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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

600 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 159
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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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

02-16-2014 18:46:23 | More by lunarbrew
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

02-16-2014 16:20:22 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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TriageStat

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-12-2014 17:26:18 | More by TriageStat
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volta

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

02-09-2014 21:21:19 | More by volta
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HollyHops

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

02-09-2014 00:10:18 | More by HollyHops
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev -7.2%

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.

02-06-2014 06:52:32 | More by Stevedore
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lesdemonsamaporte

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

02-03-2014 17:24:09 | More by lesdemonsamaporte
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rudabegga9

Georgia

4/5  rDev -7%

02-03-2014 04:40:37 | More by rudabegga9
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-31-2014 03:26:48 | More by MarkyMOD
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judkinst

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-25-2014 21:09:45 | More by judkinst
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

01-25-2014 20:46:11 | More by Gatch
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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-24-2014 10:21:28 | More by jmsedgwick
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Zach1251

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-21-2014 16:07:07 | More by Zach1251
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JeffZeltwanger

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

01-18-2014 04:25:25 | More by JeffZeltwanger
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-NESTO-

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

01-15-2014 03:22:46 | More by -NESTO-
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FrankHammer

Michigan

4/5  rDev -7%

01-14-2014 18:03:52 | More by FrankHammer
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MichiganderHB

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-14-2014 13:21:17 | More by MichiganderHB
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NYR_Rob

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-13-2014 02:34:56 | More by NYR_Rob
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scxcrunner

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-12-2014 18:52:33 | More by scxcrunner
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ThatsThatDude

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

01-06-2014 17:00:14 | More by ThatsThatDude
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BumpkinBrewer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-03-2014 16:25:40 | More by BumpkinBrewer
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TheHurtMerchant

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-02-2014 05:37:34 | More by TheHurtMerchant
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yoitsarch

California

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-02-2014 03:36:46 | More by yoitsarch
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BullBearHawk

Illinois

3/5  rDev -30.2%

01-02-2014 00:04:57 | More by BullBearHawk
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -7%

01-01-2014 14:51:39 | More by tom10101
Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.