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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 2 - Sui Generis

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RATINGS: 160   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 319   ABV: 10.65%
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Sui Generis, which is #2 in our new Barrel-Aged Series, will debut at the Avery Tap Room on Wednesday, September 23rd from 3-8 PM. Due to extremely limited quantities of this brew (<150 cases will be produced), 12oz. single bottles will be sold only at the Avery Tap Room, between 3 PM and 8 PM on September 23rd. Sui Generis is a complex ale, aged and artfully blended from several types of oak barrels, and displays a delightful lactic sourness complimented by hints of brett, oak, and acetic. Intricate yet bold, deeply complex yet surprisingly refreshing, Sui Generis was crafted in the tradition of perennial Tap Room favorites De Vogelbekdieren and Voltron.
A blend of ales from 39% Cabernet Sauvignon barrels, 35% Chardonnay barrels, 13% Port barrels and 13% Bourbon barrels.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Bottle from Avery. Quite possibly the best sour Iíve sampled. Reddish brown pour with great lacing. Huge depth of flavors with a nice oaky finish. Bourbon or port barrels? There are definitely cab barrels present. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sloth (2489) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2009
small tan head with good retention and solid lacing. Light amber in color, light haze.Gorgeous nose of light funk, vinous and bourbon notes, woody, spicey, fruity, entertaining. Medium body with a soft carbonation, lightly prickly but well mannered, nicely tart faintly sour, slick. Well balanced woody flavors, bourbon and vinous notes, nicely funky and tart, dry maltiness with plenty of wood to keep us woodworkers happy, mouthwatering fruityiness, cherrys and earthy. Dry tart funky finish. As my friend eaglefan said "best beer Avery every made" cant argue with that. Highly quaffable brew and the 10% ABV was not even noticeable. Thanks to Robert of stateline fame for bringing this lovely brew back from his GABF excursion. Thanks bro you da man!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonkeyBra (3384) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
12 oz bottle from CaryTheDude. Pours orange with some off white head. Aroma of bourbon, leather, barnyard. Herbs, sour cherries. Flavor is complex as hell. Mostly bourbon with port sherry notes, brett, a light tartness. Wood. Good carbonation. Great mouth feel with tart finish. Really bad ass sour beer from avery.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2009
( 12oz bottle ) Pours a lightly hazy yellow body with a small off-white head. Aroma of barnyard, cherry, caramel, and wood. Flavor of grass, cherry, green raisins, vanilla, caramel, light herbs, and leather.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Bottle.
Pours a deep, rich cheddar orange with a nice head and intricate lacing. Aroma is straight-up cherry cedar with sprinkles of cinammon biscuit. Flavor is a sweet yet sour cedar plank stuffed inside a woody and mild cherry pie with a leather crust. Pleasant mouthfeel that pokes and prods as it travels along the tongue. Much, MUCH better than the Brabant. Iím saving a bottle to see what it does over time.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (4001) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Red and burgundy sour ale. Well blended. The funk is not wild or out there but tame and wonderful. Lots of oak in the taste. A milder Consecration styled sour.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (4859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2009
I didnít get to Avery until Saturday for the GABF festivities, so I was pleasantly surprised that there was still some of this left - Avery has really made leaps with their technique this past year, and this beer is a wonderful representation of that - the nose has a moderate acetic kick at first, but deeper into the inhale, you get notes of lactic sourness, fruit skin funkiness, tart cherries, damp oak, minty/herbal character way in the back - much like the aroma, the flavor starts off with an acetic punch, but this quickly moves across the palate, making way for sour cherry, subtle leathery brett funk, cabernet grapes/skins/tannins - very subtle residual sweetness briefly pops up to balance things out before a dry, herbal finish, with lingering notes of vinegar and oak - the alcohol content is almost completely masked, manifesting only as a mild warmth in the finish - quite well-blended - Avery has reinvented itself as a producer of fine sour ales - who would have guessed?

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Bottle (natch). Great looking hazy amber with a nice fizzy carbonation. Nose is mainly the barnyard brett funk, with a little bit of íold walletí and grapes. Flavor is a tart barnyard, some oak and vanilla, and initially just a small amount of tart cherry and wine tannin. As it warms a bit, notes of peppery Basil show up and the funk and tartness really meld nicely. Well done, Avery.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ratman197 (9828) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2009 Bottle poured a hazy dark amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of cherry, grape, barnyard, oak, light leather, light carmel, light vanilla and a hint of spice. Palate was light to medium bodied and crisp with a crisp dry tart warming finish. Flavors of barnyard, funkiness, grape, cherry, leather, oak, vanilla, light carmel and a hint of spice with a crisp, dry warming lingering tart funky finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2009
Weird. Itís been a long time since Iíve had the first rating ... Anyway, I just picked up some bottles of Sui Generis at the brewery. While I was secretly hoping for a super sour ale, similar to Girardin or Hanssens, I am still pleasantly surprised by this elixir. Itís not as sour as, say, a La Folie or the aforementioned beers, but itís more sour than any previous Belgian-style Avery beer that I can think of. Carbonation is real nice. Texture has some thickness to it. Some residual sugars add a solid base of sweetness to balance the zing. Tasty now, but aging could be really kind to this puppy. Love the background notes of vanilla, oak, flowers, and garden-fresh herbs. Great aromas, in general. And the beerís quenchy and rich cherry aspect, along with a pinch of acid, just adds to its complexity. Very enjoyable and pleasant beer. Iím loving this Barrel-Aged Series idea!


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