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 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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Photo of GilGarp
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled Mar 21, 2010 - one year ago to the day!

12oz. bottle served cooler than cellar temp into a goblet.

Dépuceleuse is a rich redish amber, like cognac in appearance, because it really doesn't have an signs of carbonation after the initial pour. No head, no lace.

Aroma is quite pleasant with a great balance of brettanomyces and sour cherries. The red wine barrel comes through a little too with some oak and tannins.

The flavor is incredibly intense. I thought that would have mellowed out after a year in the cellar (and granted, I didn't have it fresh) but it's still very strong. A sweetness up front, big sour cherries in the middle and a strong tannin/tartness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is difficult to judge at first, like a lot of strong sour beers. This one gets a little easier after a few sips and it begins to warm. Alcohol is felt in the chest more than the mouth.

Overall a very good wild ale but not up there with the best. The past few years have seen a lot of new examples of this style so the truly great ones separate themselves from the rest. This one is just not quite on that level.

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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 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 JohnGalt1
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a fantastic trade with Normyk.. Thanks William.

Pours a hazy orange with a decent yellowish head.. good lacing...

Funky phenolic nose ... tons of leathery brett funk... fermented out dark cherry essence... mouth watering...

Flavor has a bit more cherry than the aroma, but the star player is musky brett and a fair amount of oak.... peppery phenols.. more funky than sour.... I honestly think I would appreciate a lactic bite of some sort.. but this works and with warmth some vinous barrel qualities show more and help tie the cherries up more with the earthy brett... finish is a lingering mash-up of the above flavors where all seem to trail on for a minute or two..

Nice medium body with a lighter than expected carbonation, but certainly still adequate.

Thanks again William, I need to trade for more of these before the stashes dry up.


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

12oz. bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Bottled March 31, 2010. Huge thanks to Jon for this one!

(A)- Pours a hazy brilliant golden red hue with almost bronze highlights. Produced a great, almost effervescent tan colored head that dissipated after awhile down to bubbles. A beautiful color.

(S)- Starts off as a large dry earthy, almost acidic funky cheese aroma. Some nice dark tart fruits in the background.

(T)- Similar to the smell. More Brett characteristics than the smell. Again, rather earthy with some serious funk to it. The oaky dark fruits are an afterthought.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. A nice balance to it as well with the brett and funk being the primary core attribute. Thankfully some nice oaky dark fruits suppliment it well.

(D)- A solid american wild. The age has seemed to help it smooth out and balance too. I did not have it fresh as a comparison, but my guess would be that it has gained some nice funk since release. I look forward to Avery's other releases as this is an obvious improvement to Brabant.

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Photo of MEsquandoles
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pungent. A joy to whiff. I could smell red wine and sour blackberry jam from 5 feet away.

A lot of sour cherries - also tart blackberry-cran-grape - that fade into red wine, oak, and then some mothy Brett and a lil clove. Not very sweet. Little to no malt chracater, but that's not a terrible thing here.

Very similar to the Brabant but no cacao or roastiness, and more sour cherry up front. This one seems to have more Brett presence for a little less than 2 months in the bottle - prolly from using the same barrels used with Brabant - a great flavour to pass on though! Worth noting is that Depuce is stronger and less was produced. Beernews.org shows it was in red zin barrels for a year.

Very drinkable for 9.73% !

There are some really great flavours going on here. As with the Brabant, def. worth seeking out, but I'd prolly favour the Brabant. This should age well and get funkier and become more drinkable as the strong flavours meld together.

2011-01-30 update: It's thinned and dried out, but still lots of sour berry. Wine presence is still very noticeable too. Brett seems fully developed, with some sour bacteria now too (sour green apple, lemon peel). Very earthy (like dirt or cherry pits). Kind of astringent. Produces a foul burp.
Sad to say I remember enjoying it more previously. I wish I had shared this bottle. Surpisingly low head retention. Appearance, Taste, and Drinkability have been moved down 0.5 each. This beer just doesn't seem as vibrant and complex as it once was. But still worth trying.
Once pouring the final 3 ounces, it becomes very murky. Lots of head that leaves after 2 minutes. And tons more oakiness.

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

Purchased a while back at Bruisin' Ales (Asheville, NC) for $10. Bottled March 31, 2010. 12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. My cellar was 44 degrees, so I let it sit on the counter for about 10 mins.

Appearance: Pours with a crackle, like champagne really. Darker than I expected, A clear reddish brown with no head.

Nose: Very vinous, with leathery red fruit notes. Some cherry skins, medium caramel malt, some hay-like funk (but not super "funky"). Smells vaguely like a Flemish sour red blended with a French red wine.

Palate: Virtually still with really leathery flavors. Flavors include tanned leather, stewed cherries, sauteed orange peel in butter, acai berry juice, some "used oak" flavors. Sourness is kept in check by a large malt presence. Finish is balanced between sweetness and sourness. The palate is almost like a fine French pinot noir from Burgundy. Barrels seem to lend more in the way of wine flavor than tannins or toast.

Notes: A decent sour, very pleasant to drink, but not "epic." I'm glad I bought it, and would probably buy another given the chance, but won't necessarily go out of my way to get some. I would like to try others in this series.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice cherry red color. Fairly clear. No head at all. No lacing. Nice color though.

Aroma is odd. Mostly Bret funk and a little sour cherry but the funk is a little like dust. Not totally bad just not quite right.

Taste is very cherry forward. Not a sweet cherry at all. Very dry but cherry flavor. The bret funk is a little weird in the flavor too. It's not bad but it's not the best. I wish it was a little more sour.

Mouthfeel is very dry. I like my sours dry but not that dry. Nice carb.

Overall it's not bad but I probably wouldn't drink it again.

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Photo of ikats
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, ruby red in color with a slightly brown 1/4 inch (after a fairly vigorous pour) head that dissipates quickly. Not a lot of carbonation. The smell is tart full of sour cherries, but not overpowering. Alcohol becomes a little evident as the beer warms up. The taste is not as tart as I expected. I'm having a hard time pinning down the taste profile. Wine barrel maturation seems to subdue brett and sour cherries. The first impression is semi-sweet wine. Tartness lingers behind. Fairly drinkable especially considering the strength. A bit too flat.

Interesting experimentation. Not disappointed, but not floored either. Bottled on 3/31/2010 (about 10 months before tasting).

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #43 (Aug 2010):

Looks like it is time to geek out! This packs a good amount of head for a high-alcohol, barrel-aged beer. This hazy, reddish, burgundy-colored brew has big, oaky, tart, vinous, musty-cellar, overripe-fruit, horse-blanket aroma ... stinky, but good. It's slick and crisp with a big, puckering tartness. Cherry flavor runs from that tartness and shows a bit of sweetness. With an oaky edge and warming alcohol, this beer is wine-like in the middle and has
a whole lot of musty-cellar flavor going around. Wild, this beer is. As it warms, it opens up a lot and the palate becomes accustomed to the subtle nuances that were once hidden. Delicious.

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

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip glass. Surprising dark copper color topped by a half finger of white head. Recedes quickly to a thin halo. Just a couple lazy bubbles in the glass.

Nose: Sweet & fruity. Light tart cherry aroma. Some sweet milk chocolate...

Mouth: Extremely effervescent, yet velvety. Nice citrus, sour flavor. Plenty of cherry. Mild "wild ale" atmosphere to it. Nice to drink, I think, though I'm not able to identify a ton of complexity. Just enjoyable, overall.

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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 LilBeerDoctor
2.83/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/6/2010. Bottle. Pours a deep reddish brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of sweet fruits, cherries, carrot?, fruit skins. Flavor of oak barrel, grapes, tart cherries, and more carrot. Very odd-tasting with carrot-oak predominance. Not sure what was up with that, but in any case, disappointed by this one.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a small liquor store in Longmont, CO, can't remember the price, but it was in the $8 range, I believe. Into an Odell flute glass. Bottle notes this as 9.59% ABV.

A: Pours a nice orange/amber color with a sand colored head. Nice amount of carbonation moving through the glass. Not much head retention, just a small cap of bubbles. Only a few spots of lacing as it recedes.

S: Nicely funky, definitely a brett beer, some light notes of cherries and a bit of vanilla as well. A little bit of oak. Has a sort of cherry pie smell as well, crusts and all.

T: A little bit of funk up front and just a slight bit of tartness, which was to be expected as there is no mention of lacto or pedio in this beer, simply a 100% brett fermentation. Slightly oaky and some definite white wine notes. The cherries are pretty subdued, only slightly tart, but enough to make a "fruity" presence in the beer.

M: Pretty full mouth, with effervescent carbonation, very dry and quite a bit of alcohol heat as well, not so much in the mouth but in the stomach. Just a bit hot, seems out of place in a brett beer.

D: Easy enough to drink, but a little too hot to want to drink a whole lot of it. Pretty enjoyable beer as a whole, but seems a bit lacking, I think a bit more of a cherry flavor would really make this shine. It will be interesting to see how the other bottle continues to age.

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