Dihos Dactylion | Avery Brewing Company

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Dihos DactylionDihos Dactylion

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale aged in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels.

Added by thagr81us on 02-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Photo of claspada
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a small quick-to-recede white head that leaves some minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with lactic tartness and perhaps just a touch of vinegar. A little bit of a sour cherry aroma and some nice red wine and oak aromas. As it warms it gets a little funky, almost cheesy with increasing vinious characteristics.

The tastes begin with a great deal of vinious grape and a solid oak quality, including a fairly strong tannic and vinegar presence. As it warms there is a mild funky fruity mix of cherries and grapes, perhaps a little bit of red berry, as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is quite sour and tannic and makes the finish a bit astringent.

Overall I have had a few of these Avery sours and this we probably my least favorite to date. The vinous and oak flavor profile was a bit over the top and aggressive which says a lot considering how much I love red wine and wild ales.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a New Belgium tulip.

Crimson red with a nice 1cm head around the top of it. Lots of bubbles coming off the nucleation etching on the bottom of the glass. Some thin but coating lacing down the side as I sip.

Big vinous fruit notes are the most obvious scents... Raspberries, strawberries and cherries mixed together in a fresh wine barrel. Some alcohol in there as well, as well as lactic like qualities. Nice.

The taste runs along the same lines as the smell. Lots of fruit and wine flavors with some acidic qualities mid palate. Pretty delicious and I would have guessed that this beer would have been around 7-8% if I hadn't known better. Not too sour, which is nice. Could use a bit of drying flavors in here though to round out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium full and juicy. Not too much carbontion once it is in your mouth which is nice.

Overall, a pretty good wild ale. Reminds me a lot of Supplication but without the big time cherry flavors you get form a fresh bottle of Supplication. Nice job, I would love to have more of this to age. I could see the beer becoming a bit more dry with time, which is really what this beer needs to be a great one.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another nice, well made sour beer from Avery. Not nearly on the same level as say Cascade or Lost Abbey, but getting there. Pours a nice orangish color with a silky tan head. Nice wine barrel presenc eover sweet malts and sour yeast. More funky than sour. Clean body drinks well.

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Photo of Pahn
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks to BA morningthief for getting me this bottle (traded it for a KBS).

Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch fizzy offwhite head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing. Pours a slightly hazy ruby and leaves a few sweeping patches of lacing.

Smell: Strong lactic sourness. Mild fruit notes, cherry and strawberry. With warmth, the fruit opens up and gets stronger, but still not much else I can put my finger on. Faint oak. Decent brettanomyces tang.

Taste: Nice, deeper and darker flavors than in the smell. Creamy body comes as a welcome surprise, and works well with the mild lactic sourness, Cabernet Sauvignon, and vanilla oak flavors. Can immediately taste the 10.74% ABV--this is a hot beer, with alcohol heat lingering through the finish like hard liquor. More oak influence than wine, but the cab flavors come out stronger and deeper with warmth. More fruit emerges as well, with some melon and citrus flavors. Brettanomyces has very little influence on the flavor, though it comes out in the aftertaste occasionally.

This beer is packed with good flavor. Lots of complexity, and well-balanced. It's too hot for me, but perhaps that's the price paid to get all these beautiful flavors into the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very creamy. Well carbonated. Reasonably puckering. Excessively hot, but that hurts the flavor more than the feel (I enjoy a nice lingering alcohol heat now and then).

Overall: This is a very good beer, though perhaps it's too confused to be a great beer. It has bright, fruity flavors bolstered by well-implemented wild yeast and bacteria sourness, so it should be refreshing... but then there's this enormous alcohol heat burning up the refreshment, along with mildly smokey and dark fruity cab flavors and big oak influence, both of which suggest a deep, decadent treat more than Spring/Summer refreshment.

The flavors are balanced, in that they work well together, nothing jumps out and overpowers (though the heat threatens to), but they're don't necessarily compliment each other that much. If it were food, you could perhaps say the chef should have done a little editing. Still, it's a very well made beer that's packed with flavor. I'll enjoy finishing this bottle (already about 40 minutes into it) and would happily buy another.

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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 11, 2011

Pours a light fizzy bubbly head that fades semi quickly, darker toasted auburn brown color but very clear

Nose tons of oude bruin like souring, bacteria lacto perhaps pedio but maybe not, Brett funk sourness, sweet brown malts and barleywine-ish level sweet candy malts, soured malts too, creamy lacto funk, mild toasted buttery oak, and a touch of vinous wine even.

Taste is quite sour, big acidity, malt vinegar, more sweet like candy malts and barleywine-esque maltiness, a bit of soured candy, again more bacteria sourness, lacto creamy sourness, and Brett funk as well, maybe more bacteria, mild buttery oak, and a touch of vinous wine but hard to get much, wish I had one fresh to compare. Finishes a bit flemmy but surprisingly not much, more acidity, and funk lingering.

Mouth is med bod, very acidic and only a little flemmy, touch of booze, decent carb

Overall not bad, an interesting oude bruin like sour with sweet malts on top of big souring, surprisingly not very flemmy, and touches of wine barrel which I wish was more and probably was when it was fresh.

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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Eric (TurdFurgison) - a great birthday gift! Served in a ZBF 2011 tulip.

A - Pours with a finger-plus of creamy light tan foam that eventually settles to a solid cap. Superb retention, and large swathes of lacework. Body is an almost clear translucent dark orange-red. Streams of tiny bubbles are visible at the edges of the glass.

S - Large oak presence, vinous notes, musk, sweat, a bit of cheese, over-ripe berries, and lactic sourness are all present in varying degrees. Gets increasingly oaky and cabernet heavy as it warms, but it's worth the wait.

T - Taste is again heavy in oak and wine grapes, along with some tart berries. There's a bread and yeast malt character in the background, but this is dominated by acetic and vinous notes.

M - Creamy medium-full body, tannic and dry finish that is also lightly sticky on the lips. Medium, zesty carbonation. Some faint alcohol warmth, but the 10.74% is a bit of a surprise.

D - It was easy to drink 12oz, but I'd put this a notch behind Sui Generis and Quinquepartite. The intense oak, Cabernet, and acetobacter in the finish gets a bit fatiguing, and the high alcohol makes this more of a slow sipper than a refreshing sour ale. Definitely one to savor over a long period of time.

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4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Goblet, bottled 2/11/2011
A - A hazy amber with a slightly red hue, 1 finger head disappeared quickly to a minimal crown 3.5
S - Fruity in the front, sweet malts amongst a general sourness, raspberries & banana 4.5
T - Wow tangy sour start, cherry/berry notes, slightly medicinal, a bit of an astringent finish, definitely a red wine tannin quality to it, a bitterness throughout the whole taste I'm unable to describe without more wild ales under my belt 4.0
M - Light to moderate mouth feel but so big in taste, I enjoyed the level of carbonation 4
O - A crisp flavorful drinking beer, enjoyable even to an amateur like me, I would have another one but not in the same sitting 4

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4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is of cherries and raspberries. Some hints of Cabernet sauv from the barreling. Appearance is beautiful glowing golden amber that is somewhat translucent. Head is a tan white that laces the rim of the glass. Taste is somewhat tart and slightly vinegary sweet cherry/ Rasperry, The cab sauv taste just peeks it’s head in to say hello and then is gone just as quick. Palate is fizzy, sour and has a long delightful finish that holds the taste of wine and berries. Overall one of the best sours I have had. At 10% alc this is also one of the stronger sours I have had.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Nate for this... Wow, a really good Avery sour, would love to try this again... pours a watery red brown with a light off white head, but watery... the nose is mostly sour cherries, a little simple but nice... taste has more going on, a very nice sharp tart bite, cherries, oak a bit of wine texture... get this

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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Avery's stemmed glass.

A: Darker ruby red until held up to light then a medium dark brownish red. Slight off white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thick ring.

S: A fruity, funky slightly sour nose.

T: Smooth sweet to tart sour with a slightly funky tomato linger (not in a bad way).

M: Good carbonation all the way through, good sharpness to it.

D: I couldn't see myself drinking more then one glass of this in one sitting.

Another fine limited release from Avery.

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4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into that trusty shaker glass--again. Poured a amber/brown color with no head to speak of. Tartness and funk on the nose; taste was great: sour cherries, malt, and wood with a little funk thrown in. Avery has done some nice things with their BA releases; looking forward to their next one.

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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on-tap multiple times at Brewvival.

Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of medium malts with large amounts of lightly tart red cherry and raspberry aromas. Also present are light hints of funk and larger amounts of vanilla from the oak.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though not as complex. Medium malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by hints of vanilla and larger tart cherry flavors. Midway through the sip some funkiness dries things out a bit, carrying through to a crisp ending.

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

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was one of the more mild sours I've had from Avery. Easy-drinking but lacking the complexity and bite from their better attempts at the sour beer. Still, worth a shot if you see it around.

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Dihos Dactylion from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 140 ratings
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