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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 1 - Brabant

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RATINGS: 402   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 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 (287) - 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 (213) - 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 (976) - 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 (1882) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 Dark brown color. Smooth, light tan foam. Nose shows a lot of brett, along with light notes of raspberry, cherry and oak from the Red Zin barrels. Flavor tastes like brett, alcohol, along with a lightly vinous character. Overall, itís quite dull and simplistic in body. Doesnít seem to have a lot of concentration or depth. Donít like the nose to well or flavor, also would prefer natural carbonation. Tasted again: The combo of brett & the vinous character really clash for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 19, 2009
A friend shared a bottle of this and it was actually pretty interesting. Dark, almost black. Smells like some brett funk and tastes like grapes that are almost sour but not quite. This is not something I will seek out again but it was interesting to drink just because the flavor was pretty unique. It should be interesting to see the beers that Avery starts putting out in this series. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 02-20-2009 03:02:25

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