Ross's's' Melange
Avery Brewing Company

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From:
Avery Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
ABV:
11.1%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 13.22%
Ratings:
86
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jan 16, 2018
Added:
Jun 21, 2013
Wants:
  18
Gots:
  10
SCORE
83
Good
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Notes: Wild ale with Chardonnay grape juice, aged in Chardonnay barrels.
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4.56/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BeerDawgs from Georgia

A 12oz bottle with a bottled on date of 6.4.13. Broke this out of the cellar. Just 147 cases produced

L - Cloudy orange/yellow hue. No head or lace (it's old!)

S - Grapes, chardonnay, citrus, and oak. I imagine this is what a chardonnay barrel smells like

T - Grapes and chardonnay. Oakiness. Tastes just like chardonnay. Hidden high abv. Excellent beer!

F - Dry, thin body, and medium carbonation.

O - This brew is as close to chardonnay as a beer can get. The wildness adds a kick. Awesome brew!

Jan 16, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Had from a bottle on May 20, 2017 at stone brewing. This beer has aged exceptionally well with the oak and Chardonnay flavors imparting a remarkable color, smell a texture...likely a crisp buttery Chardonnay on a summer day.

May 21, 2017
Photo of Parmesan
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Parmesan from Colorado

Bottle from the cellar at Patrick's Irish Pub in Greeley

L: Pours a Hazy gold yellow, with almost no head or lacing.

S: Lots of wood, some Brett, grapes and white wine

T: Very sweet, white wine, wood, booze is noticiable

F: High carbonation and light body

Feb 14, 2016
 
3.5 by nathanmiller from New York on Jan 15, 2015
 
3.31 by HopHead84 from California on Dec 27, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by grover37 from District of Columbia

Very white winey, lingers for awhile.

Dec 17, 2014
 
4.25 by hopsonboard from California on Dec 11, 2014
 
3.5 by boutwell from Colorado on Oct 25, 2014
 
4 by McNazz from Colorado on Oct 24, 2014
 
3.75 by Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania on Oct 07, 2014
 
3.6 by wethorseblanket from California on Sep 13, 2014
 
4 by dataylor21 from Kentucky on Sep 11, 2014
 
3.5 by threedaggers from Kentucky on Aug 18, 2014
 
3.25 by Renobrew from Massachusetts on Aug 17, 2014
 
4 by Herky21 from Iowa on Jul 01, 2014
 
4 by david18 from New York on Jun 26, 2014
 
4 by Paccamacca from California on Jun 11, 2014
 
3.25 by dfhhead25 from Pennsylvania on Jun 02, 2014
 
3 by BMart from Pennsylvania on May 26, 2014
 
3.5 by Prospero from Colorado on May 24, 2014
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3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by HuskyinPDX from Washington

Bottle opened on 4.13.14
Bottled June 04 2013

A - Pours a hazy light orange with a fizzy white head that fades fast.

S - Oak, white grapes.

T - Odd chardonnay grape-like and oak.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Odd, just plain - sweet odd! Chardonnay in an odd way.

May 23, 2014
 
4 by imfrommichigan from Utah on Apr 28, 2014
 
4 by ortie from Kentucky on Apr 25, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BEERchitect from Kentucky

Taking a lot of ownership, Ross must really like dry white wine because like the beer's name suggests, the chardonnay character owns this beer!

Bright, like bubbly chardonnay- the light straw beer proudly shows off its streaming carbonation to form a cottony-white cap of foam. Its racing appearance is near brilliant despite a modest haze. Its fizzy-fluffy retention reforms with a gentle swirl each time right down to the last sip..

The sharp and tangy aroma of chardonnay also commands the nose as white grape, green apple and a mild lemony sulfur note wafts about. A crisp bread note is short as is quickly overtaken by the fruity and fermented acidity. Cork-like in character, a musty and woodish aroma rises and captures the senses like sea air and damp hay.

In similar fashion, the taste of chardonnay takes center stage on the palate as those tangy, tart and semi-sour flavor layer upon the tongue- white grape, lemon, apple, under-ripened berry all reinforce a dry vinous taste. However, a wafer-thin cracker taste supports the vinous taste with its own terse bread sweetness. But a quick finish ensures a piquant souring with cork-like must, dry oak, and a pleasant brine character.

Its dry and light body is aided by its unsurprising champagne-like carbonation. Its high effervescence lifts the malt sweetness and exacerbates the beer's tartness, mineral and peppery character. A fleeting finish of powder and wood spices once again affirms the ale's wine-like tone.

Ross' winy thumbprints are all over this beer. Even as this saucy elixir turns its back on its beery roots in favor of the vine, there's enough of that unique Belgian-esque sourness to relate to the puckering taste that I love so much in sour ale.

Apr 23, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by barczar from Kentucky

Pours a fairly clear lemon straw with a modest ivory head that dissipates to nothing.

Aroma is green grapes and oak, with a hint of sourness.

Flavor is reflective of aroma, but with a touch more must. Phenolic funky notes emerge.

Body is moderate, with modest carbonation and light alcohol warmth.

Not a big chardonnay fan, and I like my beer to taste less like wine, but this is a very drinkable beverage.

Apr 23, 2014
 
2.75 by ajzy from Wisconsin on Apr 13, 2014
 
3.75 by Mike from New Hampshire on Apr 11, 2014
 
4 by afsdan from Colorado on Apr 04, 2014
 
3.5 by Rift from Colorado on Mar 04, 2014
 
3.25 by Bobhoya from Arizona on Feb 21, 2014
 
3.75 by Petcha from Minnesota on Feb 19, 2014
 
3 by PalatePilot from Colorado on Jan 20, 2014
 
3 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Jan 18, 2014
 
3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas on Jan 18, 2014
Photo of jeonseh
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jeonseh from Indiana

A - Light golden apple juice color with no head

S - Smells like a sweet Chardonnay as it is dry, oaky and slightly buttery

T - Dry Chardonnay, green grapes, oak, dry white wine finish to it. Slight alcohol burn.

M - light carbonation and thick beer with a dry finish. Essentially white wine

O - This is essentially Chardonnay as it reminds me of a dry white wine with apple, oak and dry, slight alcohol

Jan 14, 2014
 
2.75 by Hugonaut13 from Illinois on Jan 13, 2014
 
4 by vermilcj from Ohio on Jan 09, 2014
 
3 by nkeckhar from New York on Nov 25, 2013
 
2.75 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Nov 22, 2013
 
3.25 by blindpiggie from Colorado on Nov 18, 2013
Ross's's' Melange from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 86 ratings