Certatio Equestris | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Based off of a Mint Julep cocktail. This sour ale is bourbon barrel-aged with spearmint added.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 110
Photo of Franziskaner
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Phineasco
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.


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Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of stortore
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The mint on the aroma sneaks up on me, only to knock me down with a sack of potatoes. Before this, layers of bourbon, vanilla, oak, and nuanced funk reveal themselves. What sends this to the next level is the way the mint and brett funk coexist. The flavor profile isn't a letdown. It opens up with plenty of stone fruits like cherry and apricot. This gives way to a gently tart middle, and spearmint finishes it off. The latter isn't medicinal, either. I'm also impressed by how smooth yet nuanced the barrel presence is near the end. It's deep, yet also wonderfully bright, balanced, and refreshing. The carbonation is assertive, helping it go down even more easily. Is this really 8.9%? It's also light, but not too light. Avery positively nailed this - its up there with Tectum Et Elix in my mind, and should be brewed again accordingly.

4.16/5: A spectacular take on the mint julep-meets-sour ale

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Photo of craigbelly
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a beautiful mashome up. This sour could stand on its own, but the mint just adds an edge that elevates it. Moderate barrel notes of bourbon whiskey but thet don't over power the beer. It's an interesting twist on the various styles that I'm glad to of had.

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Photo of BigtexasG
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I can't get over how incredible this beer smells...fresh fruit dominates the nose and you just keep coming back for another whiff!

The spearmint flavor is like biting into fresh tree. As with the other fruit sours made, the freshness of the fruit flavor is fantastic.

This is a "next-level" type beer and it's worth trading for if anyone is willing to part with a bottle. I'm sure that it will become more plentiful with subsequent batches.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of off white head that quickly fades away.

Smell: A sour and zesty aroma with a scent of spearmint, brett, and whiskey. Big scent of spearmint. Sour and tart scent of brett and lacto yeast. Barrel hints of bourbon whiskey, oak, vanilla, and wood. Barley malt hints of grains and cracker. Fruit hints of lemon, lime, apple, and grapes. A pretty nice and interesting aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a sour and zesty taste with notes of spearmint, brett, and whiskey. Big taste of spearmint. Good sour and tart notes of brett and lacto yeast. Moderate barrel notes of bourbon whiskey mash, oak, vanilla, and wood. Barley malt notes of grains and cracker. Dried fruit notes of lemon, lime, grapes, and apple. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Tart, juicy, and drying.

Overall: A pretty good and interesting twist on a Sour. Its an odd combo of spearmint, brett, and bourbon that strangely works really well.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 6.13.16. #38 in the Barrel Aged Series

L - Gold color, with clarity. 1/2 a finger of head and minor lacing left on top of the brew. Looks great

S - Sourness and spearmint. Lemon

T - Sourness, dried fruit, and lots of minty spearmint. Very tasty!

F - Light body, well carbonated, and sizzles a bit on the tongue.

O - A very well balanced Sour, and the spearmint provides an awesome twist. They mix well together, and really enjoyed this brew. Definitely a beer version of a mint-julep.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-Barrel aged sour ale, no. 38. Bottled 06.13.16. consumed 12.08.16. aged in bourbon barrels with spearamint.

A: Light ice tea coloring, decent visibility factor, quick paced micro-effervesce bubbles rise to the surface. A beige frothy film covering with a short life span leaves multiple stratified lace bands down the vessel.

S: The spearamint comes on strong right from the get go and bottle. In the vessel the sourness is more exposed, sour whiskey mash, lemons come to life with lots of backup from the spearamint. Good strength.

T: Very good souring for flavor, whiskey mash, lemons and some sour ice-tea and sour jelly beans. Caramel cream, some light alcohol spice of cinnamon and cardamon with some pine scotch and honey cypress hops. Sweet rum-bourbon barrel sugars and barrel woodiness with some cereal grains. Very good souring that increases as the drink passes.

M: Light bodied, good carbonation very easy and light on the tongue.

O: Abv 0f 8.9% feels nice and just right, perfectly accented, very smooth drinkability mid-range sourness.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somewhat murky Amber
Nice sour fruit smell rate definite has some cucumber and vegetables to it with down sour fruits
Med body mod carbonation.

Overall not my favorite from them but decent.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love this series, but woah way too much spearmint! Tastes like boozy liquid toothpaste! Feel is grainy and it rapidly decomposes on the sip. Smell has some wood, bourbon and slight sour berry but still dominated by mint. Not a do over

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I was a little wary about the spearmint, anticipating some kind of peppermint victory at sea type of deal, but I don't think I've ever experienced an adjunct that enhances the beer so well. You get the smooth base sour, the oak from the barrel, and some fresh mintiness to round it out! Excellent.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy copper gold color with a very small white head and a few specks of lacing.

S: Sour lactic acid, mixed with spearmint, herbs some vanilla and oak, an odd combination but it works here.

T: Sour lactic acid, some peach, peppermint, a bit of toothpaste, notes of herb, vanilla and oak. It sounds odd but it works well.

F: High carbonation and medium body.

O: It sounds odd but it creates a awesome combination, very unique and I treating beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i wasnt sure i would like this one, but man is it amazing! something really different, even for avery and even for this series, which have been really pretty profound all the way around. a strong barrel aged sour beer brewed with spearmint. the mint aspect is strong on the nose, menthol and herbaceous and a little like toothpaste, and super odd with the sourness and bretty funk, let alone the sweet wood and whiskey notes from the barrel, complex and confusing to say the least. the flavor starts super intense, its too sour and there is too much mint, these things just dont work together, i am close to abandoning it, really. but i sip it again and its more mild, and by the third sip i am really appreciating what the mint does to lighten and brighten a very mature sour beer. the mint is fresh and intense, but it does work if you let it. the sourness is still high, this is sharp and astringent, but the wood does serve to mellow it some, the whiskey to fortify and sweeten, and the brett to add some neat yeast nuance to the acidity. by the end of the glass i am pretty blown away. never would have thought to put these ingredients together, but they really do something special together here. the barrel is critical i think for the synergy of this, and the freshness of the mint stands out as well. amazed!

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Photo of Mongrel
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well this is interesting, to say the least. Seems like a really tasty base beer with a good balance of lactic and acetic acid. Sharp and funky, lemony and leathery. And then of course there's no getting around the spearmint, which is omnipresent but not overbearing. It's interesting and actually pretty pleasant, but probably not necessary. Bourbon barrel maybe contributes some caramel and vanilla, along with an oaky dryness.

Glad to have tried this, and I'd be glad to imbibe again should anyone offer, but I doubt I'd buy another bottle. Although I admit this one really came together and grew on me towards the end.

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Hazy, rich peach with a little blush. Thick small bubbled head that leaves messy lacing.
smell: Mint. Tart and sour richness with a counter on the sweet side.
taste: a little sweet that gives way to dry fast. an initial snap of mild sour & tart also dissipates to a surprisingly crisp, dry and lemony finish.
Well, i've never had a mint julep but this is a damn fine beer.

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Certatio Equestris from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 110 ratings