Allagash FV 13

What a day. My big boss is back in town from Boston, which isn’t bad because he is a really cool guy. I hit so much traffic going to work that it was annoying. My route takes me almost exactly 45 minutes, but anytime I hit traffic, it ends up being around an hour and a half. But, I made it to work and the day wasn’t so bad. So, onto another beer from a brewery I love.

ABV: 8.9%

Style: American Wild Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “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.”

Random: The sound of someone filing their nails gives me the chills. I absolutely hate that sound.

This brew poured with a finger of white head that dissipated very quickly. It left a crown on top of the body, but no real lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy chestnut color with light carbonation visible throughout. The nose had brett on the front with some tart cherries as well. I didn’t get much else. The taste started with the brett that was apparent in the nose and then some tartness. The sip quickly went into oak with warm vanilla notes and a touch of nuttiness at the end. The booze was hidden completely, leaving no burn at the end. The body was on the thinner side with heavy carbonation. The finish was quick, but had a defined oak presence. This beer was definitely interesting and had some good flavors to it. If you see it, pick it up for sure.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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