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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - 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.

   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.

   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 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.

   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bleeng (1668) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Tasted on tap at the 4th Annual Stone Sour Fest on 7/18/2010. This sour ale pours a medium orange gold color from the tap. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is tart, fruity and sweet. A medium bodied sour ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, tart and funky. Nice balance. Good carbonation. A nice even tartness throughout this beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly tart.

   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.

   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.

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