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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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 (5006) - , 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, thereís 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 Iíve ever had, especially considering that itís from the U.S.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerathon (952) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2014
One of the best wild ales Iíve ever had. The sweetness is there, but the tartness is there too. Dry finish, slick on the tongue, loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
PriorL (1279) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2014
37,5cl bottle. Shared by Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: clear amber beer, little to no head. NOSE: lactic, little sour, wood, flat like. TASTE: sour, lactic, wood, little sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoBoChamp (5105) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 8, 2014
38cl, new exclusive American brew Anno 2013, with wild yeast, thx to Mathieu87 for sharing!, complex sour brew, sour/woody and slightly fruity/vinous, balanced, cloudy, small head, good brew

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
hockeybeerguy (909) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Rcvd in trade. Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a brown body with a one finger white head that dies within less than thirty seconds, minimal lacing. The smell had a sour yeasty cherry-ness, slightly tart. The taste was sour, tart and slightly bitter, dry tart cherry aftertaste, slightly sweet finish. The palate was light, sessionable, ABV slightly felt. Carbonation seems on par. Overall, Im glad I tried it, and I realize yes, this is a sour by style, but I say this stuff is just too sour and puckering. If I wanted my lips to pucker, maybe next time, Iíll put a vacuum cleaner on them - whatís the difference.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HeadyDE (424) - Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2014
bottle pour..bottled 12.21.12..extremely active sounding offering..pours a medium copper like color with a bit of haze..carbonation is abundant with upward action and amazingly at same time appears to be a vortex of downward flowing particles..all of this together paints a unique picture..left an ever so slight white film ring head with a clear glaze to it..nose is complex with sour cherry..funk..oak..leather qualities..mouthfeel is quite nice and ever so smooth with a creamy consistency..cherries shine through with caramel undertones and burnt sugar....vanilla as well..sour puckering level is good but not super intense and overall it is evident that a lot of time and care was put into producing this unique offering...the years in the foudre seem to have added layers of flavor here that makes this a highly tasty treat for all the senses..a very impressive offering..very nice..cheers to 400th rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (5867) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2014
375 ml bottle from audiovivid- thanks again, Eric! Bottled 12/21/2012. Pours a hazed orange color with a small beige head. Aroma of oak, brown sugar, apricot, leaves, grapes, and funk. Flavor of grapes, apple, brown sugar, oak, and sweet malts. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a mouthfeel that is both sweet and sour, but to a mellow degree. Interesting sour, but not as good as the others from this brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (6409) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle shared by JulienHuxley. Hazy orange color, small white head. Aroma is lightly sour, applepeel from green apple. Taste is not nearly as sour as the aroma suggests. It actually tastes more like a Flemish red / brown. Medium body and carbonation. Decent, but not really my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DutchDrebus (3469) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Bottle @ joes shared by JulienHuxley. Hazy orange colour with a small white head. Smells sour, dusty, oak, slightly mint. Tastes granny smit apple, slightly sour, slightly sweet and more apple. Medium body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abijen (1156) - ís-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2014
Pours a golden orange slightly unclear beer with a good white head. Smells sour, tarted. Tastes sour with a sweet finish. Average carbo, thin body and a sticky texture.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (5024) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2014
12.7oz bottle, thanks to phaleslu. Bottled 12/21/2012. Thin off-white head, couple dots and ropes of lace. Hazy amber orange red color. Smooth, lighter, soft carbonation. More dry finish. Kind of light, cheesecake light aroma, some raspberry, cream cheese. Moderate tart, light sweet, light spiciness, some wood. Solid stuff. Hint of butteriness, maybe? Very nice cherry sour. Good nice creaminess. Good stuff.

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