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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

592 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 163
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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Rainblows

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-23-2013 02:28:38 | More by Rainblows
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vissai

California

4/5  rDev -7%

04-22-2013 23:07:26 | More by vissai
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Drtfinelli

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -7%

04-22-2013 16:11:29 | More by Drtfinelli
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Retsinis

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-22-2013 03:26:44 | More by Retsinis
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VAbdoyan

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-22-2013 00:30:34 | More by VAbdoyan
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-21-2013 20:10:06 | More by deapokid
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-21-2013 02:57:40 | More by oglmcdgl
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rondufresne

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-20-2013 22:18:48 | More by rondufresne
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ms11781

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-20-2013 20:05:12 | More by ms11781
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ubufan2112

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-20-2013 20:00:47 | More by ubufan2112
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miadw3

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-20-2013 07:59:22 | More by miadw3
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7%

04-20-2013 04:27:23 | More by djrn2
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wethorseblanket

California

4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing last weekend. 375ml corked and caged.

A: Pours a hazy light orangish-copper with a thin white head which fades quickly to the rim leaving just a few spots.

N: Tannic and basalmic sting with vinous and cherry fruit notes.

T: Prickly sour and tart with some funk and tannins and a mixture of fruits including grapes and cherries.

M: Medium body and light carbonation. Oaky and tart finish.

O: Would like to have more. Enjoyed the barrel aging here.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 03:27:05 | More by wethorseblanket
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splendidsplinter

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

04-20-2013 02:39:04 | More by splendidsplinter
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MaseFace

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-19-2013 02:11:50 | More by MaseFace
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HopsMatt

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-19-2013 02:07:29 | More by HopsMatt
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oline73

Maryland

4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a cloudy dark reddish amber color with a finger of fluffy off white head. The head sticks around quite nicely. The smell is quite sour and funky with a nice fruity sweet note to it. The taste isn't as intensely sour as I expected from the smell. I'm getting an herbal funk along with a mild oaky note. The taste has a touch of herbal sweetness to it along with a very tart finish. The carbonation is very smooth with small bubbles. The finish isn't as dry as I thought it would be.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 00:49:09 | More by oline73
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-18-2013 01:03:32 | More by Teleweizen2
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POTABLE83

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

04-18-2013 00:37:47 | More by POTABLE83
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Bowdoinbeerboy

Maine

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2013 20:11:57 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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zencigar

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-17-2013 16:42:39 | More by zencigar
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California

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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bobv

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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jbuddle

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

04-16-2013 13:37:42 | More by innuendobrewskiman63
Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.