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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratman197 (13272) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 9, 2010
Bottle poured a clear amber with a lasting creamy ivory head with great lacing. Aromas of sour apple, sour cherry, oak, barnyard, vinous notes, lactic notes, light earthiness and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of straw, oak, barnyard funk, citrus and light earthiness with a crisp dry lingering tart funky finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerMePodcast (96) - Palm Desert, California, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Draft at Stone 14th Anniversary. Beautiful lactic aroma with complex fruit notes including some apple, pineapple, grape and some vanilla. In taste, one of the closest beers to the perfect Russian River sours I’ve had to date. Crisply carbonated which make the beer’s wine notes pop out. Very refreshing and saliva-inducing. A very brilliant beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BiiruBierBeer (945) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2015
White wine and green grape smell. DELICIOUS sour, white wine, grape juice, and peach taste. Easily one of the best tasting sours I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Pours a deep, rich cheddar amber that sits thick, viscous and cloudy in the glass. A slightly off-white head sits atop this lovely brew, leaving an intricate latticework in its wake as it subsides. The aroma is a stark, stinging cedar plank floating in a sea of sweetened orange juice, pineapple chunks, lemon zest, and oak. A delicate yet assertive note of apple juice seems to thinly veil the other aromas and add an acidic tinge to each sniff of the beer. The flavor is a rush of cedar-infused, oak-aged pineapple and apple syrup sitting atop delicate notes of chardonnay, light orange, and a touch of woodsy strawberry. All the flavors swirl around the tongue and punch each tastebud along the way. As it warms, the white wine notes really take hold in the finish. Slimy and slick on the tongue. A wonderful beer.

   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 2, 2011
Bottle at home - shared with Mette (Thanks to Doodler for the trade). Cloudy amber - white head. Nice medium sourness, acid, light lacto, wine notes, apple, light bubblegum, light candy, wooden drynes, light tartness,port, vanilla, light funky - horsey, oakey notes, cherry notes, caramel, toasted notes. High Dry finish. Nice high complexity. Lovely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
bottle at dak’s 8/14/10. honey yellow color with a small white head. the aroma reminds me of young burgundy pinot... dill, pickles and oak. other than that there are notes of fruit/cherry/grape, grass, oak, leather and grain. there is tart vinegar and funky all over the place. the flavor is the same but the sourness is lower than expected although it is incredibly funktastic. it is crisp and very dry. 9/4/8/4/18

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