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Recolte Sauvage - Avery Brewing Company

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67 Ratings
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Ratings: 67
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 28
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.03% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: claytong on 02-14-2012)
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

drewone, May 07, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

russwbeck, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

AgentZero, Apr 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

mfield14, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

WeisGuy, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

MasterSki, Mar 26, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sean9689, Mar 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

quirkzoo, Mar 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

EricCioe, Mar 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

danbar, Mar 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

hoppymcgee, Feb 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

SiflandOlly, Feb 27, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

chefmikeanderson, Feb 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

savagepm, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

kiki3drt292, Feb 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

claytong, Feb 14, 2012
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Recolte Sauvage from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.