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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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at The Ginger Man. A very nice wild ale. Dark chocolate colour, with small Caesar off-white head. Good lace. Some chocolate, a wild ale taste all he way, good bitterness, with a tart finish. While nicely drinkable, had to share out a 330 ml with other patrons as I got it in the first half of the bottle. Would work with food.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of acurtis
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a reddish color with some fizzy bubbles on top. The head fades quickly and doesn't leave any lacing at all. The beer smells sour, very acidic aroma. The taste of the beer gives off plenty of sour cherry flavors and a little bit of oak. The mouthfeel has a tart bite to it. Not much carbonation here. Overall I sound this brew to be a lot like a wine. It was ok, but I'm not going to miss it.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a ring of beige bubbles surrounding the edge of the glass and some lacy patterns in the center. A medium to high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There is a moderate amount of sourness in the nose along with some notes of cherries and hints of oak.
T: Like the smell, the taste is mostly sour; there are some notes of cherries and oak as well as hints of dark roasted malts and vinegar in the flavors.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The beer isn't that difficult to drink because the sourness isn't overpowering and the alcohol is well hidden from both the smell and taste.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks and smells the part of a Wild Ale, if blindfolded I would have said Madrugada Obscura from Jolly Pumpkin. Pours black with a crimson glint when backlit, fizzy bubbles fade to a ring, leaving spotty lace. Very complex nose, wet gravel and hay, moss, dried berries, dark malts. Flavor is very dry and Brett forward, a distracting metallic note is also there with some astringency. Lingering scorched popcorn kernels and dark berry. Feels dry and effervescent at first, but deflates across the palate. Berry or Zin gives it a trace sweetness that cues the salivary glands ever so slightly. Flavors are interesting, but in the end don't feel harmonious. Hope this series refines itself as it progresses...

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Photo of superspak
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/10/2009. Pours hazy very dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart cherry, sour apple, grape, clove, pepper, oak, leather, red wine, hay, funk, light vinegar, bread, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of the wild yeast notes with barrel character. Taste of sour cherry, sour apple, grape, clove, pepper, oak, red wine, leather, toast, light roasted malt, hay, funk, light vinegar, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy tartness after the finish; with lingering notes of light tart fruits, clove, pepper, oak, red wine, leather, funk, toast, hay, light vinegar, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Solid flavor balance and complexity of yeast ester flavors and barrel notes; some moderate astringency with light oxidation; and lightly cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium full bodied; with a crisp, lightly acidic, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid wild ale. Some nice aromas with solid flavor complexity and balance; and fairly smooth to sip on. A moderately enjoyable offering; had no problem finishing it.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a semi-opaque, dark copper/burgundy color with a small, foamy, off-white head. It left a little lace.

S - It smelled of some sour funk and a little vinegar.

T - It tasted musty and funky with a sweet caramel. It also had some peppery heat with touches of dark fruits.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied wild ale.

D - This is an interesting wild ale. I think I'd prefer to not have it barrel aged.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an opaque fudge color with a magnificent, rocky tan head; lots of large bubbles and plenty of lace

Smell: The Zin barrel aging is prominent on the nose, with cherries, grapes and funky Brett underneath

Taste: Wine grape and cherry flavors mingle with toasty caramel elements on the front end, with a building Brett tartness that unfolds by mid-palate; after the swallow, the funk blossoms, leaving the other elements that appeared up front to play a supporting role; an interesting cocoa and allspice flavor appears in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This beer has aged nicely in my cellar and is a nice balance between a variety of surprising aspects; a worthy experiment

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark deep brown color ale with a nice thick brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of vinous notes with light dry fruits notes. Taste is a quite complex mix with great notes of Zinfandel and dry plums with light residual sweetness. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very complex mix between the wine barrel and the dark Belgian ale used as the base beer.

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Photo of mothman
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottles on Feb. 10, 2009

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is an opaque black. 2 finger thick tan head. Leaves thick splattered lace. Good retention. Very appealing.

Aroma: Not something I am enjoying a lot of . I am getting the zinfandel aroma out of it. Dried grapes. Slight alcohol. Very musky.

Taste: Wow, very unique. Definitely reminds me of red wine (obv. served warm). Very dry beer. Yeasty, boozy, dried grapes. Taste is way better than the aroma. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Very tarty and sweet. Smooth. Ends with an aftertaste similar to when drinking wine.

Overall, glad I got to try this beer. Very amazing. Sipping it to enjoy it as long as I can. I highly recommend. I could easily have another, but it is kind of pricey.

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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 jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at SMBDC growler/bottle tasting thanks to BlessedBeBeer.

A: Creamy head of 1 finger, super dark molasses brown almost black color.

N: Brett funk, sour fruit and malts, funky barnyard, some dark malts, oak a light vanilla, light vinegar, tart aromas.

T: Lots of dry Brett funk, barnyard, light sour fruit, tart dry funk, bready malts, light spicy dark malts. Finishes dry wild funky, spicy lingering, some malts and light tart fruit.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: Decent wild flavors, nice Brett, after 1+ years aging, nice dark malts too, pretty tasty.

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Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of nickfl
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light brown head that rests on top of an opaque, black body. The foam settles quickly and leaves only minor lace.

S - A complex aroma of acids and funk. Balsamic vinegar notes of acetic acid and oak with phenolic wild yeast character that gets musty in the finish with notes of cheese and goat. The tart, funky character is backed by malty sweetness and light caramel.

T - Strong malt character up front; lots of caramel and molasses notes. The acidity comes out next and blends with the molasses character and some tannic oak to create a salty, soy like flavor. Finishes with more molasses, acetic acid and oak, this time with a hint of vanilla, as well as a bit of boozy alcohol. Lingering flavors of oak and roasted malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - This is a very different spin on sour beer. It doesn't quite fit in with the couple of sour stouts that I have had, in that has relatively little roasted character and seems to focus more on toffee and molasses in terms of malt. Unfortunately this doesn't work all that well in the flavor as the molasses, acetic acid, and oak combine to form a meaty, soy sauce like character that overshadows the rest of the beer's character. The aroma is quite nice, like a more malt centric Flemish red, but the flavor kind of kills it for me. Worth a try, but the cost and the flavor make it a definite one time experience for me.

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Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into my Allagash glass. It poured a dark brown, cola like color with a modest, tan and fizzy head to it. Nice head retention to it.

The aroma has a tart, sourness to it with notes of sour cherries, grapes and a touch of vinegar. Pretty nice sour and tart fruit profile to it, but it could have used a little more funk to it.

The sourness is a little sharp and acidic up front. The finish is where more of the tart, sour cherry and grape flavors come out. There is a hint of darker malts to it in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being high. Overall, it was a pretty good but not outstanding beer. It was a little sharp and acidic at times and could have used a little more funkiness give it some added complexity. Overall it had some good flavor and was pretty drinkable though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a thin off-white/tan head and a decent amount of lacing. Nose brings forward quite a bit of acetic and lactic sourness, with the acetic character taking over a little bit. Also a bit of roasted malt, wood, and sour cherries. Taste brings the cherries and malt forward a bit, and has a moderate amount of a balsamic vinegar taste. Just a touch in that it doesn't detract too many from the beer's flavor. Feel is fairly light and quite sour. Drinks really well with a lot going on throughout.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

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