Recolte Sauvage | Avery Brewing Company

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Recolte SauvageRecolte Sauvage
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.03%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by claytong on 02-14-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
71
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
12.34%
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.74/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
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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3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of tobelerone
3.62/5  rDev -5%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of rudzud
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Recolte Sauvage from Avery Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 71 ratings.
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