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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

591 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 163
Gots: 197 | FT: 23
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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Jslay013

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

05-08-2013 22:45:35 | More by Jslay013
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

06-25-2014 01:13:02 | More by leftoverburrito
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funkel81

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

07-08-2013 01:04:49 | More by funkel81
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

03-27-2013 15:03:02 | More by Sean9689
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

07-23-2013 01:35:15 | More by baybum
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Pecan

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

03-31-2013 02:37:35 | More by Pecan
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mattafett

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

08-07-2013 23:03:11 | More by mattafett
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jbuddle

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

04-16-2013 14:29:27 | More by jbuddle
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

10-02-2013 02:26:35 | More by starrdogg
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

09-20-2013 15:37:46 | More by Satchboogie
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volta

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

02-09-2014 21:21:19 | More by volta
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jayhunter357

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

10-13-2013 20:55:07 | More by jayhunter357
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

02-16-2014 18:46:23 | More by lunarbrew
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

09-02-2013 04:28:34 | More by rab53
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In_Control_Mike

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

10-13-2013 20:54:06 | More by In_Control_Mike
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jkermitj

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

08-29-2013 03:38:35 | More by jkermitj
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour has hues of orange through a ruby color and a bubbly off white head. The nose is pretty nice, oak and vanilla play off of a strong cherry and fairly powerful dusty presence. Taste is a touch less bright and bit too sweet. The oak is played down, cherry pie is the center piece. Faintly dusty and moderately sour. Acidity is low in back, average carbonation an slightly dry. Body is a touch syrupy and rather full. It's solid, nothing great but decent American sour.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 16:15:38 | More by cpetrone84
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kojevergas

Texas

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cost was $16.00 at my go-to bottle shop here in SoCal. 12.7 fl oz brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high; I believe this is my first Allagash sour (as in sour, not just funky). Bottled 11/29/12; it's about 6 months old now. "Ale aged in oak barrels." 8.9% ABV confirmed.

Served chilled; I don't like my sours too cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

As I unwrap the cage, I notice the cork has some artwork on it. Interesting. Cork sits in the bottle until I pull it out. Cork comes out easily by hand, yielding a satisfying pop but the beer doesn't rise; carbonation seems perfect so far.

A: Pours a two finger white colour head. Thickness is okay. No lacing as the head recedes. Light cream. It isn't particularly frothy. The head seems somewhat thin and rather gentle. Retention is decent for the ABV - about 3 minutes. Body colour is a gorgeous vibrant orange-gold. Translucent but not transparent; at best I can see the shadow of my finger on the opposite side of the glass when looking through the beer. It's looking classy and understated for a sour; I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Nice oak - not particularly deep or evocative but unmistakable. Has a definite barrel redolence. Plentiful lacto yeast notes; it doesn't come off as a lambic or a tart sour - just a lacto-bomb. It's pretty timid otherwise; little malt character and no detectable hop notes or alcohol. Hints of light wine - perhaps white wine or a fine sherry. Palpable acidity. Some buried cherry fruit. Fleeting vanilla. What little malt character does come through is just a mellow breadiness - there to support the finer notes but not to draw attention to itself. Not really tart at all. Not all that sour based on the aroma either. Mild in strength. This should be interesting.

T: Luxurious white cherry with some softening vanilla helping to balance the fairly high acidity. Sourness comes from pure lacto; not getting much tartness or funk here. Lightly cidery. Some rustic farmhouse notes on the climax. Bready malts comprise the unobtrusive plain foundation. Oak tones throughout. Notes of sherry/light white wine are subtly executed. Subtlety is definitely the objective here; its character is light and subdued. Not much complexity, but excellent balance. I do wish it were more sour - or at least a biteen tart. Light peach. Well-built for the style, if a bit wanting in terms of sour character. It could bring more to the table in terms of depth of flavour, but it's quite pleasant and enjoyable.

Mf: Moderately dry, evoking both sherry and crisp perry or cider. Perfect carbonation. Fairly high acidity. It's never biting or sharp. Very mellow and drinkable, suiting the flavour profile nicely. Smooth and approachable. Well executed for the style. Complements the flavour profile marvelously, but it doesn't feel custom-tailored to it.

Dr: Increasingly, it's becoming obvious to me that Allagash values subtlety in their "sours"; the subtlety here is masterful. Though it may not be as sour as I'd like, it's a well-balanced and well-executed beer for the style and I'd have it again if it weren't for the high pricetag. Definitely nice to try once, but it didn't blow me away like I hoped. There are better sours with wider availability to be had at a better price. Alcohol is very well concealed. Obscenely drinkable; I can't wait for the next sip. A lovely brew from Allagash, and one I'm glad to have gotten to try.

B+

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 02:07:26 | More by kojevergas
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Brew33

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received via trade with Number45Forever, thanks Bill.

FV13 pours a dark Garnet with red edges. Very bubbles break the surface after an aggressive pour. The aroma is excellent. Dark cherries, sweet malt, acetic, lactic, vinous. The flavors follow the aroma but not nearly as intense. This beer is fairly well balanced with just a hint too much of an Acetic character. I'd have liked a little more Lactic character. This borders on a Flanders Red with the contrasting sweet and sour components.

The mouthfeel was medium to just under full bodied with minimal carbonation.

Overall it was an enjoyable beer but at over $1 per oz, I think I'll skip going for it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 12:34:49 | More by Brew33
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy, dark ruby/golden copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger, frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Funky, slightly acetic aroma with lots of musty bugs and lactic funk along with caramel malt sweetness, dark fruit and oaky tannins.  Prominent oak and musty funk in the aroma along with vinous dark fruit and acetone.  Some cherries and cream along with damp earthy/horsey flavors.  Slight nail polish/solvent presence while the vinous fruit and funky yeast dominate the nose.  

On the lighter end of medium body with a slightly creamy texture and a nice balance of dry oak, sweet vinous fruit and funky bugs.  Dry oak, musty brett and funky yeast up front followed by caramel malt sweetness, vinous fruit and lingering acetic vinegar.  The acetic presnce is there but isn't harsh or overpowering.  Not too solvent-like with a nice vinegary presnce complimenting the sweet cherries and other dark fruit notes.   Well balanced and decently sour with a nice earthy oak flavor and substantial funk countering the acetic character.  

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 01:24:35 | More by corby112
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.20.13
Bottled 10/27/2012

A - Pours a hazy dark honey-orange with a small light tan head that moves quickly to the edge.

S - Tart and funky, a touch sweet - honey?

T - Tart lemon, oaky, finishes a bit sweet.

D - Medium body with lower carbonation.

O - Funk and tart lemon and lots of oakiness.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 21:33:28 | More by HuskyinPDX
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice. The color is clearish rose petal. There is a nice off-white foamy head. This looks nice and spritzy like cherry ginger-ale.

The aroma is full of sweet cherry with a hint of wild yeast rubberyness. This smells like it will be delicious.

The taste is sweeter than I anticipated. There is a nice malty sweetness that goes well with the cherry flavor. This leads to a slightly grassy finish that emphasizes some brett flavor and has a very subtle tartness.

This is light bodied with nice sharp carbonation; another tasty brew from Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 06:09:03 | More by andrewinski1
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From JMRSN. Thanks! Reviewed from notes.

A: Cork comes off with a shotgun blast. Pours a rusty red with a firm foam head. Looks inviting.

N: Cherry, oak, acetone, and some glue. Pepper and earth and leaves. Cranberries, grapefruit, and funk.

T: Nicely balanced with the sourness and sweetness intermingling. Not overly powerful however, though it's not faint, either.

M: Very, very well carbonated and light on the tongue.

O: A pretty good take on the style, but it's not nearly assertive enough to get to the high mark of the style that resides in Rodenbach Grand Cru. However, it might be the best Flanders Red style ale I've had outside of Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 03:38:54 | More by writerLJBerg
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, dated 11/29/2012; so about 1.25 years old. I can't remember who sent this to me; I think it was John G. So if that's you, thanks a lot! Poured into a Surly Darkness goblet today, 2/5/2014.

App- Medium-dark brown-amber body, clear with a 1 finger white head with decent retention and a little bit of lacing. Nothing particularly special.

Smell- Tart cherries, sweet dark toffee. Smells acidic, perhaps 4/10 acidity so not a true sour that induces heartburn from just the smell, but its fairly sour. A good whiff of that Allagash funk. But yeah, the cherry tartness comes out well here. A bit of oak wood comes out here too. Complex and interesting.

Flavour- Similar to the nose. Oak, toffee, vinegar, tart cherries, faint funk. The cherries are strong here. This drinks basically like a Flanders red. Fair acidity, 4/10.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied for a sour, great carbonation. Not difficult to drink but easy to sip on. Don't feel the ABV on this despite this being 8.90%!

Overall- Interesting oak-aged sour, but certainly nothing near the best beers that Allagash makes. I'm looking at you, Resurgam. I won't be looking for this one again, but I'm glad to have tried the first beer they made in their foeders. Allagash is the closest you can get to Belgium without going there.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2014 06:52:32 | More by Stevedore
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared, thanks to Al at CT wine and liquors in DC for hooking me up with this.

A nice ruby red and orange body with some darker edges, this beer has a decent ring of white head and some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma has some nice notes of vinegar, slight oak character, wild yeast, and some ripened darker skinned fruits and berries, nice.

The taste has some nice character and body to it, some very tart notes up front and also lingering in the finish, but it is slightly nail polishy in some ways too without a big fruit or malt presence behind the sour and oak. Not the most thick beer either, and without those fruit or malt notes it is more noticeable for me.

Overall, a nice beer, not great though compared to many others.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 22:11:59 | More by Dreadnaught33
Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
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