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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 165
Gots: 203 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2013

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.
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Ratings: 653 | Reviews: 108
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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at When Pigs Fly, initially at a beer dinner, then later for a more in depth tasting.

In a snifter the beer was the color of a dirty penny with a small tan head. There was a little bit of lace.

Aroma was tart and fruity, and vinous.

Great taste. Sour apple and red wine. A little vanilla.

This beer was tart and sour and dry. The alcohol was well-hidden.

I hope this stays in the lineup for a while.

Photo of codysjb
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash FV13 –
Poured into my Duvel Tulip. Bottled on 11/29/2012, drank on 7/7/2013
A: Reddish Brown appearance with a large head that takes a while to dissipate and nice lacing. Lots of floating sediment in the glass.
S: Sour mush and cherries. Minor oak notes.
T: Lots of carbonation gives way to a tart sour flavor that ends with a combination of sour fruit and oak.
M: More of a mild sour note that develops and then quickly ends.
O: Good tasting but overly carbonated.

Photo of AdamF625
3.57/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- amber, translucent, fizzy, not much head to speak of but but a thin white lacing around the glass.
S- vinegar, cherries, oak, plums
T- tart, yeasty, funk, earthy, wet tobacco, banana
M- pleasantly carbonated, smooth, rolls on the palate, sourness towards the finish
O- a bit disappointed with this beer, it has some pleasant aroma as it warms however some unfavorable yeasty bready characteristics that impair the flavor.

Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml caged and corked bottle. Merci beaucoup to hoppypocket for sending this across the continent to me. Nice sepia-toned foeder depicted on the label.

This beer pours a rather murky, cloudy dark bruised apricot amber hue, with one finger of sludgy, tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a few random swaths of settling whipped cream lace as it gradually fades to nil.

It smells of tart acetic acid fronted apple, cherry, and white grapes, moderate musty funk, edgy pale malt, vanilla and caramel-tinged wooden planks, a strange whiff of gritty candi sugar, dry earthy yeast, and an indistinct vinous booziness. The taste is more apple and white wine vinegar, lightly funky green yeast, softly wooden vanilla, caramel and alcohol notes, faint sour milk, a later surge of sour plums and black cherries, an obscured pale and caramel malt base, and musty, earthy hops.

The bubbles are generally supportive, and little more, the body a surprising medium weight, and equally smooth, the overarching tartness having little effect here, so much so, that a wee bit of airy creaminess seems capable of rearing its shy head. It finishes weirdly off-dry, the oak and malt sourced caramel still kickin' it unabashedly in the face of the lingering multifaceted sourness. Yo.

A pleasantly approachable barrel-aged wild ale, the wood apparently taking the edge off of the sour, tart, and funky essences (I say that without having tried any other offering from this brewery). Rather, the sweetness complements the sourness, et al, to the point of a semblance of balance. Tasty, complex stuff, this is.

Photo of greenmtn1111
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/29/2012. Poured in to a tulip style glass.

Hazy orange amber in color with a medium sized off-white colored head. This has a sweet and super funky smell to it. Oak, banana, overripe berries, musty damp forest. The taste is nicely tart with a light fruitiness – strawberry and raspberry, followed by funkiness and more sour notes. There’s a slight buttery flavor as well, but very faint. Finishing with a pleasant oaky dryness, this beer hits all the right spots. There’s a lot of alcohol at nearly 9% but it’s very well hidden and it drinks wonderfully. The carbonation level is quite good. There’s not much lacing on the glass but the head is retained very well as I drink. This is the first sour I’ve had from Allagash and it does not disappoint.

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one with me.

A - amber with a thin, off white lacing of head

S - apples, tart, sour

T - apple, pear, tart, a little bready, malty

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

This is a really nice beer. It's richly malty, estery, and tart. It's almost exactly what I want in a Wild Ale. This is definitely worth a try.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Alex for this one. 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Hill Farmstead stem taster. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with . Beer is a slightly cloudy orange. Like black tea almost. Lacing is patchy and thick with decent cling. A good looking beer.

Nose is tropical fruit, light tartness, earth, moss and a light, sweet funkiness. A mellow Brett presence too. Moderately aromatic and very well put together.

Opens very funky. Notes of pineapple, lemon and tart tropical fruit mixed with Brett, cobwebs and wet wood. A sweet creaminess comes in towards the middle and ties the other flavors together. Oak towards the end with a prickly, pineapple and starfruit sweet tartness. Aftertaste is Brett and barnyard funk. This is delicious!

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down aggressive, dry, and sparkling. Messy finish with an oddly prickly but refreshing aftertaste. Exactly what I want from the style.

This is a very well put together beer from Allagash. It looks good, the nose is complex and nicely aromatic, the flavors work well together, and the feel is spot on for the style. A real under-the-radar beer that's well worth stocking up on.

Photo of Brewsephus
3.38/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from tap at Allagash Brewery into tulip glass.

Pours a rich burgundy going into mahogany, with a small white head. Smells of sour cherries, green apple, oak. First flavors that hit your tongue are unripe apple, cooking spices, with a sherry finish. There is a little funk here, light barnyard, hay, biscuit and bread flavor. The finish is harsh. Cloying acetic quality burns the back of your throat. This is not a jaw cramping sour but more of a slow heartburn quality. Vomit flavor? Mouthfeel is fine, its certainly not viscous or vinuous. Carbonation is ok. The tour guide said it best when he described when he would have this beer: "I could drink one glass, with a friend, in front of a fire, while discussing Chomsky."

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange body. Clear with a small white head.

Smell - Fruity and bretty. Caramel. Acidic.

Taste - Light cherry tardiness, but more of a caramel and brett character. Very bretty, really. Acetic tartness builds in the finish. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium sourness. Medium heavy body.

Overall - A little disappointing. Just not very exciting.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear rusty orange body with and an active and whispy white head that leaves just a surface coating.

Storing aromas of cherry, oak, vanilla, and brown sugar. It smells acidic but with some sweet notes.

It has a reply nice balance of fruity sweetness and tart. Dark cherries, oak, vinegar.

Mouthfeel is light with prickly carbonation. Slightly dry in the finish.

This packed enormous aroma and flavor in a light body. The play In the sweet and sour gives it a nice layer of complexity.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2013! Served from tap into a Brewvival sampler shaker. Poured a golden pale yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, funk, subtle tartness, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, funk, earth, fruit, and subtle tart. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I was really glad to see this one show up at the festival as the reviews I’ve read on this one as it all sounded really good. While this one was solid for the style, it didn’t quite deliver like I would have hoped. Still very nicely done and glad I got the chance to try this one on tap.

Photo of EliotRosewater
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - amber, copper color with little head.

S - massive oak and vinous aroma. Mild funk and tropical fruit.

T - very mild funk. Lots of oak and wine. Reminds me of some New World style Pinot Noirs. Just enough acidity to balance out the sweetness.

M - medium carbonation with mouth-coating sweetness.

O - the oak and balanced funk/acidity are the highlights on this beer. Absolutely delicious.

Photo of emerge077
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Attempted to decant into a tulip glass, though there is a little bit of suspended sediment, and a hazy clarity to the beer. Deep reddish brown, frothy light tan foam that billows initially and remains for a good while. Strong lasting surface coverage, impressive for a beer that's been in a barrel for 4 years.

Aroma is fruity with an acidic undercurrent, cranberry, cherry skins, and musty wet wood.

Baked apples, tart wild raspberries, round and smooth with a hint of cherry. Super dry and tannic woody oak aftertaste, more so than it's traditional Flemish counterparts. Medium bodied with a creamy texture, a little numbing spiciness, and moderately sour, though there's a tiny amount of sweetness buried inside. Really amazing this came straight from one foudre unblended.

Firmly rooted in the traditions of the East Flanders region, based in Oudenaarde, Zottegem, and Bellegem-Kortrijk, it gets top marks as an Oud Bruin.

Photo of Rutager
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at the Carlsbad Pizza Port bottle shop almost a year ago.

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear, orangy amber-brown with half a finger of frothy off-white head that fades to a collar pretty quickly.

Smell. Cherries, funky barrel and sweet smooth caramel malts. Smells very "Flanders"with some bright cherry pie filling notes.

Taste. Tastes quite Flanders as well. Tart pie cherries, tannic barrel wood, fairly sweet with a touch of brown sugar and some dry red wine.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium amount of fine carbonation. Slightly drying.

Overall. Good stuff if you like a flanders style.

Photo of n2185
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a hazy copper with half a finger of white head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: lots of sour and funky notes dominate. Sour and tart cherries, must, oak, red wine, barnyard, and sweet Belgian yeast underneath.

T: similar to the aroma, thereis a wonderful mix of sour and tart fruit, acetic vinegar, musty and funky flavors, barnyard, oak and red wine, etc. There's a lot going on and if makes for a delightfully delicious beer.

M: medium-light body with lowish carbonation, this beer just avoids being watery.

O: a good sour overall. A little undercarbonated, but smells and tastes great.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/27/2012. Poured in to snifter.

A - Murky translucent amber/brown colour with a thin layer of cream coloured head that quickly reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Sour vinegar-like aroma with a bready sweetness, oak and a hint of dark fruit.

T - Sour up front with some acidity. Not quite puckering, but still plenty sour. Cherry, oak, caramel.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light carbonation.

Photo of smakawhat
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Big pop off the cork when opening.

A very sudsy and foamy head, with lots of snapping carbonation coming off the pour, and a nice faint tan color. Head falls quite fast, but settles to a thin fairly tall collar and simple puck. Body is a real nice copper red slightly cloudy with lots of vertical carbonation. While settling the beer even had a whirlpool like effect in the middle, with a giant hurricane in the middle and a faint ring outside for the collar. Very nice looking brew.

Even off the pour the funk is all over this one. Lots of funky pepper yeast aromas. Hints of cherry/raspberry red like fruit and sweet malts mixing in. There's a sense of density to this. Some sweet oaky wood comes out a bit too this is very nice and balanced also. It smells great.

Palate is a big surprise. This is wonderfuly tart and full of giant hits of lemon and grapefruit rind. Dried out lemon zest and wonderful bitterness. A great mix of malt sweetness balances it out with large funky brett and pepper. Pepper and lemon is all over this beer, with a lively carbonation and oak density. There is a lot of depth, but also a light character with only a hint of barrel feel hinting out, the tradeoff is that it is very juicy.

Overall though this is just a fantastic beer to be drinking, it's like a bretty Rodenbach filled with wonderful bittern lemon and grapefruit. Fantastic stuff.

Photo of yamar68
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Hugonaut13 for this one!

Dark copper body with loads of beading and a thick milky off-white head. Great lace.

Tremendous, vinous nose... red grape, the booze bill catches me off guard.

A creamy sense of tartness, sour grains... surprisingly wet on the palate. Extremely palatable with bits of astringent oak. Reminiscent of Supplication in some ways - strong red wine flavors that compliment a subtly tart flavor profile.

This is the real deal.

Photo of wedge
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Milltown

Hazy reddish-brown with a small amount of creamy head on top. Aromas of tart cherries, spicy wood, earthy fruit and a touch of caramel. Quite acidic flavor-wise...tart fruit, oak, spicy sharpness, some tannins, and a pleasant sweetness. Dry, yet slick, medium body and no trace of alcohol. A little rough around the edges, but still very tasty and well-crafted in the Flanders style. I have to wonder if they were to blend this with a younger beer, if everything would smooth out and take this to the next level.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/2012. Poured into a teku. Delicious, sour, smooth. It might have been a tad more sour if I drank a few months ago, but I found this delicious anyway. Allagash continues to impress with their higher-end beers, with bold and complex flavors. It smells great and it drink just as satisfyingly. I didn't get the funk that others did--something I noticed with most old ales. Instead, I got an appealing sour and tart taste that is balanced by the right amount of heat. Can't wait to get my hands on this again next year.

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Celebrating my 500th review with a sour which is kind of a risk for me, but it's Allagash and they've never steered me wrong. Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says Date Bottled: 11/8/2012.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Drippy, sudsy lacing is not so resilient.

S- Good punch of lactic acid with lots of sweet dark fruits emanating such as cherry, plum, pear, granny smith apple and sour grape. Has a pretty classic Flanders style aroma.

T- Very sour and acidic as it burns the back of my throat. Soon, the palate acclimates and the fruitiness starts working its way in. Very fresh citric notes along with the dark fruits. Raspberry, cherry, apple and kumquat all come to mind. Drinkable and refreshing considering the ABV.

M- Dry with lots of pucker and a sharp acidic twang. Medium carbonation and a relatively hefty body for a wild ale.

O- Sours for me are like playing Russian Roulette (though I guess that's also how the brewer who's making it feels). I tend to like the sweeter ones more although, if it's too sour, I still won't like it. This one is pretty much right on the money: lots of fruit characteristics to balance out the medium-high level of sour and a feel that's not too harsh. Though my 500th review isn't a scorcher, it's a damn fine beer and that's good enough for me. Forever in debt to BlackBelt5112203 for this one.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to Bilco for hooking me up with a bottle

Consumed 7/7/13

Appearance: Pours mostly clear, with a light haze - deep copper with some hints of orange and brown - big, creamy, light beige head - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Sour, funky, with some sharp, ripe oak - acidic and lactic sourness - some tartness - an undercurrent of vinegar and some acetone - some fruitiness, like cherries and generic berry skin - loads of oak, very woody, with some wood funk

Taste: Sour, tart, oak, lots of complexity - sharp, acidic sourness, with some damp lactic sour, not exactly mouth-puckering, but definitely sour - average level of tartness - touches of vinegar and something that reminds me of Chap Stick - some nice fruitiness, reminiscent of cherries and raspberries - earthy and a bit musty - loads of oak, with some notable tannins - some caramel malts - alcohol is not really noticeable - starts off decent, achieves greatness when it warms up

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated

Overall: A timely reminder that Allagash is pretty awesome

This is not the best sour I've ever had, but it's very, very good. It's very complex, with a wide array of sour, tart, fruity, oaky, and funky notes. I've certainly enjoyed sours from Allagash at fests, and I'm very thankful that I've now had time to sit down with a bottle. I hope they continue to develop their sour program.

Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is hazy amber-brown in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of sourness are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is rather sour, but the sour flavors doesn't quite have the intensity that is exhibited in the sour aromas.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and quite tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a very pleasant drinking wild ale as it wasn't too sour. I would have no problem drinking more than one of these in a sitting.

Photo of montrealbcr89
4.57/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bit pricey at 15$ for a 12oz bottle, but thought I'd give it a try.

A: Pours a murky copper/orange with nice red highlights. A finger and a half of slightly off white soapy head. Not particularly attractive.

S: Wow, is this thing pungent. Sweet fruit notes, tart cherries, some definite delicious funk. Tropical fruit notes are accentuated by the subtle yet present sour notes.

T: The sweet fruits (apple, cherries, pineapple) hit you immediately up front. Some oak towards the mid pallet. The beer finishes with a very nice tartness. This beer would be cloyingly sweet to me if the sourness was not there to balance it out. Nice wine notes present as well.

M: Perfect. Medium with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

O: I wish this beer was cheaper. At almost 9% ABV, this is so drinkable. So refreshing. I could sip on it for a while, or drink it quick on a hot summer day. A really nice beer that wine folks could get into. Love it, glad I have another bottle. Cheers!

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with very little head, hardly any lacing.

Smell has a nice woody oak aroma and is the star to the nose, decent vinegar sourness.

Taste starts out with a vinegar sourness with a well rounded oak character, cherry presents a touch of fruity tartness, acidic content is on the high side but I like that, carbonation is close to perfect with a decent body, alcohol is very well hidden making me believe this closer to 4.5% than 8.9% so very impressive.

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Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.