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Dépuceleuse | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.73%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by rye726 on 04-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.71/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a crystal clear, reddish-copper color with a rapidly diminishing head that seems fairly typical for a sour. Nothing left but a light ring. The clarity on the beer is stunning, very pretty.

Nose is lightly sweet and definitely tart with some deep red wine aromas and the fruity sour cherry coming through nicely. Brettomyces level is about medium in the smell and decently complex. A most excellent smelling brew.

Taste is maybe more tart than sour, although there is still plenty of sourness to go around. Lightly vinous with a substantial, but not overbearing, alcohol heat. The sour cherry flavors are off the hook! So delicious. A little oakiness, not heavy, which seems to fit the beer well. Surprising though, as brett usually imparts plenty of earthy, rotting wood flavors...this is more of a clean brett if that makes any sense. Stays tart and sour all the way through, which is pretty cool...palate does not become adjusted like with many krieks and lambics. Carbonation could use a little bump, but not much to complain about here. Avery has done a wonderful job with Depuceleuse, right up there with Brabant for me.

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4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 31, 2010, 9.59% ABV.

Pours a clear reddish brown into my Lindemans flute glass, with a small head that dissipates to a fine ring of bubbles. Not much lacing (bubbles slide down to the brew).

Aromas of cherries, zinfandel, funk, alcohol.

Tastes of dark red cherries and zinfandel grapes. A touch of sweetness gives a note of grape/cherry jam. Brett is really a sub-theme and is not very sour. Also taste some nice wood and vanilla notes. Ends with a funky grapeskin bitterness that is quite pleasant and unusual, sort of what you might get in a brut pinot noir champagne. There is little noticeable alcohol presence, and it is hard not to quaff this one down.

Body is light, with crisp carbonation, providing a champagne mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable, champagne like beer (and better than many champagnes). A highly refined expression of malt and barrel maturation, this is a notable contribution to the craft.

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4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a red color with a medium head that falls quickly and leaves very little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very nice - cherries, sour, barnyard and funk. I can't say that I would have picked out grapes or zinfandel if it didn't say it on the bottle, but I'd like to think that I got some of that. The flavor was a very nice mixture of the sour and the barnyard with just enough fruit thrown in. Cherries, brett, oak, some malt caramel, and even what I would call a touch of pears. Very nice. The body is medium and the drinkability is extremely good for the high alcohol.

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4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottles 3/31/2010 according to the label. poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Golden-red color with lots of carbonation and a head that disappears very quickly.

S- initially grapefruit, moving to pineapple bomb as it warmed. good amount of brett funkiness going on!

T- good funk taste with a fair bit of sourness. started with cherry funk taste moving to pineapple (Brett A?) as the beer warmed. could have dialed back the bitterness a bit for my taste

M- high carbonation, low body

D- Great beer if you wild / sour ales. alcohol well hidden. very tasty.

I'm surprised that my review was far different from others....I didn't pick up much by way of oakiness and mine was plenty funky. also, I'm the first to specify the pineapple flavor...it was overwhelming through the bottom half of the glass. I wish this weren't so expensive at my local shop...I'd definitely buy a few more!

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4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cranberry/amber coloration. Very unique. Good amount of carbonation visible, especially for a barrel-aged. Slight initial head dissipates almost immediately.

S: Cherries are strongly present in the nose. This combines with wine and oak and a slight breadyness.

T: Very refreshing for such a high ABV! Avery has done it again. Like the nose, ample amounts of cherry and wine delight the palate. The funkyness of the brett mixes well with these citrus notes to create a complex, ever-changing flavor. Not your typical farmhouse. This is followed by a very dry, sour finish. There is a bitter quality that complements the sour/tartness of the cherry and wine. The funk really ties all these flavors together.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation for the style. The mouthfeel is what makes this beer so refreshing. Medium to light body with a bubbly explosion that is overtaken by a desert wind of dryness.

D: Surprisingly drinkable. Great strong ale for a hot summer day. The sour and dry aspects of this beer don't exactly make if sessionable, but a 12oz goes down in a flash. Yummy!

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4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at Beachwood on 3-8-11, served out of a bottle, I think it was a 2010 or 09; I can't remember, but they brewed it only once as I was told.

The smell and taste of this beer is just astounding... This has to be one of the most complex, off the wall, interesting beer I have ever come across. The smell reminds me of a very old Burgundian pinot noir, I dont know why, but it does. I think its that barnyardy sort of scent crossed with old, dirty flower water. The taste I would have to repeat myself on, very cool indeed.

I can't wait to try this again if Beachwood still has some left in a year or so.

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4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on March, 31 2010

A - this brew pours a dark brown with red highlights with a tan head fed by moderate steady carbonation

S - the zinfandel grape variety is big up front in the nose, distinctly dry grapey, the cherries are a nice supporting cast

T - the taste is an amalgam of big zinfandel grapes with cherry back up battling it out with significant oaky/vanilla sweetness

M&D - my favorite so far of the Avery Barrel series, well blended and layered flavors that are full of character, an excellent beer

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4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the release - pours a reddish amber color with a light head, which quickly disappears.. Aroma is lactic with a nice carbonation. Cherry flavors (26 pound of cherries in each barrel) with slight vinegar,funk. Subdued malts and similarly tart like Sui Generis. Offers a hint of wood Can definitely enjoy this one today, but plan to cellar a few and let develop. While young, the brett and wood are not overpowering - which is a big plus for a zin-oaked beer. A solid sour and a must try. Thanks again to Adam and his team for another fun beer!

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4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

How to make the most out of the funk? Answer: let it wait for seven years. That's nearly the time that's expired since its bottle date. Avery's Depuceleuse has shed most of its brazen sourness in return form refinement, earth and smooth taste and texture.

The vintage ale pours a tawny ruby with a light translucent veil. As a whisper of foam swirly about the collar, it trails into a most brandy-like appearance. The earthen funk of brettanomyces and extended age rewards the nose with the pungency of weathered oak, cork taint, dry attic, and a gentle waft of the barnyard. Even a kiss of parmesan cheese catches the nose as the first sip hits the tongue. Faint biscuit, wafer and residual wine-like sweetness grazes the tip of the tongue for the start of a complex culinary show.

Trending much more earthy than sour, the ale has dried beautifully and its aggressive sourness has mellowed. Its woodsy, gamy and rustic roots have firmly taken hold and its middle palate is alive with peppercorn, tannin, almond, vanilla and strong vinous spice. Its sourness carries a dry balsamic tone that lies on dry cider and rose wine. Finishing with the mild tannin balance of oak, a marzipan and leathery taste concludes.

Light, oaky and dry, the beer holds a savory and nutty succulence that makes the flavor register richer in texture, but the smooth acidity and wine notes glide along the mouth with a feathery lightness and a whimsical earth. Sea brine, cured leather and cherry provide echoes of taste that resonate in a short musty aftertaste.

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4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice smell of cherries. Nice flavor of cherries, a light sourness on the finish. Carbonation is subtle; it has a light soda-like quality to it.

Extremely easy to drink; I am surprised that this beer is close to 10%. Overall I'm very impressed with this beer.

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4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy raspberry color with a silky tan head.

Nose has barnyard funk, oak, red wine and tart cherries.

Taste has a great sour cherry presence followed by wood, zinfandel, musty funk with sweet cherries through the finish.

Crisp body is refreshing and well carbonated, but drops off a bit in the finish.

Nice sour from Avery

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4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear copper with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like sour apple cider with tart metallic hops and oak, and a bit of funk and lemon.
T: It tasted like very tart and sour apple, with some citrus and cherry and a bit of funk. It had a powerful lasting aftertaste that was dry and tart.
M: It was thin and quite fizzy like a light champagne.
D: This was a very puckering and mouth watering beer with great scent and flavors. Super clean and crisp, and hid the alcohol amazingly, so a delight to drink. This will also probably improve with age, but it's fantastic fresh.

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Dépuceleuse from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 235 ratings
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