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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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600 Ratings

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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 159
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-13-2014 23:43:51 | More by DrBier
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Bottled 12-21-2012. Picked up a bottle at the brewery tasting room. Served in a snifter, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby-brown coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white surface coat of head. Some very small bubbled carbonation activity throughout the body. Aromas of tart berry and cherry sweetness, with a touch of booze, some woody characteristics, and a sour highlight. Very balanced and robust nose. Flavors are rich and tart cherry on the forward tongue, with a sour tang throughout. Wood character balances more as the beer travels the palate, ending with an almost wine-like feel at the end of each drink. The carbonation and thin body lead to an effervescent feel in mouth, with a crisp, almost bubbly finish. The tartness builds slowly in mouth, with an underlying cherry sweetness. Very fruity and very crisp, with bold notes of sour and tart. Tremendous representation of the style.

06-19-2013 02:50:42 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.94/5  rDev -8.4%

Bottle opened on 10.20.13
Bottled 10/27/2012

A - Pours a hazy dark honey-orange with a small light tan head that moves quickly to the edge.

S - Tart and funky, a touch sweet - honey?

T - Tart lemon, oaky, finishes a bit sweet.

D - Medium body with lower carbonation.

O - Funk and tart lemon and lots of oakiness.

10-31-2013 21:33:28 | More by HuskyinPDX
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-09-2013 02:57:55 | More by johnnnniee
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-06-2013 22:19:58 | More by THECPJ
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4/5  rDev -7%

03-22-2013 14:49:02 | More by drummermattie02
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2.75/5  rDev -36%

06-14-2013 14:16:06 | More by ShanePB
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange body. Clear with a small white head.

Smell - Fruity and bretty. Caramel. Acidic.

Taste - Light cherry tardiness, but more of a caramel and brett character. Very bretty, really. Acetic tartness builds in the finish. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium sourness. Medium heavy body.

Overall - A little disappointing. Just not very exciting.

12-17-2013 01:08:37 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

10-07-2013 18:44:53 | More by GraduatedCashew
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-12-2013 20:26:40 | More by iL0VEbeer
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Ontario (Canada)

4.29/5  rDev -0.2%

Bottled on 10/27/2012. Poured in to snifter.

A - Murky translucent amber/brown colour with a thin layer of cream coloured head that quickly reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Sour vinegar-like aroma with a bready sweetness, oak and a hint of dark fruit.

T - Sour up front with some acidity. Not quite puckering, but still plenty sour. Cherry, oak, caramel.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light carbonation.

11-21-2013 00:04:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

03-03-2013 16:51:13 | More by chippo33
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4/5  rDev -7%

07-02-2014 02:19:32 | More by KAF
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev -7%

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.

03-09-2013 00:54:42 | More by thagr81us
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-25-2014 14:58:57 | More by atrocity
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

06-28-2013 02:47:16 | More by bsuedekum
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-05-2014 17:04:38 | More by Axnjxn
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-11-2014 14:40:53 | More by KevinGordon
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Rhode Island

4.11/5  rDev -4.4%

375ml corked and caged bottle served in my Allagash chalice at 55 degrees. Pours a dull copper with just the slightest haze. Head is 3/4's of an inch, bright white and rocky. As it dissipates into a soapy slick, delicate, textured, concentric bands of lacing are revealed. Copious tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution and also adhering to the walls of the glass. What a great nose on this beer - tannic, tart, some vinegary notes, all reminiscent of a flanders red or oud bruin. I also get a suggestion of cherry Sucrets. Taste follows nose; however, there's a slightly medicinal quality to the flavor profile and some vanilla notes come out as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is light-medium. Carbonation is minimal, but the acidity gives quite a bit of character. There's also a trace of creaminess to the texture and the finish is quite dry. Overall, more of a Flanders Red/Oud Bruin in style than what I have come to associate with an American Wild. Enjoyable, but for the price point, I'd go with a Rodenbach Grand Cru.

05-31-2013 01:59:20 | More by Jwale73
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

12-24-2013 01:56:38 | More by Lare453
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

12-26-2013 14:46:04 | More by aasher
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

05-14-2013 21:27:33 | More by enelson
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4.49/5  rDev +4.4%

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.


05-04-2013 04:14:29 | More by woosterbill
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4.14/5  rDev -3.7%

Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the great tulip a hazy, honey hued brew with a thin one finger head that fades to leave a light, thin head.

S - Sour, creamy tart cherries and light malt vinegar and vinous barrel notes.

T - Similar to the nose here, this is an incredibly quafable sour with good vinuos and milky notes. More of those tart cherries, flashes of malt vinegar, and a touch of barrel.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit too light for me. Carbonation is good but would just like a bit more body.

O - Overall, a solid beer from Allagash. Not quite as good as their Coolship beers though, just not worth the price.

02-27-2013 16:53:23 | More by rudzud
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

06-06-2014 21:34:13 | More by ColForbinBC
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