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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 5 - Quinquepartite

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.91%
Noticing that our private cellar bottle stock of sour ale was fast dwindling, we decided to blend a very small batch from five of our finest barrels to produce this, No. 5 in our Barrel-Aged Series. Brewery release only. 60 cases shared. 27 hoarded. This beer consists of: 37% Ale aged in Cabernet Savignon barrels, 25% Ale aged in Chardonnay barrels, 21% Ale aged in Port barrels and 17% Ale aged in Zinfandel barrels. It measures at 9.91% ABV and will be sold in single 12 oz. single bottles. “Quinquepartite” translates to “divided into or composed of five parts.” It is slightly less saucy than the name, “Dupuceleuse,” chosen for #4 in the set.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Denver Rare Beer Tasting 2010. Poured a pinkish orange with little white head. Nice citric, sour and yeast nose. Flavor is citrus fruits, with a touch of wine-y background. The Brett in this just rocks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Burnt orange color pour with a hint of head. Nice aroma of bourbon, wood, grapes funk and fruit. Funky, tart, yeasty flavor. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (10214) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle thanks to Scott! Poured a clear grapefruit orange with a light brown head that started and remained at the edges. Aroma had a Jolly Pumpkin like funk to it with sour red fruits and a hint of wine. Flavor had a that same funk with tart fruits and a bit of backing grain. The finish was dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (1054) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2011
This was brought to a tasting awhile back thanks to craftbeerdesign. Cloudy orange pour, small head. Aroma was big time sour funk, big brett presence. I remember someone said it smelled like an old blanket. I concur. Flavors were quite sour up front, funky yet not sweet. Booze was nowhere to be found. Lingering sour yet dry finish. Hell of a wonderfully complex super hard to find brew. Quite interesting indeed, a great sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Big thanks to my boy aplusbreaks for this one. Deep amber pour with a nice cream colored head on top. Aromas of wood, cherries, apples, huge tartness, bugs, the list just goes on. Great on the palate, woody flavor comes first, followed by cherries, brett, light yeast, acidic in the end but, very smooth and easy to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Appearance: Pours a lightly clouded, orange-yellow body with a wispy, white head. Smell: Judiciously funky nose, neither subtle nor overblown, with a pressing leathery and horseblanket aspect and supporting notes of dried bitter citrus peels, vanilla, and still-damp wine barrels. Taste: Meager bready barley maltiness slides into dusty, leathery tones. IV-style drip of tart cherry juice cut with mineral water, white wine, and a generous splash of cracklingly acidic "Matt’s Gasline Lemonade". Slightly creamy, tannic oakiness. Quin swings both acetic and lactic throughout the taste. Drying, warming, and with a sprightly carbonation on the finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high, effervescent carbonation. Drinkability: It’s a pleasant American-born wild ale. Give it a try if you happen to come across one of the scant few bottles out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Murky dark brown pour with a thin fizzy head. aroma is Loaded with vinous wood, funky taint, some sour wet notes as well. Mouthfeel is creamy, flavor is intense sour wet wood, barrel, very vinous, very complex, very good. Tart horsey beer. Want more

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4111) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
12 oz bottle from Ratman!!! Nose is light funk and horseblanket, hints of wood and wine, and some dark fruitiness. Flavor is nicely tart balanced with a moderate sweetness and woodiness (but no vanilla).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2010
12 oz. bottle, packaged on 05/06/2010 and consumed 11/03/2010. The pour yields a very cloudy, dark, caramel-amber body with a moderate, well-defined head of lasting beige foam. Bands of lacing break apart into wide swaths, griping the glass tightly. It’s truly a beautiful looking beer, one that I can’t wait to dive into. Aromas are very dry, vinous, and fruity, with ample tartness and funk. Sweet porto reveals lush, deep notes of cherry, as the Cabernet and Zinfandel barrels impart sharper, earthier grape. Peppery and tannic, the wine-like character is persistent throughout, bringing with it substantial brett and pedio funk that is reminiscent of farmhouse wood. Creamy oak resembles that of a full bodied Napa Chard, bringing the influence of each barrel to clear and obvious fruition. The malt base does not go unnoticed, as relatively sweet caramel softens the acidity of the tart fruits and barrel funk. On the first sip, it is apparent that they really nailed this one. Gripping cherry, red berry, and peppery grape are full-flavored, sharp and acidic, but not at all overbearing. Caramel malt, while perhaps just a hair under attenuated, assuages the tannic sharpness down to a completely embraceable level. The influence of each barrel again translates well, from creamy, oaky California Chardonnay to bold, zesty Zin and cherry-heavy, sweeter Port. Lactic acidity and earthy, dusty brett compliment one another beautifully, simultaneously cutting into and bringing forward the fruit. Delicious stuff. Seriously very good. The palate too is impressive, substantial in body for a sour, with bright, lively carbonation, and a semi-dry, refreshing acidity on the back end. Excellent beer. This is my favorite of the Avery barrel-aged sour series to date by a wide margin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Appearance: Pours a deep orange with a small white ring and a thin white film looking from the top down.

Aroma: Dry white wine, light cork/oak and sour peach or nectarine.

Taste: Tannic, wood barrel, sour dry grapes, sweet grapes (grape juice). Very balanced between sweet and dry and sour.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and a tad puckering.

Overall: Really impressive, perhaps my favorite thus far in the barrel-aged series.

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