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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 1 - Brabant

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RATINGS: 411   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 260   ABV: 8.65%
Brabant is a 8.65% abv dark unfiltered beer, fermented entirely with Brettanomyces and aged in Zinfandel barrels for nine months. 694 cases produced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Massive thick head, weird, as the guy rating before me said minimal head. Deep brown color. Super fruity, almost berry nose, those Zin barrels really took over. It almost reminds me of the smell of a barrel aging room in a winery, like a mix of Brett and Oak. Palate is soft, note of caramel, apple, berry, and oh the sour. Interesting beer, not my fav.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Minimal head on this dark brown pour. An excellent aroma. An utterly superp aroma - brett funk intermingles with sweet chocolate malts initially with sour cherry and vinous grape character. Loads of brett funk and more chocolate and cherry flavors. Vanilla oak and zinfandel grapes round out a solid body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2009
12oz Bottle. Thanks Julian! Noses in a really clean and subtle coconut and pineapple sugars. Bright and acidic, but very clean. Pours a dark mahogany brown, with a hint of red and a tannish seltzery rim. Flavor starts with a clean acid and moves through a bit of oak and funk into a melded roast and wine character. This is good and reminiscent of the Jolly Pumpkin profile. Crisp and rounded. This is a nice use of roast with sour. Almost feels like it should have a strong fruit base, but it gets interesting without fruit. Nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (4007) - - MAR 21, 2009
very dark but not quite black under a small brown head. really funky bretty olive nose, which is misleading by the color of this beer. flavor is brett, earth, funk, wine, and just slight touches of roasty malts. extreme sharply carbonated. a mess...but i can see the appeal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Draft @ Monk’s: Part of the Brett Pack dinner during PBW. This one poured a deep dark red, like wine. The aroma was oak, cherry, sour, and funk. The flavor was smooth, dry oak, sour cherries, acetic acid, and funk. Overall, another A+ beer I’d love to find more of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3849) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Thanks to CaryTheDude and Jakebra for hooking me up with this one. Authographed nonetheless! Black pour with light tan head. Big bretty aroma with oak, dust and wine. Flavor is hard to describe. Lightly sour, lightly funky, smooth coco, dark bread. Dry wood finish. Really tasty. I owe CaryTheDude and JakeBra big time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
soyorganic (303) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle, pours black and I was not expecting that. Oaky and dusty type aroma consisting of wine and bourbon notes. It also has the wild hay like brett note. Very interesting taste and there is no way I can fully describe it. It tastes sort of like coca cola and is smooth with a wild yeast compliment. Vinous, acidic and slightly sour on the tounge. But without a dominant sweet or sour taste. A distinct malt taste comes through. I liked it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - MAR 15, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head... looks like a cola. Aroma is very wine-like. Oaky and sweet. Taste was very unique. Started out sweet, vanilla maybe? Finish was very fruity and white wine flavored. I loved this one! Probably couldn’t do more than one in a sitting, but I am very impressed with this beer. UPDATED 6/09/09: Even better! The sour flavor is much more pronounced. The strong wine flavor has subsided some but it is still quite noticeable. Great, great beer from Avery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful dark brown with a nice medium tan/brown head. Aroma is consistent with a Belgium farm ale...the Bretts come through stongly giving it a slightly sour, but very pleasant aroma. Flavor is pretty winey...sweet, sour, acidic. Palate is a bit watery. Overall its an interesting, but strange brew. I kind of liked it, but I probably won’t put it in the regular rotation. I would have preferred a bit more sour and slightly heavier body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6903) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, cocoa powder), lightly yeasty (horseblanket), with notes of burnt wood, sulfur, sour cherry, anise. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic, moderately astringent. An odd one, and not quite what I expected/hoped. Some nice notes in the nose, but very charred/woody which brings things down a bit. Overly bitter and astringent in the mouth...very tannic/rough. I just couldn’t get much joy out of it from chilled all the way up to room temp. More sourness, less bitterness and astringency, less burnt smell, and this might be high 3’s for me.

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