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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

614 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 159
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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Photo of shamrock1343
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

shamrock1343, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Gonzoillini, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of jwat
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

jwat, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared, thanks to Al at CT wine and liquors in DC for hooking me up with this.

A nice ruby red and orange body with some darker edges, this beer has a decent ring of white head and some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma has some nice notes of vinegar, slight oak character, wild yeast, and some ripened darker skinned fruits and berries, nice.

The taste has some nice character and body to it, some very tart notes up front and also lingering in the finish, but it is slightly nail polishy in some ways too without a big fruit or malt presence behind the sour and oak. Not the most thick beer either, and without those fruit or malt notes it is more noticeable for me.

Overall, a nice beer, not great though compared to many others.

Dreadnaught33, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of GeoffreyM
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

GeoffreyM, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of clord717
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

clord717, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12.7 fl oz, March '13
Allagash tulip

A: Pours a murky dark orange color. Lots of carbonation. Effervescent. Good half finger of right bubbles head. Sticks around a while. Leaving some lacing sheeting.

S: Balsamic vinegar. Tart dark cherries. Oak. Touch of vanilla. Tannic wine-like dryness. Earth.

T: Tart cherry and balsamic up front. Tannic dryness for sure. Mid palate you do really taste that oak with hints of vanilla and wood. Finish is fairly dry but not entirely bone dry.

M: Medium bodied. Some creaminess mid palate.

inlimbo77, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Somewhat Rodenbach-like in character, this wood-aged sour red ale never shies away from sour cherry flavor, strong acetic flavors or palate-stripping cleanliness to ensure high Belgian character with no apologies.

Cherry-amber in color, it's largely deep copper hue shares gold highlights near the edges. Clear in color, the bright ale releases an off bone-white head that's long-lasting in retention but dons a somber head- passive lacing results in a few trickles here and there along the glass.

Strong acidic aromas are mouth wetting, strongly tart and exhibits notes of cider, red wine vinegar, and black cherries. Highly earthen tones of horse hair, barnyard must. parmesan cheese, fresh cracked black pepper, and cured leather reinforce the savory scents of funk and pungency- but do so in the very best light.

And its those red wine, vinegar acidity and toasted cherries that carry over to the taste. Subtle flavors of caramel, bread crust and tobacco support the sourness just before the cidery, balsamic and oak taste refreshes the palate with a crisp, clean and lightly savory finish.

Medium-dry on the mouth, the beer wisps away with its lightly powdery and arid texture. Equipped with a spicy prickle, the middle palate strips the palate and buffers with a quiver of lingering malt sweetness. A whimsical echo of oak, earth and must returns in aftertaste even before the bone-dry finish concludes.

As a new, somewhat American way to achieve the taste, texture, and aroma of Flanders's Red Ale, much of the same characteristics can be found in this distinctive and exuberant ale.

BEERchitect, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of ravot
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

ravot, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Trilogy31
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Trilogy31, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of Etan
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml into a snifter.

A. Caramel color, small off-white head.

S. Lots of gamey brett, vinegar and green apple.

T. Moderate acetic and lactic sourness, lemon and sour apple, dry oak, light vanilla and toffee in the finish.

M. Light-bodied, tannic feel, moderate carbonation.

O: This is a pretty good aceto/brett-centered beer. The acidity is balanced by a decent amount of malt/tannic sweetness.

Etan, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

SadMachine, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Evan
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Evan, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of jderosia603
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

jderosia603, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Jspriest
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Jspriest, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of yankeepride
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As I'm new to sours, I keep discovering new and subtle little differences in them. Poured this one into a tulip, and was instantly greeted by that newly-familiar tart odor. It has a touch of sour cherries, but was muted by a bit of an oaken, burnt smell as well. I started drinking it slightly chilled in the fridge, where the sour notes were prevalent, allowing the slight effervescence to play on the tongue. As it warmed, though, the wood started to become a lot more dominant compared to the base tartness. It took on a bit of an edge to it, with the oak getting aggressive. Really a terrific, complex sour!

yankeepride, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of BrothersOnBeers
5/5  rDev +16.6%

BrothersOnBeers, Apr 10, 2013
Photo of Dasein11
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Dasein11, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of brewandbbq
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle.

Pours dark amber with an inch of fine, bone head. Retention is admirable for a sour, a full quarter inch foam cap remains for the duration with loads of creamy sheeting.

Aromatics lead off with balsamic-drizzeled apples and lemon-spritzed raisins. Hints of soured fruits and cider vinegar follow through.

Medium bodied with a creamy but crisp mouthfeel. Prickly on the back of the throat.

Bright acid with sour apples and vineous overtones start the palate. Winey, fruity, and sour. Malt to balance with a lingering sourness.

Finishes with a hefty, acidic, sour bite and apple skins.

Very tasty with a perfect and challenging sourness level.

brewandbbq, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of cnbrown313
4/5  rDev -6.8%

cnbrown313, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of DeutschesBier
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

DeutschesBier, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy copper color with a sudsy head that retains decently while leaving quite a bit of lace behind

Smell: Funky and fruity, with cherries, vanilla and oak dominant

Taste: Tart and acetic, up front, with quite a bit of funk; cherries, vanilla and oak linger in the background as the acetic bite grows, through the mid-palate and into the finish; quite dry in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat creamy, with moderate carbonation

Overall: A decent enough sour from Allagash, although I didn't enjoy it as much as some of the others in their lineup; still, that makes it a mighty fine beer by a much broader standard

brentk56, Apr 07, 2013
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4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Big pop off the cork when opening.

A very sudsy and foamy head, with lots of snapping carbonation coming off the pour, and a nice faint tan color. Head falls quite fast, but settles to a thin fairly tall collar and simple puck. Body is a real nice copper red slightly cloudy with lots of vertical carbonation. While settling the beer even had a whirlpool like effect in the middle, with a giant hurricane in the middle and a faint ring outside for the collar. Very nice looking brew.

Even off the pour the funk is all over this one. Lots of funky pepper yeast aromas. Hints of cherry/raspberry red like fruit and sweet malts mixing in. There's a sense of density to this. Some sweet oaky wood comes out a bit too this is very nice and balanced also. It smells great.

Palate is a big surprise. This is wonderfuly tart and full of giant hits of lemon and grapefruit rind. Dried out lemon zest and wonderful bitterness. A great mix of malt sweetness balances it out with large funky brett and pepper. Pepper and lemon is all over this beer, with a lively carbonation and oak density. There is a lot of depth, but also a light character with only a hint of barrel feel hinting out, the tradeoff is that it is very juicy.

Overall though this is just a fantastic beer to be drinking, it's like a bretty Rodenbach filled with wonderful bittern lemon and grapefruit. Fantastic stuff.

smakawhat, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of lucas1801
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

lucas1801, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of LloydXmas
4/5  rDev -6.8%

LloydXmas, Apr 07, 2013
Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.