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.
ThirstyBird (2184) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - JUN 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 bottle. Pours a brown with dark orange highlights and tan head. The smell is brett, oak, dark malt and fruit. The taste is roasted malt, oak, funk.
BiiruBierBeer (605) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smell is somewhat sour and malt. Taste is bittersweet, a slight bit of sourness, and malt.
andrewje41 (1332) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pour. Bottled in 2009. Much thanks to Tyler for sharing this. Pours a cola black with a short fizz head. Sour dark fruit and brett yeast aroma. Cherries too. Wild yeast flavor up front, and slightly tart, though it starts to sweeten up. Wine flavor from the barrel shows. Sweet cherry finish. Solid beer here. Unique, and seems to have aged very well. Hopefully I’ll run into this one again some day.
tcon25 (251) - Duvall, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour at home. Dark almost black pour, sour wine aroma. Slight barrel taste. Good beer. Love there barrel aged series.
Keir (180) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Nose is sour, malty. Taste is really not that sour, a bit sweet and malty. Good, but not what I expected.
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HonusWagner (1702) - 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 (7082) - 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 this’ll do :) Bottled 2/2009."
boFNjackson (4191) - 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 hannont’s 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 (3946) - 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 (401) - 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 zinfandel’s 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