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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash FV 13Allagash FV 13

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549 Ratings
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Ratings: 549
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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KeatsShelley

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2013 17:00:42 | More by KeatsShelley
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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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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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n2185

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2013 21:48:13 | More by n2185
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2013 12:31:51 | More by metter98
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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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wedge

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2013 13:15:12 | More by wedge
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thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2013 00:54:42 | More by thagr81us
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Brewsephus

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -22.4%
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."

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2013 12:42:56 | More by Brewsephus
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2013 00:49:39 | More by Pinknuggets
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2013 01:14:52 | More by Thorpe429
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N_Schleret

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brown amber color with a one finger off white head that dissipates to sudsy lacing.
S: Sweet cherry, plum, oak, funk.
T: Tart cherry, plum, vinegar, funk.
M: medium body, light puckering, and dry.
O: I would have liked a little more puckering sourness.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 23:07:59 | More by N_Schleret
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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

03-29-2014 01:32:53 | More by Jimmys
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 16:20:22 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | 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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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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Alieniloquium

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 01:08:37 | More by Alieniloquium
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cvm4

Mississippi

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

A - Pours amber with a slight haze to it. The light khaki head dissipates quickly and there's not really any retention or lacing to speak of.

S - Mildly sweet vinegar, oak, mustiness and tartness.

T - Tart cherries, red wine qualities, vinegar, oak and light sweetness throughout.

M - Medium bodied/carbonation. Seems a bit too thick for the style.

O - A fine example here. Taste is always subjective, but this will do.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 23:23:15 | More by cvm4
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EliotRosewater

California

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 21:23:17 | More by EliotRosewater
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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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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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ricchezza

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 15:15:26 | More by ricchezza
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 00:04:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
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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MacQ32

South Carolina

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

A - pours an amber orange with a finger of light tan head, decent retention and very good lacing. Lots of chunky darker sediment at the bottom, perfect for movember

S - acidic sourness. Bubblegum and horseradish

T - 2012 vintage, less tart but still nicely sour and exactly as it smells with emphasis on lighter bubblegum flavors

M - medium bodied it less, mildly sticky on the tongue

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 00:04:08 | More by MacQ32
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Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
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