Recolte Sauvage - Avery Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
Another shared by Jason.
A - Dark reddish colored beer with an off-white head.
S - Smells a lot like wine. A bit jammy, with a bit of oak coming through.
T - Tastes more like wine than any beer I've ever had. Nice tannic notes and grape flavors with some good barrel influence.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.
O - If you like wine, you should probably stick to wine. If you like a beer that is trying to be a wine, maybe you should drink this. Interesting, but this isn't really better than just a good beer or good bottle of wine.
04-15-2012 14:51:17 | More by AgentZero
3.63/5 rDev -6.2%
Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.
Pours a slightly murky red with a reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour and tart fruits along with some woody aromas. Taste is of malt, tart fruits (especially grapes), and some wood flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing too great.
04-10-2012 03:21:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
Another Avery offering shared by Jason - thanks man! Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.
A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin collar. Lightly hazed red wine-colored body. Nice color, but pretty weak head volume and retention.
S - One of the most red wine-forward beers I've had in recent memory. There's a bit of musky funk and sweet malt but this is largely dominated by vinous Cabernet grapes. Pretty enjoyable nonetheless.
T - Taste is a little bit weaker, with more oak and barrel presence and less overt grape or wine flavors. Brett imparts a mild plastic flavor that isn't appreciated. Still, the combination of grapes, wine barrel, malt, and funk works pretty well.
M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, juicy, tannic, dry, and with a hint of alcohol presence. A bit like a rosé champagne.
D - I liked this quite a bit. While none of these Avery beers is a home run, these recent two offerings were significantly better than Immitis and largely enjoyable. Would happily drink this again, and think it might win over some red wine-loving friends.
03-26-2012 05:21:21 | More by MasterSki
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
Thanks, Jason! Bottle into tulip.
A - Pours dark ruby reddish color, light off-white colored head, thin collar.
S - The closest nose to actual wine I've ever smelled. Reminds me of a Syrah, very strong and tannic. Must, oak, wine, jam, dark fruits.
T - Again, very Cab/Syrah-like, grapes, big tannis, big oak. It pretty much drinks like a wine, and the 11% fits in just about perfectly. Finish is dry oak tartness.
M - Medium body, light carbonation, dry finish.
O - Pretty cool beer...looks/smells/tastes just like a Cab or Syrah. That said, if I wanted to drink wine, I'd just open a bottle. Something unique and cool to try, but not something I'd have all the time.
03-23-2012 15:46:52 | More by Sean9689
4.5/5 rDev +16.3%
Pours a dark ruby with a thin purplish heads that dissipates immediately. It now looks like red wine. Smells just like red wine with just a hint of funk.
Wow - was not expecting the taste I got. I was thinking it was going to be pretty sour based on Avery's past barrel aged offerings but it is not really that sour at all. Much more wine-like than anything else and finished really dry. Tell Sam at Dogfish Head that Avery has made a beer that taste more wine like than Noble Rot. Really uncanny.
Nice carbonation, sort of thin body but that does not detract from the enjoyment of this beer (wine). Also, no trace of the 11% ABV, simply amazing.
Had this been a blind test, I think I would have thought this was a lambrusco. Craziness. And awesome.
03-08-2012 03:34:37 | More by danbar
4.7/5 rDev +21.4%
A: Pours a light cabernet juice color. looks very much like a carbonated red wine with a lighter body.
S: really nice sweet and sour and vinous cabernet notes.
T: riduculously refreshing and perfectly mixed beer wine. the base beer with the cabernet juice is such a nice background to hold up to the tarter wine sour. It tastes like a carbonated sangria in the most appetizing way possible.
M: just like Avery's calling card, big alcohol but you hardly notice. nice body and the tart cut s through to make me want to chug
O:this beer really was just a pleasure to drink along with my dinner. a wonderful beer to introduce a wine drinker and really nice to drink for a beer lover.
02-25-2012 04:37:29 | More by chefmikeanderson
4.5/5 rDev +16.3%
I was expecting this to be pretty nice and it didn't disappoint, but it did surprise me. A lot of wine, just a ton, so if you're not a wine person this isn't for you. If you are a wine person you will love this beer to death. The appearance is a dark purple with a interesting looking fizzing head. Smell is a bunch of cab sauv grapes, tannins, and oak and the taste follows except with adding a bit of caramel. Delicious and by far the most wine like beer I've ever had though I've had many things aged in wine barrels alas this is brewed with some must.
02-14-2012 14:57:49 | More by claytong
Recolte Sauvage from Avery Brewing Company
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