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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Marheb (4920) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
40 mois après l’embouteillage je me permet de l’ouvrir non sans une sorte d’extrême angoisse de palais doublé d’un deuil anticipé et malgré tout...Je suis complètement sur le cul. Je suis en plein brewday donc je vais ménager mes mots mais disons que le liquide traverse plusieurs étapes avant de se rendre à la finale de noyau de cerise. Le corps est riche mais léger avec une belle dose de sucres maltés et fruités qui se précipitent rapidement vers l’aspect vineux et une finale sèche et longue en bouche. Des notes presque chocolatés et vanillés se faufilent à travers l’aspect plus ’’kriek’’ de cette dépuceleuse...Je suis ravis par sa richesse et son élégance, une bière immortelle qui n’était pas pressée d’être ouverte.

   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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
GandGKevin (934) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Funky brett and cherry aromas. You can definitely tell the zin barrel influence on the flavors. The cherries come through immensely on the flavor which is complemented with the zin barrel ageing. Only slighty sour from the brett. A little spice note from the zin. Awesome beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2010
delicious. prunes and cranberries. so fresh but makes my cheeks hurt. love it. i want more of it. i wish it was easily retrievable in dallas. i’d buy a case. someone wanna trade those wonky mikeller chipotle porters for these gems?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 19, 2010
Sampled on 5/14/2010. This fruit beer pours a reddish copper color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity, cherry and tart. A medium bodied fruit beer. There is a definite tart/sour aspect to this beer. The malts are fruity and sweet, tart, funky and a touch woody. An interesting wild ale. It’s tart and fruity with a nice funky aspect. Nice cheery flavors, sour and tart, with a touch of funk. Not a lot of carbonation, but its not really missing that much. Hint of wood at the finish. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is tart and fruity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2010
Had this at Choice City months ago but finally found a bottle n the store. Bottled 3-31-10. The pour is nice for a brett, sour beer with an effervescent, hazy, rusty-scarlet color and a moderately full, foamy, beige head which settles to a thin, fizzy, froth and leaves a bit of drippy lace rings. The nose is pungent with sour cherries being prominent, tart notes, nice old world wine barnyard notes, subtle vanilla and spice, wet oak, typical brett mushroom funk, maybe even a bit of zinfandel blackberry notes; I still can’t get over the barnyard notes, similar to an aged Bordeaux. The flavor is similar but more malt and oak; vanilla makes a nice early appearance, cinnamon, toasted caramel, light molasses, moderate oak tannins, blackberry and tart cherries, lighter notes of funk. The acidic tartness is noticed more towards the finish but never puckering sour. The palate is nice with a lively carbonation, silky mouthfeel, and a moderate body with a slightly quenching nature; the carbonation is prickly at first but mellows as the flavor progresses. The finish is somewhat short with tart cherries dissipating, cinnamon, molasses, bretty funk, and oak tannins drying it out a bit. It is hard for me to find anything bad to say about this one; perfect tart notes, complementary cherries, complementary malts, complementary oak and brett. The alcohol was powerful enough to support of the sweet, sour, and oaky notes but not too much so that it got in the way. Tremendous old world wine aromas balanced by moderate tannins. My favorite of Avery’s barrel series and my favorite from them in a long time. Maybe my favorite sour beer and fruit beer. Awesome.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10485) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2011
Bottle @ home, courtesy of ratman. Huge thanks! Pours a dark maroon appearance with a small off white head. Lightly sour, tart cherry, light Bretty nose. Light bretty, slightly spicy (cinnamon, vanilla), mildly sour and tart cherry flavor. Dry, mildly tart, vinous finish. Alcohol is hidden very well. Probably my second favorite of the barrel series after Margarete. Excellent!

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2011 Hazy red orange; medium head. Awesome delectable aroma. Lots of bugs, nectarine, fruity red wine juice. Tastes great. Dry prickly texture. Nectarine and peach flavor. Restrained and moderate levels of sourness. Quite juicy effect. Very slightly bitter finish, reminding of some fruit skin or tannin. Carbonation levels possibly slightly on the high end. I probably like this better than the Brabant slightly because it is fruitier, but both are very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2010
bottle purchased from the Avery Tap Room... poured into a snifter. Depuceleuse pours a deep ruby color with a 1-2 finger off white head with plenty of carbonation... however it quickly recedes into a thin lacing and ultimately nothing. There is a ton of dry Brett notes surrounded by sour cherries and layered oak through the nose. Good level of barnyard funk with well rounded layers fill the mouth. The tart cherries come forward immediately on the tongue, while the sides offer layers of the wine barrels... Zinfandel notes and deep oak mingle in a soft body. The carbonation is very prevalent in the first half of the glass, but fades as the beer warms. Big dry Brett finish and lingering tartness and more oak. I really like this one and it comes in second behind Sui Generis in the Avery Barrel-Aged Series. A bit confused why this is classified as a Fruit Beer, when I feel it is closer to a Sour / Wild Ale.

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