Recolte Sauvage | Avery Brewing Company

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Recolte SauvageRecolte Sauvage
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Recolte SauvageRecolte Sauvage

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.03%

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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4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of claytong
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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Recolte Sauvage from Avery Brewing Company
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