things out so much as it accentuates the tart. The back end is really, really nice, though, with big bursts of red fruit that remind me of New Glarus' Belgian Red.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 03:45:19 | More by mynie
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 20:49:09 | More by kscaldef
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 04:45:33 | More by AgentZero
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buffs9

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.2%

02-12-2012 23:31:43 | More by buffs9
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

10-20-2013 15:04:53 | More by jaydoc
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WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-31-2012 20:33:46 | More by WeisGuy
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-16-2011 05:31:40 | More by ChrisPro
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waltonc

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 03:30:22 | More by waltonc
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Romulux

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7.2%

05-20-2012 18:22:59 | More by Romulux
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dkw0063

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

11-06-2013 22:11:07 | More by dkw0063
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teamizm

California

4/5  rDev -7.2%

12-01-2011 06:34:53 | More by teamizm
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.2%

05-13-2013 14:31:09 | More by drummermattie02
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.2%

03-08-2014 22:56:25 | More by djrn2
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7.2%

09-10-2012 03:38:35 | More by MarkyMOD
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 00:25:44 | More by emmasdad
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 02:42:31 | More by Sean9689
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readbaron

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orangeish red with a hint of white foam.

Smells sour with sweet cherries and a hint of cabernet.

Sweet and sour - lots of vinegar tartness combined with a bit of cherry sweetness. The cabernet aging is noticable and adds a layer of depth.

Mouthfeel is good. A bit stickier than I'd like - could use a tad more carbination.

Overall - another solid offering form avery. Their sour beers continue to impress.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 04:54:13 | More by readbaron
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to readbaron for sharing this bottle.

Appearance: Meretrix has a light, mostly transparent brown color with an orange cherry tint. A small tan head forms on pouring and fades to nothing over time.

Smell: Lots of sour cherry, tart and pleasant, with a robust cabernet and some oak behind it. Not very subtle.

Taste: Tart cherries and vinegar up front combine with the cabernet, which lays slightly in the background, along with a little bit of oak. The finish is tart and acidic.

Mouthfeel: This is definitely tart, fairly acidic, and somewhat vinegary. Light to medium carbonation and a light body leaves the emphasis on the sour cherry and cabernet notes.

Overall:

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 04:59:49 | More by KickInTheChalice
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.08/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 02:25:00 | More by MasterSki
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Meretrix from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.