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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.


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2010
A beautiful beer of apricot hues leaves a permanent pancake head. Smells sour and tastes sour but it has a nice creamy texture and great balance. I donít notice the alcohol at all.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ratman197 (9952) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
zizzybalubba (1449) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2010
12 oz. bottle purchased at the Avery Tap Room in Boulder, CO (purchased September 2009). This review replaces my initial tasting on release day at a pre-GABF party. Pours muddy orange with a huge champagne-like off-white head. The aroma is tart lemon with hints of oak. The flavor is wonderfully sour with some tart cherry and lemon rind. Thankfully there is none of the apple cider vinegar flavor often associated with sour ales. Not that it is always bad but the fact that this steers clear of that is welcome and gives me a better overall impression. Iím not sure that this is any better than it was a year ago but it certainly has held up well. An outstanding achievement from Avery.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2009
First I have to thank zizzybalubba for bringing this back from GABF. What a surprise! Great flavors of port and chardonnay infused in a mildly tart beer. Hints of cassis and vanilla on the finish. Mildly sweet, mildly tart, layers of flavors and smooth as can be! An absolute masterpiece!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
craftbeerdesign (2182) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2009
bottle purchased at the Avery Tap Room, poured into a snifter on 10/2/09... round sour notes on the nose along with some lemon, lactose and vanilla... not the typical Brett barnyard funk... more lactose driven based sour notes... ruby red pour with a nice off white head that last a good amount of time before thinning out... as it settles, I really picked up on more oak / wine barrel notes on the nose... beautiful round, smooth and creamy body... very well balanced... perfect sourness... tart on the sides, oak on top... sour finish with lemon notes and a splash of oak... particularly the Chardonnay barrels... lively carbonation throughout. A+. Glad Iíve got one more bottle.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
eaglefan538 (2898) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Holy, freaking smokes, Robert from SL!!!! The best, most awesome Avery production EVER, thanks for sharing! This thing poured as an amber colored brew with tons of red hues behind it, slight off-white colored head. The aroma was just wonderful, oak (French oak, if I might act so refined), some bourbon, red wine, bret, light tart cherries. The flavor followed as wonderfully as all that in the aroma, including what I was sure was pinot noir-ness (so much for my sommelier-ness), earthy funk, light spicing, NO alcohol detection at all, couldnít believe this thing. Fantastic, smooth, big mouthfeel, low carbonation. Wonderful stuff. Thanks, Robert!

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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
1st taster at stone Sourfest 2010. Clear reddish Orange with a small off white ring. Great nose of tart citrus with light cherry notes and some barrel qualities. A damn tasty sour.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sloth (2502) - 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!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (12286) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Bottle courtesy of nbutler11, thanks! Murky brown color, tan edge head. Aroma of rhubarb, sour cherry, mud. Taste is prunes, dates, cherries with a deep and dry sourness. Fantastic.


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