BeerandBlues2 (13825) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 5, 2010
Bottle. Pours hazy amber with an average, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is average malt (hay, straw, meal), light hops (spicy), and average esters (grape) with notes of Brettanomyces, fruit, lactic, and cherry. Flavor is average malt (bread, hay, straw), light hops (spicy), and average esters (grape) with notes of Brettanomyces, lactic, plum, port, and cherry. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, slick texture wit a dry finish. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2010
(12oz bottle) clear rich orange with soapy bubbles on the edges. Nose of wet barrel, sour cherries, white wine, and funky. Taste of sour cherry, pipe tobacco, mildly tart, no lactic acid here, mildly acetic though with a creamy finish and lasting tart flavors. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Sampled at Rare Beer Tasting II in Denver on September 17, 2010. Poured by Adam Avery. Cloudy, yet glowing, light-orange/yellow color with a frothy white head. Aroma is of soured pit fruit. Wow, it’s sour… I don’t know exactly what it is about this beer, but it’s good. Be warned. Sourness is really very faint, but definite. Flavor is MUCH more sour than the aroma, but at the same time not a heavy sour. Kind of spritey and light, punchy, acute, etc. An acute sourness... there ya go. Good job, Avery. Also pretty tart on the cheeks. Makes me wonder if there’s some tarty fruit in there. Pretty strong, don’t let the fruity words fool you. bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a hazy orange body with a small off-white head. Aroma of vinous, port, cherry, caramel, leather, and horseblanket. Flavor of vinous, caramel, citrus, port, and wood. BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bottle from 5/15/2010 thanks to doodler! Pours with a huge off-white head and a hazy orange body. Nose at first is all horse blanket with some wine notes. As it opens up: earthy, wet leaves, caramel, fruit, red currants, wine, dark fruits, boysenberry, vanilla, toffee and marmalade. Flavors are a complex mix: fruit, vinous, pepper, earth, wine and jammy notes, light butterscotch, some acid that appears to be mostly citric (some ruby red grapefruit in the aftertaste. A decent amount of bitterness (probably tannins). Lively bubbles, to the point of being creamy. Slightly acidic but not supremely sour. Very nicely done.
brokensail (16648) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is a sort of hazy amberish color with a nice rocky off-white head to it.
S: I immediately pick out the chardonnay notes from this beer, but that may be because I love Temptation and know all too well what that smell is. Lots of nice grape notes along with a definite sweetness. Almost like a slightly tart sangria.
T: While I can still really pick out the chardonnay, there’s a definite port character to this beer. A bit of oxidation, which lends a touch of chocolate which works well with the sweet fruit character. Not overly tart, but a nice lactic sourness and a earthy, yeasty note.
M: The body is nothing out of the ordinary, definitely medium, with a moderate carbonation. Not quite as dry as I prefer my wild beers.
D: After Sui Generis, probably my favorite in the barrel aged beer releases from Avery. A really complex beer that should hold up quite well in the cellar.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2010 bottle. thanks to aplusbreaks and ratman197 for sending me some bottles! Pours a deep orange with a nice 1 finger white head... fades rather quickly. A rather vinous nose. The lacto and pedio don’t jump out in your face as other sours... perhaps this needs some more time in the bottle to develop. The wine barrels really shine through the aromas with the Cabernet in the forefront. There is a touch of Brett lingering, but not what you’d see in most sours or wild ales. Again, I feel with time the Brett and other funk will increase with age. So far, Quinquepartite is really about the barrels. There are some Chardonnay butter notes as well coming across the nose. On the tongue, Quinquepartite really takes off... the sourness from the lacto and pedio is more prominent. There is a bit of dry heat. Now, I am getting a more sour experience. The barrel notes intertwine very well throughout the mouth. More vinous notes with the Cabernet and Zinfandel barrels coming forward the most. I’m not picking up the Port barrels. There are notes of red grapes and oak throughout. Dry, yet smooth, tart vinous finish with a bit of alcohol heat. Very nice sour... however Sui Generis still has the lead in the barrel aged series for me. nickd717 (4889) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
At last, I’ve ticked the whole Avery -bal series, so far. This was the "rarest" of the bunch, so I expected it would be good. Let’s have a look-see, shall we?
Pours a hazed orangish-amber color with a small but rather lacey white head. The aroma is oak, leather, vanilla, sweet caramel, tart vinous notes, and butter. Lots of -bal aging is evident on this one. The flavor is nice except for the substantial butteriness. Lots of it. Rather vinous, with both cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay notes, oaky, and leathery, with a touch of sweet caramel balancing the tartness. Medium-bodied with only slight acidity and soft carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer, but for a five -bal aged wild ale. blutt59 (6579) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2010
bottle, thanks to third nellie, dirty reddish brown with aroma of smokey kumquat, flavor is sour red wine and balsamic vinegar, fruity dry astringent finish Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Thanks to Nellie for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is tart oranges with some oaked notes. The flavor is tart cherries, oak and red wine. I don’t get much funk in the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very good sour beer.