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)

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Added by rye726 on 04-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Poured a odd reddish color with good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is sour, funk, tart fruit, cherries. Taste has a great dark and sour cherry element. The wood I really did not notice that much until the end. The zin was pretty beat up by the sourness and booze. Mouthfeel was nice, tart, dry but the barrel on this was subdued I thought.

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Photo of chaz01
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a 4 ounce sample at a local beer tasting event, served in a champagne flute.

A: Amber color with a thin head. Many tiny bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Lemon, berries and a bit tart sourness in the aroma.

T: Tart cherry flavor, but mellowed out by the woody oak flavors. Not overly sourly -- very enjoyable. Lots of wine flavors come through as well.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, long tart finish.

D: Combination of wine and the tartness gives this a unique taste that would pair well with a fish or chicken meal, although the hefty price tag on a small bottle somewhat limits it's flexibility.

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Photo of portia99
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (bottled 3/31/10) poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a lightly hazed reddish amber with about a finger of a somewhat dense but somewhat fizzy head that lingers for about a minute and snap, crackle and pops its way down to the surface leaving a minor collar and no lacing.

S - Huge brett character up front with its trademark bitter, funky, barnyardy aroma. A fair amount of cherry fruitiness and some sour lactic aromas mix in. A somewhat artificial smelling sweetness, some alcohol, just a touch of buttery aroma and a little bit of oaky vanilla...a bit winelike overall behind the prominent brett aromas.

T - Cherry flavor is very much up front in the flavor. Lots of cherry fruitiness and some tartness. Some lactic sourness, but really not at all at the level I was expecting. I would call this only mildly sour. Brett flavors are really light too, especially considering the aroma. Was really expecting more - maybe a bit of age will help here. Overall quite dry. The barrel aging only seems to have a small effect on the flavor of the beer - I only get a light woodiness and not much wine character either...I think the fruitiness of the cherries dampens the effect of the barrels especially as zinfandels tend to be quite fruity and have cherry notes to begin with. I would definitely like to have more funk and more sour, but while I can pick these out as flaws, I find myself really liking this beer quite a bit.

M - Very light in body, almost watery in texture...enough carbonation to be called just shy of medium, but would like to have a bit more. Dry and tart...really leaves the mouth feeling dry and desperate for another sip (or maybe just some water).

D - Hmmm, I find this beer difficult to judge...I can point out several "flaws", but for some reason they don't seem to matter when it comes to an overall impression. This is quite an enjoyable wild ale, tons of fruit, some bretti goodness (more in the nose than on the tongue), tart and sour...very smooth for a beer with 9.59% alcohol...I would have never guessed it was this high. Not the best wild out there...I think some age would help it out a bit, but still enjoyable. Give it a try, or grab one and sit on it for a while to see what happens.

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Photo of CarbonIS
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle today and was excited to taste it, so i threw it in the fridge for about 30-45 minutes to get it at just the right temperature. This batch was bottled on March 31, 2010, so I probably should have let it age a litte, but I'll go grab another bottle to do that with.

This wild ale pours deep ruby colored, with a quick dissolving head. Smell resembles other wild ales I've had, with a hint of pinot and cherries. First sip the sourness hits almost immediately, but is definitely enjoyable. A few sips in and you begin to notice the wine barrel aging in the taste, awesome!. Completely smooth, and not puckering mouthfeel (probably because it's so young). Definitely a wild ale I'd buy again!

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Number 4 of Avery's Barrel Aged Series, this beer was pretty much the same as the their 1st release, the brabant, but with some sour cherries added to the mix.
A- This beer pours a vibrant golden ruby color with a white fizzy head that dissapates as soon as you are done pouring.
N- Very fruity aromas of sour cherries, plum, citrus and raspberry leap out of the glass.
P- The palate was not nearly as fruity as the nose would leave you to believe. In the beginning you really notice the plum and other dark fruit flavors from the Zinfandel barrels, but these flavors are cut short by the almost overpowering sour cherries, which really bite the side of your tongue all the way through to the finish. The finish is incredibly lingering.

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

Pours a reddish-brown color, with a bit off-white head. Fairly clear in the glass, with some lacing remaining after a few minutes. Nose is full of fresh, ripe, tart cherries, funk and some winey acidity. Tastes of cherries, horse blanket and wood. A nice medium bodied sipper, with well hidden alcohol and great complexity. Finishes on a pleasant, lightly sour note. My favorite so far from the Avery barrel series.

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Photo of BoulderNate
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft @ the Avery tasting room / also via bottle (dated 3/31/10) purchase at the tasting room.

Poured into an Avery flute at the tasting room / Bourdeaux glass at home...

Nose has chard-oak notes, light tart cherries, and wild musty hay and funk notes..

Pours a reddish berry color with a nice head

Taste was lighter on the cherries than I expected, very refreshing and with pops of the oak and chard throughout with a nice tart cherry finish...

Body was very crisp and carbonated, reminiscent of champagne at times..maybe as a result of the chard notes...

Nice, enjoyable sour

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