A: Pure, deep gold, with a slight amount of yeast. Soft and delicate white foam, that only remains as a narrow ring around my snifter.
S: Sour and then big grape notes, I picture green grapes. Seems sophisticated and very wine like. Where the sour, and fermented grapes, and wood, and alcohol meet, it almost comes across as a liquer
T: Perfectly balanced. The sour is not overly tart, very semi sweet, and the alcohol is an accent. No funkiness as sometimes appears in this style. Has oak, but muted vanilla. Medium both in mouthfeel and carbonation.
O: Allagash is at the top of the craft brewing world in terms of quality. This brew is very rare and that's too bad. You must be ready for a wine
experience, but with that said it's a total complex experience. Hope you are lucky enough to try this someday.
Pours clear with almost no head, what little foam is there is white with little retention. Lacing forms a off-white ring that quickly falls back.
Aroma is tart with vinegar notes. Brett, green grapes, and wood (possibly oak). There is a wine like presence to be had too.
Taste is tart on the tip of the tongue but the quickly and pleasingly gives way to a much more complex beer. The finish carries bright oak and wine flavor and heat. Grapes start quickly and last throughout.
Light body with a big dose of carbonation on the tip of the tongue that quickly goes dormant.
A easy to drink sour beer that is complex and interesting. Definitely a show grabber that unfortunately I have no more than this one bottle. Recommended to anyone. Enjoy!
Victor Francenstein was created by aging 2008 victor ale in french oak wine barrels for one year with a blend of lactobacillus and brettanomyces. 100 lbs of 2009 cabernet franc grapes were then added to the barrel for an additional six months of aging. The resulting beer is dry, tart and fruity. Fresh strawberries and citrus are present in an aroma that gives way to flavors of grapefruit and rum. The tart finish has hints of vanilla and oak.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers