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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
76 92 62 5 15 8
Brabant by Avery Brewing Company
Sour Ale
8.65 % ABV

Review by orbitalr0x on 02/06/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 2 10 15 2 7 0
Deep black pour with an inch of tan foamy bubbles that slowly recedes. Aromas are a bright mix of roast, vinous notes, wood and funk. The zinfandel notes really spring forward here. Robust. Mild caramel and char in the background.

First sip is dense, surprisingly sweet dark malts upfront. Some roast and a bit of creaminess with caramel and charred molasses that moves into vinous zinfandel notes. Wood creates some dryness along with a more mellow tart funk kick midway through. The nose made me think this would taste funkier that it does. Finishes overall a bit sweeter than I expected with lingering vinous flavors.

Mouthfeel is rather hefty and malty. A unique brew and I enjoyed the zinfandel barrel aging aspect. The heavier body and sweetness didn't really do it for me though. Hopefully I will get to try more in the Avery barrel aged series!

Served In: Bottle

Review by Oxymoron on 08/12/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 2 6 14 2 7 2009
This is going to be a bit interesting to review. This is a young beer (per packaging) and will probably age out nicely. Put that said if the brewer thought that it was be better aged, they wouldn't have released it so early.

Pours a semi cloudy drown color with some amber hues throughout. A fizzy off white head that has limited retention, but once you swirl the glass leaves a fluffy head that has good retention. Limited lacing throughout.

The nose has a light brett aroma. Somewhat subtle overall with a light funk, horse blanket and a light butyric. Would like a bit more funk overall. Just a bit too light for me. The malt is there with some caramel notes and a light toffee/bready aroma. Some minor esters cherries and figs with a light sharp lactic note. Some wine character, but limited aroma as a whole.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out a bit more and balances with the yeast. A slight sour taste up front with some drying but limited. Is replaced with a toffee malt note. A little generic in flavor with a wispy feel. Some red wine and cherry notes come out next. The yeast comes out as well, with some brett notes and a light barnyard note. Really would like more funk altogether, hopefully with age this will be more apparent.

The body is a touch wispy. Dry in the finish, but would like a ton more complexity overall. Carbonation is a touch high which could be a bad think down the line. Overall kind of sad to open this so early. It reminds me a lot of Avery's 15th Anniversary beer, but without the extra spices kicked in.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 05/24/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 19 4 9 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet glass produces a fat-two-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head that leaves quite a bit of lacing and is pretty long lasting. The beer is quite dark with a black-brown color; when held up to the light the beer remains opaque, but shows some amber tinges around the edges. The aroma is tart and lactic smelling, but has a soft dark / roast malt side to it that is more toasted than roasted in character. The nose finishes with a signature Brettanomyces derived phenolic character that adds spicy notes of phenolic-soaked cotton and a slight curing plastic notes that reside on top of some fruit notes and some more toasted bread notes. There is a touch of up front berry aromatics, some concord grape like notes and a wine-fruit character all of which can be fleeting at times. There is a solid, spicy oak character that is quite strong, but at first melded so well with the funky Brettanomyces notes that I only just noticed it now. The nose on this beer is nicely complex; contemplative and enjoyable, it is made up of a nice mix of fruity wine-like notes, peppery-spicy oak, butyric-sweaty-barnyard Brettanomyces notes and a supporting dark malt character. This last seems to mix with the tartness and it almost seems like the burnt malt notes are boosting the perception of the sourness in the nose; or perhaps vice-versa, it is hard to say having not tasted the beer yet).

The beer has a soft, creaminess to it up front, though it is quite dry with no perceived sweetness after the first sip. The oak provides lots of tannic structure to this beer, which boosts the perceived body and velvety texture. The lingering finish leaves me with a butyric funkiness of cured plastic and musty, sweat stained dried leather. Dark malt notes can be picked out at times, but are somehow omnipresent too, with a roast-acrid note, a burnt bitterness in the finish and an underlying toasted grain character. The beer is nicely tart tasting with a lactic acid note that is pervasive without being over-bearing. The oak provides a biting spiciness as well as a touch of astringent woodiness. The barrel influence has also left lots of Zinfandel influence in this beer; it is another layer of this complex beer that must be contemplated to notice the signature of ripe berries, a touch of grape-skin jam, peppery and leather-like Zinfandel notes. I seem to get a subtle hint of the powerful wine that rested in the barrel before this beer.

I like how complex this beer is, layers of the rich, underlying dark malt character, its lush texture, the substantial yet smooth tartness, the subtly powerful Zinfandel notes, and the spicy, lively oak influence. This is a very layered, contemplative brew that has easily exceeded my expectations. This is most definitely one of the best Avery beers that I have had.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 04/08/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 10 15 3 8 2009
Thanks to Joey for bringing this bottle to La Bella tonight, I've been looking forward to trying this one. Bottled on 2-10-09

Quite foamy on the glass at first, dark maple syrup color with a slightly violet colored head.

At first I get tart grapes and a definite zinfandel barrel character. The second wave consisted of lemon, brett, and wood notes. After a few moments I could smell some caramel, cola nuts, nutty malts, and vanilla. I really like the aroma, very complex.

Funky, phenols, plastic, red grapes, green apple, toast, and wood in the finish. Quite the rush with the first sip, I was rushing to write down all the flavors I was getting. Zinfandel flavor in the end. Kind of an over-ripped grape flavor too.

Very airy mouthfeel, softly carbonated, a bit thin, and then a kind of a filmy texture in the end. Would like to try this one with some age on it.

Served In: Other

Review by beastiefan2k on 04/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 16 2 8 2009
Pours very beautifully with a black body, doesn't actually look thick but too dark to see through. I get a medium sized tan head that sticks around, pretty strong. Leaves a nice lacing behind it as it shrinks. A nice looking beer indeed. Aroma hits you with brett straight out the bottle. Its that goat oil (think Flemish Primitive) but it's held a bit in check with the other brett strain used here. A grape-y airiness to it (not the wine barrel). Actually I get no wine anywhere in this beer. I figure Avery took the precautions of sanitizing these barrels so much that there isn't any wine flavor to give off. Taste is more brett but subdued even greater on the goat oil and more of that grape-y character. Just a hint of a roast/chocolate flavor, works very nicely with the beer. A bit of a solvent aftertaste, again that is that goat oil brett characteristic. My one bone to pick with this beer is the mouthfeel. Its a bit empty, evaporates a bit too quickly, don't get much carbonation feel from it, which makes it seem like a bit thin. The last pour makes a much bigger, stronger, and longer lasting head. I have to admit looking into the bottom of an Avery bottle and seeing residue is nice (for a change). I might put one bottle away and see what happens in a year or two.

12oz bottle, 1st batch, bottled 02/20/09, Cantillon Copita glass.

Price: $8.29 Served In: Other

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