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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

602 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 161
Gots: 194 | FT: 22
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 Brewsephus
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from tap at Allagash Brewery into tulip glass.

Pours a rich burgundy going into mahogany, with a small white head. Smells of sour cherries, green apple, oak. First flavors that hit your tongue are unripe apple, cooking spices, with a sherry finish. There is a little funk here, light barnyard, hay, biscuit and bread flavor. The finish is harsh. Cloying acetic quality burns the back of your throat. This is not a jaw cramping sour but more of a slow heartburn quality. Vomit flavor? Mouthfeel is fine, its certainly not viscous or vinuous. Carbonation is ok. The tour guide said it best when he described when he would have this beer: "I could drink one glass, with a friend, in front of a fire, while discussing Chomsky."

Brewsephus, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of chippo33
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

chippo33, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of GuyIncognito
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

GuyIncognito, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of Pinknuggets
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap into sniffer glass

A:golden honey in color but rather cloudy and almost completely opaque. There is a little but if tab head that settles to a average lacing.

S:the first thing that comes to mind is that familiar barnyard funk there is a sweetness in there too maybe cherries

T: so there is definitely a sour tart flavor with some fruity sweetness it is hard for me to pull and spesific flavors out but it is delicious

M:smooth and very oily which allows it to go down easily with no traces of alcohol. It has a nice light crisp carbonation/champagne feel that makes it an enjoyable feel

O: really enjoyed this beer easy drinking nice light sour/tart flavor with a great feel I highly recommend this

Pinknuggets, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of SupremePie
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

SupremePie, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Seanniek91
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz bottle into an Allagash Coolship glass.

Appearance- Almost clear amber with no head and some yeast floating around.

Smell- Tons of apples and lemons. Vinegar, oak, earth.

Taste- Cherry, vanilla, caramel, light lemon sourness, earthy herbaceousness.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, reasonably carbonated, light tartness.

Overall- I tried it on tap at the brewery and loved it and I'm happy to say it's great out of the bottle.

Seanniek91, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the great tulip a hazy, honey hued brew with a thin one finger head that fades to leave a light, thin head.

S - Sour, creamy tart cherries and light malt vinegar and vinous barrel notes.

T - Similar to the nose here, this is an incredibly quafable sour with good vinuos and milky notes. More of those tart cherries, flashes of malt vinegar, and a touch of barrel.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit too light for me. Carbonation is good but would just like a bit more body.

O - Overall, a solid beer from Allagash. Not quite as good as their Coolship beers though, just not worth the price.

rudzud, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of jjcote
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jjcote, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of DrStiffington
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

DrStiffington, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of ScottP
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

ScottP, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of jsilva
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jsilva, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Mbrown44
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Mbrown44, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

jsanford, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ADTaber, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Gosox8787
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12.7 oz corked and caged bottle poured into my Russian River tulip glass. Bought this today at the brewery. Bottled on 10/28/2012.

Appearance: Light brown in color with a touch of amber. Pours a pretty minimal head but holds a nice, light beige lacing throughout.

Aroma: The wild yeast is definitely strong here. Red wine and sweet cherries provide some really nice fruity tones. A touch of caramel as well. There is a slight burn from the alcohol as well but it is not too strong at all.

Taste: Not overly tart upfront or at all. Some subtle tartness with red wine tones. Really nice balanced sweetness of cherries. Oak, caramel and a touch of vanilla as well. Really smooth and the alcohol is really nicely toned down.

Mouthfeel: Really nice lively carbonation and light bodied.

Overall, a really solid wild ale from Allagash. The balance of the red wine, oak, and sour tones is well done. The alcohol is really deftly handled as well and doesn't feel too boozy.

Gosox8787, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of thegoon55
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

thegoon55, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Bizoneill
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Bizoneill, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Rochefort10nh, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of smcnulty1981
4.93/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: slightly hazy amber color lots of carbonation streaming up the glass1 finger of an off white very light brown head that goes away after a few moments with a good ammount of lacing

S: very complex lots of funk light oaked with some red wine notes may be from the sherry yeast no alcohol on the nose

T: very tart followed by spicy red wine characters with a touch of vanilla and oak no alcohol on the taste

M: highly carbonated with a very dry finish

O: great beer very complex lots of different flavors well done multiple yeast strains and the oak aging contribute to a great sour ale

smcnulty1981, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of mcphish22
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

mcphish22, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of duceswild
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

duceswild, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of bmur112
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

bmur112, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light fizzy head, hazy orange red color.

Nose had tart fruit, balaton cherry like fruit, light tart funk, sour malt, light malt vinegar, light vinous and barrel

Taste light sour, some malt, tart balaton cherry, cherry cough syrup, hint malt vinegar, light vinous and barrel sticky syrupy. It also has a little flemmy sticky feel as it finishes long and fairly sour, a little lactobacillus like sour funk.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice sour, good sour funk, light fruit flavors from the wild yeast, just a bit of malt, etc. However, this isn't quite as good as the Coolship beers, and it's almost the same price, so hard to go for more of this despite being a good sour.

jlindros, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of andrewinski1
3.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice. The color is clearish rose petal. There is a nice off-white foamy head. This looks nice and spritzy like cherry ginger-ale.

The aroma is full of sweet cherry with a hint of wild yeast rubberyness. This smells like it will be delicious.

The taste is sweeter than I anticipated. There is a nice malty sweetness that goes well with the cherry flavor. This leads to a slightly grassy finish that emphasizes some brett flavor and has a very subtle tartness.

This is light bodied with nice sharp carbonation; another tasty brew from Allagash.

andrewinski1, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Churchkey earlier this evening. Served in a snifter. Pours a reddish-brown color with a thin off-white head that quickly falls down and away into a collar.

The nose carries really nice notes of cherry, oak, and light vanilla alongside a touch of sherry-like oxidized malt. Very similar to a high quality Flanders Red. Especially as it warms, there's some backing red wine character, especially through to the flavor.

Flavor has all of the components of the nose, and is even more well integrated with the addition of a great acidity level. Mostly lactic with just the right touch of acetic carrying through the finish to offset the mild creaminess and vanilla character of the wood. Vinous through the back end and carrying to the finish.

Medium body and fairly-light carbonation. Expertly done. One of the best Flanders-style beers that I've ever had, especially considering that it's from the U.S.

Thorpe429, Jan 23, 2013
Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.