trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Okay, I was leery of this because of my bad experience with Avery 15. Thankfully, this was much, much better. Poured murky brown with a rocky off-white head and moderate lacing. A pleasantly dank aroma of brett and red wine, maybe some brown sugar and plums in there, too. Smooth mouthfeel, more carbonated than expected, but still nice. Funky and sweet taste. Lots of brett funk, some cheese, but an equal amount of grape juice and tannins. Saw that it was aged in a zinfandel barrels. The fruity wine flavors do come out in the end and give it a tart, dry finish. It was much easier to drink and more pleasant than 15, but it did feel as if it was missing something.
HonusWagner (1599) - Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very woody, musty, quite tart, and a bit of a kind of bloodiness or dirtyness to it, like iron or something else metallic. Weird beer but actually not all that bad.
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours porter-like, nice enticing aroma of brett, a little extra funk, roasted malt, and light berry-ish fruit, I assume from the wine barrels. Fairly mellow sour, but quite complex and pretty damn tasty. Would have liked to try this one...oh...3 years ago, but thisíll do :) Bottled 2/2009."
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (shared at hannontís house)... Poured darker, deep mahogany with a thin forming head. Nice barrel, wine-like notes without being too vinous. Some ashy, dark malt characters came in to balance the barrel and sourness going on here.
PhillyCraft (3435) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle shared by Rich before forest and main release. Pours maroon or brown color with small head and lacing. Notes are sour funk, dust, and Zinfandel. Weird.
M82 (319) - Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottled Feb 10 2009 consumed 06/16/11
Medium thick tan head dissipates quickly to a ring and a couple islands over a somewhat translucent black body
Smells of citrus and barnyard meshing nicely into the zinfandelís grape sour/sweetness, faint sense of sour cherry and chocolatey roast
Taste evolves beyond the smell to include more balanced levels of chocolate, sour cherries and zinfandel barrels with the Belgian yeast falling back a bit. Slightly higher temps revealed more oak barrel, which meshed the sweet acidic zinfandel flavors with the charred barrel notes
Body on the lighter side of medium with nice carbonation level, easy to drink, aftertaste is dominated by zinfandel barrel
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 25, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Hopscotch: Deep brown pour with a fleeting head. Light to moderate Brett character along with some light red wine and tannins. More on the palate than the nose. Faint roast and walnut too. I am digging this big time. So glad to get the chance... Age has done this good.
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep brown with a thin ring of mocha bubbles clinging to the glass. The nose is of sweet and sour grape notes along with some barrel woodiness. Medium bodied and vinous with a drying tannic finish. The flavor is almost like a fruity red wine pitched with brett. This is a unique and very tasty beer.
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Feb 10, 2009
694 cases produced. One time only.
A: Pours a very dark brown of low translucency excepting the far edges which give a hint of cherry hues. Less than a finger of transient peanut foam leaving a spotty surface of the same with a confluent collar. Spotty and rare lacing. Brett is here.
S: As I lean into the glass Iím immediately met with a tart scent detailed with oak, yeast, sour cherries, and some hints of cider vinegar. Smells similar to a Flanders or Oud Bruin. When I pull the nose into my olfactory quickly, some chemical scents come thru: think rubber glue.
T: Sharp and dry up front. Thereís plenty of farmhouse flavor in here. Lots of soill, hay, grasses, leather and wood. Plenty bitter as well; wasnít anticipating that. Also anticipated some residual sugars in here but alas, nada. Finish is of minerals and additional organic elements. Thereís a spiciness I get from Califonia Zinfandelís and in the finish of some Malbecís - maybe some late tannic quality.
M: Iím having a harder time dictating the body on this one: the weight is relatively viscous and visceral, but the carbonation seems quite lively for a higher body. The finish is quite dry and warming - ABV is evident but I think this was intended and is not offsetting.
O: This is an interesting beer. I donít think the bacterial additions to this beer increased the quality of the beer much. I am not familiar with Averyís series of Bal aged beers, as such I canít speak to their consistency, but if this was their first attempt, I think theyíre off to a solid start to making some quality stuff a few years down the road (a long and bumpy road). Will not seek out again.
Serving type: bottle
wedgie9 (2071) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted several times over the past few years from 12oz bottles. Pours dark brown with a red hue and an average tan head that slowly recedes to thin lace. The nose is brett, red wine, caramel, and bread. The flavor is full of very earthy and funky brett, quite vinous, and caramel and dark bread malt. The body is full and tannic with light carbonation and a long funky and vinous finish. As this beer has aged, the funky and vinous notes have become more and more prevalent. This beer was my favorite around the beginning of 2011.
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black, minimal off white head.
Smell is bretty, lacto, funk, and a bit of roast.
Taste is smokey and stouty with a bit of sour.
Pretty strong and heavy