Dépuceleuse | Avery Brewing Company

very good
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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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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
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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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
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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Photo of clvand0
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
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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Photo of jpoder
4.59/5  rDev +17.1%
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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Photo of bluetravlr
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
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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Photo of OldPenguinHunter
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
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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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
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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Photo of Doodler
4.47/5  rDev +14%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
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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Photo of realmpel
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Photo of rye726
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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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Photo of Pencible
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Photo of riored4v
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Slighlty hazy, amber, dark red body. Well carbonated/bubbly head that faded quick to a ring on the glass.

Smell was tart cherries and some good acidity. Hints of malt. Mild funk from the brett and some notes of oak.

Taste had a medium-high tartness upfront that really hit the back of the cheeks. Nice flavor of the sour cherries with a mild maltiness. Acidity and tartness blends well with the zinfandel characteristics the beer picked up. Mellow tartness in the finish. Starts with a medium strength and smooths out nicely. Brett was noticeable but not strong with a slight musty presence.

Mouthfeel was light body with high carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability was great. No signs of ABV at all. Refreshing and a nice finish.

Overall I thought it was a great beer. Really loving this barrel-aged series. One of the better AWA's I've had as well.

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Photo of Hepneck
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Dancing bear Pub in Waco.
Pours a dark-reddish brown. Great aroma of sour Brett and sour cherries, with a happy, yeasty note. Pleasant mouth feel, with a medium body. The taste has a great Saisson basement dankness, with a subtle sour cherry flavor that is the result of the interaction between the cherries and the zinfindel barrels that it is aged upon. This flavor is excellent, with no hint of the medicinal cherry flavor that is in some beers. Rather, it is a very true sour cherry flavor like you would get from black cherries picked from the vine. Pleasant alcohol burn with a clean finish.

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Photo of boomer31
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this guy via trade...big thanks to capra12!

A - Transparent brown with no head.

S - I get some cherry but mostly that funky brett and that sour nose

T - Up front the sour cherries are backed by a tart acidic bite. Make no mistake, this is no sour ale. I've had La Folie, Supplication and Consecration before but this one is different. No lacto (perhaps some from the barrel) which makes this less sour but equally as funky. There is a build up with no sour punctuation. Very nice

M - High carbonation but no head. When I popped the cap I was waiting for it to gush...luckily it didn't.

D - This is a great beer on a hot muggy night. Refreshing without being too sour.

I like this beer. It's not a sour ale but I think it's a fun beer to drink. My wife is less impressed as she loves the sourness of most wild ales.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip. Bottled on 03/31/10, no. 4 in their barrel-aged series.

a - Pours a murky reddish-brown color with one finger of off white head. Light carbonation evident.

s - Smells very sour. Smells of cherries, oak, and some funk. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of sour cherries and a tiny bit of funk and oak. Zinfandel also comes through here.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I really liked this wild ale. I thought the Zinfandel was more noticable in the taste than smell, but it smelled amazing. The alcohol was very well hidden too. Would love to have again.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bonus bottle from Douroguy...thanks dude! Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Troegs Mad Elf tulip glass. Pours a ruby red color with a small off-white head that dissapates quickly and leaves no remenants of head no lacing. Regardless the beer looks cloudy...and yummy!

Aroma is super strong, my wife has already mentioned that she smelled it from the other side of the room the moment after it was opened. Massive sour cherry notes, mild booze, and BRETT! -no surprise there. The Zinfandel aroma is definitely prominent too...I'm totally stoked to get a taste of this 4th BA series from Avery.

Wow! Awesome! Avery really stepped up with this one. A very solid wild ale. Huge sour cherry flavors, and great tart start...a sweet fruit/cherry flavor follows...and finishes like a wine, dry and boozy. Crisp, carbonated, tart and slightly funky...an awesome beer from Avery!

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Photo of photomike
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Heyyy...review #150

Pours a beautiful, lightly hazed copper/pink/orange with a quickly formed (and, sadly, dissipating) pinkish/orange hard-bubbled head.

Smell is fantastic. Lush and krieky with strong, tart aromas of cherries and oak. Really reminds me of 3F Schaerbeekse on the nose. Ever-so-slightly solventy, but not necessarily in a bad way.

Unfortunately, Depuceleuse doesn't quite fill the big shoes of the Schaerbeekse when it comes to taste. Still quite tasty though. Lightly tart with a nice balance of cherry, red wine grape and oak flavors and quite the funky finish. I wish this was less bitter, less sweet, and more tart; there's a certain "sweaty" quality to this beer that leaves me somewhat unsatisfied.

Mouthfeel is perfect, however. Tiny-bubbled effervescence complements the "fuller-side-of-light" body. Very clean finish with just a touch of tannic astringency.

This is undoubtedly a fine beer, but not necessarily one I'd repeatedly pay 9 bucks for. Glad I bought it. Once.

EDIT: just remembered that this is damn near 10%. Truly remarkably well hidden. Stupidly drinkable for such a massive beer.

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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red nectarine with apricot edges. A decent beige head that diminished to an eigth inch. Drippy laces that fell back into glass.

Sour cherries, red grapes. sour, spicy, funky, fruity esters. Woody barrel.

Sour cherries and candied cherries. Sour grapes and tart blackberry. Aged wood. Spices. Some sour and funk. More sour than funk.

Light and bubbly. Lively carb. Medium light body. drying. Puckering.

Drinks very well. refreshing. complex and tasty. no sign of ABV. some woody barrel, but not a lot. more sour than funky.

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Photo of mcallister
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby red colored with a small white head that fades almost instantaneously into a wave of magma looking bubbles.

Aromas of cherry, brett, red licorice, hints of wood, and a slight funk.

What a nice beer. Good carbonation with very wine like flavors. Red cherry, raspberry, juicy fruits, thick almost syrupy middle. The zinfandel flavors and wood from the zin cask really put a great mark and flavor on this. Slight brett characteristics and a bit sour. Just a fabulous easy drinking sour.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle split with some BA's into some glasses, I loved the original brabant so this should be a no brainer.

A- Depuceleuse is very dark for a sour/wild ale, looks a bit lighter than consecration. It has a very dark redish color that appears semi brownish in spots. Some lighter color towards the edges. A low frothy tan cap, only a bit of lacing.

S- This young bottle probably needs at least a year and a half to fully open up, right now the main smell was that of the zinfadel wine from the barrel, it's very strong. Behind that dark fruits with plum and some sweet malts are present. Hops, while used, don't really come up in the smell. A whole bunch of cherry syrup.

T- I would not call this wild yet, but it has the makings of a good sour. A slight tartness from the brett with malts giving off sweet tastes with dark fruits abound. Getting some chocolate with caramel midway. The wine steals the show in taste kind of drowning out the other flavors, but in this case Im really feeling the wine. The addition of cherry goes well with the zin and I am in zen.

M&D- The feel is medium with a smoothness to it but there is some heat while going down the hatch. The heat is more than expected with a 9ish% abv so it's not greatly masked. A good amount of carbonation felt in the mouth. The drink on this is great as well, I could easily finish 2 bottles of this to the head. The wine characteristic is huge and nicely done, Depucekeuse should be much better with some age on it. I love this beer!!!!

While aging this may bring a bit more funk, I dont want to lose that sweet cherry so long term aging may be limited to the regular brabant.

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Photo of thetomG
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky orange/brown color with a decent layer of light tan foamy head and a bit of spotty lacing.

Nice cherry/brett/wine aromas & flavors that are slightly acidic but dry with a very bright burst of tart/sour flavors followed by a VERY rapid finish.

Dry/fast finish but nicely carbonated.

Great beer that I'd gladly drink more of.... recommended.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice deep orange copper color. A little bit of white head. Good looking beer.

S: It is well known but let me say it again. I love the strain of bret they use. A nice mix of it and cherries. Really nicely balanced. Get a little bit of wine and the barrel in the nose.

T: The tart cherries and zinfandel work really well together. It is not as complex as their other offerings but the barrel/ wine worked really well with the beer and gave it some nice complexity.

M:Super dry. Well carbonated without being a bomb.

D: Really nice. I really enjoy these one off barrel projects they have been doing.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled March 31, 2010! Served from bottle into a The Bruery tulip. Poured ruby red with a three finger very light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained minimal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, massive funk, slight dark fruit, very slight tart, and big cherries. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, massive funk, cherries, and slight acetic acid. It had a light-medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The flavor and aroma going on in this one were quite nice. I was actually really surprised how well all of these flavors in this one had worked quite well together. I actually had one of these in a buddy's fridge that I had forgotten and got drank by someone else. Got lucky enough to find it on the shelf again and I'm glad I did. A must try for sure!

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Photo of BenZ
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminds me very much of an older jolly pumpkin la roja that was extra tart. Additionally there is a hint of the cherries. I wonder if the cherries would have been stronger . Perhaps the rest of the beer wouldnt have turned out as well. Anyway, this is an extra tart bretty, barfy beer. Love it.

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Dépuceleuse from Avery Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 235 ratings.
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