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Odio Equum - Avery Brewing Company

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Odio EquumOdio Equum

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 309
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 24.52%
Wants: 77
Gots: 65 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale | 7.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 10-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Belgian-style Red Ale with raspberries aged in first-use Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.
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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 309
Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

We pour a brew of dark tawny coloring, holding a slippery half finger tall head of fat, soapy khaki colored bubbles. This shows decent retention, leaving rings of microscopic specs of lacing adorning our glasses. A chill haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be light but present. The aroma bursts like a juicy bubble from the start, giving massively soured Brettanomyces yeastiness, puckered sweetness of raw cherries and raspberries, fruity jam sugars, tinny metallics, brown and amber maltiness, icy mineral coolness, light vanilla creaminess, lactic acidity, light floral hops, cabernet grape dryness, synthetic foam cork, coconut, lavender and allspice warmth, and of course, that musky, woody barreling. Our first impression is that the sourness and pucker are gooseflesh-inducing if you’re not bracing yourself, but otherwise the flavors sing sweet, tangy, and true. As we sip, the taste opens with heavy red wine grape bite, oakiness to the max, acidic bite, wildflower weediness, amber maltiness, lemon rind and flesh, metallic twangs, apple cider vinegar sourness, sunflower and rose petals, and puckered raspberry and red apple sweetness. The middle comes to a peak with lactic sourness, continued Bretty punch, seedy red raspberry jam, more of a soured English brown maltiness, heavy creamer, green moss, fusel chemical phenols, lemon juice, spicy cracked pepper, and tart bite of general barnyard grassy funk. The finish is awash with soured cherry, raspberry, and grape fruitiness, stark and funky yeastiness, oaked woodiness, pumpkin, black pepper, and allspice, earthy mineral, warming leathers, smoothing malty breadiness, and winey acidity. The aftertaste breathes of Brett, warm woodiness, fresh vanilla bean coolness, moss and musk, cabernet fruitiness without the winey astringent puck, graphite, soft boozy warmth, hot milky creaminess, light biscuity butters akin to pie crust, red grape skins, soured cherry flesh, paint thinner and phenols, and candied grape. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is medium but prickly. Each sip affords creamy slurp, smack, froth, and foam, with nicely crisp finishing pop. The mouth is initially cooled and coated lightly with oiliness, but this crumples into incredible puck, bite, cloy, and metallic astringency all at once. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks well, but you want to linger and sip it slowly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma and its warming, funky, spicy flavoring, both of which held up beautifully, enhancing and blending as the beer itself came to temperature. All the Brett and sourness you could want are here, and to make it even more exciting, its strength and dominance is only added to by the warm woodiness of the cabernet sauvignon barrels, and the inherent spiciness of the malts and the booze. The feel was a little light, and while more body might make the punch of flavor a guaranteed knockout, we’re not convinced that it wouldn’t take away from the easy-flowing, light oiliness that keeps drinkability so high. This makes for a powerful but well blended and balanced beer, and one perfect for that fringe-of-summer night where it might be just a little cooler, and the wind starts hissing a little louder through the trees.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of SportsandJorts
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a deep reddish brown. a finger or just more of a tannish head with strong retention and leaving behind a pretty solid lacing. hazy and opaque but some brightness around the edges.

Smell: strong tart cherry to raspberry. spicy red wine influence along with oak and some wild yeast. ends with some fruity vinegar.

Taste: opens up with a juicy cherry. fruit flavor really opens up with some raspberries and possibly some blueberry. huge red wine influence filters in with spicy and oaky red grapes. strong tart green apple skin, along with some green apple flesh. ends with a very fruity vinegar taste.

Mouthfeel: strong dryness, along with quite a bit of acidity. tartness is slightly puckering.

Overall: probably not ideal that I am drinking this one at 2+ years old but I really like it. huge complexity and such a strong fruitiness really makes this a great beer.

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Photo of bulldogg915
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of mverity
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

WTF is this rating system? I want to write a full review. Anywho, pours a mahogany with more red than typically seen. Fair lacing and great legs. Aroma is tart raspberry, lightly earthy-woody with some grassy-floral as well. Taste is mostly the berry, with some of the musty yeast character and rich earth from the cab sauv. High carbonation but a bit lack luster on the tongue in terms of body, and I like a higher carb bite in sours. Very good beer though.

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Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of HeyYoMar
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Zonian1
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of bdtva
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Tuckersmth
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Authentic raspberry, wild yeast, and wine aromas. Some retained head and lace trail. Fuller mouthfeel. Citrus, tad of funk,wood,cherry, complex notes. A great really tart beer that satisfies, courtesy of Jason Bach.Not for everyday but great for sour fans.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Sam for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Cantillon flute. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a thick light cream colored ring. Beer is a clear dark ruby. Lacing is stringy, patchy, and spotty with decent stick. Nice looking beer.

Nose is raspberry, oak, and a light funkiness. Fruity, sweet and tart overtones. Fresh, clean and appetizing.

Opens acidic, juicy, tart raspberry. Seedy and puckering-ly sour in the middle with notes of Brett funk and oak in the middle. End is more raspberry tartness. Same finish. Pretty one dimensional but enjoyable nonetheless.

Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly, slick, and oily in the mouth and aggressive and foamy going down. Puckering finish with a lingering aftertaste. Nice.

Avery's Barrel Aged series has been pretty hit or miss but this is clearly a solid offering. Again, pretty one dimensional but the fruit is very present and the flavor is assertive yet clean and enjoyable. Worth trying.

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Photo of leschkie
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Zach1251
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mini snifter.

Appearance - Deep red, almost brown. Seems clear, aside from the color. No head.

Smell - Acidic. Seems like it's going to be really acetic, but it turns more toward the cabernet. Fruity, but I wouldn't call it distinctly raspberry.

Taste - Dark fruits up front. Sharp sourness, never too acetic, but that's again what it seems like it will be. Apple when it's cold, more toward cherry as it warms. Wine barrel comes through in the back end with a hefty malt presence in the middle. Oaky in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. I kept expecting this to get really sour, but it didn't ever quite get there.

Overall - Not sure where the raspberries are, but this is good. The wine barrel really brings this together.

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Photo of hiphopj5
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of thagr81us
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2013! Served from bottle into a Brewvival sampler shaker. Poured a deep amber with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, raspberry, wood, fruit, brett, and subtle acetic acid. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart raspberry, tart, subtle funk, wood, and a kiss of vinegar. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The barrel definitely did nice things for this brew as well as the raspberries that were added. They both shined through in all aspects of this one. I wish there would have been a little more sour going on in this one to take it to the next level. A really well done brew that everyone should try at least once.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of JSBILK
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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Odio Equum from Avery Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.