Recolte Sauvage | Avery Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 71 |  Reviews: 20
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of tobelerone
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
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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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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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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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -6.2%
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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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of MasterSki
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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3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of danbar
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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4.5/5  rDev +16%

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
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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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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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