Meretrix | Avery Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.62%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Schmittymack on 07-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into Tulip glass

A- Quite the beautiful hue. Pours a deep copper-red, with thin pillowy head that fades at a medium pace. Minimal lacing.

S- Wow. Simply stunning aroma. Strong smell of sour cherry, followed immediately by very pronounced Cabernet qualities. The sour really comes out in the nose. It's something I could sit and smell for hours(and did, well, an hour at least).

T- The taste very much matches the nose, with more pronunciation on both the cherry and the Cab traits. In addition, you taste the Brett pretty upfront. And the Lactobacillus and Pediococcus really pronounce the lingering, and increasingly sour taste that coats your palate like a bed sheet draped over it. Quite the sour punch. Simply marvelous. There are some Red Wine Tannin characteristics that seem to hang around in the background. The Brett character seems to dance around the sour cherry, as if it was a shuffle. Beautiful balance of flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is silky, slick, and coats fairly well. Nice Medium body to it. Possibly slightly higher than a typical Sour.

O- Pretty scary on the drinkability. It's rated at 9.62% ABV, but very much drinks like it's 7. Quite impressive. Overall, pretty big sour bite to it, and yet super duper drinkable. Very tasty. Each flavor and aspect played well with one another. Balanced, refined, and yet, kind of in your face at the same time(in a good way). IMO, this is the best Sour to leave Avery. Hands down. [cue applause]

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice solid white/tan head with good retention. Great clarity. No lacing. Fantastic legs. Brew is rosey red with a nice pink undertone.

Strawberry, cherry, cranberry, white grape must. Sweet, tartness, Not vinegar. No lemon, slight lime.

Dry, earthy, strawberry, cherry, green apple, tart, nicely full. Fruity, aromatic. Great full sour. Carbonation is very solid and high, appropriate. Body is medium and well blended. Sweetness is rock-solid and gracious! This is an amazingly well rounded beer. Slight awkward bite at the very end. Not a vinegar sour at all. Solid.

It's nearly a perfect beer. This has to be near the pinnacle of Avery Barrel Series... Way beyond recommended. I will definitely be seeking another, just encase someone has an extra lying around. Thanks RuckusD for the swap!!!

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

a-deep red color with an initial one finger head that goes away as fast as it was poured. Nice lively carbonation. No lacing down the glass. The color is fitting for the Cab barrels and cherries that this beer has sat in for the last two years.

s-as soon as I popped the top, the smell hit my nose. There is some muted funk, grapes, wine, sour apple, cherries, and some oak on the nose. I know this sounds like a lot, but it comes out as the beer warms. Smell is a powerful part of this beer. Lots of things happening in this nose, glad it's in a snifter.

t-WOW! Beautiful expression of flavors layered in this beer. The beer begins with some sour and little funk right up front. It opens to some cherries and wood mid way through. The beer has a lot of sour fruits in here, and the apples are making their presence known. There is a cider taste in the finish. This beer will crush your palate. The finish went on for a good 5 mins. Beer finishes with some tannic notes.

m-the mouth feel is crisp. The carbonation is right on with the beer. This beer has good body.

o-Avery knocked it out of the park with this beer. I think their barrel aged beers just keep getting better and better. Great job with all of the great flavors blending in so well with this beer. It is not just sour and then more sour. There are a lot of things going on in here. I found a lot more flavors in the bottom half of the beer that was warmer than the first half.

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4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: a nice copper mohagany color. Starts with a decent off white head and instantly dissipates into nothing. Nice and clear

S: lots of wood and cherry sour. That's basically it. That's an awesome smell by the way. A little bit of darker fruit showing up in the background

T: huge amounts of flavor. First off there's an awesome sourness all the way through the beginning to the end. The wood isn't as pungent as the smell but the cherries are bold a delicious. Super smooth for the amount of sourness.

M: there is a nice little sting from the carbonation which is like salt to food... makes all the flavor come out. The sourness doesn't dry my mouth out so I can drink for days. It actually makes my mouth water after every sip.

O: this is a Damn fine beer. This competes with concecration in my eyes and im troubled by which is better. This is an all around delicious beer and if I had more I would give this to anyone and turn them on to goodness

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4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle thanks to forgetfu! Epic...bonus! Bottled Jun 29 2011.

Pours a tawny crimson with very thin head that dissipates to nothing quickly. Nose is amazing...sour cherry, earthy soil, fruit leathers, saddle leather, cranberry, pomegranate, craisins, dark chocolate...I mean this nose goes on and on and on! Could smell it all week!

Palate is tart then biting sour right up front. Flavors of big juicy cabernet and black/sour cherries dominate. Then saddle leather, peach pit, cranberry (big time), raisins, dried black figs, dried berries, fresh black berries and on and on and on...

The best Avery sour I've had, and one of the best sours I've had produced in North America! This is an epic bottling, truly the definition of complex, beautifully balanced and drinks very very well at such a young age. I wish I had 12 of these in my cellar, but alas, this is (was) my only one. Awesome.

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Meretrix from Avery Brewing Company
4.19 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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