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Volunt Plus Erat - Avery Brewing Company

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.75%
Wants: 20
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.43% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RuckusDu on 05-22-2013)
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Thanks to ablackshear for this extra!

poured into crooked stave tulip glass.

Appearance: medium pink rose bodied beer with 2 fingers of bone white head resulting from a moderate pour. The head is epperversecent and short lasting quickly drops down to no head and not even a ring on top of the beer. The beer honestly looks like its still and not carbonated.

Smell: Lactic and acetic. Oaky, earthy, and vinous. I get red grapes for sure and a little bit of red berries.

Taste: Moderately tart sour. This beer tastes of white zinfandel and raspberries. Its very vinous like a boozy white wine. Lots of red and white grape flavor. Pretty wine big barrel presence complimented with lots of oak and earthiness. Mild, but very noticable funk that tastes both musty and dusty. Finishes with a puckering, acetic and vinous mix of white wine, oak, red grapes, and raspberries. The beer sweetens as it warms, but still keeps that moderate pucker factor going. It gets a little boozey too without being off putting.

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A- Pours a dark reddish-pink body, with a very short-lived half finger, bubbly, white head that disappears quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S- Oak, lots of yogurty lactic acid, cranberries, raspberries. I'm sort of thinking of a very sour framboise mixed in with a little bit of white wine. I'm actually unsure at this writing if this is zinfandel barrel aged or brewed with the appropriate grapes, but this definitely reminds me of a sour zinfandel. The intensity of the lactic acid is quite strong yet I'm able to detect a bit more complexity behind it.

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M- On the thinner side, a bit lacking in carbonation but not egregiously so. The sourness is very, very strong and it makes it a sipper. No booziness to indicate the 10.43% ABV listed on the bottle though it does come out more as it warms up. Come to think of it, this was aged in zinfandel barrels, no surprise.

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Volunt Plus Erat from Avery Brewing Company
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