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Allagash Victor Francenstein

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RATINGS: 68   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
2008 Victor aged in a cask w/ bugs and 2009 Cabernet Franc grapes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9137) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2010
375ml, bottle-conditioned. red-tinted light body, early pour 5% opaque, late pour 40-50%; small white head. nose is mild berry and grape (generic) fruit, medium- acedic acid; med/mild brett and lacto; oak is somewhat heavy, and cabernet franc grape character seems more like blueberries, or maybe it’s just somewhat neutralized and the blueberry note comes from the esters and phenols. medium+ dryness in the finish with some unpleasantly high ethyl acetate levels, which makes sense given the high ABV. overall an interesting americanized druivenlambik with some west flanders influence (heavier oak/ethyl acetate) but makes me scratch my head why they came to the decision to make it so strong (even though it is quite delicate for it’s weight). high octane beer is a big thing, but lambic/sour fans tend not to be the big audience for boozy/extreme beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2010
THe kitchen. Bottled. Murky red sunrise. Aroma is sweet sour and just huge grape sour like big league chew. Flavor is all wine with a lot of cabernet flavor and also applesauce. Awesome

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
LCBS 2010. Reddish pour. Grape, light cherry, oak aroma. Some hay and horseblanket in the background. Flavor is tart, not crazy sour. Funky, grapes, red wine. Oak shows itself a little. Pretty damn good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3380) - Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Greg providing another Gem to share at the LCBS 10. I have been chasing this monster since it’s creation. A ruby red ale with a small pink head. The aroma was white grapes and barnyard funk. Crisp with good carbonation and flavors like white grapes, tart red fruits, and champagne. Not overly sour, I liked this the best of the Allagash ales...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2010
Bottle at the Funky 6. Pours light red with a medium, pink head. Funky aroma with grapes, brett and other fruits. Fairly sweet flavor, sour, with more light fruits. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Finishes tart with sweet fruit notes. Really good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Superb aroma but the wheels kinda come off with the flavor. Pure red fruit, strawberry aroma. Flavor is a bit disjointed - acetic, butter, raspberry. May come together with a bit more cellar aging.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2139) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2010
375ml bottle at Ebenezer’s Belgian Beer Fest shared with Glouglouburp and Rastacouere.
Appearance : Hazy amber with a small head.
Aroma : Nice sour and fruity with notes of apples. Quite barnyard with light funk. Quite sour with notes of caramel. Light stinky feets notes.
Taste : Nice sour and tart, some notes of apples and other fruits. Finish nicely sour. A bit woody especially at the end of the glass.
Overall : Nice complex nose. Nice sourness. Very interesting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Tap at EBF 2010. Pours a deep ruby red with violet hints and a pinkish head. Aroma is funky, red grape skin, tannin, hints of earth, tobacco, brett and champagne. Flavor is dark cherry, grape, nutty earthy malts, lots of fruit, brett funk, mineral, slate, and tart and light tannic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 10, 2010
A: The pour is a hazy reddish-pink color with a fluffy off-white head. S: The nose is somewhat light in intensity. A decent barnyard funkiness with some hints of red grapes and strawberries and a touch of acidity. T: A light tartness to the flavor with sweet grapes and strawberries. The funk is earthy and leathery and the brett and grapes provide a very dry feel to the beer. M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation and a dry finish. D: I was surprised to see this is 9.7% ABV, as the alcohol is very well hidden. However, the beer is fairly pedestrian as far as wild ales goes, and especially for one with grapes (which I really love).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle from Allagash release

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pink tinted auburn with a swirly white film for head.

Aroma: Big wine barrel, cork, funky funked out yeast.

Taste: Sour grape, oak barrel, cork, red wine vinegar. Finishes with some sweet grape notes once your mouth gets past the sourness.

Mouthfeel: Tannic, puckering, low carbonation.

Overall: Complex, not super sour, but very sharp and pronounced.

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