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Muscat D'Amour - Avery Brewing Company

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Muscat D'AmourMuscat D'Amour

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BA SCORE
89
very good

109 Ratings
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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 39
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.78% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: claytong on 02-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by tdjb:
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.17/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass format. Bottled: Jan 26 2012. Reviewed live as an American wild ale per the label. Gold foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap.

Expectations are sky high; I adored Rufus Corvus. Served cold into Avery stemware and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Fizzy and white. Retention is horrid - ~20 seconds at best. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear vibrant gold-copper. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a good appearance for a wild ale, but isn't unique or special. I'm looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Chardonnay is evident, as is white grapeskin. Supple. Golden malts shine - an apt choice of malt foundation for a sour. Definite grape must comes through; more of a powdery suggestion would be ideal. I pick up crystal malt and neutral brettanomyces, but no funkiness, sourness, or true wild character. It's a bit tart, I guess. Hints of apple skin. Overall, I find it wanting - for a wild ale, it's surprisingly clinical and sterile (at least in the aroma). As it begins to warm, some uninteresting neutral oak emerges - but doesn't bring any toastiness, barrel sugars, or vanilla with it.

No biscuity yeast or overt hop profile is detectable, nor are any off-notes. Aromatic intensity is mild overall.

TASTE: The malt foundation is nice - honey malt, Belgian golden malts, clean barley, crystal malt - but it does lend the beer a bit too much sweetness. The lack of sourness is severely disappointing; this is a 0-1/10 in terms of sourness. Don't expect any tartness either. Or funkiness, for that matter. The brettanomyces yeast does very little here, evoking only a glimmer of tartness that disappears beneath the prominent malt base. Grape must is present, but can't save the beer from its shockingly plain (and frankly boring) flavour profile. Oak is equally subdued, coming off neutral and reticent. It's balanced, but in fairness there just aren't many notes to balance. The chardonnay/white grape character is nice, lending the flavour profile apt cohesion, but ultimately this just tastes like a shell of a beer - as though the brewers forgot to add bacteria or wild yeast.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Low flavour intensity. I do like it, but its dire simplicity holds it back, and the absence of wild characteristics make it a fundamental failure in its style.

TEXTURE: Slightly powdery. Smooth, wet, clean, crisp. Well-carbonated. Medium-bodied. Moderate thickness.

I do give it loads of credit for how well it disguises its ABV - this is over 10% and drinks like it's 5%. Wow.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This texture complements the taste nicely, but isn't optimal and doesn't elevate the beer. More of a powdery delicate beer would help accentuate the grape must notes. Presence on the palate is nice, but could be better.

OVERALL: Extremely disappointing given it's billed as a wild ale. This is one of those neutral brettanomyces-only "wild ales" that stems from the erroneous belief that brettanomyces alone can induce sufficient sourness/tartness. Sour lovers will regret purchasing this - especially at its high price point. I wouldn't bother with it again, but if it were half the price and billed as a glorified wild saison, that'd be a bit more fair. This is one brew in Avery's (purported) sour lineup that can be skipped. That said, it's shockingly drinkable for its high ABV. But why does Avery always shoot for unreasonably high ABVs? It seems to come at the expense of flavour.

I get that they're not going for a sour, but even as a brett-only brew intended to showcase wine must, it's a failure. It just doesn't evoke what it needs to, and isn't that flavorful.

High C+

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MinorThreat for the bottle

Pours cloudy gold with a thin white head that fades immediately. Lots of bubbles.

Aroma is good musty brett along with heavy vinous notes and some oak.

Sour lemon/barnyard funk up front. Tannic qualities and finishes with a heap of oak and lots of white wine.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Not as fizzy as the initial appearance would indicate.

Almost more like a wine than a beer. The musty brett is a bit too much for me, but still good overall.

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Bottle courtesy of fortsambo. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a light golden color with a thin white head and a bit of lacing. The nose has some white grapes along with some chardonnay and a bit of oak. Mild earthiness. Flavor is a bit sour and tart with chardonnay dryness and some oak through the finish. Light tannins and a hint of alcohol. Light acidity. Interesting, but not quite integrated.

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Muscat D'Amour from Avery Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.