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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 1 - Brabant

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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 260   ABV: 8.65%
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Brabant is a 8.65% abv dark unfiltered beer, fermented entirely with Brettanomyces and aged in Zinfandel barrels for nine months. 694 cases produced.


3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (12277) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Pours a murky dark reddish color with an off-white head. Smells like red-wine vinegar, oak, and cherry. A light funkiness to it, sort of musty, maybe a little cardboard, and a light lactic note. Taste is sort of muddled and muted. Light fruitiness, hints of wine, a bit of vinegar and leather, maybe some wood. Cardboard, musty oak, and some light barnyard. Not really a fan.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (1096) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2012
Pours ruby-tinted mahogany with virtually zero head to speak of and even less lace to remember. Smells of wine funk (that is almost immediate and very appropriately hard-hitting), denim jeans, molded strawberries, banana peppers, oak and lacquer. Tastes of funk, spent yeast, pineapple (brief but itís there), aged wood, leather, rust and molasses. I was astonishingly surprised how watery this beer was. Doesnít have the greatest aftertaste, either, but almost nothing does these days. Its aftertaste is trying to imagine a milk chocolate bar baked with black raspberries and sawdust. Not horrible but not what I would consider amazing.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9132) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
355mL at the RBSG Grand Tasting LA. Pours deep black with ruby highlights. Clear. Weaker tan foam. Nose is malted milk balls, lacto / dairy, nougat, hazelnut. Taste is tangy, sharp cherry, finishing on the palate with big paper and cardboard. Hmm, overoaked it seems.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3396) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Pours dark brown/black with ruby hues and a medium dk tan head...nice retention. Aroma is oaky and vinus with winey notes...very sour. Flavor is oaky with a touch of malty roast...only slightly sour and tart...very woody...mild tart wineyness. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a very dry oaky/roasty finish. This one smells much more sour than it tastes.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
madmitch76 (17006) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2012
19th March 2010
Opaque black beer. Lovely nose of woody red wine and sourness. Light semi crisp palate. Light fruity sourness with a hint of red wine. A little sweet lacto malt in the background. Finishes lightly sour and a little dry. Lovely light sour beer. Very drinkable. One of the best of this style!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (890) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 31, 2012
2/2009 bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is yeasty and sour, with wood, wine, malt, underripe fruits. Taste is crisp and woodsy-sour, with lemony yeast notes, wine, and malt underneath. Lingering sour lemon wood. Complex and interesting, though itís aged a touch too long.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7137) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 14, 2012
Bottle shared by haggerty. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head and a sour aroma. There is a sour dark malt flavor with lots of brett and a winey finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2012
Originally reviewed 3/5/11. Picked up this bottle awhile ago at City Beverage. Have had it cellared since. Bottled on 2/10/09. Just a little over 2 years old. Poured into a tulip glass. This pours much darker that I expected. I donít have much experience with Wild Ales, and even less with Barrel-Aged WAs, but this looks like a Porter. Super dark black with a thick 2-finger tan head. Decent retention; some lace sticks around. The nose is really fruity with notes of mashed apples, pears, faint strawberry. No funk noted. Still, I like it. The mouth still retains quite a full feel. Carbonation doesnít seem to have dissipated over time. I didnít sample this one fresh, but I would imagine that the fruity tartness was more pronounced. This carries some fruity qualities, but no tartness. Again, some mushy apple, sweet pear, light cocoa and some mild oak notes from the barrel. It says this was a Zinfandel-barrel. This may have added the slight dryness I notice at the finish. All-in-all, I liked this beer, but I just expected a bit more from it. I may have sat on it too long, but alas. Not earth-shattering, but still a good beer that I would never turn down.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (7922) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2012
12oz bottle, bottled Feb. 10, 2009. Nice light brown head, very dark red color, some lace. Clear if you shine a light at it, opaque otherwise. Really nice, smooth texture. Light carbonation. Really nice aged-grape aroma, very rich and robust. Light sour taste (not overpowering), some sweet, just a little alcohol warmth. I really like this, it definitely gets better as it sits. Funky but rich aroma. Only a slight bite to it. I think 3 years sitting in the bottle has done this brew good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (8255) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2012
12 oz. bottle at Brouwerís Cafe, pours a dark, dark brown / black with a reddish tinge and a small tan head. Aroma of brett, sour funk and red wine. Flavour of sour fruits, chocolate notes, rum and red wine barrels, as well as brett. Full-bodied with a malty, sour finish. Good, but overrated.


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