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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
82 82 82 1 7 3
Sui Generis by Avery Brewing Company
Sour Ale
10.20 % ABV


 
Review by Dr. Rockzo on 12/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 17 4 8 0
Thanks to Cosmohophead for the IP trade at the Pre-Darkness Day party at Stub and Herbs a month or so back, much appreciated man! Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness tulip.

A: Pours a ruddy medium-bronze/amber/copper color with a modest .5 finger tannish bubbly off-white head that recedes into a super skimpy cap fairly quickly. Nice random streaks and splotches of lace are left coating the glass in its wake.

S: The smell isn’t the most pungent I’ve experienced in a wild ale but does have very vast complexity to it. Lots of red and white wine vinous acidity and oaky-barrel presence comes through up front before some wet-rock/horse-blanket funk adds some interesting notes. Simple toffee/caramel and aged hops make an appearance after a while for balance, but then some interesting tart/sour bacteria notes that are almost vinegary but more citrusy than anything. Interesting mix going on, if it were more forward and less subtle in its intensity it would suit my tastes better.

T: The taste comes very close in matching the smell, but falls just a touch short. It starts quite vinous and oaky with a light to moderate tartness and plenty of wet, earthy funkiness going on but then opens up to plenty of potpourri-like fruitiness, toffee/caramel sweetness and even some spicy bourbon, oaky notes subtly bringing up the rear. I could go for more intensity here as well and more tart/sourness, but this is still a super interesting and tasty concoction.

M: The mouth feel is on the thicker side of medium bodied but not too thick, with a lower-moderate level of backing carbonation. The consistency starts a bit sweet for some coating but quickly turns tannic, oaky, tart, and funkily dry with a flash of a puckering sensation before it smoothes out and finishes clean and dry. Hardly any trace of the 10.2% ABV is noticeable, only a touch of spice and warmth left on the throat after each sip.

D: I really enjoyed this brew, even after the intensely tart/sour experience that is Flaming Fury. It’s much more subtle and MUCH more complex overall, leading to a palate stimulating and enjoyable experience. I wish it came in a bigger bottle because being split 4 ways isn’t quite satisfying enough for a 12 oz. bottle.

This is by far Avery’s best experimental beer I’ve sampled so far. The Brabant was not very good but this is more along the lines of Voltron. Very finessed blend of different BA beers that works really well, definitely recommended.

Served In: Tulip

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