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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 11 - Recolte Sauvage

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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 331   ABV: 11.03%
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6942) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Sample from the end part of a 12oz bottle, thanks to alexsdad06. Bottled 1/26/12. Very little off-white head, cloudy red / brown color, with some sediment on the bottom. Wow. Very smooth and drinkable for 11%, with much less of a sour bite than the other Avery Barrel-aged sours Ive tried. Kind of a light sweet, woody, rich smokey taste, and raisin-like grapes. Complex and incredibly smooth. Light tart taste, not really any sort of hint of alcohol. Only a light bit of sour, really an inoffensive taste for such a high ABV brew. Really interesting one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Thanks to Thorpe429 for this one!! Rich walnut colored pour. Vinous red wine notes, oaky acidity, apple, cognac liqueur, tart grapes, cabernet. Quite nice, and hides the 11% pretty nicely.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13779) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2012
Bottle at home (Thanks to Bill) - shared with Mette. Clear dark red/brown - no head. Red berries, mouldy, brown sugar, medium sourness, light grapes, wooden, tartness, soil, caramel, funky, sweetness. No carbonation. Wierd.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Pours a clear brown tinted red color with a thin head that quickly fades. Aroma of grapes, tannins, caramel and earthy notes. The taste is grapes, tannins, faint malts. Very little beer character. More like wine. Decent, however.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Ruby Brown with little head fading to nothing. Aromas of musty, earthy, horse blanket funk. Like that destroyed, beer spilled, college couch, thats aroma gained your respect and appreciation as the spills aged, or like that second whiff you take of dead deer after a first whiff leaves you appalled, this beer reminds us of our appreciation for funk. Then comes grape notes, bigger vanillas, sweetness and tart rhubarb, and cranberry juice with maybe a whiff of diacetyl--reinforced in the flavor--giving a somewhat palate expanding but understated presence. Peppery and tannic. Flavor starts like a grape soda, thin on the palate but blows up tannic, all red wine tongue and throat coating, leaving that leathery dry tongue feel I associate with reds. The almost buttery/honey sweet back note is played down by the lactic (and maybe acetic) acid presence, both which play up the beers Gamey meat pairings. Along with lactic textures and almost vinegary notes, earthy soil, a touch cheesy (running aged goat cheeses). Grapes play a big role in flavors initial pop, which includes a touch of acidity sourness upfront, but mellows into those mouth covering spicy, peppery, tannic redwine notes. Any talk of butyric acid playing a role in this beers I believe is mislead. If anything I believe the capric acid and maybe some lacto give a firm cream to it, gives a goat cheese, smelly work socks smell too it, but upon this second tasting (this tasting being my second opening of this brew), the goat cheese funk has become slightly more subtle and made room for the growing tartness and apparent acidity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUN 16, 2012
Appearance: Pours ruby-red with a thin-film a top. Almost looks like cough syrup.

Aroma: Sweet and spicy wine. Strawberry rhubarb pie.

Taste: Sweet wine, jam, wood. Modest but noticeable tannins. Spicy and tart finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied,slightly syrupy.

Overall: Very much a hybrid of beer and wine. Very sweet and wine like with low sourness/tartness. I enjoyed it for what it was, as I went in with no expectations.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Bottle courtesy of fortsambo. Served in a mini snifter. Pours dark with a thin head and not too much retention. The nose has a heavy whiff of red-wine grapes along with oak and acidity. Dark fruits and berries in the background. Flavor is similar, with a heavy emphasis on the barrel character. Medium body. A bit tannic. Interesting, but not something Id revisit right away.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2098) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2012
12oz bottle from adnielson. Ruby brown with no head. A cab/sauv aroma is the first things that hits you, then you get more grapes with some cherry mixed in, bit of oak, and hint of vanilla although tartness predominant. Low carbonation, mild sweetness, no hint of alcohol until the end when it really leaves a cab/sauv aftertaste that becomes incredibly dry with lots of vinous notes and a mild cough syrup tinge. Very tasty though.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2012
murky colors of fall, no head tepid. Nose is chocolate, mint, hints of diacetyl, MSG and acetic. Cheesy mint flavor, light chocolate and tea. Odd mess.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2012
Bottle shared by Thorpe429: Pours a transparent deep mahogany amber with a thin ring of off-white bubbles. Has a complex tart vinous oaky nose with some red grapes and light sweetness. Starts with good fullness and light carbonation with a mild sweetness that quickly dries out giving way to vinous red wine and light tartness with some earthy oaky funkiness in the finish. Slightly warming, but otherwise quite drinkable with good complexity.


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