Tectum Et Elix | Avery Brewing Company

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Tectum Et ElixTectum Et Elix

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tectum et Elix is one of the only wild/sour beers we’ve made that does not use Drie, our house Brett strain. Instead, we used multiple Brett & Sacch strains for primary fermentation, which created a much funkier beer that’s earthy, rustic, dirty, and delicious! Soured with our house pediococcus and aged for 9 months in fresh Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

Added by McNazz on 04-19-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 264 |  Reviews: 45
Reviews by ferrari29:
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4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As Avery's "wild ale" program flirts with the line that blurs beer and wine, Tectum Et Elix sides with the lovers of robust, dry and tannic red varieties, but also pushes it over the sour edges to create enough gumption to scare the sommelier types half to death.

Not as robust in the pour as expected, its golden-amber hues foreshadow a racy and gamey ale scent with the sharpness of cherry, red grape and soured fruit. While sweetness is short and crisp, a steely caramelized taste is layered with peanut skins and bread crust.

With any sweetness popping and lifting, the sour fruit and wine barrel nuances round into complex vinegar and cider character. Under-ripened berries, green apple, lime, lemon, green cherry and sour red grapes reinforce a briny saline roundness with weathered oak, pepper, peat and musty cellar-like balance.

Piquant, dry and teeth-churningly sour, the beer's bracing acidity ensures a quick and dry finish with powdery oak tannins, wood spice and cidery, sour cabernet wine. Its a complex and earthy taste with hints of balsamic outlasting all other layers in short aftertaste.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a Cantillon Zwanze tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a partial collar, wisps, and little else. Transparent bronze body with tons of fast-moving tiny bubbles.

S - Very vinous and tart, with lots of Cabernet character. Cherry vinegar, farmy funk, a bit of biscuity malt character in the periphery. I like the brett strain better than Avery's house one.

T - Taste is quite tart, with plenty of lactic acidity and oak present. Lots of grape and cherry acidity, with lingering cracker and biscuit in the finish. A bit of vanillin from the oak mixed in there too.

M - Surprising heft for 5.5%. Quite tart, with stomach-churning acidity after a bottle. Pleasant moderate carbonation. Quite tannic and dry.

D - Hey, an Avery sour that isn't 10%. Awesome! Also digging that it isn't the usual brett strain, as I find that one a bit off-putting at times. Pretty good stuff - I easily powered through a 12oz glass on my own and would gladly drink this again if it weren't so expensive.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a foamy .5 finger white head that collapses. Beer is a clear, bright copper. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Pretty average. Nice color though.

Nose is outrageously funky! Notes of hay, rotting wood, horse blanket and spritzy cheese with a soft vinous character. Outstanding!

Opens grape, wood and a barnyard funk. Prickly tartness in the middle coupled with hints of grape skin, lemon zest and cobwebs. Hay and a puckering fruit towards the end. Same, juicy grape and red fruit aftertaste. Really good.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and bubbly in the mouth and goes down aggressive, tart and sharp. Dry finish with a lightly filmy, sticky aftertaste. Really nice.

The thing that wins me over about this beer is the intensely funky nose that really carries over into the palate and makes this one a barnyard bomb. A real treat!

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Photo of 14erFan
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply incredible. I knew from the first whiffs as I was pouring it was going to be great. The bursting, brilliant flavor is beyond my powers of description. I love many Avery beers, particularly their existing sours Bad Buddha and Bad Karma, but this one sits at the top for me.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear orange yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving only a minuscule ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of sourness are present in the nose along with some notes of Cabernet Sauvignon from the barrel aging and some hints of funk from the Brett.
T: The taste follows the smell, but doesn't seem to be nearly as sour as I would expect it to be from the aroma—the wine barrel aging seems to add a slight bit of fruitiness that takes a bit of edge off from the sourness. Some hints of vanilla from the oak are also perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I enjoyed this sour ale because it had a nice amount of complexities beyond you would normally expect from the additional flavors imparted by the Cabernet Sauvignon and oak.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DahWag
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lofreqwave
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber in color with no head. Miniscule carbonation bubbles erupt from the depths within. The Cabernet notes have soaked into this brew from the cabarnet barrels. It blends well with the Brett in the aroma. The taste is very tart with notes of Cabernet and Brett. Think raspberries sans sugar. The mouth is moderately carbonated, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of valkyre65
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tappangordo
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatname
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of markcp
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PRLRetailDrone
4.96/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very effervescent bronze/peach a thumb of rapidly falling head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, white grapes, a little horse blanket as this warms

T: Pear, serious tartness, a little oaky dryness & white grape up front. Golden delicious apple, then Chardonnay notes, then tartness

MF: Light body, firm carbonation, dry

Drinks easy, not as intense as I hoped for, good, not great. Got a little better as it warmed

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Photo of 40ontarget
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of briancathy
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Intlpostman
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vonerichs
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright gold with a slightly pinkish hue. Very clear. The head is brief and leaves behind what would be a flat looking beer but for the active stream of bubbles in the center.

Funky and woody aroma. Vinegar, light strawberry and grapes.

Moderately sour. Oak, grapes, peach.

Nice crisp and tart mouthfeel. Good carbonation.

A very nice beer. Faint in the aroma department but comes through in the taste.

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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GFish
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Tectum Et Elix from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 264 ratings