Insula Multos Collibus | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"A zymurgical ode to one of the classic - and one of our favorite - cocktails. Fancy a guess?"

We used our house Brett (Drie) for secondary fermentation and our house pediococcus and lactobacillus for souring to produce the cleanest sour beer we could to give the barrels center stage! The result was a dark red, strong sour beer that we aged in fresh Bourbon barrels for 9 months and fermented with cherries.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
334
pDev:
6.67%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
86
Trade:
10
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 334
Reviews by 2GOOFY:
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4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Never happy with the status quo, the "never-say-die" attitude that's found in Avery's barrel program takes on a sour cherry ale of epic proportions- one that employs a bourbon barrel slumber, imperial strength, some seriously wild microflora and a whole lot of patience. The result: a flanders red ale on crack.

As the hazy, rusty ruddish brown ale swirls in the glass, a dainty creme of froth calderns from below, greets the nose briefly then folds back into its own bracing acidity. But its piquant perfume latches onto the olfactories with its distinctive sour cherry, lemon, lime, saddle leather, horse hair, weathered oak and vinous spice. Its first and supple sip explodes on the tongue like pop rocks candy; bursting with hard candy and robust fruit, if only briefly.

But when the sweetness proves fast-fleeting and the malty texture dissolves on the palate, the ale turns decidedly cabernet-like with robust black cherry, plum, blackberry and currant; but also with the puckering tang of crabapple, dried lime, lemon and savory balsamic reduction. And as the palate-stripping sourness hedges on unbearable intensity, the taste of charred wood, almond, saltine and mineral rusticity to round out the piercing acidity.

Dry, crisp and highly acidic, the beer finishes with the texture of the driest red wine- refreshing the palate with utter ease. As the spice of alcohol wears on, it does so with a peppery and pleasant woodsy tannic bite. After tones of cherry and balsamic extend in brief afterglow.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

A - White foam settles to a partial collar, wisps, and minimal lace. Hazy amber-orange body with a few specks of dark sediment.

S - Very oaky, with some earthy bourbon and vanilla present. Tart, but fairly restrained cherry pie flavors; malty crusty, cherry, and vanilla cream.

T - The taste is much heavier on cherry vinegar, with significantly lighter hints of bourbon and oak in the finish. A bit of lingering vanilla and perhaps some residual biscuit malt in the finish.

M - Some warming, but not excessive for 9.7%. Fairly low carbonation, and fairly high lingering stickiness, even with the tannins from the fruit and wood. Medium-full body is appropriate for the alcohol content.

D - This is another pretty solid effort from Avery; these beers have become far more consistent as the series has progressed. Steep at nearly $14 a bottle, but enjoyable and easily consumed on one's own.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Deep and slightly hazy body, with an interesting color. Color angle seems to blend from apricot orange, to a dark rusty red color. Head is a bit tiny, tan an a little creamy, but dissolves pretty quickly but maintains a thin collar and very thin bubbled whispy top. A little bit watery slappy sounding out of the bottle though.

Bouquet has some good solid cherry tartness, and a hint of sour orange fruit as well. Slightly peppery hinting quality and hinting at some wood balsamic tones as well. Nice and good controlled but strong acidity aromas coming off of this, and some woody barrel character to match as well.

Palate comes a little bit lighter but at least clean and fresh feeling, if a little bit non grand. Wet but juiced up cherry qualities and good tartness. Light bodied coating finish, and more red wine like vinegar tones than balsamic hinting that the nose seemed to suggest before. Quenching palate almost juicy, but not quite getting there, and lacking some oak aging thickness.

Overall a pretty solid brew, but not really excellent, but very good at least.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled April 16, 2015. Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is deep, dark, opaque, brownish-caramel coloring with a sparse, filmy, surface coating of off-white head, and a solid amount of carbonation bubbling throughout the body. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, subtle cherry sweetness, and very subtle funk. Flavors are very tart and sour forward, all cherry, with a quick follow by rich vanilla, woody notes, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. The sour pulls rank over all, but the other flavors are definitely there, scratching closely beneath the surface. Full bodied, but kept light and very drinkable by the carbonation. The aftertaste is very tart, slightly sour, and heavy on the cherry notes. The finish is crisp and dry, with a lasting cherry linger and solid pucker on the taste buds. This is a really good beer, and it will work your palate. Delicious.

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

Photo of Lucnifter
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhlosito75
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dsm45
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kristougher
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kmos27
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brolo75
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Belgian style tulip

A: Dark red, mahogany, no head, some decent lacing, hazy, nice carbonation, no head retention.

A: Sour, tart, vinegar, cherries, slight bourbon oakiness, no alcohol.

T: Sour funkiness, blends into tart cherry, bourbon, oak wood, finishes dry, the brett and the sour characteristics really come through at the end, really complex beer.

M: Lots of carbonation, thicker than most sour ales.

O: Very impressed, the cherries come through really well, definitely going to pick up a few more bottles to age and enjoy, the bourbon hides nice in the middle, usually my experience has been with bourbon beers is that the bourbon is introduced at the beginning, bourbon is present in the middle.

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

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4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EB1
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of freshcarl
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Raziel313
3.72/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redfish2942
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Insula Multos Collibus from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 334 ratings