Raspberry Sour | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Luscious ripe red raspberries are elegantly intertwined with a bountiful amount of lactic acidity and delicate barrel nuances to cultivate this stunning sour ale.

Added by Prospero on 01-24-2015

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Ratings: 820 |  Reviews: 147
Reviews by confer:
Photo of confer
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one really packs some sour. Raspberry flavor is very subtle. The puckering level is pretty high, almost reaching vinegar levels. A bit on the pricey side but it was definitely worth a try.

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent copper/orange with a pinky of cream colored head. Stays effervescent, a little lacing & less head retention

S: Slight raspberry notes, these pick up as it warms, a little

T: Raspberry vinegar, tartness, & a little sour up front along with dryness up front. Oaky dryness & raspberry sourness as this warms, tartness as well. Finishes sour & oaky dry & with acidity

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, plus a little enamel stripping character

A pretty good take on the style, just was looking for a little more flavor & balance. A sour heads delight perhaps, didn't quite reach me on that level

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.54/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Avery's Raspberry Sour pours a mahogany brown color, remeniscent of old crushed fruits and barrel stain; head disappears as soon as it's formed, 80% opacity.

Aromas of stiff lactobacillus, light fruitiness, and oak barrel. Some salty milk finishes out the nose. Overall pretty faint.

Taste...if you're looking for sour, this is it. Mouth puckering sourness meets an assertive acidity making this one hell of an expression-twisting beer. Behind the sour assault lies fermented and squashed raspberries, raspberry-brushed vinegar, light breaths of oak, a rush of sour milk, pink sea salt crystals, and brown bread crusts on the finish.

Feel is supercharged with carbonation, adding insult to injury (or, prickliness to the acidity) but also lets a soft blanket of creaminess remain underneath.

Overall, I don't mean to be a snob, but this one could have been better, especially given the price point. The barrel is there, I like that, and it's not a shy beer...but jeez guys, could we just back off on the sours and milk? A bit of a palate wrecker not unlike a giant sour warhead.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours - Deep plum color no head full of bubbles no lacing.

Smell - Big raspberry smell, nice sour cherries little but of oak.Slightly grape acidic smell, very tart smell.

Taste - The tart raspberries and sour cherries hit right away, I can taste a little oak on the back end. The tartness hits hard and then goes away quick, very juicy slightly funky I really like how this hits and mellows.

Feel - Very bitter and tart up front puckers the mouth and tongue. Very dry on the back end well carbonated.

Overall - I really love this beer it hits hard yet every flavor stands out.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

6.5% not the 7.2% listed here. this is a new all the time beer for avery, just over ten bucks a bottle in bomber size, i think this is a real game changer. its fruity enough to bring outsiders into sour beer, but sour enough and high quality enough to keep beer geeks frothing for it. i love that its going to be year round, i think thats amazing, and something this market has needed for awhile from a reputable producer. the packaging is gorgeous with the green foil, you cant miss it on a shelf. the beer itself is fantastic, i shouldnt be surprised, but its well ahead of what i expected. pink hue and a slightly darker base beer than i thought we would see, this is definitely going to have some grain flavor. head is big and the beer appears to be carbonated like a soda pop. it smells super sour, as sour as anything in the barrel series, and with a similarly high acidity. the berries are fresh and contribute a tartness of their own, and there seems to be just enough crystal malt sweetness in the middle of this to balance it and round it out. in the flavor, i am blown away by how forward and authentic the raspberries are, and how bright the acidity comes on. the fruit is all the way through it, and its never sweet, which i was afraid it might be, trying to get mass appeal with sugar, works for everyone else, but they avoid that pitfall expertly. the bacterial profile is really intense, and while i thought this might be a beer catering to the new wild ale drinker, its super sour, full on pucker, very true to what i love in the style, and complex, way more than a simple lacto sourness. avery has proven with their barrel series what they are capable of, its cool to see the project expand to this level. total game changer i think, and truly a wonderfully built beer deserving of a lot of credit. cant wait to get my hands on this again.

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Photo of don1481
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into Belgian glass

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red with fizzy bubbles both within and as part of the off white head.

Smell: Smells an awful lot like Rubaeus and Blushing Monk with that powerful raspberry syrupy aroma.

Taste: classic lambic/sour style taste with just a hint of the raspberry that was so strong on the nose.

Mouthfeel: Definitely fizzy in the mouth with the sour aftertaste that lingers.

Overall: definitely a more refreshing beer than its Founders comparators mentioned above. Not as popping on the flavor side, but offset with a good general fizziness.

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tiernan
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkiBum22
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

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Photo of freshflesh
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours deep ruby amber with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is woody malts with lots of tart raspberry.

The flavor is lots of sweet tart acidic and mouth puckering sour raspberry. There's a bit of bandaid in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery.

Overall, not quite as good as remembered. I like the tart sour raspberry, but it's a bit thin and the acidic and bandaid notes bring it down a little.

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

Photo of mctizzz
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ledouge
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Meyers1023
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber color with a fingers worth of off white head. The smell is tart with an oak background. Taste is sour with a good amount of raspberry, the name fits. I like the oak finish on the taste as well. Good carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. A very good American wild ale. I want another bottle.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown in color with a very murky complexion. I smell Brett and raspberries. I taste tart raspberries and Brett. Horse Blakey aromas are present. I taste tart raspberries and Brett. The mouth is lightly carbonated for the style. It's crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours right brown with a pink to red tint with plentiful bubbles slowly rising from the bottom of the glass. It has a 2" light tan cap that takes 2 minutes to recede to a thin lacy film. I can smell raspberries an arm's length away. Closer up detects rich brown malts and traces of lemon. Creamy malt and tart raspberry flavors initiate the drink then the awareness dissolves into a refreshing tart, lemony, fruity drink with medium to medium high tartness. The raspberries come back into focus on the finish. The beer is medium light with medium to medium high carbonation. This is an excellent beer for drinking in the garden while reading a book. You drink it slow because of the tartness as you enjoy the interplay of raspberry, tartness and malt.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish brown with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer. Lots of lacing.

Smell: A very juicy and fairly sour and funky aroma with a big scent of raspberries and funk. Upfront scent of raspberries. Funky and sour hints of lacto brett yeast. Nice hints of oak and wood. Also some fruit hints of cherries and grapes. Some hints of leather and tobacco. Sweet malt hints of caramel and grains. A very good fruity aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and funky fruit forward taste with big notes of raspberries and funk. Big taste of raspberry juice throughout. Also some fruit notes of cherry, grapes, and green apple. Good barrel notes of oak and wood as well as some subtle notes of tobacco and leather. Some sweet backing malt notes of caramel and grains. A really good sour taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and fairly tart and acidic. Puckering and drying on the finish.

Overall: A really good take on a Sour. Big raspberry flavor and funk that avoids becoming too sweet.

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

Photo of moundbz
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of valkyre65
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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