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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 1 - Brabant

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RATINGS: 404   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a frothy tan, sudsy head. The head starts out huge, and subsides to a 1/2 inch. Aroma: Of note, you can smell this beer from the neck of the bottle, and from a few feet from the glass you pour it into. Starts of with whiffs of oak, brett. After more examination, I can pick out some dark fruits such as plums as well as red grapes. There is a little bit of dark malt in the nose as well. Taste: A mixture of funky brett, sour and dark fruit, chocolate, a big oak presence. You think it is going to finish sour or tart, but it ends with some malty funkiness. Overall: Highly complex, and a great original "Wild Ale."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (2809) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2009
[Feb 22, 2009]
Bottled on Feb 10, 2009. Pours a very dark brown with an excellent tall, tan head. Sour, funky aroma with hints at muscadines, wood, berries. . .the carbonation is lively enough. The flavor has hints at wood, cheesy funk, vinegar, and a strong resemblance to Champagne. This is tart throughout with a lot character imparted from the wine. Complex, interesting, and unique. . .especially for Avery. This strays away from the "beat you over the head" method they usually employ.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Just picked up a bottle from Arrow liquors in Littleton. Iím rating this against the BJCP style guidelines for a Belgian specialty ale, because it allows for Brett flavors. Aroma- Sour apples and berries. A funkiness that I guess can be described as Horsey (although I donít get that). Other esters are present, but clouded by sourness. The alcohol presence is percieved in the aroma, with some fusel alcohols. Appearance- Cloudy, dark brown, with some deep mahogany highlights. Thin, Tan head. Taste- Sourness that isnít as estery as the aroma. There is a malty nuttines and a strong hop bitterness. The alcohol is very strong here as well. Fusel alcohols are heavy. Spicy taste exists, very phenolic. Palate- Moderate carbonation with low to medium body. Moderate astringency could be from alcohols. Alcoholic warmth. Overall Impression- The true genius in this beer is itís uniqueness. I think it would benefit from a year or two of aging. It seems to have had a warm fermentation, as many Belgians do, because of the fusels, esters and Phenolics.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brokephibroke (293) - Mead, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Oaky, barny, sour cherry, funky aroma. Very cloudy brown with red hints head is thin. Sour and complex: ripe brie rind and bright berry. Very drinkable.and will probably age very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
montanabeerman (9) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - FEB 24, 2009 does not count
Bottle. Dark brown with little or no highlights. sour, vinous smell. really does smell a bit like zinfandel. bright ripe sour fruit flavors- especially cherry. a subtle carmel undertone lifts towards a malty sweet aftertaste. Finishes with a pleasant piquancy that puckers the mouth. This is a well balanced "sour" beer. Iíll look forward to the rest of the series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2009
UPDATED: APR 4, 2009 Draft at EBF. Pour a dark amber body with an off white lacing. Fruity cherry, plum, and vinous aroma. Dry with some brett but nothing over the top. Some lemon decent brew. 3.6 Had this out of the bottle and it reminded me of a nice bottle of CL SFTO wine. Quite good gonna have to bump this up some. "Think about the kidney failing cat" 4.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlagstoneHill (214) - Erie, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Feb 18, 2009, release party, 12oz bottle
Fruity aromas of cherries, wine, barnyard (brett). Some plummy notes, too. No hop aroma
Dark brown with ruby highlights, clear, light tan head with fair retention
Fruity/funky flavors dominate with cherries, red wine, plums. Distinctly sour, but not over the top. No hop flavor, light bitterness. Some oakiness.
Low carbonation, light-medium body, slight tannic/astringent finish
Overall, a pretty interesting beer. The sourness isnít overwhelming and allows you to keep sipping. SHould age nicely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a off whit head that quickly diminishes into a ring. Aromas of dark fruits, cherries, vinous notes, and a funky bretty nose. Flavors the same, funky brett, tart dark fruit, light vinous notes, some oak as well. Palate is under carbonated but smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle shared by a local, thanks man. Poured a muddled brown color with some ruby highlights and a moderate off-white head that receded to a ring. Lightly funky, bretty aroma with some light tart cherry, soft red wine tannins, and a bit of oak. Smooth, moderately tart entry with some undertones of black cherry and a smooth sweetness that leads into a soft, seemingly immature brettiness that finishes with some light hints of wine barrel. Low carbonation and a moderate mouthfeel. The flavor shows some promise, but really lacks the depth that some other similar beers possess. Perhaps some time will round of the flavor and itís true potential will show.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
That1Guy (1962) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra. Very nice nose. Awesome actually. Lots of stuff going on with this brew. Very dark pour. Sexy. Flavor is awesome as well. Very funky, fruity, winey. Plenty to enjoy here and not much to complain about.

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