Certatio Equestris | Avery Brewing Company

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Certatio EquestrisCertatio Equestris
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:
Barrel-aged sour brewed with spearmint and fermented with brettanomyces.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-11-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
88
Reviews:
21
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
9.71%
 
 
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0
Gots:
22
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rilesmiles
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JeffSK
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +2.9%
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 -2.4%
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 +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of videofrog
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of crobinso
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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 -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gotti311
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craigbelly
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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 Ryannotbryan
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blissfulNemo
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewNoob1
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigtexasG
4.08/5  rDev -1%
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 Jamison85
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spycow
3.27/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Soneast
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Certatio Equestris from Avery Brewing Company
4.12 out of 5 based on 88 ratings.
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