Thensaurum | Avery Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
averybrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.89%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Strong sour ale aged in fresh Gosling's Old Rum barrels.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
134
pDev:
9.38%
 
 
Wants:
34
Gots:
30
Trade:
6
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 134
Reviews by Gotti311:
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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Explained as a strong sour ale that had been aged in Gosling's rum barrels- one thing is for sure: when Avery Brewing Company decides to explore imagination and push the envelope, they're not afraid to go balls to the wall!

As the post-ten percent ale pours, it simply looks like cognac with its dark, tawny brown hue that show ribbons of crimson, mauve and mahogany when held in the right light. While any foam character rushes to the edges, its sustained collar eventually succumbs to its own acidity.

Olfactory piercing tartness strikes the nose with a flurry of fruit- sour grapes, crab apples, dried limes, green cherry and cranberry all seem of the under-ripened variety. Light earhten character of of cellar-type must, weathered oak, vinous dry wine, curing leather and fresh-hung tobacco all come to mind as the ale swirls in the glass. All this with a tinge of maple- reminding me of the rum infusion.

The highly acidic flavor strikes the palate as red-wine vinegar, dry and oaken merlot link up to those tangy and sour fruits. All these seemingly out of control flavors are held in a shell of maple and allspice- garnering the taste of rum, but not the associated sweetness from rum. As its spicy finish ensues, a hint of acetone hides just behind all that unapologetic sourness.

While there's a more robust taste to this sour, its tactile sensations are clean with lactic sourness that strips the palate and ushers in high refreshment. Its wood-derived astringency waters the jawls and pricks against the taste buds with all its rummy spice, alcohol warmth and fermented phenols.

Thensaurum is a masterfully created ale that tackles a sense of high gravity and polarizing sourness at the same time. What should have been a disastrous of a beer turns out actually quite irresistible.

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Photo of Jason
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a bottled on date.

Look: Deep brownish burgundy hue, good lacing

Smell: Big tartness, wood, mild char, cherries, faint rum, mild spice, faint leather

Taste: Sour throughout, very woody, subtle rum, warming alcohol, green peppercorn, chicory, lemon pith, brown sugar, hint of barrel char, rose water, dry finish

This is one spectacular sour ale, without a doubt a sipper though specially the strength. Great to finally see these beers come to market because Todd and I have been at the brewery when the are pulling nails if you know what I mean.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dirtylou
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle pour @ star bar, #5 in the barrel aged bike ride

Burgundy body - extremely wood-forward, sour cherries, molasses, tart lactic funk. Over 10% and barely noticeable - rum barrels provide interesting flavours though I'd be hard-pressed to detect true rum flavour. Definitely a favorite of the day - tasty stuff

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of ArrogantB
2.7/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle $10.99. Dark brown color, decent head. Aroma is putrid diapers. Seriously bad smell, shit and garbage. Not good at all. Flavor is a bit of sourness, some sugar, very mediocre. This was another disappointing sour from Avery and I just don;t like their style. Sui Generis was good but most of these are pretty poor when compared to benchmarks like Russian River. They're sort of dirty if that makes any sense.

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Photo of DenverBigRed
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of tjmodica
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is amber with some light red hues when held up to the light, very nice lacing. Avery nailed the color on this one. The smell first is sour and fruity then oaky tart dry hay comes out. Tons of sour fruity flavors on the nose such as cherries, plums, apples, with hints of lemons and grapefruit as well. A nice sour taste which gives you that sour pucker that makes you want more. Plenty of the sour fruits in the taste as well. Very crisp and balanced. If you will, this is like an imperial version of JP La Roja. Really nice and a top 5 Avery sour for me. I have no idea what part the rum barrels play in this equation, but I like it.

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Photo of grover37
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bare acidity, and just a bit of sweetness.

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Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of chugalug06
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks like iced tea... Dark brown brew with soapy-foam tan head. Head fades fast; no lacing.

Tons of fruit. Berry. Lemon. Tartness. Spice. Vanilla. Strawberry rules the berry :)

Thin, lightly oakey, tons of tart berry, lemon, not a ton of vinegar, but nice smooth sourness. Well done. Wood could be slightly deeper as could flavor profile, but flavors meld well with the prickly carbonation, sweetness, and extreme lack of bitterness.

One of my top favorite Avery sours, for sure; I wish I had more of these to see change over the years... A damn fine brew, highly recommended, if you can find it.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.14/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.26/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle. Deep reddish amber. Small khaki head. Smells rummy, funky and oaky. Acetic acid aroma. A little bit of diaper. Taste is all over the place. Strong vinegar sourness. Rum, oak, and vanilla. Very sweet. Vinegar sourness builds into the finish with a dry oaky aftertaste. Heavy and overly sweet. Medium carbonation. Spectacularly unpleasant sour.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Thensaurum from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 134 ratings