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
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2.71/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of frasergrove
3.91/5  rDev -6%
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Stevedore
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
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 spoony
4.11/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled on May 2, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces a short-lived, soda-pop-like white head that drops immediately to nothing, not even a collar. The light cranberry/rose-colored beer is also quite still and clear in the glass.

S-The smell is heavy on tart, white grapes. There is also a fair bit of oak and smaller doses of white vinegar and funk. The tartness is mild to moderate, with the solvent-like alcohol both contributing to the tartness in the form of a burning/warming scent, and detracting from the tartness by providing some sweetness for balance.

T-The taste provides a bit more sweetness than the scent, which results in a welcome balance of flavors. There is still a lot of white grape, as well as lesser amounts of cranberry, cherry, and green apple. The white vinegar flavor is stronger on the tongue than in the nose, as are the drying oak flavors and funkiness. The alcohol is well concealed.

M-The feel is light and the chunky, fizzy carbonation hits quickly then leaves the palate.

O-This is a unique and tasty beer. It may not compare with the Supplications of the world because it doesn't quite have the complexity, but it provides a different and pleasing take on the wine-barrel-aged beer. The sour-power is sneaky here, as is the 10.4% ABV.

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4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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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4.16/5  rDev 0%
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 RuckusDu
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Is everyone too scared to open their bottles? Why no review yet? Decided I should review this before it gets any better. Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled on May 2, 2013, released on May 4th, 2013. #14 in the Barrel-Aged series. Described as Ale brewed with cabernet franc grape must and aged in neutral zinfandel barrels. Served at about 45 degrees.

The color is the first thing that you notice. It pours with a tinge of strawberry on an amber base. But the head is big bubbled and pretty white. Falls very quickly. Body is clear as can be. The first whiff reveals a dry aroma that becomes very acetic. Definite white wine, dust, but not really fruity. The flavor is where this beer shines. A tart white wine again, but with light raspberry notes. Still a little musty on the intro. Mouthfeel is interesting as it lingers on the tongue before showing its puckering dryness. Carbonation is like a flavored seltzer water - very effervescent.

Overall this thing seems to come together much better than other Avery sours in the series. Very easy to drink with a compliment of flavors. Just pleasant all around.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Very interesting. Pours a relatively clear pink color. Nearly zero head. I really enjoyed the color of this beer.

S-Tart but not supremely fruity. I just assumed that a beer so pink in color would be more fruity. I guess I do get berries with the tartness. Oaky with a hint of booze.

T-Tart and much fruitier than the nose. Berries and a noticeable wine component. Sour wine grapes, red berries and oak. Funky and tart.

M-A little heat. Feel isn't too heavy. Soft carbonation. Tannic.

O/D-One of my favorites from Night of the Funk. Would love to be able to find a bottle of this. A sample pour doesn't do this beer justice.

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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Volunt Plus Erat from Avery Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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