Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

629 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 629
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 158
Gots: 195 | 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 BEERMILER12
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/28/2012; Consumed 4/30/2013

A: Pours a murky brown color with nearly no head. Expected

S: Lots of funky sour notes with a hint of barnyard and plenty of lactic presence. Fruitiness and a hint of oak also come through

T: Very complex. Starts off with a bit of lactic acidity and sourness, along with fruitiness and a long oak presence. Finishes lightly sweet with some barnyard notes. Alcohol hardly noticeable

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly harsh from the acidity

O: Great American wild from Allagash. Not overwhelmingly sour or funky, but the brett and lacto work extremely well together to create a great balance of funk/sour and barnyard. Not overwhelmingly pricey for an American wild either, especially by Allagash standards. Get some if you still can!

Photo of Mullen2525
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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

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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 629 ratings.