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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

646 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 646
Reviews: 107
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 164
Gots: 203 | FT: 27
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  8.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2013

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.
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Ratings: 646 | Reviews: 107
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey Teku style glass.

Reddish brown color, topped by a nice sudsy head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smells complex, with notes of sour cherry fruit, vanilla, wood spice, and some caramel sweetness.

Tastes of mildly tart cherries, hint of lemon and plum, but also sweet with some caramelized sugar. There is quite a bit of oak presence and a mildly tannic finish.

Body is medium with a silky, creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth.

This is an interesting, complex sour in the Flanders red ale style. The alcohol is noticeable at around 9%.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cheers!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

MegDuf32 very generously gave me this bottle a couple weeks ago. Bottled on date of 11/29/2012. Poured from a 375 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A – Pours the color of Autumn leaves, like a deep ruby red/orange/brown mélange. I poured the bottle pretty carefully, but a good amount of dark sediment still collected in the bottom of the glass. A thin off-white head was contrasted nicely with abundant carbonation. Lots of stringy lace all over the glass.

S – A nice tart sourness immediately hits the nostrils. Some nice funk is all mixed up with the oak and vanilla character of the barrel. There is something in here that definitely reminds me of a light red wine.

T – Wow, very complex. A prominent tart cherry note is met with a deep oak character. A bit of vanilla and caramel are also present in the mid-palate. The finish is all sourness, with a nice lingering vinegary aftertaste.

M - Great amount of carbonation, with a nice creamy mouthfeel. A bit drying on the mouth that encourages quick drinking.

O – I really enjoyed this complex brew. This is the first beer of this type that I have tried from Allagash, but it certainly has me interested in trying as many as I can. Highly recommended.

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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!

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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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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Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 646 ratings.