Certatio Equestris | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-11-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
106
pDev:
9.18%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
23
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of SHODriver
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.

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Photo of Diura
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phineasco
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.

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Photo of Viaduck
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.

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DruC4
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of neenerzig
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.

Eric

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Photo of hardy008
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.

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Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JuiceMan818
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bear1964
4.56/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Harrison8
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.

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Photo of Tone
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.

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Photo of TylerJ
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ragwing82
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hellpop65
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sohearn
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beergorrilla
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffSK
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
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.

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Photo of stortore
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.

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Certatio Equestris from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 106 ratings