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Meretrix - Avery Brewing Company

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.21%
Wants: 147
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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Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Mar 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

djrn2, Mar 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -42%

Thorpe429, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

zestar, Jul 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16%

GRG1313, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -7.2%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

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

JAHMUR, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

MasterSki, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -19.3%

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.

drabmuh, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Jun 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

MarkyMOD, Sep 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

afsdan, Apr 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Gonzoillini, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.31/5  rDev 0%

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.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev -7.2%

drummermattie02, May 13, 2013
Photo of AgentZero
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.

AgentZero, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev -10%

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.

mynie, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of kscaldef
3.95/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

kscaldef, May 23, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
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.

DavoleBomb, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of Sean9689
4.05/5  rDev -6%

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.

Sean9689, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

AlexFields, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of emmasdad
4.05/5  rDev -6%

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.

emmasdad, Jul 29, 2011
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Meretrix from Avery Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.