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Avery Barrel-Aged Series 4 - Dépuceleuse

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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 292   ABV: 9.73%
No. 4 in our Barrel-Aged Series. Ale brewed with sour cherries and aged in zinfandel barrels with 100% brettanomyces fermentation. Bottled March 12, 2010. 463 cases.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2010
The wild aroma has notes of the sour cherries just slight in the background. The medium amber color has almost no head. The sour flavor starts so smooth and settles on the tongue with some aftertaste, unlike the Brabant which drops off to nothing. The cherries are very subtle in the beginning, but almost nonexistant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21974) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2010
Bottle at Churchkey, shared with Eric. Bright copper color, edge head that disappears quickly. Aroma of fresh cherries. Taste is extremely tart, lots of barnyard funk and dust, but overwhelmingly so. Resin, apples, sour cherries, pine. Out of balance and too extreme, my guess is, too long in the oak. It is impossible to follow this beer with anything else - go ahead and prove me wrong!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9684) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 29, 2010
Bottle in the parking lot at Dark Lord Day. Pours a clear light hazy brown with a thin white head. Caramel and a light funk character. Tart acid, and malt on the body. Delicious caramel notes. Slow funky tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluejacket74 (1882) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2010
12 ounce bottle, bottled on March 31, 2010. Served in an oversized wine glass, the beer pours a reddish/copper color with a half-inch off-white cola like head that fizzled away pretty quickly. Not much lacing either. The brew smells like cherries, vinegar, and some oak and funk. It’s a good, tart aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of a grape skin/wine flavor that gets stronger as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s well carbonated and dry. Drinkability is OK, it’s not hard to drink and the alcohol is well hidden. I think this is an OK brew, but I don’t think it’s worth $8.99 a bottle. I thought their Brabant was better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2010
12oz bottle that I bought for $8 thinking it would be like Supplication or at least Sui Generis, sadly it wasn’t close. It did look a lot like Sui Generis and it had a hint of real cherries in the aroma along with a bretty aroma and a hint of sour. The taste was sour and had a slight bit of cherries but to be honest this was a real let down. It just wasn’t well done and I wish I had spent the extra $4 to get a bottle of Supplication instead. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-27-2010 03:22:12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kptron (18) - Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2010 12oz. bottle. Pour a rosy Brown, with a few cm of head. Smells like cherries. Sour, but not puckering. Cherries are upfront in the mix, leading way to zin. Enjoying with brie & the latest ep of Treme.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6908) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2010
Guest tap at DLD. Sour! Red sour ale with cherry and strong funky flavor. Lovely. Just the kind of sour I like.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2010
Fantastic. Slightly sugary, with some cinnamin, with horse blanket, very oaky, good. Some old socks. Liked this one a lot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (10075) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2010
I’ve never understood the Avery hatred I sometimes witness and read, and this beer seems to be bitten by the same bias. Bottle from Craft. Pours turbid ruby coppery with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is tart funky cherry, very lactic and earthy. The taste is very malty up front, with the tart fruity funkiness taking over, overall a very lactic and fruity palate and flavor, and a solid compexlity. I found this one to be well crafted, and a solid sour beer. Is it worth the bottle price? With all due respect, I’m not your damned accountant, so figure that crap out for yourself, putz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwatson44 (7) - longmont, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2010 does not count
Woah! Is this really a beer. The aroma makes you think of sweet wine and yet the first sip boasts sour cherries that have a smooth feel and the finish is pure bliss. Did I mention the blending of the bret in the palate? Doubtful many people will appreciate how many great tastes are in your first 5 sips of this offering!

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