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Volunt Plus Erat - Avery Brewing Company

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 50
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: n/a
Wants: 24
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
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Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.43% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: RuckusDu on 05-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 8 | Hads: 50
Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The color of the beer is what you would expect when you blend some Cabernet Franc must into a pale ale - it has a rather burnt orange/cranberry hue; the head is very modest and fades away quickly, which further clouds the beer/wine quandary that this beer presents

Smell: A lactic blend of tart currants and red wine present themselves, buttressed by oaky tones and a hint of crusty bread

Taste: Tart currants and rather harsh, earthy flavors of Cabernet Franc open the flavor profile, with lactic and acetic sourness building; the oak and tannins dry out the finish, with a hint of crusty bread struggling to linger in the otherwise sour finish

Mouthfeel:: Puckery, with a medium body and moderate carbonation; only a slight hint of the rather high ABV

Overall: I wish that Avery's sours were more widely available; every one that I have tasted has been top notch

Thanks, JMBSH, for the opportunity (920 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a hearty dose of red and rose wine- the reckless strength of this sour ale balances superbly with elements of fruit, acid and tannin- We're still talkin' beer here... I think.

With its appetizing ruby appearance, the beer's nearly bright clarity shows off its crimson low lights and its cherry-red margins. Its wisping white head is creamy and skirts the glass wall to wall throughout the session and trickles with speckling lace.

Its sharp and sour aromas take on the taste of red grape, raspberry, cranberry and currant even as an uncharacteristically winy note of limes, lemons, apple and cherry. A thin supposed malt character is mildly of wheat and bread crust, just ahead of the earthen mustiness of weathered wood, cellar-like dampness, saddle leather and sea air.

Its robust taste is firmly planted in the balsamic ranges as its light red fruit flavor meets that of sharp sourness. Underpinnings of light crust and wafer support the fruit and tangy taste. The ale gets more earthy as the taste of oak, leather, light tobacco and tea, peppercorn and brine wash over the palate, wave after wave. Its spicy finish exposes mild bitterness and grape seed bite.

Just off of light, the sour ale's body is propped up by light wheaty structure- perfect for the spice, acidity and alcohol to spring from. As the acidity strips the palate of thirst, it leaves a peppery taste with warm alcohol and mild astringency.

Not exactly a Flanders-type of red ale, the balance and similar taste makes the palate want to go there. But stronger, spicier and much more sour it's as if those Flemish ales got an upgrade! (1,615 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Very interesting. Pours a relatively clear pink color. Nearly zero head. I really enjoyed the color of this beer.

S-Tart but not supremely fruity. I just assumed that a beer so pink in color would be more fruity. I guess I do get berries with the tartness. Oaky with a hint of booze.

T-Tart and much fruitier than the nose. Berries and a noticeable wine component. Sour wine grapes, red berries and oak. Funky and tart.

M-A little heat. Feel isn't too heavy. Soft carbonation. Tannic.

O/D-One of my favorites from Night of the Funk. Would love to be able to find a bottle of this. A sample pour doesn't do this beer justice. (631 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.13/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant light pink with minimal white head that dissipates to nothing.

Aroma is slightly floral, but more grape and sour/must dominant. Smells like wine.

Flavor is very vinous, but tart sour notes take over mid palate, providing more depth than your average zinfandel. Very clean acetic sourness.

Body is moderate to a bit light, with modest carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

I'm not a fan of beers that taste more like wine, but this is a nice sour. (474 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.32/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied sour. Moderate carbonation that is just as eppervescent as the head. The carbonation isnt detected until the beer sits on your toungue for a moment. The beer has a fairly dry finish that drives home the pucker factor of this beer. This beer hides the abv fairly well, but isnt really that subtle once the beer warms and opens up. Still not overbearing at anytime.

Overall: This is a very fine sour by Avery! I think this beers niche is your friend who is a wine snob that isnt a fan of any type of beer...give them a bottle of this beer by Avery and watch the wine snobs mind get blow by a beer! I think its a beer that beer and wine advocates could find as happy middle ground. This beer is exactly as I would have imagined it to be; based on the description found on the bottle. Avery really showing off what skill they have when they put beer into barrels! Great execution by Avery. (1,936 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.02/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 5/2/2013, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass 7/15/2014.

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.

F- As in the nose, lots of yogurty lactate, raspberries, cranberries alongside a dry but sweet, oaky finish resembling a white wine. The actual sourness level on this beer is quite strong, perhaps 8/10 which I suppose isn't all that surprising after sitting for a year to allow the lacto and pedio to chew up a 10.43% ABV beer.

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.

O- Fairly interesting sour, quite sour and mouth-puckering with a fair amount of complexity, and I do taste some of the underlying wine barrel here. I figure they were getting after a sour zinfandel here with a specific take on wine here- in that regard, Avery was successful. (1,559 characters)

Photo of spoony
4.11/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled on May 2, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a short-lived, soda-pop-like white head that drops immediately to nothing, not even a collar. The light cranberry/rose-colored beer is also quite still and clear in the glass.

S-The smell is heavy on tart, white grapes. There is also a fair bit of oak and smaller doses of white vinegar and funk. The tartness is mild to moderate, with the solvent-like alcohol both contributing to the tartness in the form of a burning/warming scent, and detracting from the tartness by providing some sweetness for balance.

T-The taste provides a bit more sweetness than the scent, which results in a welcome balance of flavors. There is still a lot of white grape, as well as lesser amounts of cranberry, cherry, and green apple. The white vinegar flavor is stronger on the tongue than in the nose, as are the drying oak flavors and funkiness. The alcohol is well concealed.

M-The feel is light and the chunky, fizzy carbonation hits quickly then leaves the palate.

O-This is a unique and tasty beer. It may not compare with the Supplications of the world because it doesn't quite have the complexity, but it provides a different and pleasing take on the wine-barrel-aged beer. The sour-power is sneaky here, as is the 10.4% ABV. (1,307 characters)

Photo of RuckusDu
4.21/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Is everyone too scared to open their bottles? Why no review yet? Decided I should review this before it gets any better. Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled on May 2, 2013, released on May 4th, 2013. #14 in the Barrel-Aged series. Described as Ale brewed with cabernet franc grape must and aged in neutral zinfandel barrels. Served at about 45 degrees.

The color is the first thing that you notice. It pours with a tinge of strawberry on an amber base. But the head is big bubbled and pretty white. Falls very quickly. Body is clear as can be. The first whiff reveals a dry aroma that becomes very acetic. Definite white wine, dust, but not really fruity. The flavor is where this beer shines. A tart white wine again, but with light raspberry notes. Still a little musty on the intro. Mouthfeel is interesting as it lingers on the tongue before showing its puckering dryness. Carbonation is like a flavored seltzer water - very effervescent.

Overall this thing seems to come together much better than other Avery sours in the series. Very easy to drink with a compliment of flavors. Just pleasant all around. (1,130 characters)

Volunt Plus Erat from Avery Brewing Company
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