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Ross's's' Melange - Avery Brewing Company

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 13
Gots: 15 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  11.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Wild ale with Chardonnay grape juice, aged in Chardonnay barrels.

(Beer added by: Doodler on 06-21-2013)
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4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle of the latest BA series (number 16) from the release party on Father's day 2013 (complements of Ratman) - pours a hazy pilsner color with small white head. Crazy amounts of foam in my snifter - which brings out the tasty wild / sour ale aromas.. Nose is vinous, with white wine and green grapes dominating each whiff. The taste offers up a twist from the first sip. Mostly oaky chardonnay flavor and sour funkiness with a dry, woody backbone. Notes of barnyard straw, young grapes and some light lemon dryness lingering on the finish. Pretty tasty - tart and funky. Get some….

Doodler, Jun 21, 2013
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle pour @ Euclid Hall, #4 in the barrel aged bike ride

A beer very similar to Cascade the Vine in my opinion - light, clear body, active carbonation and a nice head. Full blown chardonnay throughout, champagne yeast, grassy, green grape, sour apple. I have no idea how this was 11% - dug it, but I am giddy for champagne barrel aged beers

dirtylou, Oct 16, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taking a lot of ownership, Ross must really like dry white wine because like the beer's name suggests, the chardonnay character owns this beer!

Bright, like bubbly chardonnay- the light straw beer proudly shows off its streaming carbonation to form a cottony-white cap of foam. Its racing appearance is near brilliant despite a modest haze. Its fizzy-fluffy retention reforms with a gentle swirl each time right down to the last sip..

The sharp and tangy aroma of chardonnay also commands the nose as white grape, green apple and a mild lemony sulfur note wafts about. A crisp bread note is short as is quickly overtaken by the fruity and fermented acidity. Cork-like in character, a musty and woodish aroma rises and captures the senses like sea air and damp hay.

In similar fashion, the taste of chardonnay takes center stage on the palate as those tangy, tart and semi-sour flavor layer upon the tongue- white grape, lemon, apple, under-ripened berry all reinforce a dry vinous taste. However, a wafer-thin cracker taste supports the vinous taste with its own terse bread sweetness. But a quick finish ensures a piquant souring with cork-like must, dry oak, and a pleasant brine character.

Its dry and light body is aided by its unsurprising champagne-like carbonation. Its high effervescence lifts the malt sweetness and exacerbates the beer's tartness, mineral and peppery character. A fleeting finish of powder and wood spices once again affirms the ale's wine-like tone.

Ross' winy thumbprints are all over this beer. Even as this saucy elixir turns its back on its beery roots in favor of the vine, there's enough of that unique Belgian-esque sourness to relate to the puckering taste that I love so much in sour ale.

BEERchitect, Apr 23, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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Received bottle in trade with LotsofLupulin- thanks!! Appearance is very light in color with short lived white head. Some spotty lace present, but not much. The nose is full of Chardonnay character with heavy white grape must, a healthy dose of lactic acid, a touch of funk, and plenty of character from the barrels. The taste starts with sweet grape juice and quickly dries and has Chardonnay all over it. Sourness is second thought as the wine character really overshadows. The finish is quite dry. The high abv is masked well. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, this has a very champagne like quality as it tastes like a heavily carbonated white wine. The brett is present on the nose but seems a little lost in the flavor. Definitely a unique offering from Avery, not quite as enjoyable as some of the sours in this series though.

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Ross's's' Melange from Avery Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.