Oud Floris | Avery Brewing Company

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Oud FlorisOud Floris

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Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Flanders Oud Bruin

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.39%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Flanders-style Oud Bruin. An homage to the complex sweet and tart beers of the Flanders region. A blend of barrel-aged wild beers of various ages.

67% aged in Cab Sauv Barrels
17% aged in Bourbon Barrels
8% aged in Rum Barrels
8% aged in Chardonnay Barrels

Added by chugalug06 on 06-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bergdj
4.97/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled June 14, 2012.

This is the most delicious beer I've had in a long time. The Cab Barrels really shine through on the nose. Vinegary, sour w/ a strong cherry character. Tastes just like it smells, delicate at first then the sourness hits you and finishes smooth with the sour cherry coming through at the end. A delicious sour beer. I just wish it wasn't so darn expensive...well worth the treat though. I had it with a bit of chocolate...they went very well together.

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Photo of SuzieCreamCheese
4.93/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aged for approximately a year.

Appearance-It is a reddish/brown in color with very little head. It has a nice reddish tint throughout, perhaps some to do with the raspberries.

Smell-It has a very subtle scent of the raspberries and wine.

Taste-It is immediately complex. The sourness is the first to hit the palate, followed by the wine notes. This is then rounded out by the raspberries. It is just absolutely fantastic!

Mouthfeel-It is very smooth and the sourness puckers the mouth immediately.

Overall-Amazing! The best sour I have ever had!

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Photo of dhbiker0889
4.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown color with a slight tint of dark red or purple. Had a thin head that was tan that quickly settled down.

S: Can really smell the red wine and some sour fruit. Can detect a slight hint of booze scent too.

T: Lots of wine at the beginning very delicious. Can taste a little bit of wood and has a very tart finish. The warmer it got the more apparent the fruit taste was.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation, great feel overall.

O:A very delicious beer. Had a great blend of barrels that combine for a very unique flavor.

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Photo of denver10
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Been waiting to check this beer out forever. Stoked to finally try this...let the session begin.

Pours dark brown with a thick cappucino style beige head. Nice lacing. Smells like a tart brown ale; cherries, grapes, brown sugar, vanilla, malt, tannins from the wine barrels, and the alcohol from the liquor barrels. Lots going on with the flavor, very impressive. A puckering shot of sour grapes and cherries, evena little apple once that shot starts to calm down, the tannins from the cabernet sauvignon is noticeable, some woodiness some brown sugar, some bread. Alcohol is noticeable but blends in quite well. A medium body, not much activity. Overall, a fantastic brew. I would gladly choose this over the also awesome sour brown La Folie if given the choice between the two. Another winner for Avery's barrel aged series..

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is about as close to perfect as a beer can get. its so so so good. pours a rich coppery cherry color with a one inch off white head. it smells amazxingly complex. sweet from the rum aging right away, tart as anything from the brett in here, and a rich smokey whiskey smell at the end, with everything from dark dried fruit to vanilla to acidic white wine vibes, the nose has it all. the flavor is straight up sour, its piquant and puckey and delicious. lots of fruit and acid from the wine barrells, warming alcohol, oak, this beer really has it all, in one of the most complex packages ive ever experienced. i cant even quite place everything im tasting. this is the best beer avery has made that ive tried, its beyond exceptional. the feel is dry as hell from all the sour, but there is a sugary feel too, and lots and lots of booze. the combinations of different barrels this was aged in have made it entirely unique, and the sour in this beer is as intense as any russian river beer out there. i might have a new favorite beer in this one, its got all of those things and yet still some chocolatey malt because after all there is still a brown ale buried under here somewhere. this is epic and totally worth the price tag!

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Photo of chugalug06
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very average looking soapy head. Rises slow and falls faster. Cream looking. Brew is dark brown/purple/red.

Heavy barrel, the bourbon and rum stand out. Lots of vanilla. Heavy grape and sourness funk!

Lots of sour grape flavors. I'm not getting much thinkness, bourbon, or rum. Nice thin refreshing body with great tartness. Creamy after taste is gentile on the palate and removes pucker factor. As the brew warms, a lot of brown sugary roastyness steps forward. A bit dry from the Chardonnay, but it only detracts a little.

What Oud Floris lacks in appearance it makes up for in scent and flavor. Highly recommended, Avery did it again.

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Photo of Prospero
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this style and with barrel-aging was anxious to see how it blended. This beer did not disappoint!

Poured a dark brown from the bottle with a tan head, pretty good lacing and retention for BA. The smell was filled with lots of character, nice tartness of fruit to it with scents of vanilla, caramel and tart cherries and dark fruit to it with the bourbon and oak blending in. The taste was simply amazing. A classic Oud Bruin base pretty mouth puckering but great body and character from all the barrel aging that brought so much more flavor to the table. The bourbon mixed nicely with the malt bill in the brown, the Cabernet & Chardonnay tannin blended well to balance the tartness, and coupled with the aroma just sent this sour brown to the top of my list for this style. Rich, medium bodied beer, even being mouth puckering it was extremely drinkable!

Simply amazing beer. Like others have mentioned this is better than La Folie. Great job Avery, hope you brew one like it again.

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Photo of biga7346
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a JP Sobrehumano snifter

A - Tawny brown, turbid, caramel, rubyish

N - Lemon rind, grape vine, sugar and spice, brown bread, very tart cherries, champagne, macerated oranges, grapefruit, brown sugar, fried apples.

T/M - Competing flavors of super tart cherries and peat, some brandy-ish qualities, port, rolls over the palate, velvety mouthfeel and an alcohol burn in the finish; stone fruits, grilled peaches, it's a hefty sour. Teeth chattering puckering.

D - Complex, wonderful, drink a shitload if you got it.

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Photo of quirkzoo
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly

A very unique nose, some definite acidity but it is balanced by a malty sweetness. A definite rum-like character, pineapple, strawberries.

Slightly tannic but that works with the sweetness, balanced with the tartness, just a touch of acidic burn on the back of your throat lets you know it is working :)

Full mouthfeel, some sours can seem thin due to highly attenuative yeast but this is not the case here.

Overall Avery has made a really unique sour. Definitely not traditional nor for everybody, but if you want one with a fair bit of sweetness and heft, you will not be dissapointed, just wish I had more.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky reddish brown with a minimal head and a few spots of lacing. Looks more like a red wine than a beer.

Lots going on in the aroma. Lots of tannins and oak, but I get a distinct buttery chardonnay smell as well. Some caramel notes and also faint traces of a sweet spirit most likely the rum.

Again very complex, but with different elements than the nose. Rich caramel and chocolate stand out. Tannins are just as strong as the nose, but I get way more of the cab presence in the flavor. Heavy oak and tannins make this one a bit harsh (in a good way for me, but dry red wine haters may want to stay away). Rum and bourbon kick it up just a notch and are really background players adding some complexity rather than standing out on their own.

Medium bodied with carbonation levels on the lower side which helped support a lot of the vinous flavors.

Really came together as it warmed and the deper into the bottle the more I enjoyed it. Very complex flavors with different things hitting through the process of warming. May be my favorite Avery sour I've tried yet.

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Photo of spoony
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a tulip. Bottled Jun 14, 2012 according to the label.

A-Not anything special...poured a very dark brown with rust tinting. Thin tan head quickly fades into a thin cap. Streams of visible carbonation.

S-loods of wood, with dark fruit, and red wine (from the Cab Sauv bottles). It was tart, as well, with a hint of malt and vanilla.

T-Cabernet was very apparent. Thus, I got hints of almond and vanilla to go with the dark fruit. Some vinegar. It was pretty sour, but not mouth-puckering. I really noticed the wine barrels (especially the Cab Sauv), as well as the bourbon, but I didn't get much rum/caramel. There is long, long, sour cherry finish, but this isn't a cherry-dominant sour.

M-lighter body with prickly carbonation. I agree with some other reviewers that said this beer could have used a little more body.

O-I liked this beer quite a bit and am looking forward to cellaring some. It was complex with a great smell and, while not perfect, I could easily drink more.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Oud Floris pours a dark cranberry brown color with cherry edges and a small tan cap that fades away to a small island floating on top.

The aroma really clues me in that this is going to be a heavily acetic American Wild. The Flanders component is quite obvious, with tart, acidic cherry notes coming through very clearly. The cabernet barrels are definitely prevalent in the nose as well.

Right from the start this is sour and puckering. The sour cherry notes have a very strong acetic vinegar flavor. There is a bit of boozy bourbon that actually fades into the background behind the more powerful sour flavors. Oak and a bit of vanilla come through with a cabernet flavor that does nothing to stop the building sour character. There is a strong lingering sour presence in the finish.

Maybe due to the huge sour nature of the beer, the body has a lightness to it, with a medium crisp carbonation. More noticeably is the huge vinegar burn that I get with each sip and the noticeable acidity that comes with it.

Even though I could not really place the barrels other than the cabernet, I think this is another solid sour offering from Avery. It is definitely more sour than most of the beers I have had from them.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Center poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled June 14 2012.

Dark slightly reddish brown, almost totally opaque. Unusually dark. Builds a 1/2" khaki head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer. Acceptable for the style.

Smells very rich with deep balsamic vinegar, currants, pomegranate, vinousness (vinosity?) and oak. There's a little bit of dark molasses, presumably from the rum and/or bourbon barrels. Sweet dark fruit, like dates. Lots going on here.

Big sweet and sour taste leads with tart cherry and red wine vinegar, some oak. Finishes with cranberry and tamarind, slightly tannic. Some leather comes out as it warms. Very bright and fruity, well balanced between sweet and sour. Covers the alcohol well.

Nice texture. Comes on full bodied and lush, ends drier. A little sticky as it ends though.

Big and unique. I like the contrast between the taste and aroma, the balance, the complexity. Very good.

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Photo of jegross2
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing Oud Floris from Avery Brewing Company out of Boulder, Colorado.

Score: 93

Bottled June 14, 2012. Served in a Bourbon County Brand Stout snifter and enjoyed on 06/13/13.

Appearance: Pours a murky chestnut brown color with some fade to dull yellow atop when held up to the light with a thin layer of tan bubble head that quickly settles to a bubbly ring around the glass. Poor lacing and retention. 3/5

Smell: Smells sour and acidic, but not funky. Balsamic vinegar, tart lactic acid, wet wood, rum and notes of sour cherry. When it warms, I get hints of "plastic." 4.25/5

Taste: Super tart, and growingly so as this beer warms up. The tartness hits you sharply on the inside of the cheeks. Lots of lactic acid, rum, sour cherry, balsamic and vinegar. A hint of medicinal funk, but it's very mellow and well incorporated. Wet wood and hints of vanilla too. Finishes with tart cherry, lacto and a little sour dark fruit. Tastes a lot like it smells with a little more funk, a dash of dark fruit and the flavors seemingly hitting you in a different order. The sour dark fruit and lacto flavors linger well past the swallow. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-minus bodied, low carbonation. Super tart and quite dry. Spot on mouthfeel for what I want on this beer. 4.75/5

Overall: A delicious sour brown with great complexity from the marry of barrel blending. This is one of my favorite Avery sours.

Cost: $12 for a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of Holland
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark brown with ruby highlights and a light brown head that refreshes itself and stays.

S: slight sweetness, musty smell, dark fruit, cherry

T: very tart, a little sweetness but a little is present, lot of fruity flavors resembling cherry and grapes. Leaves a lot of sour aftertaste.

M: beautifully carbonated, but it's just slightly too heavy for my liking. Still leaves a wonderful crisp feeling with the sourness.

O: excellent beer - should have grabbed more. It's my first Avery sour, and I hope to get more somehow in the near future.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for gifting me this one.

Bottled 6/14/12.

Pours a murky reddish-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour, and tart with grain, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet and sour grain and fruit vinaigrette flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is quite tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of RuckusDu
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Maybe a half finger of cola colored head that fell quicker than almost every other beer I have seen. Body is clear but super dark and root beer in color with some red.

S - Tons of red wine. A nice sour cherry and raspberry. Some good oak. A little green stalkiness.

T - Again, lots of that red wine. Good oak. Not really getting the whiskey and rum flavors. A bit of slightly green rhubarb and tart raspberries.

M - Very good carbonation. Body is medium. Feels right. The tartness pulls moisture right out the middle of your tongue and mouth. Also hits the back of your throat.

O - The wine is a little overpowering, but otherwise a fantastic beer. Grows on your as you drink.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark brown in color with dark reddish highlights and a thin bubbly head that left very little lacing sticking to the glass. Plenty of vinous barrel character upfront in the nose with signs of vinegar, subtle cherry fruit, some brown sugar, slight oakiness and some underlying citrus notes. The vinegar was more prominent on the palate with a little booze kick coming through I'm assuming is from the rum barrels but had nice vinous barrel accents which added nice tart qualities alongside cherry fruit character, subtle oakiness and a touch of citrus twang. The brew was light to medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, fruity, slight oaky, vinegary, vinous and tart finish. Definitely delicous and worth to try.

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Photo of claspada
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi viscous, hazy reddish-amber color with a small quickly dissipating white head that leaves some spotty lacing; very wine-like here

Aromas begins with an abundance of fruit, highlighted by cherries, pomegranate and raspberry. As it warms it gets more complex with emerging oak tannins, vanilla and vinegar. There is a distinct sweet booziness that could either be the wine, rum or bourbon barrel, but it's hard to tell for sure.

The flavors are just as big and bold as the aromas. There is some intial brown sugary malt sweetness but then you get a ton of sour vinous qualities including sweet red fruity berries, red and white wine grapes complemented by a gentle funkiness. The drying vinious oak tannic flavors appear more in the finish as well as the rum and/or bourbon barrel vanilla imparted flavors.

The mouthfeel was medium to heavy bodied with medium to low carbonation. Finish is quite sour and drying with an emerging barrel booziness which is not unpleasant and no more biting than a red wine.

Overall I enjoyed this one a great deal, maybe my favorite so far of the series that I have been fortunate enough to sample. I think this one is still a bit green and could use some time for the complex and intense flavors to mesh and become a more drinkable beer because right now it's a bit of a sipper and rough around the edges.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled June 14, 2012. Pours a dark brown with a nice reddish hue to it. Small, off-white head. Scent is funky is shit!!! Very sour aroma with some nice tannic notes. Musty funk with sour cherries. Light chocolatey scents with some great barrel aromas. Granted, I wouldn't be able to tell this beer was aged in rum barrels if I hadn't read the label. However, now that I know it is partially aged in rum barrels...I can make it out. The bourbon barrels are east to detect with the slight vanilla sweetness. Taste is just as it smells...maybe with a little more vinegar than expected. All the barrels come through so lovely. This beer is VERY complex! I know it's hard to believe, but you can actually taste the sweet spirits, as well as the red and white wines. So tasty, with some booziness that works very well with this beer. Mouthfeel is almost puckering with some sweet, stickiness to it. Drinkability is high. Although this beer is meant to be sipped and savored...it is VERY drinkable. Overall, this is very impressive. I am very pleased with this beer.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1448th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
4oz pour

@Bruery Provisions for Experimental Sour Flight

App- I use this term a lot but this fits here. The color of a cordial mixed with some red wine. A little brown, a little gold, a little read. No real head, small trail of bubbles.

Smell- It smelled better than it looked. It was a lot to take in. Nice setting outside let it warm a little more to release some of the oak and tannins. This was all over the place for me though. Oaky, tannin, sweet, boozy, malty, chocolate and caramel.

Taste- Really had a lot working for it. The blend of the four different barrels was a really nice addition. The wine barrels balancing off the rum was very flavorul. Added a good depth of flavor but wasnt too sour either from the final blend. Smooth, silky, rich and chewy. Had a bit of a chocoalte flavor to it as well.

Mouth- A bit light and sweet IMO. More of a light medium where it needed some fullness to balance. A little bit of a thin carbonation as well. Residual sweetness with a good cordial feel.

Drink- Its a nice beer. The style get jumbled a little bit but all together nice. I wouldnt mind a whole bottle to sip on.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to fortsambo for the bottle

A: Murky brown, no head, just a ring of bubbles. Not much to look at.

S: This was aged in a pretty complex set of barrels and it shows in the nose. The cabernet and chardonnay influences are clear, but the rum and bourbon are more muted. Nice lactic aroma. Probably the most interesting smelling Oud Bruin I've encountered.

T: Tangy and fruity. Rum barrels come out more here, as well as a rich, woody, vanilla finish. As it warms, blackberry starts to dominate the fruit profile.

M: Well carbonated. Good linger with moderate acidity and astringency.

O: Very nice take on the Oud Bruin style, and another great beer in the Avery Barrel Series.

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Photo of cfrobrew
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown with minimal head

S: Slight sour scent with hints of wine barrels

T: Moderately to very tart at the beginning, you can taste the barrels more and more it seems as it warms. Fairly good amount of alcohol but balanced nicely with tartness and body. The finish was a little bitter, which may have changed had it aged more.

M: Nicely carbonated for a sour, overall it was very nice.

O: Great beer, I liked it a lot. Wish I had another to cellar for a year or two and try again.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Errl for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a reddish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is full of toffee and sour cherries, with some nice red wine notes thrown in for good measure. The flavor is extremely sour with a lot of sour cherries and sour red wine character. I also get some oak and a hint of rum. There is also a light amount of sweetness. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice sour.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Kevin (DividedAvery). Served in a Hill Farmstead tulip.

A - Very dark brown-red body, topped by a thick collar, wisps on top, and some splotchy lace.

S - Definitely maltier than Odio Equum; this is more in the Flanders vein of things. A bit of chocolate and fruit sweetness, with lactic sourness, cherry vinegar, and plenty of wet oak. Now that I see that there was a rum barrel component I'm not terribly surprised.

T - Less oak-heavy, with light chocolate and brown malts, and more overt lactic sourness. There's some fruity raspberry and cherry notes that are verging towards vinegar but aren't overly acetic. Alcohol is pretty well-hidden here.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, well-hidden alcohol, and a moderate-to-high acidity level.

D - Good stuff, although not quite as enjoyable as Odio Equum. Still, I'd happily drink another bottle of this or order a glass if it showed up somewhere on-tap. After some early missteps these Avery sours are getting quite consistent.

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Oud Floris from Avery Brewing Company
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