Certatio Equestris
Avery Brewing Company

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Wild Ale
4.03 | pDev: 8.93%
Sep 04, 2021
Apr 11, 2016
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Notes: Based off of a Mint Julep cocktail. This sour ale is bourbon barrel-aged with spearmint added.
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Rated: 4.15 by hopley from Massachusetts

Sep 04, 2021
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
12oz bottle, almost 5 years old to the date, into a tulip

Slight haze that is due to tons of little chunks of suspended sediment. Slight red wine vinegar and barrel scent. The taste is where this really shines. I'm actually mad I only bought one bottle! The spearmint threw me off, but it is used in a genius way. As the tart cherry and green apple tartness fades, there is a mix of barrel, spearmint, and slight hop bitterness. It all gels together in a very wonderful synthesis of flavor that is very unique. Definite spearmint gum flavor is there, but it all combines into something more

Man, was this impressive. I'm going back to (hopefully) buy some more bottles that were on clearance. World-class
May 29, 2021
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Reviewed by harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Got a bottle dating from June 2016.

Pours a translucent brownish orange with a large fluffy head that ends up as a lot of lacing.

Smells of citrus and cherries.

Tastes of tart and sour fruit with a citrus and mint finish.

Medium light body and light carbonation. Light dry mouthfeel like quinine water.

This is the first time that I have tried a wild ale. Very interesting. This bottle was 5 years old and seems to have aged very well. Too bad that the brew was discontinued in the mean time!
Feb 19, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by BeerBeast from Florida

Nov 14, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by LennyBound from Illinois

Aug 02, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by BKotch from Texas

May 03, 2020
Rated: 3.89 by Sammy from Canada (ON)

Mar 10, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Sep 21, 2019
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Reviewed by zonker17 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Amber color with some white foam and effervescence. Nose a tad funky with wood notes. Taste is a lactic sour with the spearmint melding well along the mild bourbon barrel.
Aug 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Copper colored with abundant carbonation bubbles erupting from within. There’s a fingernail of eggshell around three-quarters of the rim. The aroma is of sweet bourbon with an undercurrent of brettanomyces and sinus clearing mint. The flavor is initially tart brettanomyces. Soon bourbon follows and then the spearmint shows and the brettanomyces reappear. The mouth is initially refreshing from the mint and then gives way to the warmth of bourbon. It’s otherwise dry.
Jul 13, 2019
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Nice cooling spearmint, lemony sour on the nose.
Refreshing tart sour. Spearmint definitely present, leaving a cooling flavor. Not a ton of bourbon initially.
Jun 20, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by cd34 from Illinois

May 28, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by Griffith from Connecticut

Apr 23, 2019
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Reviewed by SHODriver from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Poured into a tulip glass to a slightly hazed golden orange topped by a dense finger and a half of white head which fades quickly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of a nice and pleasant sourness with some slight stone fruit notes along with some bourbon and oak. I expected to find mint on the nose but it isn't there
T: Taste is slightly minty with some nice sourness. Mint definitely comes in strong on the palate those stone fruit notes are still there along with some bourbon barrel notes. On the swallow there is some nice sweetness, bourbon barrel notes, mint, light sourness, and some lingering stone fruits.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body and is slightly slick on the palate. Carbonation is effervescent but is not prickly while the beer has a drying finish from the acidity.
O: Overall this one is interesting. The mint is an interesting dimension to add to a beer. I guess it tastes like what they were going for but I could see this one being a little polarizing. Worth a try if you like things a little different and they make it again.
Nov 17, 2018
Rated: 4.26 by Diura from New York

Jun 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
The beer pours a dark orange copper with a medium white head. It has medium carbonation. The beer smells of bourbon, spearmint, oak, and leather. It tastes tart, with apples, spearmint, leather, oak, and bourbon. The feel is medium full, but very drinkable. A great unique sour from Avery.
Jun 25, 2018
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A pretty orange body, slightly hazy with a very modest head. Aroma is minty & sour. It’s taste is a fine banance of sour, salty, sweet & a hint of bitter. Flavor consists of mint, lemon, bourbon, sour grain, vinegar & barrel flavors. It feels a bit flat until it is swished across the tongue. I love sours & this is another great brew from one of my favorite breweries.
Jun 08, 2018
Rated: 4.09 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Jun 06, 2018
Rated: 3.66 by DruC4 from Michigan

May 08, 2018
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Reviewed by neenerzig from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my tulip glasses, this beer pours a fairly hazy, medium copper color with lots of streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continually rising to the beer's surface. Has a white head that's about an inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with a medium sized cluster swirl of foam on the beer's surface and good lacing. Aromas of some bready malts, oaked bourbon, a hint of spearmint, and certainly some musty tart funk. The taste is pretty much the same, with some bready malts, the spearmint, the tart sour funk, and a nice touch of bouron oak. No discernible hop flavor here of course, as is typical for the style. The flavors that are present all balance each other out very nicely, and the addition of the spearmint is certainly a nice, unique touch here. Has a somewhat crisp, also smooth and frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Has a clean finish with a somewhat dry aftertaste. Damn good beer here and a nice take on this style.

Apr 17, 2018
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Reviewed by hardy008 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Amber color with a white one finger foamy head. Nice retention and spotty lacing. The aroma has spearmint, bourbon, oak,and a little funk. The taste is tart fruit with spearmint and bourbon. The tartness is stronger than I expected, but not astringent.

Modest carbonation with a tart aftertaste and light bodied. Avery has one of the best and most experimental barrel aging programs of any brewery around. Keep up the good work.
Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts

Feb 27, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

Feb 21, 2018
Rated: 3.95 by JuiceMan818 from California

Feb 12, 2018
Rated: 4.56 by Bear1964 from Nebraska

Jan 14, 2018
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a ruby-orange that goes from a slightly foggy transparency to an opaque look when the last bit of the bottle is poured into the glass. No head formation. Aroma is mint, rye whiskey, and oak. The spearmint forms most of the aroma. Flavor profile is pucker-inducing sour. Spearmint, rye whiskey, oak, and berries form a flavorful sour flavor profile. Spearmint comes back around to finish off the beer. Mouth feel is medium in consistency, and smooth. Overall, spearmint heavy, this is one intriguing sour. It doesn't have a lot of depth, but does pack a lot of flavor.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz bottle.
Jan 12, 2018
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Reviewed by Tone from Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours a hazy amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of bacterial funk, yeast, alcohol, liquor, sweet malt, slight citrus, and mint. Fits the style of an American Wild Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a dryness and tartness. Tastes of bacterial funk, yeast, alcohol, liquor, sweet malt, slight citrus, and mint. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. The mint is quite pleasant.
Jan 09, 2018
Rated: 3.88 by TylerJ from Iowa

Jan 09, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by ragwing82 from Texas

Oct 26, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Hellpop65 from Kansas

Sep 24, 2017
Rated: 3.79 by sohearn from Alabama

Sep 16, 2017
Rated: 3.65 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Aug 31, 2017
Rated: 4 by fosters9 from New York

Aug 11, 2017
Rated: 4.05 by Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

Jul 19, 2017
Rated: 4.4 by JeffSK from Wisconsin

Jul 08, 2017
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jul 02, 2017
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 6/13/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tart lemon, lime, spearmint, peach, apricot, pear, green apple, white grape, wine, vanilla, oak, hay, straw, herbal, grass, pepper, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of leather, bourbon, musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spearmint, bourbon barrel, and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart lemon, lime, spearmint, peach, apricot, pear, green apple, white grape, wine, vanilla, oak, hay, straw, herbal, grass, pepper, wheat, and cracker; with lighter notes of leather, bourbon, musty funk, white wine vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness and yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart lemon, lime, spearmint, peach, apricot, pear, green apple, white wine, vanilla, oak, hay, straw, herbal, grass, pepper, wheat, cracker, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spearmint, bourbon barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; with an awesome malt/tartness balance, and zero puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from tart/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately grainy/acidic, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Zero warming alcohol for 8.9%. Overall this is a fantastic spiced sour/wild ale! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, spearmint, bourbon barrel, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink, with the balanced tart/acidic/drying finish. Pretty much perfectly balanced between spearmint, Brett, Lacto, and bourbon barrel flavors; with a nice solid malt backbone to keep the acidity in check. A highly enjoyable offering.
Jul 01, 2017
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled 6/13/16, had 1/15/17.

Pours a mostly clear orange- more cloudy on the 2nd pour, with a half inch quickly dissipating head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Smells tart and sour, spearmint, yeast, malt, brett, a little funk, a light whiskey, light vanilla. Really interesting how the mint is the focal point. The spearmint takes the lead with the taste, then malt, light whiskey, a little wine, some vanilla and caramel. Some brett, but also a sweetness. Some tartness and sourness, a bit more as it warms. Smooth, a solid body, well carbonated.

Really good, the spearmint is great. The whiskey barrels are surprisingly light in both the flavor and aroma. Hard to describe, but even though the breakdown is pretty similar, the aroma and flavor seemed much different. Great effort from Avery.
Jun 13, 2017
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle into a tulip. bottled 6/13/16, so 11 months old.

body looks beautiful. a kinda clear orange/amber/cider color. head initially nice, but fizzes out to nothing quite quickly. no lacing.

has a sweet fruity aroma, minty overtones, with a slight vinegar funk.

Flavor is tart, faintly sour, strongly minty.

Around medium on the mouth, with a sharp tart minty finish.

An interesting drink. Seemingly simple, tart and mint. sure there is a lot more to it than that. Can't imagine drinking more than one at a session, but very glad i got to try this one. wouldn't be sad if Avery decided to resurrect it.
May 08, 2017
Rated: 4.13 by videofrog from Texas

May 04, 2017
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