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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash FV 13Allagash FV 13

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

549 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 549
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%


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:
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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tdm168

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one with me.

A - amber with a thin, off white lacing of head

S - apples, tart, sour

T - apple, pear, tart, a little bready, malty

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

This is a really nice beer. It's richly malty, estery, and tart. It's almost exactly what I want in a Wild Ale. This is definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 23:58:21 | More by tdm168
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henskejk

California

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from bottle into Teku glass.

A - Nice amber color with light tan head that remains as the beer sits.

S - Very nice aroma with a little sweetness and fruity tartness as well as a bit of wood.

T - A blend of sweet and tart fruit flavor at the beginning that fades into a dry tartness. This blends with some oak presence. No alcohol flavor comes through. Some slight vinegar notes as it warms a bit.

M - Crisp and dry with a healthy dose of carbonation.

O - very enjoyable glad I picked up a bottle, good amount of sour in my opinion, not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 01:39:30 | More by henskejk
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nquigley16

Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a wine glass from the bottle.

Pours a dark orange brown with a finger of head, pretty much the same color as the label. Smells extremely winey (in an amazing way). Sour, orange, oak, tannins, grapes, sour cherries. Tons of delicious dry fruity notes coming through on the nose. Taste is perfectly tart with lots of fruitiness and a slightly dry tannic finish that compliments the tiny bit of sweetness coming through. This is one fantastic beer, amazing balance and very complex. The yeast did an incredible job, but doesn't overpower the other flavors at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 22:19:59 | More by nquigley16
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden color, small head. On par with good beers of the style.

S - Awesome smell. Nice and tart. Some apple and pear.

T - Serious letdown. Doesn't live up to the smell whatsoever. Tart, some generic fruit, but nothing pronounced or special. Flavors are muddled.

M - Gets points for having no alcohol presence whatsoever. At this abv, that's a nice plus.

O - Another letdown from Allagash. They don't do anything special in my opinion. When I smelled this I was very impressed and hoping they finally pulled one off, but I was wrong. I'd drink it, but I probably wouldn't buy it.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 19:43:44 | More by nrs207
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 11/29/12.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour and tart with fruit, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 01:00:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Jonada

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375ml with cork and cage. Bottled on 12/21/2012. Served in a Russian River stemmed glass. Cork removed with a loud pop.

Appearance: Dark amber/orange in color. 1 finger of an off white, cream colored head. Body is slightly hazy with lots of visible carbonation streaming throughout. Head stuck around through the whole glass and left some nice lacing.

Smell: Oak, lactic and acidic sourness, sour red grape, orange, peach/apricot, light barnyard funk, and a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Much less sour then the nose would indicate. The sourness is actually quite low. Lots of oak and vanilla barrel character, light lactic sourness, apricot, blood orange

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a soft creamy mouthfeel. Medium soft carbonation. Very light bitterness in the finish. Gentle alcohol warmth after it goes down, but the alcohol is hidden extremely well.

Overall: Interesting wild ale from Allagash. A stronger tatness/sourness could have really sent this one over the top for me, but its still an excellent beer thats worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 04:07:36 | More by Jonada
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle poured into HF globe

A - Pours a lighter reddish-brown with minimal head, even after a hard pour. Small ring of bubbles remain around the edge of the glass. Leaves a bit of lacing when swirled.

S - Strong scene of oak and cherries on top of oak and cherries. Some plum. A bit of sour funk, but far from strong. Smells tasty.

T - Good mix of sour and tart up front with cherries joining the party in the mid palate. Finishes sweet. Almost refreshing. None of those flavors dominate the palate. As it warmed, more vinegar appeared dropping the score a tad

M - definitely rich mouthfeel for the style. Quite dry. Very smooth.

O - I definitely enjoyed this, but I wouldn't call it complex. Each flavor is very pronounced but blends together well in a harmonious fashion. I would have no problem polishing off a 750ml of this (if they ever made one) by myself. This is a sour that both serves as a great anytime sour and also one which would serve as a great introduction to people new to sours. Well done Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 02:00:16 | More by Hugonaut13
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Beerenauslese

California

4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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%.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 03:19:11 | More by Beerenauslese
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 04:14:29 | More by woosterbill
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.63/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanx Myrik:

Bottled 12/21/2012:

Into a chalice:

A: brown body with a one finger white head that dies within less than thirty seconds, minimal lacing

S: sour yeasty cherry-ness, slightly tart

T: sour, tart and slightly bitter, dry tart cherry aftertaste, slightly sweet finish

M: light, sessionable, ABV slightly felt, carbonation seems on par

O: though not a super fan of Allagash, I`m glad I tried it, I say good for style and though still learning about the style, its good as the tart yet yeasty qualities come out as all the sour fans just love, but still have to admit probably wouldn't come back to this

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 00:12:20 | More by BeerKangaroo
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wyatt13

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 02:53:38 | More by wyatt13
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BEERMILER12

Maine

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 00:09:04 | More by BEERMILER12
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alaimoa

Connecticut

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

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 20:07:50 | More by alaimoa
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teromous

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 02:55:16 | More by teromous
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wethorseblanket

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 03:27:05 | More by wethorseblanket
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oline73

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Maine

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 01:05:28 | More by WankelEngine
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 22:11:59 | More by Dreadnaught33
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inlimbo77

Delaware

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 14:48:14 | More by inlimbo77
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 05:43:15 | More by BEERchitect
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Etan

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 05:54:55 | More by Etan
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yankeepride

New Jersey

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2013 01:42:17 | More by yankeepride
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 01:00:28 | More by brewandbbq
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 22:05:11 | More by brentk56
Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
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