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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 1 - Brabant

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RATINGS: 413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 260   ABV: 8.65%
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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 Iím pretty sure this is only my second 5 but it was definately deserving. Bottle pours deep brown with a thin khaki head. On first smell I fell in love. Aroma is juicy, sour and funky...... just the way I like it. Iím not even going to attempt to describe this now because it wonít even do it justice having only tasted 1 bottle. There is sooooo much depth that I found something new in every sip and smell. I only picked one of these up by chance, but now Iím going back to wipe out the rest of them. Iím slowly becoming an Avery fan.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rubbishystuff (2334) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2015 The missus, mother-in-law and I all loved this. The sour tartness and sweetness balanced each other very well. You can taste the wine and oak. You can also taste the mighty deliciousness. Well done Avery. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ratman197 (13426) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of horseblanket, leather, tobacco, toffee, cherry, vanilla and multiple layers of funk. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a lightly tart finish. Flavors of toffee, cherry, horseblanket, leather, light vanilla, oak, some light vinous notes and multiple layers of tasty funk with a crisp tart funky fruity finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - MAR 15, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2009 Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head... looks like a cola. Aroma is very wine-like. Oaky and sweet. Taste was very unique. Started out sweet, vanilla maybe? Finish was very fruity and white wine flavored. I loved this one! Probably couldnít do more than one in a sitting, but I am very impressed with this beer. UPDATED 6/09/09: Even better! The sour flavor is much more pronounced. The strong wine flavor has subsided some but it is still quite noticeable. Great, great beer from Avery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Draft @ Monkís: Part of the Brett Pack dinner during PBW. This one poured a deep dark red, like wine. The aroma was oak, cherry, sour, and funk. The flavor was smooth, dry oak, sour cherries, acetic acid, and funk. Overall, another A+ beer Iíd love to find more of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CanIHave4Beers (4026) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 29, 2009
The first time I picked up a bottle of "The Reverend" started in me a pure skepticism of Avery Brewing that never really went away. Something about the marketing mixed with something about the beer made me think that these jokers were up to no good. Iíve got a better head on my shoulders these days, and Iíve given the old boys at Avery another go, Iíve liked a lot of their beers but Iíve never considered anything that they have made to be truly exceptional, till now. The beer pours a deep brownish red with an enormous tan head. I basically canít imagine a beer looking a whole lot better than this one does in a tulip glass. The aroma is wonderful, very oaky very wine like with plenty of barnyard aromas but predominantly you can smell the Zinfandel on this one very strongly. The flavor is complex and very challenging which at this point in the game is one of the most refreshing things about a good beer. The first impression of the beer is that it is very alcoholic and a little bit too boozy, but as it rests on the tongue it settles down a bit on the alcohol to present the most dominant flavor which is leathery and corky, very vinous and reminiscent of a deep red wine. It isnít till you get past the wine that the funk shows itís self, but once itís there it is the most delightful thing about the beer, the beer is very dry and tart with a funkiness that plays well against the red wine canvas. This makes me want to drink some funky wine. This is a truly exceptional beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2010
The finest mahogany polished to perfection rests under a thin tannish head that simply washes away. There is nary a collar nor a stitching of lace to be found, but if Iím not careful, my neighbor next door will be enquiring as to the sensual aromas emanating from my apartment, and ultimately, my glass. Brettanomyces is her name and earthy barnyard funk is her game. Sour mashed grapes ready for the grappa distiller takes full advantage over the crushed and spent skins, seeds, and stems for a funked zinfandel nose that sends eyes rolling back into my head. Dried cranberries and fresh leather all oiled up and ready for show give way to grape juice concentrate and buttermilk of all things. But then again, buttermilk is its own world of funk and some lactic character is not to be unexpected. Fresh wood settles in comfortably with old barrels oozing zinfandel essence offers the perfect marriage to her Bretty nose. It takes an open mind and an even more open palate to appreciate what that wily family of wild yeast, Brettanomyces, can do for a beer, but once you scratch that itch, she never leaves you and enough is never enough. Lickings lips wet with anticipation, I greedily draw deep my first quaff seeing as I have little-to-no willpower when facing Bretty delights. Smooth and most creamy, she glides across my senses with a playful banter of tart, sour, sweet, and earthen. Her sour side hits hard in the back of the throat while mashed grapes grace the top of my tongue and fill out the bulk of her palate. Take said grapes, pour into a blender, add slightly soured cream, and voila. Iím simply amazed by how smooth and creamy her mouthfeel and body is. Not on the heavy side at least, which is a saving grace for her robust Brett profile: leather, oil, old wood, sawdust, and funk. Her tart hit in the finish is the perfect palate cleanser and keeps bringing me back for more. Dried cranberries join her soured zinfandel berry cousins while homemade pie crust bakes in the background to crisp golden perfection. Add a dash of dry cinnamon and nutmeg powder and I have one of my favorite childhood treats. Each moment is a sensual revelation, though I can tell she has only begun to mature. As warmth settles into my heart, I savor a long finish before facing the sad reality of an empty glass. Thankfully, I still have 5 more bottles to taste at perfectly timed random intervals.

Obviously at only 694 cases there is no more of this beer to be found or to be made. Should you be you be lucky enough to stumble across the Avery Brabant, bring a few bottles home to savor at your own perfectly timed random intervals. Luxurious indulgement was never so affordable. *this beer has been one of the most evolutionary beers i have tasted in 3 years of tasting. fanfreakingtastic, she is never the same once. magnificent*

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chrisbcano (22) - Houston, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2010
(12oz bottle to snifter) incredible aroma, like roasted caramel. A gorgeous pour; deep brown with dark thick tan head. The taste is unbelievable and its thick and creamy with a mild finish. Now one of my favs!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Geokkjer (7346) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle feb 10 2009.Pours black with an off-white head.Aroma sweet grapes, sour berries, funky brett and malt.Flavor is chocolate malt,vanilla ,oak and funk ,what a great combination.Some dark berries and grapes/wine.Smooth mouthfeel ,medium body.average carbonation.What a nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2009
I was cold and the line was long, but it was worth it. Judging by the crowds at the brewery, bottles from this first barrel-aged series may be hard to find. Anxious to taste one of these puppies, I thought about strapping one to my roof-top cargo container on my Xterra so that it would be perfectly chilled by the time I got home, but I exercised patience and waited. After giving it a short bath in ice water, the beer poured dark maroon in color and it had a sudsy light-tan head full of small and large bubbles. Intricate lace patterns lingered for a long time on the inside of the glass. Its cobwebby nose was filled with a sour Bretty-ness that beckoned further investigation. Texture was creamy, smooth and light, with a soft carbonation. The beer had a solid baseline of gum-numbing sourness from start to finish, yet it wasnít sharp, pungent or puckering at all. After the first couple sips I thought the beer was rather pleasant yet not too complex. But after allowing my taste buds to adjust, and giving the beer a bit of time to breath and warm up more, delicate nuances and subtleties started to surface, such as faint chocolate, white wine, leather-trimmed BMW seats, Redwood bark, vanilla, raspberry and cherry, light perfume and wildflowers. That quenchy baseline sourness snapped it all together. Other background flavors of sweet grains, cookie, pear and yeast followed. This beer doesnít hit you over the head with boldness. Itís more like a complex assortment of mellow flavors and aromas that blend well together. I found it to be rather enjoyable.

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