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Avery Altar Boy (Wine Barrel)

Avery Altar Boy (Wine Barrel)
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
2009 - Reverend aged in a French Oak Opus One Barrel with Bretts and House Sour Blend #2.

2010 - Reverend aged in a very well-used Bookcliff (Colorado winery) Cabernet barrel with Bretts and House Sour Blend #2.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16057) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 10, 2010
A: The pour is an amber color with a slight haze and a decent sized white head. S: Fairly sweet on the nose, a hint of apples and perhaps cherries underneath. The oak presence is mild as well. Overall, a pretty underwhelming aroma. T: A bit more robust in terms of the flavor, but not necessarily good. Quite sweet for a sour beer (perhaps the bugs and yeast need a little more time to bring down the gravity), with some undertones of green apple, oak, and a strange metallic taste. M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation. D: Not a very complex or sour beer, considering what it is supposed to be. Not one of the better Avery offerings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2009
On tap at Avery poured a clear amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of barnyard, brett funk, sour grapes, light oak and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of barnyard, brett funk, oak, grapes, light leather and light spice with a crisp lingering dry tart funky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2010
(Draught) Pours cloudy golden orange body with a medium pinkish beige head. Aroma of pineapple, horseblanket, grapes, and light cherry. Flavor of citrus, pineapple, passion fruit, and brett with a dry finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12187) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Draught at Avery. Pours clear amber with an average, frothy white head, lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, bread, straw, toasted grain), average hop (flowers, perfume), average yeast (horse blanket, barnyard, earth) with notes of apple, pear, wine, and wood. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation and a sour finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KimJohansen (10423) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2010
Hazy orange with a medium to large beige head. Sour aroma with toasted malt, brett and lacto. Flavour was sour and dry with lacto, toasted malt, brett and hints of sour berries. Finished dry and sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2009
On Tap at the Avery Brewing Company, Boulder 23/09/2009 Sour fruit aroma. Amber coloured fruity and sour with a little dryness in a crisp lasting malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9146) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2010
draft at star bar. white head, lightly opaque red/pink-tinged body. nose of soft dough, mild to medium blended grapes (both white/red, but somewhat like french pinot noir), light cream/milk-like cherry skins - this is the perfumed, milky fruit character (furthered by the brett and whatever other souring agents are involved) that I find across the board in avery’s sour beers, which makes them taste so similar, like tacos, burritos and enchiladas made at a crappy mexican restaurant: same ingredients, different presentation. acid is mild to medium, body is appropriately dry, which is a marvel for a beer such as reverend, and alcohol is unnoticeable (also rare). decent stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 1, 2010
2010 version (which according to Avery is wine barrel aged with house blend #2) at the 2010 Stone Sourfest. Pours with a large, fluffy, slightly off-white head over a bronze-golden body. Aroma of funk, tannins, vinous notes, dark fruit, and cherries. Flavor of cherries, oak, sour, vinous, funk, tropical fruit. Lingering tart and vinous flavors with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6071) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2011
(Draught at Avery - GABF) opaque gold-orange with a white ring of bubbles. Nose of big honey, floral, caramel, maple, sweet, waffles, and brown sugar. Taste is mildly acetic, honey, tart, light tobacco, apple, and white wine grapes. Soft carbonation, light refreshing body, tart honey linger. Liked it a lot!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5415) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Sample at Stone Sour Ale Fest 2010. Orange/gold pour, off-white head. Sour fruit, cherry, citrus, and some brett funkiness. Fine beer, but not great for a sour. Fruity, sweet, and sour, not too complex.

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