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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 4 - Dépuceleuse

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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.73%
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 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7320) - 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 (13466) - 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 (7579) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (5400) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
Bottle at Stone Oakquinox 2010. Darkish red pour. Cherries, sour vinegar, wood, and brett funkiness. Good, but not the best sour around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
Bottle from oakquinox...pours red orange with no head..aroma is very funky, slightly fruity...very sour, vinegar..funky!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
Sample from Mike at the Veritas 007 release. Appearance is a cloudy reddish hue. The flavors and aromas are effervescent cherries, nutmeg, spiced oak. The mouth is too carbonated for my taste, it almost scrubs off the flavors. Still not bad, maybe it need to chill in the bottle a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10871) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2010
Reddish pour. Not much head. Aroma of red wine, cherries, brett, and maybe some sour apples. Flavor is a bit odd. Sour, woody, wine barrel...but it doesnt seem to come together like I thought it would. That being said, its still drinkable. THanks doodler. You rock!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 17, 2010
orange off white head. sweet mapley nose. taste is tart and brackish ok real

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2010
Had a 4 ounce sample at a local beer tasting event, served in a champagne flute. Amber color with a thin head. Many tiny bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass. Lemon, berries and a bit tart sourness in the aroma. Tart cherry flavor, but mellowed out by the woody oak flavors. Not overly sourly -- very enjoyable. Lots of wine flavors come through as well. Medium bodied, well carbonated, long tart finish. Combination of wine and the tartness gives this a unique taste that would pair well with a fish or chicken meal, although the hefty price tag on a small bottle somewhat limits it’s flexibility.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Christy (7) - USA - APR 16, 2010 does not count
AMAZING! Great balance for a brown ale with nice sour cherry tones!

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