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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 5 - Quinquepartite

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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.91%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10789) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is a sort of hazy amberish color with a nice rocky off-white head to it. S: I immediately pick out the chardonnay notes from this beer, but that may be because I love Temptation and know all too well what that smell is. Lots of nice grape notes along with a definite sweetness. Almost like a slightly tart sangria. T: While I can still really pick out the chardonnay, there’s a definite port character to this beer. A bit of oxidation, which lends a touch of chocolate which works well with the sweet fruit character. Not overly tart, but a nice lactic sourness and a earthy, yeasty note. M: The body is nothing out of the ordinary, definitely medium, with a moderate carbonation. Not quite as dry as I prefer my wild beers. D: After Sui Generis, probably my favorite in the barrel aged beer releases from Avery. A really complex beer that should hold up quite well in the cellar.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2010 bottle. thanks to aplusbreaks and ratman197 for sending me some bottles! Pours a deep orange with a nice 1 finger white head... fades rather quickly. A rather vinous nose. The lacto and pedio don’t jump out in your face as other sours... perhaps this needs some more time in the bottle to develop. The wine barrels really shine through the aromas with the Cabernet in the forefront. There is a touch of Brett lingering, but not what you’d see in most sours or wild ales. Again, I feel with time the Brett and other funk will increase with age. So far, Quinquepartite is really about the barrels. There are some Chardonnay butter notes as well coming across the nose. On the tongue, Quinquepartite really takes off... the sourness from the lacto and pedio is more prominent. There is a bit of dry heat. Now, I am getting a more sour experience. The barrel notes intertwine very well throughout the mouth. More vinous notes with the Cabernet and Zinfandel barrels coming forward the most. I’m not picking up the Port barrels. There are notes of red grapes and oak throughout. Dry, yet smooth, tart vinous finish with a bit of alcohol heat. Very nice sour... however Sui Generis still has the lead in the barrel aged series for me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
At last, I’ve ticked the whole Avery -bal series, so far. This was the "rarest" of the bunch, so I expected it would be good. Let’s have a look-see, shall we? Pours a hazed orangish-amber color with a small but rather lacey white head. The aroma is oak, leather, vanilla, sweet caramel, tart vinous notes, and butter. Lots of -bal aging is evident on this one. The flavor is nice except for the substantial butteriness. Lots of it. Rather vinous, with both cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay notes, oaky, and leathery, with a touch of sweet caramel balancing the tartness. Medium-bodied with only slight acidity and soft carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer, but for a five -bal aged wild ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6017) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2010
bottle, thanks to third nellie, dirty reddish brown with aroma of smokey kumquat, flavor is sour red wine and balsamic vinegar, fruity dry astringent finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mora2000 (5664) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Thanks to Nellie for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is tart oranges with some oaked notes. The flavor is tart cherries, oak and red wine. I don’t get much funk in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good sour beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Thanks again thirdeye11. People on ratebeer should trade him sours for Shiner. Fruity sour with plums & fresh fruits. I love how open this sour beer is - it isn’t dry as some others.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2010
12oz bottle shared by Shawn. Thanks. Pours a clear copper with a thin head. Lactic acid, citrus, orange, and grapefruit aromas. Similar flavors that really remind me of blood oranges. Lactic acid, oranges, bitter citrus and a little dough. Lactic orange finish. Decent beer. 7/3/8/3/15

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3248) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 29, 2010
bottle from brewthusiast. THanks. pours a clear orange amber with a tiny offwhite head. aroma of yogurt and cherry sourness, leather plastic yeast notes. light balsamic. taste is sour bready cherries, grape skins. slightly vinous. pretty good. a bit muddled, like most of these avery sours and this might be expected with the hodge podge of barrels used, but this was tasty. enjoyed this, but it’s missing a theme. doesn’t really highlight any particular ingredient. kitchen sink sour as one previous reviewer mentioned.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2010 12 oz bottle shared by shawn. Thanks! Pours a nice hazy amber orange with a hint of cranberry pink, a small frothy whith head dies to a layer clinging head. Aromas are funky brett, barnyard and and dust. Some light sour acidity, touch of biscuity and pale malts. Wet oak, touch of vanilla. Initial is heavier end of light bodied, rich bretty funk, dust, barnyard, a touch of fruity crab apple, light lactic acidity. Wet oak, vanilla, light tartness. A nice gentler sour, brett forward with a dry and tart finish. Lighter bodied, the brett on the nose is the most striking, oak dies back with decent red wine tannins, flourishes of vanilla. Tasty. 2nd Rating: 12 oz bottle courtesy of TheEpeeist. Chris, always helping me out. Pours a hazy cider hue with touches of reddish pink glow, fiery mellow and well hazed, a moderate offwhite head cakes and laces well, stays pretty large. Aromas are decent funky bretty funk, dust and light leather. Sour crab apple, oranges, lemon, a touch of ruby red grapefruit. Light red wine, vanilla, and wet oak. Some bready and pale malts. A touch of prickly carbonation just in the aroma, tangelo. Horse blaanket, lemon. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, some dry winey tannins, wet oak, flourishes of vinegar, lactic acid, lemons and grapefruit. Dusty bretty funk, some gym shoes, leather, horseblanket and hay. Gentle with a decent kick of acidity that mellows, really quite drinkable with no extremes. Fairly balanced, the dry winey tannins, made more complex and neutral by the complexity of barrels is pleasant, decent oak. My favorite part is largely the the grapefruit and more gentle sourness with kicks of cranberry and touches of apple.. Decent sourness complimented by a decent kick of brett, some dry tannins.. Not overdone and quite palatable with good complexity and balance of wild yeasts and different barrels. Tasty. Score remains similar..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3353) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2010
12oz bottle from Shawn. Thanks bud... Pours a mostly transparent apple cider brown with a thin soapy white head... Aroma of earthiness and dried fruit with a modicum of tart sourness qnd subdued apple cider... Soft soapy textured, with earthy semi-sour with fair dry Brett that surfaces, nice fluffiness just a touch of cidery vnegsr but too light to be obtrusive.


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