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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 8 - Meretrix

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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 299   ABV: 9.97%
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Barrel-Aged Sour Ale - No. 8 in our Barrel-Aged Series

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


mcberko's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (5369) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (2915) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours a cloudy amber with small frothy off white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is sour fruit,oak, and funk. Medium mouthfeel with strong funk, light sour fruit and nice oak finish. Yes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2013
12oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a small sized off white head. Vinous/red wine, cherries, some wood, and fruity.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1118) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2013
Hazy brown, no real head/lace. Barrel galore on the nose, quite sour, good stuff. Fruit gets covered a little by the barrel, enjoyable nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7006) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Bottled. Poured clear, rich, ruddy brown with a short beige head that settled to a dusting quickly. The aroma picked up sour cherries, oak, leather, and red wine vinegar with a deeper, almost candied sweetness.. tangy and aggressive on the nose, but I enjoyed it. The flavor was very tart and bracing on the tip of the tongue with sour cherries and vinegar leading.. cherry meat and assorted dark fruits supported.. oak and vinegar sourness laced throughout.. finished dry, but with a decent dose of residual sugars.. peppery and warm all the way to the belly.. tasty stuff. Medium-ish bodied with low carbonation.. assertive and engaging, with a lot of barrel and fruit character.. nice one!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (4540) - Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2013
12 oz bottle from adnielsen (shared with Tmoney99 July 12) Pours a clear light brown color with a small white head. The aroma has caramel malts, sour cherry, wood, some musty notes and a big vinous quality. The flavor is pretty intense; dry, sour, tart cherry, caramel, wood, vinous and acidic. I like this now, but wonder what some age would do.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1534) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2013
All of the first 10 from the series were shared by craftbeerdesign. This one was the most sour/tart out of all the first 10 that I had. Pours murky brown. The super tart cherries/tannins just take over and that is all I get. Grapes skins all over. Wow is that sour.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Poured into a tulip. Bottled Jun 29, 2011. 3.0 A: Moderately hazed medium amber color. Short lived fizzy off-white head. 3.5 S: Big cherry notes right from the start. Moderately tart with a potent helping of acetic acid. Plum, raisin, mixed berry, and pomagranate fruits. Caramel maltiness with vinous grape. Mildly earthy with a tough of musty funk and some outdoorsy dirtiness. Lightly tannic with soft vanilla and oak notes. Booze is well hidden. 3.5 T: Again tart cherries lead the way. More funky and less fruity than the nose, though the fruits mentioned are still easily discernable. Vinous grape is a lot more apparent though. Caramel, hints of brown sugar, and toastiness. Moderate acetic acid and a surprisingly amount of tangy lactic acid. Basement must funk predominates. Tannic astringency is a little stronger than Id like, but its not too distracting. Booze is also apparent in the taste, but again, not too distracting. Lots of oak and a mild vanilla. 3.0 M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation, but its a little too bity for my liking. Also lacking creaminess. 3.0 D: Decent beer, but its a little too unrefined. More astringency than Id like, harsh carbonation, and not enough flavor integration. Might be better with more time, but its still a little rough right now. Serving type: bottle 10-28-2012 05:17:08

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear ruby amber with a thin to medium sized beige head that falls off steadily but remains around the edges. Big sweet fruit and tart acid right away, loads of lovely cherries with just the faintest bit of an acetic note behind it. Lots of body here, great mouthfeel, and the alcohol does peek through a bit. Incredibly tart, lots of bright acidity on the edges of the tongue. Lingering acid all the way through, cherries and a gentle alcohol warmth. This is big and beautiful.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - 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 (6029) - 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.



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