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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

602 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 160
Gots: 194 | 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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Photo of oline73
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a cloudy dark reddish amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head. The head sticks around quite nicely. The smell is quite sour and funky with a nice fruity sweet note to it. The taste isn't as intensely sour as I expected from the smell. I'm getting an herbal funk along with a mild oaky note. The taste has a touch of herbal sweetness to it along with a very tart finish. The carbonation is very smooth with small bubbles. The finish isn't as dry as I thought it would be.

oline73, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

mdfb79, Apr 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

mendvicdog, Mar 18, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Rochefort10nh, Feb 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

MarkyMOD, Jan 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

beernads, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%

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+

kojevergas, May 19, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

imperialking, May 06, 2013
Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

InspectorBob, Jun 05, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev -8.6%

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.  

corby112, Nov 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

yourefragile, May 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

orangesol, Jun 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

drewone, Apr 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

duceswild, Feb 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

afsdan, Apr 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

BARFLYB, Apr 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Gonzoillini, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.79/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

smakawhat, Apr 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

rab53, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one with me.

A - amber with a thin, off white lacing of head

S - apples, tart, sour

T - apple, pear, tart, a little bready, malty

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

This is a really nice beer. It's richly malty, estery, and tart. It's almost exactly what I want in a Wild Ale. This is definitely worth a try.

tdm168, May 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Kelp, May 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

sendbeer, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

chinchill, May 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

DrBier, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

PEIhop, Mar 10, 2013
Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.