Odio Equum - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 305
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.88%
Wants: 78
Gots: 65 | FT: 6
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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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Ratings: 305 | Reviews: 45
Photo of ArrogantB
2.4/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked this up for $10.99, big mistake. Pour was dark red witha head that almost never was it disappeared so fast, looks sort of pitiful. Aroma had a decent funk at first but then a raspberry note came in that was much more sharp than fruity. Flavor was disappointing, slightly sour, touch of raspberries but just sort of harsh overall. I ended up pouring out the second half of the bottle, it was that poor. If you want an American wild with raspberries check out Framboise for a cure from Russian River, not this. This was easily the worst barrel aged Avery beer I've had and it makes me really curious as to the base beers they are putting into the barrels.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.72/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Raul keeps on chuggin' like the lil engine that could - though only on the 4th cylinder, Raul is feelin' it. And for his next offering: Odio Equum.

Now, Raul himself is a Russian River connoisseur, and Supplication this is not. Good, but not "good good." Raul is feeling it, but he is not "feelin' it feelin' it." A bit thin, a bit acidic, and a bit off.

Like his first HJ, Raul was into it enough, but he knew that there was better.

Peace!

Photo of kscaldef
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very little head. Hazy dark garnet.

S: Dark cherry & raspberry

T: Intense mouth-puckering sourness. Pretty darn tasty if you're into that.

M: moderate astringency to go with the sourness, good carbonation.

O: Another good one in the Avery BA series.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.86/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep amber with a small off white head receding quickly to leave lacing on the edge of the glass.

Lots of tart raspberry on the nose with some musty brett and oak. Slight vinegar.

Taste closely mimics the aroma. Sweet and tart raspberry all over the palate along with a bretty muskiness. Some vinegar acidity and oak round it out creating a dry finish.

Medium bodied with carbonation on the lower side. Very dry finish.

A good beer, but all over the place at times and the acidity in the finish would limit drinkability on this one. I liked the flavors, but it may need a bit more time to become completely cohesive.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.89/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very little head. Color is a copper amber.

Flavor profile: acid, tart, and sour. Lots of raspberries. Reminds me of a sour brown ale. Cherry flavors. Very fruity. I am guessing this comes from the wine barrels. It has tanin flavors and oak in it as well. Lemon citrus flavors.

Mouthfeel: tart and mildly mouth puckering. Light bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall, a solid sour. Very Oude bruin like, except it has raspberries. Derfinetely enjoyable.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of woemad
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased at Yoke’s in Mead, Washington, for $8.39. According to the label, this was bottled on September 21, 2012 after it was finished with it’s barrel-aging.

Poured a dark russet color that took on a dark red shade when held up to the light. Very miniscule head.

Aromas of raspberries, funk and cab-sauv mingled together.

The word tart best sums up the taste at first. The sweetness of the raspberries lingers in the background, combining with and balancing with the sour flavors. There’s a sharp dry stab at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a prickly and effervescent yet coating mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little low, but not to a troubling degree.

Well, this is my first true “Wild Ale.” It occupies an intriguing place between beer and wine. I’m not certain I could drink numerous examples of the style in a sitting, but I’d be quite happy to have this again on a solo basis.

Photo of rjp217
3.96/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 9/21/12 and poured into a tulip.

A - Pours dark red, almost brown. Half finger that quickly dissipates.

S - Very sour, almost acidic. There's some dark fruits mixed in there as well that offsets.

T - Same as the smell. Raspberry flavor comes to the forefront. Mild carbonation with some sweet aftertaste that balances it well.

M - Sharp acidity, almost made my eyes water, sweet.

O - I'm not a pro on this style but it comes off very tart with a sweet aftertaste. It's actually very well balanced. I would have loved to age this one and see how it gets. An overall very well done beer. I'd have again.

Photo of justforrazors
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into HF wine glass at 45 degrees.

A- Pours a ruby verging on brown that looks brilliantly clear with a brown to off-white half inch head that very quickly fades to a ring around the outside of the glass. Minimal retention and lacing.

S- Starts off with a big acetic blast that took me aback, but underneath there is a really nice jammy raspberry that makes me look forward to taking a sip much more than the initial vinegar shock. A very small tobacco/cedar note, maybe the barrel coming through? There doesn't seem to be a ton of barnyard, maybe a little mustyness on the back end. As it warms the vinegar dies down and the raspberry really comes out to play.

T- Wow- much better than I was expecting by the first shock of acetic on the nose. This has an amazing raspberry and cherry flavor that really blew me away, followed by a fairly weak acidity on the back end. Not overly complex, but very good.

M- Very dry. Up front, the high, prickly carbonation is evident in your mouth, followed by a huge blast of cottonmouth. I'm left wanting some water in between sips, in addition to moistening my gum line with my tongue. Not the driest, but definitely a thirst quencher. The bad news is the high carbonation up front doesn't lend itself to drinking fast.

O- Meh. I was really impressed with the beautiful color (especially when you hold it up to light), smell, and taste, but the dry and thin nature of the beer didn't leave me super excited to take another sip. It definitely loses some points on the drinkability aspect. Glad I got to try it, but not something I would actively seek out again.

Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, deep burnt amber with a slight hkhaki head. Not only a nice aroma but an incredibly interesting one that had me pondering for a moment just what it was that I was taking in. Wood, the aromatics from the wine barrels, vinegar, raspberries, and a little leather. Flavor is SOUR. Huge acidic hit of sour that leads into a nice sweet, tart raspberry finish with a little wood hanging out underneath. A thinner to medium mouthfeel with minimal activity. Overall, a very nice beer that really opens up as it begins to warm up.

Photo of thagr81us
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour for Best Damn Night Of The Barrels held at The Beer Company in San Diego, CA.

Bottled 9/21/12.

Pours a clear reddish-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with grain, raspberry, and slight wine aromas. Taste is much the same with a sour berry flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some nice sour fruit flavors going on.

Photo of portia99
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled 9/21/12) poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a purple/maroon tinted dark brownish body. Almost no head, just a quickly fading and fizzy skim coat of white bubbles that leaves behind a small collar.

S - Lots of fruity red wine character up front, raspberries, some sour cherry. Fairly musty, a touch funky, lightly tart. Nice.

T - Firm tartness and lactic sourness up front. Intensity is surprisingly high based on the aroma - I expected a more subtle tart aspect here. Tannic red wine character overpowers the fruit some, pushing the raspberries a bit in the background although they are still a strong player in the flavor. Some acetic sourness becomes more noticeable with its vinegary flavor kicking in towards the finish. Very little funk presence.

M - Thinnish medium body, fuller than many wilds. Quite tart and sour from start to finish. Medium level tingly carbonation.

O - Overall, I enjoyed this. Assertive tartness and nice red wine and raspberry fruity character. Would like to have had a stronger funk presence - a little bit lacking in dimension without it. Tasty wild ale...wouldn't put it at the top of the category, but solid and worth trying albeit a bit pricey.

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out with a garnet color and a pretty impressive head that delivers some lace

Smell: Vinous and tart, with green apple and strawberry tones

Taste: Very acetic from the get-go, with tart green apple, vinous grape and strawberry jam flavors; oaky elements develop in the middle and the acetic quaility builds into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; very puckery

Overall: Only for those who like their sour beers very sour as this beer hits that button

Photo of Chico1985
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | 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.

**more notes - 5/16/15

Tried again at about 32 months old. Pretty great, definitely huge sour raspberry and vinegar. The ABV too packs a punch, I was fine with splitting the 12oz three ways. I felt like wine/barrel tannins were coming through a bit more here then in my review but still light when compared to raspberry vinegar.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.15/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of jbaker67
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of LittleDon
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 9/2012, consumed 12/2014. Deep burgundy color, wispy head that forms a ring around the outside of the tulip shaped glass. Aroma of oak with a lesser amount of caramel. Very tart, sour berries, some oak, particularly in the middle. Despite the tartness, there's enough sugar up front to keep it from being unbalanced. May have lost some fullness over the past year. Plenty of carbonation, even after 2 years. Light body.

Photo of RuckusDu
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of cooler4life
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of mverity
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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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Odio Equum from Avery Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.