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

On tap at Hops and Pie. Red color, no head. Aroma is booze and cherries. Flavor is sour, booze, bourbon, cherries, quite tasty. Reminds me a lot of supplication even though it's bourbon barrels and not Pinot. Pretty delicious but boozy.

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

Bottle shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

Hazy, copper, amber body with a soapy tan collar. Sour, funky, brett, cherries. Syrupy, medium / thick body, slight sweet, cherry alcohol. Solid.

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

The beer pours a nice light tan, cream head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a hazy dark ruby color. The beer is pretty red and the deepness of the red also looks a bit like blood. The look is pretty nice and has a bit of a creamy look to it.

The beer smell is pretty fruity. The smell has strong cherry and vanilla notes that penetrate the nose along with the nice tart and sour smell from the Lacto. The Brett is also there but it's a lighter earthy tartness, which complements the rest rather well. Also, a nice strong Bourbon note courses through the smell.

The taste is more cherry sweet than fruity. Even with the sour and tart, the bourbon, vanilla note make a strong appearance. The taste also has a slight boozy note to it.

The mouthfeel is nice even though it is heavier than a normal wild ale. The beer has a thicker and creamier feel than normal . The carbonation is biting but pretty good.

Overall, a very nice and unique sour ale. The beer does remind a bit of cocktails and I definitely recommend picking it up if you can.

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Photo of spoony
3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle to a tulip. From notes dated May 22, 2015.

A-The beer is the color of black tea with honey. There is a short, light-tan head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. A lazy bubble or two of carbonation can be seen in the murk.

S-The aroma has the typical (big) Avery acidity that makes my mouth water. Flavors suggest sour cherry, tobacco, caramel, hints of bourbon, oak, a light funk, and a little bit of alcohol heat.

T-The taste is also hugely sour with flavors cherry, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and leather. The finish is a little funky with boozy, peppery alcohol creeping in.

M-The feel is medium in heft with a little bit of stickiness. The carbonation is sharp and chunky.

O-This beer straddles the line between a Flanders Red/Oud Bruin and an American Wild. The earthy, leathery flavors don't always pair up well with the highly acidic Avery sourness, but it mostly works. I like this beer but I have tried it twice now and I don't think I need it again.

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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 SportsandJorts
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a reddish to leathery brown color. a super effervescent head forms while pouring but bubbles away immediately leaving nothing behind, hardly even a lacing. some brightness to it but pretty close to opaque.

Smell: bourbon takes the center stage here. lots of sweet malty to fruity notes, ranging from tart cherries to toffee and caramel. some green apple skin and acidity to it.

Taste: opens with a bit of bourbon and booze. quickly cut by a super tart and very acidic cherry flavor. more traditional oud bruin flavors filter in with toffee caramels and a bit more fruit. green apple skin and lemon juice come in near the end.

Mouthfeel: for the effervescent pour the carbonation is fairly relaxed. burn comes from booze at times and acidity at others. strong tartness to it.

Overall: great oud bruin characters, but it comes off overly intense in certain aspects.

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