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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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624 Ratings

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Ratings: 624
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 159
Gots: 197 | FT: 24
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%

jlogan7, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of visualmartyr
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

visualmartyr, May 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

sliks96, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of wesside89
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

wesside89, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of mattafett
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

mattafett, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of djmichaelk
2.5/5  rDev -41.7%

djmichaelk, May 08, 2013
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.

NoLeafClover44, May 21, 2013
Photo of Bonko_the_sane
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Bonko_the_sane, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

frankthetank86, Jul 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

leftstagebrew, May 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

TriageStat, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of Dawkins
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Dawkins, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of roodie
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

roodie, Jul 26, 2013
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

alaimoa, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of ChrisChagnon
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

ChrisChagnon, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

jkermitj, Aug 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

RichardMNixon, Apr 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Brutus627, Jun 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jjcote, Feb 27, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

YobroitsJoe, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Holmes698, Nov 02, 2013
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

mhksuccess, Jun 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Invictus, Jun 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

VAbdoyan, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of jsilva
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jsilva, Feb 24, 2013
Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 624 ratings.