III Dolia
Avery Brewing Company

III DoliaIII Dolia
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Style:
American Wild Ale
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 5.62%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
39
From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  9
Gots
  17
SCORE
93
Outstanding
III DoliaIII Dolia
Notes: 44% ale aged in Maderia barrels, 31% ale aged in Cabernet Sauvigon barrels, 25% ale aged in Carcavelos barrels.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 39 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of stortore
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a mostly clear amber, with a small head and some foamy cling. The smell is sour, kind of funky, malt, cherries, some red wine and grapes, light green apple, a little peppercorn when warm. The taste is sour up front- but not overly so, tartness, wine, malt, yeast, cherries, raisins. caramel. brown sugar, oak. The more I drink this, the better it tastes. Smooth, solid body, the taste lingers.

This is good stuff, complex and well blended. The Madeira barrels really give it a different twist. Lucky for me to be at the brewery when it was available.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i would put this series among the most compelling in all of beer, and i will be gosh darned if i ever miss another one. looking back on all the early releases, i wish i just bucked up for them, now that they are gone forever. this is not to be missed either, probably the strongest presence of madeira in all the beers ive ever had aged in those barrels, its really forward in nose and taste and reminds me of a crazy mushroom sauce for prime rib my mother used to make. it takes me there from this barrel, and i dig it hard. the beer is hazy and thick, not real carbonated, and sweet red colored, short of brown, but real deep. its also one of the most sour beers ive had from avery, or anyone else for that matter, its sharp and caustic and gripping, but definitely awesome, and definitely not at all one dimensional, with as much funk as acidity, even if it comes on late and goes away quickly. behind all the wine is a deep cherry flavor, raisin, dried cranberry, and brown sugar. its unique and vinous and puckery and complex, with a ton of wet wood to go with what was aged on it. i really dont think that this is unreasonably priced at twelve or so bucks a bottle, i know thats a lot for twelve ounces, but think about what all goes into this. process intensive to say the least, let alone the fancy wine barrels. i loved it, but ive loved them all...

edit: drinking even better another couple of years older now, seems like the hottest aspects of the acidity are gone, and the intensity of the madeira has mellowed to a level that lets some of the other wines come out. more carbonated too, a gentle swirl of the glass raises a short white head. every bit as good as it ever was, if you still have you, you are lucky, and should open it soon!

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Photo of spoony
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled June 25, 2015) to a teku glass. Reviewed from notes dated September 13, 2015.

A-A normal pour produces a short, tan foam that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. The beer is cloudy and reddish amber in color. Some fine carbonation is visible in the murk.

S-The aroma is typical Avery with that unique funk and big lemonade acidity. This is not as tart as some of the Avery special blends, but certainly isn't a beginner beer. I sniff cherry and fortified wine, along with earthy fruits like fig and plum.

T-The taste is similarly sour after an initial bit of sweetness. Flavors of plum and grape meld with oak, vanilla, and tannin-like notes from the barrel. The beer has a vinous character that suggests red wine and fortified wine or sherry.

M-The body is light to medium for the style with a chunky carbonation. It pairs well with the beer.

O-I like this one. The flavor profile is unique and the beer does a nice job of mixing fruit with acidity with earthy flavors with funk. It will be interesting to see how this holds up over time.

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Photo of FlandersNed
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle - 241 cases made. Hazy amber/copper hue with a moderate tan head. Tart & tangy nose and taste - nice mix of barrels. Not overly sour, but nicely wild. Medium body and full carbonation.

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Photo of darktronica
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Numbers are never going to do this beer justice; it's going to polarize, no matter what. This is not for the faint of heart, nor the prone to heartburn. This is Avery at its most self-indulgent, its most immune to acidity. Personally, I don't care if these were the most expensive barrels the brewery has ever worked with. I care about the end product.

And the end product is fierce, a few pH measurements past reckless. It smells sour, like a pink grapefruit made sweet, sweet love to a Montmorency cherry. There's a vinous character to it as well, likely from the barrels. You can smell wood pulp and a hint of sweet caramel or molasses. In the front of the mouth, the beer is fruity but somewhat ambiguous, daring you to swallow and find out what's next. What's next is a lip-puckering assault of acidic tartness. Stonefruit dominant, rather than citrusy, it's hard to believe that no fruit was harmed in the making of this beverage. Some sips reveal hints of butyric acid, but for a sour fan, it never verges into unpleasantness.

This is a testament to craftsmanship that pushes the boundaries of good taste. It is quite complex, with a lot of interesting barrel character and different juicy flavors waiting to emerge once your sour receptors go numb, but let's not speak of balance. There's no compromise here; it's an intimidating drink. If you're in love with sours or on a quest to tick off every entry in Avery's barrel-aged Pokedex, then by all means. But this is not an entry-level beer. This is not amateur hour. This is why reviews are needed, and why ratings without text should be taken with a grain of salt.

Enjoy.

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour: A dull color, but not cloudy. Nose is strong with the sour, and the taste is a wild combination of the barrels that I have trouble discerning, but no difficulty loving. Just when the finish should leave you puckering, it doesn't, so you need to take another sip asap.

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Photo of M_chav
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Avery. Pours a dark whiskey brown/cherry with minimal foam. Smells sweet and acidic, the wine barrels definitely come through. Sip is again acidic and sour, big wood notes from the barrel come out especially as it sits, this is nice. A complex sour with lots going on, reminds me of a whiskey for some reason. Will definitely revisit this soon

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III Dolia from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 39 ratings