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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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614 Ratings

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 159
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Retsinis, Apr 22, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

VAbdoyan, Apr 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

deapokid, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

oglmcdgl, Apr 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

rondufresne, Apr 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

ms11781, Apr 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

ubufan2112, Apr 20, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

miadw3, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

djrn2, Apr 20, 2013
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.

wethorseblanket, Apr 20, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

splendidsplinter, Apr 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

MaseFace, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

HopsMatt, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.16/5  rDev -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.

oline73, Apr 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Teleweizen2, Apr 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

POTABLE83, Apr 18, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Bowdoinbeerboy, Apr 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

zencigar, Apr 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

drewone, Apr 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

bobv, Apr 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

jbuddle, Apr 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

stevec32, Apr 16, 2013
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4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml corked and caged bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a ruddy golden brown color. There is a small, light tan head which fades quickly to a ring of foam. Very light lacing.

S: A lemony tart vinegar aroma is the first thing I pick up, followed by some barnyard funk. Wet hay and cotton round out the smell.

T: Less tart than the aroma. The focus is instead on the funky flavors. Horse blanket and wet hay are prominent. A little bit of apple vinegar and lemon-citrus provides a tart counterpoint to the funk. Light notes of cider lend a sweetness to the beer. The finish is medium-length and dry.

M: Fairly dry, especially in the finish which is reminiscent of champagne. Carbonation is both sharp and foamy.

O: A fantastic beer. More funky than tart, but a good amount of both.

WankelEngine, Apr 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Bilco, Apr 14, 2013
Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.