Fortuna
Avery Brewing Company

FortunaFortuna
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Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
8.1%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 7.51%
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
297
From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  11
Gots
  80
SCORE
92
Outstanding
FortunaFortuna
Notes: Sour ale that is aged in Tequila barrels with lime zest and salt.
Reviews: 53 | Ratings: 297 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange brown with a finger's width white head. A salty, sour aroma -- like a gose with a touch of lime. Tastes the same, with just a hint of tequila and a distinct woody flavor. Maybe a bit heavy on the lime and light on the tequila in the taste, but pretty great altogether.

May 29, 2015
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IMFletcher from Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If a beer could be sour and a margarita, this is it. Delivers as billed.

May 15, 2015
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Todd from California

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sour, Puckering, Lime, Salt

Number 28 in Avery's Barrel-Aged Series, this sour ale was aged in Suerte tequila barrels with lime zest and salt, and fermented with Saccharomyces, Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus and Pediococcus. It pours amber with a touch of cloudiness and a thin lace. The nose is full of agave, lime zest, brine, overripe fruit, straw, pepper and funk. Light-bodied with snappy carbonation. Raw, biting, tangy and bitter with a big puckering smack of lime, Fortuna is acidic and salty with stone fruit notes and a dry, oaky linger. The tequila barrel notes are subtle, but overall it tastes similar to doing a tequila shot, biting into a lime wedge, and licking the salt off your hand.

As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #103 (August 2015).

Aug 25, 2015
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

As the indisputable flavor of margarita creeps into the minds of the brewers of Avery, a sour ale comes forth; displaying all the briny, sour, salty, fruity flavors of the appetizing tropical beverage that captivates the palate with refreshment, tang and surprising succulence.

Caught somewhere between orange and gold, the ale's faint haze displays the sun-kissed rays while shedding a creamy, short-statured froth. Sharp aromas whet the palate with a breadth of lime, green apple, lemon, agave, white wine and slight dough. And as its supple sweetness dissolves on the tongue, a short-lived sweet fructose flavor trends sour even to start.

As the middle palate opens up, its sweetness fades and the more sour attributes take hold- those leathered limes, lemon peels, orange peels, passionfruit, dehydrated pineapple, and unmistakable agave flavors tease the tastebuds with pin-point sourness that surprisingly extends into those salty, sweaty flavors to close. As burlap, attic oak and cork must come to mind, the ale trends quickly toward finish.

Light, fresh and musty- its unique flavor suggests a highly refreshing taste, dry texture and effortless drinkability early and late. Its a crime that this beer is this quenching and has to cost this much. It's an ale that suggests a high rate of consumption, but with the culinary art that recommends deep contemplation. What's a beer drinker to do?

Aug 08, 2015
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BottleConditioned

4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nose: super complex and interesting. It's alive. It has an assertive yeast that is clearly still kicking. Initial nose yields to an assertive sharp smell reminiscent of aspirin and rock salt. Delivers more in the nose than many beers ever achieve on the pallet.
Pallet: lime is a bit assertive, but it grows on you. Life on the nose blends beautifully with the crisp & sour aftertaste.
Would be great to pair with foods. Ceviche, diver scallops, Veracruz style foods.

Jun 21, 2015
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redfish2942 from South Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 13, 2016
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dataylor21 from Kentucky

4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aug 23, 2015
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_RL_ from Maryland

3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aug 02, 2015
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Liberatiscioli from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jun 12, 2015
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MLDucky from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 13, 2015
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Moses_Malone from District of Columbia

3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aug 23, 2015
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GMorgan from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jul 16, 2015
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fine sour, a bit salty. Wasn't crazy about it so I'll skip the review.

Mar 26, 2016
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TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 28, 2016
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SonictheBeerhog from New York

4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oct 13, 2016
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Gkruszewski from New York

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 25, 2016
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turbotype from California

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 08, 2015
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22Blue from Kansas

3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 03, 2017
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T_Hass from Georgia

4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 09, 2015
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threedaggers from Kentucky

3/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer is offensive. it tastes like a low quality tequila.

Jun 07, 2015
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Chitex78 from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

May 30, 2015
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ALC82 from Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 07, 2015
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Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 24, 2018
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Josbor11 from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 26, 2015
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PassMeAZima from Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 29, 2015
Fortuna from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 297 ratings