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Allagash FV 13 - Allagash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

590 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 590
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.53%
Wants: 162
Gots: 196 | 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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AdamF625

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- amber, translucent, fizzy, not much head to speak of but but a thin white lacing around the glass.
S- vinegar, cherries, oak, plums
T- tart, yeasty, funk, earthy, wet tobacco, banana
M- pleasantly carbonated, smooth, rolls on the palate, sourness towards the finish
O- a bit disappointed with this beer, it has some pleasant aroma as it warms however some unfavorable yeasty bready characteristics that impair the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 17:37:06 | More by AdamF625
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a ruddy orange/red with a big tight creamy yellow/white head of tiny, small packed bubbles. In body the beer appears clean but hazy with lots of bubbles racing to replenish the head. On the nose, the beer smells of funky cherry fruit leather with a smell resting below these scents and adding a malty backbone to the yeast funk. There is a touch of deep funk in this beer as well that I can’t decide if I like it or not… It is prickly on the nose with hints of pineapple, then pine, and then compost, but it is not particularly displeasing, just a little odd. On the tongue, the beer tastes funky acidic and then very oddly bitter. At first I thought I might have an infected bottle, but as I let the beer sit and I sipped it more, some of the off flavors, oddly, mellowed out and the beer became not bad. I have had this beer before on tap, however, and it was far fruitier and more interesting then. In flavor the beer begins with tart green apple but then opens into weird grassy bitter and pear and apricot notes, with funky cherry fruit leather thrown in. The beer then mellows out into smooth malty brown sugar notes with light caramel and funky notes thrown in. Throughout the taste, the bitter occasionally become unappetizingly medicinal with a touch of compost added in, which takes away from the taste. The tart green apple flavors seem to linger in the mouth throughout the taste and then return in the aftertaste to leave a nice pucker along with a lingering bitter medicinal flavoring. In the mouth the beer feels on the heavier side of light with prickly carbonation that is soft and fluffy except for its bite. The mouth is left puckering and oddly bitter with a weird saltiness as well. There is a decent amount of saliva filling the mouth to neutralize the acid. Overall, this is a weird beer. I don’t think this one held up as well in the bottle, and I probably wouldn’t spend the money on it. This is an alright beer but it has off tastes and a weird, chemically bitterness that gets better but is never that great on the tongue. That being said, I only realized now that this beer is 8.9% alcohol, which is impressive. This is an interesting beer. If Allagash can perfect bottling what they served on tap for this beer, then it will be amazing, but as it is, it falls short. An okay beer that I would like to see improve.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 00:27:54 | More by Maxwell
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joel66

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

04-04-2013 20:15:20 | More by joel66
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

05-10-2013 19:15:16 | More by JakerLou
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codysjb

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Allagash FV13 –
Poured into my Duvel Tulip. Bottled on 11/29/2012, drank on 7/7/2013
A: Reddish Brown appearance with a large head that takes a while to dissipate and nice lacing. Lots of floating sediment in the glass.
S: Sour mush and cherries. Minor oak notes.
T: Lots of carbonation gives way to a tart sour flavor that ends with a combination of sour fruit and oak.
M: More of a mild sour note that develops and then quickly ends.
O: Good tasting but overly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 03:01:26 | More by codysjb
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

03-21-2013 00:56:51 | More by Janeinma
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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bccocx

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

07-08-2014 15:16:17 | More by bccocx
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

05-04-2013 02:44:42 | More by kbuzz
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

06-24-2013 21:54:01 | More by mdillon86
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jsanford

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

02-24-2013 04:11:32 | More by jsanford
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

08-04-2013 03:49:57 | More by largadeer
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California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

07-22-2013 05:25:53 | More by DarthKostrizer
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ThatsThatDude

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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Florida

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

08-26-2013 16:40:01 | More by box_social
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roodie

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

07-26-2013 04:21:20 | More by roodie
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chippo33

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

03-03-2013 16:51:13 | More by chippo33
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

05-10-2013 18:28:40 | More by Chico1985
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concealed

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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Florida

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

12-24-2013 01:56:38 | More by Lare453
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drbenzo

California

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

07-11-2013 08:32:39 | More by drbenzo
Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.