Barrel-Aged Raspberry Sour
Avery Brewing Company

Barrel-Aged Raspberry SourBarrel-Aged Raspberry Sour
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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #464
Ranked #4,310
4.15 | pDev: 6.75%
Nov 27, 2021
Jan 24, 2015
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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3.96 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Nov 27, 2021
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by flagmantho from Washington

Poured from 16-oz can into a tulip. Canned 11/25/19, so this example has a couple years of age on it at this point.

Appearance: dark red-brown hue with lots of murk and two fingers of lively tan foam atop. I think it's quite pretty indeed!

Smell: rich raspberry aroma, with a noticeable tartness but is rounded out by a sweet background that is almost like brown sugar. I like it a lot!

Taste: quite tart and a lot drier than I imagined based on the aroma. There's a good raspberry flavor, although not a lot of barrel-aged quality jumps out at me. It's a lovely raspberry sour, but perhaps not an amazing one.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a moderate carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: man, I want to like this beer. But the tartness builds up as rather unbalanced over time. It's good, but not super duper quaffable, you know?

Sep 16, 2021
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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

22oz bottle from June 2016 poured into a mug

Dark ruby color, not much head. Smells of apple cider vinaigrette and slight malt in the background. Taste opens very tart, but mellows out and has ample smooth malt that compliments the fruit flavor

After checking out the other reviews, it seems time has mellowed this one out. Very good flavor and an excellent sour

May 28, 2021
4.63 by jurcab788 from Texas on May 18, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by KT3418 from Colorado

Im assuming this is the same thing as what my store sells in a pint can. An absolutely excellent true barrel aged sour ale. Excellent. Spend the extra cash.

Mar 18, 2021
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3.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Mark-Leggett from Missouri

Poured from a can. Brownish red in color with a large tan head. Smells of fruit and it smells like a sour. Fruit with a touch of sweet and it's got a very tart middle to it.

Jan 01, 2021
3.1 by Sock_Monster from Georgia on Nov 06, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Gajo74 from New York

From the bottle it pours a dark amber, brown and ruby red color. It has some clarity and is elegant looking. A modest head quickly dissipates but yields a thin ring of lacing.

As expected, the nose highlights raspberry along with a tart and oaky/woody aroma. Furthermore, the aroma is quite vinous with notes of currants, red grape and raisins.

Very tart and mouth puckering with a vinegar and dry cider . The flavors of raspberry help somewhat temper the acidity. The oaky flavors evoke notes of wood and spice. There is a strong complexity of wild yeast, including fruity brett and yogurt like lactobacillus. Vinous notes of grape, currant, raisin, and zesty lemon and lime round out the fruity and tart flavors amidst a bready and doughy malt backbone.

Medium bodied, acidic and moderately carbonated. The finish is bone dry and refreshing.

Reminded me of a cross between a Flanders Red Ale and a Gueuze. I really enjoyed the complexity and intensity of this one.

Jun 23, 2020
5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 18, 2020
4.25 by jstern from California on May 28, 2020
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3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Ohknows from Nevada

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
4.08 by craigbelly from Iowa on Apr 14, 2020
4.23 by ShawnL from Wisconsin on Apr 13, 2020
4 by Musineer from Texas on Nov 09, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Ahypercube from California

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
4.13 by Ssitron from Michigan on Oct 26, 2019
4 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Oct 13, 2019
4 by heysuz from Indiana on Oct 13, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jzlyo from Iowa

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
4.43 by tcbro023 from Wisconsin on Sep 03, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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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3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by macrosmatic from Florida

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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4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bbtkd from South Dakota

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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4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by iguanodon from Utah

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
4.04 by omahawk from Nebraska on May 29, 2019
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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

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
4 by Griffith from Connecticut on Apr 24, 2019
3.93 by Lelampp from Ohio on Apr 21, 2019
3.92 by desint from Belgium on Apr 13, 2019
4.41 by CJNAPS from California on Mar 03, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

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
4.4 by CayseyW from Connecticut on Dec 25, 2018
3 by Shenk87 from Pennsylvania on Dec 09, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by emyers from Illinois

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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4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

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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4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Sammy from Canada (ON)

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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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by Lucular from Maryland

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
3.5 by VaporDome from New York on Jul 21, 2018
3 by COBEERHUNTER from Colorado on Jul 15, 2018
Barrel-Aged Raspberry Sour from Avery Brewing Company
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