Meretrix | 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): 9.62%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Schmittymack on 07-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
32
Avg:
4.19
pDev:
10.74%
 
 
Wants:
144
Gots:
28
For Trade:
3
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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the more sour of this series. Near-wine, the taste is here but you know its not wine itself. Reddish colour, disappearing head. Above average mouthfeel, a sipper and good drinkability with a full meal. Very good creation, and worth seeking out for sour fans. Wine fumes.

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Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First had: bottle at City Tap House, Philly, PA

Slightly hazy reddish-brown pour with a thin ringlet of bubbles on top. Aroma was fairly lactic, with a good dose of cherries and red grapes. The aroma was accurately reflected in the taste, cherries, red wine, lactic notes, tart but not puckering, dry oakiness, a hint of vanilla and sugary malt base. Enjoyable. Medium body, alcohol was right about where it should have been, moderate carbonation, dry, and easily sippable.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of JAHMUR
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of AlexFields
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Carleton (SpdKilz) for sharing this one. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving off-white foam that settles to nothing - no collar, lace, etc. Hazy dark red-brown body.

S - Lactic with lots of yogurt, some bretty pineapple funkiness, as well as some musky overripe fruits, red wine, and sweet malt backbone.

T - Taste is more vinous and oaky, with lactic yogurt notes further in the periphery. There's some light toffee malt, tart fruits, and a slightly sour apple skin finish.

M - Medium body, with surprisingly prickly carbonation. Extremely dry and tannic, with extremely well-hidden alcohol - a common feature of these Avery wilds.

D - This one is in the middle of the pack for me when it comes to Avery sours. Significantly better than the wide release ones, but not quite on the same level as Sui Generis. I'd gladly have this one again if offered.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served with all the other Avery beers. Beer is amber with a tan / off white head, small bubbles, low retention.

Aroma is cherries and some acetic notes. A little bite.

The tartness of the cherries almost plays well with the bite from the acetic but overall this beer is over the hill and going down. Drink them now, they aren't getting any better.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this at the DFW-area Beer Advocate tasting at the Addison Flying Saucer in August 2011.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the sour cherries with a good dose of brown sugar thrown in. The flavor is similar. There is a ton of sour cherry, as well as quite a bit of vinegar, some oak and some brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kscaldef
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper, just slightly brown. Minimal head and retention. Aromas of cherry and wine dominate, with earthy blackberry undertones. Intensely sour flavors of pie cherries and lemon. Just enough bitterness to finish clean. Another nice beer in the Avery barrel-aged series.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 4.14.14
Bottled Jun 29, 2011

A - Dark amber with a fizzy dark tan head that is gone fast.

S - Tart cherry, oak, raspberry.

T - Tart cherry and oak, a nice sour without being a puckerer.

D - Good cabonation with a light body.

O - Nice cherry and oak flavors with a balanced tartness. Good beer.

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super rare. Acquired via trade with BeerBATvocate. This is the first time I've had one of Avery's rare beers. The first time I've had a very rare sour, too, I think--certainly it's the first time that a sour has been the main object of a trade. What should my expectations be? Should what I expect out of the beer be dictated by the number of hoops I had to jump through in order to acquire it?

Smells dull. Not bad, but faint: more like unripe cherries than lactobacillus.

Tastes SOUR. Pleasant, but not as complex as I was hoping. The oakiness comes through after I've had a couple sips and grown accustom to the sourness' intensity. It doesn't really mellow things out so much as it accentuates the tart. The back end is really, really nice, though, with big bursts of red fruit that remind me of New Glarus' Belgian Red.

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