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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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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.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Apr 17, 2013
Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.