Style: Barrel Aged American Wild Sour Ale
“Luscious ripe red raspberries are elegantly intertwined with a bountiful amount of lactic acidity and delicate barrel nuances to cultivate this stunning sour ale.”
The final beer of the barrel-aged series is Avery’s Barrel Aged Raspberry Sour. Unlike the previous three in this series, the Raspberry Sour is not part of Avery’s official Barrel-Aged Series and is available in a 22oz. bottle as opposed to the 12oz. bottle. Now that’s out of the way, let’s close out this review series and start drinking!
The beer pours a deep brownish red with a half inch brownish head that quickly recedes and slides down the glass. The nose is full of raspberries and tartness with a hint of oak. The taste opens with bold tartness and finishes dry with light oak and sweet raspberries. The mouthful is medium bodied with light carbonation. This beer is awesome and probably one of the beer sours I have ever had. It’s very tart and incorporates the raspberries well without going overboard. The oak flavor in this beer is lighter than the previous three, since it was aged in neutral barrels as opposed to previously used barrels. The beer is\well balanced and has great tartness. And luckily for everyone, this sour is not a small batch release like the previous three. It is the start of a new series for Avery called Botanicals & Barrels and unlike the small batch single release Barrel-Aged Series, this series will be available year around and available in green foil capped 22oz. bottles.
Doing this series was a lot of fun, 3 of the 4 were rare hard to find beers, while the 4th is the beginning of a new series and all were delicious sours. Sour beers are very different from every other style and I wanted to highlight them and share them because like more popular styles; I think they should be enjoyed. Since the raspberry sour is available year around it is much more reasonably making it great for someone looking to get into the style. If you are a sour rookie or a sour veteran I think everyone will enjoy this sour, it is one of the best out there. Enjoy it!