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Avery Altar Boy (Wine Barrel)
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.83/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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2009 - Reverend aged in a French Oak Opus One Barrel with Bretts and House Sour Blend #2.

2010 - Reverend aged in a very well-used Bookcliff (Colorado winery) Cabernet barrel with Bretts and House Sour Blend #2.


4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dnstone (2139) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 8, 2012
Pours a beautiful murky-amber, like apple cider. Complex funky, tart-lactic, wine & wood aroma. Flavor is like an everlasting gobstoper in beer form...wood and red wine, acidic-tart cherry-fruit, funk...so much going on in there. One of the best beers I’ve tasted. Notes: On tap at the Brewery during a visit for the ’09 GABF. Also called "Opus Altar Boy" in my notes.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ratman197 (9792) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2009
On tap at Avery poured a clear amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of barnyard, brett funk, sour grapes, light oak and light spice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry tart finish. Flavors of barnyard, brett funk, oak, grapes, light leather and light spice with a crisp lingering dry tart funky finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Draft at Avery the gabf week 2009. Best beer of the day. Cab adds something to the brew that the port barrel didn’t. Excellent sipping brew.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9681) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Draught at Avery. Pours clear amber with an average, frothy white head, lasting with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, bread, straw, toasted grain), average hop (flowers, perfume), average yeast (horse blanket, barnyard, earth) with notes of apple, pear, wine, and wood. Full bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation and a sour finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and sourness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alagnak (467) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2009
On tap @ Avery. Nose is really, really inviting - Brett, some leather and bread and a nice touch of woddy grapes and slight bitterness. Could smell it for a long time. Taste is highly carbonated (unexpected) with the sour brett horseblanket to start and more of the leather and wood. A nice acidic sweetness finishes with hints of vanilla and some fruitiness. Awesome elixir, this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2009
Sample at tasting room during GABF 2009. Pours a hazy caramel color with off white head. Aroma is ripe fresh fruit, slight sour and funk, light barrel, light wood. Flavor is sour, red wine, woody, hints of barrel, light malt, caramel. Medium body with a crisp finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2010
(Draught) Pours cloudy golden orange body with a medium pinkish beige head. Aroma of pineapple, horseblanket, grapes, and light cherry. Flavor of citrus, pineapple, passion fruit, and brett with a dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2009
On Tap at the Avery Brewing Company, Boulder 23/09/2009 Sour fruit aroma. Amber coloured fruity and sour with a little dryness in a crisp lasting malt finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 1, 2010
2010 version (which according to Avery is wine barrel aged with house blend #2) at the 2010 Stone Sourfest. Pours with a large, fluffy, slightly off-white head over a bronze-golden body. Aroma of funk, tannins, vinous notes, dark fruit, and cherries. Flavor of cherries, oak, sour, vinous, funk, tropical fruit. Lingering tart and vinous flavors with lively carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2011
(Draught at Avery - GABF) opaque gold-orange with a white ring of bubbles. Nose of big honey, floral, caramel, maple, sweet, waffles, and brown sugar. Taste is mildly acetic, honey, tart, light tobacco, apple, and white wine grapes. Soft carbonation, light refreshing body, tart honey linger. Liked it a lot!


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