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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 2 - Sui Generis

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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3106) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
12 ouncer. About 3.5 years in the bottle. Light gusher. The color is kind of a muddy burnt orange with a huge, foamy orange head. The aroma has lots of barrel and tart, vinous fruit. Some candi sugar and fruity malts. The flavor has more sweet red grapes with a biting, peppery sourness. Not too acetic, but there is a hint of vinegar there. I get more buttery chardonnay than the cab, but that may just be some oxidation creeping in. Very little bourbon, but you can pick it out if you look for it. The alcohol is noticeable and the sour is a bit abrasive in the finish. I would have expected more funk from an aged bottle, but none to speak of except a hint of leather. This one has taken on most of the characteristics of the barrels it was aged in. Not bad, and a pretty good blend actually.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (5931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2013
12 oz. bottle, acquired via an in-person trade with bvc (thanks Brandon), pours a murky brownish dark amber with a humungous off-white head that takes forever to recede. Aroma is compex, full of various barrel characteristics, especially the red and white wines, oak, quite a bit of funk from the brett, low vinegar and a light acidic quality. Flavour is intense and remarkably complex, at first revealing loads of the wine (red first, then white), oak, lots of brett which has had plenty of time to promulgate this beer, and some moderate acidity. I don’t get any notes from the port or bourbon barrels - the wine and wild yeast essentially characterize this complex monster. Carbonation is very high, but more or less fitting. A very complex, slow sipper, that age has helped out I believe. Excellent stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cpetrone84 (1271) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2012
hazy copper orange thin tan head. Nose has fair amount of ripe cherry, decent bit of wood, notes of red wine an lightly tannic, lactic acid in back, plum pits. Taste is more lactic, faintly acetic in back. Fruits are more muddled, cherry, dark grape, almost candied, and some plum pit. Note of olive in the lingering light to moderately sour finish. Body is a touch oily, light and well carbonated for easy drinking. Flavored aren’t extremely bright, they have a fair amount of depth but slightly flabby. Decent stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reynolds314 (2224) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Small sample at HF bottle share. Grapes, oak, vinegar, vanilla, and light funk. Really nice beer here that is pretty remarkable at almost 11%.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (3526) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 27, 2012
bottle share at hill farmstead, Wow! the barrel characteristics on this sour are very impressive, grapes and vineous notes all over the place. The bourbon adds good vanilla as well. Great beer!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hair6a11 (1313) - Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2012
Bottle: pour is murky dark golden with a fine bubbled off white head in this glass. Retention is mild, and lacing is mild here. The nose is vinousness, wet oak, dark malts, and some earthiness. The flavor profile is quite nice here, and quite complex. Dark fruits, dark malts, clear barrel treatment of wet oak, vinousness, and a hint of bourbon here. Some acetic, mild funk, and sour for sure. This is a nice one for sure, masks the alcohol well, and has a nice sweetness, too

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6486) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle thanks to Ari. Pours a hazy amber with a light brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a good amount of tart fruits with a bit of wine and light backing funk. Flavor has a bit of mellow tartness with a good amount of wood and backing light grain.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2012
From notes. First reviewed 12/14/2011. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Thanks to bauermj for bringing this over. The beer is a amber brown color with a big white frothy head. Great retention on the cap, and a bit of lace sticks to my glass. A bit of caramel, lots of dark cherry and lemon zest form a strong nose. The flavor starts with a smooth sweetness, with a bit of dark cherry and lemon zest give me a tart, lactic, and slightly acetic sour flavor. If anything, this is a bit overcarbonated. Bubbly carbonation kind of overwhelms my tongue and distracts from the taste. The body is on the light side, and there is a lactic acidity as well. A bit grainy as well. This was a definitely a solid sour. Avery makes some interesting sours for sure.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle pours burnt orange with an off-white head. Aroma is tart with notes of oak, funk, juicy vinous fruit and a nice lactic sourness. Flavor is moderately sweet with additional notes of caramel, vanilla, cherry, and cassis. Overall body is moderate, sweet, boozy, and finishes with some great balancing acidity.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle, big thanks to sloth: Pours a clear deep bronze amber with a stringy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a lightly tart, funky nose with a touch of vinous oak and light fruits. Starts with effervescent carbonation and a lightly toasted malty sweetness with some drying funk/brett flavors and vinous oak complexity before a smooth, sweet-tart finish. Well-balanced and hides its alcohol. Glad to see Avery succeeding in the sour beer market.


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