Friday, April 24, 2009

Avery Brabant:

Brabant--Procured from Findlay Market spirit shop on a nice Saturday morning. Pours thick, very dark reddish black hue. Head disappears quickly, leaving some lacing.

Smells very fruity, floral, Flemish ale aroma. Medium wood notes. I could smell the zinfandel.

Tastes a little sour, probably from the wild brettanomyces yeast used, as well as the aging barrels, but David and I found it to be an empty sour flavor, and medicinal and tannic qualities appear if you swish it around. Trace of dry red wine, lingering bitter finish and a little astringent.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated, this tingles in the mouth and on the way down. Medium thickness. More alcohol warmth is apparent as this beer moves up to room temp.

Overall—not sure if it is worth the cost, but this might be a good “gate way” beer for a wine drinker.

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