Recolte Sauvage
Avery Brewing Company

Recolte SauvageRecolte Sauvage
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Wild Ale
3.89 | pDev: 11.83%
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Recolte SauvageRecolte Sauvage
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

With a keynote flavor that relies on oaken tartness and high vinous character, it seems that wine descriptors fit better with this ale than do beer ones. I might need Robert Parker's help on this one.

The bubbling ale pours with an appearance like sparkling white zinfindale- its rosy pinkish-mauve body casts against a light and tawny haze. A wisping white head head swirls above with delicate creme texture while it settles into a necklace that adjourns nearing the end of the session with minimal lace.

Its funky, tangy and tart aromas captivate the nose with sharp vinous notes and peppery alcohol. All decorated with the fruit character of dry cider, rose wine, under-ripened berries with lemon and lime. A mild earthy scent accompanies with cork-like must, weathered oak and an attic-like character.

Opening with the tangy sweetness of fruit, the early palate balances its bright acidity with grape must, raspberry, tart cherry, crab apple and lime sweetness. As the taste shrugs off any light sweetness, the middle garners intensifying sourness that hinges on white cider vinegar with the peppery taste of straw and hay. Finishing with the high flavor of wood spice, its alcohols amplify both the tartness, brininess and spicy character that's already built into its taste.

Its light and zesty body is, again like champagne except with a firmer substrate from malt. But even that is sliced right through by the crisp acidity and warming alcohols to finish the beer out. What's left is a stripped palate with echoes of grape and berry.

Apr 23, 2014
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barczar from Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep red with garnet highlights and a frothy khaki head that lingers as a ring of foam.

Aroma is dominated by oak and berries, with grape must taking over in the finish.

Flavor is initially very berry forward, with tart cherries at the forefront, followed by sweetness, finishing slightly dry, oaky, and tannic.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with notes alcohol warmth.

Tastes like a berry-laden cab, with a little added sour funk.

Apr 23, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade a long while back. Bottled on Jan 26, 2012. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear garnet hue with a thin half finger tannish head that fades quickly to an aggressively bubbling blanket. Looks really carbonated.

S - Aromas of lots of vinous grapes, cherries, nice must, light funky sourness. Quite nice though there is a super faint metallic aroma flashing in and out.

T - Taste is not nearly as good as the nose. Very sweet, almost cloyingly so. Sweet cherries and darker fruits. Almost a port like flavour, light tannic wood notes, very sharp red wine almost brandy like flavours. Actually quite harsh on the end. This would benefit from some sourness.

M - Mouthfeel is a lot less carbonated than I thought it was going to be . Dry finish but actually quite boozy still.

O - Overall I was let down by this beer. It drinks like a very harsh red wine, which while fine is not what a beer should be. Sprinkle in some sourness, some vinegar notes or what have you and this would be fine. Ah, oh well.

Jan 09, 2014
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zeledonia from Washington

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 26 June 2012. Tasted 2 November 2013.

Pours a medium cherry-wood brown. Clear, despite the accumulation of grit in the bottle. Half-finger of pale orange-hued head, okay retention, not much lacing (as expected for a wild).

Smell is the high point. Fruity and tart in equal measures, delightful and well-balanced. It has a sweet fulness that melds well with the light sour. Cherries, red grape must, and brandy, with a sour twist.

In the same way that the smell is balanced, the taste is not. Far too sweet and fruity for my tastes, with only a dash of sour to balance it out. Much heavier on the brandy and the medium-dark stone fruit. Cherries and wood and fortified red wine. Not really bad, but not what I was hoping for.

Feel is a downer. Overly buoyant, probably from the alcohol. Medium-bodied, a little on the heavy side, and kinda flat. The combination of that expansive balloon sense, and the low carbonation, make for an overwhelming experience (and not in a good way).

If I could just smell this, I'd be happy. The taste and the feel reveal another side, a heavier, fruitier, overly sweet and buoyant side. On balance, pretty darn good; but I'll stick to the nose.

Nov 03, 2013
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vinny21bal from Illinois

3.06/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Man was this a let down. Not that it was a bad beer. I just thought it was going to be the best thing that has ever happened. A sour, aged in all these barrels. I thought this was going to be Avery's golden gem other then Brother Jacob. But instead it was like most of Avery's beers. Drinkable.

Apr 06, 2013
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

2.74/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of fortsambo. Served in a mini snifter. Pours dark with a thin head and not too much retention. The nose has a heavy whiff of red-wine grapes along with oak and acidity. Dark fruits and berries in the background. Flavor is similar, with a heavy emphasis on the barrel character. Medium body. A bit tannic. Interesting, but not something I’d revisit right away.

Dec 15, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared at a line up with all the Avery sours, this was one of the not horrid ones and in this group that is a compliment. This one was more vinous than I expected but by this time all expectations were lost.

Beer is reddish / brown with a tan head, low retention, no lacing, some carbonation, Looks good.

Aroma is sour, secondary metabolites, sharp, vinous, grapes.

Beer is a little fruity still but the sharpness of the finish sort of detracts from the experience for me, it is way sour, very tart, a little solventy. I don't think I'd have it again.

Dec 05, 2012
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UpToMeBeer from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Similar quality to its sister-release, the Muscat D'Amour-- Good, but not great. I like the medium-to-full-body character. The taste has some complexity to it, but nothing really shines. A decent Cab Sav grape/red cherry dominates, with a hint of oak. Minimal sourness, and not much on the finish. Mine was a bottle purchased at the release about 9 months prior at Avery.

Dec 05, 2012
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gford217 from Georgia

3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a tan head with pink hues. Head is smallish and recedes to a thin cap with spotty lacing.

Aroma is very much like a red wine with plen Cabernet characteristics, but with some sweet sugary notes mixed in. Definitely some oak as well. Nt much Brett that I detect.

More red wine up front in the taste with some sugar and yeast underneath. The finish is dry and earthy with a heavy red wine slant. Brett makes an appearance but is not as prominent as the wine.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Having just had the last barrel series, this one doesn't quite stack up to the Muscat D'Amour, but it's not bad. Definitely for the red wine lover.

Aug 10, 2012
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brokensail from California

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark red color with a small off-white head. Holy crap does this smell sweet. Intense grape aroma and just as much sweet jam kind of smell. Lots of berry type notes to it (blackberry and boysenberry, mostly). The flavor is no different. Intense sugary sweetness with berry jam and overripe grapes dominating. Some red wine, a bit of wood, and minimal tartness to break up the sweetness.

Jul 17, 2012
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StoneTSR from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: This beer looks like a bubbly rose. When held up to the light a very pretty and bright red shines through with a lot of bubbles popping up from the bottom. A large patch of sediment also sits at the bottom, but doesn't cloud up the beer. It stays separate.

SMELL: It requires a swirl or two to really bring out the full aroma, but it is a very pleasant one once you do. Tart apple and sour lead the way with some lighter fruit as well.

TASTE: Like the nose, tartness dominates here. Some fruit juice-like flavors also mingle as a slight swell of chocolate flavor subtly rises towards the middle of the sip. This beer tastes like a nice, tart, medium bodied red wine.

MOUTHFEEL: The Sauvage is a much lighter and more playful beer than I would have expected given its color. A nice sparkle and medium body give it a pleasant mouthfeel.

OVERALL: In my opinion, the Recolte is superior to the Muscat D'Amour. I liked them both, but I can pass up the Muscat if I see it on the shelves again, this one I will not.

Jun 13, 2012
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting beer though for my money not quite as successful as Muscat D’Amour. Looks very much like a glass of red wine, with its fine ruby hue, save for the very small and rapidly dissipating head and a little clump of yeasty particles coming to rest at the bottom of the glass. No lacing whatsoever.

A big time grape aroma wafts up from the glass; with brett must and oaky barrel notes following. The flavor is also very grape-like and jammy, but less sweet than expected and highly tannic. Vinous, fairly oaky, moderately dry. I am on the fence as I drink this; the flavor is a little shallow and perhaps just not all that tasty. Are we closer to a quality Cabarnet or to Manischevitz? At least it’s definitely drier than the latter.

Mouthfeel is pretty wine-like as well; light, with just a touch of carbonation. Again, this was a very interesting and thought provoking blurring of the lines between wine and beer; I only wish I had enjoyed it a little more. Leaves me wondering if this is merely mediocre wine, mediocre beer, or something else entirely different…and possibly mediocre as well. Not bashing here, because I certainly didn’t hate it. I was just left a little confused about my own impressions and whether I thought this was anything particularly good or not.

May 12, 2012
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russwbeck from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Really deep red pour that hints towards black. A thin, bubbly, pink head fizzes up and recedes quickly without any lacing. While very dark, the beer is still quite clear.

S: Ton of grapes on the aroma, much more so than sour or funk. Hints of oak from the barrel and some booze. Very much like a nice wine. I was expecting more focus on the wild side of things.

T: The booze is definitely noted throughout the entirety of the taste, but that just continues the wine characteristics. Oaky, and full of musty grapes. Very smooth and dry like a nice red wine. Hints of vinegar and funk are noted here and there, but they're an afterthought.

MF: Medium to full body with no discernable carbonation. Very drinkable, but the booze does get me at some points. The dry finish is curbed by a big grape finish.

O: I'm really impressed at how good this Wild Ale was, without implementing a sour element. Very sweet, and a lot from the barrel create a wonderful little offering from Avery. This would be a big hit from wine and beer lovers alike.

Apr 16, 2012
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AgentZero from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another shared by Jason.

A - Dark reddish colored beer with an off-white head.

S - Smells a lot like wine. A bit jammy, with a bit of oak coming through.

T - Tastes more like wine than any beer I've ever had. Nice tannic notes and grape flavors with some good barrel influence.

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

O - If you like wine, you should probably stick to wine. If you like a beer that is trying to be a wine, maybe you should drink this. Interesting, but this isn't really better than just a good beer or good bottle of wine.

Apr 15, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting.

Pours a slightly murky red with a reddish-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour and tart fruits along with some woody aromas. Taste is of malt, tart fruits (especially grapes), and some wood flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but nothing too great.

Apr 10, 2012
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Avery offering shared by Jason - thanks man! Served in a Hill Farmstead glass.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam settles to a thin collar. Lightly hazed red wine-colored body. Nice color, but pretty weak head volume and retention.

S - One of the most red wine-forward beers I've had in recent memory. There's a bit of musky funk and sweet malt but this is largely dominated by vinous Cabernet grapes. Pretty enjoyable nonetheless.

T - Taste is a little bit weaker, with more oak and barrel presence and less overt grape or wine flavors. Brett imparts a mild plastic flavor that isn't appreciated. Still, the combination of grapes, wine barrel, malt, and funk works pretty well.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body, juicy, tannic, dry, and with a hint of alcohol presence. A bit like a rosé champagne.

D - I liked this quite a bit. While none of these Avery beers is a home run, these recent two offerings were significantly better than Immitis and largely enjoyable. Would happily drink this again, and think it might win over some red wine-loving friends.

Mar 26, 2012
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Sean9689 from Illinois

3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks, Jason! Bottle into tulip.

A - Pours dark ruby reddish color, light off-white colored head, thin collar.

S - The closest nose to actual wine I've ever smelled. Reminds me of a Syrah, very strong and tannic. Must, oak, wine, jam, dark fruits.

T - Again, very Cab/Syrah-like, grapes, big tannis, big oak. It pretty much drinks like a wine, and the 11% fits in just about perfectly. Finish is dry oak tartness.

M - Medium body, light carbonation, dry finish.

O - Pretty cool beer...looks/smells/tastes just like a Cab or Syrah. That said, if I wanted to drink wine, I'd just open a bottle. Something unique and cool to try, but not something I'd have all the time.

Mar 23, 2012
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danbar from Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby with a thin purplish heads that dissipates immediately. It now looks like red wine. Smells just like red wine with just a hint of funk.

Wow - was not expecting the taste I got. I was thinking it was going to be pretty sour based on Avery's past barrel aged offerings but it is not really that sour at all. Much more wine-like than anything else and finished really dry. Tell Sam at Dogfish Head that Avery has made a beer that taste more wine like than Noble Rot. Really uncanny.

Nice carbonation, sort of thin body but that does not detract from the enjoyment of this beer (wine). Also, no trace of the 11% ABV, simply amazing.

Had this been a blind test, I think I would have thought this was a lambrusco. Craziness. And awesome.

Mar 08, 2012
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chefmikeanderson from Georgia

4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light cabernet juice color. looks very much like a carbonated red wine with a lighter body.

S: really nice sweet and sour and vinous cabernet notes.

T: riduculously refreshing and perfectly mixed beer wine. the base beer with the cabernet juice is such a nice background to hold up to the tarter wine sour. It tastes like a carbonated sangria in the most appetizing way possible.

M: just like Avery's calling card, big alcohol but you hardly notice. nice body and the tart cut s through to make me want to chug

O:this beer really was just a pleasure to drink along with my dinner. a wonderful beer to introduce a wine drinker and really nice to drink for a beer lover.

Feb 25, 2012
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claytong from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was expecting this to be pretty nice and it didn't disappoint, but it did surprise me. A lot of wine, just a ton, so if you're not a wine person this isn't for you. If you are a wine person you will love this beer to death. The appearance is a dark purple with a interesting looking fizzing head. Smell is a bunch of cab sauv grapes, tannins, and oak and the taste follows except with adding a bit of caramel. Delicious and by far the most wine like beer I've ever had though I've had many things aged in wine barrels alas this is brewed with some must.

Feb 14, 2012
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