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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 8 - Meretrix

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (7475) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BiiruBierBeer (320) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2015
I can’t smell much from this one. Taste is lactic sourness, brett, and cherry. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Pours a dark brown with nice ruby highlights. The nose is a full mix of the Cabernet and the sour cherries. Nice and round on the palate with lots of dark, fruity tartness finishing with oak and Cabernet notes. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brouwerij (945) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear burnt red with very small off-white head. Settles quickly with no lacing. Aroma caramelized sugar, cherry, slightly oxidized, oaky, tart and vinous. Flavor is sour cherry up front, dried cherry and cherry skin, with a tart, oaky, vinegar, big cabernet, musty, leather, cherry finish and lingering buttery oak, tart, cherry aftertaste. This has cellared well, slightest oxidation but still big on flavor. Soft to moderate carbonation, medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (3982) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9270) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brystmar (1299) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7203) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6101) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westmeister (1865) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DavoleBomb (1487) - 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 I’d like, but it’s 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 it’s a little too bity for my liking. Also lacking creaminess. 3.0 D: Decent beer, but it’s a little too unrefined. More astringency than I’d like, harsh carbonation, and not enough flavor integration. Might be better with more time, but it’s still a little rough right now. Serving type: bottle 10-28-2012 05:17:08

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