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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 11 - Recolte Sauvage

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 331   ABV: 11.03%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces an almost two finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated purple / amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich, red-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of lactic acid, firm oak, and red-wine like berry notes up front. The oak provides a buttery character, touches of vanillin, lots of peppery, fresh cut planks of woodiness, and just a general woody spiciness to the nose. Behind the oak is a rich, berry and dark grape like fruitiness; the more you dig, the more this seems like an oaky Cabernet Sauvignon. The base beer provides some up front toasted malt character that accentuates the oak, as well as the sour lactic acidity, and there is a soft, musty, somewhat musky funkiness that comes from the fermentation character.

Slightly sweet tasting, but somehow dry at the same time, there is an almost savory quality to the grape character here and the oak provides an astringent, woody character throughout. The wood is a little harsh and predominant in many ways, it tastes a bit like chewing on a wine soaked oak stave; there is a definite buttery quality to the oak, some fruit accentuating vanillin notes, some definite peppery woodiness, and some palate coating, tannic astringency that doesn’t quite get to the levels of an oak forward Cabernet Sauvignon, but it close. A touch of funky, musky, phenolic Brettanomyces character mixes in with the oak character. As the beer warms up the jam (sans sweetness) like berry notes come out a bit more, and there seems a bit more noticeable grape skin character; actually now that I have noticed it the grape skin character is actually here quite a bit in the flavor.

The tartness here is actually fairly light in the end, I was expecting a bit more acidity based on the aroma, but I am now thinking most of that was just the grape character coming through. This beer hides the alcohol very well, it really is quite wine like and might even be mistaken for some sort of carbonated wine. An interesting take, though I am not sure it has enough beer to it for my particular tastes; still it is enjoyable non-the-less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (21291) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle at home. Hazy red-brown coloured with a small off-white head. Light aciidic aroma of cherries,r ed wine and marzipan. Light acidic flavour of cherries, marzipan and red wine. Fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (29663) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2012
Bottled. A deep red beer with a beige head. The aroma has notes of caramel, malt, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, caramel, and alcohol, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (10906) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2012
clear dark brown , small white head. aroma is wild yeasty fruity, dry, woody. flavor is dry ,woody ,wild yeasty, wine notes from the barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31625) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2012
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden amber with a small off white head. Aroma is fruity, wineous and citric. Smooth fruity, toasted malty and wineous. Lingering fruity and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25084) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2012
Bottle 35,5 cl. Courtesy of Doodler. Pours a clear, dark reddish amber with a rough off-white head. Red wine barrel character, some wood and sulphur. Medium body, red grapes, not all that funky but quite alcoholic in the finish. 301112

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle shared at my "Massive Mikkeller" tasting. Opened right next to Avery Odio. Why do we always leave sours to the very end of the night?! My palate was sort of shot at this point but I did jot down a few notes. I found this one very enjoyable but definitely not as sour as others I’ve tried from the Avery BA Series. Fruity and slightly tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gnoff (7954) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 11, 2012
12 fl oz bottle thanks to rhialistic! Sampled on October 11, 2012. Bottled on JAN 26 2012
Clear dark ruby red, very pretty color. Tan head. Acidic, tart, lychee, grape peel, red wine, vinous, unripe red currants taste. Dry bitter fruit peel and pith aftertaste, mixed with some semi-tart red wine and some butter. Warming alcohol that lingers. Spritzy mouthfeel, tart dry medium high bitterness. Acidic, wild berries, alochol scent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FullObs (133) - Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
12oz bottle - pours like cranberry juice. Well carbonated. Cabernet nose and even bigger in the taste, a little bit of cherry in the finish. Not a sour but good barrel flavor. As a red wine drinker i like’d this for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 14, 2012
(12oz bottle) Pours a burgundy body with a small beige head. Aroma of vanilla, vinous, herbs, and wood. Flavor of vinous, wood, plum, cherries, and caramel with a dry finish.

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