Fortuna | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour ale that is aged in Tequila barrels with lime zest and salt.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 03-26-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of stevoj
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle share from...? Yet another barrel aged sour, go figure...Tequila barrels add a different note, sweet, salty vibe. Interesting touch. Mellows the pucker a bit too.

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Photo of Stofko1992
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BKotch
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 4.17.15

L - Copper with no clarity. 1 finger of head, lots of lacing left on the glass and the brew. Gorgeous beer

S - Lime, salt, tart. Sourness. Very good aroma

T - Salty and sour. Delicious. Lots of lime and tequila traces.

F - Well carbonated, medium body.

O - Another delicious sour from Avery - this one aged in tequila barrels. So easy to drink and smooth

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Photo of 22Blue
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Bottled April 17th, 2015. 12 fl oz format. Brown glass. Gold foil covers a pry-off crown cap. Classy label art depicting a barrel for obvious reasons. 1297 cases were bottled.

8.10% ABV. Aged in Suerte tequila barrels. "Ale aged in tequila barrels with lime zest and salt added."

Served chilled into a teku and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

HEAD: Soft and fluffy, with an even luscious consistency and a nice complexion. Off-white colour. Billowing and appealing, with nice frothiness and creaminess. Leaves spotty inconsistent bits of lacing on the glass' sides as it recedes. Retention is good - ~5 minutes. Has a good 6-7cm height in a teku.

BODY: Semitransparent translucent pale red of above average vibrance. No yeast/lees are visible within, but it's tough to tell if it was filtered or not. It's not hazy or cloudy.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice overall appearance for a sour ale and has me intrigued, but it isn't unique or special.

AROMA: Lime is definitely there, bringing some acidic twang into the fold that plays nicely with the subtle lactobacillus and pediococcus bacteria. Sourness is subdued; this aroma suggests a beer of maybe a 2-3/10 in terms of sourness. I don't get much from the brettanomyces yeast - just some mild microfloral farmhousey character and a blip of buried funkiness. I look for salt, but it isn't overt - at least not as overt as it is in, say, a gose.

The tequila barrel is interesting; I doubt I'd peg it as tequila barrel in a blind tasting, but when I know to look for it I do find it. I imagine it'd present as a vegetal/cactus character in a blind tasting...definitely interesting. No oak or vanilla or barrel sugars from the barrel, though.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a refreshing sour ale with some interesting lime and spice flavours.

I find no overt hoppy or malty notes, and no off-notes.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The subtle tingle of salt is nice, playing well with the acidic lime and concomitant zest. Sourness is a bit subdued for my taste, indeed hitting about a 3/10 intensity...many discerning drinkers will crave more, as well as more bacterial intricacy. There's some mild pedicoccus and lactobacillus smackiness, but if you're going to brew with bacteria cultures, why not really commit? The same could be said of the mildly present brettanomyces yeast, which injects barely any funk or microfloral nuances. This drinks way too clean for a brettanomyces & bacteria fermented brew.

Acidity is above average but not out of control. More acidity, twang, and tartness would help complement the sourness and coax it out more.

The tequila barrel is interesting...there's not a lot of depth or diversity of flavour there, just some agave/muted tequila. No spice or heat at all.

I dig the citrusy salty flavours and the way they play with the refreshing bacterial sourness, but I can't help but crave more of it all in addition to more complexity and depth of flavour. This is balanced and enjoyable, but it's also somewhat simplistic considering the premise and ingredients, and doesn't seem to fulfill the full potential of the premise.

Nicely built for what it is, but there's ample room for improvement.

The mouthfeel is well-executed, pairing the above-mentioned acidity with an apt smoothness and wetness. Carbonation is almost perfect. It's not a puckering brew. Definitely refreshing and approachable, with a light body. It could do with more smacky lactic acid and citrusy juiciness, but it's nicely done as is.

OVERALL: Avery plays it close to the cuff with this safe simple sour ale that doesn't seem interested in really exploring its premise. The tequila is shallow, and the bacterial flavours restrained. Discerning sour ale drinkers will find this enjoyable albeit wanting. It's a beer I'm glad to have tried and will enjoy finishing, but it isn't up there with Avery's finest barrel aged sour ales and I wouldn't purchase it again or recommend it to friends. Surprisingly drinkable for its well-disguised 8.10% ABV.

Lime is a tricky fruit to showcase in a sour ale, but Avery did a nice job all things considered, and the complementary salt and zest flavours were a good call. Tequila barrel aged brews seem difficult to balance and to keep from tasting artificial or boozy, but all things considered this may be one of the better tequila barrel aged beers I've tried...nevermind its shortcomings.

High B- (3.25) / WORTHY

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Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zonian1
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bnes09
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Malty and light with a touch of tequila and lime.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imstimpy
3.49/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my second bottle, the first I had shortly after it was bottled. After over a year, not much seems to have changed. The taste is still incredibly unique, but not necessarily any better or worse after further aging.

Color is a light golden peach- good color though somewhat translucent. Smell is sour, oak, and a bit of lime. Taste goes from sour to lime to sour to salt to sour with just a breath of tequila. Feel is tart, some tequila, lime, and salt all creating a crisp feel.

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Photo of CraftFan5
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of emyers
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into Founders snifter. Bottled April 17, 2015

Pours a cloudy amber-orange color with a half-inch off-white head. Leaves a nice lacing.

Lots of lime zest in the nose. Acidic. A little bit of oak and vanilla. Tequila comes through a bit but not much gets through the sour lime.

Quite a bit more tequila in the taste than in the nose, but the tartness and lime continue to dominate. Finish is a touch salty with more sour lime. The saltiness and tequila character both seem to build as the beer warms. A bit of alcohol heat on the finish as well.

Medium body, dry, tart, and salty.

Interesting beer. I could have done for a bit less salt and lime myself as I think it overpowers the beer a bit, but overall it's still a solid sour.

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Fortuna from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 294 ratings