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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 7 - Dihos Dactylion

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RATINGS: 123   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 322   ABV: 10.74%
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Aged for eighteen months in fresh Cabernet Sauvignon wine barrels, Dihos Dactylion features a primary fermentation using a proprietary blend of saison yeasts, a secondary fermentation of our house brettanomyces wild yeast strain, along with lactobacillus and pediococcus bacteria added to sour things up. Dihos Dactylion bursts with aggressive aromas of red wine and a touch of brett; delightfully sour to the taste, initial lactic acid flavors hit high in the cheekbones before transitioning to complex layers of soft fruit, oaky-tannins and red wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1474) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2011
Sample at Houston April BA tasting. Clear beautiful orange color that glows. Nose is very tart and sweetish. Taste of grapefruit, citrus, sourness, berries. Body is thick and sticky. Pretty good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stabzmcgee (72) - Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2011
Aroma is of cherries and raspberries. Some hints of Cabernet sauv from the barreling. Appearance is beautiful glowing golden amber that is somewhat translucent. Head is a tan white that laces the rim of the glass. Taste is somewhat tart and slightly vinegary sweet cherry/ Rasperry, The cab sauv taste just peeks it’s head in to say hello and then is gone just as quick. Palate is fizzy, sour and has a long delightful finish that holds the taste of wine and berries. Overall one of the best sours I have had. At 10% alc this is also one of the stronger sours I have had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Atom (1212) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 7, 2011
12oz bottle pours amber with orange highlights and a small off-white head. Aroma is red wine, subdued brett, and mellow fruits. Taste is initially sour into softer flavors of red wine, oak, caramel, and vinegar. Nice, sour flavors work well here not to overpower the other flavors, well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2011
bottle, thanks to thirdeye11, orange color with very nice wine and sour raspberry, tannic aroma, flavor is woody, sour , dusty bright fruit and red wine

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 6, 2011
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a clear amber body with a spare white head. Aroma of horseblanket, barnyard, yogurt, light vinegar, and leather. Flavor of herbs, brett, citrus, caramel, lacto, pear, and oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy/frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, caramel), lightly hoppy (apricot), with a strong note of wood, other notes of cherry, sour apple, vanilla, varnish, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Well, it’s definitely better than any of the other bottled BA series beers I’ve had, but I haven’t had them all. Too much raw oak in the nose, unfortunately, but there’s some nice stuff underneath that. Good flavor balance for its size. Too boozy, as expected, but at least it’s not overly sweet. Very good effort, all things considered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kscaldef (13) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Pours with a 1 finger off-white head. A clear reddish-amber. Aroma is primarily cherries and wine barrel. Initial taste impression is cherries, some spice, and vinegar; quite tart and prickly from carbonation. As it warms, the carbonation mellows and some wood and pomegranate appear. The alcohol is very well hidden. Overall, quite a nice sour, if not exceptionally complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2011
The beer pours a clear, rusty, red color with a fairly small, off-white, foamy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is interesting, subtle and fruity; mixed berries, light cherries, red wine tannins, spicy and caramel notes from the oak, brett, almost floral as well. The flavor is completely balanced for a sour; soft red wine-type tannins, tart cranberries and cherries, light sour lacto notes, faint barnyard, toasted caramel oak notes, and some berry in there as well. The palate is very lively, medium, silky, and quenchingly dry. The beer finishes fairly long for a sour with the lacto notes still, some vanilla and cinnamon emerging from the oak, faint barnyard, and cranberry lingering. Wonderfully fruity, just enough sour and funky notes, perfect oak/wine presence, and all with an incredible drinkable nature. Usually sour-type beer without a high acidity carry a balancing sweet nature to the beer; this one balanced sweet with oak, wine, funky, and fruity notes instead. By far my favorite barrel-aged from Avery and one of favorite "sour"-type beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 23, 2011
Sample at NOTB 2011.
Aroma : Nice sourness with really nice fruits.
Taste : Nice fruits with light sweetness. Awesome sourness. Finish is quite tannic with nice sourness and light alcohol. Nice fruits.
Overall : Nice tannic notes with nice sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a slightly hazy copper color with a tan 1/4 inch head that quickly forms a nice collar around the glass. Some lace. Sour fruit like notes in the nose along with some brett like florals. Some alcohol notes as well. The cab barrel is tough to really pick out but the grape notes are there. Medium/light mouthfeel with carbonation. Grape/raisin flavor up front pretty immediatly. Sweet start transitions to mild sourness and brett funk with a lingering bitter oaky note. Ends fairly dry. Some sherry type flavors. The booze warms the throat at the end. For being a "young" sour its not too bad, it’s a little sweet upfront and I have a feeling the sour/funk notes will continue to develop over time.

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