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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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599 Ratings
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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 159
Gots: 193 | FT: 22
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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UCLABrewN84

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 11/29/12.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with fruit, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

05-08-2013 01:00:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%

04-20-2013 04:27:23 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

01-23-2013 01:14:52 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-26-2013 21:31:48 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

05-29-2013 12:31:51 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev -4.9%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a sudsy head that retains decently while leaving quite a bit of lace behind

Smell: Funky and fruity, with cherries, vanilla and oak dominant

Taste: Tart and acetic, up front, with quite a bit of funk; cherries, vanilla and oak linger in the background as the acetic bite grows, through the mid-palate and into the finish; quite dry in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent enough sour from Allagash, although I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the others in their lineup; still, that makes it a mighty fine beer by a much broader standard

04-07-2013 22:05:11 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -7%

03-21-2013 06:43:44 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

03-31-2013 17:59:05 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

04-12-2013 05:43:15 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

11-14-2013 00:42:48 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

11-14-2013 00:56:14 | More by Texasfan549
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

06-08-2013 03:14:31 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

03-31-2013 16:53:51 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev -7%

07-17-2013 06:41:11 | More by GRG1313
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-04-2013 03:37:53 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

07-17-2013 23:19:35 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

08-04-2013 03:49:57 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

03-18-2013 19:14:56 | More by JAHMUR
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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

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

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

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

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

11-01-2013 03:13:06 | More by biboergosum
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-02-2013 03:20:13 | More by SocalKicks
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

03-08-2013 23:12:35 | More by Jason
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

4.11/5  rDev -4.4%

Bottle from Binny's Lakeview. Served in a Darkness tulip at Sean's place.

A - Nick thick tan foam settles to a thin cap, thin collar, and a few splotches of lace. Hazy amber-copper body.

S - Acetic, spicy oak, some tart peach, light raspberry, as well as some mild lactic sourness. Nice fruitiness considering there isn't any fruit in here.

T - A decent malt heft reveals the listed 8.9%, but otherwise the alcohol is well-concealed. More acetic, cherry vinegar, still fruity but not as much stone fruit. Some mildly dirty, medicinal brett in the finish.

M - Dry, tannic, oaky, with moderate carbonation. Medium-bodied, with light alcohol warmth by the end of my 6oz pour.

D - The heavy oak character gives this a more American spin, and it's not quite as sweet as something like Rodenbach. I enjoyed this, and it's nice to see that the quality has been maintained, or even increased, as Allagash expands their wild program. Would happily drink this again.

03-27-2013 18:46:58 | More by MasterSki
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drabmuh

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7%

05-19-2013 17:35:23 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%

Light fizzy head, hazy orange red color.

Nose had tart fruit, balaton cherry like fruit, light tart funk, sour malt, light malt vinegar, light vinous and barrel

Taste light sour, some malt, tart balaton cherry, cherry cough syrup, hint malt vinegar, light vinous and barrel sticky syrupy. It also has a little flemmy sticky feel as it finishes long and fairly sour, a little lactobacillus like sour funk.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice sour, good sour funk, light fruit flavors from the wild yeast, just a bit of malt, etc. However, this isn't quite as good as the Coolship beers, and it's almost the same price, so hard to go for more of this despite being a good sour.

02-18-2013 01:40:48 | More by jlindros
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

07-20-2013 08:44:42 | More by Rifugium
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Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.