Fimbulvvinter | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Find warmth in this rum barrel-aged odyssey, a legend of our steadfast brew warriors in their quest to take a traditional Belgian yeast to new heights of glory.

Added by superspak on 11-02-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of avalon07
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had a dark brown color with ruby tints and a cloudy consistency. Some sediment. There was a half inch of foamy, off white, fairly long-lasting head. So-so lacing.

S: A big aroma of Belgian yeast, rum, vanilla, candi fruit, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of rum (and its accompanying barrel), a good amount of caramel (quite sweet), some Belgian yeast, a decent bit candi fruit (apples), and light vanilla. A big and complex flavor. Surprisingly, it's not as boozy as you might think, but it still packs a punch. The rum adds an interesting dimension to the flavor. Tasty stuff.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a warm, sharp finish. Full-bodied.

O: A powerful, likable, and interesting take on the quad style. Drinkable.

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Photo of stercomm
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big bold boozy brew. Carmel in color, with a bit of a very viscous look. On the nose get rum, candied fruit, malty goodness. Mouthfeel is like a cough syrup, not in a bad way. Taste has some heat from the alcohol, candied raisins, rum cake. This is a beast of a beer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Gold foil capped 12oz bottle from Greenville Beer Exchange (Greenville, SC). 12.49. Bottled 11/30/17. Served in an Avery snifter. Enjoyed 6/26/18.

Pours a deep crimson with abundant particulate in suspension. The initial finger of loose ecrue head fades to a thin central island and ample halo. Only a few sparce dots of lace.

The nose is bold and sweet. Dark fruit jam, rum, vanilla, caramel, toast and some vague banana.

The flavor is sweet boozey goodness. Candied raisins, rum, caramel, vanilla, wet wood, fruity Belgian yeast and alcohol-soused bread pudding.

Full, syrupy body with relaxed carbonation. Boozey caramalized dark fruit continues pleasing the palate in the aftertaste.

Another high alcohol treat from Avery. Fimbulvvinter affirms my thought that rum barrels compliment Belgian style strong dark ales quite well. And I’ll certainly be continuing my policy of trying every Avery foil-capped high abv offering that I can.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter with the little lady on our anniversary.
This astounding beast pours a glowing deep mahogany red color with a
nice head of off white foam that settles to a thick ring, thin light pool, and
showcases some nice light lacing. Nose of rum, raisin, dates, candy sugar,
and subtle booze (?!?). Flavors nail it out of the park with fig and date notes
awash in sweet dark rum with a mild coconut and barrel note intertwined
with a touch of Belgian spice and a walloping warmth around candy sugars.
Great mouth feel; smooth, lightly searing, warming, boozy, light carbonation,
lightly slick, and finishing warm and lightly dry and sweet.

What a brew----a malt lovers dream....glad I split it!


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Photo of KaeptnBlaubaer
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Herbabee
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

yeah. what "Shade1951" just below succinctly stated. don't fault me for finding it a bit "too" translucent from my usual quad (or "quint") experiences... but, having (somehow) managed to have scored a full case of this one, it should be treated as a lifetime supply (especially considering the financial damage inflicted).

if i'm not careful, i can get a twinge of the tummy burn from the 151 benders of my misspent youth. and the following morn, finding my sea legs again. Temperance!

but Yum.

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Photo of Shade1951
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What can I say? This is the Holy Grail for people who like super high ABV beers. This is a BIG, BIG beer in every possible way. The smell is HUGE. Sweet, whiskey-ish. The flavor is HUGE. Sweet, a bit syrupy... but oh so good. The ABV will knock you on your ass.

This is a sipper. This is NOT refreshing. It is NOT a "lawnmower beer." This is for people who want to get totally trashed after just ONE beer.

I hope this beer is not a one-off, and that Avery will brew it again. It will be even more spectacular in the colder weather.

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Photo of socon67
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshiban
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Zonian1
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mschrei
4.14/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not quite sure how I feel about this. The quad base of it seems pretty good. There's good rum presence, nice flavor, strong enough barrel presence. Problem is it's a little too sweet and syrupy and maybe too boozy. Slightly improves as it warms.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.63/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikexw
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hermit990
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wmartin
4.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely fantastic stuff! Very sweet and very boozy. Went back to the store and bought the last 4 bottles they had.

They actually called this a "quintuple", and it deserves to be in a category by itself. Flavor may be seen as a bit cloying at first, but deep complexity, strong flavors of malt, yeast, and barrel, and warming effects overwhelm that. I actually found it best cold, like 40F. It takes a couple hours to drink a beast like this, though the bottle is only 12 oz, and I'd recommend keeping the bottle in the fridge and using a small glass, refilled every 15 minutes from the fridge bottle, until it is empty.

Goes well with raw chocolate chip cookie dough, and any rich dessert, I would imagine.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BrewmanCapote
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beergoot
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep copper body; full, gently rising carbonation; thin yet lasting head. Rich caramel and toffee notes; dried pit fruits like dates and apricots. Robust candied sugar sweetness; roasted grains; dried figs and cherries; boozy. Heavy, thick and chewy body; warm; lots of residual sugars.

Damn, but this is a tasty monster of a beer. I find it surprising that there is even a lasting head and lacing as high ABV beers seem to lack this feature at times. The beer has incredible depth and complexity (and well it should!), balances the flavors and alcohol expertly, and is just a delight to sip and experience.

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Photo of atone315
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zeeck
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - This beer is a rich, dark reddish brown. The color is vibrant and it has a light head that didn't disappear immediately.

Smell - On the nose I get a lot of burnt sugar and oak. I also get something bright and somewhat fruit, like apricot.

Taste - This thing is a caramel bomb! It also has a lot of yeasty bread elements to it. There's a candied fruit flavor to it, as well, reminding me of a brandy or cognac. It has a very baked apple and apricot flavor to go with the sweet caramel and the oak. All together, it was like a sweet bread with an apple and caramel butter spread.

Feel - This is more on the watery side but is a bit sticky afterward. It makes the flavor stick around for a bit and I found myself licking my lips after each sip.

Overall - This is so frickin' good! I didn't know what I was getting into, but I loved it. It's one of the better beers I've had in quite some time. It's sweet and rich but not overly sweet. It also has a nice malty and yeasty tone to it to balance that sweet factor, and the fruity notes are bright and delicious.

Pairs Well With - Drowning my sorrows after the Loyola Ramblers loss.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Fimbulvvinter from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 41 ratings