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:
25
Ratings:
101
pDev:
9.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 101 |  Reviews: 25
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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Photo of MikeWard
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 tar 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 HardyA
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of videofrog
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of crobinso
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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 atone315
3.37/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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Certatio Equestris from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 101 ratings