Volunt Plus Erat | Avery Brewing Company

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Volunt Plus EratVolunt Plus Erat

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.43%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by RuckusDu on 05-22-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of Eziel
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frasergrove
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bubbly amber red body, but the bubbles fizzle out immediately. Aroma is reminiscent of a cork from a bottle of red wine, barrel tasting and lactic acid. Very interesting flavor, tartness and wood and berry and ...what else... Smooth finish, tart and dry. Fun beer to try!

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Photo of HopHead84
2.71/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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

Reviewed from notes taken at Stone Sour Fest 6/23/13.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The color of the beer is what you would expect when you blend some Cabernet Franc must into a pale ale - it has a rather burnt orange/cranberry hue; the head is very modest and fades away quickly, which further clouds the beer/wine quandary that this beer presents

Smell: A lactic blend of tart currants and red wine present themselves, buttressed by oaky tones and a hint of crusty bread

Taste: Tart currants and rather harsh, earthy flavors of Cabernet Franc open the flavor profile, with lactic and acetic sourness building; the oak and tannins dry out the finish, with a hint of crusty bread struggling to linger in the otherwise sour finish

Mouthfeel:: Puckery, with a medium body and moderate carbonation; only a slight hint of the rather high ABV

Overall: I wish that Avery's sours were more widely available; every one that I have tasted has been top notch

Thanks, JMBSH, for the opportunity

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

Photo of hopsonboard
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of appetiteforparis
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Stevedore
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 5/2/2013, poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass 7/15/2014.

A- Pours a dark reddish-pink body, with a very short-lived half finger, bubbly, white head that disappears quickly. No lacing to speak of.

S- Oak, lots of yogurty lactic acid, cranberries, raspberries. I'm sort of thinking of a very sour framboise mixed in with a little bit of white wine. I'm actually unsure at this writing if this is zinfandel barrel aged or brewed with the appropriate grapes, but this definitely reminds me of a sour zinfandel. The intensity of the lactic acid is quite strong yet I'm able to detect a bit more complexity behind it.

F- As in the nose, lots of yogurty lactate, raspberries, cranberries alongside a dry but sweet, oaky finish resembling a white wine. The actual sourness level on this beer is quite strong, perhaps 8/10 which I suppose isn't all that surprising after sitting for a year to allow the lacto and pedio to chew up a 10.43% ABV beer.

M- On the thinner side, a bit lacking in carbonation but not egregiously so. The sourness is very, very strong and it makes it a sipper. No booziness to indicate the 10.43% ABV listed on the bottle though it does come out more as it warms up. Come to think of it, this was aged in zinfandel barrels, no surprise.

O- Fairly interesting sour, quite sour and mouth-puckering with a fair amount of complexity, and I do taste some of the underlying wine barrel here. I figure they were getting after a sour zinfandel here with a specific take on wine here- in that regard, Avery was successful.

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Photo of Prospero
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of ortie
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a hearty dose of red and rose wine- the reckless strength of this sour ale balances superbly with elements of fruit, acid and tannin- We're still talkin' beer here... I think.

With its appetizing ruby appearance, the beer's nearly bright clarity shows off its crimson low lights and its cherry-red margins. Its wisping white head is creamy and skirts the glass wall to wall throughout the session and trickles with speckling lace.

Its sharp and sour aromas take on the taste of red grape, raspberry, cranberry and currant even as an uncharacteristically winy note of limes, lemons, apple and cherry. A thin supposed malt character is mildly of wheat and bread crust, just ahead of the earthen mustiness of weathered wood, cellar-like dampness, saddle leather and sea air.

Its robust taste is firmly planted in the balsamic ranges as its light red fruit flavor meets that of sharp sourness. Underpinnings of light crust and wafer support the fruit and tangy taste. The ale gets more earthy as the taste of oak, leather, light tobacco and tea, peppercorn and brine wash over the palate, wave after wave. Its spicy finish exposes mild bitterness and grape seed bite.

Just off of light, the sour ale's body is propped up by light wheaty structure- perfect for the spice, acidity and alcohol to spring from. As the acidity strips the palate of thirst, it leaves a peppery taste with warm alcohol and mild astringency.

Not exactly a Flanders-type of red ale, the balance and similar taste makes the palate want to go there. But stronger, spicier and much more sour it's as if those Flemish ales got an upgrade!

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Photo of barczar
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant light pink with minimal white head that dissipates to nothing.

Aroma is slightly floral, but more grape and sour/must dominant. Smells like wine.

Flavor is very vinous, but tart sour notes take over mid palate, providing more depth than your average zinfandel. Very clean acetic sourness.

Body is moderate to a bit light, with modest carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

I'm not a fan of beers that taste more like wine, but this is a nice sour.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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Volunt Plus Erat from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 53 ratings