KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. First reviewed 8/19/2011. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip. Thanks to readbaron for sharing this bottle.
Meretrix has a light, mostly transparent brown color with an orange cherry tint. A small tan head forms on pouring and fades to nothing over time.
In the nose there is lots of sour cherry, tart and pleasant, with a robust cabernet and some oak behind it. Not very subtle.
Tart cherries and vinegar up front combine with the cabernet, which lays slightly in the background, along with a little bit of oak. The finish is tart and acidic.
This is definitely tart, fairly acidic, and somewhat vinegary. Light to medium carbonation and a light body leaves the emphasis on the sour cherry and cabernet notes.
Overall I found this to be one of better barrel aged beers I have had from Avery.
Sammy (9450) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the more sour of this series. Reddish colour, disappearing head. Above average mouthfeel, a sipper and good drinkability with a full meal. Very good creation, and worth seeking out for sour fans. Wine fumes.
dionysus (1454) - Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge thanks to daknole for catching me up on the series. Bottle pours copper with a khaki head. Aroma is tart and oaky with notes of berry and red wine vinegar. Flavor shows definite cherry, light funk, and some vinous character that I can only imagine came from the barrels. Overall body is moderate and the finish is dry. Even though the brew is moderate to heavy acidic, it definately has more juicy fruit sourness than the abrasive, enamel stripping acidity others might associate with the style. Bravo!
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Aroma is deeply sour with lots of fruit. Beautifully complex funk. Clear amber, no head and a slight oiliness on the surface. Amazingly flavorful. Super sour, but with loads of depth, ranging from caramel to peach to lemon. Good firm sourness, rich with a huge range of wild yeast characteristics. Yet still in total balance with the fruit and barrel notes. A truly beautiful beer.
Pailhead (5589) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy vinous notes, light-moderate sour cherries, oak, and a touch of acetone. It pours a transparent amber with a minimal off-white head. The flavor starts with quick dose of cherry. It quickly turns extremely sour with lots of lemon, sour cherry, light vinous notes, and light acetone. Medium bodied with somewhat lively carbonation.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours translucent chestnut amber, topped with a small ring of off white bubbles ringing the glass. Aroma of sour cherry, red wine, and oak. Flavor begins with tart cherry and lactic acid, which is backed with lactic acid, tannins, sweet tart candy, lemon, and wood. Dry, tart finish, with lingering cherries and lactic acid. Decent enough.
NordicV (1366) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange öl med minimalt vitt skum. Vilken doft! Trä, grönmögelost och allmän funkighet. Väldigt vinös och sur, torr cider, omogna frukter, antydan av körsbär i smaken. Den bästa icke belgiska suröl jag druckit.
thirdeye11 (5776) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottled Jun 29, 2011 thanks to BlackSwan) clear deep amber with a few off-white bubbles. Nose of cherry, Cabernet Sauvignon barrel, wet wood, light grape, sourness, and caramel. Taste of tart cherry, brett, wet wood, bit acidic, vinous, with a tart linger of wine. Nice finish.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. pours a deep amber-orange color with minimal white head. puckering, intense aroma full of barrel, wine, and tart cherry. very intense and exceptional. flavor is much of the same, and is one of the most bold american sours out there. huge cherry tartness, funk, oak, citrus, and brett...just tons of berry juice and fermentation....awesome
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of bottle, hazy reddish with thin to no white head, dissipated quickly. Nice aroma with notes of sour cherry, some dry grapes and definite cab notes, some slight funk, with a touch more cherry of more the jammy quality. Taste is nice slightly tart sour cherry, with nice earthy, funky dry wine, touch of lacto lemon notes in there finishing slightly dry and a slightly weird finish. Good stuff!