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)

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Added by Oxymoron on 09-10-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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 zeff80
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a very clear, caramel color with a small, thin, white head. It left soapy residue on the glass.

S - It smelled funky and sour, mostly apples and pears. A really nice aroma.

T - This was one of the most amazing sours that I've ever had. The tart sour flavor was really smooth. Sometimes a sour beer can be a little offensive, that's not the case with this one.

M - It was very sharp on the tongue. A crisp, medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great sour beer. I don't know if I've said that enough times. Great, great brew.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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 mothman
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
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 russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Schmittymack, cheers Dan!

Pours an effervescent orange/caramel with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Great head retention & tons of ivory flecked lacing dot the the glass

S: Barnyard funk & plenty of horse blanket, sour apples; fades a bit once warm, not too much

T: Tart & twangy with apples, raspberry vinaigrette & sour cherries up front. Oaky dryness, sourness & tartness dominate as this warms, along with leather & raspberries, a little booze lingers around the edge, actually benefits the flavor profile. I also pick up some figgy & Bing cherry sweetness right on the edges, sneaking by the sourness every once in a while, plus big-time port notes. Finishes puckery dry & tart with with some nice cherry sweetness balancing it out & a whisper of booze

MF: Medium bodied with slight carbonation & so puckery

Drinks very easy for the style & ABV. I appreciate the smaller size too, 750 ml of sour sometime overwhelms me, are you listening Russian River??? Almost on a par with RR IMO, well done Avery!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally I get to try this one, seems like it took me forever to track one down, but well worth the wait! Served chilled and poured into a fluted snifter, this one was consumed on 03/30/2010.

The pour was near perfect for the style with a deep orange amber that was nearly clouded over with haze. Nice tight head of a finger in height rises up and settles across the top with gorgeous swirls of lacing across the sides of the glass. First whiff seems a bit light to be honest, light funk, sour notes, pears, and hints of malts starting to come though. No alcohol present at all and the sour seems very understated at this point. The forst sip totally redeems it though as the sour fruits and oak notes start to perk up. Nice touches of grapeskins, sour, sour grapefruit like flavors rip through the palate. Dark fruits, prunes, hints of vanilla and light notes of brown sugar can be picked up through the haze of barnyard funk. Rich medium body is more then well carbonated and really lets the flavor pop across the palate. Final sips are dy, vinegar rich and full of apple and pear back flavors.

Overall a fantastic sour. Very underated as I honestly think it goes up there with the big boys. Very, very well done. Please send me more.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.37/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly hazy amber/copper color with a fluffy off-white head that sticks nicely to the sides of the glass.

S: A very pleasant aroma, indeed. Good lactic tartness, cherries, apples, and slightly vinous. A mild oak and funk to the beer, but fairly yeasty and "bretty".

T: The tartness is noticeable right away, but it's not overly sour in any way. The fruit flavors are there, especially the cherries with some lemon character as well. Good barrel/wood flavor and a subtle mustiness to it.

M: The body is medium with a very lively and high level of carbonation. The finish is quite dry.

D: I was surprised to see that this beer was so high in alcohol, as it definitely is not noticeable. Great flavors and aromas, I would happily drink this one again.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to d0b for cracking this one out. Served in a La Chouffe tulip glass.

A - Pours with a finger of light tan foam that dissipates to a huge ring with big bubbles. A sheen of haze lingers for quite a while, and there are copious splotches of lace. Apple cider color that is hazier the one gets into the bottle. For a 10% wild this is pretty good looking stuff.

S - This is really unique and unusual - the name of Sui Generis is quite appropriate. There's some notes of barrel, bourbon, earthiness, a little bit of booziness, sour apple, and a really odd spice that I can't quite place. The alcohol is a little higher than I like, but otherwise the strange collection of smells is well-integrated.

T - The taste is more in the line with traditional wild ales. There's some berry fruitiness, Cabernet and port notes, some light vanilla flavor, and very well-hidden booze. Not super funky or sour, but deep and complex with well-balanced elements.

M - Soft texture with minimal heat. Lower carbonation, creamy medium body, dry and clean finish. I really dig the texture on this one. There's a bit of mounting warmth as I approach the end of my glass.

D - For a 10% wild ale this is pretty easy drinking. I can feel the booze creeping up, but it tastes great and goes down quick. Best beer I've ever had from Avery.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this bottle.

Pours a murky orangish-brown color with a white head. The aroma is tart lemons. The flavor is tart lemons with some oak-aged character. The beer finishes very dry. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ditmier shared this a few nights ago.. 1" head.. the brew is a hazy lite amber... descent lace and cap.

Nose is surprisingly balanced.. I was expecting something alot more lactic or acetic.. but Wow.. cherry skin.. apple cider.... woody elements that remind me of cedar.. some very minor vanilla.. funky and sour and definitely special.

Flavor is fantastic.. dry sour cherry juice combines with green apple skin.. oakey and tannic.. leathery ... dry cabernet comes to mind but is blow out by the great wild notes.. no alcohol to even remotely bring up... as it warms I get hints of oakey chardonnay (I typically don't like appreciate chardonnays, but this is nice.) grape skins.... tart and dry underripe pineapple?? vanilla shows more as it warms up.... Digging this one sooo much.

Brabant was very good ... I had Voltron a few times in Denver and was blown away.. Voltron had more berry/cherry essence and was sweeter but was amazing .... But this is a proper American sour done soo well... very balanced and is pretty magnificent... Worthy of the hype.

I need to try this one again soon!!!

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Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Bottle purchased at Beachwood BBQ, split with Nickd717, alfrantzell, and Nick3, and poured into a snifter. The beer is dark orange with a small white head and scattered lacing.

The nose is lightly tart and of ripe and crisp golden apples, chardonnay, dark grapes, tannins, wood, and light lactic notes. The fruit stands out, and there's a dash of acetaldehyde.

The flavor is slighty tart, with notes of ripe Granny Smith apples, chardonnay, and cabernet grapes. There's a slight buttery oak quality, and lactic character is at a low level. The mouthfeel is dry and the tartness is restrained, but this is a very enjoyable beer overall. The alcohol is well hidden, and the combination of the various barrels creates an interesting final product.

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Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark mahogany/coppery ruby color with blood red ruby edged when held to a light source and a frothy, creamy off white head that has a pinkish tint. Good retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring.

Sweet vinous aroma that is pretty funky with lots of bugs and dry brett effervescence. Plenty of dark fruit, especially grape, plum, tart cherry and raisin. There's also a nice earthy oak presence with subtle vanilla and a huge vinous wine presence. I'm also picking up some lactic funkiness/barnyard horseblanket.

Pretty tart and puckering up front with a subtle acidic character that is followed by some earthy barnyard funkiness and a sweet vinegary vinous presence. There is a slight earthy oaky tannis character and the flavor is really dominated by the vinous character from the wine and liquor barrels. This beer is very complex with a lot of flavors bouncing off of one another. I'm surprised how funky this beer is and the tart/puckering sour component isn't too harsh yet lingers throughout over the sweet vinous, oaky tannis flavors. Chewy medium body with a good bit of dark fruit, especially grape and sour dark cherry. There's also a good bit of lactic creaminess that adds to the fullness of the body. The sweet vinegary vinous character lingers long after the slightly dry finish.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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 jrallen34
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
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 champ103
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A huge thanks goes out to elWhite for the generous trade.

A: Pours a hazy orange/brown color. A two finger white head gently rises. The rocky foam has great retention. Plenty of sticky lace is left behind.
S: This is just amazing. Sour apples and pears up front. Tart and vinegary. Some grape tannin aromas. Funky barnyard aromas and yeast. Dry biscuit and crackers. This is incredibly rich and complex.
T: Sour and tart fruits up front. Apples, pear, and grape tannins with some vinegar. Funky barnyard flavors. Grassy, hay, and a lingering bitterness.
M/D: A medium body that has some prickly carbonation. Crisp and very dry. There is a ton of alcohol, but it is not noticeable. Really easy to sip on. One of those beers that I wish would never end.

Excellent is all I have to say. This is a great beer. A great example of what barrel aging and wild yeast can do. Maybe the closest example to the excellent traditional Belgian Lambics and Geuze that has been made in America.

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy amber color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of good amounts of funk with solid amounts of pear and white oak. The chardonnay barrel aromas are most prevalent while the cab barrels provide a bit of depth. I don't get much of the bourbon or port influence.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Robust funky flavors are backed by slight pale malt and slighter wheat twang to kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter is a good amount of oak influence - chard and cab as with the aroma - that dries out the flavor profile a good deal. Very slight amounts of deep and sweet dessert wine make a brief appearance before giving way to slightly tart fruit and funk to carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall this was the most balanced of the Avery barrel-aged series that I've had (Black Tot is the lone escapee). Very much worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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 dirtylou
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, ss-09, had no idea this was so highly regarded

39% aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels, 35% aged in chardonnay barrels, 13% aged in port barrels, 13% aged in bourbon barrels

bottled 9-18-09

appearance: gold foil bottle, poured into large delirium chalice, murky body, muddy orane, bubbly beige foam

smell: tart, gold apple, oak, chardonnay, funky brett, peach, mango, sugar

taste: pretty incredible beer - the barrel aging provides some pretty intense complexity. initially i felt more chardonnay than cabernet, but then came the waves of cabernet grape - superb. very oaky, tart/sour, sour golden apple, sour cherry. each sip is an adventure

mouthfeel: commanding, tongue turning, could forget this one was 10.2% if you weren't careful

drinkability: good

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.6/5  rDev -16.1%
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 gford217
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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 woosterbill
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a mini-nonic; shared at a tasting.

A: Clear medium-amber with a billowy, creamy inch and a half of off-white foam. Excellent retention and lacing. Beautiful.

S: Fairly subdued aromas of Brett, tart cherries, citrus, and light spice. Nice.

T: Smoothly sour and funky, with pungent citrus, mango, and grape. Very tasty indeed.

M: Creamy throughout, both body and carbonation.

D: Intense and delicious. Not terribly easy to drink, but I never would have guessed it was over 10%. It gets an extra half-point for hiding the booze so thoroughly in wild awesomeness.

Notes: This was the follow up beer to the underwhelming Perseguidor 5, and it blew it out of the water. Awesome beer, and infinitely better than Dépuceleuse. Good show, Avery, and thanks, Tony, for sharing.


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Sui Generis from Avery Brewing Company
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