Recolte Sauvage - Avery Brewing Company
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2.73/5 rDev -29.5%
Bottle courtesy of fortsambo. Served in a mini snifter. Pours dark with a thin head and not too much retention. The nose has a heavy whiff of red-wine grapes along with oak and acidity. Dark fruits and berries in the background. Flavor is similar, with a heavy emphasis on the barrel character. Medium body. A bit tannic. Interesting, but not something I’d revisit right away.
12-15-2012 18:59:22 | More by Thorpe429
3.48/5 rDev -10.1%
Shared at a line up with all the Avery sours, this was one of the not horrid ones and in this group that is a compliment. This one was more vinous than I expected but by this time all expectations were lost.
Beer is reddish / brown with a tan head, low retention, no lacing, some carbonation, Looks good.
Aroma is sour, secondary metabolites, sharp, vinous, grapes.
Beer is a little fruity still but the sharpness of the finish sort of detracts from the experience for me, it is way sour, very tart, a little solventy. I don't think I'd have it again.
12-05-2012 17:21:12 | More by drabmuh
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
Similar quality to its sister-release, the Muscat D'Amour-- Good, but not great. I like the medium-to-full-body character. The taste has some complexity to it, but nothing really shines. A decent Cab Sav grape/red cherry dominates, with a hint of oak. Minimal sourness, and not much on the finish. Mine was a bottle purchased at the release about 9 months prior at Avery.
12-05-2012 04:33:04 | More by UpToMeBeer
3.6/5 rDev -7%
Pours a hazy reddish brown with a tan head with pink hues. Head is smallish and recedes to a thin cap with spotty lacing.
Aroma is very much like a red wine with plen Cabernet characteristics, but with some sweet sugary notes mixed in. Definitely some oak as well. Nt much Brett that I detect.
More red wine up front in the taste with some sugar and yeast underneath. The finish is dry and earthy with a heavy red wine slant. Brett makes an appearance but is not as prominent as the wine.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Having just had the last barrel series, this one doesn't quite stack up to the Muscat D'Amour, but it's not bad. Definitely for the red wine lover.
08-10-2012 02:48:04 | More by gford217
3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
Pours a deep, dark red color with a small off-white head. Holy crap does this smell sweet. Intense grape aroma and just as much sweet jam kind of smell. Lots of berry type notes to it (blackberry and boysenberry, mostly). The flavor is no different. Intense sugary sweetness with berry jam and overripe grapes dominating. Some red wine, a bit of wood, and minimal tartness to break up the sweetness.
07-17-2012 17:59:52 | More by womencantsail
4.18/5 rDev +8%
APPEARANCE: This beer looks like a bubbly rose. When held up to the light a very pretty and bright red shines through with a lot of bubbles popping up from the bottom. A large patch of sediment also sits at the bottom, but doesn't cloud up the beer. It stays separate.
SMELL: It requires a swirl or two to really bring out the full aroma, but it is a very pleasant one once you do. Tart apple and sour lead the way with some lighter fruit as well.
TASTE: Like the nose, tartness dominates here. Some fruit juice-like flavors also mingle as a slight swell of chocolate flavor subtly rises towards the middle of the sip. This beer tastes like a nice, tart, medium bodied red wine.
MOUTHFEEL: The Sauvage is a much lighter and more playful beer than I would have expected given its color. A nice sparkle and medium body give it a pleasant mouthfeel.
OVERALL: In my opinion, the Recolte is superior to the Muscat D'Amour. I liked them both, but I can pass up the Muscat if I see it on the shelves again, this one I will not.
06-13-2012 17:34:35 | More by StoneTSR
3.6/5 rDev -7%
This is an interesting beer though for my money not quite as successful as Muscat D’Amour. Looks very much like a glass of red wine, with its fine ruby hue, save for the very small and rapidly dissipating head and a little clump of yeasty particles coming to rest at the bottom of the glass. No lacing whatsoever.
A big time grape aroma wafts up from the glass; with brett must and oaky barrel notes following. The flavor is also very grape-like and jammy, but less sweet than expected and highly tannic. Vinous, fairly oaky, moderately dry. I am on the fence as I drink this; the flavor is a little shallow and perhaps just not all that tasty. Are we closer to a quality Cabarnet or to Manischevitz? At least it’s definitely drier than the latter.
Mouthfeel is pretty wine-like as well; light, with just a touch of carbonation. Again, this was a very interesting and thought provoking blurring of the lines between wine and beer; I only wish I had enjoyed it a little more. Leaves me wondering if this is merely mediocre wine, mediocre beer, or something else entirely different…and possibly mediocre as well. Not bashing here, because I certainly didn’t hate it. I was just left a little confused about my own impressions and whether I thought this was anything particularly good or not.
05-12-2012 02:11:32 | More by tobelerone
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
A: Really deep red pour that hints towards black. A thin, bubbly, pink head fizzes up and recedes quickly without any lacing. While very dark, the beer is still quite clear.
S: Ton of grapes on the aroma, much more so than sour or funk. Hints of oak from the barrel and some booze. Very much like a nice wine. I was expecting more focus on the wild side of things.
T: The booze is definitely noted throughout the entirety of the taste, but that just continues the wine characteristics. Oaky, and full of musty grapes. Very smooth and dry like a nice red wine. Hints of vinegar and funk are noted here and there, but they're an afterthought.
MF: Medium to full body with no discernable carbonation. Very drinkable, but the booze does get me at some points. The dry finish is curbed by a big grape finish.
O: I'm really impressed at how good this Wild Ale was, without implementing a sour element. Very sweet, and a lot from the barrel create a wonderful little offering from Avery. This would be a big hit from wine and beer lovers alike.
04-16-2012 02:00:28 | More by russwbeck
Recolte Sauvage from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.