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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 4 - Dépuceleuse

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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2010
12oz bottle that I bought for $8 thinking it would be like Supplication or at least Sui Generis, sadly it wasn’t close. It did look a lot like Sui Generis and it had a hint of real cherries in the aroma along with a bretty aroma and a hint of sour. The taste was sour and had a slight bit of cherries but to be honest this was a real let down. It just wasn’t well done and I wish I had spent the extra $4 to get a bottle of Supplication instead. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-27-2010 03:22:12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kptron (17) - Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2010 12oz. bottle. Pour a rosy Brown, with a few cm of head. Smells like cherries. Sour, but not puckering. Cherries are upfront in the mix, leading way to zin. Enjoying with brie & the latest ep of Treme.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4173) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2010
Guest tap at DLD. Sour! Red sour ale with cherry and strong funky flavor. Lovely. Just the kind of sour I like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (3844) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2010
Fantastic. Slightly sugary, with some cinnamin, with horse blanket, very oaky, good. Some old socks. Liked this one a lot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2010
I’ve never understood the Avery hatred I sometimes witness and read, and this beer seems to be bitten by the same bias. Bottle from Craft. Pours turbid ruby coppery with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is tart funky cherry, very lactic and earthy. The taste is very malty up front, with the tart fruity funkiness taking over, overall a very lactic and fruity palate and flavor, and a solid compexlity. I found this one to be well crafted, and a solid sour beer. Is it worth the bottle price? With all due respect, I’m not your damned accountant, so figure that crap out for yourself, putz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwatson44 (7) - longmont, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2010 does not count
Woah! Is this really a beer. The aroma makes you think of sweet wine and yet the first sip boasts sour cherries that have a smooth feel and the finish is pure bliss. Did I mention the blending of the bret in the palate? Doubtful many people will appreciate how many great tastes are in your first 5 sips of this offering!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elpresidente19 (30) - Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2010
Pours an amber red with little to no head. Aroma is tons of funkyness/ earthyness, dark fruits, mostly cherries. Woah. I get mostly cranberries, cherries, funk, and oak. Its definitely a sour, but its still incredibly drinkable, not over the top. As it warms it just gets more and more complex, and the oak becomes more apparent. Mouthfeel is pure silky smoothness. Good thing I bought two, it will make a nice addition to my cellar!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear (!!!) medium reddish-amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, barnyard), with notes of berries/cherries, wood, cinnamon/clove, plastic. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Why Avery doesn’t bottle condition beers like this is perplexing. The aroma is pleasant; the fruit doesn’t overpower and the funk is much better than their earlier wild beers. Unfortunately, it’s not much fun to drink...overly sweet and sticky/syrupy. Needs more sourness or less sweetness. Overall not bad but not that great either. A shame, as the aroma suggested something quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11065) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear dark ruby color with a minimal fizzy off-white head that mostly diminished with virtually no lacing. Moderate to heavy sour dark fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and lively carbonation. Medium sour flavor with a medium sour finish of moderate duration. This is a good beer for style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6251) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 21, 2010
12 oz, capped and foiled, at uber. very hazy rubied dark amber with gold at the edges. loose off white head falls quickly away. tangy tannic acidic nose, lots of bitey grape skins. decent amount of bretty funk showing too, nice and horse blankety, but not a good combo with the zin. creamy medium body with lively carb. cherries really dont show up on the nose or the tongue. the zin and the brett duke it out, and the earthiness and the acidity combine to create an effect like wet toilet paper or mop water, from the mid palate through the finish. very odd beer.

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