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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 1 - Brabant

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RATINGS: 405   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (3062) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
12 fl oz bottle shared by Lubiere (merci!), served cold in a tulip glass. Bottled FEB 10 2009. 24SE11.

App.: Deep brown with a light mocha veil. Aroma: Strong, rich, malty, tangy and funky, Sauvignon Blanc notes, some wild character with Lambic notes (a little rubber, barnyard, etc.), bitter green herbs, some sour fruit, wood notes, white pepper, minerals, lemons, nice. Palate: Medium body, restrained effervescence. Flav.: Dark dried fruits, rich sweet malt notes, the tang, funk and wild are turned way down here, surprising, seems like a very tangy porter, some peppery spiciness, maybe it is subliminal advertising, but there are some wine notes in the finish; off-dry with some bitterness, gentle tang and a deep sour cherry and molasses finish.

Very interesting and complex. The tartness is not missed!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1900) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Date: December 3, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: BVery Description: Opaque dark brown pour with no head or lacing, grape and brett in aroma, taste like a whit wine wth a sour dry finish, light to medium bodied.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (6965) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bottle. Dark brown pour with a fairly minimal head. Awesome sour nose with brett, grape, and wood. Medium palate. Taste has the same elements as the nose, but the nose is a little more pleasing. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcweaver (768) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours a reddish-brown with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, brett, tart/sour cherries and wood. Great sour flavor with notes of brett, cherries, wood and roasted malts. Sour finish. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2011
Bottle from portableparty...Thanks! Pour is a clear dark black, with quickly diminishing cola head that leaves only a skim and a ring, with ok lacing. Aroma is tart, with a bit of dark malt character, some cherries, grape skins, wood. Nice. Taste is a bit muddled, with a slight bit of roasty malt on the front, moving to light tartness, some nice astringent grape skins. Brett funk finish, with a slightly plastic character. Some boozy heat too, which is slightly surprising. Overall, I liked this beer. I think it might have been better a bit younger, but would the brett have been present then?

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle thanks to portableparty! Dark black pour, a little ring of carbonation and a slightly sour red wine aroma. Light, effervescent, lively body, flavors of funky red wine, red grape peels and slightly boozy on the finish. Decent beer, worth a try if you can still find a bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1955) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Bottle to snifter. Pretty stoked to see this on the shelf at my local store! Pours dark brown with a soapy kahki head that dissipates to a whispy film and tight collar. Aroma is pure funk and wet wine corks with hints of sourness and white grapes that have spoiled. Taste is really funky, but pleasent at the same time, I get wood, wine, corks, and rotten grapes with a sour bitterness throughout. The sourness is definitly on the back end of this compared to other sours, but the funk is strong. Palate is medium and slick with a subtle fizz and ends dry. Really glad I got to try this one, definitly worth trying!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (10453) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2011
A deep dark brown sour ale with a thick brown head. In aroma, a superb molassy anf grassy sour mash, with white grapeskins, Orval Brett, cork and pepper and alcohol warmth. In mouth, a smooth yet sour dark malt with dark fruits, molasses, soysauce, fruity acidity, warming and nice. Tasted with Probstk. Bottle from Federal Wine in Boston, approx. a year old.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flatmatt (1158) - Northville, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours pretty much black with a yellowy off-white head. Tart, funky aroma, vinegary with barrel notes, red fruits, and dark fruits. First thing that strikes me in the flavor after a quick tart note is a nutty, earthy flavor, moving into red grape and cocoa, oak, still with a general tartness and dry bretty funk. This is pretty good, but it feels like it could stand to be less restrained. The flavors are overall a bit too mellow, at least after two and a half years in the bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2011
(bottle courtesy of BeerandBlues2, sampled 7/5/10). Dark amber color. Medium off white head. Moderate brett aroma with light sourness. Flavor of the same, with light wine character. Long duration. Dry finish. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Fair lacing.


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