Dépuceleuse | Avery Brewing Company

DépuceleuseDépuceleuse
BA SCORE
78.7%
Liked This Beer
3.95 w/ 235 ratings
DépuceleuseDépuceleuse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.73%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by rye726 on 04-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
152
Ratings:
235
Liked:
185
Avg:
3.95/5
pDev:
11.39%
Alströms:
3.97
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
56
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 235 |  Reviews: 152
Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +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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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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 brentk56
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
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 zestar
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of jlindros
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Kegatron
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +2%
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
notes

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

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Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Dépuceleuse from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78.7% out of 100 with 235 ratings
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