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Avery De Vogelbekdieren (The Platypus)

Avery De Vogelbekdieren (The Platypus)
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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
A blend of three Avery oak-aged experiments.

Oaked Oude Deux, an unreleased small-batch Avery beer. Oude Deux is a drak, roasty 8% ABV beer brewed with the Rochefort Belgian yeast strain. For the oaked version, brettanomyces were added to the casks for the subsequent 9 months of aging.
Opus One Reverend, our Belgian Quadrupel. This was aged for 8 months in Opus One Cabernet Sauvignon casks. One of the casks remained somewhat neutral, the other acquired a mild sour aspect.
Buffalo Trace Reverend, aged for six months in an Eagle Rare whiskey cask from Buffalo Trace. This cask was generously loaned to us by Chris Black at The Falling Rock.

The final blend started with three barrels of the Oude Deux, imparting some oak, tannins, dark fruit and phenols. Tasted alone, the Oude Deux has a somewhat medicinal aftertaste and can be astringent. Adding three barrels of the Opus One Reverend, with its huge malt backbone and heavier wine flavors, balanced the flavor dramatically. The mild acetic acid from one of the Opus One casks imparts a surprising amount of sourness considering that it only makes up one seventh of the blend. A single barrel of the Buffalo Trace Reverend rounds the flavor out by adding a distinct vanilla component to the finish without adding too much straight whiskey flavor.

Or to summarize: 3/7 Oaked Oude Deux, 3/7 Opus One Reverend, 1/7 Buffalo Trace Reverend.
The result is De Vogelbekdieren, an approximately 10.5% ABV blend with a final gravity of 1008.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (13084) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2008
On tap @ Avery tasting room poured a hazy dark copper with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of citrus, carmel, barnyard and light leather. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry lightly tart finish. Flavors of sour citrus, carmel, barnyard, light leather and a hint of spice with a smooth dry lightly tart finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9107) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2008
UPDATED: APR 6, 2011 2008 GABF week @ Avery. Unfiltered brown body with a medium sized dark tan head. Forward nose full of woody, crusty toasted bread, some spicy balsamic notes that mimic Flanders red fairly well, and some dark candied fruit, vanilla, and roast as well. Vibrant and fresh on the tongue, rich and lush cookies, vinegar, dry/tannic wood, some charred berries... impressively good stuff all around. Thick and viscous, and while the alcohol is a little too high, it really only overwhelms in the long finish. Prickly acidity up front, smooth and thick in the back. Impressive stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bb (8506) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Draft. Dark brown beer with reddish highlights and a big dark-cream colored head. Light boozy, fruity aroma. Fruity, light shiskey flavor with wine, fruit, and caramel malt. Medium bodied. Easy drinking - the alcohol is well hidden. Great complexity. Fruit lingers with malt, light whiskey, and wine. Wine adds more than the whiskey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrDick (366) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
On tap at CityBeer. This is an interesting sour with a whole of lot flavors. Pours cloudy sequoia red. The aroma is primarily oak sour. The first taste is oak and brett which switches into a lingering sour cherry with a bourbon finish. As it warms, the oak subsides and more bourbon flavors surface. Lots of flavors roll around the tongue - hard to pinpoint anything that really stands out. Avery did a great job blending these beers to create the Platypus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Draft at City Beer. Dark caramel in appearance with some dark beige head. Aroma is sour esthers, sugar, yeast and a little whiskey. Flavor is sugary and tart like a peachy berliner weiss, oaky, some of the wine comes in also. The yeast stands out also in this beer with a very active palate, which goes from being somewhat astringent to a soft residual sweetness and finally to a tart finish.

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