Insula Multos Collibus | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

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.

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Reviews: 59 | Ratings: 334
Photo of Nates505craft
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

April 2015 bottle

This was amazing! Pours a brownish red color. Smell is amazing and I don't usually like the smell of sours, has tart cherries and a hint of vanilla. Taste Is Cherry with just the right amount of sour to balance with the rest of the beer. I notice the bourbon if I take quick sips but not as much when I swirl it around my mouth which leads to more of the base beer and cherry flavors. Has a very nice level of carbonation lending to a very nice mouth feel. Overall this is one of the best sours that I have had from Avery.

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Photo of 14erFan
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Another phenomenal addition to Avery's barrel aged line. The cherry tartness partners with the Brett marvelously and delivers unique crispness, even for a sour. Avery comes up with some crazy ideas but they really do a great job - my favorite brewery for sure.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another attractive looking barrel-aged series beer from Avery, the second I am tasting which was designed to mimic a cocktail - this time it's the old fashioned. The nose on this libation is outstanding - bursting with real cherries, sweet maltiness, and a hint of bourbon too. After a satisfying sip, the quintessential sour tartness you would expect in the finest examples of the style washes over the palate, with a bit of the oak barrel tannins working subtlety in the background. Again, the sour cherry aspect is so fresh and pronounced, yet the beer is amazingly balanced. I absolutely am in love with this one. More please!!

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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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Photo of Budinetz
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is so complex and interesting. Subtle smells of cherry and vanilla with hints of molasses. Tastes of lacto and sour cherries with a finish of bourbon that is so unexpected but appreciated. It's like drinking sour cherry pie! Unreal...


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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this series continues to impress, and continues to be worth every penny. i just cant believe how good some of these are getting. this is one of the most forward presentations of a bourbon barrel i have ever seen, especially in a sour beer. only the bourbonic plague comes close. the beauty, is that it doesnt just taste like whiskey, its not hot and its not spirit forward necessarily, but its about the barrel itself. with the char and the residual vanilla, wet wood, and mild sweetness, its just insane. somewhere between ruby red and brown in color, relatively dense, with more head than a lot of the others in this series. the cherry is obvious in nose and taste as well, especially on the back end of both. more tart in the nose, sweeter and more jammy in the flavor, but its a lovely compliment to the bourbon barrel and the caramel sweet malt that leads the way until this point. so layered and so tasty, i cant think of too many beers that unite these elements this well. fuller bodied too, but plenty of carbonation keeps it feeling alive, and the sourness is middle of the road. i like the mix of mild funk in here too, i think it gives new life to the oak profile, and balances the acidity. just a tremendous offering from avery. the last of the most recent three i got my hands on, but definitely my favorite of them. curious to see how this one ages, but it needs no time, the alcohol content is a non factor.

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Photo of Pencible
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a cloudy dark mahogany with quickly dissipating light tan head.
S: It smelled like sour cherry and funky oak, with some brown sugar and apple cider vinegar.
T: It tasted like sour cherry and funky oak, with some brown sugar and toasted coconut and vanilla and apple cider vinegar. It had a clean tart aftertaste.
M: It was thick with lots of carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was an excellent sour, with very complex and balanced scent and taste. The body was great, and the alcohol was well hidden. Still must be sipped. Could age, but doesn't really need it. I'm impressed by how well the sour cherry and sweet bourbon characters were blended. It really worked well. Recommended.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Apr 16 2015

Look - Pours a murky orange red with an effervescent off-white head that dissipates quickly to form a ring of foam and "bubble island"

Smell - Wonderful subtle funk blends beautifully with the cherries and bourbon. Bits of leather, vanilla, brown sugar, chocolate and alcohol. One of the better smelling beers I've had in a while.

Taste - Strong pucker up front that lingers. Yogurt funk, woody flavors, slightly astringent. The bourbon comes through more on the aftertaste, as well as the cherries. The sourness overpowers a lot of the more subtle flavors.

Feel - Fairly thin and very bubbly, most of the tingle is on the tip and sides of the tongue.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 4.16.15. 1308 cases produced

L - Cherry red, burnt orange and brown. Murky, with 1 finger of head and some pretty brown lacing left on top of the brew. Gorgeous beer

S - Cherries dominate, slightly tart, subtle bourbon sweetness

T - Dried fruit and cherries, tart, and bourbon. Delicious

F - Full body and medium carbonation. Oily slick.

O - Well done - awesome brew.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Label says Apr 16 2015.

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam.

S- Big sour cherry aroma with some booze. Not to be a broken record, but the cherries are the main player with the bourbon barrel bringing some extra umph to the table.

T- Moderately sour with some cherry sweetness and some nice barrel character adding a layer of vanilla complexity. Very drinkable for 9.7% ABV.

M- There's a good amount of pucker but nothing too intense. Medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- At first sip, I was a bit letdown since the Tectum had a lot more instant gratification as far as funk and complexity is concerned. However, the more you get into this one, you see that this is a completely different beast. The complexity lies in the Bourbon barrel colliding with the sour base beer to give a super smooth, yet very strong and flavorful drink.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is another great Avery barrel aged sour. The nose is a little off-putting, but the taste is so good. So much tartness with nice sour cherries on the finish with perfect carbonation.

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

Found a bottle of this at a grocery store in Seattle when my wife and I visited there about a month ago now. Bottled on 4/16/15. Poured into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a slightly cloudy/hazy medium brown/copper color with a somewhat tan, off-white head that's about 1/4 of an inch thick when first poured along with many streams of little bubbles continuously and fairly rapidly rising to the beer's surface. Has pretty solid lacing. Aromas of cherries, oak, and bourbon are all certainly present. Has a nice cherry sour, just slightly vinegary and salty, funky and musty flavor that gives way to some cherry sweetness, hints of bourbon and oak that is all rounded out with just a touch of vanilla. Very nicely balanced flavor profile here. Has a very crisp and prickly, medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Has a clean finish with a dry aftertaste. The astringent sour cherry taste really likes to linger on the palate. This is one beer that is so good you wish your glass of was never ending. I'm very impressed with this one. Well worth a try for sure!


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

Drank like a cross between a Flanders red and a Belgian dark with a heap of fresh cherries, so much going on. Not much in the way of bourbon, but who cares! Really, really great sour.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours rusty amber-red color with medium amount of haze. Small cream colored head vanishes quickly and the lacing left behind literally slides down the glass.

Very tart on the nose. Cherries and lacto at the fore. Mild bourbon. Hint of citrus. Vinegary towards the end.

Taste is VERY sour. Heavy tart cherry. Lacto is big and bold. Oak and vanilla. Bourbon lingers around the edges. Citrus in the form of lemon, tangerine, and orange. More oak at the end.

Moderate bodied with a crisp mouth feel from high carbonation. Sourness causes a significant pucker. Tartness lingers along with cherry and oak flavors. Leaves behind a dry feel on the tongue.

A very well done sour with big flavors. Barrel is very prominent. Expensive but for a one time buy, definitely worth it.

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Photo of BirdsandHops
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish-brown with a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with decent lacing.

S: Tart cherries and sour fruit dominate here before a candy sugar sweetness with barnyard funk and musty hay. There are hints of the bourbon as well.

T: Tart cherries and lemony sourness hit first and foremost. Musty and funky barnyard flavors follow with a bit of oak and bourbon--especially on the aftertaste. The finish is tart and clean with some acetic notes as well.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer avoids being watery thanks to the ample tart and sour kick.

O: Very tasty, overall. Tart, sour, and funky, though I wish the bourbon came through a little more. Still, it's delicious.

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Photo of zonker17
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish ale with no head. Cherry nose with a funky background. Cherries on taste have sour and sweet side but Iswear this beer is dry. Sour, funk, and wood the big tastes after cherry. Medium light mouthfeel and stingy carbonation.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – Pours a dark dirty opaque brownish ruby red color, with a decent head, and a light lacing.

Smell – Sour cherry, brett, vinegar, and oak. Very nice, though I’m not picking up the bourbon.

Taste – Sour cherries, brett, and oak, with just the slightest hint of bourbon and vanilla.

Mouthfeel – Nicely carbonated, with a light sourness and a pleasant cherry/bourbon aftertaste.

Drinkability – A nice sour! Although I'm not always a bourbon fan, I think this could have used a little more bourbon.

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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 BillRoth
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Excellent beer. So many flavors. So well blended. Sour dark cherry, layers of bourbon, oak/vanilla, a broad array of funk and tartness. Somewhat as advertised...a splendid cocktail. But the craftsmanship of this beer is in full display...vs a guy with a cocktail shaker.
Great use of the barrel and what goes in it.
I love Avery, but...this is not what I think of when I think of their beers. Now I'm thinking Santa Rosa.
Extremely well done, and will sign up for much more.

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

A: Transluscent, murky burgundy
S: Fruit snacks, tart, cherry, very light bourbon, cocktail-esque
T: Medium sour, very tart cherry, light acidity, hint of funk, faint sweetness, oak tannin
M: Nice light-medium carbonation
O: Totally hidden alcohol

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a tawny color with a thick beige head that settles down as a pancake on top of the liquid; clumps of lacing stick to the side of the tulip glass

Smell: Sour cherry, oak, funk and Bourbon tones

Taste: Puckering sourness from the outset, with cherry and Bourbon tones building; oak and funk add some complexity, with an alcohol burn combining with the sour tones in the finish; very dry in the aftertaste with just a touch of vanilla

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; considerable pucker factor

Overall: The Avery sour series is such a treat; the beers are pricy, but they are all so well-crafted

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

Very unique sour experience. So much of the anticipated punchy, acidic bite, but with sweet Bourbon & cherry notes on the finish. Never come across such n interesting blend.

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

A: Poured into a tulip to a deep brown with a slight reddish hue which is topped by a finger of dense light tan head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of nice sour cherries with a hint of vanilla, oak and caramel from the bourbon barrels. Really nice nose.
T: Taste is nice sourness and cherries up front with some really strong vanilla undertones. Caramel and oak come in as well along with some slight toasted malts. Decent cherry remains as well. On the swallow the beer has more vanilla and cherry with some more sourness and lingering dry oak.
M: This beer has a body that is on the heavier side of medium. Carbonation is somewhat effervescent while the adicidt ensures that the beer has a drying finish.
O: Overall this is a delicious beer. It has some nice flavors and complexity along with being very well executed. The sourness isn't over the top which leads to this beer being a really nice drink. This is definitely worth trying if they decide to make it again.

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Photo of uvachief
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter. Pours deep reddish orange with a trace of head that quickly dissolved leaving a little residue. Not much lacing. Smells of sour cherries, lemons, sugar and a hint of bourbon oak barrels. Taste is pure pucker upfront with loads of sour cherry juice, funk and lemons. Little sweet on the back end. Zero taste of bourbon but a little oak barrel is noted. High abv isn't noticeable so very complex. Sour on the front and sour on the back. Nice smell. Astringent. Dry. Little gummy on the tongue after half a glass. Excellent sour.

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Photo of bnes09
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really solid base beer. Like a light brown ale. Solid acidity. Mild cherry flavor. Lots of oak and just enough funk. Medium, sturdy body. High carbonation and finishes mostly dry. Very good.

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