From Avery Brewing – Récolte Sauvage, taking advantage of 150 gallons of Cabernet Sauvignon grape must for a quarter of the fermentables. After naturally occurring wild yeasts from the harvested grape skins took care of fermentation, the beer spent 14 months aging in fresh Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. With a quick nod to red wine, this 11.03% ABV red ale presents tastes of cherries, rich grapes and oak tannins.
Avery Brewing – Avery Récolte Sauvage – Barrel-aged Series #11 – 12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. 11.03% abv.
Appearance: Pours ruby-red with a thin-film a top. Almost looks like cough syrup.
Aroma: Sweet and spicy wine. Strawberry rhubarb pie.
Taste: Sweet wine, jam, wood. Modest but noticeable tannins. Spicy and tart finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied,slightly syrupy.
Overall: Very much a hybrid of beer and wine. Very sweet and wine like with low sourness/tartness. I enjoyed it for what it was, as I went in with no expectations.