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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 17, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 Draught at Falling Rock, Denver. Hazy red brown coloured with a small off white head. Light acidic aroma of vanilla, red wine and oak with notes of brett. Fruity flavour and light acidic flavour of of oak and vanilla with notes of red wine and brett. Bretty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22063) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2010
8th October 2008. On tap at the Falling Rock. A lively sour ale. Dry finish - a little woody as well. This capped an evening of splendid Avery brews.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15149) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2008 Draught at Falling Rock Taphouse. Clear red / deep red - white head. Berries, winegums, candy, fruity, high sweetness, brett, glue, wood, oak, caramel, high malty, bike-glue, cherry, ryebread, roasted. Very nice aromatic and tastefull.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (13266) - 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 14/20
bu11zeye (12717) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2008
(Draught) Pours an amber-brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of raisins, light rye toast, barnyard, and vinous. Flavor of raisins, citrus, apples, and caramel with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Pours amber with an average, fizzy, white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, hay, straw) average hops (flowers, grass), average yeast (barnyard, horse blanket) with notes of apple and pear. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation, and a sour finish. Average duration, light sweetness, heavy acidity and sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Tap @ Boulder SourFest. Dark orange brown appearance with a tan head. Mildly sour brown malty nose with hints of whiskey and wine. Light bourbon, oak, mild to moderate sour flavor with a dry vinous finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2009
On Tap at the Falling Rock Tap House, Denver 08/10/2008 Strong fruity sherry aroma. Dark coloured and strong in alcohol with some sour fruit flavour. A little dryness in a warming whisky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9137) - 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 (8539) - 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.

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