Quinquepartite
Avery Brewing Company

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Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
9.91%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 11.59%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
79
From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  102
Gots
  17
SCORE
92
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Notes: "No. 5 in our Barrel-Aged Series. Brewery release only. 60 cases shared. 27 hoarded. This beer consists of: 37% Ale aged in Cabernet Savignon barrels, 25% Ale aged in Chardonnay barrels, 21% Ale aged in Port barrels and 17% Ale aged in Zinfandel barrels."
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dar482 from New York

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The aroma offers sweet barrel character, honey, caramel, hints of tart lemon, a bit of limoncello.

The flavor follows with a balance of honey sweetness, tart dried lemon, a blend of barrel character with the vinous quality and some sweet port, onto lingering tart and alcohol.

Jan 15, 2016
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SpdKilz from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another great pleasant surprise. This has held up, in my opinion, better than most 10 year old AWA’s I have had. Crisp, tart bite but not overly acidic. Almost no oxidation (unbelievably) and main notes are green apples, must, dark cherries, oak, and lemon. Finishes dry. Was expecting to drain pour and instead will be finishing the whole glass.

Dec 08, 2020
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer is amber wtih a thin white head, no lacing, no retention.

Aroma is all wine with a little lactic sourness, a little succinic sharpness, and some oak...actually a lot of oak.

Beer is sort of like a sour wine, there are several in this series that just end up tasting like spoiled wine, this is one of them. I don't like, not a repeat.

Dec 05, 2012
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly clouded, orange-yellow body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: Judiciously funky nose, neither subtle nor overblown, with a pressing leathery and horseblanket aspect and supporting notes of dried bitter citrus peels, vanilla, and still-damp wine barrels.

Taste: Meager bready barley maltiness slides into dusty, leathery tones. IV-style drip of tart cherry juice cut with mineral water, white wine, and a generous splash of cracklingly acidic "Matt's Gasline Lemonade". Slightly creamy, tannic oakiness. Quin swings both acetic and lactic throughout the taste. Drying, warming, and with a sprightly carbonation on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, effervescent carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a pleasant American-born wild ale. Give it a try if you happen to come across one of the scant few bottles out there.

Dec 15, 2010
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a murky golden, light brown. Almost like a dirty martini, but with a bit-denser-than-soapy bubbles head.
A busy aroma going on here. Sweet and sour go for balance here with the sour winning by a slight edge. For a sour beer, this one isn't all that strong, but the other aromas give it salience. Chardonnay and Zin is what I get mostly from the nose.
The taste offers the port a bit more feeling from the cab barrels. Tannins come into play here and a soft, overripe pear fruitiness forms the flavor cornerstone.
This is a good sour for me. It's not a mouth-puckerer, but not bland either. The mixing of the wine barrels is interesting and gives it something more than just 'hey, I'm sour'.
Nice offering. Not sure if it will age well, though.

Aug 12, 2010
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another gem provided by jale. Jim has a gift for finding some elusive things. The label states that 37% is aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels, 25% in chardonnay, 21% in port, and 17% in zinfandel.

This pours a dark orange copper, really hazy, with a thick crown that lowers at a rate detectable on a human scale. Slightly awesome looking while the foam existed.

It smells much much better than I expected, horseblanket and funk, some non-citrus fruit like apples and pears. I am impressed. As it warms the acidity seems more pronounced in the aroma. The taste follows the smell, a very good wild but I can't catch the complexities that should come from all the barrels. I'd have liked the chance to try each barrel independently, but in the aggregate it comes across as a pleasant wild ale.

It happens that we opened this after a ton of world class sours (J&J Blauw, 3F Oude Gueuze, 50N4E, even Veritas 8...), and I'm completely honest when I say that this was not the worst of the bunch.

Dec 06, 2010
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Nov 18, 2011
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Jan 19, 2012
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doppelmeup from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to buddy Mitch for providing me with this.

This is a relatively new style for me, but one that I am growing very fond of!

Pours a very hazy amber yellow into a tulip glass with an initial head of half an inch, with a quarter inch remaining. Nice lacing.

Aroma is intriguing, with some tart apples, just a slight funkiness, a bit of port wine and some oak.

Taste is very nice. Slightly tart, but not much funk. Hints of chardonnay and red wine. Slightly metallic finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly light and dry. Nicely carbonated to keep it refreshing. Alcohol very well hidden. Works well on a hot summer day.

Overall, I am a fan. I think this is a good beer to introduce to people who may not have had sours before. Would like to see this make the regular rotation!

Aug 22, 2010
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a reddish color with golden highlights. It had a thick, bubbly, white head of foam. It left some sudsy rings of lace.

S - Ahhh, Brett! Great funky, barnyard/horse blanket aroma. You could smell the sour.

T - This is a great sour ale. Great funkiness and yeastiness. The barrel aging mellows out some of the tartness. There is a muted caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a puckering bite. A medium bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a really good wild ale. No surprise that Avery nailed another rare brew.

Oct 21, 2010
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WeisGuy from New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Mar 31, 2012
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drewone from California

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Aug 08, 2012
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largadeer from California

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rare and -bal aged? This is going to be good.

Amber hued, a bit muddy and hazy, this looks decent.

Buttery chardonnay barrels are the first thing I pick up on the nose, or maybe it's diacetyl? It also has a red wine character, tart cherries, ripe strawberries. Smells both acetic and lactic, mildly so. Not bad.

Taste is decent, very vinous with buttery oak, red wine, strawberries and balsamic vinaigrette. Alcohol is fairly noticeable, but not harsh. Full-bodied, a bit flabby maybe. Finishes vinous and boozy with moderate tannins. Not a bad little beer, about on par with Avery's other wild ales.

Sep 01, 2010
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Patrick999 from Florida

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Matilda glass. Good active carbonation noted, bright amber color.

Good deal of Brettanomyces in the nose right now, rather horsey and barnyard urine-ish. It does open up somewhat beyond that, though, giving way to a minor citrus note that almost makes me think hops. Yeah, now I get a little orange rind and clove. Nearly a potpourri-type aroma now. Warming further, I get full-on wine, no bones about it, albeit wine with a bit of a Brett infection.

Taste is vinous, as you would expect, and bright. It has more of a bright acidity to it, whereas Brabant, by contrast, tastes like a dark thorny bush with cobwebs. Tart up front, but really doesn't build to the level of sour that you expect it might. I can't pick out the various wine barrels used here, but the fermented grape influence is certainly apparent. Fairly Brett-y, but not overwhelmingly so. I think I like this "sour" *because* it achieves a certain balance. It's a tad too strong at almost 10%, but then again, I can't really taste the alcohol, so I guess that's not going to be a terrible complaint this time. There's a certain thickness here, though, that I think is indicative of the alcohol content. Tasty, but I think I feel compelled to knock both the taste and mouthfeel down from 4.5 to 4 because of this.

Not too much of a knock, though. This is still excellent beer. I'd just rather it come in at around 7%.

Sep 23, 2010
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BradLikesBrew from Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No. 5 in the Avery barrel series.
Aged in cabernet, chardonnay, zinfandel, and port barrels.
Bottled May 6, 2010. Only 97 cases produced.
Brewed with brett, pedio, and lacto.

Pours a redish caramel body with a white head.

Aromas of port soaked cherry, brown sugar, and chardonnay.

So nuch more going on with this beer than with Depuceleuse. It honestly does taste like 4 sours were aged in different wine barrels and blended. So many layers of flavor. All these little nuances from the different barrels. Fruit, wine, oak and brett come together to form a fremarkable beer.

Rich body with an amazing finish. Like licking a stave from a used wine barrel.

This could be one of Avery's best beer and that is saying something. One of my favorite beers from one of my favorite breweries.

Sep 29, 2010
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of belgbeerdrinker. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Three fingers of orange-tinged foam that lingers indefinitely, leaving stick glass-coating lace. Opaque cider-like orange-brown color, with some tiny bubbles streams visible at the bottom of the glass.

S - Intense wood character, some dill, buttery Chardonnay oak, lactic sourness, light nostril-tingling acetic white wine vinegar, and sweet tropical fruits from the brett.

T - Taste is more tart and sour, with a green apple, vinous flavors, and a tannic finish. There's a faint toffee malt backbone from whatever the base beer(s) was. As it warms I get some pineapple brett flavors, as well as lactic sourness, buttery oak, and a faint dill flavor as well.

M - Tingly high carbonation, medium-full body that is actually appropriate for the listed ABV - no obvious alcohol though. Finishes largely sticky but with some tannins as well.

D - Judging from other reviews it seems the alcohol has dropped out quite a bit in the last six months. I had no problem putting down a 12oz on my own (my wife had a little bit too) and I would love to have this one again at some point. It's like a better version of Allagash Vagabond in some ways. My second-favorite offering from the Avery barrel-aged series behind Sui Generis.

May 17, 2011
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t0rin0 from California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Aug 19, 2012
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klikger from Wisconsin

4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour served in a tulip glass

A - Light gold, little head, decent lacing

S - Funky diapers = goodness

T - Sour yeasts and light fruits --> sparkling wine mixed with sweet malts and a touch of bourbon --> sour & slightly spicy finish; very nice

M - Medium-bodied, effervescent, awesome carb

D - I'd drink too many of these given the opportunity...very drinkable.

Nov 06, 2010
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rye726 from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Forgetfu for the hook up on this bottle. Missed the release.

Pours a golden orange with a nice beige head. Nose has oak, red and white wine, tart fruits and barnyard funk. Taste is not super sour, but well balanced with good depth of flavors. Medium body has a dry finish. Bit over carbonated. One of the better of the series.

Nov 11, 2010
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice.

Pours 1/2 finger of beige head. Decent retention with some lace. Color is a clear golden amber.

Aroma: Cherries, oak, spice, green apples, acidic notes, decent amount of brett and funk. Some wine flavors.

Taste: Grapes and wine flavors up front. Cherries and green apples. Some spices. Oaky. Acidic. Pretty funky with a light amount of sour.

Mouthfeel: Funky and dry. Light to medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends pretty clean.

Overall, a decent sour. Reminded me a bit of RR sours, consecration specifically. Decent drinkability. I like it.

Apr 27, 2011
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champ103 from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to tjmodica for sharing a bottle with me.

A: Pours a beautiful hazed reddish/orange color. At first a two finger white head forms quickly, and recedes in a minute. Some patchy lace is left behind. The color is stunning though.
S: Bretty funky up front. Yeast and a distinct horse blanket aroma. As this warms up lots of tart cherries, pears, and apples come out that are awesome. Some vinous grape character as well. A light acidic aroma with some toasted biscuit. Really well balanced and all around excellent.
T: Plenty of funky yeast and Brett that one would expect. Some tart cherries and vinous grapes. Light acidic qualities and some toasted malt. Not as complex as the nose, but still really good.
M/D: A medium body that is perfectly crisp, dry, and refreshing. So smooth at the same time. Very textured. There is just a touch of heat up front. Though incredibly easy and smooth to drink. I can finish this in no time, but I want to savor every drop.

An excellent beer. So many complexities and nuances. It is not overly sour or acidic at all, which makes for a really well balanced and well made Wild Ale. Another hit from Avery's Barrel-Aged Series. Highly recommended if you can find it.

Oct 25, 2010
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Mora2000 from Texas

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nellie for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is tart oranges with some oaked notes. The flavor is tart cherries, oak and red wine. I don't get much funk in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good sour beer.

Sep 02, 2010
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glid02 from Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at the Brick Store.

Pours a clear golden-amber color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts with robust citrus - lemon zest and hints of grapefruit. Also present are large chardonnay undertones with harsher oak lurking even further beneath. Slight amounts of funk and grassy aromas waft in and out, intensifying as the beer warms.

Tastes similar to how it smells although a bit more one-dimensional. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by hints of funk and white grapes. Midway through the sip moderate amounts of light citrus and slight grassy flavors make an appearance before fading out into a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I recently had a beer fermented with Brett C and for my first few sips I got a good deal of the crisp and zesty citrus that I got with that beer. As I took more sips the citrus became less sharp and allowed the barrel influence to shine more. A tasty beer that should age nicely but is worth a shot now if you're interested.

Nov 30, 2010
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PretzelCity from California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dec 06, 2015
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JAHMUR from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Mar 08, 2013
Quinquepartite from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 79 ratings