Ross's's' Melange - Avery Brewing Company
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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 8 | Display Reviews Only:
3.2/5 rDev -10.4%
From a 355 ml bottle (dated June 4, 2013) into a tulip.
A-The pour is pretty flat with no real head, just a collar of white bubbles. The brew is very light in color, like a sauternes wine, and clear.
S-There is a bit of tart apple and a decent dose of white grape, as well as a slightly funky, tropical fruit note. The alcohol is noticeable and is medicinal and solvent-like. There is a vinous character here, but it smells more like MD 20/20 than good chardonnay. The whole thing is a bit disjointed.
T-The taste also provides some white grape juice and apple. Instead of inviting, the funkiness comes across as off-putting rotten fruit, like overripe apples and peaches. The solvent-like alcohol is very strong, making this taste a bit like cheap wine.
M-The feel is pretty standard for a wild ale with light to medium heft and a chunky, assertive wave of carbonation that dissipates on the palate.
O-This brew is a let-down, especially when compared to Odio and Oud Floris. Perhaps it was just too high in ABV, but I could not get over the cheap wine character here. The fruit flavors are just overwhelmed by the heat from the booze and the result is a strangely rotten-tasting brew.
08-08-2013 03:35:05 | More by spoony
4.03/5 rDev +12.9%
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.
06-23-2013 01:59:11 | More by homebrew311
Ross's's' Melange from Avery Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.