Meretrix | Avery Brewing Company

MeretrixMeretrix
BA SCORE
4.31/5
82 Ratings
MeretrixMeretrix
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Schmittymack on 07-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
82
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
143
Gots:
28
Trade:
3
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.32/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip. Bottled Jun 29, 2011.

3.0 A: Moderately hazed medium amber color. Short lived fizzy off-white head.

3.5 S: Big cherry notes right from the start. Moderately tart with a potent helping of acetic acid. Plum, raisin, mixed berry, and pomagranate fruits. Caramel maltiness with vinous grape. Mildly earthy with a tough of musty funk and some outdoorsy dirtiness. Lightly tannic with soft vanilla and oak notes. Booze is well hidden.

3.5 T: Again tart cherries lead the way. More funky and less fruity than the nose, though the fruits mentioned are still easily discernable. Vinous grape is a lot more apparent though. Caramel, hints of brown sugar, and toastiness. Moderate acetic acid and a surprisingly amount of tangy lactic acid. Basement must funk predominates. Tannic astringency is a little stronger than I'd like, but it's not too distracting. Booze is also apparent in the taste, but again, not too distracting. Lots of oak and a mild vanilla.

3.0 M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation, but it's a little too bity for my liking. Also lacking creaminess.

3.0 D: Decent beer, but it's a little too unrefined. More astringency than I'd like, harsh carbonation, and not enough flavor integration. Might be better with more time, but it's still a little rough right now.

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Photo of bauermj
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of beerwolf77
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of tdjb
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Hazy almost murky mix of red/orange/brown with a finger of white bubbles that quickly recedes to a ring.

S: Huge sour cherry aroma with some musty funk and tartness. I get some spices in the way of nutmeg as well.

T: A bit more dry than I was expecting, lactic acid mixes with sour cherry in a pleasant and moderate way. I get quite a bit of vinous qualities as well. Everything mixes very well together.

M: A bit thicker than average with strong but appropriate carbonation.

O: Very nice. Great balance of lactic sourness with sour cherry, funk, and vinous qualities. Not overly complex, but very good.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
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 kscaldef
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Romulux
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of goosewhisperer
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of leschkie
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -10.2%
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 buffs9
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of RSchaeffer
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tlbarsh
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of imperialking
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of leprakhan
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Anthony1
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of quine
5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of teamizm
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Urbancaver
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden reddish orange. Nice white head. Looks pretty solid. Smells grapey and cherry heavy. Oak, lots of tartness. Tastes great. Lots of cherry tartness. Very tart. Oak is heavy and nice. Highly carbonated.... Maybe a bit too much. Overall a very enjoyable sour

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Photo of brew3crew
5/5  rDev +16%

Meretrix from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 82 ratings
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