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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
Brewed with wild yeast and bacteria. Fermented and aged 4 years ins a single oak foudre.

FV 13 marks our first venture into the world of foudre beers. Foudres are giant oak tanks used for aging (this one holds 2700 gallons.) FV 13 is a blend of wild yeast and bacteria, a base beer with lots of malt character, and about four years of patience. The finished beer is copper in color, with an aroma of cherries and caramel. The flavor is a blend of sweet and tart, with notes of fruit and caramelized sugar. The full mouthfeel gives way to a tart, mouth drying finish.

ApisAles' rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Tap at Max’s in Baltimore. My Favorite of the 6 beer flight I sampled. Cloudy yellow pour with a white head. Aroma was slightly woody, grainy, a bit of crackers all underlying a solid sharp acetic twinge and a great funky sour note. Flavor is a little less nuanced, with the sour twang taking over, but there is a definite underlying hoppiness and graininess that brings this up to another level. Not one note, but you do have to hunt around for the various notes a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernbourbon (1492) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 25, 2016
Bottle shared, thank you! Pour is clear caramel. Aroma and flavor tart brown with wood and spice. Not offensive, but not exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Pours a very cloudy, dark ruby/golden copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger, frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Funky, slightly acetic aroma with lots of musty bugs and lactic funk along with caramel malt sweetness, dark fruit and oaky tannins. Prominent oak and musty funk in the aroma along with vinous dark fruit and acetone. Some cherries and cream along with damp earthy/horsey flavors. Slight nail polish/solvent presence while the vinous fruit and funky yeast dominate the nose. On the lighter end of medium body with a slightly creamy texture and a nice balance of dry oak, sweet vinous fruit and funky bugs. Dry oak, musty brett and funky yeast up front followed by caramel malt sweetness, vinous fruit and lingering acetic vinegar. The acetic presnce is there but isn’t harsh or overpowering. Not too solvent-like with a nice vinegary presnce complimenting the sweet cherries and other dark fruit notes. Well balanced and decently sour with a nice earthy oak flavor and substantial funk countering the acetic character.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (881) - truckee, California, USA - OCT 15, 2015
Huge red wine fruit tart aromas. Reddish tan with thin head. Very oaky grape flavor, complex yet soothing. Feels like liquid velvet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drdisque (736) - Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2015
From a bottle shared at Binny’s Lincoln Park tasting room. Aroma is rich sour and wild. Flavor is midly sour with strong oak notes, but sharp enough to point through them yet sweet enough to not be heavy and overwhelming. As good as a sour can get in my opinion. An outstanding beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strife21 (315) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2015
Bottle 11/82012. Pours murky brown with thin white head. Smell is prune and tart cherry.Taste is cherry, prune and farmhouse funk. Medium body, medium carb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PartyFowle (937) - - APR 8, 2015
Bottle. Hazy burgundy color, burnt orange at the edges. One finger of dense, long lasting off-white froth. Vinegar, oak, some berries in the nose -- raspberry, strawberry. Also caramel, balsamic and some vanilla. Oak and tart cherry in the front of the flavor, with green apple, oak and vanilla, caramel, toffee, vinegary finish. Nice malt character here. Just a hint of brett funk. Velvety body. Medium, soft on the tongue. Mild tingly carbonation, gentle fizz. Very nice. Lots of acidity, but enough malt character to balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10659) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2015
WIld yeast aroma. Orange body with a ring of white head. Full mouthfeel of tart, with oak secondary flavour. Good drinkability.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
conway (2210) - - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle. Hazy ruby with no head. Aroma is vinegar, red wine, strawberry, musty funk and lacto. Taste follows, adds leather and is very acidic without being over the top. Fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2015
Clean tawny ruby amber with one finger of sandy white head that quickly dissipates. Very nice aroma, vinous with some acetic notes and red fruit. Tart with pie cherry, tannic woody notes with a little alcoholic quality and fruity tones. Light bodied and dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2014
More of an oud bruin than a typical American wild ale, sweeter with a vinegar character and some sour apple and cherry notes, a bit of dark bitter cocoa. Good but not great, certainly well below what Allagash is capable of.

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