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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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106 Reviews
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Reviews: 106
Hads: 667
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 24.06%
Wants: 172
Gots: 200 | 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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Reviews: 106 | Hads: 667
Photo of wethorseblanket
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing last weekend. 375ml corked and caged.

A: Pours a hazy light orangish-copper with a thin white head which fades quickly to the rim leaving just a few spots.

N: Tannic and basalmic sting with vinous and cherry fruit notes.

T: Prickly sour and tart with some funk and tannins and a mixture of fruits including grapes and cherries.

M: Medium body and light carbonation. Oaky and tart finish.

O: Would like to have more. Enjoyed the barrel aging here.

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Photo of kevanb
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml, dated 11/29/2012, poured into an Allagash Coolship tumbler.

The beer pours a rich caramel color, medium amber, with slight orange hue that is very clear, with a handful bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A thick, soapy, off white head rises out of the glass, nearly 2 fingers high that has very, very good retention and leaves some sticky lace behind. The aroma is of light funk, tart cherry, soft oak, brown sugar and rich malted grain. It's not an overly complex aroma, but very nicely balanced and surprisingly malty, but not over the top, the sweetness and tartness play nicely together. The flavors are very similar, rich grain, tart cherry with a nice amount oak that brings out some caramel and brown sugar with some soft and light funk at the end. The mouthfeel is nice, lots of carbonation, but it reads very smoothly, coats the mouth well and finishes softly with a creamy touch and lightly dry sensation.

Verdict: A very nice Wild Ale from Allagash. Yet another success in their line of sour and wild ales, and one of the more peculiar wild ales I've tried to date with the malt character. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 fl oz, March '13
Allagash tulip

A: Pours a murky dark orange color. Lots of carbonation. Effervescent. Good half finger of right bubbles head. Sticks around a while. Leaving some lacing sheeting.

S: Balsamic vinegar. Tart dark cherries. Oak. Touch of vanilla. Tannic wine-like dryness. Earth.

T: Tart cherry and balsamic up front. Tannic dryness for sure. Mid palate you do really taste that oak with hints of vanilla and wood. Finish is fairly dry but not entirely bone dry.

M: Medium bodied. Some creaminess mid palate.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear brown-amber with small head. Aroma is very oaky, cherries and caramel malts. Alcohol is not very perceptible for such a high abv sour, but the strong malt base is certainly distinctive. I’m not surprised about the long oak-aging period as the taste is incredibly woody. Other flavors are coherent with aroma (cherries, caramel) with a decent tart finish.

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Photo of portia99
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle (bottled 11/29/12) poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a rich amber color with good clarity. Two fingers of fizzy cream colored head quickly falls off to the surface leaving some crusty and foamy lacing on the glass. Some yeast sediment floats in the body of the beer.

S - Musty, mildly tart, quite yeasty, mild phenolics, lightly woody, fruity with hints of cherries, a touch acetic, hints of red wine, lightly alcoholic. Overall the aroma is a bit subdued in intensity, but quite complex - lots of stuff going on here.

T - Mildly tart but way below the level I expected. Vinegary acetic sourness. Firm malt base with some caramel flavors, some earthiness, woody, a bit nutty. Cherries, red wine, very low funk character.

M - A lightish medium body with a somewhat low carbonation level for the style managing only the faintest of tingle and more of a foamy character. More malty than most wild ales...plenty of earthiness, wood and nuts.

O - Overall an interesting wild ale. A bit different than most wilds out there. Extremely light in funk, sourness/tartness is quite low for style too. Almost a Flanders brown in character. More malt character than most. Interesting interpretation...very nice.

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Photo of Hugonaut13
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into HF globe

A - Pours a lighter reddish-brown with minimal head, even after a hard pour. Small ring of bubbles remain around the edge of the glass. Leaves a bit of lacing when swirled.

S - Strong scene of oak and cherries on top of oak and cherries. Some plum. A bit of sour funk, but far from strong. Smells tasty.

T - Good mix of sour and tart up front with cherries joining the party in the mid palate. Finishes sweet. Almost refreshing. None of those flavors dominate the palate. As it warmed, more vinegar appeared dropping the score a tad

M - definitely rich mouthfeel for the style. Quite dry. Very smooth.

O - I definitely enjoyed this, but I wouldn't call it complex. Each flavor is very pronounced but blends together well in a harmonious fashion. I would have no problem polishing off a 750ml of this (if they ever made one) by myself. This is a sour that both serves as a great anytime sour and also one which would serve as a great introduction to people new to sours. Well done Allagash.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle.

Pours dark amber with an inch of fine, bone head. Retention is admirable for a sour, a full quarter inch foam cap remains for the duration with loads of creamy sheeting.

Aromatics lead off with balsamic-drizzeled apples and lemon-spritzed raisins. Hints of soured fruits and cider vinegar follow through.

Medium bodied with a creamy but crisp mouthfeel. Prickly on the back of the throat.

Bright acid with sour apples and vineous overtones start the palate. Winey, fruity, and sour. Malt to balance with a lingering sourness.

Finishes with a hefty, acidic, sour bite and apple skins.

Very tasty with a perfect and challenging sourness level.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11.08.12.

Beer is copper in colour, with a small off-white head. Head gone quickly.

Nose contains oak, and lots of it. A tart funkiness. Green apple, a bit of grass. Nice scent.

Very, very nice flavour. Oak is strong, and there is a moderate tartness. A bit funky, fairly dry. Some fruit: apple, some cherry. All very well balanced and integrated. Yum.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, puckery and astringent. Good.

Overall, a really good beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Somewhat Rodenbach-like in character, this wood-aged sour red ale never shies away from sour cherry flavor, strong acetic flavors or palate-stripping cleanliness to ensure high Belgian character with no apologies.

Cherry-amber in color, it's largely deep copper hue shares gold highlights near the edges. Clear in color, the bright ale releases an off bone-white head that's long-lasting in retention but dons a somber head- passive lacing results in a few trickles here and there along the glass.

Strong acidic aromas are mouth wetting, strongly tart and exhibits notes of cider, red wine vinegar, and black cherries. Highly earthen tones of horse hair, barnyard must. parmesan cheese, fresh cracked black pepper, and cured leather reinforce the savory scents of funk and pungency- but do so in the very best light.

And its those red wine, vinegar acidity and toasted cherries that carry over to the taste. Subtle flavors of caramel, bread crust and tobacco support the sourness just before the cidery, balsamic and oak taste refreshes the palate with a crisp, clean and lightly savory finish.

Medium-dry on the mouth, the beer wisps away with its lightly powdery and arid texture. Equipped with a spicy prickle, the middle palate strips the palate and buffers with a quiver of lingering malt sweetness. A whimsical echo of oak, earth and must returns in aftertaste even before the bone-dry finish concludes.

As a new, somewhat American way to achieve the taste, texture, and aroma of Flanders's Red Ale, much of the same characteristics can be found in this distinctive and exuberant ale.

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Photo of emerge077
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From EBF notes.

a - Pours a deep reddish-copper color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries, tart dark fruits, oak, some vanilla, spice, lactic notes, and some earthy notes. Nice and sour; loving the nose.

t - Taste follows the nose pretty closely; loads of sour cherries, raspberries, and dark fruits, spices, pepper, vanilla, oak, lactic and tannic notes.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Easy to drink sour; nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall I loved this one; one of the better sours at the fest. Not the most complex sour and not as funky as some of their other beers, but it's a great fruit forward sour. I love cherries and loved this one; would love to get a bottle of this one.

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Photo of KeatsShelley
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft in an large Allagash challice

A: Slightly orange, auburn, a little lacing, quickly dissipating head. not translucent but not completely opaque

S: lots of oak here, and a little bit of funk that's not totally pleasant. otherwise, yeast, sour fruits, lemon, vanilla

T: everything great about the smell and almost no funk makes it to the palate.

M: exactly what you want from this beer. crispness, sweetness, but not cloying. dry finish

O: excellent sour from a great brewer. Not easy to find, so consider trading for it.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle, bottled on 12/21/12, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a murky caramel/amber color, topped with a thin layer of khaki head, leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Has a really great, tart aroma, lots of lactic acidity and cherry, peach, and red wine fruitiness, along with a nice oak and vanilla. There are some oxidized, earthy aromas here too.

T- Nice blend of cherry fruitiness with caramel and a vanilla/oak flavor. Along with the cherry there's a bit of medicinal flavor. Has solid tartness, mostly lactic but a bit of acetic too. Has a dry, vinous finish.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth, dry, tannic feel, moderate alcohol warmth.

O- A very tasty beer and another very solid sour from Allagash, I'm glad I've got another bottle of this to hang onto.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a 3 Fonteinen Wine glass
Bottled: 10/27/2012

A- Poured a very attractive mahogany color, dark copper brown/orange very nice color, 2-3 fingers worth of white egg shell colored head, dissipates really slowly. Lots of carbonation, bubbles coming off of the bottom.
S- The aroma is complex, tart, nice funk upfront, but rather balanced, hints of cherries, and red grape skin, nice nutty malt notes in the backend.
T- Taste sour grape, tart, dark fruits, cherries, plums, oak comes out, red wine, nutty, nice funkiness in this one.
M- Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, crisp finish, nice bite to every sip, alcohol is no where to be seen for being 8.9%.
O- Really enjoyed this one. Had it at the brewery on tap and loved it, and I'm happy to say its just as good from the bottle. Glad i have 3 more, look forward to aging this one and trying it again further down the road.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of yamar68
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of ricchezza
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear ruby with champagne-like carbonation and thick head.
Aroma and taste is slight funky/tart with some cherry and peach characteristics. “Clean” tasting with a slightly dry finish, yet lingers on the tongue a while.

It’s too bad this is such a limited offering, as I would really like to enjoy much more of this beer. It’s just delicious.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Churchkey earlier this evening. Served in a snifter. Pours a reddish-brown color with a thin off-white head that quickly falls down and away into a collar.

The nose carries really nice notes of cherry, oak, and light vanilla alongside a touch of sherry-like oxidized malt. Very similar to a high quality Flanders Red. Especially as it warms, there's some backing red wine character, especially through to the flavor.

Flavor has all of the components of the nose, and is even more well integrated with the addition of a great acidity level. Mostly lactic with just the right touch of acetic carrying through the finish to offset the mild creaminess and vanilla character of the wood. Vinous through the back end and carrying to the finish.

Medium body and fairly-light carbonation. Expertly done. One of the best Flanders-style beers that I've ever had, especially considering that it's from the U.S.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a ruddy golden brown color. There is a small, light tan head which fades quickly to a ring of foam. Very light lacing.

S: A lemony tart vinegar aroma is the first thing I pick up, followed by some barnyard funk. Wet hay and cotton round out the smell.

T: Less tart than the aroma. The focus is instead on the funky flavors. Horse blanket and wet hay are prominent. A little bit of apple vinegar and lemon-citrus provides a tart counterpoint to the funk. Light notes of cider lend a sweetness to the beer. The finish is medium-length and dry.

M: Fairly dry, especially in the finish which is reminiscent of champagne. Carbonation is both sharp and foamy.

O: A fantastic beer. More funky than tart, but a good amount of both.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap into sniffer glass

A:golden honey in color but rather cloudy and almost completely opaque. There is a little but if tab head that settles to a average lacing.

S:the first thing that comes to mind is that familiar barnyard funk there is a sweetness in there too maybe cherries

T: so there is definitely a sour tart flavor with some fruity sweetness it is hard for me to pull and spesific flavors out but it is delicious

M:smooth and very oily which allows it to go down easily with no traces of alcohol. It has a nice light crisp carbonation/champagne feel that makes it an enjoyable feel

O: really enjoyed this beer easy drinking nice light sour/tart flavor with a great feel I highly recommend this

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Photo of davey101
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date Bottled: 12/21/2012. 375ml bottle into a tulip. This bottle was a bit of a short pour which makes the $17 price tag a bit harder to swallow, but props to Allagash to getting one of these cool sours out into distribution.

A - Pours a hazy brown/red color, holding it up to the light yields a really cool burnt orange color that looks like a pumpkin. There are some floaties in here even with a careful pour. Plenty of sudsy off white foam with clingy lacing. Foam filled the glass after pouring but settles into a solid fingers worth. Looks pretty damn impressive for a beer that was aged for 4 years.

S - Flanders. Bruin. Yup, this is totally in that style. Just a great blend of sour cherries and acetic vinegar. It does deviate from its Belgian counterparts by way of a huge barrel presence full of smooth vanilla and oak. The end has a touch of berry flavored vodka...weird and slightly boozy but not in a bad way.

T - Sour cherries, vinegary acetic acid, raspberries, and oak and vanilla. Again very flemmish-esque, but the fruit is just represented in a juicier and riper form. Very delicious beer. Mouth feel is lively and well carbonated. Certainly sour...very mouth puckering.

O - This is a very impressive beer. Very much so brewed to the Flemish bruin/red style but with a nice little American twist. Pretty unreal levels of fruit flavors considering there was no fruit additions. I wish the beer wasn't so damned limited or expensive because this is just excellent.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.41/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.41/5  rDev +4%
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
93 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.