Quinquepartite | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.91%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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."

Added by womencantsail on 08-12-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
78
Reviews:
36
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
12.22%
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.45/5  rDev +11%
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.

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4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle poured into a souvenir glass. Enjoyed with Adam Avery at his Adam Avery Experience at the Buckeye Beer Engine during Cleveland Beer Week 2010.

This was the "rarest" beer Adam brought out with him as less than 1000 bottles made it to the general public. The name of this beer (Quinquepartite) means 'something divided into five parts'. I know Adam chose that name because it is the fifth release in the series, but I have a better meaning: I, like all beer raters, always review my beers based of appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability. So, here's my Quinquepartite review of Quinquepartite! The beer is a nice amber color with a white head. It looks a bit more appealing than the other two barrel aged beers I have it next to. Some gold and orange highlights around the edges of the glass and a nice white head leave me thinking this is a great looking American Wild, especially on that is almost 10% ABV.

The beer smells great! Tart sourness and chardonnay grapes jump out along with some port and black grapes. There are notes of lemon, cherry, orange and strawberry. A nice touch of wood adds some earthiness and slight tannins to the mix. There's also a slight presence of lactobacillus bacteria, giving a sour edge, as well as pediococcus bacteria, which lends a touch of butterscotch to the mix. The malt is sweet but is buried in a sea of wine barrel, fruity esters, and funky organisms.

This beer tastes simply amazing. If I had to describe it in one phrase it would be: sour woody wine. What I mean is that the beer has four huge, distinct wine barrel aged elements as the base. The mastery of the blend here is unparalleled. I can taste the buttery Chardonnay hints, the Port wine's dark dried fruit and spice, the plum and cherry from the Cabernet and the spicy kick of the Zinfandel. The wood comes into play next, with some great tannins and touches of oak, spice, and vanillin. Finally, the sour element from the bacteria brings in hints of sour cherry and tart lemon. This is so complex and so well executed. One of the best examples of multi-dimensional flavor in an American Wild Ale I've ever experienced.

The beer has low carbonation which leads to a lightly sticky sensation in-between sips. But the body never becomes syrupy and the beer is enjoyable to sip. There is no hint of alcohol, as the complex wood and sour tastes that linger cover up any booze. I'd happily drink this beer again and I'm actually going to try to find a bottle or two to share with wine-drinking family members. A world class barrel aged beer from Avery's Basement!

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4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours cloudy orange with a real nice white one finger head. A little dash of lacing in there with some decent retention

S: There the sour for sure. The funky aged vinegar with some grassy notes and some grapefruit like tartness. making my mouth salivate.

T: Its not the sourest beer but my mouth gets a bomb of tartness which i want. has a lot of i guess maybe the chardonnay grassy character with a pronounced brett sour. Lots of tannins are overpowering the port barrel which is trying to poke its head out. has a lemon citrus taste after a few sips and a green grape presence

M: Carbonation is really done well with this one. my mouth gets really dried out which is expected so my palate is working hard.

D: I really dont get any alcohol in this, its pretty much just sour. I know there are beers that are more sour but I will have to say its got a great punch. Each sip I keep getting some new flavors so its fun to try to pick out something new. I think it might be a little more sour than the sui generis but a little more fruity. I cant choose which is better so thats a good thing in my book.

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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tasting glass. Big thanks to Bman1113VR.

Murky dark golden body with a one finger white head. Dies down to a this layer of foam on top. Leaving some good lacing behind.

Initially all I could get in the nose was horse blanket. As the beer opened up I get some fruit like oranges and citrusy notes.

The taste is horse blanket, orange jam, citrusy orange zest, spicy oak, and a nice hit of vanilla. Really citrusy, surprisingly with a nice bit of acidity.

The mouthfeel has a nice mid range body, and the carbonation keeps it light and a bit dry.

The alcohol is barley noticeable. It's a really interesting and tasty beer. Surprising amounts of citrus.

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4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for gifting me this one.

Bottled 5/6/10.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with grain, wine, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet and sour grain and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super sour and tasty.

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Quinquepartite from Avery Brewing Company
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