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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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547 Ratings
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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%


Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2013)
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PatriotsRule

Massachusetts

4.98/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly delicious sour ale from Allagash!
A: Clean and a pale amber, clear with stupendous carbonation
S: Berries, citrus and honey
T: Floral grasslands of meadows with many flowers and wild sour fruits growing, pollenated constantly by some of the hardest working bees I can imagine. I'll tell ya, these be some bees.
M: Crisp as can be, super sour, yet somehow not overwhelmingly sour. Like an orange or lemon
O: One of the better special releases I have ever had. Well worth the fifteen bucks. Thank you Allagash for a balls to the walls American sour alike none other before it. Bien sur le foudre!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 03:01:55 | More by PatriotsRule
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sitarist

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of three corked & caged beers from Brez.

Pours a hazy, honey golden color. A fat fingers worth of white head falls to a ring that leaves behind a few spots of lacing. 4.0

It has a fantastic, complex aroma. Lots of tart fruits, a nice funkiness, leather, apple, wet wood, hints of vanilla, and toffee. I could leave my nose here forever, but I wish to taste her forbidden fruit. 5.0

Funk Yeah! Its' awesomeness spills over to the flavor. Apples, lemons, hard cider, salt, oak, vanilla, toffee, and a nice funky finish. Its' funky tartness is bordering on insanity. 5.0

Medium body, with an ample amount of light prickly carbonation, effervescent... Smooth like Velvet Jones. Very pleasant mouthfeel for a beer this tart. 5.0

A true masterpiece... It is amazing how well its' aroma, taste, and feel fit together. This one is going on my perpetual wants list!

I am guessing its an oak aged sour by Allagash.
And the reveal is... FV13 by Allagash.

Thanks Brez, this is the shit.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:10:25 | More by sitarist
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smcnulty1981

Rhode Island

4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: slightly hazy amber color lots of carbonation streaming up the glass1 finger of an off white very light brown head that goes away after a few moments with a good ammount of lacing

S: very complex lots of funk light oaked with some red wine notes may be from the sherry yeast no alcohol on the nose

T: very tart followed by spicy red wine characters with a touch of vanilla and oak no alcohol on the taste

M: highly carbonated with a very dry finish

O: great beer very complex lots of different flavors well done multiple yeast strains and the oak aging contribute to a great sour ale

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 06:34:42 | More by smcnulty1981
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 18:17:27 | More by smakawhat
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jrstamp

Connecticut

4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled: 12/21/2012
Russian River Tulip

A: Hazy amber/red with a big, two finger white foam head.

S: Very Flanders Red / wine like sweetness on the nose. There is a funkyness that mingles with some cherry sweetness. Smells like its gonna be sweet and tart.

T: Tasted alot like I thought it was going to taste. Alot of Flanders like delicate tartness with a distinct cherry. I feel like this has alot of the same layers a Rodenbach classic has, maybe a little more with a little more time in the bottle. Kinda surprised it is 8.9% abv, not picking up any heat or alcohol flavors.

M: Smelled and tasted like there was alot of leftover sugar but finished pretty dry so thats probably just a perceived sweetness.

O: Really liked what I got out of this, nice Flanders type flavors with a mellow funkyness layered in there. The cherry / wine nose and flavors were great for not having added anything like that. I hope eventually the price comes down, I would definitely we willing to pay $12-14 for a 750ml, but for a 375ml it feels kinda steep.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 00:49:54 | More by jrstamp
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 11/29/12

A: Burnt sienna to brownish amber in color with a fizzy off white head and a bit of lace and retention.

S: Very funky, yeasty, fruity, earthy. Very inviting and a sign of greatness to come.

T: Soooo mellow. Lots of barrel, earth, wood, some bourbon, tart fruit. So complex yet simply incredible.

M: Unique and funky finish with a greet body. Creamy is the best word to describe it.

O: Another amazing Wild from Allagash! Plenty of time in the bottle smoothed this baby out wonderfully.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 20:46:11 | More by Gatch
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teromous

Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy but mostly transparent dark tea-colored body. A short white head fades down to a sliver. Patchwork of lacing.

S: Sour smelling grapes, tree bark, a little bit of alcohol comes through, and a funky musky scent.

T: It starts out with a sour tart flavor that has a bit of cherry and grape-like flavors. It fades out quickly and there is an earthy quality that starts to take over. It seems like I get a bit of hop flavor in there as well. At the end it has a bit of smoky or charcoal quality that is very faint. Some caramel sweetness in the end that counterbalances the sourness. Some musky flavor at the end.

M: The mouthfeel starts off with a puckering sensation, but it trails off very quickly to a mellow presence. It's very pleasant to drink because it doesn't stay tart through the whole sip. It is lightly carbonated, and has a medium mouthfeel.

O: Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I would recommend it and would buy it again. I think that everything I have to say was said before. I really don't have any negatives for the beer. It is a very impressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 02:55:16 | More by teromous
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass from the bottle.

Pours a dark orange brown with a finger of head, pretty much the same color as the label. Smells extremely winey (in an amazing way). Sour, orange, oak, tannins, grapes, sour cherries. Tons of delicious dry fruity notes coming through on the nose. Taste is perfectly tart with lots of fruitiness and a slightly dry tannic finish that compliments the tiny bit of sweetness coming through. This is one fantastic beer, amazing balance and very complex. The yeast did an incredible job, but doesn't overpower the other flavors at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 22:19:59 | More by nquigley16
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl oz (375 ml) corked and caged bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Cambridge, MA
Date Bottled: 10/27/2012
Served in a tulip

The slightly hazed, crimson-amber liquid was topped by a small, frothy mass of off-white bubbles. Spotty droplets of lacing clung to the sides of the glass. The bubbly head quickly transformed into a lasting ringlet.

The aroma was amazingly complex and reminded me a lot of a Flemish red ale. Super winey, oaky and tart with strong sour cherry notes. A heavily oaked Cabernet came to mind. Lots of brett and funk. Musty with an aged, cellar-y quality. The tartness was nicely balanced by a rich, balsamic vinegar-like sweetness.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was superb. Crisp and fruity with sour cherry notes dominating. Lots of brett, oakiness and red wine qualities. Tart and quite musty. Noticeable amount of lactic and acetic acid. Notes of balsamic vinegar were again apparent. The beer was anchored by a bready malt base. Hints of caramel came through as well. Nice balance between tart and sweet. Lemon and hay notes appeared in the center. The finish contained a mix of oaky dryness and fruity tartness. Notes of lemon peel, aged vinegar and a subtle, boozy sweetness were all evident.

While the taste and aroma were outstanding, the mouthfeel was slightly disappointing. It was moderately creamy and smooth but rather thin for the style. The liquid contained a super fine and mellow effervescence.

I have been a big fan of Allagash's sour program since its inception a few years back, but this beer really takes the prize as being the best of the bunch thus far. Kudos to Rob and company for creating a Flemish sour ale that competes with some of the best examples that Belgium has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 16:49:55 | More by Damian
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Allagash Brewery during their tour session.

This poured a lovely, clear red color with almost no head.

The nose on this was very interesting, it was very acidic smelling, but not in an unpleasant or harsh way, more like how wine can be. The tour guide said that this beer was brewed with both Brett yeast as well as Lacto yeast. This combination really seemed to create a very complex beer with lots of vinous characteristics but with a really solid "sour" bite from the lacto. This beer also fermented for 4 years in a giant oak barrel, so it has some very unique characteristics.

Overall this was a really interesting and tasty beer. Very vinous and pretty sour. It is also a little acidic, perhaps overly so. Definitely worth a try if you want to get into the world of sour beers.

Re-reviewed on 11/9/13 at Novare on "sour bier night."

Light red color, no foam, totally opaque, a bit hazy?

Nose is slightly tart, smells berry much of sherry.

Taste is slightly tart, 3 out of 10. Solid malt up front with lots of Sherry. There is a definite alcohol burn on the aftertaste.

The second time I had this I didn't think it was nearly as sour as when I had it at the brewery. Not sure if this is a newer, less aged batch, or whether is is an old keg that they brought out of the cooler.

Additionally, this go-round I really thought the rich sherry came through a lot more and really toned down the acidity. I think between the two versions (if they are in fact different) was the second one. That said, this was also the first sour I had ever had, so my initial perceptions about its "sourness" may have just been skewed.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2013 20:11:57 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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Beerenauslese

California

4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey Teku style glass.

Reddish brown color, topped by a nice sudsy head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smells complex, with notes of sour cherry fruit, vanilla, wood spice, and some caramel sweetness.

Tastes of mildly tart cherries, hint of lemon and plum, but also sweet with some caramelized sugar. There is quite a bit of oak presence and a mildly tannic finish.

Body is medium with a silky, creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth.

This is an interesting, complex sour in the Flanders red ale style. The alcohol is noticeable at around 9%.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 03:19:11 | More by Beerenauslese
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 03:54:30 | More by montrealbcr89
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a gueuze glass.

A: Rusty golden color with a good deal of haze. A thin cap of white head retains surprisingly well. A thin ring of lacing slides slowly back down into the liquid.

S: Sharp acidity. Sour white grapes, green apple, sour cherry. Musty and wild funk. Well rounded malt character of caramelized sugar, coconut flakes, and vanilla cake. Fragrant and pervasive oak. Mouth-watering.

T: Sharp, acidic tartness. Green apple, sour cherry, and vinous white grape. Soft touch of vinous alcohol. Layers of rustic funk. Thick caramel and custard. Oak drops in and dries things out. Dry oaky finish with faint caramelized sugar, pear, and tart green apple.

M: Thick body for the style. Robust and chewy. Round and hefty. Low scrubbing carbonation. Warming alcohol.

O: Holy Christ this is excellent. Lots of big and round malt character with all the requisite tartness and funk. It offers another dimension not found in most sours. A real eye-opener for those who think only of Belgium when discussing world-class sours.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 03:11:53 | More by ryan1788a5
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Seanniek91

Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into an Allagash Coolship glass.

Appearance- Almost clear amber with no head and some yeast floating around.

Smell- Tons of apples and lemons. Vinegar, oak, earth.

Taste- Cherry, vanilla, caramel, light lemon sourness, earthy herbaceousness.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, reasonably carbonated, light tartness.

Overall- I tried it on tap at the brewery and loved it and I'm happy to say it's great out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 22:47:50 | More by Seanniek91
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yankeepride

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As I'm new to sours, I keep discovering new and subtle little differences in them. Poured this one into a tulip, and was instantly greeted by that newly-familiar tart odor. It has a touch of sour cherries, but was muted by a bit of an oaken, burnt smell as well. I started drinking it slightly chilled in the fridge, where the sour notes were prevalent, allowing the slight effervescence to play on the tongue. As it warmed, though, the wood started to become a lot more dominant compared to the base tartness. It took on a bit of an edge to it, with the oak getting aggressive. Really a terrific, complex sour!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 01:42:17 | More by yankeepride
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wyatt13

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

MegDuf32 very generously gave me this bottle a couple weeks ago. Bottled on date of 11/29/2012. Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A – Pours the color of Autumn leaves, like a deep ruby red/orange/brown mélange. I poured the bottle pretty carefully, but a good amount of dark sediment still collected in the bottom of the glass. A thin off-white head was contrasted nicely with abundant carbonation. Lots of stringy lace all over the glass.

S – A nice tart sourness immediately hits the nostrils. Some nice funk is all mixed up with the oak and vanilla character of the barrel. There is something in here that definitely reminds me of a light red wine.

T – Wow, very complex. A prominent tart cherry note is met with a deep oak character. A bit of vanilla and caramel are also present in the mid-palate. The finish is all sourness, with a nice lingering vinegary aftertaste.

M - Great amount of carbonation, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. A bit drying on the mouth that encourages quick drinking.

O – I really enjoyed this complex brew. This is the first beer of this type that I have tried from Allagash, but it certainly has me interested in trying as many as I can. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 02:53:38 | More by wyatt13
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 12-21-2012. Picked up a bottle at the brewery tasting room. Served in a snifter, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby-brown coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white surface coat of head. Some very small bubbled carbonation activity throughout the body. Aromas of tart berry and cherry sweetness, with a touch of booze, some woody characteristics, and a sour highlight. Very balanced and robust nose. Flavors are rich and tart cherry on the forward tongue, with a sour tang throughout. Wood character balances more as the beer travels the palate, ending with an almost wine-like feel at the end of each drink. The carbonation and thin body lead to an effervescent feel in mouth, with a crisp, almost bubbly finish. The tartness builds slowly in mouth, with an underlying cherry sweetness. Very fruity and very crisp, with bold notes of sour and tart. Tremendous representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 02:50:42 | More by GarthDanielson
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear, deep crimson-brown body under an inch of dense off-white foam that recedes slowly but only leaves light, spotty lace. Attractive.

S: Very attractive. Prickly tartness, cherry skin, green apple, underripe plum, and peppery spice. Light vanilla and peach. Excellent.

T: Sweeter than the nose, but still more tart than sweet: vanilla, caramel apple, tart cherry, spicy alcohol, and lactic tartness. Some dry, tannic oak on the finish, with more tropical fruits filling in on the aftertaste. Really complex, decadent, dessert-like flavors. Delicious.

M: Soft, creamy medium body. Great.

O: Wonderful American Wild. The interplay of malt sweetness, fruity sourness, and vanilla-tinged oak was really top-notch. I'll take the sharper funkiness of a Coolship brew over this one's more mellow character any day, but this is a world class sour in its own right.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 04:14:29 | More by woosterbill
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owend

New Hampshire

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

A-Off white head and a slightly hazy amber body.

S- Strong aroma of tart cherry and oak and a bit of vinegar and barnyard funk

T- upfront tart fruits and some vinegar balance nicely with lighter sweet fruit notes and a bit of malty sweetness. A hint of oak in the funky, slightly medicinal finish. A very nice tartness lingers on the palette

M-light bodied and nicely carbonated

O-An very enjoyable sour from Allagash. Would try again without hesitation.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 22:45:46 | More by owend
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larryi86

Delaware

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

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A reddish copper with a two finger off-white head.

S- Sour cherries, oak, some spices, some vinegar, smells like a nice Flanders sour.

T- Sour cherries, touch of red wine, some lactic acid, some sweet raspberries, oak, vanilla, nice balance of flavors.

M- Smooth, medium body, slightly creamy, nice carbonation.

O- This is a great sour from Allagash and I am very happy that I was able to get a bottle. This is sour and all the flavors work together and are balanced. Easy to drink and quick to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2013 21:58:45 | More by larryi86
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cbutova

Massachusetts

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

Notes taken last week at Armsby Abbey Allagash event. I have had this out of the bottle two times previous to this.

A- From the tap into the signature Allagash glass. Semi-hazy red body fills the tulip with a small white, frothy cap. Decent head retention and a bubbly ring leaves nice webs of lace around the glass.

S- Aromatics remind me of good Krieks to be perfectly honest. A great balance of sour cherries and fruit with hints from the wild inoculated bugs. Good funk but in-check. Very smooth oaked and barnyard with a slight acetic hint.

T- Cherries lead the way but are once again blended in super smoothly like the best Krieks. The beer is both sweet and tart and with the fruit flavors present it works well. Fruit sugars offset by souring bugs. I also get spicy, bitter citrus peel, lemon sour, vinous and oak notes from the barrels and yeasts/bacteria.

MF- Medium-low carbonation with a silky overall feel to the body. Semi-dried out. Good tartness in the light body.

Awesome complexity with a great balance of sweet and sour fruit, bugs and barrel. Everything feels smooth and in-check.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2013 03:50:14 | More by cbutova
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greenmtn1111

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 02:46:11 | More by greenmtn1111
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RichD

Rhode Island

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 12.7 oz bottle dated 11/29/2012 poured into an Allagash glass.

A: Initially when I poured this it appeared that it was going to be a dark blonde color. As the glass filled up it became a reddish brown color. Looks nice.

S: Smells of oak and some tart. I pick up some green apple and maybe some pear. I didn't really pick up any alcohol, no real hop presence and maybe a little bit of malts.

T: Man, this is delicious. Some tart and green apple are the stars of this show. Some pear is picked up as well. The oak and vanilla really add another dimension to this brew. As someone who is just getting into wild ales, this is a very solid beer. I get the tart from the yeast, as well as the fruit and wood character.

M: A pretty medium mouthfeel. The carbonation is ideal and the finish is dry and crisp. The lack of alcohol present really makes this an enjoyable experience.

Overall: As my first full bottle of the American Wild Ale style, I can truly say that I'm extremely impressed. I'm a supporter of Allagash and everything they do, so it was only natural that my first experience with my style would be brewed by them. Their coolship program is definitely paying dividends and I really can't wait to crack open the Cerise I have.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 00:53:42 | More by RichD
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2013 21:21:34 | More by lordofthewiens
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 fl oz bottle into GM tulip. date bottled: 12/21/14.

A: pours blond out of the bottle, but looks much more ruby in my glass.

S: smells very musty with a heavy dose of sour cherries. smells sour and vinous.

T: sweet and tart. a lot of barny funk and horse blanket flavor. good. sour cherry flavor as well. not too tart in the finish. in fact a little bit grainy and dry.

M: solid carb and pop coming out of the bottle. carb is zesty. medium bodied.

D: really good stuff. wouldn't expect anything less from these guys when it comes to funk. worth it if you can find any at this point. to all my cellar-heads out there, drinks great now and im sure it will hold up great for a few more years.

Serving type: bottle

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Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
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