Brabant | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.65%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-09-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of jamesm7485
4.97/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Havent reviewed a beer in quite awhile so figured this one merited a review.

The pour is almost like a thin porter in its appearance, very dark brown with some red hues when held up to the light.

I could smell the beer as soon as i opened it, felt like i was walking through the old fruit fields back on cape cod, raspberries, fig, grapes, lots of smoke and, some musty oak smell

The taste is amazing and is smell^10, rather sour but with an amazing malt and smoke back bone to back it up, edit( as its warmed up i get some some very dry zinfandel tones to it) GOD DAMN THIS IS GOOD

Very smooth and covers the tongue very nicely!

Very drinkable i could session these with ease but given the cost and the rarity, ill be happy with this one now and sticking one or hopefully more in the closet for future enjoyment, im REALLY looking forward to future installments in the series and am sad i didn't get to go to the release party.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is probably the most interesting beer I have ever tried! This beer is #1 in Avery Brewing Company's "Barrel-Aged Series" and was released in February 2009. Due to its limited production the beer is sold as single 12oz. bottles. This exceptional dark ale is fermeneted with two types of wild yeast (Brettanomyces) and then aged for 8 months in used Zinfandel barrels. This beer is incredibly unique with a Belgium Lambic style acidity and fruity flavors of plums, raspberry and raisins. The barrels definetly adds some of the characteristics of the Zinfandel previously stored in the barrels, as well as, light woody and vanilla flavor and aromas. This beer is best enjoyed slightly chilled (45-55 degrees F) and should be served in a globe beer glass (like a Stella Artois glass).

One-year later:
Still fantstic, I drank two different bottles a year and month after the bottling. The first one tasted flat, but you still great deal of flavor from the zinfandel barrels. The second one was great! The flavors were much more round.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep tawny color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes slowly into a firm quarter inch cap of foam. The aroma is of Bretta, barnyard funk, black currants, graphite, and hints of sweet oak. The taste is the most wine like of any beer I've yet tasted, but that is alright with me. Black currant, graphite, tannins, Bretta's nice sourness, and an overall dryness that I have never experienced in a beer before. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a very unique beer. While I can't say I'd like to drink this everyday, or drink more than one at a time, I can say I would love to drink this again.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A: Pours a dark black under a very fleeting brown head. You can hear the carbonation on the pour. No lace, no retention.

S: Very nice aroma. Wine is apparent with some dark fruit, then you are hit with some brett character, apple, sour, earthy, hay, vinous, slightly bready, funky. Incredible character.

T: Funky brett hits first, earthy with some horse blanket and hay, slightly sour with a hint of apple. Wine character is felt towards the back end and even the slightest hint of toasted malt seems to poke its head in. A bit of a sweet overall finish, with remnants of the funk and sour.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is high but not that prickly. Drinkability is really good. A superb beer. This is #1 in the series, I can not wait until the next one.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.7/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #250

I've wanted to try this brew for a hot minute now, but I couldn't jump on the $10 per 12oz. deal; when it got marked down to $6.99, I sprang for it. Great move. This stuff is phenomenal.

One caveat: it is expensive. And one more caveat: it is relatively hard to find. But it is ridiculously good; worth the dough and the search if you want an unbelievably balanced rare style, unusually and superbly crafted

For the record: Bottled on Feb. 10, 2009

G - St. Bernardus goblet

A - Very dark hue, like an eggplant, with a tan foamy head and spotty lace.

S - Delicious Brettanomyces-imparted tones: apple, pear, peach, grape, and hay-straw-funk. The dryness of red wine is also suggested, although the ensuing flavor is not outrageously dry.

T - Tart, slightly sour, well-balanced, awesome. Red wine impressions are readily apparent; also present are the delicate suggestions of fruit such as apple, pear and peach, and a delicate mineral nuance. Not so much wood character, but it has a definite aged impartation. The long finish shows flashes of red wine and a generally vinous fruity character. Exceptional. And because of the red wine character, it tastes unbelievable at red wine / room temperatures. It tastes unbelievable at any temperature, I'm sure.

M - Great, well-carbonated, and really smooth.

D - I love it so much. I can smell it from a mile away, and it tastes just as it smells. Avery does amazing sour-wild beers. The Avery Fifteen is also one of my favorite brews ever. Wow.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.69/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a surprisingly very dark black with a thin layer of redwood colored head that fades to a thin collar quickly.

Smells ridiculously good. Rotting wood, strawberries, a bit of cigar tobacco, pinot noir wine, plums and maybe a hint of cardamom. Very complex and is a joy just to sniff for a while.

Tastes...tastes like I wish I had a few of these to lay down for a couple years or so. The woody brett character plays nicely with the sour fruitiness and flashes of sugary sweetness. Has a biting cola and fresh pine needle-esque hop presence that grabs at the tongue when swallowed. Brett character is readily identifiable but never goes over the top, not that I would mind if it did as I love the taste. Sour beer, as well brett fans should enjoy this complex brew that is well worth the price. I am glad I got to try this at the Saucer, but I am equally bummed I cannot get this at any of the stores here for aging.

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4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a friend at Avery. Twelve ounce bottle poured into Sam Smith small glass. Shared with my wife.

A: Nice dark ruby brown body coated with toasted marshmallow colored head. Outstanding lacing after a good sturdy two fingers of pillowy head. Lacing hangs to glass leaving strong rings as you drink.

S: The smell is a little tight just after pouring. A good swirl and little warming bring tons of sweet floral, grassy notes. The oak is in there with some welcomed funk. I want cologne of this nature. I think wife might dig it. Complex and stellar.

T: Mellow and fruity without an overpowering aspect. Deep rich fruit on the front with a wonderful drying on the finish. You can pick up a lot of the Zinfandel character in the finish. I can't pick out just one flavor. The complex blends and mellow undertones rule the liquid.

M: Mouthfeel is wonderful. Not overly carbonated but some cellaring and mellowing would not hurt. Heavy on the tongue, rich and wet.

D: This beer will make me go broke. I shared this with the wife as instructed by the giver and now she's hooked. Drinkability is only hindered by the rarity.

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Photo of weeare138
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopdog!

Appears a hazy dark brown with a small tan head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of cherries, strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, vanilla, caramel, prunes, and cocoa.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with wild berries, vanilla, cocoa, and brown sugar...deeply complex and top notch.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sugary, tart, fruity, and semi-dry in the finish.

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Photo of schmitter
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of humanawho
4.56/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - it has a nice deep brown black color with a good burnt color head with nice lacing

S - sweet and tangy aroma with woody aroma dominating there is some chocolate and roasty aromas as well, the tangy aroma with the chocolate is very interesting and i like it although it is a very tight nose

T - lots of subtle flavors, the tangyness isn't as pronounced but is still there, the chocolate dominates the flavor with some interesting woody and earthy elements with a burnt finish

M - very light and creamy

D - all of the subtle flavors make you want to keep drinking more to but it comes off as a very light beer

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Photo of champ103
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. A one finger tan head forms at first. The foam recedes quickly, and light lace is left behind.
S: Holly crap this is amazing. At first some sour and tart fruits. Though it is balanced perfectly with some funky barnyard aromas. Hey, grass, horse blanket, and bread/biscuit. A light sweet dark fruit character, and some oak/woody notes. Exceptional is the only word that comes to mind.
T: Pretty much follows the nose. Lots of fruity flavors. Some tart and sour, others are dark and mouth watering. That wonderful funky barnyard/horse blanket character is very welcome. Bread and biscuit. Dry crackers. Oak notes as well as some rum like alcohol.
M/D: A full body with a crisp snap of carbonation. As it warms up a creaminess comes out. So smooth and easy to drink, and warms the belly. I wish the bottle would have never ended.

This is an amazing beer. Extremely complex, and well crafted. There are so many complexities that it is hard for me to describe. Everything is so well balanced, and all the flavors compliment each other perfectly. This is the best Wild Ale I have tried (that includes many Russian River examples).

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4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Very dark red purple in color with a small light brown head that quickly fades to a thin cap leaving almost no lacing.

S- Very earthy sour brett aroma coming from this beer. Some caramel sweetness and tart berries are pretty dominate. Also hints of nuts and a light floral aroma. Much of the wine aromas have been tamed since I tried it at the brewery a couple of months ago.

T- Some tart berry flavors, raspberries and unripened strawberries. Some sweet caramel notes accompanied by dry bitter roasted barley flavors. Some oak comes through but does not make a big presence. Hint of wine fruitiness. Drys out at the end and leaves your palate with a nice tart bit.

M- This is a medium bodied beer with some great tartness and good carbonation. I very much enjoy the mouth feel.

Overall this is one of the better wilds I have had, though it is not as crazy and bold as some it has great subtle and complex flavors. This beer has a great mouth feel and drinkability that is hard to beet at 8.65% ABV. I am glad I have a few of these hanging around.

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Photo of snpub540
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Feb 10 2009 bottle

Poured a deep, brown that is almost black. Had a light brown head that had some awesome cling after a vigorous pour. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smells were amazing. Definately the best and most complex aromas I've smelled in awhile. Banana and bubble gum dominated the nose. Also some raisin and dark fruit smells lingering.

Taste was absolutly fantastic and very complex. Every sip brought new tastes to the table. Raisins and sour cherries were in the beginning. As the beer warmed caramel and coffee notes started showing up. A grassy hop taste showed up in the finish, with a sort of sour apple taste throughout.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied. The alcohol wasn't very present although it did have vinous qualities. Was one of my best tastings in a very long time.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fools to retire this beer. It's a homerun. Loved it!

appearance: pitch black... suprising... lots of head retention and lacing. nice..

smell: roasted malt, and subtle chooclate and brett funk

taste: perfectly balanced sour to roasted malt flavoer. vinegar and coffee don't go well together. But if it balanced it can be pulled off and this beer nailed it.

mouthfeel: medium bodied. heavy carbonation.

drinkability: loved this beer. I wil stock up if i see again.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Duchesse du Bourgogne? Is that you?

Pours dark amber, perhaps chestnut, with a beautiful whispy head that retains well. Ample Belgian lace that makes it decorative as this beer reaches empty in the glass.

Nose is wild passion fruit and vinegar, very very reminiscent of Duchesse du Bourgogne. The passion fruit might be somewhat grape-y, but I don't detect Zinfandel per se... it could be anything.

Palate is beautifully sweet and sour, with the vinegar flavors in bloom as well. Medium bodied, and delicious tartness on the finish.

Worth seeking. I would drink it regularly if it didn't cost twice as much as the Duchesse.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nose is nicely Brett with barnyard, funk, medicine, and a winter-warmer kind of spice on top of a dark malty bed. Notes of chocolate and alcohol. Notions of sugar-derived attenuation. Smells like a winter ale gone wrong. Smells great.

Pours pitch black with mild brown head. Looks good.

Oh my! It's like a spiked holiday porter. Lots of chocolate and rich roast, loads of dark, ripe fruit, amazing Brett funk - medicinal/barnyard/plastic, nice sourness, moderate caramel malt flavor and associated sweetness, the sugar-derived high attenuation from the nose is more prominent, mild hop is kind of herbal and earthy with mostly bittering qualities. I can't say where the holiday spice is coming from - or even what spice it is... Coriander? Nutmeg? Clove? - but it's prominent and I like it. A stiff tartness and sourness hold the mouthfeel up against the wild and crazy yeastiness. Finishes with a kiss of chocolate laced with funkiness. Tastes great. Feels good. Wonderful drinkability.

Damn! I need another one or two of these to put down. Why did I only buy 1 (when I was 3 hours away in Austin)???

Upon reading other's reviews, it does have striking Zinfandel notes of leather and pepper. That makes sense, seems it was aged in Zinfandel barrels. I don't think I would have chosen Zin barrels to age a beer in, but it obviously works.

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Photo of number1bum
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color with some flashes of scarlet during the pour, but it's too dark and dense to reveal any in the glass. Has a good two inches of creamy tan head, which settle to a pretty solid, mostly full lace. It's thickest around the rim and leaves some slowly settling stick on the sides.

Smell is initially very funky with aromas of tart cherries and other sour fruit. Next comes some must and earth, along with some bready and mildly sweet dark malt. It starts to open up more as it begins to warm, revealing some roasted malt, some red wine character, peppery spice and wood. The funky, tart aromas from the Brett persist throughout, and overall this is a complex, nicely layered and very interesting nose.

Taste starts off with some dark caramel sweetness before transitioning into a moderately tart dark fruit flavor. I get black cherries and dark berries. There isn't so much of a roasted malt flavor here as a toasted one, as it's subtle and complementary. Midway through and into the finish the zinfandel character really comes through, with the dark berries and peppery spice flavors, along with the woody and earthy qualities of the oak. Finishes quite smooth, with a bit of both tartness and even some lingering sweetness left on the palate. Like the nose this is very complex, well put together and most importantly, very tasty.

This is actually exceptionally creamy, surprisingly so, with a full body and very smooth, almost chewy feel. As the tartness comes to the fore it starts to dry out, but never quite kicks some residual sweetness, and as such remains quite creamy.

I really enjoyed this. Both the brett and the wine barrel aging added very nice layers of complexity to this beer. No one element overwhelms the others, and the sum of all parts is excellent. I will be looking for a few more bottles.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery surprised me with this one! I was expecting something golden, but this is dark, and - chocolatey! It's not very chocolatey, but there's a definite component to it. It's subtly roasty as well; and of course there's a solid woodiness. Beyond that, or I guess even before you even get to that, there's the funky barnyard. It's bright and intriguing with lots of leather and some manure along with a sharp note of tartness. The aroma reminds me very much of the chestnuts being roasted by street vendors in Manhattan during the holiday season. And then wood and funk and a fruity vinous note. And mixed with the caramelish and chocolatey notes it gives an almost spicy character as well (think ginger cookies or something like that). The bitterness is of course limited, but there's a bit there. The balance is impeccable though. You couldn't go any more "sharp" without throwing the darker malt notes out of balance and leaving the whole thing askew. And I guess that's what's most interesting about it - it delivers a lot of funkiness up front, but then it also offers a good chunk of maltiness behind it. Finally, in the finish, they merge into one rounded, polished note. It's like chocolate and wine and horse shit! :) - quite nice, and fairly complex. The alcohol, at 8.65% abv, is not really noticeable, yet I think it does make an impression in the overall character, and along with the woodiness lends to that spiciness I mentioned earlier. Well worth seeking out. A really unique "Belgian" style beer brewed in America.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head that leaves quite a bit of lacing and is pretty long lasting. The beer is quite dark with a black-brown color; when held up to the light the beer remains opaque, but shows some amber tinges around the edges. The aroma is tart and lactic smelling, but has a soft dark / roast malt side to it that is more toasted than roasted in character. The nose finishes with a signature Brettanomyces derived phenolic character that adds spicy notes of phenolic-soaked cotton and a slight curing plastic notes that reside on top of some fruit notes and some more toasted bread notes. There is a touch of up front berry aromatics, some concord grape like notes and a wine-fruit character all of which can be fleeting at times. There is a solid, spicy oak character that is quite strong, but at first melded so well with the funky Brettanomyces notes that I only just noticed it now. The nose on this beer is nicely complex; contemplative and enjoyable, it is made up of a nice mix of fruity wine-like notes, peppery-spicy oak, butyric-sweaty-barnyard Brettanomyces notes and a supporting dark malt character. This last seems to mix with the tartness and it almost seems like the burnt malt notes are boosting the perception of the sourness in the nose; or perhaps vice-versa, it is hard to say having not tasted the beer yet).

The beer has a soft, creaminess to it up front, though it is quite dry with no perceived sweetness after the first sip. The oak provides lots of tannic structure to this beer, which boosts the perceived body and velvety texture. The lingering finish leaves me with a butyric funkiness of cured plastic and musty, sweat stained dried leather. Dark malt notes can be picked out at times, but are somehow omnipresent too, with a roast-acrid note, a burnt bitterness in the finish and an underlying toasted grain character. The beer is nicely tart tasting with a lactic acid note that is pervasive without being over-bearing. The oak provides a biting spiciness as well as a touch of astringent woodiness. The barrel influence has also left lots of Zinfandel influence in this beer; it is another layer of this complex beer that must be contemplated to notice the signature of ripe berries, a touch of grape-skin jam, peppery and leather-like Zinfandel notes. I seem to get a subtle hint of the powerful wine that rested in the barrel before this beer.

I like how complex this beer is, layers of the rich, underlying dark malt character, its lush texture, the substantial yet smooth tartness, the subtly powerful Zinfandel notes, and the spicy, lively oak influence. This is a very layered, contemplative brew that has easily exceeded my expectations. This is most definitely one of the best Avery beers that I have had.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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Brabant from Avery Brewing Company
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