Beer Review: AVERY RÉCOLTE SAUVAGE – BARREL-AGED SERIES #11

Beer Review: AVERY RÉCOLTE SAUVAGE – BARREL-AGED SERIES #11

Avery Brewing’s Récolte Sauvage, part of their Barrel-aged Series #11, makes a bold statement by incorporating 150 gallons of Cabernet Sauvignon grape must, constituting a quarter of its fermentables. The use of naturally occurring wild yeasts from the harvested grape skins for fermentation and a subsequent 14-month aging process in fresh Cabernet Sauvignon barrels results in an 11.03% ABV red ale. This beer pays homage to red wine, delivering a sensory experience with notes of cherries, rich grapes, and oak tannins.

Appearance

The pour reveals a ruby-red hue with a thin film on top, almost reminiscent of cough syrup.

Aroma

The aroma is a harmonious blend of sweetness and spice, reminiscent of sweet and spicy wine with a touch of strawberry rhubarb pie.

Taste

The palate is treated to a symphony of flavors, featuring sweet wine, jam, and wood. The modest yet perceptible tannins contribute to a spicy and tart finish.

Mouthfeel

With a full-bodied and slightly syrupy texture, the mouthfeel complements the rich and complex flavor profile.

Overall

Récolte Sauvage is undeniably a hybrid of beer and wine, showcasing pronounced sweetness with a low level of sourness/tartness. It offers a unique experience that I appreciated for what it was, approaching it with no preconceived expectations. The beer successfully marries the worlds of beer and wine, making it a noteworthy addition to Avery Brewing’s Barrel-aged Series.