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 Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I've had this a number of times over the years, but never bothered to review it. Thanks to ChrisPro for busting out a bottle and enabling my ticker tendencies. Served in Närke snifter.

A - Off-white foam settles to a thin collar and a few wisps, leaving behind minimal lace. Dark brown body with minimal translucency to it.

S - Lots of vinous oak, light zinfandel notes, dirty and lightly medicinal brett strain that seems to be a favorite at Avery. Dusty and earthy, with light chocolate malt character. Interesting in that it's ostensibly a dark brett beer rather than dark sour.

T - Fruity, with tropical notes, along with cocoa, and nutty malts. Like a brett fermented brown ale, with a light vinous character in the periphery. Vaguely reminiscent of Surly Pentagram.

M - Dry, medium body, with well-hidden alcohol, as is usual with Avery. Lightly chewy texture, and a dry and crisp finish.

D - An interesting mix of fruit, chocolate, funk, and wine. This bottle was surprisingly palatable, but others I've had were drain pours, so your mileage may vary; either that or this beer has finally turned the corner into Decentville. Not one of my favorites from the series, but certainly better than infected Black Tot.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rudzud
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received this in my first trade ever, with the beer manager at Russell's in Amherst, MA. Think I traded a ghoulship for this and a few more beers. Been holding on to this for a while. Thanks Chris!

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a deep dark brown, stout/porter looking hue with a half finger light tan head that faded to leave light side lacing and a good thin blanket. Very nice to look at.

S - Nice aromas. Still pick up the faint belgian notes hereof the base beer. Subtle funk, light malt, old dusty grape skins. Slight lightly sour dark fruits. Interesting.

T - Well, taste is definitely past its prime. Roast malts (lightly chocolate), old dark fruits (cherries), sweet subtle malts, old brett, wood from barrels, along with some minor alcohol heat. Meh. Should have drank this a while ago...

M - Mouthfeel is solid for a wild ale. Good carbonation. Slightly, slightly syrupy. Glad there was carbonation here as I'd feared it would be flat.

O - Overall, this probably was once a tasty wild. now though time has not done this well. There is a lingering aftertaste that clings to me as I type this. Like dusty chalk. Ugh. not too happy.

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Photo of bauermj
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Gobzilla
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of kscaldef
2.4/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: A very dark brown. As dark as many stouts. Raises a moderate head on the pour but doesn't stick around for long.

S: Strong wine aromas. Musty cherry, a bit of prune. Light acetic notes.

T: Earthy. Mushy fruit, coffee grounds, overripe banana.

M: High carbonation. Medium-to-low body.

O: Seems like this is well over the hill (or wasn't good to start with). Disappointing as I'm usually quite fond of the Avery barrel-aged beers.

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Photo of brystmar
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 10, 2009. Thanks blatantdream!

Dark brown hue, tan head, beady lace.

Oaky wine barrel aroma meets soured yeast, barrel character shines through brightly in both the nose and taste. Can really taste the Zinfandel remnants as they soak through the oakyness. Only mildly sour; dark and tantalizing.

For batch #1 of Avery's barrel series, this is a big win. Glad I got to try this.

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Photo of jheezee
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rapidsequence
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, Feb 2009. Waiting patiently for 3.5 years in my basement.

Appearance: Pours a very dark red-brown. Light tan head with good retention.

Smell: Sweet, sour, fruity, and funky. Oaky red wine, malty sweet dark fruit, grassy brett funk. Very interesting.

Taste: The tartness and vinous flavor are very prominent, but they don't completely hide the fact that this is a Belgian dark beer underneath. It tastes less funky than it smells, but its still funky. Oaky, leathery, and a little musty. The finish interestingly isnt super dry, but long, sweet, and fruity.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is lively, but not sharp. Again, it feels like its going to dry out, but stops short and stays a little sticky sweet and a little tannic.

Overall: This beer gets points both for being different, and for just being good. I put off drinking this for a long while because thought it sounded a little too weird, but its great. Wish I had another. Buy it if you see it.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of womencantsail
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark reddish color with an off-white head. Smells like red-wine vinegar, oak, and cherry. A light funkiness to it, sort of musty, maybe a little cardboard, and a light lactic note. Taste is sort of muddled and muted. Light fruitiness, hints of wine, a bit of vinegar and leather, maybe some wood. Cardboard, musty oak, and some light barnyard. Not really a fan.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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 WeisGuy
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of theminutemen
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of thecheapies
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Big-time want for me. Landed two bottles of Avery Brabant. Bottle dated: February 10, 2009. Poured into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip glass.

Poured with a fat two-and-a-half fingered beige-colored head on a ruby-brown, but dark brown, body. Head fell pretty fast. One incomplete ring of lace. 3.5

Big red grape aroma with a wonderful sour potency with some acetic character. A pleasing oak character is upfront side-by-side with some Bretty funk and tickles of alcohol. Pretty wonderful. 4.5

First sip is a letdown. Stinging ethanol and very little pucker. Any fruits are decomposed by now. Astringent bitterness on the back of the tongue and in the throat on the swallow. Some black-charred wood effect. I can't tell, nor will I ever know, if this beer is past its prime or was never impressive to begin with. I'm assuming it's the former. This seems to be flattened in flavor. Not much complexity either, other than pulling out more bland flavors or aging flaws. The funk is still here and has evolved nicely, but there is not much complement. Truly, missing a fruit that I can tell was there, but is not really there anymore. 2.0

Not much carbonation left in the bottle. The body is just fine, but the sting of alcohol and residual tannins is uneasy. 3.0

I'm disappointed. I'm going to have to scour a few reviews for fresh examples when this beer was still being produced. No hurry in drinking the other one soon, I'll just let it continue to fall apart. Even with such great upside, a swing and a miss. 2.5

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Photo of redfacedshooter
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Brabant from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 389 ratings