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Odio Equum - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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259 Ratings
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Ratings: 259
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%


Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Belgian-style Red Ale with raspberries aged in first-use Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

(Beer added by: StonedTrippin on 10-09-2012)
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jegross2

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Odio Equum from Avery Brewing Company out of Boulder, Colorado.

Score: 98

Bottled 09/21/12. Served in a Doom teku-like glass and enjoyed on 06/27/13.

Appearance: Dark caramel in color. Transparent and clean in appearance. Minimal head off pour. Minimal lacing and minimal retention too. Nice color with a fade to a yellowish hue at the edges. 4.25/5

Smell: Oak, tart raspberries and berry jamminess. Red grape sweetness too. A dash of yogurty lacto, but in a complex-imparting rather than prominent way. Candied rapsberry and vanilla notes come through as this beer warms and opens up. 4.75/5

Taste: Very tart! Candied raspberries and fresh raspberry flavor throughout. Some of grape, oak and a dash of vanilla. A little more lacto than nose, but still very slight and not funky at all. Lots of tart sour fruit flavor going on, which I love. This beer is a sweet and sour wonder! 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, low carbonation. Super tart, like a warhead candy in how puckering and mouth-wateringly juicy it is. Truly delightful. 5/5

Overall: This is one of my favorite American sours. Complex, tart and clean. I drank this side-by-side with a bottle of 2012 Framboise For A Cure, which I also love, and frankly this beer practically put it to shame by comparison. I wish I had a case of this brew. I really hope that Avery remakes this down the road.

Cost: $10 for a 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 04:48:04 | More by jegross2
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 12oz bottle. A delicious gift from my fiance who was in Denver last week.

Pours a nice looking dark copper that turns into a nice dark amber. There is a nice thin head that is about 0.25 inch tall. The head is off-white.

Aroma is intense! As soon as I popped the bottle I got huge vinegar hints. Nice tart sour fruits as well. Upon further inspection. More vinegar, delicious balsamic tart notes. Then some fruitier raspberry tart notes backed up by some refreshing fruit sweetness. Leathery notes and some slight tobacco notes in the nose as well mixed in with some great oak notes. Nice and funky with some vinous aromas as well. This nose is amazing. So rich and complex.

Flavor is impressive! Starts off with tons of vinegar tartness that quickly subsides with some milder fruity raspberry tart notes. There is some slight fruity sweetness that also helps curb the acidity. Vinous notes are present with some nice funk and earthy woody notes. This brew is amazing. Reminds me a bit of the Duchesse de Burgogne. The woody and tart notes finish the beer off dry and delicious. this brew is impressive. Amazing tart notes, amazing fruit notes and great crisp and clean mouthfeel.

This brew is great. An excellent representation of the style. Nice raspberry notes, strong tartness that doesn't kill the palette and some awesome woody and vinous notes.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 21:55:09 | More by JoEBoBpr
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is deep reddish purple with white head. Nice clarity. Nose is acidic raspberries, heavy oak, notes of vinegar, and plenty of wood and tannins as well as red wine character. Taste is dry and tart up front with healthy amount of tart berry character. Heavy balsamic character pairs nicely with tannic red wine character. Puckering on the finish with an overall Nice balance. Mouthfeel is moderate to heavy with moderate carbonation. Overall, a complex and flavorful sour that is well worth the hunt.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 20:07:26 | More by homebrew311
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a rusty, dark amber with nearly zero head. Was expecting it to be a bit more red or pink.

S-Hello! Big, oaky notes right off the bat. Very vinous and winelike. Vinegary. Rotten berry and tart berry. Lightly leathery. Portobello mushroom? Very cool, I loved the aroma.

T-This beer is amazing. It reminds me a bit of Handbaak (perhaps my favorite Wild Ale). Leather bound vinegar. Underripe and decayed raspberries and blackberries. Wet, soggy oak. Reminiscent of a an aged, old-world Pinot Noir. Acidic tartness. Very complex.

M-Extremely tannic. Lingering sourness. Still quite drinkable. Each sip expands on its complexity.

O/D-An absolute hit. So damn complex. I love raspberries and Cab Sauvignon wine so I'm not surprised at how much I enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 23:58:04 | More by VelvetExtract
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of dajtai007 pours a very clear reddish-brown color with a minute film of tan head. Nice.

Nose is amazing, raspberries shine so bright and vibrant, mild sourness and little nuttiness.

Fruity, tart goodness is bursting at every sip. Concord grape juice and wine barrels imparts clean flavors and a perfect balance. Awesome beer, I think Avery is getting this barrel sour thing down to a science.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 03:13:52 | More by twiggamortis420
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Julio's shortly after release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a darker brown garnet hue with a thin quarter inch head that fades almost immediately to leave light wisps and halo. Pours like an Oude Bruin.

S - Aromas just pop here. Fresh berries and big big jam notes. The wine is light as it the must. Soo much bright raspberry jam here without the cloy sweetness that say, a New Glarus Raspberry brings to the table.

T - Taste is equally as delicious. Great raspberries here, fresh berry, tart seeds, big jam notes. Did I say BIG jam notes already? The oak comes into play with big tannins and vinous notes along with light dusty funk. Super tart/sour towards the end with a very big lingering of tart raspberries.

M - Mouthfeel is super dry, nicely carbonated. Almost a teeth scraper.

O - Overall, this was a damn good beer. The raspberry is so bright yet jammy. A pleasure to drink this beer, a real pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 03:27:33 | More by rudzud
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very little head rises, but bubbles are present. It fits the style, but it's sure not pretty.. Brew is clear(er) brown with a slight tint of red.

Tons of tart raspberry with some peach and apple notes too. Vanilla and tart grape notes are also prevalent from the barrel. Barnyard funk is minimal with more hay then horse blanket.

WHOA! Mouth puckering tartness. Great brew! Raspberry tartness is more then welcomed by a light base brew reminiscent of a brown ale. Airy, light, easy drinker, heavy carbonation, balanced sweetness, and very mild bitterness.

This is another damn fine offering from Avery's Barrel-Aged series; keep em' coming!! Highly recommended is you can find any after GABF

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 00:00:22 | More by chugalug06
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottle..no 13 9/21/12

dark brown. small head. smell is insanely sour with cherries. wowzors. taste is more of the same. big cherry taste very reminiscent of consecration. medium bodied, high carbonation.

overall love this fucking beer. amazing. recommended highly.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 00:14:11 | More by Axnjxn
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rathakem for this awesome extra!

label states: bottled on 9/12/2012. 443 cases.

poured into cantillion wine stem.

Appearance: mucky brown with a dark mohogany hue. Thick cap of white head that drops to an uneven ring around the glass.

Smell: This smells pretty nice! A berry medley and wine barrel notes and lots of oak is prominent. This smells like it will be moderatly tart/sour. Tannic and vinous. Light musty and dusty basement like funk.

Taste: starts off with moderatly tart rasperrries, blackberries, and cherries. Deep and wet oak notes. Its also tannic and vinous translating straight from nose of the beer. A touch of vinegar and brine that drive the sour notes to increase the intensity of this sour. Funk is also just like the nose the dusty and musty basment funkiness. Finishes better than moderately tart and builds getting to be a much stronger sourness than at the start of the beer. Oak and berry medley linger long after each sip. By the end of drinking this sour your palate is destroyed. Its one really sour beer almost on the level of a RR Beatification.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied sour with low carbonation levels that seems to come to life as soon as it hits your tongue. The carbonation is very lively on the palate. Crisp and clean sour beer. Bright and briney. By the end of the 12oz sample you start to feel a little bit of heartburn as driness builds in the back of your throat. Really dry finish on the backend of this sour.

Overall: Had a small taste of this beer at FOBAB a few years ago. Really glad to got the chance to revisit it, because this beer is a really wonderful sour beer brewed by Avery. This beer is almost exactly a year and two month old and its holding up quite well. I see this beer holding its own for atleast 2 years or better. I have nothing, but great things to say about Avery and the sour program; they are rocking out some fantastic sour beers!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 04:30:54 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sampled this at the Midwest Belgian Brew Fest and was lucky enough to spot a pair of bottles on the shelf

The beer pours a murky, rusty brown with a loose off-white head that fizzles down to a thin white halo quickly. Plumes of tart raspberries and vinous funk make a dedicated effort at jaw-dropping deliciousness in the nose. Seriously, there is a big presence from the raspberries and they work exceptionally well with the cab sauv barrel notes. The flavor is really where this beer takes things to the next level. Tart berry sweetness upfront, a kick of acetone, balanced barrel goodness, and a lingering fruity funk. Seriously drinkable, not overly sour, a rounded, medium body, good carbonation, exceptional harmony between flavors, a touch salty with a prolonged mild dryness, and negligible presence from the alcohol. I'm very pleased with this beer, but it hits the beer fund pretty hard. Alas, nothing cheap/local compares at this point.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 01:45:00 | More by ThePorterSorter
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Kevin (DividedAvery). Thanks man! Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Very dark, lightly hazed, reddish body. Off-white foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and a few splotches of lace.

S - Huge raspberry, red wine vinegar, touch of vanilla, some juicy fruit candy. Quite sour and vinous, with some sharp oak as well. There's an mild overripe fruit funkiness, but this is far more of an acidic beer than a wild one.

T - Great tart raspberry flavor, with some vinous oak, lactic sourness, cherry vinegar, and a little vanilla and pale malt sweetness. No obvious alcohol.

M - Medium-light body that reveals a lower than usual Avery ABV. Very dry and tannic, with pleasant medium carbonation, and moderate acidity that thankfully never gets out of hand.

D - This a very nice raspberry sour that I'd happily drink again. Great natural fruit flavor with fairly reasonable acidity for an Avery beer. It's tart and sour, but in a refreshing rather than stomach-melting way. One of the best beers in the series, although probably a bit too sour for large quantities.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 17:11:28 | More by MasterSki
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rsdaugherty

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip, bottled Sept 21 2012
A – Almost a 2 finger fizzy off white head receded fast to an edge crown, no lacing, beautiful deep brown-red color, clear, moderate to heavy carbonation 4
S – Red wine vinegar with some raspberry and generic fruit sweetness behind it, a pinch of oak and an overlay of sour tartness 4
T – First sip was rough, but I was sad when my glass was empty. Acidity was not over the top, notes of the wood/cab barrel, raspberries and vinegar. Finished dry and very wine like, I’m enjoying this 4.5
M – Light to moderate fruity body, fizzy carbonation was annoying at first but did add to the experience 4
O – A light brew into the barrel keeps this an easy drinking sour, raspberries and cab barrels work great. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 22:09:04 | More by rsdaugherty
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spoony

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Notes from October 29 and November 14.

A-The brew was murky brown with black cherry colors if you held it up to the light. Very little head, even with a mildly excited pour. My notes say, "Meh."

S-The smell is quite sour and slightly lactic (little lambic style, actually), with sour cherries and raspberries being very prevalent. Also a hint of sour white grape. A little vinous. There is an underlying note of sugar and warm, oaky funk.

T-This thing was sour! I had two bottles (on different nights) and the second one still makes me salivate, but in a good way. I got the same tart cherry and raspberry on the tongue that I got on the nose, but also a slightly funky (again, lambic-like) malty weirdness that makes for an interesting brew. The finish is long (very long) and deliciously tart with sour fruits that go on and on.

M-The feel is not as slick as some wilds/oud bruin styles and the beer has a heavier hit of carbonation than many sour beers. I thought the carb added a nice kick to keep things from turning cloying.

O-I enjoyed this thing. It was one of the more mouth-puckering experiences I have had with a beer, but I felt like things gelled pretty well. I'm not sure if my score will reflect it (because of the somewhat unexciting appearance), but I would put this one small notch above Oud Floris if I were forced to do an Avery side-by-side.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 02:02:40 | More by spoony
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 23:17:40 | More by TheBrewo
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champ103

Texas

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to tjmodica for the bottle. I love this series.

A: Pours a beautiful hazed garnet/brown color. At first a two finger white head forms, but recedes in a minute to a ring that sticks throughout. Some light lace.
S: The nose is amazing. A bit of musky basement funk up front. Tart cherries with a significant sour/vinegar in the nose with an acidic bite. Some vanilla sweetness from the barrels. I love it.
T: That musky basement like funk here as well. Though the sour, vinegar, and acidic bite is much more intense. Tart cherries and a light sweetness. Very good, but maybe just a bit to much sour puckering? Very dry in the finish after the quick sweetness from the barrels.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. Very effervescent actually. Puckering and crisp that leaves a great dryness. The dryness makes me want to keep coming back for more and more sips. A slow sipper because of the intense sourness, but a very enjoyable one.

Ya, I am a fan of this. The funk and bugs work well here. Almost over barring in the flavor department. Though it still works very well. I am glad I got a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 01:15:32 | More by champ103
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mdfb79

New York

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 03/15/13 notes.

a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour dark fruits, sour cherries, red wine, oak, vanilla, spices, and fruity malts. Very nice nose with a lot of sour dark fruits; really like the nose.

t - Tastes of sour dark fruits, vinegar, sour cherries, vanilla, spices, pepper, fruity malts, must and earthy notes. Nice and sour with a lot of vinegar; very nice.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation, acedic body.

o - Overall I thought this was an awesome wild ale; loads of sour cherries and vinegar, which is right up my ally. Could definitely take down a whole 12 oz. bottle, and would love to get it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 19:51:27 | More by mdfb79
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cooler4life

Quebec (Canada)

4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled September 2012

A: Poured a murky reddish swamp brown. No head, lacing or floaties. The laser etched "D" in the bottom of my tulip agitates a vent of carbonation in the middle.

S: Sour cherries, grape skins, red wine vinegar. A hidden sweetness that closely resembles a vanilla chai lurks in the background.

T: A fantastic balance of funk and tartness. Oak, cherry vinegar, vanilla, peat, green apples. I really love how essences of fresh raspberries surround the core flavors. It's airy and light without being overbearing.

M: A near perfect balance of carbonation, stickiness, and fullness on the palate. Leaves you with a slight wetness that is refreshing for a sour. No real hint of the ABV.

O: I thought this was a great representation of the style. You can actually taste the raspberries and cabernet aging. Sophisticated and sharp, this is how sours should be.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 01:10:48 | More by cooler4life
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this came out yesterday or today, and is the 13th of the barrel series beers. it might just be as good as the oud floris or the uncle jacobs, its friggen outstanding! not sure whether to call this an american wild ale, which it surely is, or a flanders red ale, the closest approximation of what its trying to be. any help on this would be much appreciated. pours a ruby red color, shady from some sediment, with a laid back quarter inch of tan head. the smell is real sour, not just brett either. definitely some lacto in here, its acidic and tannic and tart and fruity and wowwww. some vinegar to the nose too, almost intimidated to take the first sip. its jaw hurting sour at first, but then some of the intricacies come in. first raspberries, then oak and cab sauv, almost like a wine blend or something. lots of fruit coming through. whatever was floral in the nose didnt come through to the taste, but thats okay. the sour dry finish is punishing. alcohol is well hidden, carbonation is slight, and body is roundly medium. makes for a nice drinking sour. interesting that i got to have this and crooked staves batch number 1 on the same afternoon. this is much more sour, but its also much more fresh. the batch 1 is highly refined and mature, with this is young and angry, but its a wonderful beer. i think the wine is more apparent in this, and the raspberries in the batch 1. worth every penny, as all the barrel series beers have been. a must have.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 02:34:18 | More by StonedTrippin
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RuckusDu

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Number 13 in the barred aged series. Some hits in the series and some not so great. This one pours almost a finger of light mocha head that quickly falls. Body is a very deep amber red. Smell of cab sav, nice raspberry, vegital, and lemon. Wine doesn't overpower and the super sour comes through. Flavor is sour, green raspberries, some funk, and tons of lemon. A little more sweet would be good but funk is nice. Mouth is a little lacking on an overall feel. Carbonation is a little low but the body works.

Overall on the better side of the BA series. Probably one of the best wine barrel aged beers I have had. I could drink this once a week and be very happy.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 01:29:50 | More by RuckusDu
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claspada

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, deep amber color with a fairly small eggshell head that recedes quite rapidly to leave some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with a balance of fruit and funk. Tart raspberry flesh, black cherry and grape skins lead to some musty, rustic Bretty oak yeastiness. Some cranberry is there as well with more emerging vinegar acidity.

The tastes follow the nose with some sweeter raspberry and red grape up front then soon joined by the sour cranberry and tart sour dark cherry. Raspberries come back in to balance the sour with some more sweet. Finish is mainly lactic, Bretty and oak tannins which add some drying qualities.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is a nice blend of sweet fruit and sour, tart, drying funkiness.

Overall I throughly enjoyed this beer (glad I did because I bought a case). It is at a really nice blend of sour, tart and fruity right now compared to many of these fruit beers that start too sweet. This could become a sour bomb especially with the lower ABV compared to previous releases from Avery which are just too big to get ridiculously sour.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 20:41:14 | More by claspada
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a slender chalice. Bottling date of September 21, 2012. Consumed August 19, 2013.

A: Red-orange. Mild haze. The head sputters out almost instantaneously. No lacing. Not that unusual for the style.

S: Sweet raspberry, cherry, vinous. Red grapes. Mild scent of red wine vinegar. Subtle hints of cocoa, caramel, and bread. The nose is rather quiet, and doesn't divulge much.

T: Acidic. Sharply sour and puckering. Orange, sour cherry, red wine vinegar. Vinous, red grapes. Tootsie roll-type chocolate flavor comes out once the palate eases into the tartness. Caramel. Drying wood has a very soft touch toward the back end. Finishes with drying wood, red sangria, and fading sour acidity.

M: Lightish-medium body. Mildly tannic. Somewhat creamy, tame carbonation.

O: This is excellent, and really one of the better American-made sours I've come across. Avery continues to impress. This is not an easy style to nail, but they've done it.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 01:44:03 | More by ryan1788a5
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

With the acetobacter bacteria leading the charge, this rich and savory yet powerfully intense sour ale carries an overall vinegar-type acidity with other earthy and acidic tastes following closely behind.

The inquisitive lambic-type ale starts off with a ruby-mauve color, and then laced with rusty brown low lights and haze. Its initial sprite of carbonation charges the beer with a champagne-like consistency. But after that quake subsides, the beer falls to a mildly creamy calm brought on by a light netting of short-lived retention and no real lace. It definately prefers wine-like tendencies.

A beautiful melange of red wine, tart fruit and balsamic vinegar offers up a modestly robust scent of nuts, toast and faint chocolate- just ahead of the pang of tannin wood spice, saddle leather, horse hair, sea air and a gamey mushroomy note. But heading into taste, the ale is all about the vinegar.

Though the ale is highly vinegar-balanced, it actually starts off with dry cider and under-ripened berries with cherry and crab apples. As soon as the taste of red wine vinegar gains command, a savory sherry-like rich and salty tone takes hold as well. Tastes of brine, tobacco, mild soy sauce, toast, almonds and an almost-chocolate all peak through from time to time.

Sheer acidity penetrates those soft tissues of the mouth for a piercing tannin and sour astringency. Bu the ale retains just enough malt starch to assist in a shy creaminess that keeps the beer from thinness or watery palate sensations. Its finish nearly locks the jaws with its high vinegar acidity and solventy "super-glue" warmth.

This is one sour beer. For Lambic fans who have grown desensitized to normal sour ranges, this beer will make you feel like a kid again.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 15:22:24 | More by BEERchitect
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy mahogany pour with a small tan head. Lactic sourness, oak, cherry, raspberry, plum, lemon, in the aroma. Tart, acidic dark fruits, raspberry, lemon peels, lactic acid, woody oak and a touch of malt. Medium bodied and strong tart ending. Wonderfully balanced. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 20:36:08 | More by jbaker67
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Clear deep garnet/dark copper. Oranges, reds, and browns. Head is a very light tan/off-white. Creamy with decent retention. Tight bubble structure. Lively carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Tart and funky. Big barrel influence pushes oak and tons of vinous notes. Dark fruit, blackberry and currant. Raspberry in abundance. Lemon zest and raspberry jam. Macerate 'em good. Some acetic and lactic sourness to the whole thing. Fresh green apple. Builds a solid layered tartness fused with some earthy undertones. Loaded with berries.

Taste: Crazy acetic raspberry vinaigrette. Big pushes of leather through a slightly sweet fruitiness. Raspberry dominates with some deep blackberry and currant. Even some plum back there. Tart lemon zest. Runs citric with some lactic in the middle. Deep barrel influence with oak and a huge vinous character on the back. Building acetic bite as it warms. Completely obliterated raspberry flesh. Granny smith apple. Slighty funk in the back adds a mild earthy note.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Bracingly dry at times, with a puckering tart finish. Juicy on the sip.

Overall: Latin for ballin'.

Age will only make this beer better. Loaded with fruit (which will likely drop out over time), but with enough funk and bug influence to keep me excited for years.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 20:04:01 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to the ever-so-generous cbutova for sharing this at a tasting a few days ago. The bottle date was 9-21-12.

Pour is dark red with a head that quickly mostly disappears to a thin ring.

Nice nose, big time raspberries with a good amount of sourness and light funk, slightly fruitforward. Some vinegar there. Flanders-ish.

Taste lives up, quite nice. Raspberries are huge and fresh tasting, with good level of tartness, funk and oak; lemon and some vinegary notes as well. Like the smell, it is a good mix but fruit gets the slight upper hand. Not too much of a wine feel here however.

Some heftiness to the mouthfeel for a wild ale (the ABV?), but still pretty light overall and pleasantly tart. Maybe some more carbonation would've been good.

For an American sour this is pretty great. It would've been cool for the wine barrel to show through more but the ratio of fresh raspberry and sour funk works great here. I also liked the slightly 'bigger' feel for this type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 18:08:22 | More by Chico1985
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95 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.