Barrel-Aged Raspberry Sour
Avery Brewing Company

Barrel-Aged Raspberry SourBarrel-Aged Raspberry Sour
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #355
Ranked #2,343
4.16 | pDev: 6.49%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Barrel-Aged Raspberry SourBarrel-Aged Raspberry Sour
Notes: Luscious ripe red raspberries are elegantly intertwined with a bountiful amount of lactic acidity and delicate barrel nuances to cultivate this stunning sour ale.
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The deep red color of this beer let's you know there will be ample raspberry presence--and there is. It's an aggressive sour, rich tart raspberry flavor. But the oak barrel aging does a nice job slamming the brakes on sourness before the beer would become a too tart bomb. Really nicely done. Have it on a hot day for max rewards.

May 17, 2020
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Ohknows from Nevada

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a nice dark red color. You can taste the raspberry’s. The beer is sour and tarty. I feel this beer is good in small amounts. Too tarty for me.

Apr 26, 2020
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Ahypercube from California

3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Firstly, the pint can I have says its ABV is 6.0%, so I'm not sure if I'm reviewing the same beer that everyone who reviewed the earlier batches was drinking.

L: Pours into a large flute, it produces a big applesauce-colored head that dies rapidly, leaving behind an extremely thin amber body that looks like it has a splash of raspberry jam in it. Very active carbonation, and a long-lived head for a sour ale of medium-light body.

S: Sour cherries, raspberry and pomegranate jams, oxidized lemons, quince, oak, polished leather, bandaids, caramel. maple, toffee. Very metallic and medicinal aroma.

T: Not a bad one. Cherry, raspberry, pomegranate, cough syrup, oaky oak barrel, not too charred, with a dry finish of lemon and quince juice; crisp, clean, and concise.

F: A little thin and metallic. Something about that gives it a clingy feel in a bad way. Like it's a little... rusty?

O: Tasty sour. For the price though, really not impressed.

Oct 26, 2019
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is raspberries, mild lambic-style funk and an astringent hint. The flavor is raspberries/fruit, malts and a mix of mild lambic barrel funk and and puckering tart in the finish.

Oct 02, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled April 2015; drank 5/30/15 @ the Palace.

Semi-opaque red rust appearance.

Minimal tan head; minimal lace.

Tart raspberry jam notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel. SUPER tart raspberry jam flavor; way too puckering for me to love.

Too bold, but nice & fruity as well.

Aug 15, 2019
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from (very) long-standing notes. Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing goblet.

A: Reddish brown and hazy - darker than expected. A thin off-white head forms and fades almost instantly. Visible carbonation on the low side, but there are a few streams of bubbles up the sides.

S: Lactic and malic tartness, mild acetic underneath. Underripe berries, acidic with a touch of dry tannins in the background. While cold, it’s decent but unexciting. As it warms, it comes up with some more juicy raspberries, but not much else seems to be added.

T: Acidic tartness, sour underripe raspberries and blackberries, and lactic acid. Dry woody tannins give this a bit of a vinous feel as well. Just a bit of biscuit malts. More drying acid (malic, citric, lactic) in the finish, but not overly acidic or sour in the hang.

M: A thin body – not quite watery, but thin enough to detract a bit. Average carbonation sensation. Low alcohol presence.

O: Nothing particularly offensive here, but just not big enough flavors; and the thin body accentuates this. Not a big sourness, or any funk to speak of, or big juicy raspberries. Or even a particularly big barrel presence. Not truly flawed, and I’m being picky here…but it’s just more bland than I expected. Reasonably enjoyable, but nothing I’d go out of my way to drink again.

Aug 04, 2019
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avery Oak Barrel-aged Raspberry Sour, 6.5% ABV. Pours dark red with a slight off-white head. Nose is funk and raspberry, taste is raspberry and vinegar, slight bitterness, moderate sour. Excellent mouthfeel overall excellent.

Jul 05, 2019
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iguanodon from Utah

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can. Pours slightly hazy dark brownish red with no head. Aroma is oak, brett, raspberry. Taste is tart raspberry, brett, with a dry woody finish. Excellent.

Jun 30, 2019
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a Rastal Harmony tumbler.

Appearance: The light tan, two finger head disappears almost immediately and leaves behind a little bit of lacing in small spots. It's a murky, dark brick color.

Smell: It's fruity at first with a strong raspberry aroma. Then there are some musty, damp wood scents and a soft herbal note.

Taste: It's tart, sour and juicy with a strong raspberry flavor and that's pretty much it.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth medium bodied, and slightly cloying with medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A nice and easy to drink sour with the raspberries as the stars of the show.

May 29, 2019
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a strong raspberry , sour,funk aroma . The taste is more intense than the aroma with it being very similar to aroma. It has a very strong vinegar taste that is stronger than the sour tartness

Mar 03, 2019
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emyers from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Amber brown with a one inch off-white head

Nose: tart raspberries and oak

Taste: sweet berries up front with moderate tartness coming in quickly. Oak undertones and tart finish.

Feel: tart with medium-high carbonation

Sep 21, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A garnet color. No head.
Fruity aroma, some oak.
Great taste. Raspberries, sweet and tart. Oak. A hint of vinegar.
Pleasantly tart and sour.
I could drink more than one these.

Sep 08, 2018
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Sammy from Canada

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

on tap at independent ale house in south dakota. absolute jammy big tart. really one to love. close to a perfect sour for me. COlour, taste, mouthfeel.

Aug 09, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Lots of raspberry, everywhere - in the dark pink hue, on the nose, and in the flavor up-front-and-center. Nice amount of funk and white wine barrel character.

Jul 25, 2018
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mikeinportc from New York

4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Murky reddish chestnut-brown, with a short-lived light pinkish-tan head and lacing.

Jammy (unsweetened) raspberry aroma , plus a slight (brown bread batter + (very slight)balsamic vinegar) smell.

Taste is dried raspberry, lactic sourness, tannin from the barrel, a brief hint of (dried) (prune + cherry), finishing with a little yeast funk. Just enough bitterness to balance the slight sweetness of the fruit.

Feel is light, slightly oily , with very fine, but noticeable carbonation tingle on the finish. A drying finish, balanced with a mucilaginous sour accumulation on the back of the upper palate.

Overall, beautifully balanced, and a joy to drink.

Mar 04, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into glass. 'Bottled in June 2016' is part of the label details.
Clear, reddish brown body (final bottle pour introduces cloudiness). Fizzy off white head quickly dissipates to bubble fed ring and a few scattered islands. Just a couple of spots of lacing.
Tart raspberry aroma with just a hint of oak and yeast.
Sour taste of raspberry, and woodsy oak. Vinegar aspect swishes through with each sip. Raspberry taste is very natural and fresh fruit-like. No funk.
Thin to medium mouth feel. Dry and slightly astringent. Good carbonation.
This beer is a tart fresh fruit sour, enhanced by its time in the barrel.

Feb 06, 2018
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keith40 from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

1 pint bottle dated March 2016 purchased at Moonshine Liquors in Hyannis. Reddish/brown color and raspberry nose. Taste is definitely raspberry with some tartness and some sour. Crisp, fruity and relatively easy drinking. Glad we tried it. Almost like drinking a raspberry wine with carbonation.

Jan 20, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a tulip. bottled April 2015, so some 2 & 3/4 years old.

murky red brown body, but against the light reveals a clear deep reddish brown. decent amount of carbonation initially. also initially a mix of foam and fizzy head leaving little lacing. This eventually dissipates to a ring and faint covering.

aroma is quite vinergary and faintly funky. too old?

ah, it tastes better than it smells. strong but pleasant sour taste, i only detect the raspberries towards the end.There is a slight oakiness to it. The vinegar on the nose does not come through in the taste, which is overall pretty good.

mouth is around medium, finish is tart sour raspberries.

overall, despite the look and smell, this is a pretty fine sour beer. would certainly have it again.

Jan 07, 2018
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 16 ounce Prowler. $11.00

It pours a clear light brown with reddish hues, an inch of foam, good lacing.

Smells of both sweet and sour raspberries. So fresh smelling.

More tart than sweet, hence the name, so juicy, so natural, hints of vanilla, not complex to my palate but who needs super complex when this is as awesome as it is.

Light side of medium bodied, enough carbonation to get it done.

So damn enjoyable.

Oct 28, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been banging this beer all summer. Once they started carrying it at my grocery store for $9.99 a bottle, it just became part of my grocery bill.

Pours a mixture of yellow and pink colors. Mild thin head 1/4" and it goes away pretty quickly. Aroma was a mixture of clean lactic sour and raspberries, the dry wood came in afterwards. Straightforward and relatively simple there.

Taste is more of the same. Mildly bitter raspberry, a feint malt body, almost wheat like, dry wood effect on all of it. Sourness appropriate, not overly hot or acidic. Nothing really in the way of funk developing, these are innoculated it seems, nothing spontaneous really going on here, nor does there need to be. Carbonation is appropriate.

Sep 12, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Couldn't pass on this the reviews are good and the price is spot on at 9 bucks tax included into a standard pint. Looks much darker than I expected more of a mahogany brown with just a 1/4 inch of foam that settles to practically nothing. Smell is amazing the brett and raspberries mend together to something I can't even describe but it smalls amazing! Taste is very sour but it's to be expected with sour brett and sour fruit. Every sip is puckering sour then a woody taste which mended reminds me more of a apple cider vinegar and fades out into a clean finish. For the ABV it drinks pretty well but damn is this sour.

Overall not undrinkable sour but still one of the more sour beers I ever obtained well worth a try especially if you can find it at the right price!

Sep 12, 2017
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StoutHunter from Michigan

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

I picked up a bottle of Avery's Raspberry Sour for $12.99 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for a sour today and I'm interested to see what Avery can do with this one, so lets see how it goes. 2017 Vintage. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle that had green foil on it into a teku glass.

A- The label looks good, it has a little bit of a classy look to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice ruby and crimson color which took on a little more of a crimson and brown color when held to the light with a finger and half of fizzy off white almost light tan head that died down to a thin a ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a good looking sour, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a with a higher amount of medium sweetness with a nice funky yeast aroma being the first to show with a little bit of barnyard like aspect to it along with a little bit of red wine vinegar like aroma. Up next comes the raspberry which impart a nice natural raspberry and raspberry jam like aroma that go into the malts which are pretty light and only impart some sweet malt and doughy aromas. This beer has a good aroma, it's got just enough funky to it and the raspberries don't disappoint.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but it's a little more balanced this time and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the funky yeast being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects, but it's a good amount lighter this time and it's followed by the raspberries which are also a little lighter than they were in the aroma and it's not as jam like this time. Towards the end comes the malts which impart a little more of a bready aspects this time and they show up more than they did in the aroma and they go into the finish with a medium amount of sourness that lingers just a little with a raspberry and malty aftertaste. This is a good tasting raspberry Sour, but I think it could be better if the raspberry showed up a little more.

M- Smooth, not too mouth puckering, a little refreshing, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is good and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and it was a good example of a Raspberry sour, all the aspects showed up nicely and it was a little more drinkable than I was expecting. THis beer has good drinkability, I could drink a couple of glasses without getting to be too much. What I like the most about this beer is the drinkability, it's good and it's more drinkable than most sours. What I like the least about this beer is that the taste wasn't a little more like the aroma. I would buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good Raspberry Sour Ale. All in all I was happy with this beer and it turned out to be just as advertised. It's one of the better beers I've had from Avery lately and it's good example of the style. Good job guys, this is a tasty Raspberry Sour, keep it up.

Aug 17, 2017
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Viaduck from California

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mahogany color with a nice head that quickly disappeared. aroma: raspberry(of course), vinegar, malt. Taste is salty sour, less sweet than expected. Lots of grain flavors & a strong lemon finish. Nice feel, very refreshing. If the raspberry flavor was taken up a notch it would be perfect.

Jul 07, 2017
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erk0607 from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Maghony brown with tan foam head with varying sized bubbles.
Smell: Tart raspberry, malt, and sour/bug notes
Taste: Even more raspberry, lemon, funky, slight bittnerness, oaky, tart
Feel: Pucker-worthy, energetic carbonation, medium body
Overall: Some sours are more buggy, like lacto or brett... this beer is more like a raspberry sour patch kid or warhead in terms of sour... tasty for the style, but you have to be in the mood for it.

Apr 04, 2017
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. Bomber
Green Foil
Bottled In: March 2016
ABV: 5.7%

Over a year on this bottle.

Poured into a tulip a very nice dark brownish/amber color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, funky, with some raspberries, tart, slight bourbon/oak. The taste is really nice, malty, yeasty, funky, tart, sour, nice little bourbon/oak note, with some raspberries. Medium body, with a pretty nice dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

Apr 02, 2017
Barrel-Aged Raspberry Sour from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 843 ratings