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 MarkIntihar
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Russian River Belgian glass. Huge thanks to Chris for this awesome extra!

A - Pours a blood reddish brown with a finger and a half worth of tan/cream head, which fades somewhat quickly to a thin lacing around the edge of the glass. Really a beautifully colored beer. The fading head is somewhat disappointing, but I can get over it.

S - Tart sour cherries, backed by a zinfandel finish. The barrels definitely took over on this beer, giving it the scent of a sour cherry infused white zinfandel. Really a different style of wild ale, and I must say, I rather like it. I do pick up some slight oak and vanilla notes as well, obviously from the barrel. A very complex and unique beer.

T - Starts of sour cherries, and hardly backs off. Vanilla notes and oak notes, but not as strong of a zinfandel presence in the mouth. It is still there, but merely a footnote. Almost a bit of a milky taste to it, which throws me for a bit of a loop. A nice taste, but not overly impressive, and a little bit of a mess.

M - A bit of a harsh bite, but it quickly fades. Overall feels fairly acidic, but not overly so. Seems to coat the teeth a bit.

O - Overall a solid wild. The nose was very nicely done, but the mouth, as I mentioned, was a little bit too much of a mess, and the flavors present in the nose didn't all shine in the mouth. Really glad to get to try it!

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Photo of russwbeck
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at a recent Northern Virginia tasting.

Red yellow pour with a small white head. Nothing remains after but a few seconds. Very vinegary smell. Sour but with a ton of tart cherries. Excited to taste the cherries, but the smell isn't that great The taste is all tart cherries and a bit acidic. Extremely tasty. Well
balanced, sweet, sour. Delicious. Light and carbonated well. Very dry aftertaste. I loved this and wanted to drink way more Than I had.

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

12oz bottle into a Tulip Glass

Bottled Mar 31 2010

A- Pours a dark orange brown with less than a finger worth of off white head that stands due to tons of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Really nice alcohol legs on the side of the glass after giving this beer a small swirl.

S- Tons of brett and funk! Acidic dark cherries, green apples, vinous grapes, and musty oak.

T- Sweet yet sour cherries up front and a good amount of funk and medicinal flavors from the yeast. The barrels don't really come through other than slight vinous flavors and a mustiness.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice sour finish.


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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 kscaldef
2.69/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Foams aggressively on pouring, but recedes almost as quickly. Brick-red and quite flat looking once the head disappears.

S: Cherry and earthy forest floor

T: Cherry and overripe plum, quite earthy. A little citric, but not very tart at all.

M: Very low carbonation detracts from this, leaving it too much like earthy cherry juice.

O: Bit of a disappointment, this seemed a somewhat muddy and indistinct. I think a bit more carbonation might have livened it up and brought the flavors out better.

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Photo of katan
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a bright ruby color. Very thick looking but not very opaque. Head formation was about zero, but a little bubbling is obvious.

S - Super sour nose- very fruity, totally sour with a bit of earthy brett edge. Like black cherry and currants, even a little bit of tobacco.

T - Starts off super fruity, somewhat on the sweet side. Sourness comes in big time, lots of sour cherries and rasperries. The finish is very tart and puckering. Don't quite get the barrels off of this one - more of a uber potent sour.

M - Very solid mouth feel, full bodied and sugary. Clinging to the tongue big time. Missing much carbonation to balance it out - a bit of surprise on a brett beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

O/D - Interesting beer to drink (sip). Alcohol will sneak up on you easily. A bit filling form its full bodied nature. The sourness pretty much dominates the palette.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.85/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Adam! From notes.

A: Pours a murky chestnut-orange with off-white head.

S: Smells very oaky, with a soft, buttery note to it. Tart cherry with brown sugar, red wine, and post-gym feet.

T: Buttery oak once more, with a mild lactic sourness and some tartness. Lots of brown sugar to give it a pronounced sweetness, finishing with vanilla.

M: This isn't dry at all; I'd call it underdeveloped. The beer hasn't finished fermenting.

O: Poor. This went into the drainpour bucket. There are many better American Wilds than this at this stage of the style's development. Skip.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a nice copper penny color. very minute head that dissipates rather abruptly. A thin lace holds for sometime after but eventually fades to nothing.

S- The smell is faint. At first I get the funk, followed by faint cherries and some pepper from the zinfandel barrels. Not to much oak on the nose.

T- Wow, a lot more present then the nose. Lots of funk and cherries, with a nice pepper and grape finish. Again the oak is mute.

M- I would say the mouthfeel is this beer's strongest point. The carbonation is present but not over barring, its not thin but not thick either.... its just right. It has a nice residual feel that lingers while my mouth salivates.

O- A good sour. I like the idea of using a spicy wine like zinfandel to accommodate the sour punch of brettanomyces. Wish there was more oak on this one though. All in all i can find myself sucking it up and paying the price tag on this one to enjoy again.

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Photo of Soonami
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rich (phillybeer7779) for sharing this.

Pours a dark reddish brown with just a little layer of foam. Lots of coconut and vanilla in the nose with lots of horsey funk. A refined sourness with mild funky taste. The MF is creamy with a good finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 2011
A steady pour produces a two-finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head that has some staying power but doesn’t leave any lacing. The beer is a dark, concentrated purple-red color that shows a brilliantly clear, light cherry red to gold hue when held up to the light. The beer smells of light cherry notes as I am visually inspecting this beer, but an actual look at the aroma has me noticing a tartness, a buttery oak note, a woody fresh cut wood character, some rotting fruit / ripe cheese combination, a diluted cherry fruitiness that is subtly noticeable in the finish. As the beer warms touches of phenolics / medicinal notes become noticeable in the nose.

Dry, perhaps a hint of sweetness, but more tart than anything, with a firm oakiness in the finish, a touch of buttery oak and a lightly astringent woodiness. The lactic tartness combines with the buttery oak notes, and both influence the texture, to give this a lushness in the flavor as well. This definitely has a medium’ish body to it, though it is still quite drinkable. The malt character is quite subtle, there is some oxidized hints of toasted malt and caramel that have morphed into a nuttiness and perhaps a hint of dry sherry. The Brettanomyces character here is quite subtle. This tastes more winelike than anything; there are lots of berry notes along with the subtle cherry notes and the oak definitely helps evoke the thought of an oaky red wine, though this is more like a simplistic red and not a big, powerful, complex one.

Somehow this is awfully bland, the malt character especially is quite weak, and even the cherry notes seem washed out. There is nothing bad about this beer though, it is perfectly drinkable.

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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 LiquidCucumber
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown with hints of maroon or purple. Pours with a very effervescent head which fades to nothing rather quickly.

S - Fruity funk. A bit of vinegar along with grapes, cherries, pears and some citrus.

T - A lot of the cherry character shows up here and it turns out to be less sour and funky than the scent reveals. However, this brew turns into a well-rounded drink when the factor of the refreshing wine-like character and tart fruit character come through.

M - Fairly light and bubbly, but it does stick around the mouth so I would call it medium bodied.

O - Very tasty, and quite refreshing for a sour. This one could be worth drinking again if it was brewed more than once.

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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 AgentZero
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber-red color with a finger of white head that had solid retention and left behind a bit of lacing.

S - Wood, funk, sour cherries, a bit of a vinous quality, and a little brett. The wood is present, but pretty light.

T - Pretty smooth, with some noticable cherry taste. Some apple, oak, vinous notes, gets nicely tart with some funk as well.

M - Pretty smooth, with softer carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, there's a lot going on, but it tastes pretty good. Wouldn't mind having it again.

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Photo of eyeenjoybeer
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was served in a New Belgium globe.

I found a couple of bottles of this one hiding at a new favorite store.

The appearance was golden brown with a white head.

The smell was sour with lactic acid notes and a bit of oak.

The taste started like the smell, sour lactic acid. This was not what I expected at first, but I came around to it. The oak was fairly dominant after the sour had faded a bit. The cherries and cab. sauv. notes never really came through in this brew. I am curious if they were stronger closer to the bottle date. As the beer warmed, the sour notes became more balanced.

Overall, this was a fun beer and I am interested to see what the other bottle tastes like in a year or so.

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Photo of ahalloin
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle I got in Brooklyn. Bottled on March 31, 2010.

Pours a very dark golden color with brilliant clarity. Amber highlights show up as I hold the glass to the light. A slight off white cap forms but dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

The smell is great with big notes of sour cherry, vanilla, charred oak, and a zingy vinous quality. Very complex and very inviting. Great balance in the various aspects.

The taste is quite nice but falls short of the aroma a bit. A dried up malt backbone only displays notes of some roasted malt, while the sour cherries and brett dominate. Vanilla and oak hide a bit in this medium tart and sour beverage. I would like more pungent tartness I suppose and possibly a bigger malt body, although brett has a way of running rampant through those kinds of things.

The mouthfeel is good with a medium body and medium-low carbonation. Super drying finish makes this easy to drink, despite the high ABV. No sense of alcohol heat from my bottle.

Overall this is a really good and complex wild ale. I would buy it again, if I saw it and it wasn't $12 for a 12 oz. bottle. It could use more sourness and tartness I think to really stand up to a Supplication or similar.

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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 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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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Avery Depuceleuse, 12-oz bottle bought at New Beer Dist. in Manhattan for $9. I debated long and hard before buying this, as I am no fan of sours, but I caved in to both curiosity and the scarcity of this brew. Bottled in March 2010, so over a year old.

Appearance: Depuceleuse pours mostly flat, with barely any head or retention and no lacing. Color is a very muddy and rusty copper, sort of like old port wine or sherry.

Smell: Sourness all around, and beyond. There is barely anything else in the nose but total sourness. Some spoiled wine, vinegar and crushed, green young grapes.

Taste: More sourness, a totally tart mouth. Some green apple and/or unripened kiwi. Very acidic. Brett yeast all over. This tastes like drinking sherry vinegar straight from the bottle. No hints of aging or oak.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation (almost non-existent), medium body and flavor. Dry, carboard-like finish, incredibly tart and with a hint of spice and black pepper. This would be a great pairing for Thai food.

Overall: I liked it better than I thought I would, considering I am not a fan of sours, but still this strikes me as pretty unexciting. So much more could be done with the aging and the cherries and the oak and...! Fairly drinkable, but just not very interesting, and definitely not worth the price.

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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 baconsausage
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This rusty strawberry smells like cherry juice, funky earthen celler and horse blanket. Tart cherry is quickly pushed of the platform by barnyard funk and fruity seed flavors. Some mild tart lemon and sorrel. A little to astringent for my taste, but would like to try it again with some age on it.

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Photo of GrandCruDrew
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in my Ommegang Rouge Tulip.

A- Copper-reddish in color. 1/2 inch head with very little lacing and retention.

S- Some acidity, brett, oak, cherries and subtle wine.

T- Def cherry, oak, wine, brett, some funk, I actually would like more funk and sourness.

M- good, good mouthfeel, good tartness, a decent balance.

Overall- good drinkability. I would like just a little less cherry, more oak and complexity.

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Photo of beerindex
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - A deep reddish-brown with a thin tan head that quickly gives way to a fair lace.

Smell - Vinegar, pineapple juice, and unwashed ass. Hint of cherry cough syrup. After giving the beer a few minutes to settle, it the brett smell begins to dominate and mask all others.

Taste - Brett absolutely dominates, even moreso than it does in the smell. Hints of pepper and oak. Some cherry, though not sour as advertised. Beer is far more wild than sour.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and thoroughly carbonated. Leathery, but easy to drink.

Overall - Not nearly as good as Infected Black Tot, about on par with Brabant, and significantly better than Sui Generis. Drinkable, but not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

C: Pretty Clear
H: Dark Red/Brown
N: Cherries, Light Funk/Acidic-ness

I was surprised at how dark this beer was when poured into my glass.
There is a lot of cherries and hints of leather in the nose of the beer followed with a nice acidic bite. The flavor follows the direction of the nose, but is a bit more sweet than expected. Very well balanced with the cherries coming across front and center with the slight tartness showing up at the end. A very nice beer that could easily get you in trouble as it is pretty easy to drink and 9.73% ABV.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Body is a translucent cedar hue-with a shade more red in it. Pours with a 1-2 finger slightly off white head that fades almost immediately.

S-Nose is filled with white zinfandel. Behind this is the sour apple characteristics and a shade of the funky characteristics from the brett. The cherry and barrel are pretty difficult to detect.

T- Taste is similar to the nose but a lot harder to discern. White zinfandel and brett funk make an somewhat awkward mix at first. The barrel and a hint of sour cherry round out the initial flavor in the backbone if you let the initial flavor linger a bit. A hint of sour apple comes through for the finish-which tapers off a bit as all the is left to linger is the classic white zinfandel dryness.

M- Medium to high tingly carbonation and a medium weight dry body. Very winelike.

D- This is an interesting brew overall. The brett and zinfandel are at first an awkward mix-but in the end it all works out and is quite tastly. I'd like to see more done in the future with zinfandel barrel.

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