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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 4 - Dépuceleuse

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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.73%
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No. 4 in our Barrel-Aged Series. Ale brewed with sour cherries and aged in zinfandel barrels with 100% brettanomyces fermentation. Bottled March 12, 2010. 463 cases.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
birdmachine (213) - San Jose / San Luis Obispo, California, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Bottle, consumed by my lonesome to the dome. Pours a spritzy light brown with soft pink hues. You could hear the pop-rocks fizz leaving the bottle and forming on top of the beer. The small white layer immediately dissolved away leaving a rather unimaginative image, no lacing, medium legs. Aroma is somewhat lactic, very light funk, lots of tart cherry, raspberry, some woody vinous quality as well. Taste follows the aroma for the most part - lots of cherry and dark grape, some raspberry, earthy, wood, peppery spice with a dry sour bite. You could really pick up on the zin barrel aging here with the spicy dry finish. A little thin with not much malt profile, but doesn’t interrupt the fruit flavor. High carbonation, dry mouth, spicy finish. Unfortunately I haven’t tried the beer fresh to see how it aged. Overall about your average sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Westmeister (1831) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
All of the first 10 from the series were shared by craftbeerdesign. Muddy orange pours. Lots of apple, pear, cherry, oak, light berry, brett. Super dry. Very, very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pushkinwow (2100) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2013
12oz bottle. Pale rust with no head. Light sourness, malty, some chardonnay and old tart cherry, oak. Low carbonation, moderate body, vinous, makes me think of a flanders brown aged in wine barrels, more chardonnay on the finish for sure with a nice crisp and clean ending on the palate that make you pucker slightly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8958) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle thanks to Derrick. Pours dark cherry red with off white head. Nose and taste of dark cherry, oak, chocolate, caramel and funk. Medium body. Finishes cherry oak.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
olr1984 (1141) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2013
2010 bottle pours dark amber with a small bubbly head. Sour cherry oak and wine aromas. Very sour tart cherry with great wine flavor’s.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beaver (1342) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2012
12 oz bottle, bottled on 3/31/10. Pours slightly hazy reddish orange with a fizzy off white head that quickly goes to a thin film.

The aroma is woody lactic pie cherries and red wine.

The flavor is sweet and tart pie cherries with a nice sour twang with some wood, red wine and maybe a little oxidation and band aid in the finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, a decent sour cherry beer. I wonder if I hung on to it a bit long though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2375) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Deep amber brown pour, thin off white head ..... aroma of white grapes, sour cherries, light brett and a fruity/berryness to it ... taste of sour cherries, little lively, little oaky, grapes, caramel malt ..... abv hidden well smooth moutthfeel ... Has light brett and a dark fruit/berry flavor as well ... Aged well mellow ... Finish is dry, lightly oaky and malty with a light grape and sour cherry to it .... Not worth the price but a solid sour ale

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7183) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Bottled. Poured clear, fiery orangey-amber with a short yellowy-beige head.. great color to it. The aroma picked up sour cherries, oak, tannins, and deeper vinous notes over fruity meat and a hint of licorice.. very nice overlay of fruity Brett funk. The flavor opened with a sour cherry and oak kick, then it backed off a bit.. lots of funky, fruity Brett and biscuity malt at the core.. tart oak and vinous notes laced throughout.. finished with moderately tart cherry dust and fruity Brett plus a hit of aspartame-like artificial sweetness.. interesting and enjoyable overall, but a touch too sweet. Medium-bodied with a lot of dry, funky Brett on the palate.. the flow got caught up in a few places.. good stuff that I’d gladly drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2012
pours a semi-clear dark red with a small off-white head that goes away quickly, and no lacing. smell is of cherry, malt, spice, and brandy. taste is tart, cherry, malt, some spice, and a woodiness. ends very tart and dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HopTsing (443) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2012
From the bottled poured a beautiful aubern brew with thin, fizzy head. Aromas of malt and sour cherries. Flavors of sweet/tart fruitness. Medium bodied but sour. Not my style.

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