hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very hazy reddish brown pour with a decent sized white head, nice lacing. Aroma of sour cherry and oak, very tart, some brett pickle juice funk, sour pineapple, hints of apple cider. Flavor consists of pear & apple sourness, slightly woody, and a brief appearance from the brett barnyard, but very brief. Medium body, moderate-low carbonation, alcohol very well hidden, especially for a 10+ ABV beer! Not all sour ales are pickle juice and sweet tarts! Great beer!
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Avery. Quite possibly the best sour I’ve 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.
sloth (2533) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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!
HonkeyBra (3528) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
( 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.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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. I’m saving a bottle to see what it does over time.
drfabulous (4196) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
notalush (5004) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I didn’t 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?
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (natch). Great looking hazy amber with a nice fizzy carbonation. Nose is mainly the barnyard brett funk, with a little bit of ’old wallet’ 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.
Ratman197 (10224) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
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.