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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

593 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 593
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 160
Gots: 196 | 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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r0nyn

New York

4/5  rDev -7%

08-25-2013 15:23:05 | More by r0nyn
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geuze_gone_wild

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-24-2013 22:05:19 | More by geuze_gone_wild
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 01:34:24 | More by Dope
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ComRock12

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-22-2013 10:54:01 | More by ComRock12
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wildcats10

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-20-2013 00:40:00 | More by wildcats10
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bcm75

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-19-2013 22:12:37 | More by bcm75
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phishphorce

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

08-18-2013 21:08:29 | More by phishphorce
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours brown with some detritus floating around. Decent size head leaves some lacing as well.

S-Sweet, fruity, funky. Tart cherry and vinegar with some wood and a load of barnyardy scents. As it warms it picks up more character. A bit lactic.

T-The mixture of sweet and sour is pleasant. Funked out. Zesty, wily yeast. Solid maltiness that really plays well with the wildness.

M-Booze rears its head a bit. A bit sticky. A sipper for sure (which it should be). Leaves the lips tart.

O/DA neat beer with a ton of action to really avert your attention towards. It was fun but I don't think I really enjoyed it as much as many on BA. Very interesting all in all.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 23:41:20 | More by VelvetExtract
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niiiv

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

08-16-2013 02:40:43 | More by niiiv
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2013 03:50:14 | More by cbutova
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-12-2013 19:09:12 | More by DerekMorgan
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slight haze. Mostly clear. A muddled copper with some gold at the edges. Head is off-white and creamy. Drops to a small cap in short order, but has solid retention. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Tart in the acetic way. Some lactic tartness as well. Oak runs rampant. Sweet malt base. Straight up vinegar. Cherry skin, tart flesh. Some vague dark berry juice. Seriously heavy on the acetic and acid. Some alcohol that hits closer to acetone than anything else. Funky with an undercurrent of bleu cheese. Very woody. Slightly earthy. Decidedly funky.

Taste: Cherry flesh, but in a vague juice way more than the actual fruit. Deep oak. Barrel and straight up pieces of wood. Acetic. Pushes aged balsamic vinegar and ripe cheese along the edges. Sweet with a dark berry/plum thing. Tart, but not aggressively so. Nice layers of funk add complexity. A bit damp with some grass. Some lactic tart edges as it warms. Fruity. So much oak, but it works well here. Warming really allows the flavors to pop and meld. Some sweet malt presence.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a light to moderate carbonation. Smooth with a wet sip and slightly dry finish.

Overall: Allagash thank you for reminding me why I love you.

Not the most complex or intense wild on the market, but damn if it's not fantastic. Heavy on the acetic and wood, but it works with the sweetness. Aging will just make this better.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 01:44:06 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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FlyingKelly

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

08-08-2013 07:14:30 | More by FlyingKelly
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mattafett

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

08-07-2013 23:03:11 | More by mattafett
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4/5  rDev -7%

08-06-2013 23:14:19 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

08-04-2013 03:49:57 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-04-2013 03:37:53 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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CheapBeerBuzz

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

08-04-2013 03:28:57 | More by CheapBeerBuzz
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ncelauro

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

08-03-2013 23:38:52 | More by ncelauro
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Newenglandcraftbrew

Maine

5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-31-2013 08:56:49 | More by Newenglandcraftbrew
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-27-2013 02:58:54 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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roodie

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

07-26-2013 04:21:20 | More by roodie
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

07-23-2013 01:35:15 | More by baybum
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Kswiss996

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-22-2013 20:53:56 | More by Kswiss996
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incubuscience

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

07-22-2013 15:24:50 | More by incubuscience
Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.