Muscat D'Amour | 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): 10.78%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by claytong on 02-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
115
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
34
For Trade:
1
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Photo of yeaprolly
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beaver13
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little flabby. Too boozy, not much distinct Muscat character.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerIsntBad
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
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+

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Stoutsman
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of vonnegut21
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of stevec32
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Seanniek91
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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...

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Muscat D'Amour from Avery Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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