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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 603
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 161
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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4/5  rDev -7%

roostor07, Mar 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

MastaShonuf, Mar 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

DrewLikesBeer, Feb 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

lunarbrew, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/2012. Poured into a teku. Delicious, sour, smooth. It might have been a tad more sour if I drank a few months ago, but I found this delicious anyway. Allagash continues to impress with their higher-end beers, with bold and complex flavors. It smells great and it drink just as satisfyingly. I didn't get the funk that others did--something I noticed with most old ales. Instead, I got an appealing sour and tart taste that is balanced by the right amount of heat. Can't wait to get my hands on this again next year.

Beer-A-Lot, Feb 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

TriageStat, Feb 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

volta, Feb 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

HollyHops, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, dated 11/29/2012; so about 1.25 years old. I can't remember who sent this to me; I think it was John G. So if that's you, thanks a lot! Poured into a Surly Darkness goblet today, 2/5/2014.

App- Medium-dark brown-amber body, clear with a 1 finger white head with decent retention and a little bit of lacing. Nothing particularly special.

Smell- Tart cherries, sweet dark toffee. Smells acidic, perhaps 4/10 acidity so not a true sour that induces heartburn from just the smell, but its fairly sour. A good whiff of that Allagash funk. But yeah, the cherry tartness comes out well here. A bit of oak wood comes out here too. Complex and interesting.

Flavour- Similar to the nose. Oak, toffee, vinegar, tart cherries, faint funk. The cherries are strong here. This drinks basically like a Flanders red. Fair acidity, 4/10.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied for a sour, great carbonation. Not difficult to drink but easy to sip on. Don't feel the ABV on this despite this being 8.90%!

Overall- Interesting oak-aged sour, but certainly nothing near the best beers that Allagash makes. I'm looking at you, Resurgam. I won't be looking for this one again, but I'm glad to have tried the first beer they made in their foeders. Allagash is the closest you can get to Belgium without going there.

Stevedore, Feb 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

lesdemonsamaporte, Feb 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7%

rudabegga9, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

MarkyMOD, Jan 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

judkinst, Jan 25, 2014
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4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 11/29/12

A: Burnt sienna to brownish amber in color with a fizzy off white head and a bit of lace and retention.

S: Very funky, yeasty, fruity, earthy. Very inviting and a sign of greatness to come.

T: Soooo mellow. Lots of barrel, earth, wood, some bourbon, tart fruit. So complex yet simply incredible.

M: Unique and funky finish with a greet body. Creamy is the best word to describe it.

O: Another amazing Wild from Allagash! Plenty of time in the bottle smoothed this baby out wonderfully.

Gatch, Jan 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

jmsedgwick, Jan 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Zach1251, Jan 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

JeffZeltwanger, Jan 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4/5  rDev -7%

FrankHammer, Jan 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

MichiganderHB, Jan 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

NYR_Rob, Jan 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

scxcrunner, Jan 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

BumpkinBrewer, Jan 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

TheHurtMerchant, Jan 02, 2014
Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.