Muscat D'Amour
Avery Brewing Company

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Wild Ale
4 | pDev: 11.25%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.34/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle bought 3/9/12. Pours clear yellow gold with a fizzy white head that goes to a thin splash.

The aroma is musty white wine with some brett, fruit, oakey vanilla, and alcohol.

The flavor is very dry white wine with some sweet sugary fruits (grape) and a little funk in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little carbonation.

Overall, an interesting white wine brett beer.

Jun 17, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.17/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass format. Bottled: Jan 26 2012. Reviewed live as an American wild ale per the label. Gold foil-ed over pry-off pressure cap.

Expectations are sky high; I adored Rufus Corvus. Served cold into Avery stemware and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Fizzy and white. Retention is horrid - ~20 seconds at best. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear vibrant gold-copper. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Overall, it's a good appearance for a wild ale, but isn't unique or special. I'm looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Chardonnay is evident, as is white grapeskin. Supple. Golden malts shine - an apt choice of malt foundation for a sour. Definite grape must comes through; more of a powdery suggestion would be ideal. I pick up crystal malt and neutral brettanomyces, but no funkiness, sourness, or true wild character. It's a bit tart, I guess. Hints of apple skin. Overall, I find it wanting - for a wild ale, it's surprisingly clinical and sterile (at least in the aroma). As it begins to warm, some uninteresting neutral oak emerges - but doesn't bring any toastiness, barrel sugars, or vanilla with it.

No biscuity yeast or overt hop profile is detectable, nor are any off-notes. Aromatic intensity is mild overall.

TASTE: The malt foundation is nice - honey malt, Belgian golden malts, clean barley, crystal malt - but it does lend the beer a bit too much sweetness. The lack of sourness is severely disappointing; this is a 0-1/10 in terms of sourness. Don't expect any tartness either. Or funkiness, for that matter. The brettanomyces yeast does very little here, evoking only a glimmer of tartness that disappears beneath the prominent malt base. Grape must is present, but can't save the beer from its shockingly plain (and frankly boring) flavour profile. Oak is equally subdued, coming off neutral and reticent. It's balanced, but in fairness there just aren't many notes to balance. The chardonnay/white grape character is nice, lending the flavour profile apt cohesion, but ultimately this just tastes like a shell of a beer - as though the brewers forgot to add bacteria or wild yeast.

Average depth and duration of flavour. Low flavour intensity. I do like it, but its dire simplicity holds it back, and the absence of wild characteristics make it a fundamental failure in its style.

TEXTURE: Slightly powdery. Smooth, wet, clean, crisp. Well-carbonated. Medium-bodied. Moderate thickness.

I do give it loads of credit for how well it disguises its ABV - this is over 10% and drinks like it's 5%. Wow.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This texture complements the taste nicely, but isn't optimal and doesn't elevate the beer. More of a powdery delicate beer would help accentuate the grape must notes. Presence on the palate is nice, but could be better.

OVERALL: Extremely disappointing given it's billed as a wild ale. This is one of those neutral brettanomyces-only "wild ales" that stems from the erroneous belief that brettanomyces alone can induce sufficient sourness/tartness. Sour lovers will regret purchasing this - especially at its high price point. I wouldn't bother with it again, but if it were half the price and billed as a glorified wild saison, that'd be a bit more fair. This is one brew in Avery's (purported) sour lineup that can be skipped. That said, it's shockingly drinkable for its high ABV. But why does Avery always shoot for unreasonably high ABVs? It seems to come at the expense of flavour.

I get that they're not going for a sour, but even as a brett-only brew intended to showcase wine must, it's a failure. It just doesn't evoke what it needs to, and isn't that flavorful.

High C+

Dec 30, 2014
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Seanniek91 from Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 12oz bottle into a Goose Island wine glass. Vintage 2012.

Appearance- Clear gold with no head or lacing. Looks like a sparkling wine.

Smell-Gueze-like funk, lemon, some white grape, lots of oaky buttery barrel characteristics. Very guezey and buttery. No booze hints at all.

Taste-Oh my. Buttery grapes, lemon, oak, peaches. Almost Sauternes-like but with some real tartness.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, tart then sweet, Light heat, very effervescent, Medium body.

Overall- Real nice and different for a barrel aged wild. Looking forward to trying more Avery sours.

Mar 20, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.62/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not my favorite of the avery barrel series, lots of white grape to this and very little sourness or wild yeast character in nose or taste. hazy blonde beer with not much head and a lot of sweetness to the flavor. mostly wheat malt from what i gather, a well hidden abv strength and lots of bright oak character, a touch of lemon bar type dessert, and that summery grain. a little boring really though, whats most interesting about this beer has likely faded in the time since its release. sweetness from the grape carries all the way though to the finish, and whats missing for me is the interesting or wild yeast that is claimed on the bottle. a cook drink, but a one and done for me, would have loved to try it fresh but it has to be past its prime now, or maybe not to it yet...

Feb 04, 2014
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

2.74/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of fortsambo. Served in a mini snifter. Pours a light golden color with a thin white head and a bit of lacing. The nose has some white grapes along with some chardonnay and a bit of oak. Mild earthiness. Flavor is a bit sour and tart with chardonnay dryness and some oak through the finish. Light tannins and a hint of alcohol. Light acidity. Interesting, but not quite integrated.

Dec 15, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.35/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another grape sour from Avery, served along side all of the other sours from Avery. This one is like mixing a sour beer with white wine, it ends up...odd.

Beer is amber / yellow with almost no head retention, some white bubbles.

Aroma is grapes, grape juice, sour, lactic.

Beer is light in body and really dry on the finish, the overall sense of the beer is bone dry, almost harsh. I don't hate it but there is an aftertaste that is really unpleasant. Not a repeat.

Dec 05, 2012
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thebigredone from Wisconsin

2.55/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thnks to jfstilling for hooking me up with this.

I am going to skip straight to the overall. I like wine, and I like beer, but I do not like this. Smells and tastes decent upfront, but has a really nasty aftertaste. Can't really describe the flavor, somewhat bitter, medicinal, moldy oaky, and just plain gross. Maybe this is just a bad bottle, but this really became undrinkable. I had to drain pour about three-quarters of this after giving it the old college try.

Sep 21, 2012
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RuckusDu from Colorado

3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've tried this a few times now and never been blown away. This was a pour into a large snifter.

A - Doesn't have much of a head, but mostly white with some orange and brown in it. The body is clear and a straw yellow in color. Not much going on here.

S - This is probably the highlight. Some good sour, but also nice white wine aromas. I get a little ethyl acetate and some band-aide. But overall it is very good. Some lemon and some floral smells.

T - Too much wine for me. Makes the alcohol come out more than I think it should. Better colder. A little floral/farmhouse flavor, some lemon and plum.

M - I feel as though there is a struggle between drying and buttery. But it is nice carbonation and body works with this style.

O - I can't tell if this is improving with age. Still too much white wine for me. A good beer, but slightly off for me.

Sep 07, 2012
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gford217 from Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright hazy golden yellow with a small short-lived white head.

Aroma is very wine-like with lots of Chardonnay notes but with a sweet fruity character from the muscats. Almost smells like a dessert wine with a bit of earthy funk thrown in.

Taste also reminds me of a sparkling dessert wine - plenty of white grapes and light sugary fruits. The Brett is hardly noticeable with only hints of dry earthy notes in the finish, but it's the lightly tart fruitiness that dominates.

Mouthfeel is spritzy, with strong carbonation, which really hides the alcohol well. Never would have guessed such a high ABV.

Another really good beer from the barrel series for Avery, a tart/sweet drinkable brew.

Aug 10, 2012
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brokensail from California

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly clouded golden color with a white head. Very strong grape character to this. Lots of sweet muscat grapes but a very pronounced chardonnay character as well. Slight brettanomyces funk with maybe a touch of medicine. The flavor is also heavy on the grape and white wine character with moderate lactic tartness. Lots of wood and mild to moderate funkiness. Not bad, but no Cuvee de Castleton, either.

Jul 17, 2012
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TenHornsProud from Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow/pale oragne with a small white head that fades quickly.

Smells of white wine, almost pino with oak and alcohol.

Taste is white-wine grape up front that goes into a slightly malty, highly carbonated middle, before ending on muscat grape note with hints of pear and sourness.

Medium body with lower carbonation works well enough. Alcohol is too present as it stands.

While I do enjoy the flavors, I find this to be too much like a white wine and not enough like a beer. Some age could also help bring things together.

Jun 22, 2012
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StoneTSR from Colorado

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

APPEARANCE: Looked like champagne when first poured. It's crisp, clean and very light with bubbles all over. Lacing was non existent and not much head.

SMELL: Plenty of grape aromas with a pleasant hint of green apple. Oddly, there was also a bit of what smelled like slightly overcooked pork.

TASTE: Starts out a bit metallic and not terribly sour, but the wild yeast kicks in the middle of the sip and provides a more tart, apple flavor towards the end.

MOUTHFEEL: Effervescent is the best word for this beer. Bright, lively and full of sparkle. It is nice and dry as well.

OVERALL: This was a very pleasant beer overall. It really tasted like a sour, bubbly chardonnay.

Jun 04, 2012
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jmarsh123 from Indiana

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

Thanks to MinorThreat for the bottle

Pours cloudy gold with a thin white head that fades immediately. Lots of bubbles.

Aroma is good musty brett along with heavy vinous notes and some oak.

Sour lemon/barnyard funk up front. Tannic qualities and finishes with a heap of oak and lots of white wine.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Not as fizzy as the initial appearance would indicate.

Almost more like a wine than a beer. The musty brett is a bit too much for me, but still good overall.

May 25, 2012
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tobelerone from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice looking beer; like a chardonnay with a small white head. Creamy, slippery lacing. The head dissipates to a thin band fairly quickly. Musty, somewhat funky brett aroma, definitely wine-like and vinous, moderately sweet honeyed malt note.

Complex and tasty. There’s the musty brett and a very winey, chardonnay, tannic flavor. Some sweetness and a tart, very lightly puckering sour aspect. Low but persistent bitterness. Semi dry finish with lingering white grape and oak.

Medium-light bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to give it a fairly crisp feel. Would do nicely paired with just about any food you’d serve with a semi-dry white wine.

Overall a very nice, complex and thought-provoking brew. Blurs the lines a bit between beer and wine.

May 12, 2012
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bfields4 from Colorado

4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden body. Very effervescent. Head dissipates very quickly. Reminiscent of champagne.

Funky sour yeast aroma. Tart grape aroma. A hint of the barrel wouldn't notice if I wasn't looking maybe a figment of my imagination.

Tart grape and white wine flavors. Touch of sweet bready pale malt. Funky notes come and go.

Good complex flavors. Like the experimentation. Tasty brew, glad I tried it. Nice light flavors with a good creamy body compliment the tartness. I could really see this being a good intro sour.

May 10, 2012
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AgentZero from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of jrallen34

A - Orange colored beer with a white head that left some minor lace on the glass.

S - Does smell a bit like wine. There's some tannic quality, grapes, apples, and a bit of wood from the barrel.

T - Oaky, with a little bit of funk. It's a bit of a heartier sour than most, with the wine and barrel influence taking away some of the lighter tartness and sourness in a wild.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O - Not bad, but nothing I would trade for again. Not sure if it had too much time in the barrel, or the base wasn't strong enough to get overwhelmed.

Apr 15, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a murky yellow with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sour and tart fruit, funk, wood, and wine. Taste is the same with a white wine flavor on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good sour with some nice aromas and flavors.

Apr 10, 2012
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russwbeck from Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours much like, dare I say it, Miller Light. Clear, with hints of yellow, resting in the glass a very clear yellow color. Bubbles scream from the bottom of the glass to the top, where a bubbly and thin white head dissipates very quickly.

S: I am certainly getting a ton of grapes and wine characteristics out of the aroma. Dry white wine, big oak notes from the barrel, and a real nice funky, barnyard funk, and probably some sweaty goat as Lauren Salazar from New Belgium taught me. Certainly stinky, funky, and wonderful.

T: The taste is really musty with a decent amount of sour. This really tastes more like a nice white wine than a sour beer. I really like the change of pace. Just a huge amount of grapes in every part of this beer, beginning, middle, and end. With a sour brett undertone, barnyard funk and oak. Really a game changer for me in terms of American Wild Ales because the wine is the forefront. If only it was more widely available I would recommend it as a gateway beer for wine lovers.

MF: Very light body with a very high amount of carbonation. The drinkability is ok, but the mustiness does detract from it a bit. Very dry finish, but absolutely no notes of the surprisingly high ABV.

O: Like I said, game changer. This beer is phenomenal, I just wish it was easier to find. I savored all 12 ounces I had, and you should, too.

Mar 31, 2012
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

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

Thanks to Jason for sharing this rarity. Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Finger of white foam settles to a thin collar, wispy partial cap, and minimal lacing. Lightly hazed golden body.

S - It's got that standard musky funk and malt sweetness that I've come to associate with Avery wild ales. Some tropical brett claussenii flavors, along with fairly intense barrel oak and vinous flavors.

T - Taste is pretty similar, with vinous grapes, sweet malts, tropical fruits, and sweaty funk. Surprisingly sweet, with only modest acidity. The Muscat grapes are fairly present and combined with the sweet flavors there's a desert wine kind of vibe to this. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Smooth texture, medium body, dry and moderately tannic finish, hint of warming alcohol, moderate carbonation level. Solid, but unexceptional here.

D - I liked this one. It's not the best beer in this series, but it's definitely in the upper third somewhere. I'd drink it again, and perhaps drink it a bit slower to tease out flavor subtleties as it warms up.

Mar 26, 2012
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denver10 from New Mexico

2.98/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a golden orange with no head or lacing. A bold aroma of tart grape and apples, woody from the barrel, and a strong wine like smell too. Sweet and tart; grapes, apple and wood. A strong wine-like quality to this. Medium bodied, not much carbonation to this, some carbonation might have benefited it. Its expensive but the alcohol definitely hit me with this and one bottle was a sufficient amount to enjoy and get a nice buzz on, so I can't complain about the cost. Glad I finally got to try one of these Avery barrel aged brews but can't say my expectations for it were quite met.

Mar 24, 2012
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Sean9689 from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Jason! Bottle into tulip.

A - Pours a rusty burnt orange color, white frothy head, spotty lace, wisps on top.

S - Fruity must, toasted oak, sour grapes, tannins similar to a wine.

T - Similar to the nose, more vinous qualities. Oak, sour fruity notes, grapes, light barnyard funk.

M - Medium body, light carbonation, dry finish.

O - I was hoping for a bit more here, and it's actually a bit of a messy beer. It's not terrible or anything, I drank my pour, I just wouldn't go crazy searching this one out.

Mar 23, 2012
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle for $10.99 (ouch). I've been game to try one of these Avery barrel aged beers ever since I liked Sui Generis so much. Bright yellow color, hazy. Smell is a little stinky, grapes, wine, and booze, ehhh. The taste was nice, chardonnay, grapes, wine, slight booze, barrel, brett, a nice melange of flavors that in my opinion did not quite match the smell which was good. Overall I thought this was a good beer but my only complaint about the Avery barrel aged sours is why can't they make one that is low ABV? I think they are all 8% and up.

Mar 13, 2012
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hopfacebrew from Colorado

4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle dated 1/26/2012 to Duvel tulip the beer is a slightly hazy though translucent golden yellow straw color with gilded edges in the light. A small 1/4 finger white head, though not much carbonation. No retention or lacing. The nose is nice, mix of sour tartness with noticeable elements of chardonnay and grapes. Hints of brett and earthy hops. The nose is a bit subdued, the flavor is not. Powerful and full. Starts with a distinct tart apple fruitiness that quickly turns to a mild sour flavor with hints of grape and vinegar and brett. The middle provides a more pronounced grape flavor as the earthy hops develop. The beer finishes with a chardonnay flavor, crisp, and clean. It is extremely complex yet easy to drink. Refreshing. Absolutely no hint of alcohol. Overall, this is great. I wish I had access to more to cellar.

Mar 10, 2012
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chefmikeanderson from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : nice clear golden like a deeper chardonnay color or Muscat juice. nice noticable carbonation

S: a nice sweet white /green fruit backround with a shot of funky brett letting you know its in there.

T:This one is way more beer like compared to the sauvage. tastes is like a fruit brett saison with the barnyard depth with must and nice residual sweetness left from the fruit

M: a little thick for me maybe a little low on carbonation to help everything shine

O: Another really nice blend of the beer and wine world. very food friendly but easily drinkable by yourself.

Feb 25, 2012
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waltonc from California

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden straw color with ample white head. On the nose, there is a definite Chardonnay and muscat grape quality. This is the most Chardonnay I've ever found in a beer. Light Brett notes add a nice earthy quality. Taste follows the nose - with tart apple, muscat grape, and Chardonnay, among other qualities. Really clean, refreshing flavor. This blurs the lines between wine an beer a much as any beer I've had. Medium bodied with bright, sparkling carbonation. Overall, I'm a big fan. One of the better Avery barrel-aged brews I've had.

Feb 16, 2012
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