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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

626 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 158
Gots: 197 | FT: 23
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 jlogan7
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of teromous
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy but mostly transparent dark tea-colored body. A short white head fades down to a sliver. Patchwork of lacing.

S: Sour smelling grapes, tree bark, a little bit of alcohol comes through, and a funky musky scent.

T: It starts out with a sour tart flavor that has a bit of cherry and grape-like flavors. It fades out quickly and there is an earthy quality that starts to take over. It seems like I get a bit of hop flavor in there as well. At the end it has a bit of smoky or charcoal quality that is very faint. Some caramel sweetness in the end that counterbalances the sourness. Some musky flavor at the end.

M: The mouthfeel starts off with a puckering sensation, but it trails off very quickly to a mellow presence. It's very pleasant to drink because it doesn't stay tart through the whole sip. It is lightly carbonated, and has a medium mouthfeel.

O: Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I would recommend it and would buy it again. I think that everything I have to say was said before. I really don't have any negatives for the beer. It is a very impressive beer.

Photo of wesside89
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of sliks96
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of mattafett
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of djmichaelk
2.5/5  rDev -41.7%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

375mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottled 12/21/12.

A - Pours a nice chestnut brown with a three finger pillow of vanilla head. As the head dies, serious lacing remains. Impressive looking, especially considering how difficult it is to refine the carbonation levels on a beer like this. Well done.

S - Smells of dried banana chips, granny smith apple, and coriander. Some bretty funk plays well off the fruity aroma. Graham cracker malts balance.

T - Lactic sourness hits the tongue first. Contributing notes of cherry, pear, and apple cider vinegar. Vanilla and oak add subtle balance to the powerful sour flavors. The slightest bit of astringency lingers after each sip.

M - Crisp, tannic feel. Carbonation is right where it should be. Bubbly, but not overly so.

O - I can't say I have had a bad beer from Allagash and this is no exception. Powerful fruity sour notes make for a deliciously complex brew. I would rate it higher if not for the slightly astringent aftertaste (I am particularly sensitive to this in some Brett beers). I would recommend this to a friend, but at $1/oz. I probably won't rush back to the store to grab more.

Photo of Bonko_the_sane
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of frankthetank86
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of leftstagebrew
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of jjcote
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TriageStat
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Dawkins
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of ChrisChagnon
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of jkermitj
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of roodie
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of alaimoa
2.2/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Strange that the reviews are so high for this one... Unsure if I am unfair and my palate just doesn't like these types of wilds but I found the smell to be a turnoff, the taste to be horrible with super sour fruitiness and after taste awful. I wanted to really like it being originally from Maine and normally loving Allagash but I couldn't. Couldn't even drink it but luckily was with a buddy who enjoyed in. Would not buy again

Photo of RichardMNixon
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Brutus627
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of mhksuccess
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a bottle into a 3FFF glass
pours on the lighter color of a reddish brown very little head and no lacing
smell is overwhelming cherries and tart fruit
taste is a nice combination of slightly tart cherries
very nice easy drinking and crisp at the abv almost 9% it is so good can drink right down
although the pricing on this one is left to be desired as there are many great sours out there and this one is on the top end of the pricing scale
I have another bottle but after that think I will have to pass just because so pricey in comparison to other great sours

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of YobroitsJoe
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of VAbdoyan
5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of ezperkins2
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.