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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 8 - Meretrix

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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 299   ABV: 9.97%
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Barrel-Aged Sour Ale - No. 8 in our Barrel-Aged Series

She’s patiently awaited you for two years. Aging gracefully in beautiful Cabernet Sauvignon barrels and accompanied by sour cherries, your Meretrix is eager to serve.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
In short: A vinous, oaky/tannic, fruity, medium-sour and somewhat refreshing strong sour ruby ale. Very good.
How: Bottle 12oz, consumed when over one year of age, bottle sent to me by adnielsen, thanks a lot Aaron.
The look: Clear dark ruby body tiooed bt a small beige head leaving minimal lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is full of barrels, tannins jumping into my nostrils, wild bretty notes going the stinky feet way. Taste is a mix of woody red wine, berries and fresh red cherries. Then add to this a whole lot of oak tannins, a surprising light chocolate flavor. Juicy-fruity attack then developing into a sourness of medium intensity and leading to an astringent dry finish. Almost no alcohol presence. Thick oily-juicy body with a medium carbonation. Unexpectedly ‘refreshing’ for a 10% barrel aged beer with fruity flavors that are fresh and juicy. Very tannic yet not too aggressive on the palate. Very easy to drink for the style and gravity. After that beer I told my wife that if I ever become famous because of my ratebeer ratings then I…. not sure where I was going with this, I totally lost my train of thoughts because of my wife hysterical laughter.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle:   Reddish amber, moderate haze, thin sudsy sandy head, spotty lacing.   Tart woody nose, seems like a Sour type ale to me.   Tart up front, slightly vinous, with a woody background.   Slight under ripened cherry flavor.   Decent, but not as dry as other examples.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Dry finish, tart, woody, remains a little vinous in the white wine sense.   Nice, but nothing out of the ordinary for a sour.   Well put together tho.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bukowski9 (129) - Piqua, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Reddish brown color, decent off white head. Nose was tart fruit, barnyard notes, light biscuit and straw malt with dank cellar notes.Taste was of sour cherries, vinous notes, horseblanket, light carmel, light oak and light spice with a crisp dry tart lingering funky cherry finish. Another great beer in the Avery barrel aged series.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2013
12 oz. bottle, sent from Alen (thanks man), pours an opaque dark cherry red with almost no head. Aroma of potent sour cherries, moderate red wine barrels, a bit of wild yeast and some oak. Flavour is intensely sour, with heaps of extremely sour cherries, a significant wild yeast component, dry red wine, and finishing on vinous, oaky notes. Puckering sourness all the way through with a remarkable complexity. The sour cherries are more noticeable on the nose, at least with regard to the fruitiness - they are just puckeringly sour on the tongue. All in all, another great rendition of the BA series.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Served in an Avery goblet. Fairly heavy acidity and heavy tannins. Like most others in the series. Harsh with some fruits. Light body; high carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ home.

Clear medium amber - red orange colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, caramel, berry, moderate to heavy cherry, wood, berry, tart, grape. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate acidic with a long duration, wood, tart, light to moderate vinegar. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120706]

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11075) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a clear reddish brown color with an average to large frothy off-white head that motly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy tart, tannic wood and sour cherry aroma. Medium to full body and a dry smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour fruit flavor with a medium to heavy sour fruit finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2012
Bottle shared with my buddy Blake and his wife Gina. Dark color, slightly brownish, very little carbonation. The aroma was pretty heavy on the funky side mixed with cabernet and sourness. Flavor is a little musty with slight seed mustard seed thing happening. Overall its a killer sour!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pinball (10926) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2012
bottle at papsø. cloudy orange, small white head. spicy aroma, sourish, wild yeasty. flavor is wild yeaty, woody, tart sourish, complex, quenching.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13780) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2012
Bottle (Thanks to Bill) at home - shared with Mette. Cloudy red/brown - white head. Cherries, marzipan, cherry pips, oxidation, high barrel oxidation, green nuts, fruity, nice sourness, rather high sourish, light milkey, lacto, some dark sugar. Very nice but a bit too oxidized.


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