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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 7 - Dihos Dactylion

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RATINGS: 131   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2011
Thanks to Nate for this... Wow, a really good Avery sour, would love to try this again... pours a watery red brown with a light off white head, but watery... the nose is mostly sour cherries, a little simple but nice... taste has more going on, a very nice sharp tart bite, cherries, oak a bit of wine texture... get this

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10544) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2011
Bottle. Poured a hazy reddish brown color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy sour tart grape aroma. Medium to full body with a tingly texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & tart flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & tart finish of moderate to long duration. This is a very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5977) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2011
In short: An moderately sour, very sweet and very fruity copper ale. Nice sipper but a bit too sweet for its own good
How: Tap or bottle (I forget) at Extreme Beer Fest 2011, Night Of The Barrels
The look: Partly cloudy copper body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose of sweet tart fruits, like smelling a fruit salad that was macerated in a sugar and vinegar mixture. Taste has many fruits (I got aples, pears, berries, grape skin, more…), a lot of sweetness, some oak tannins, a medium sourness and medium acidity. Just like the other oaked Avery sour ales I’ve had before (Brabant, Sui Generis, others…) this one has many good things going on but it is just a bit too sweet for its own good. Still, it is overall a good sipper. If anything Avery’s sweet sour ales have taught me that a very sweet sour ale can be a decent sipper and that Dihos Dactylion is not a Pokemon.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (5804) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 27, 2011
Thanks to TOM! .. . Pours a murked brown, sturdy light lacing .. . aroma of cherry skin, dirty girl socks, and brown funk .. . slick and wild, shit! this is a great beer, so happy i got to try it!! .. . Well if you think there is one iota of ambition in my nakedness then you severely underestimate me!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7853) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
On tap a Stone’s Oakquinox. Pours with a clear copper body and small tan head that leaves decent lace. Aroma is big time fruit, wine, vinous, sour, cherries, cabernet, pedio and funk. Flavors are vinous, sour, cab grapes, fruity, cherries, dates, very rich, some brandy. Warming yet sour. Layered. Lively bubbles, tart and big!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (10735) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 23, 2011
A: The beer pours amber in color with a medium sized khaki head. S: Starts off with a nice lactic tartness and perhaps just a touch of vinegar. A little bit of a sour cherry aroma and some nice wine and oak aromas. In fact, there’s quite a heavy cabernet note to this beer. T: Lots and lots of wine flavor with a solid oak quality, including some mild tannins. A mild fruitiness which consists primarily of cherries and grapes, perhaps a little bit of red berries, too. M: Medium in both body and carbonation. O: Good beer from Avery. Pleasant to drink and surprisingly easy to do so, despite a rather high ABV.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2011
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Pours a hazy deep amber with white, fizzy head. Aroma has a nice acidicness with notes of farmhouse and tartness. Flavor is tart, sour berry, farmhouse, very nice! Mouth feel is medium body with fizzy carbonation. Overall, great brew!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 21, 2011
Clear glowing sunset red/orange body; thin head. Incredible aroma, dry, fruity, woody, very buggy. Packs a punch, alcohol hits like a wine before receding. Tart and juicy, nectarine-like. Lots of oak. Delicious awesome stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1510) - 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.

4.3
   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.


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