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Thensaurum - Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
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108 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 32
Gots: 28 | FT: 7
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-06-2014 02:25:47 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

10-14-2013 17:24:53 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.3%

10-15-2013 00:52:02 | More by nmann08
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -22.2%

10-11-2013 20:39:54 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%

Explained as a strong sour ale that had been aged in Gosling's rum barrels- one thing is for sure: when Avery Brewing Company decides to explore imagination and push the envelope, they're not afraid to go balls to the wall!

As the post-ten percent ale pours, it simply looks like cognac with its dark, tawny brown hue that show ribbons of crimson, mauve and mahogany when held in the right light. While any foam character rushes to the edges, its sustained collar eventually succumbs to its own acidity.

Olfactory piercing tartness strikes the nose with a flurry of fruit- sour grapes, crab apples, dried limes, green cherry and cranberry all seem of the under-ripened variety. Light earhten character of of cellar-type must, weathered oak, vinous dry wine, curing leather and fresh-hung tobacco all come to mind as the ale swirls in the glass. All this with a tinge of maple- reminding me of the rum infusion.

The highly acidic flavor strikes the palate as red-wine vinegar, dry and oaken merlot link up to those tangy and sour fruits. All these seemingly out of control flavors are held in a shell of maple and allspice- garnering the taste of rum, but not the associated sweetness from rum. As its spicy finish ensues, a hint of acetone hides just behind all that unapologetic sourness.

While there's a more robust taste to this sour, its tactile sensations are clean with lactic sourness that strips the palate and ushers in high refreshment. Its wood-derived astringency waters the jawls and pricks against the taste buds with all its rummy spice, alcohol warmth and fermented phenols.

Thensaurum is a masterfully created ale that tackles a sense of high gravity and polarizing sourness at the same time. What should have been a disastrous of a beer turns out actually quite irresistible.

04-25-2014 15:04:02 | More by BEERchitect
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

07-29-2014 06:40:59 | More by zestar
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-13-2014 03:09:49 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

01-13-2014 03:15:12 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

06-28-2014 12:42:47 | More by GRG1313
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -4.3%

10-20-2013 21:11:15 | More by JAHMUR
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

06-04-2014 06:36:40 | More by SocalKicks
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

09-27-2013 04:22:49 | More by Jason
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

10-07-2013 21:55:52 | More by StonedTrippin
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.3%

11-22-2013 02:07:46 | More by XmnwildX12
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

09-04-2013 20:46:51 | More by MarkyMOD
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev -4.3%

02-19-2014 09:21:01 | More by drewone
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

11-21-2013 02:51:33 | More by Gonzoillini
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

04-04-2014 04:07:43 | More by afsdan
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dirtylou

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

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

10-16-2013 03:59:39 | More by dirtylou
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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

10-15-2013 21:39:31 | More by drummermattie02
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

4/5  rDev -4.3%

05-27-2014 02:26:27 | More by Cynic-ale
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Lare453

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

03-07-2014 23:48:33 | More by Lare453
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

05-04-2014 14:49:30 | More by enelson
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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -34.2%

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.

09-30-2013 02:51:00 | More by ArrogantB
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

05-04-2014 17:44:59 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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Thensaurum from Avery Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.