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Dépuceleuse | Avery Brewing Company

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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)

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 gford217
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a murky reddish amber that clears up a bit as it warms. There is a short-lived beige head that recedes quickly to a thin collar and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is dominated by the tart cherries with some brown sugar and dry oak. The brett is subtle but the earth funk is starting to come out in the nose.

The taste is much funkier than than the nose. There is an initial musty brett kick before the yeast and cherry come in. The cherry is much, much less prominent in the taste. The finish is very dry with a mixture of oak and barnyard.

The mouthfeel is very wine-like, dry, woody and with a light carbonation.

Another decent addition to the Avery barrel lineup, though it's probably not my favorite from them. It's an interesting contrast between nose, fruity and sweet, and taste, dry and funky.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This pours a very nice hazy copper and red color. It had a nice fizzy off-white head that dissipated quickly leaving no lacing. The carbonation appeared to be quite active.

S - Smells of sour cherries, apples, grapes, wood, and maybe a hint of caramel.

T - The taste is a lot like the smell. It is tart up front, and tastes of sour cherries. There are also notes of apples, citrus, oakiness, and a hint of red wine. It's a little funky, but in a good way.

M - This one has a medium body with a high amount of carbonation. It goes down quite smooth, leaving a bit of a sour pucker feeling in my mouth after each sip.

D - I think this is a pretty drinkable beer. This is my first American wild ale, and I am pretty impressed. I like the sourness of it. It wasn't too sour and it went down nice and smooth. I'm excited to try other wild ales now.

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Photo of drumrboy22
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a Lost Abbey patron sinner's tulip. Beer was a hazy, ruby red with a thin, off-white head. Very thin carbonation and little lacing around the glass.

Aroma was sour cherries, brett, vinegar, wood and caramel. Very nice aroma.

Taste was caramel, sour cherries, oak, apples, sour grapes and brett. Not overpowering or super funky, but well balanced and sweeter than expected.

Very drinkable and enjoyable. I'm going to stash a few bottles away to see how the brett develops. I think this will get nice and funky over time.

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Photo of beerhan
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from roughly a six month old bottle into a giant tulip. About a half inch head with some funky scent. Smells like sour cherries and sour grapes with a white wine smell. Initial taste, bananas...Very confusing at first. As this beer warms up you can really taste the wood it was aged in as well as the wine. Alcohol is almost hidden until the end. Worth trying but not worth nine dollars a bottle.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Bottled on 3/10/10. It was a hazy red amber color with lots of carb from the laser etching. It had a small, fizzy head that quickly settled into a thin collar and wisps from the etching. Slight, slow sliding lace with none sticking.

The aroma was sour cherry, brett, vinous from the red zinfandel barrels and a little oak. Kept going back and forth on if I liked it or not as the zinfandel was not my favorite aroma. The taste followed the aroma and again the zinfanel was holding back my enjoyment of it. Good brett bite to it. Could have used more of the cherry element though. Mouthfeel was crisp with loads or carb and a vinous aftertaste.

Overall, a good AWA that highlights wine barrel aging in interesting ways. Recommend especially if you like the vinous elements. Not avail here in TX so got from Roberts. Rotation - this was hard to get so one is enough for me unless I could easily find on next Avery trip. [N;O]

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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 citan133
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip.

Pours with a nice off-white head, very fizzy-looking with a deep, dark red color. Reminds me of dark cherry soda. Nice look, a bit darker than I expected.

Smells much sweeter than anticipated. Sweet, dark cherries followed by a bit of Brett funkyness (more of an earthy, woodsy smell than the dank mustiness I'm used to) and a bit of vinegar. Definitely getting some of the wine qualities in the nose as well, pretty strong actually. Easy to tell it was aged.

I was expecting more of a kriek-type tartness with this beer, closer to a lambic but its coming across more like a Flander's red. Follows pretty close to the nose, probably the sweetest "sour" cherries I've ever tasted, the Brett is barely there in the middle, I notice it less than I'd like, and the Zin comes across really heavy in the finish, a little bit of the barrel and a slight vinegar twang mixed in as well. Alcohol is hidden well, wouldn't guess it was 9.5. Ok.

Mouthfeel is nice, getting some good prickles from the carbonation at first but as it warms the bubbles mellow out a bit. Kind of heavy and soft on the palate. Best part of the beer, I think.

I really don't want another one of these. Glad I tried it but it wasn't what I was expecting. Having no problem finishing one though and the alcohol isn't noticeable at all. Just not my thing.

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

12 oz bottle, bottled 31Mar2010

A: Hazy copper and red body under a small off white head. No lace, no retention.

S: Brett, cherry, sour, slight hint of caramel, a bit vinous.

T: Tart up front, definite brett character, some cherry, maybe some wood, sourness drowns out most of the funk, but creates a nice balance. Overall dry but some tart notes hang around.

M/D: Light body, carbonation is high but body is slightly creamy. Drinkability is good. Pretty solid beer.

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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 kbutler1
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear light cherry hued red color with an offwhite head the collars around the glass. Medium strong aroma of brett emanating along with cherry. The nose is more wine like than beer like. I have to say, I really like the appearance on this one. The taste is a nice sweet, tart cherry taste that subtley moves to a floral type brett flavor. Lingering bitter and floral taste. Slight showing of alcohol. The taste is rather good but not really sour or too tart. Medium/light mouthfeel.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.46/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a clear muddy maroon color with a small dissipating head. Smell is mostly sweet cherry pit and a woody pine tree brett type funk. Sweetness is strong in the nose. Smells almost artificial. Slightly cloying cherry taste with a hint of mint. Straightforward dry brett is also dominant. I'm still getting this pine tree or bark flavor following through from the nose. It's just an odd woody flavor. Lots of other off flavors in this one too.

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

No. 4 in the barrel-aged series
Ale brewed with sour cherries and aged in zinfandel barrels.
100% brett fermented.
Bottled March 31, 2010 (my 26th b-day)
463 cases produced

Ruby red body with a thin white head.

Sour cherry and oak on the nose.

Opens with sour cherries, then surprisingly intense brett notes. Its that pineapple-ish brett flavor like in Odell Deconstruction ale. Not super funky, but very bretty. No doubt this was 100% brett fermented. None of that vinegary acetic acid stuff.

Another very well made sour from Avery's Barrel program. The flavors don't blow me away quite like some of their other offerings have, but this is still a world-class beer.

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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Red nectarine with apricot edges. A decent beige head that diminished to an eigth inch. Drippy laces that fell back into glass.

Sour cherries, red grapes. sour, spicy, funky, fruity esters. Woody barrel.

Sour cherries and candied cherries. Sour grapes and tart blackberry. Aged wood. Spices. Some sour and funk. More sour than funk.

Light and bubbly. Lively carb. Medium light body. drying. Puckering.

Drinks very well. refreshing. complex and tasty. no sign of ABV. some woody barrel, but not a lot. more sour than funky.

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

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a 1/2" off-white head that quickly fades to little/no lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fruity caramel and sour cherry scent along with a mildly tart Brett aroma. I'm not getting much barrel aroma, but the overall smell is quite pleasant. The taste is good as well. It has an aggressive sourness supplied by a healthy portion of both sour cherries and Brett yeast. It goes down smooth with a nice barrel aged character in the finish. It has a nice caramel flavor that mellows the sourness a little. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very complex beer with a wonderful sour/barrel aged character.

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Photo of clvand0
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a red color with a medium head that falls quickly and leaves very little lacing on the glass. The aroma is very nice - cherries, sour, barnyard and funk. I can't say that I would have picked out grapes or zinfandel if it didn't say it on the bottle, but I'd like to think that I got some of that. The flavor was a very nice mixture of the sour and the barnyard with just enough fruit thrown in. Cherries, brett, oak, some malt caramel, and even what I would call a touch of pears. Very nice. The body is medium and the drinkability is extremely good for the high alcohol.

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Photo of Pencible
4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a nearly clear copper with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like sour apple cider with tart metallic hops and oak, and a bit of funk and lemon.
T: It tasted like very tart and sour apple, with some citrus and cherry and a bit of funk. It had a powerful lasting aftertaste that was dry and tart.
M: It was thin and quite fizzy like a light champagne.
D: This was a very puckering and mouth watering beer with great scent and flavors. Super clean and crisp, and hid the alcohol amazingly, so a delight to drink. This will also probably improve with age, but it's fantastic fresh.

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

Pours a hazy garnet color with a healthy light tan head that made loud crackling sounds. I do not know if I have ever heard a louder crackling head. Weird

Smell of brett funk, sour cherries, oak and wild yeast.

Taste of sour cherries, oak barrel, brett, mothers sister, white grapes / zinfandel, and does not have as dry a finish as some other wilds. There is a nice mixture of flavors that while not as polished, are more complex tasting. Medium to strong mouthfeel and a medium body for a wild ale. Recommended. I enjoyed this better than brabant.

very true sour cherry flavor like you would get from black cherries picked from the vine. Pleasant alcohol burn with a clean finish.

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Photo of Hepneck
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the Dancing bear Pub in Waco.
Pours a dark-reddish brown. Great aroma of sour Brett and sour cherries, with a happy, yeasty note. Pleasant mouth feel, with a medium body. The taste has a great Saisson basement dankness, with a subtle sour cherry flavor that is the result of the interaction between the cherries and the zinfindel barrels that it is aged upon. This flavor is excellent, with no hint of the medicinal cherry flavor that is in some beers. Rather, it is a very true sour cherry flavor like you would get from black cherries picked from the vine. Pleasant alcohol burn with a clean finish.

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Photo of aggiearcher13
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer looks like a cherry soda, except for the slightly tan head. Highly carbonated, ruby red in color, mostly clear. The quarter inch or so of head dissipates rapidly, leaving no lacing.

Rich cherry aroma. Not a lot of funk at first, maybe it was a little cold. The funk comes out more as it warms. Some wine notes as it warms more, a little spice.

Tart. Cherry dominates, funkiness is quite restrained and well balanced. Very nice.

Spritzy yet smooth. High amount of carbonation that keeps it really drinkable.

Overall, I liked this quite a bit. Not as much funk as some may have, but it's quite well balanced and has a really nice body it. Probably a little sweet for me to have too often, but pretty darn good overall.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours light cranberry red with a small head that dissipates fast.

Smells of sour cherries and oak, a touch of muskiness.

Very interesting taste, strong alcohol heat at first which is followed by the cherries. There is a dry bitterness from the oak as well as tart. There is a hint of desserty sweetness in this as well. Very nicely balanced, liking all these elements.

Nice pop on the tongue. Very carbonated, dry and pungent, exciting mouthfeel.

I would buy more of these if given the opportunity. I wouldn't mind another one right now!

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Photo of armock
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured a brown ruby color with a tan head no lacing

S - Is of tart sour cherries

T - Follows the nose with the tart sour cherries and a little brett funk

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation and is dry

D - I really enjoyed this beer and wish I could have gotten my hands on more of this if you ever see it or get offered it its a beer you have to get

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on March, 31 2010

A - this brew pours a dark brown with red highlights with a tan head fed by moderate steady carbonation

S - the zinfandel grape variety is big up front in the nose, distinctly dry grapey, the cherries are a nice supporting cast

T - the taste is an amalgam of big zinfandel grapes with cherry back up battling it out with significant oaky/vanilla sweetness

M&D - my favorite so far of the Avery Barrel series, well blended and layered flavors that are full of character, an excellent beer

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

Dépuceleuse is copper in color. It's a little hazy, and light reveals a slightly red tint. An off-white head caps it off. It rises to maybe a finger in depth, but is quick to dissipate. Too much alcohol? Perhaps. Lacing was very light.

The nose is good. It kicks off with a bit of sour cherry and grapes. There's a healthy amount of funkiness due to Brett. That should come as no huge surprise. It's very earthy and musky, as well. A little apple and pear work their way in mid-way through. They add a bit of a sweet smell. Oak is strong throughout and adds quite a bit of character and depth. Alcohol is blended well for just under 10%. Not bad at all.

I like the flavor, but it isn't mind-blowing. It is a little fruity and a bit sweet initially. Grapes, apple, and pear are notable initially. Sour cherry follows. That adds a slight tart flavor, but it's not overly tart at all. Earthy and musky notes resonate throughout. Brett imparts a funky flavor, but it's moderate. It's not too strong. Oak works very well with the other flavors and adds quality depth. Alcohol is held in check pretty well, and isn't too strong. It finishes musky and funky.

The body here is medium. Carbonation is active, but not buzzy. It has a relatively smooth feel overall. Drinkability is good. This stuff goes down pretty easy for a rather sizeable Wild Ale. The musky/funky flavor tends to grow a little tiresome toward the latter half of the bottle, but I've rather enjoyed it.

After my (infected) experience with Black Tot, I decided to jump on this one a little earlier. Dépuceleuse is a much better experience. This is a good Wild Ale. The only slight shortcoming it has is that the funky/musky flavor tends to grow stronger, and more tiresome, with each passing sip. It's good, but a single bottle's plenty enough for me. Definitely recommended though. Good stuff.

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Dépuceleuse from Avery Brewing Company
3.92 out of 5 based on 233 ratings.
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