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Sui Generis | Avery Brewing Company

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Sui GenerisSui Generis

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Oxymoron on 09-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 108
Photo of craytonic
3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 2" head, large bubbles, little retention or lacing

Smell: Subdued and muted, a bit of funk but very fain. Some cherries, dates, and green apples as well

Taste: Again, very subdued and muted as compared to others of the style; very light funk. Neither as tart or sour as expected. Darker fruits make a showing with red cherries, raspberries and dates. Also a bit of leather, earth, and oak. Also a cabernet sauvignon wine element.

Mouthfeel: Light

Drinkability: Very drinkable, particularly given the suprisingly high ABV. 12oz is a bit small for this one however, and the entire experience is a bit muted. I guess it is a good sours for those who do not like sours.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy copper orange thin tan head. Nose has fair amount of ripe cherry, decent bit of wood, notes of red wine an lightly tannic, lactic acid in back, plum pits. Taste is more lactic, faintly acetic in back. Fruits are more muddled, cherry, dark grape, almost candied, and some plum pit. Note of olive in the lingering light to moderately sour finish. Body is a touch oily, light and well carbonated for easy drinking. Flavored aren't extremely bright, they have a fair amount of depth but slightly flabby. Decent stuff.

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Photo of trappistlover
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle generously shared by Mike!). Bottled on September 18, 2009. Pours clear amber with off-white head. Aroma is boozy with some tart cherries and other pit fruit. Taste has a sweet malt backbone with some tartness, but not very much. Medium bodied with a slick finish. Compared to a couple other sours we had, this was a bid boozy although it was still pretty nice.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a sort of pinkish hued brown color absent of any sediment. Has a nice big fluffy white head that laces on the glass as the head settles. Lots of wine type aromas in the nose; grapes and barrels with some sour/tart notes. The taste is tart upfront that then transitions to some medicinal Brett flavors with an overall flavor of Chardonnay. Light mouthfeel with just a touch of too much carbonation. Not bad, ends cleanly.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a tasting glass at NoTB.

The beer pours a medium clearish tea with a light white head not rising very much or with much lacing.

The aroma is super light, can barely pull anything out of it. There is some light horse blanket.

The taste to me is a little blah. There is some light horse blanket, and a little oak at the end. It finishes bitter wood, which isn't great.

The feel is ok, drinkability is a little limited.

Overall, this is an average wild ale. Its no overly complex, balanced or flavorfull. It needs to be more pronononced.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one, Greg!

Somewhat hazed dark orangey color, small head leaves some lace. Big funkiness in the nose, bretty, wet leather with some more subtle cheesy notes. Light tart fruit component, like under-ripe apples, cherry. In the taste, good compexity. More fruit here... tart orchard fruit, apple and semi-tart cranberry, approaching an almost chutney-like character with a bit of a brown sugariness combining with barrel(s) impact, oak, leading to a dry wine-like finish. Didn't think that this was 10.2% as I was drinking it. Glad to have tried it, thanks for the chance!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the 2012 Peter Reeves Memorial Sourfest at Churchill’s Pub & Grille in San Marcos, CA.

Pours a murky honey brown with a foamy white head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with some malt, wood, and wine aromas. Taste is much the same with only a mild sourness. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into Lost Abbey Tulip.

Pours a big white head. Fades down. Decent retention. Nice lace. Color is a brown hued orange.

Aroma: Huge wine and grape flavors. Red grapes. Oak, light vinegar. Tart notes with a bit of brett.

Taste: Wow, this is all wine and funk/sour notes. Grapes with oak and spice notes. Light funk. Not overly sour. Cherry flavors. Brett and floral hints as well.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and funky. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends with sour medicinal flavors.

Overall, a nice sour from avery. Very good wine flavors. No port or bourbon, however. Pretty drinkable, but a bit fizzy for me.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz into a RR tulip...

Pours a hazy amber with a big head. I mean big. Like Duvel big. A moderate amount of bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Smells like vinous grapes, pears, and a bit of astringency. Lots of wine influence in this one, basically smells like a fruity white zinfandel that had gone bad in the barrels.

Pears, melon, granny smith apples, grapes and a citrus like sour greets you first. No sweetness or alcohol in the flavor, but a little bit of a drying/burn from the acidity that really brings out the fruit aspects of this beer. However, at this age I don't think it's as fruit forward as it once was. Possibly past it's prime? I don't know, this is my first Sui Generis...

Mouthfeel is a bit dry. Medium carbonation and a medium body mouthfeel.

Overall, a good beer. Great pear flavor. I wouldn't seek it out again simply due to it's rarity, but if given the chance I'd try it again.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a lightly reddish cloudy color ale with a large foamy head with good retention. Aroma consists of vinous notes with some lightly sweet port notes and a clear tart finish. Taste is a complex mix between some vinous notes with a subtle sweet undertones and a well balanced tart finish. Body was quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and assembled with a balanced mix between the different flavors.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle shared by a friend so I got a good six ounces of this stuff. The first smell was funky but delicious, sour fruits all over the place. The color was a cloudy dark orange. The flavor was more fruitiness, brett funk, not much sour but enough, really impressive. The more I think about this, the more I'd like to buy some!

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Thanks to bauermj for bringing this over.

Appearance: The beer is a amber brown color with a big white frothy head. Great retention on the cap, and a bit of lace sticks to my glass.

Smell: A bit of caramel, lots of dark cherry and lemon zest.

Taste: The flavor starts with a smooth sweetness, with a bit of dark cherry and lemon zest give me a tart, lactic, and slightly acetic sour flavor.

Mouthfeel: If anything, this is a bit overcarbonated. Bubbly carbonation kind of overwhelms my tongue and distracts from the taste. The body is on the light side, and there is a lactic acidity as well. A bit grainy as well.

Overall: This was a definitely a solid sour. Avery makes some interesting sours for sure.

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Photo of caresville
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

split bottle with PaulMPap the other night during a little sour tasting we had, i was hoping for another solid beer from avery and thats exactly what i got.

a- pours a deep dark sunset orange that fades to a light brown almost like a sugared up tea, no real lacing and good carbonation.

s- very interesting to say the least. not too strong on the funky, sour side but heavily pulling towards charcoal, smoke, and oakyness. quite obvious the smell it took after the barrels it was aged in more than the beer itself.

t&m- no surprise here after just taking a whiff of this thing. hints of tropical sour fruits, some lemons, maybe raspberries, grass clippings, hay and straw. making this beer so unique is the consistent taste of bourbon and whiskey on the palate while still getting that funky yet fresh really sour taste.

d- i had to drop a point or so for drinkability because i only split this little bottle with a friend and i was babying this beer the whole time because it tasted to strong and different. great beer to experience atleast once though!!

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mildly aggressive sourness with a little more malt character than most wild ales. The taste is much the same. It's not a mouth-puckering sour, but more of a mild tartness that adds a nice bit of complexity to a malt centric beer. The malt bill doesn't seem overly complex; mostly pale, wheat, maybe some light 10l-20l crystal malts. Because it's less sour than say Beatification form Russian River, it's more drinkable, even at 10.2% abv. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. The drinkability is very good. It's a sour beer that you can have a few of without getting sick of the sourness.

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Photo of nickd717
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, shared with HopHead84, alfrantzell, and Nick3...and my girlfriend (Beek on BA) took a sip or two.

Pours a hazy amber color with a small white head leaving some foam on top, with good lacing.

Aroma is funk, malt, red wine, wood, bourbon, and sour apple.

Flavor is great and complex with funk, leather, bleu cheese, red wine, oak, bretty and lactic tartness.

Medium bodied with average acidity for a sour.

Drinkability is high. Overall very good and interesting.

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, deep amber color with a big, frothy, light-beige head. Good retention and leaves some lacing behind.

S - Tart fruit (cherry and apple) aromas jump out first, backed by some of chardonnay. There is a bit of funk hiding in there as well.

T - Sour/tart fruitiness with a strong vinous character. Subtle brett funkiness. Oakiness. Dry finish. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but is very nicely integrated.

M - Medium body with a soft carbonation that fits this one nicely.

D - Glad I finally cracked this one. Complex flavors that meld together well. I couldn't really detect the bourbon or port barrels' effects, as the oaky, wine flavors really stood in the forefront. Another well done brew from Avery

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Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Matt for this bottle.

Pours a brilliantly clear deep amber with tons of bubbles rising through the body feeding a rocky off-white head that remains a cap for the duration and leaves solid lacing.

Aroma takes a while to open up but it's very complex when it warms. There is a hint of lactic sourness with some earthy funk but the aroma is sweeter than I was expecting overall with dark, sweet fruits, brown sugar and butterscotch.

The taste is very wine-like up front with the chardonnay and cabernet definitely showing through. There is a light oaky spiciness with dark fruits underneath as well as a bit more brett funk than in the aroma. The finish is dry and vinous with an alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation and dry and oaky in the finish.

I drank this one alongside the Brabant and I'm not sure I can pick a winner. This one has less funk than the Brabant and maybe a tad more barrel character. Very good stuff.

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Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from JMBSH. A great sour ale, not too sour but certainly giving my palate a workout. Bottled September 2009. Body is cloudy grapefruit, topped by enormous level of white bubbly foam. Nose of funk but mainly also rich vinous aromas, and certainly more of the latter after airing out for a while. Mouthfeel is yes sour but also near creamy. Lemon, vinegar, and brettish flavours. To be sipped and enjoyed.

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Photo of heliosphann
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle provided by fellow BA infestaxion. Served in a tulip.

A: Head is minimal at best, leaving a very thin ring around the edge of my tulip. Pours a nice caramel color. Looks very much like an IPA. Some dainty lacing dissipates quickly.

S: Vinous overtones battle a good amount of wood. Apple, pear and apricots also in the mix. There's some funk present as well, but not too strong. I'm also getting a slight amount of alcohol.

T: Muted white and red grapes with some lighter fruits like apricot and kumquat. The blend of the different barrels definitely provides some funky wood tannins, with some noticeable clashing in a good way. Sweet notes with hints of vanilla, but not too sweet. The sourness kicks in on the finish, which is quite dry. There's slight amount of heat, but it doesn't really detract from the beer overall. Pretty complex and very tasty.

M: Medium bodied, if not a little thicker. Carbonation is very low, but it works fine with the style.

D: The 6oz I had went pretty quick. A full bottle is easily consumable, with the 10% ABV being one of the only drawbacks.

Avery really stepped up after the somewhat disappointing Brabant. Sui Generis is an oustanding American Wild Ale and a very unique one at that. I think this beer will age very well and I'm looking forward to trying one several years down the road.

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Photo of GrandCruDrew
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured in my Hitachino tasting glass.

A- Big head, about 2 inches, huge Head retention, pillowing, crazy lacing all around the glass. Dark blonde to light amber in color that has solid clarity.

S- Beautiful brett nose, funk, fruitiness with light clove and citrus.

T- Wonderful sour and oak flavor. Well balanced with the tart spiciness and acidity with funk.

M- Solid mouthfeel, great acidity, love all these different bacteria

Overall- Great beer, aged well, I could smell this all day.

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Photo of tpd975
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big Thanks to SeaBass for sharing this one as a start up for the two of us before my epic tasting.

A: Nice slightly golden hue with a nice tall white head. The head dies to a solid ring and lingers for the duration. Tons of lace as well.

S: Nice wild notes with notes of sweet tarts. Notes of fine white wine and oak.

T: Very tasty beer, much much better than Brabant. Very wine like with strong notes of oak. There is a underlying fruit component with a light tartness.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Great carbonation, crisp, dry finish.

D: Great, a very fine example of the style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep amber with a good amount of visible carbonation and a good amount of head that sticks around throughout.

S: Nice, funky Brett hits me first off. Afterword, some good sour notes with some cherries and plums.

T: Not as complex as the nose. Sourness and funk with hints of fruit.

M: Medium body with fairly light carbonation. Some tannins but not too many.

D: Overall, very drinkable. The first really solid beer that I've had from Avery in a while.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of this in a recent trade with rye726. Thanks, Ryan! Into my RR -tion tulip. Bottled 18 Sept 2009, consumed 27 April 2010

The pour is mildly hazy copper with a large off-white head with excellent retention and intricate lacework. This is particularly impressive given that this is a 10+% sour.

The nose is excellent. Buttery chardonnay reminiscent of Temptation and big, fruity red wine character with cherries earth, leather, this smells great. Mildly tart, there's a touch of lemony/citrus sourness to go with a rather grassy, hay-like Brett funk.Some dark fruit is noticeable, probably from the port-barrel? The contribution of bourbon isn't particularly noticeable here, maybe just some coconut that works well with the tartness. Alcohol is noticeable, lending a spiciness that when combined with the woody character makes for a very interesting aroma. This is one of the better smelling beers I've had recently.

As with the Brabant, the palate doesn't seem to be as well integrated and not realizing the potential that the nose suggested. Opening with a pronounced sourness that's a blend of some lemon and some acetic character, there's a certain sharpness and zing to this that's enhanced by the high carbonation, resulting in a carbonic acid-like character. Plenty of fruity tartness is present as well, with cherries, some peach. Moderate grassy character is present working well with the grape skin tannins. Drying and quite tannic on the finish (though not as tannic as the Brabant), this beer is quite excellent. I also get a slight boozy character. Medium-light in body with high carbonation, this beer is very enjoyable and I'm thankful for the chance to have tried it.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery Sui Generis has a dark, copper-colored body that is orange at its core. The off-white head recedes fairly quickly, but manages to leave some lacing on the glass.

The aroma has some light sourness, all kinds of wild yeasts, and a ton of vinous notes. A good bit of fruitiness too, a lot of which is white grapes from the wine. Bits of oak also.

I know this suggestion stands true for most sours, Sui Generis really needs to be consumed a cellar temperature or even room temperature. This bottle was served to me cold, and I had to wait for it to warm up before the flavors opened up. The first thing I notice is a good bit of light fruit from the yeast, paired with white grapes that stand out as coming from the chardonnay barrel aging that part of this beer experienced. Next comes a good bit of sourness, a slight acidic edge and some brett flavor. Woody flavors from the oak are noticeable also. The finish has just a hint of bourbon and is rather nice. As I work my way through this beer I really start to notice the influence of cabernet sauvignon and port barrel aging. The port brings a desert wine type of dark fruit flavor the the beginning with light figs and plums, and the cabernet grapes creep up toward the end of the beer. Overall, Sui Generis reminds me more of a good geuze than many of the American Wild Ales that I have come across.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

There is really no way to tell that this beer is over 10% ABV. It is a great sipping beer. Complex as hell and very tasty, I recommend grabbing a bottle of Sui Generis if it crosses your path.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge, long time want, finally got some.

Beer is mostly clear, a little reddish dark with a white head that falls away leaving a broken thin head and no lacing. Carbonation moderate to low.

The aroma is a mixture of funk and sweet. With the up first and funk batting clean-up. Smells awesome.

First, drinkability is really high, especially considering that the beer is 10+%. The order of the sour flavors as far as I can tell are acetic, citric, lactic with the dominant being citric. Its bright and clean tasting, lots of carbonation in the mouth. Awesome.

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Sui Generis from Avery Brewing Company
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