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Odio Equum - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 308
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 24.52%
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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 308
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 mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of woemad
3.95/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of jegross2
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of claspada
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
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

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of spoony
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.4/5  rDev -42.9%
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.

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Photo of denver10
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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