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 Boto
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle: This one pours a dark ruby tinged brown color. There was about an inch of tan head on it that dropped away quickly. Play that funky aroma right boy! Definitely a funky/sour aroma to the beer. Some dark fruits and oakiness start to come up past the funk. Nice taste. There is a smokiness up front. Quickly followed by tartness. There are a lot of flavors in there, but maybe some plum and cocoa above the others. It is a very nice blend of flavors.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 2/10/09- batch 1-12 oz bottle poured into my snifter.

A- Body is a quite dark brown/ nearly black hue. Pours with an impressive 2-3 finger creamy tan head. Head eventually fades to a thin collar and some traces of lacing are left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is interesting and complex. Dark chocolate, plum, bread, yeasty funk, brett and anise. Not sure if it all blends together well in the nose yet.

T- Taste is quite similar to the nose-but seems to fit together a bit better. Cocoa and a light dark fruit flavor and tartness are the most prominent upfront. The brett funk, a mild bitterness and spiciness come through for the finish as the cocoa and fruity flavors taper off a bit.

M- Medium to high tingly carbonation and a medium weight body.

D- This is an interesting dark wild ale-not really sour-more funky. I'm still on the fence about dark beers brewed with brett as they taste infected. This brew is still drinkable-just odd to me.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on February 10, 2009; 694 cases produced. Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Poured dark brown with a minimal tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour funk, oak, and an earthy note. The flavor was of sweet malt, smooth funk, and a woody note. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this one was quite nice. You can totally get the wood aspect of this from the barrel. The woody note helps to mellow out the funk flavor if you aren't really a fan of it. This is a pretty nice brew that I'm glad I got the opportunity to try.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark chocolate brown, with a 1" creamy, thick tan head. The bottle has an old-west look to it, and bears a stamp indicating it was bottled on February 10, 2009. This particular bottling resulted in 694 cases, according to the label.

Smells of cherry cordial, chocolate, sour lemon, alcohol, extract of vanilla, and grapes. The smell is strong, yet complex. Generally, I get a very "sweet" nose off this, with an underlying sourness.

Whoa.... While I'm not a fan of sour ales, there is a pleasant sourness to the start of this beer that constricts the throat some. Yeast, leafy herbs, grapes, tanin, and a real earthiness hits you strong as you start this beer. The Zinfandel barrel aging comes through in the berry tartness of this beer.

Medium bodied, with a bit of mouth pucker as you sip this one down.

If they still made it, I could see trying this again. I can't figure how such a dark beer has such a berry taste. Clearly the Zinfandel barrel aging results in the berry taste. The deep brown color, though? Mysterious.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown and beautifully thick, the foam settles mysteriously into my chalice. "rocky" they say? Maybe this is what they speak of.
beautiful aromas from the zin barrel and the beer, cherries, dates, chocolate, some noticeable funk which is mostly a recent phenomonen since the last time we opened one back in april. It has risen loftily.
the brett is prominent in the flavor, rocking my tongue, pricking it with sharp notes of the funk balanced by cherries and grapes, a little wood astringency. great stuff.
and now, my cellar is empty of Brabant. What now can I do? We shall wait..and see.

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

Darkest mahogany with no highlights whatsoever. The upper third of the snifter is filled with a quality crown of wheat toast colored mousse that is developing a gently rocky surface as it melts. Meandering streamers of sea foam lace look good as well.

Nose doesn't even have to be over glass for the telltale funk of Brettanomyces Bruxelles to be appreciated. The next highest score would have been earned with ease if either the dark malts or the Zinfandel barrel-aging were more noticeable. Still, this should be damn good beer.

Brabant is release No. 1 in the Avery Barrel-Aged Series and was bottled on February 10, 2009. It has held up very well, with no signs of age in flavor or mouthfeel. For those who care about such things, Old Jubilation wort was combined with Belgian abbey yeast, then a portion was aged for one year in barrels that had previously held Zinfandel wine.

The result is almost complex enough to be special... but not quite. The malts contribute a little more on the palate, with hints of cocoa and a dark fruitiness reminiscent of a BSDA. The purple grape vinousness of Zin is noted as well, although I probably couldn't have identified that contribution if blinded.

If the suggestion box is open, and if Avery plans to release this brew again, they might think about easing off the wild yeast a little, emboldening the malts, and using leakier barrels. Warming helps... and confirms that this ale is on the cusp of greatness.

The mouthfeel, although not the biggest brute on the block, is matched exceptionally well with the flavor profile. It's medium-weight silky smooth and the bubbles are without fault. Solid job all around.

Brabant (a geographic region of Belgium) is a fine first effort in what is a promising new series from one of Colorado's best craft breweries. Lovers of 'da funk' will find plenty of enjoyment in this 12 oz. bottle. Unfortunately, a price tag of $8.99 is 50% too high.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled Feb 10th, 2009

Poured into a wine glass. Dark brown body with a thin, lightly-tan, head. Nice lacing left behind. Looks pretty good.

Grapes, oak, cherries and a bit of alcohol on the nose. Some hay and barnyard sweat. The alcohol is heavier than other wilds. Sweet overall with ripe oak. Little bit of green apple brett. Strong, but nice complexity.

The flavor reminds me of a dark ale laced with grapes and put to rest on oak. I get a mixture of red and white grapes. Light cherries, even a hint of of orange. Brett is easy to pick out and adds a touch of earthy funk. A little heavy on the alcohol, but I'm kind of enjoying this as a stronger wild. Overall, good complexity, but a bit harsh.

Mouthfeel is smooth with warming alcohol. The brett is already starting to dry things out a bit. Carbonation is about spot on. Good, but falls short of others in this category.

Drinkability is the lowest score on this beer. I like the aroma and the flavor is tasty in small sips, but a bottle is still more than I would want. This is mostly due to the presence of the ABV. Another decent wild in Avery's barrel series. I'm kind of interested to see where this one goes.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass, revealing ruby-toned dark brown body under a decent amount of crema head, dissipating rapidly into nice lacing. Smells like a crisp, funky wild with a clean tannic grape presence. Very promising smells.

Tastes funky for sure, but very muddy/dirty and with a lot of yeast flavor to the body. A little meatiness, no sour astringency, and a soft bitterness at the finish. Not what I was expecting from the nose. Mouthfeel is a little creamy with medium body and gentle, small-radius carbonation. Except for some of the more off-putting flavors in the taste, drinkability is fine. It's a sipper, but I don't find myself lingering.

Overall an interesting offering. I wonder if it would work better with hearty, meaty things rather than on its own.

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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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Photo of jrallen34
2.84/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After hearing how bad this, and seeing 2 people gag in front of me, the ticker in me still stupidly gave this is a try. Served in a Bells tulip...Pours a super dark brown, can't beleive how dark this is. No carbanation at all...The aroma is ok, light wood, vinous, sweet, just not much funk, hard to think of this as a wild...The taste is terrible, no funk, woody, harsh, stale.

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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 Cresant
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. Bottled on Feb. 10, 2009. The body was a dark brown-purple color, but was clear of sediment. There was minimal head despite my vigorous pour. The foam settled to a fine island and ring leaving no lacing.

The smell was grapey and woody. Alcohol bloomed as it warmed.

The taste was tart and woody. Vinous and sweet. The dark malts eclipsed the wildness in this one. It had tartness but no wild funkiness. Very wine-like in the flavors. Drying with well hidden alcohol.

The body was medium with medium to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one courtesy of my friend Ken a couple weeks back. Initially I had zero interest in any type of sour beer, but as my feelings for these wild, sour and funky beers have changed, I was thankful for the opportunity to try this one.

Poured from the bottle into a tasting glass, dark brown, with minimal off-white foam. Quite funky on the nose, horse blanket, red grapes, oak and cherries. On the palate, a good funkiness is present, along with tart fruits, some nice zinfandel flavors, oak and vanilla. The alcohol is barely noticeable here, and I could have spent a night drinking these.

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 2009

A: Dark brown with a nice tan lacing around the glass after a few minutes.

S: Nutty roasted malt, some sweet funk, and a little bit of dark fruit

T: Sweet tart cherry oak with a hint of brett. There is a very light brett presence due most likely to the roasted malt flavors that dominate this brew as well as a strong grape presence. There is definitely a Zinfandel taste to it, nice grape flavors mixed with an equally well done beer. Sometimes I wonder why the wine name is not released for a vertical wine/beer tasting...

I continue to be impressed with the complexity added with wine barrel aging. Everybody seems to be on the Bourbon barrel aging, lets get on the wine barrel aging bandwagon!

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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 BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, foiled, with a nice label, a nice little ditty about the beer, and a bottled on date of Feb. 2009

Appearance: Nearly opaque dark brown beer, shows just hints of walnut around teh edges when held up to a bright light...poured into a Ommegang chalice, this has a creamy light sandy cap which soon fades to a thick, persistent film. Looks nice.

Smell: Really pretty aromas of sweet, ripe strawberries (actually maybe this is closer to old-fashioned strawberry candy?), and wonderful sweet/tart Bretty funk. This would easily be a notch higher, if it was a bit more complex.

Taste: Tart and bretty up front, very earthy funk, just a hint of bubblegum, lots of tart cherry and kind of sour red-wine notes. A bit of oaky tannin as well. Touch of dark malt and some generic black fruit as well. Ends soemwhat grassy/herbal-bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a bit silky

Drinkability: Good, but one's prob. good in a sitting

Conclusion: The aromas of this blew me away, I thought I was in for something killer. In that, I was mildly disappointed; I wish some of the awesome strawberry notes present in the aromas were represented in the flavor, buuuttt, other than that, this is a really tasty dark Bretty ale, and the wine-barrel aging is (1) pretty obvious, and (2) really adds an interesting note.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Feb 10, 2009. Fermented with 2 different types of Brett. Pours a deep brown color. Really not the color I was expecting but ok. The aroma is funky brett and dark fruit. The initial taste is ok with notes of grape and the brett. The ending for me is not that good. It has a bitterness to it that I don't like, almost like there was too much hops added. Re-Rate: For sure pick up notes of from the Zin barrels in the nose. Slightly sour with the funk following. I actually don't mind the ending anymore. It's totally funky but decent.

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Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle via trade.

Pours a cloudy dark reddish-brown color with a small tan head. Good retention and lacing.

The aroma is rather funky and vinous. Lots of barrel in this one, with big oak and vanilla presence. A little roast as well.

The flavor is interesting and complex. A hint of malty sweetness as well as a considerable roasted malt presence and a little chocolate. Dark fruit is big, especially red wine. Oak, vanilla, and leather from the barrel aging also come into play. Medium level of tartness.

The mouthfeel is drying and rather tannic. Medium-bodied with medium-low carbonation level.

Overall an enjoyable but not amazing barrel aged sour-ish beer, sort of what I expect from Avery.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 12/31/09

Bottled 2/10/09

Pours a dark & murky brown; settles very dark with deep plum highlights. Close to two fingers of brownish-tan foam. Over a few minutes the head dissipates to a thin layer, though swirling revives it some. Lacing is decent - a few solid clumps & streaks.

Tart & sour aromas are noticeable off the rip. This pans out to a blend of fruit esters, though they're blurred & somewhat hard to distinguish. Notes of dark grapes, black raspberries, dark cherries, apple & over-ripe pear. Some dark sugars, it seems. Wisps of spice. Mild funkiness. Musty earthiness; the Zinfandel barrels help in that respect.

The taste upfront is a medley of tart fruit that sours around the edges. Dark fruits manifest early on, most notably grapes. Lighter fruits become distinguishable more toward the finish - over-ripe apple & hints of pear. Dark sugars & spice throughout. Musty overtones, though there isn't a lot of pronounced funk. Barrel-induced earthiness, too. Still, sourness is the most distinctive trait.

Full bodied with carbonation tending toward the low end of the spectrum. Smooth despite a touch of grittiness. Tartness lingers on the finish.

This definitely lends itself for sipping, especially to enjoy the nuances. I can see how it wouldn't be for everyone but I liked it quite a bit. Well worth the price of admission.

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Photo of route66pubs
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep amber with a tiny cream head. Zillions of tiny little carbonation bubbles float about the glass in a lively fashion and continue bubbling for some time.

S - Grape and cherry permeate the aroma, possibly including some blueberry or tart apple.

T - Being a lover of wine, too, I immediately taste the tannic presence of the Zinfandel. Some slight cherry notes arrive. Surprisingly, an alcohol burn pretty much hits the back of the mouth and is all that is left. Very odd, indeed. After sitting a bit and opening up hints of tobacco begin appearing on the back. Some slight brett-spice is sneaking in as well, making this a somewhat more enjoyable experience.

M - The tiny carbonation bubbles are very prevalent in the mouth, leading to a pop-rock type of explosiveness. This quickly subsides and again that burning alcohol feeling comes back again.

D - That alcohol burn just keeps pushing this beer away from my lips. It's too much, making me feel that this beer could stand much more age on it. The cherry and tobacco notes from the Zinfandel are appealing, however, and keep this from being a horrible score. But this just feels like this beer is trying to do too many things at once to enjoy any of them.

EDIT - bottled February 10, 2009. Opened August 12, 2010.

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

A: Deep, dark mahogany; no light, even on the edges. Poured a 1 finger beige head that dissipated to a thick, creamy skim. Decanted steadily. Laced in big, thick rings.

S: Yeast funk right up front. Champagne character. Dark cherry and candi sugar.

T: Brett and vinegar. Sweet grapes, brown sugar and cherries follow. Very dry finish. Warming alcohol.

M: Medium body. Moderate to ample carbonation. Very champagne/wine character in the finish.

D: Good sipper; interesting and fairly complex. Lots of variability in wild ales (duh) but this is one I'd have again.

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Photo of Deuane
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to KilgoreTrout for a bottle of this.

12oz. Bottle w/ gold foil wrap


A-Deep dark ruby tinted, brown thick tan slowly fades to a thin cap and leaves attractive webbing lace.

S-The best feature of this one. A rich combination of sour cherry tartness, roasted malt, touch of band-aid, little zinging spice and an ever present undertone of dry oak.

T-Deep, rich, yet mellow roasted malt, melds nicely with a sour twang and an underlying oak dryness. A bit of spiciness creeps in with warming. Funkiness in the taste in rather reserved and appears more in the sourness.

M-Medium body and somewhat rich and fuller feeling than it really is. Sour twang and spicy zip lingers nicely. Oak dryness builds on the palate the father you get into it.

D-Nicely done and I bet I did right by waiting so long to finally break this one out. The ABV is very well hidden and the "wildness" has mellowed to the point of being pleasurable. I was a bit surprised with the appearance but the roasted malt, oak and sour cherry flavours works very well together.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is tart dark cherries. The flavor is tart cherries as well as some chocolate, roasted malt, brett funk and leather. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very interesting beer.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark burgundy colour, deep red tinge in the light, beautiful beige head with a slight pink tinge. Dense and creamy, with a goodly amount of sticky lace, could be thicker. Pretty damned nice.

Lots and lots of funk on that nose, with some lemon juice, green apple notes, yeah, just kind of wild in general. Maybe a hint of some roasty malt notes but it's primarily sour with a washed rind cheese hint and green underripe fruit. Not puckering, though; pleasant.

Taste is nice. Good maltiness on the front, with dark roasty notes not to the point of being ashy. Funk comes through strongly on the mid with a note of cheese rind, some lucerne character and a good fruity note with hints of dark cherry and blackcurrant. Finishes very dry but never gets puckering, just a nice refreshing tartness. A nice rich beer overall with a nicely tempered funky sourness.

Feels a little thin and then the dryness is a letdown. With that much dryness I feel I'd want more texture.

A refreshingly sour wild ale, not overly done. Quite a nice balance.

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Brabant from Avery Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 387 ratings.
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