Avery De Vogelbekdieren (The Platypus)

Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
onecrazybreeze (21) - , Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
On tap at the Falling Rock. Poured dark reddish brown, had no head by the time it got to me. Smelled of sour cherries, a little malty and slightly sweet. Tasted mainly sour with sweet tinges and lingering cherry taste. For a 10.5% certainly cannot taste it. l look forward to trying this beer again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (917) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2008
On tap at Hamilton’s. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a white ring. Aroma is a bit sour, of malt and cherries. Sweet and sour taste, with dark fruits and malt. The alcohol is nicely hidden. Lingering fruity flavors. Different and very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2008
On tap at Hamiltons 2nd Anniversary Party. Pours with a dark brown body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It’s slightly sour and medicinal with underlying bitter notes. Light to medium bodied and slightly dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (13015) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1874) - Cupertino, California, USA - OCT 20, 2008
On tap. 10th rating, which makes this beer official. Strong sour aroma, similar to floor cleaner. Sometimes I get this, especially for strong sours. Mild sour flavor. Dark brown color. Some alcohol burn. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3385) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Tap @ Hamilton’s during the 2nd anniversary Party. Pours dark dark brownish with a tan head. Nose is mellow with a big punch of funk. Taste is huge with lots of funk lots of flavor and some nice complexity. very very easy drinking for the abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (27039) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2008
GABF 2008 @ Avery. A headless brown body that emitted a wonderful aroma of sour brown sugar aroma with vinous oak characteristics and vanilla. A similar flavor with a smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12766) - 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.

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