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Thensaurum | Avery Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good
14 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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.

Added by RuckusDu on 09-01-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
131
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
36.06%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
31
For Trade:
7
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Reviews by spoony:
Photo of spoony
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (bottled August 15, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces some short-lived khaki foam. The head drops to a collar in less than 30 seconds, which is to be expected given the style and ABV. The beer is dark, dark cranberry-brown...kind of a unique color. I can see a few streams of carbonation.

S-The smell is pretty sour in the typical Avery style (e.g., Odio Equum and Oud Floris), but the sour is tempered a bit by the brown sugar and molasses from the rum barrel. I get tart raspberries and strawberries, the aforementioned rum flavors, and a bit of funk. The alcohol comes through as spicy warmth more than anything. Interesting.

T-The taste is similar to the smell. In other words, it is quite tart with raspberry, cranberry, and strawberry fruits and a warming, but well-integrated alcohol, up front. About halfway through, the rum barrel flavors kick in and dull the acidity/sourness. The finish is more dark caramel, molasses, and brown sugar than tart fruit. Again, interesting.

M-The feel is medium to light heavyweight with a kick of assertive carbonation up front that fades on the palate.

O-I had a hard time scoring this beer. On the one hand, I appreciate the desire to expand beyond traditional flavor categories and I don't know if I have ever had a beer with such distinguishable flavors from different ingredients, i.e., the tart wild ale versus the sweet rum barrel. On the other hand, I don't know if I actually liked how the rum barrel flavors paired up with the tart berry flavors. I guess it works, because I drank the whole bottle without thinking about it, but I was left a little puzzled at the end.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +5.4%
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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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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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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Thensaurum from Avery Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.
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