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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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Reviews: 106
Hads: 662
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.77%
Wants: 168
Gots: 203 | FT: 28
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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Photo of cpetrone84
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Steveadore for knocking another beer off my wants list this is a nice surprise extra!

375ml C&C bottle. bottled on 12/21/2012.

Loud pop as the cork comes out of the bottle.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: reddish brown bodied beer almost a copper colored beer. almost 3 full fingers of an off white head that drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: bold nose full of cherries and vanilla, wet and tannic oak, hint of sweet slighty fruity malts with vinous wine notes. Smells like bigger bolder flanders red. Incredable nose!

Taste: Big oak notes, really woody and lots of earthiness, then lots of caramel malts. Middle of the beer you get the lactic sour flavor with hints of tart cherries and a touch of vanilla. Also some vinous wine notes mix with a hint of fruity malt. Great balance of sweet and sour flavors. As this beer warms it gets a little bit medicinal; so I gotta ding this beer just a little bit for that.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. Not quite, but almost a semi-dry finish. Fairly clean sour beer, but its still a little bit sticky. Drinks like its 6%; well hidden ABV. Pretty smooth and subtle beer. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: I really like this Allagash beer; its really solid. It does remind me of a Flander Red, but not as sweet as most from that beer style. I like the Coolship beers much more than this Allagash beer, but its definately not a slacker. It seems like Allagash's calling card is balance when it comes to sour beers. Allagash is a fantastic domestic sour brewer. (1,570 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Celebrating my 500th review with a sour which is kind of a risk for me, but it's Allagash and they've never steered me wrong. Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says Date Bottled: 11/8/2012.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Drippy, sudsy lacing is not so resilient.

S- Good punch of lactic acid with lots of sweet dark fruits emanating such as cherry, plum, pear, granny smith apple and sour grape. Has a pretty classic Flanders style aroma.

T- Very sour and acidic as it burns the back of my throat. Soon, the palate acclimates and the fruitiness starts working its way in. Very fresh citric notes along with the dark fruits. Raspberry, cherry, apple and kumquat all come to mind. Drinkable and refreshing considering the ABV.

M- Dry with lots of pucker and a sharp acidic twang. Medium carbonation and a relatively hefty body for a wild ale.

O- Sours for me are like playing Russian Roulette (though I guess that's also how the brewer who's making it feels). I tend to like the sweeter ones more although, if it's too sour, I still won't like it. This one is pretty much right on the money: lots of fruit characteristics to balance out the medium-high level of sour and a feel that's not too harsh. Though my 500th review isn't a scorcher, it's a damn fine beer and that's good enough for me. Forever in debt to BlackBelt5112203 for this one. (1,521 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.43/5  rDev +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. (422 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

375ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear, deep crimson-brown body under an inch of dense off-white foam that recedes slowly but only leaves light, spotty lace. Attractive.

S: Very attractive. Prickly tartness, cherry skin, green apple, underripe plum, and peppery spice. Light vanilla and peach. Excellent.

T: Sweeter than the nose, but still more tart than sweet: vanilla, caramel apple, tart cherry, spicy alcohol, and lactic tartness. Some dry, tannic oak on the finish, with more tropical fruits filling in on the aftertaste. Really complex, decadent, dessert-like flavors. Delicious.

M: Soft, creamy medium body. Great.

O: Wonderful American Wild. The interplay of malt sweetness, fruity sourness, and vanilla-tinged oak was really top-notch. I'll take the sharper funkiness of a Coolship brew over this one's more mellow character any day, but this is a world class sour in its own right.

Cheers! (917 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at the Carlsbad Pizza Port bottle shop almost a year ago.

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear, orangy amber-brown with half a finger of frothy off-white head that fades to a collar pretty quickly.

Smell. Cherries, funky barrel and sweet smooth caramel malts. Smells very "Flanders"with some bright cherry pie filling notes.

Taste. Tastes quite Flanders as well. Tart pie cherries, tannic barrel wood, fairly sweet with a touch of brown sugar and some dry red wine.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium amount of fine carbonation. Slightly drying.

Overall. Good stuff if you like a flanders style. (614 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,296 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 11/29/2012

A: Pours a clear ruby red. Big effervescent tan head. Head fades slowly, leaving behind moderate walls of lacing. Good retention.

S: Cherries and lots of them. Tart cherries and sweet cherries at the same time. Touch of leather?

T: Pretty tart cherries initially. Backed up by a sweet caramel-like malt though that really prevents this one from becoming too sour. Has a light vinegar twang throughout. Drying, tingly tart cherry cough syrup aftertaste with hints of leather.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Really nice balance of tart and sweet flavors. Honestly might be the best wild ale I've ever had. Nice bright but well-integrated flavors. Sweet and sour. Delicious and well crafted. (714 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
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 (388 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled in 2012
The beer pours a slightly opaque dark amber (more viscous than cloudy), with no head or sediment. The nose has an off-putting amount of fruity acetone upfront with candi sugar and oak doing little to entice. The taste has a similar nail polish quality, but more tartness and is made drinkable only by a modest brown sugar sweetness that comes in on the back end. It's medium bodied and mildly carbonated with fruity sweetness the lingering element in its semi-dry finish. There is minimal bitterness, but alcohol slowly creeps in for a warming effect. Honestly, this has been a let down for me considering the difficulty it was to track down and seemingly promising ratings. (690 characters)

Photo of Brew33
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of n2185
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 29-Nov-12 / Released February 2013

375 mL bottle poured into snifter glass on 22-Mar-13.

Aroma is very gueuze-like. Vinegary tartness with some plum / apple / peach combo, all grounded in oak barrel depth. Flavors have cherry and vanilla notes.

Medium to full carbo that gets really sprite as you swallow. Dry finish.

Reminds me a lot of Consecration without the red wine presence. It's almost got a touch of it though somehow. (441 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,230 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/28/2012; Consumed 4/30/2013

A: Pours a murky brown color with nearly no head. Expected

S: Lots of funky sour notes with a hint of barnyard and plenty of lactic presence. Fruitiness and a hint of oak also come through

T: Very complex. Starts off with a bit of lactic acidity and sourness, along with fruitiness and a long oak presence. Finishes lightly sweet with some barnyard notes. Alcohol hardly noticeable

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly harsh from the acidity

O: Great American wild from Allagash. Not overwhelmingly sour or funky, but the brett and lacto work extremely well together to create a great balance of funk/sour and barnyard. Not overwhelmingly pricey for an American wild either, especially by Allagash standards. Get some if you still can! (795 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (1,233 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (530 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (1,049 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (475 characters)

Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.