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Avery Altar Boy (Wine Barrel)
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4475) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Tap at Avery, GABF week ’09.
Pours deep, rich cedary amber with a nose of red wine oak and cedar fruit. Flavor is woodsy and winey cherry with a sublte leathery finish. Tingly on the tongue. Similar to Port Altar Boy but more red wine presence.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2564) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Cloudy orangish brown pour viz car and small white head. Full well coated mouth that drys out your tounge and lingers. Starts w/ some sweet belgian tastes then is overwhelmed by dry wood the cab barrel notes then finishes lightly tart on the tongue. Some sweet breads sneek in. An odd mix of flavors but a nice drink. Aroma is lightly alcoholic forward wood notes definate wine qualities some light sour funk later. Good stuff.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dnstone (2157) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Pours a beautiful murky-amber, like apple cider. Complex funky, tart-lactic, wine & wood aroma. Flavor is like an everlasting gobstoper in beer form...wood and red wine, acidic-tart cherry-fruit, funk...so much going on in there. One of the best beers I’ve tasted. Notes: On tap at the Brewery during a visit for the ’09 GABF. Also called "Opus Altar Boy" in my notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Sample at tasting room during GABF 2009. Pours a hazy caramel color with off white head. Aroma is ripe fresh fruit, slight sour and funk, light barrel, light wood. Flavor is sour, red wine, woody, hints of barrel, light malt, caramel. Medium body with a crisp finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1540) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Avery tasting room 2009 GABF. Dark copper clear. Taste is sweet, sticky, very alcoholic-bitter and tart. Wine is more subdued than the Port Alter Boy. Nice beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonusWagner (1524) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Really boring beer. Not funky, not sour, just kind of a bland sweetish thing. Very little to indicate that this was a wild ale, so I’m penalizing it a little bit for that. Disappointing but not actually bad...hmm. Stone Sour Fest 4.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Draught at brewery. Dark brown with medium tan head. Light sweet caramel in aroma with dominating sour funk backbone, honey, hints of cinnamon, horse blanket, barnyard. Fairly sweet upfront that goes med funky brett at backend. Med bodied but very quaffable. A nice sour but pretty up the middle.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Draft at Avery the gabf week 2009. Best beer of the day. Cab adds something to the brew that the port barrel didn’t. Excellent sipping brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2010
On tap GABF week 2009. Listed as Opus One Reverend on the menu. Pours coppery to red with a small head. Aroma of vanilla, oak, light maple, tart grape and citronella candles. Flavor is sweet at first, with caramel, maple, and fruity yeast, but it then becomes more tart, tannic, and woody, with a dry oaky finish. Slick and oily mouthfeel, pretty heavy and the carbonation is light.


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