Avery Brewing Company

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American Wild Ale
4.42 | pDev: 7.47%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Spontanea (#24) is an ale brewed with Cabernet Sauvignon grape must that is aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. This beer uses wild yeast found on the skins of the grapes only (no additional yeast).
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Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours out an interesting tawny color, almost the tone of a long-aged Cabernet; the head has an auburn hue and fades quickly to a ringlet; some spotty lacing hangs around

Smell: Dominant oak and Cabernet tones, with tart berry fruit and caramel elements underneath; there is a depth to the sweeter tones that complements the tart ones in a very unusual way

Taste: Both lactic and acetic sourness dominate the front end, with Cabernet grape, plum, oak, caramel and Candi sugar elements building; lime-like tartness builds through the middle and into the finish but the most interesting aspect is the undertone of Candi sugar that becomes more noticeable in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; puckery

Overall: Each of these Avery barrel-aged beers is so different from one another that the collection becomes exhibit #1 as to why sour beers are among the most interesting beers being brewed right now

Thanks, 3bthero, for the opportunity

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Photo of Raziel313
4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cabernet wine bomb. All nose and taste of sweet tannic cabernet grapes. Barrel character is prevalent. If you like cabernet wine then this is a must try

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Is it ale or is it wine- each take the strong influence of the other and skillfully arrange them into a sensual medley of taste. Avery's barrel program hits high stride with Spontanae!

Tawny, crimson and rusty- its hues are dense as its high acidity thwarts any lingering foam as the ale falls still, pretending to be the seductive Cabernet Sauvignon robust red wine. But the tart fruitiness of such wine is no match for the dominantly acidic nose. Fruit, balsamic and spice are all enough to make your face stick that way, just from the scent alone.

Its dry, juicy and fruity taste hits the tastebuds with force- pin-point precision sours the palate with red wine vinegar, crabapple, sour red grape, blackberry, plum and lime. Its fruit character is of both the under-ripened variety and the dried, leathery character. Weathered oak gives a peppery and tannic bite to heighten the awareness of the massive acids burrowed deep within the taste.

Both powdery and juicy, the ale magically weaves together a sublime dry and drinkable sensation to the medium-light ale and also seducing the senses with natural fruit juices even in finish. With echoes of Cabernet Sauvignon and peppery oak swirling about.

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Photo of spoony
3.72/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled December 4, 2014) into a tulip.

A-The beer is a pretty color...sort-of cranberry with some brown highlights. The tan head fades immediately into nothing. I can see some bubbles crawling up the glass. No lacing.

S-The aroma is heavy on the white grape and red grape flavors. I also get a little bit of tart cranberry, higher levels of acidity (like most Avery sours), and white vinegar. It has a lot of the grape juice aroma that you would expect from a beer with grape must in it.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. I get heavy grape flavors (white and red), some seet juice notes, tart cranberry, and high levels of acidity that give off a bit of sulphuric quality. Finish is dry, but I don't get much wine barrel.

M-The body is robust and a bit slick. Carbonation is chunky and bubbly at first but after a few minutes in the glass, it mellows out a bit.

O-This is a good looking beer, but like other grape must beers, I could not fully get into it. I like wine; I like beer, but I don't like wine-must-ed beers as much. This one continues that trend with annoying levels of grape flavor and acidity that seem to drown out the subtleties that I like.

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Spontanea from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 44 ratings