Dépuceleuse | Avery Brewing Company

very good
152 Reviews

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.73%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rye726 on 04-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most pleasant drinker, not that sour at all, more tart cherry, with redidual sugars and brett. The aroma was a hint of funkiness, a little cherry. Slightly reddish colour, a little head. Just a great accompaniment to lunch. Fresh stuff, bottled March 31 2010 and just received from JMBSH. Satisfying, above average mouthfeel

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Photo of Knapp85
3.37/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a reddish looking brew with out many bubbles in it. The head came and went pretty quickly. The smell of the beer was really nice I thought. The taste of the beer was very tart and sour. The barrel aging on this brew was very noticible. The mouthfeel is dry and has a light body to it. Overall I thought that this was going to be a little better but I was a little disappointed.

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy reddish-brown in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface that left lacy patterns. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of sour cherries in the nose along with some notes of barnyard funkiness and oak.
T: The overall taste has a good amount of sourness (but is not overpowering) and flavors of tart cherries along with some hints of oak and vanilla.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and somewhat prickly on the tongue with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
D: This is a beer to sip and savor with all of the sourness but the alcohol is very well hidden and won't slow you down.

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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 brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cognac color with a very modest head that quickly fades to a ringlet leaving a few dots of lace

Smell: Unsweet cherry and vinous Zinfandel barrel elements; after two and a half years it is still somewhat boozy

Taste: Cherry and Zinfandel barrel flavors building in tartness through mid-palate; the barrel elements arrive, after the swallow, along with a building funky character

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation; puckery

Overall: While an interesting effort, the flavors never really come together on my palate, as the fruit and the brett clash in the finish

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served into an Avery stem-snifter as the Easy Tiger bar here in Austin, Texas on a special Avery night. Cost was a wallet-raping #30.00 USD (it was my birthday, so I paid it). 9.59% ABV. Bottled March 31st, 2010. "Barrel aged wild ale." Expectations were high. Reviewed from notes taken two nights ago.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head which dissipates within 10 seconds. Body colour is a muted dull brown. Nontransparent and opaque.

Admittedly, it's not much to look at, but I'm optimistic.

Sm: Musty sour cherry. Zinfandel/white grapes. Some brettanomyces funkiness along with the mustiness. Lightly tat. Doesn't seem too sour. Depleted white wine. Not too tannic. A bit acetic. Fleeting hints of oak wood. No hop character. Quite appealing, though the age is noticeable - in a bad sense. Mild in strength. Luscious and attractive.

T/Mf: Luscious full grape notes. Nice fruity smacky tartness. Tame sourness. It's not puckering. Pleasantly sour, with some nice acetic character. Subtle timid brettanomyces funkiness. No hop presence. Malty base is seamless: red malts and Belgian malts provide a hardly noticeable foundation which doesn't intrude on the sourness. Rustic wood lends it a natural cohesion, but there's no identifiable oak. The grape is fantastic; I definitely get zinfandel when I search for it, but I'm not so pretentious I'd wager I could recognize it blind. The cherry notes could be more interesting; they're a bit shallow. The alcohol is dangerously well hidden. Well balanced, though it seems age has made it a bit reticent.

Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, almost refreshing. A bit too thick and imposing for the style and flavour profile.

I don't find any spices in the flavour profile. Below average depth of flavour. Below average intensity; quite mellow for a sour. Average duration of flavour. I like it.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, boozy, hot, or gushed. Has a decent presence on the palate. Not too acidic.

Dr: Quite drinkable. I think it'd be better fresh. Drink it now if you have one. At $30, I definitely wouldn't buy it again, but it's nice to try once. A tasty but not world class sour from Avery. Hides its ABV well. Will satisfy sour lovers but not blow them away.

Low B

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a bright cherry red with a white head and a bit of lacing. Nose brings forward some cherries, wood, funk, and a bit of vinous character. Taste drops back a bit on the cherries but also has some oak and a good amount of funk. Feel is quite nice and I like the play between the wood, sourness, and cherry flavors. In the end, it is a bit disorganized, though tasty.

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Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Lost Abbey Snifter

Pours at least a finger of fizzy beige head that fades down fast. Color is a clear ruby red. Very appealing color.

Aroma: Sweet cherries, not to sour here. Has some oak and a decent amount of brett showing. It has the cab barrels showing with some grape notes, but nothing overpowering. Not too tart or sour.

Taste: The cherries a bit sour here, but still fairly sweet. Oak, vanilla, and spice show with the brett providing a bit of a floral and medicinal flavor. The barrels add some red grape and wine like flavors.

Mouthfeel: A tad fizzy, sweet, and a mild tartness. Lighter bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, I was hoping the cherries to be more sour. It wasn't bad, but just not what I expected. Fairly drinkable considering the high abv. I am glad the brett hasn't completely taken over.

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Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice heavy pour into my Duchesse tulip yields a small fizzy head that barely covers the glass and fades to small swatches of bubbles. Its a pretty clear light reddish pinkish with hints of auburn brown color.

N: Plenty of sour fruit and funk. I can't really put a finger on the type of fruit, but theres plenty of it, probably a blend, although I think I get some cherry. With that is lots of funk, mostly barnyard, but some sour as well. More sour and tangy aromas with some malt vinegar. The deeper I get I think I get smell some raspberry now. A very nice aroma actually.

T: Wow, very funky. A big sour and barnyard funk hit right away. Sour fruits, the taste is a little more like cherry with some raspberry. WIth that is lots of dry barnyard saison funk. Yeasty flavors, dry and somewhat harsh. It has some flavors of sawdust, which I think is the blend of some oak flavors and the barnyard funk. I also gets a little taste of hay from the brett. It has some warmth as well from the booze and a little alcohol taste/burn. Sour and tangy flavors as well with the fruit, gives just a hint of malt vinegar. A little bready malts as well.

M: Medium to lighter body with lots of alcohol warmth and tons of carbonation.

F: Super dry again, and lots of lingering funk. The fruit seems to disappear but leaves some sour and tangy flavors in the mouth. This lingers with some bready malts and the yeasty flavors. The barnyard funk is there for a while but dulled more on the finish. Some oak comes through a little as well here and again combines with the funk to give a slight saw dust flavor.

A decent sour, has some really nice sour fruit flavors and good brett funk, but the barnyard dryness with saw dust and hay are a little unpleasant. The alcohol is a little too presenting as well. I'll age a couple and see how they do.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clouded, dark reddish-pink body with a bubbly, sparse, off-white head.

Smell: Ripe, sour-accented fruitiness with vinous zinfandel, malted barley, wood barrel, and leathery Brett scents secondary to the cherries.

Taste: Caramel-hinting maltiness covered in velvety sour cherries and splashed with red wine. Little bursts of acidity throughout. Slight, drying tannins present. Hints of citrus, spice, and occasionally vanilla. Minimal barnyard Brett influences mingled within that, with the other components, do a fair job of countering and clearing any sweetness, though some touches of brown sugar peek out now and then. Fruitiness shifts to take on a red currant quality. Finishes dry and tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: While not particularly intense, there's still a pleasing sourness present making for a tasty culmination of fruit, wine barrels, and Brettanomyces. Right on, Avery.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in NC & paid waay too much for this. Bottled Mar 31 2010

Pours chestnut with a finger of tan head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Sourness, cherries, leather & raspberries

T: Much raspberry, some tartness, Oaky notes & some vinegar up front. Raspberry & acidic twang mingle with oaky dryness as this warms, some vanilla/chardonnay notes hang on the edges. Finishes tart, slightly sour ( Cherries ) & with nice raspberry notes

MF: Medium bodied, slightly acidic with puckery

A nice effort but way overpriced + $1.30 an ounce, really??

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a very nice and hazy muddy brown color right of the top. A good three finger high head leaving just a token film across it throughout the entire session.

sour. Lots of nice yeast likes smells coming off of here. A nice grain base was evident as was some fresh grass and a touch of light fruit. Nice sour cherry like smell coming off of it now. Nothing too heavy very nice light profile, some light fruit, maybe apples and pears, with a touch of some light peach and fig notes. A good bit of spices. Nice sour and tart fruit notes in the back now, really starting to dominate the closer it gets to the finish. Very nice long finish with a nice sour bite that helped walk you through the finish, but never got too out of hand or too harsh, with the flavor staying light right up until the end.

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large head that dies rapidly. It initially leaves only spotty lace on the glass, which slides down to the bottom. The color is a reddish orange. The liquid is very cloudy.

Strong similarity to a framboise--lots of sourness and fresh raspberry (even though it's flavored with sour cherries) smells.

The taste is quite sour. It has the cherry flavor of a kriek. It has a rich body with a high level of carbonation. The finish is lip smackingly sour.

Personally, I prefer a real kriek.

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Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a batch date on the label.

Big crackle from the head, lacing drops down to a thin ring. Amber rose color has some haze to it. Funky aroma of lilacs, bandaid, tart blueberries and green peppercorns. Slick mouth feel with a kiss of crispness. Big tartness of cherries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries ... I guess I could have said mixed-berries but these flavors seem to come through than any other berries. Peppery and rose-water like alcohol presence warms the palate. Cracker-like maltiness within, medicinal flavors go to floral / herbal then a tad spicy. Finishes with a long linger of funk and tartness.

Pretty impressive, their ability to produce wild ales is amazing. So to have this beer and actually visit the room that it came from, see their barrel set up and all. This is a great example of what American brewers can do.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is a nice clear amber/copper color with a very minimal off-white head.

S: A really pleasant and inviting nose. Plenty of brett and funkiness along with a nice musty fruit and oak aroma, mildly sweet and tart cherries.

T: The flavor is surprisingly disappointing considering the nose. Almost solely sweet, cherry pie without too much in the way of acidity or yeast character.

M: Medium in body with a slow, rolling low carbonation.

D: A decent beer, but I was hoping for a bit more, especially from the nose.

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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 TMoney2591
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Thanks to Hophead101 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of the Blind Beers BIF. Here goes: It pours a hazy brownish-ruby, sorta kinda like DayQuil, with not much of a white head. The nose comprises red apple skin, prunes, raspberries, blueberries, something sour or other lurking beneath, something I can't quite put my finger on (but it seems familiar), red grapes. On the tongue, those fruits above return, but are muted a bit in the presence of a decently strong brett-like funk. A tiny bit o' sweet caramel flies under the radar until inexplicably diving to its doom in the dark depths below. The body is a light medium, with a relatively sharp carbonation and a drying finish. After the unveiling, I determined that familiar scent was oak. (I can't explain how I missed that one...it just kinda happened...) A very nice, fruity Wild.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

This beer appears a ruby and brown hue with an off white head. The aroma consists of cherries, funk, wild yeast, and oak. The beer is very earthy. I find it very enjoyable. The flavor is complex, but the various components of the taste profile don't seem to co-mingle as effortlessly as some of the other great cherry sours & wilds I have tried. Perhaps the nearly 10% ABV plays a role in this way. Overall, it was a tasty beer and certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Billolick
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, a splurge at $9.99 from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY. Batch 4, bottled March 31, 2010. Pours nearly still, glowing reddish amber, a quickly departing medium tan head then no head nor lace. I get smoke, vinegar, and sour cherries. Quite sour wild ale, more cherries, some musty funkiness, more biting vinegar. As it warms some more fruit comes forward and the cherry notes soften up a bit. Not my favorite, very doubtful I'd go for this one again.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Avery Depuceleuse Barrel-aged Wild Ale, sour cherries, zinfandel barrels, 100% brett fermentation. 9.59 % abv.

Off comes the cap, ale falls into glass, and the wild cherry funkaliciousness emanates out.

Murky burgundy cask, no foam atop the pour, but a perpetual fireworks display of carbonation, one galaxy exploding after another in the center of the beer. You could watch this all night. Boom, pow, bang.

Aroma: sour cherry first, smooth before the funk, gets wider and wilder. Bright fruit, then wicked, twisted, and arousing. Some apple in here, too.

Taste: more smooth, silky delicious, side of weird funk, splash of cherry. Tasty, quenching, refreshing. Slides sweetly off the palate, leaves a happy ring inside the mouth. Delicious stuff, really. Beautiful.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this a few times, most recently from Chris (spycow). Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - A finger of tan foam quickly dissolves to a collar, leaving behind no lace. Transparent reddish orange-brown body.

S - Cherries, vinous notes, oak, medicinal and slightly gauze-evoking brett notes, and some pie crust malt.

T - Taste reminds me of some other 100% brett fermented beers, complete with the mildly unpleasant lemon and medicinal finish. Cherries and oak made an appearance mid-palate. Not as vinous as the nose suggests.

M - Medium body, with well-hidden alcohol - there's no way I'd guess 9.59%. Higher carbonation for the style, and a tannic oaky finish.

D - It's one of the weaker Avery wild ales, but it's much better than Brabant. I'm not sure if mixed fermentation would have helped, as the gauze and medicinal brett character detracts from some other very enjoyable flavors. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't pay for it again.

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Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Initial head turns to collar nearly right away. Murky dirty copper colored. No head or lacing after a bit.

Gave my nose a hissyfit. Wine note definitely come though, sour cherries all the way.

Woooo. Cherries in the forefront. "Oaky, vanilla." Mostly oak. Cherries melt into the wine characteristics.

Medium mouthfeel, low carbonation.

Good wine barrel aged beer here. Reminiscent of Gilgamesh. Boozil hit ya without warning. Avery.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Mar 31, 2010 -- maybe I should have let this sit for a little bit, oh well. Someone BM me and tell me how to pronounce this beer.

Poured into a tulip. Beer is hazy and kind of red. Forms an offwhite head that breaks, carbonation is low and steady, small bubbles. No lacing, that's OK. Let's move on.

Oaky, musky, acetic, slight bite....OK one more time....some berries, sweetness, tart notes. There is an off aroma, almost plasticy.

First, its dry. Some fruit flavors like grapes, woody in the back. There is some hop bitterness in this beer. I was not expecting that. Forward flavors are not that sour, there is some tartness in the back. I wonder if I let this sit for a year or two if the acetic would pop up. Now I'll never know. Its thin and finishes dry. Its OK.

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Photo of aasher
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was courtesy of Alewatcher, who gave it to me unsolicited. Thanks Jeff!

This beer pours a dirty amberbish color, essentially somewhere in between an amber with brown highlights or the other way around. It poured with little carbonation and only a faint lacing around the glass. The nose is nice. It features a nice sour initially from the cherries, some oaking, nice funk, a touch of strawberry, funk, and a brett finish. I really like the nose. The flavors are nice and pretty complex. It is dry and funky. The cherries have a nice presence. The brett takes charge on the finish. If you swirl it around you can even get some earthy strawberry, indicative of a zin. I really like it. It's interesting and very drinkable. Overall this was a lot better than I anticipated and is better than the others I've tried. This one is worth your while.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured brown with slight burgundy hues and a thin head that had good sticky lacing.

S: oak. Funk. And vinegar aromas with acidc and vinous notes as well. After a couple whiffs I also got plums in the nose.

T: nice grape sourness up front with hints of booze, oak, plums, and a little vinegar.

M: medium body with a good amount of carbonation and a nice tart dry finish.

D: I definitely love my sours and I have to say it was a good offering from avery considering they don't brew too many wild ales.
Drank good and will seek another bottle.

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