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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 2 - Sui Generis

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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 319   ABV: 10.65%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dionysus (1485) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
juiceisloose (1318) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2012
12 oz bottle. This one pours a dark, cloudy reddish brown color and topped by a small, smooth head of tan colored foam that settles down to a thin film. Thick sticky lines of lace cling hard to the glass. The nose is very vinous up front from the influence of the various wine barrels used in the blend. There are notes of sour cherries, tart red grapes, and blackberries that are full of woody oak character. Some caramelized grain soaked in sour mash bourbon pushes through along with notes of dark cocoa, vanilla, and caramel. The flavors are nicely balanced and are equally tart and earthy with plenty of brett mustiness to add some funk in there. The port like cherries and buttery, oak chardonnay grapes blend together nicely, while the earthy brett adds some funk and dries things out. The smooth bourbon, caramel, and vanilla laden oak add smoothness and sweeten things up from the tart fruit. The body is substantial and smooth with moderate carbonation which lends to easy drinking. The palate avoids any alcoholic heat, which is a surprise considering the heft of this brew. This is a really nice blend of barrels that sports equal parts sweetness and tartness. Really good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2012
12oz bottle Tasting at RSRIZZO’s 1/13/10 (Courtesy of Beerandblues2)-Poured a dark golden/light copper. Aroma of sour and funk. Taste of sour, malt, and brett. This light to medium bodied brew was well balanced and quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2012
Bottle shared by DosBeerigos. Thanks bud. Another great sour from Avery. Good complexity in the aroma with hints of cherries and vinegar. Nice sour funkness in the flavor. Easy sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2011
Bottle. [thanks Bu11seye]
Hazy orange amber with a big, frothy, off-white head. Aroma is oaky, tart, brett, crispy malts, some cherries, light lactic. Highish carbonation, fairly light mouthfeel, some oiliness. Flavour has good tartness, lots of oak, light vinious, grapes, light apples, zesty, a bit of vanilla. Elegant and very drinkable sour ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (5950) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2011
Bottle: Poured a lightly reddish cloudy color ale with a large foamy head with good retention. Aroma consists of vinous notes with some lightly sweet port notes and a clear tart finish. Taste is a complex mix between some vinous notes with a subtle sweet undertones and a well balanced tart finish. Body was quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very well brewed and assembled with a balanced mix between the different flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RB1 (118) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 27, 2011
!2 oz. bottle, 2009. Mike, thanks for sharing! Pours a brownish-amber with a smallish white head. Aroma was not what I expected from a sour. Subdued vinegar, with oak. Taste was more tart than sour. Tart cherries, vinous, oaky. Finish mildly tart fruit and acetic. Forgetable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 23, 2011
(12oz bottle generously shared by Mike!). Bottled on September 18, 2009. Pours clear amber with off-white head. Aroma is boozy with some tart cherries and other pit fruit. Taste has a sweet malt backbone with some tartness, but not very much. Medium bodied with a slick finish. Compared to a couple other sours we had, this was a bid boozy although it was still pretty nice.

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