Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 169
Gots: 203 | FT: 29
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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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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.59/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of WankelEngine
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of yankeepride
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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!

Photo of brewandbbq
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of brentk56
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
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

Photo of smakawhat
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Celebrating my 500th review with a sour which is kind of a risk for me, but it's Allagash and they've never steered me wrong. Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. Label says Date Bottled: 11/8/2012.

A- Pours a semi-hazy dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Drippy, sudsy lacing is not so resilient.

S- Good punch of lactic acid with lots of sweet dark fruits emanating such as cherry, plum, pear, granny smith apple and sour grape. Has a pretty classic Flanders style aroma.

T- Very sour and acidic as it burns the back of my throat. Soon, the palate acclimates and the fruitiness starts working its way in. Very fresh citric notes along with the dark fruits. Raspberry, cherry, apple and kumquat all come to mind. Drinkable and refreshing considering the ABV.

M- Dry with lots of pucker and a sharp acidic twang. Medium carbonation and a relatively hefty body for a wild ale.

O- Sours for me are like playing Russian Roulette (though I guess that's also how the brewer who's making it feels). I tend to like the sweeter ones more although, if it's too sour, I still won't like it. This one is pretty much right on the money: lots of fruit characteristics to balance out the medium-high level of sour and a feel that's not too harsh. Though my 500th review isn't a scorcher, it's a damn fine beer and that's good enough for me. Forever in debt to BlackBelt5112203 for this one.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle, bottled on 12/21/12, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a murky caramel/amber color, topped with a thin layer of khaki head, leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Has a really great, tart aroma, lots of lactic acidity and cherry, peach, and red wine fruitiness, along with a nice oak and vanilla. There are some oxidized, earthy aromas here too.

T- Nice blend of cherry fruitiness with caramel and a vanilla/oak flavor. Along with the cherry there's a bit of medicinal flavor. Has solid tartness, mostly lactic but a bit of acetic too. Has a dry, vinous finish.

M- Medium-bodied, has a smooth, dry, tannic feel, moderate alcohol warmth.

O- A very tasty beer and another very solid sour from Allagash, I'm glad I've got another bottle of this to hang onto.

Photo of larryi86
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter

A- A reddish copper with a two finger off-white head.

S- Sour cherries, oak, some spices, some vinegar, smells like a nice Flanders sour.

T- Sour cherries, touch of red wine, some lactic acid, some sweet raspberries, oak, vanilla, nice balance of flavors.

M- Smooth, medium body, slightly creamy, nice carbonation.

O- This is a great sour from Allagash and I am very happy that I was able to get a bottle. This is sour and all the flavors work together and are balanced. Easy to drink and quick to drink.

Photo of mdfb79
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From EBF notes.

a - Pours a deep reddish-copper color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of sour cherries, tart dark fruits, oak, some vanilla, spice, lactic notes, and some earthy notes. Nice and sour; loving the nose.

t - Taste follows the nose pretty closely; loads of sour cherries, raspberries, and dark fruits, spices, pepper, vanilla, oak, lactic and tannic notes.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Easy to drink sour; nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall I loved this one; one of the better sours at the fest. Not the most complex sour and not as funky as some of their other beers, but it's a great fruit forward sour. I love cherries and loved this one; would love to get a bottle of this one.

Photo of davey101
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Date Bottled: 12/21/2012. 375ml bottle into a tulip. This bottle was a bit of a short pour which makes the $17 price tag a bit harder to swallow, but props to Allagash to getting one of these cool sours out into distribution.

A - Pours a hazy brown/red color, holding it up to the light yields a really cool burnt orange color that looks like a pumpkin. There are some floaties in here even with a careful pour. Plenty of sudsy off white foam with clingy lacing. Foam filled the glass after pouring but settles into a solid fingers worth. Looks pretty damn impressive for a beer that was aged for 4 years.

S - Flanders. Bruin. Yup, this is totally in that style. Just a great blend of sour cherries and acetic vinegar. It does deviate from its Belgian counterparts by way of a huge barrel presence full of smooth vanilla and oak. The end has a touch of berry flavored vodka...weird and slightly boozy but not in a bad way.

T - Sour cherries, vinegary acetic acid, raspberries, and oak and vanilla. Again very flemmish-esque, but the fruit is just represented in a juicier and riper form. Very delicious beer. Mouth feel is lively and well carbonated. Certainly sour...very mouth puckering.

O - This is a very impressive beer. Very much so brewed to the Flemish bruin/red style but with a nice little American twist. Pretty unreal levels of fruit flavors considering there was no fruit additions. I wish the beer wasn't so damned limited or expensive because this is just excellent.

Photo of PatriotsRule
4.97/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredibly delicious sour ale from Allagash!
A: Clean and a pale amber, clear with stupendous carbonation
S: Berries, citrus and honey
T: Floral grasslands of meadows with many flowers and wild sour fruits growing, pollenated constantly by some of the hardest working bees I can imagine. I'll tell ya, these be some bees.
M: Crisp as can be, super sour, yet somehow not overwhelmingly sour. Like an orange or lemon
O: One of the better special releases I have ever had. Well worth the fifteen bucks. Thank you Allagash for a balls to the walls American sour alike none other before it. Bien sur le foudre!!!

Photo of jrenihan
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11.08.12.

Beer is copper in colour, with a small off-white head. Head gone quickly.

Nose contains oak, and lots of it. A tart funkiness. Green apple, a bit of grass. Nice scent.

Very, very nice flavour. Oak is strong, and there is a moderate tartness. A bit funky, fairly dry. Some fruit: apple, some cherry. All very well balanced and integrated. Yum.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, puckery and astringent. Good.

Overall, a really good beer.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber color with very little head, hardly any lacing.

Smell has a nice woody oak aroma and is the star to the nose, decent vinegar sourness.

Taste starts out with a vinegar sourness with a well rounded oak character, cherry presents a touch of fruity tartness, acidic content is on the high side but I like that, carbonation is close to perfect with a decent body, alcohol is very well hidden making me believe this closer to 4.5% than 8.9% so very impressive.

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

@ Milltown

Hazy reddish-brown with a small amount of creamy head on top. Aromas of tart cherries, spicy wood, earthy fruit and a touch of caramel. Quite acidic flavor-wise...tart fruit, oak, spicy sharpness, some tannins, and a pleasant sweetness. Dry, yet slick, medium body and no trace of alcohol. A little rough around the edges, but still very tasty and well-crafted in the Flanders style. I have to wonder if they were to blend this with a younger beer, if everything would smooth out and take this to the next level.

Photo of owend
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Off white head and a slightly hazy amber body.

S- Strong aroma of tart cherry and oak and a bit of vinegar and barnyard funk

T- upfront tart fruits and some vinegar balance nicely with lighter sweet fruit notes and a bit of malty sweetness. A hint of oak in the funky, slightly medicinal finish. A very nice tartness lingers on the palette

M-light bodied and nicely carbonated

O-An very enjoyable sour from Allagash. Would try again without hesitation.

Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Binny's Lakeview. Served in a Darkness tulip at Sean's place.

A - Nick thick tan foam settles to a thin cap, thin collar, and a few splotches of lace. Hazy amber-copper body.

S - Acetic, spicy oak, some tart peach, light raspberry, as well as some mild lactic sourness. Nice fruitiness considering there isn't any fruit in here.

T - A decent malt heft reveals the listed 8.9%, but otherwise the alcohol is well-concealed. More acetic, cherry vinegar, still fruity but not as much stone fruit. Some mildly dirty, medicinal brett in the finish.

M - Dry, tannic, oaky, with moderate carbonation. Medium-bodied, with light alcohol warmth by the end of my 6oz pour.

D - The heavy oak character gives this a more American spin, and it's not quite as sweet as something like Rodenbach. I enjoyed this, and it's nice to see that the quality has been maintained, or even increased, as Allagash expands their wild program. Would happily drink this again.

Photo of mikeyv35
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Date: 03/27/2013
Type: 12.7oz. Bottle
Glass: Southampton Large Tulip
Vintage: 10/27/2012

Pours a light brown mahogany in color w. a 1/2 finger white head that quickly dissipates to an outer ring of foam that left light lacing. Aromas of acidity, oak, cherry skins, leather, and a touch of wet dog (funk). The flavor was of sour acidity up front, followed by cherry and cherry skins mixed w/ pinot noir, and a finish of oak/leather w/ light wet sock (funk). Medium bodied w/ spot on carbonation. Extremely easy to drink w/ well hidden ABV as most sours have.

Overall, a solid well-crafted brew that I would drink again w/o hesitation, but slightly misclassified. This is a Flanders Red w/ subtle to moderate Oude Bruin characteristics not an American Wild, and this is not a negative.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 29-Nov-12 / Released February 2013

375 mL bottle poured into snifter glass on 22-Mar-13.

Aroma is very gueuze-like. Vinegary tartness with some plum / apple / peach combo, all grounded in oak barrel depth. Flavors have cherry and vanilla notes.

Medium to full carbo that gets really sprite as you swallow. Dry finish.

Reminds me a lot of Consecration without the red wine presence. It's almost got a touch of it though somehow.

Photo of jrstamp
4.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled: 12/21/2012
Russian River Tulip

A: Hazy amber/red with a big, two finger white foam head.

S: Very Flanders Red / wine like sweetness on the nose. There is a funkyness that mingles with some cherry sweetness. Smells like its gonna be sweet and tart.

T: Tasted alot like I thought it was going to taste. Alot of Flanders like delicate tartness with a distinct cherry. I feel like this has alot of the same layers a Rodenbach classic has, maybe a little more with a little more time in the bottle. Kinda surprised it is 8.9% abv, not picking up any heat or alcohol flavors.

M: Smelled and tasted like there was alot of leftover sugar but finished pretty dry so thats probably just a perceived sweetness.

O: Really liked what I got out of this, nice Flanders type flavors with a mellow funkyness layered in there. The cherry / wine nose and flavors were great for not having added anything like that. I hope eventually the price comes down, I would definitely we willing to pay $12-14 for a 750ml, but for a 375ml it feels kinda steep.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during Brewvival 2013! Served from tap into a Brewvival sampler shaker. Poured a golden pale yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, funk, subtle tartness, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, funk, earth, fruit, and subtle tart. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I was really glad to see this one show up at the festival as the reviews I’ve read on this one as it all sounded really good. While this one was solid for the style, it didn’t quite deliver like I would have hoped. Still very nicely done and glad I got the chance to try this one on tap.

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