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Odio Equum - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 307
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 3.36%
Wants: 78
Gots: 64 | FT: 5
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:
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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -7%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,458 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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 (496 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (1,747 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (1,084 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (781 characters)

Photo of kscaldef
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of claspada
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,119 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (770 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (418 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,115 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (814 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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! (1,931 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
2.4/5  rDev -42.4%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,213 characters)

Photo of rjp217
3.96/5  rDev -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. (619 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (1,404 characters)

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