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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2013
On tap at Churchkey earlier this evening. Served in a snifter. Pours a reddish-brown color with a thin off-white head that quickly falls down and away into a collar. The nose carries really nice notes of cherry, oak, and light vanilla alongside a touch of sherry-like oxidized malt. Very similar to a high quality Flanders Red. Especially as it warms, there’s some backing red wine character, especially through to the flavor. Flavor has all of the components of the nose, and is even more well integrated with the addition of a great acidity level. Mostly lactic with just the right touch of acetic carrying through the finish to offset the mild creaminess and vanilla character of the wood. Vinous through the back end and carrying to the finish. Medium body and fairly-light carbonation. Expertly done. One of the best Flanders-style beers that I’ve ever had, especially considering that it’s from the U.S.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettTaylor (511) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2014
Poured from bottle into snifter. Pours a rich, dark, orange/copper with two finger head. Head dissipates down to maybe 5 mm fairly quickly. Aroma - vinegar, cherry, earthiness, some funk and forest floor. Taste - very earthy and funky - clear brett notes, vinegar, sour apple and cherry, and some sweetness. This really reminds me, on some notes, of Crooked Stave’s offerings in terms of brett-taste. Finish is long and tart and earthy. Carbonation level is appropriate and prickly; mouthfeel is creamy and slightly oily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (5004) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Beer Bloggers Conference - San Diego - Super sour beer. Puts pucker in the pucker. Nice barrel aging this was a well aged beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5592) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2014
(375ml bottle) clear copper, fine white bubbles. Nose of rich raisin, mossy cellar floor, caramel, sour and vinegar notes, delicious. Taste of caramel, rich cherry, vinegar, coconut, rich and complex in flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (1391) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle thanks to myknewcraft, thank a lot J.! Pours a nice and dark copper with a medium offwhite head that leaves nice trailing patterns. Nose is a fine balance between acetic and caramel, fruity. There is also some slight cheese funk. Taste is sweet and sour, I didn’t expect it to be so balanced. Flavors are of red wine vinegar, cherries, caramel and oak. Acidity level is almost perfect, never "over the top" or harsh. Body was medium, carbonation as well. Overall a really nice Flanders Red-inspired brew, up there with Merveilleux as one of the most enjoyable Allagash sour to me!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mad_Ferret (657) - SWEDEN - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy amber, short off white head. Sourish yogurth aroma with grapefruit, wood. Sweet and sour, grapefruit, wet wood, balanced sour ending. Medium, soft, oily. Decent. Got a small sample and wasn’t impressed or focused enough to really make proper notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (3261) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 12, 2014
Deep amber color. Sour tart nose with tons of oak and vanilla, with touches of cherries, apple cinnamon. The mouth is tart with lots of oak, cherries and apples. Really well balanced. Lingering, creamy vanilla, cherries. Really excellent executed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kramer (5034) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear amber body under a thin fizzy off-white head that maintained well due to the vigorous carbonation level. The nose is tart and funky with a bit of vinegar like acidity. Some nice oaky notes as well, just a touch of wet leather. The flavor is pretty interesting, at first it seems very acidic up front, but it leaves almost immediately, then the dry funky and slightly fruity flavors come on. It tastes very wild and natural. The oak is actually fairly light, coming out a bit on the finish, which is surprising given how long this was aged in the wood. Just a nice really quite refreshing beer, which is especially surprising given the hefty 8.9% ABV. There’s a hint of the alcohol on the back end, but nothing like what would be expected from such a big beer. Light to medium bodied, not quite all the way dry, with nice fine fizzy carbonation. Pretty excellent stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pastor (797) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - JUL 4, 2014
This brewery is a funny one for me. I like everything they do but they're a little pricey. I picked a few bottles of this at the release a few years ago. I cracked this one today wish there was alittle more head to this, it has great flavors awesome taste of the wood coming through some sour cherries and I just love it. A funky ale for a great holiday

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ontbeertaster (2338) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2014
Bottle, thks Jeff, pours black with light coloured head. Aroma is funk, taste is really flavourful, very nice sour, good stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3371) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2014
12.7 oz bottle. Clear brown with a bone haze. Nose is vanilla yoghurt, bubblegum and golden raisin. Slick medium body with lively carb. Taste is toffee, with green apple transitioning from sweet to tart. Notes of mild vinegar, sour cherry, leather and oak.

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