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Thensaurum - Avery Brewing Company


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88 Ratings

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.63%

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  10.89% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Strong sour ale aged in fresh Gosling's Old Rum barrels.

(Beer added by: RuckusDu on 09-01-2013)
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Photo of PaulyB83


4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottle 08/15/13

A- Deep ruby/garnet with a small slightly off-white head that quickly dissipated to a small ring.

S- Sour tart, some green apple, citric acid, alcohol coming through with some of the rum, very slight dark dried fruit, reminiscent of a Belgian strong sort of.

T- Similar to nose. Citric acid, green apple, slight rum and dried dark fruit. ABV is tamer than I thought it would be.

M- Medium with a lasting sourness. Bit more carbonation than the other sours that I can recall.

O- A pretty good sour. Was worried the ABV and rum barrel aging would be overpowering but I did not find that to be the case. I prefer a bit more sweetness in my sours, such what in encountered with Le Terrior but the dark fruit aspect in this one is intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 06:27:39 | More by PaulyB83
Photo of dirtylou


4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle pour @ star bar, #5 in the barrel aged bike ride

Burgundy body - extremely wood-forward, sour cherries, molasses, tart lactic funk. Over 10% and barely noticeable - rum barrels provide interesting flavours though I'd be hard-pressed to detect true rum flavour. Definitely a favorite of the day - tasty stuff

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 03:59:39 | More by dirtylou
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

the newest (as far as I know), of the avery barrel ages sours. this is a cool serious, but one that probably should have stopped with oud floris, by far the best and most complex of the lot. this one is unnecessarily alcoholic, and the rum flavors aren't all the way congruent with the highly acidic sour flavor and feel of this reddish brown beer. it smells like chokecherries and oak, not a bad combination, but the almost vinegary sour is evident, and I know from smell alone that this is going to be a real acid bomb. sure enough it is, and with the alcohol it almost hurts to drink. the flavors are intriguing. spiced rum or something similar adds a sweetness that makes the beer a little thick, and the alcohol makes it a slow sipper and a bottle to share. it has that same mouthfeel as all of the other avery sours, I don't know what it is, but im not stoked on it. maybe its their process, but it detracts from what is supposed to stand out about this beer. it could have been in red wine or whiskey for all I know, the rum isn't as specific as I would like it to be, other than the sugar, which doesn't help things. overall a good beer of course, this whole series is unique, but this one is forgettable in comparison to the others, not one I will go back to, especially for the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 21:55:52 | More by StonedTrippin
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2.75/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle $10.99. Dark brown color, decent head. Aroma is putrid diapers. Seriously bad smell, shit and garbage. Not good at all. Flavor is a bit of sourness, some sugar, very mediocre. This was another disappointing sour from Avery and I just don;t like their style. Sui Generis was good but most of these are pretty poor when compared to benchmarks like Russian River. They're sort of dirty if that makes any sense.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:51:00 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of Jason


4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date.

Look: Deep brownish burgundy hue, good lacing

Smell: Big tartness, wood, mild char, cherries, faint rum, mild spice, faint leather

Taste: Sour throughout, very woody, subtle rum, warming alcohol, green peppercorn, chicory, lemon pith, brown sugar, hint of barrel char, rose water, dry finish

This is one spectacular sour ale, without a doubt a sipper though specially the strength. Great to finally see these beers come to market because Todd and I have been at the brewery when the are pulling nails if you know what I mean.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 04:22:49 | More by Jason
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4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: light brown head that disappeared quick and a dark brown color.

S: smells like a sour with a hint horse blanket, I did get a whiff of oranges. a slight hint of rum... very light though.

T: again I do get a sense of horse blanket, a little funky and sour. I can't taste to alcohol even though it is a 10.89% brew. A little bitter on the back of the tongue that I can't pint point. A nice hint of maltyness

M: silky and smooth. still can believe that it is a 10+% brew... no alcohol burn at all.

O: smooth silky and oh so easy to drink for a 10.89% brew. I will definitely be buying this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 02:48:32 | More by DjangoThePackageMang
Photo of spoony


4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled August 15, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces some short-lived khaki foam. The head drops to a collar in less than 30 seconds, which is to be expected given the style and ABV. The beer is dark, dark cranberry-brown...kind of a unique color. I can see a few streams of carbonation.

S-The smell is pretty sour in the typical Avery style (e.g., Odio Equum and Oud Floris), but the sour is tempered a bit by the brown sugar and molasses from the rum barrel. I get tart raspberries and strawberries, the aforementioned rum flavors, and a bit of funk. The alcohol comes through as spicy warmth more than anything. Interesting.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. In other words, it is quite tart with raspberry, cranberry, and strawberry fruits and a warming, but well-integrated alcohol, up front. About halfway through, the rum barrel flavors kick in and dull the acidity/sourness. The finish is more dark caramel, molasses, and brown sugar than tart fruit. Again, interesting.

M-The feel is medium to light heavyweight with a kick of assertive carbonation up front that fades on the palate.

O-I had a hard time scoring this beer. On the one hand, I appreciate the desire to expand beyond traditional flavor categories and I don't know if I have ever had a beer with such distinguishable flavors from different ingredients, i.e., the tart wild ale versus the sweet rum barrel. On the other hand, I don't know if I actually liked how the rum barrel flavors paired up with the tart berry flavors. I guess it works, because I drank the whole bottle without thinking about it, but I was left a little puzzled at the end.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 00:26:14 | More by spoony
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4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a caramel brown with a slight beige head around the edges. More head to this one than the usual Avery sour I am finding. Aroma is sweet and sour; the typical Avery sour base is there along with rum, wood, berries, pineapple, sponge cake. Flavor starts off showing off the typical Avery sour base, then comes in some caramel, rum and barrel, and i get some bitter and juicy grapefruit. As it warmed, some of the berries come in and steal the space away from that grapefruit. A medium, maybe a bit heavy, bodied, not much activity mouthfeel. Overall, really digging this sour from Avery. Would drink again if the opportunity every were to present itself.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 23:28:15 | More by denver10
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is amber with some light red hues when held up to the light, very nice lacing. Avery nailed the color on this one. The smell first is sour and fruity then oaky tart dry hay comes out. Tons of sour fruity flavors on the nose such as cherries, plums, apples, with hints of lemons and grapefruit as well. A nice sour taste which gives you that sour pucker that makes you want more. Plenty of the sour fruits in the taste as well. Very crisp and balanced. If you will, this is like an imperial version of JP La Roja. Really nice and a top 5 Avery sour for me. I have no idea what part the rum barrels play in this equation, but I like it.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 23:43:29 | More by tjmodica
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks like iced tea... Dark brown brew with soapy-foam tan head. Head fades fast; no lacing.

Tons of fruit. Berry. Lemon. Tartness. Spice. Vanilla. Strawberry rules the berry :)

Thin, lightly oakey, tons of tart berry, lemon, not a ton of vinegar, but nice smooth sourness. Well done. Wood could be slightly deeper as could flavor profile, but flavors meld well with the prickly carbonation, sweetness, and extreme lack of bitterness.

One of my top favorite Avery sours, for sure; I wish I had more of these to see change over the years... A damn fine brew, highly recommended, if you can find it.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 03:25:14 | More by chugalug06
Photo of RuckusDu


3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

First crack at this beer released about a week ago. $12 per bottle, 276 cases sold. #17 in the Barrel-aged series. Ale aged for a year in first use rum barrels. Poured into Duvel tulip at about 45 degrees.

The head is almost non-existent, but the few bubbles stick around the whole time. Body is clear and a deep maroon/amber. Aroma is that typical Avery sour. Smells fruity like dark berries. Flavor is a little less sweet than other Averys which must be the rum coming through. A little bit of tobacco and apricots on the back of the mouth. As it warms, these become more harsh. On the mouth it has a medium body and not much puckering.

Overall, it is a very fall-like beer. The rum is prevalent and takes away any sweetness. Take your average Avery sour, add some rum, and you get this beer. Nothing crazy, but you are probably drinking it because you enjoy the other Avery's and this one will not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 15:19:18 | More by RuckusDu
Thensaurum from Avery Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.