auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
SSSteve (3958) - - MAR 21, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
HonkeyBra (3730) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
soyorganic (297) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
FlyingSwine (174) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Ernest (6730) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thank you aplusbreaks for the bottle, dated FEB 10 2009 (bottled on). I was sad this only came in 12oz’ers--at 694 cases that’s over 16,000 little bottles, or 9,000 bombers--hardly a small release. . .Clear very deep brown with a 1 1/2 finger tan head, very good retention. Definite leathery fruity brett up front in the aroma, some dark chocolate, red wine barrels coming next. There is also some light menthol cherry cough drops. Despite being 100% brett fermented, the brett it actually quite muted, especially when compared to another 100% brett beer: Sanctification. Maybe the case is that Sanctification is a blonde beer, while the chocolate and light roast in this one overpower the brett. The alcohol doesn’t even seem to try to hide itself. Dry woody finish. Sour factor was pretty low--about a 2--as was the brett factor--which I already stated. As this warmed to room temperature, I picked up on some light buttery notes as well as some acetone. Moderate carbonation with a medium full body. I didn’t dislike this beer, but it left me wanting more (FROM the beer, not more OF the beer). Meh, Avery you let me down!
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
EBF NOTB. Dark brown in color with some red highlights. Aroma of sour cherries, some light red wine tannins, oak, barnyard funk and earth. Taste has sour cherries, some nice earthy and barnyard funk, mild acetic notes, some molasses/caramel, and some red wine/oak tannins. Medium bodied, finishes tart with lingering sour cherry and oak. Really nice, much better than the Avery anniversary brett beer.