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Muscat D'Amour | Avery Brewing Company

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Muscat D'AmourMuscat D'Amour

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.78%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by claytong on 02-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of ncaudle
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of thebigredone
2.55/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.74/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

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Photo of denver10
2.98/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of kscaldef
3/5  rDev -24.2%
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 kojevergas
3.17/5  rDev -19.9%
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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Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of Beaver13
3.34/5  rDev -15.7%
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 drabmuh
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Ryan_MillerTime
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Holland
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmulebarn
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Sean9689
3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of yeaprolly
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
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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Photo of RuckusDu
3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of mhenson42
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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Muscat D'Amour from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 115 ratings
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