Expletus | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Sour ale aged in Tequila Barrels with Cherries.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 106
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 3.10.2016

L - Cloudy amber red, with 1/2 finger of head that dissipates

S - sourness, acidic, and cherries.

T - Tart, cherries, and very sour.

F - Medium body, well carbonated, and sizzles on the tongue as a good shower should

O - Another excellent sour from Avery.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.36/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Bottled Mar 10 2016. 12 fl oz brown glass format. Gold foil covers the pry-off crown cap. Production: 1219 cases. No. 35 in Avery's barrel aged series.

"Barrel aged sour ale." 5.90% ABV. "Ale aged in tequila barrels with cherries added." "Brewed with rocky mountain water, malted barley, imported specialty Belgian and English malted barley, cherries, hops, saccharomyces yeast, brettanomyces drie, lactobacillus and pediococcus."

Served chilled into a teku.

HEAD: White. Smooth delicate consistency. Fragile and inviting. ~2 minute retention. Leaves wisp of lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Pale auburn colour (sort of an orange-red). Translucent and transparent. Appears filtered, lacking any visible yeast/lees.

Appears aptly carbonated. It's an appealing appearance for a sour ale, and the cherries have clearly lent it its colour.

AROMA: Pleasant cherry aromatics greet the drinker, devoid of any medicinal off-character. Faint brettanomyces and concomitant subtle funkiness. Mild bacterial sourness from pediococcus and lactobacillus. The tequila barrel juts out in this aroma, lending unbecoming lime and vegetal aromatics to the otherwise inviting mix. Sourness is quite mild - maybe a 2/10 in terms of intensity judging by the aroma.

No off-notes or booze is detectable. Not too acidic. I find no hoppy or overt malty notes; the yeasts and bacteria have control of the neutral (I'm assuming pale) malts in this brew.

TASTE & TEXTURE: The cherry is fantastic, boasting ample depth of flavour and plenty of tartness up front in addition to dry almost tannic cherry skin on the backend. Pediococcus and lactobacillus bacteria play with the cherry tartness wonderfully, accentuating it with acidity and mild (~3-4/10 in terms of intensity) sour twang. Brettanomyces is less present, lending some slight backgrounded funkiness but little else.

The tequila barrel flavour(s) is less troublesome than the aroma suggested but still not quite seamlessly integrated; the harsh vegetal/agave flavour collides with the delicate cherry. Still, there's no tequila-induced booziness or heat. It adds a bit of a syrupy feel to the beer, which coupled with the cherry might suggest a maraschino cherry flavour to some drinkers.

The wood plays well where the tequila doesn't, lending the flavour profile cohesion and unity. But the accompanying dryness and coarseness clashes with the beer's otherwise refreshing acidity and light-body. Well-carbonated.

I do like it, but sour ale fanatics will crave more sourness, more bacterial intricacy, and less bothersome barrel. Tequila is a tricky beast, and I think it clashes with everything else going on here...one can imagine this far better were it aged in virgin oak or even cabernet.

Flavour intensity is moderate. Flavour duration is average.

OVERALL: The rough dry texture reduces its drinkability, but it's not a boozy or hot beer and I'll easily finish the bottle. Avery does terrific sours, but this isn't amongst the best they've put out in my opinion. Rough around the edges but generally well-executed. Not a beer I'd buy again over Avery's more competent expressions of the style or their competition from the likes of Crooked Stave, Casey, and to a lesser extent Trinity, but I'm glad I got to try it once.

B- (3.36) / WORTHY

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with just a few wisps of white bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar consisting of medium sized bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of cherries are present in the nose along with notes of sourness.
T: The taste starts off with a little sourness and flavors of tequila and has some notes of cherries towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. A little tartness is perceptible.
O: The blend of tequila and cherry flavors in this beer are interesting.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Budinetz
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle marked: bottled on mar 10 2016, No. 35 in the series.

Pours a muddy, copper color with a nice haze. Very little head and no lacing present.

Smells of agave slightly on the nose with some lacto present. I almost get a chocolate on the finish?

Tastes initially tart with a slight tequila flavor and some tart cherry finish. I'm getting a ton of acid overall.

Mouthfeel is heavily acidic, puckering, prickly.

Overall not the best sour I have ever had but not bad. I would like to see how it develops in the cellar. A bit overpriced though for something in a 12 oz bottle...


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Photo of TheHonestDrinker
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Think rated-R Sour Patch Kids... tequila-drunk Nacho Libre tongue punches your fart box puncher after popping a million cherries all over your face. Deeeeelish.

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Photo of Pencible
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: This poured a hazy copper with quickly dissipating head.
S: It smelled like sour cherries and apple cider vinegar.
T: It tasted like sour cherries and apple cider vinegar, with some salty tequila and sweet agave nectar. It had a clean lasting tart aftertaste.
M: It was watery with lots of carbonation. Nice bubbly body.
D: This was a nice sour with a bold scent and taste. The cherry and tequila character worked well together, but it didn't have much depth or complexity otherwise. The body was fitting, but it had a long sour finish, so it must be sipped. A good candidate for aging. Another solid but over priced sour from Avery.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours - Caramel color thin initial head no head or lacing after about a minute or so.

Smell - Very little tequila in the smell, little bit of oak, nice bitter cherry smell, very tart smell.

Taste - Little more tequila in the flavor but not strong, very nice tart cherry flavor, oak, little bit of honey.

Feel - Medium body, pretty tart, dry on the back end from the tartness.

Overall - I really love this, the flavor is amazing, very well balanced.

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Photo of tadmuchowski
4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heavy Tequila smell with a lighter body. Heavy notes of cherry and tequila on the tongue.

Nice variance on the sour style. Definitely would drink again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a clear light golden orange, with a small head, and no lacing.

Smells very, very strongly of tequila, with a big lactic aroma, pretty mild cherry, and lots of sour citrus.

I don't like tequila very much, and this is super tequila forward. Somehow, though, I enjoy this. There's a briney quality to it, with a little bit of sour cherries, some lemon lime, a hint of oak, and a nice sweet finish. It's about a 5/10 in sourness.

This has a lighter body, a bit slick, with a normal level of carbonation.

Another highly interesting in this series, pretty fun to try.

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Photo of grover37
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$15 bottle from Whole Foods split into two balloon tulips. Clear copper color with minimal head. Nose is caramel, bread, and some acidity, with a ton of tequila opening up as it warms. Taste is a stinging sourness up front, followed by some more subdued flemish red type vinuous notes. Touch of butter on the back end. Very thin and medium carb. Good beer and certainly interesting but not worth anywhere near the price tag - try it if you can, but I wouldn't recommend a purchase.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

There's a bit of barrel, but not much detectable tequila, especially when compared with Fortuna (their approximation of a margarita from last year). It had elements of a flanders red with the lacto-esque sour bite of an American wild. What really made this beer special, though, was a warm, pacifying sweetness that welled up on the back end.

A very nice beer, but as is usually the case with Avery's barrel series, it would have to be amazing to justify another $15 purchase, and it's not quite there.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/10/16 poured into a Prairie Artisan tulip. L: hazy reddish orange several active bubble streams, foamy but quickly receding head S: sour cherries sweet honey Anejo tequila is present as it warms and there's slight vinegar note T: sour cherries, oak, honey/agave F: prickly carbonation, light body, and mouth puckering dry tartness O: this is an excellent sour ale, right up there with the best sours from Russian River. My wife brought this bottle home from a recent trip to Colorado, wish I could get this here.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cherry juice tinged amber color capped by a fizzy top that fritters away to a film; just a few dots of lacing

Smell: Acetic sour tones fill the nostrils bringing grape and green apple tones along with tart cherry and a hint of the Tequila barrel

Taste: While the acetic sourness dominates from start to finish, the cherry is more pronounced on the taste buds, bringing both the sweetness of dark cherries and the tartness of the lighter colored ones; there is a cidery and vinous character, too; after the swallow, the Tequila barrel brings on a subtle, but distinct, character; the finish, however, is cherry dominant with an almost jammy element

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; extremely puckery

Overall: Another very interesting beer in Avery's barrel-aged series; certainly a treat for sourheads; I am not a huge fan of the taste of the cherry and Tequila treatment but I am fascinated by the complexity

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from March 2016 release poured into Lawson's tulip glass.

L: On the edge of darkest gold to chestnut brown. Hazy, but you can see bubbles. Very little head, no retention, no lacing, no ring.

S: Mostly cherries up front, some of the sour yeast, a tiny bit of the tequila barrel. Interesting as it is supposed to be more tequila-foward, but let us proceed to...

T: And you definitely get a lot more of it there, although the cherry still dominates, but it's a really nice complex progression and amalgamation of cherry, lemon/lime, brett, tequila, and oak.

F: Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, very well-constructed and balanced as nothing dominates, but instead complements. Carbonation helps with drying so sourness does not linger overlong.

O: Probably would personally avoid it again as it is not my style, but this is a real accomplishment and a heck of an effort. Definitely belongs in the Russian River tier.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Gaining inspiration from traditional cherry lambics of Belgium, the wild fermentation that is the folly of Avery brewers embraces the fruit of cherry and oaken nuance for a sour flavor that's both clean and robust.

Over its rusty brown body and tawny gold edge swirls a dainty creme. But the aromas that billow over the edge are decorated with black cherry, red grape, cider and balsamic. Its taste is deep with dark fruit and the tantalizing juicy sweetness of black cherry juice and all its candied, condensed earthiness.

Its highly acidic middle palate is sharp with the piquant tang of lime, lemon, crabapple and sour red grape- all bringing a dry cider, chardonnay and strong vinous taste. While blackberry, currant, plum and prune offer a softly simmering underbelly, its the cherries that bring out the gracious taste of grandma's cherry pie. A finish of oak and must seem right off of the ranch- saddle leather, sea brine, weathered oak and sandalwood and cellar funk all well represented.

Medium-dry for sour ale, the lasting fruit impressions offer a balance to the vinegary finish and provides a bit of heft to the creamy and arid ale. Trending winey and sour, the beer's aftertaste is one of black cherry and leathery musk.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5


A: Bright baked cherry pie aroma, with background of light malts and tequila notes of fresh fruit, light wood.

A: Amberish color, pretty hazy with a thin off white head that recedes fairly quickly. There is some layered lacing in the glass.

T: Big, bright baked cherry pie flavor, moderately sour with light sweet malt presence for support, very baked cherry pie-like. Crisp, there are also complimentary tequila barrel flavors, along with a light wood character.

M: Medium light bodied with moderate carbonation. There is a very light acidity on the palaete that is quite pleasing.

O: Amazing; the cherry character is very bright and is quite redolent of cherry pie in the aroma and flavor. The tequila barrel does well to support the cherry, sour and light malt components. Very refreshing and quite easy to drink. Some cherry American wild ales are tasty, but too acidic – not the case with this beer, delicious.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz. Bottle
Gold Foil/Capped
Bottled: Mar 10, 2016
Production: 1219 Cases
No. 35 In Our Barrel-Aged Series

Poured into a chalice a pretty nice cloudy brownish/orange color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice fizzy small off-white head, which leaves very minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some very nice cherry note, tarty. The taste is very nice malty, yeasty, very nice tartness, very nice cherries. Medium body, with a pretty nice dry finish (thinking tequila). Overall, a job very nicely done, different take on the style.

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Expletus from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 106 ratings