FV 13 | Allagash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jason on 01-09-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,189
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
769
pDev:
9.11%
 
 
Wants:
163
Gots:
205
Trade:
21
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Ratings: 769 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of SierraNevallagash
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JOSHRINARD
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SHODriver
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a tulip glass to a light orange that's a little hazy which is topped by a finger and a half of dense white head which fades to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing.
S: Smells of light sourness and heavy funk with a lot of citrus peel.
T: Taste is bright sourness and some clean funk with a lot of citrus and fruity notes. Slight acetone at times. Hints of stone fruits along with that strong and bright sourness throughout. Swallow is more funk with a hint of band aid and medicinal notes with more fruits and citrus.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with effervescent carbonation. The acidity gives the beer a drying finish.
O: Overall this one is pretty solid. It's rare to find a beer that can bring just as much funk as it does with sour. It has some great flavors and complexity along with a healthy dose of funk. It's worth a try if you can find it and like the style.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a glowing amber.

Brett, oak, lemon peel, bread, acidity.

Taste is an interesting balance of lime/orange citrusy sourness. Some spices and malty notes. Finish is an unexpected melody of dark fruits (which may be just a bit too cloying/sticky after a while).

Good carb with mild alcohol heat - I would guess 7.5%. Rich and full bodied.

A lot of sweetness/sour with some complexity to it.

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Photo of LeRose
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden/coppery color with a pure white fluffy head that recedes gracefully throughout the consumption and leaves ample lacing on the glass.

The smell is fruity, but kind of fruity vinegar - like apple cider, but with more notes of berries in a non-definitive way, a bit of the oak, a little funk, a little grassy green smell. Promise of acidity with the vinegar-like notes.

Despite the aroma, the taste opens with malty goodness and a tad bit of sweetness that gets washed over with the restrained sourness. The funk is moderate - noticeable but not overwhelming. Somewhat surprising lemony citrus shows up, and a lot of floral and herbal flavors. Noticeable earthiness. Fruit takes more of an apple flavor in the taste, but can still find that somewhat non-descript red berry flavor that leans toward strawberry.

The feel - this beer light and deceptive. No trace of the alcohol making this a dangerously easy to drink beer. Nicely carbonated, a little acid tingle and cider vinegar aftereffect. There's a tannin "slickness" as well, moderately dry.

Overall, this beer is a delight and I would recommend giving it a try. Another good effort from Allagash.

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Photo of Frudel
4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer isn't unfriendly at all, the cork almost didn't need any help to pop! No gush tho.

A golden/amber liquid falls into my glass and let an incredible white head on top, we can see fine bubbles going up to keep that head alive,
You only have to take one smell to know you'll have fun with this bottle.
A malty character, a nice funk, huge oak scent with a point of acetic acid.
Then you take a sip, really good presence of malt in it and a sharp acidity hits you but stays well balanced nonetheless, finish with oak and brett.
Medium body, can't feel the abv, perfect carbonation.

A great beer again from Allagash!

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Photo of Zythophile
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date: 5/5/16
Palate Contaminants: none

Color is a medium-dark gold. Good amount of fine head, but only minor lacing. Moderately opaque.

Nice and oaky scent. Slightly funky and slightly cidery. Floral and apple. It tilts a little toward perfume. There's even a bit of soft cheese character. Finally, more oak. I like it.

The main taste is apple cider. Other than some rearranging, the scent is a pretty good indication of what's in the taste.

Good moderate weight, but it's slightly prickly. Aftertaste is cider vinegar. I'm a little surprised that I can pick out a moderate level of alcohol, considering it's an eighter.

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Photo of groleau
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brother_rebus
3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crisp clear copper with a minimal ring head. Smells like a belgian esthered green nail polish remover. Tastes good and Belgiany and oaky- a touch sweet. Malts maybe, sourness isnt puckering. Feels fizzy and crisp- also a mellowed body of sorts. Overall pretty satisfying. Would buy again.

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Photo of OntheLambic
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakea
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ristaccia
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of fosters9
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lucnifter
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BEER88
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of their best wild ales for sure!

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Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jbertsch
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice tartness up front but I really wish it had more funk to provide some depth.

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Photo of rbrefbeerman
3.98/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.49/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dleiner
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jhavs
4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I ever had this, I thought it was the worse beer ever on the face of this planet. However, years later after a couple revisits and being able to meet some of the "kings" and "queens" of the beer world. Here is my take on this today:

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a transparent copper color with a short finger's worth of foamy white head that slid off at an adequate smooth looking pace. Not much lace, somewhat sliding.
The aroma had a blend of sour to funky to sweet grassy and lemon-like pulpy quality rubbing noses with some champagne and a delicate floral hop character.
The flavor was sour up front, fairly puckering and substantial tightly pummeling the sweet and the funk to crisp up the aftertaste in a vinous sweet to tart sort of way.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, damn, son, well, sometimes in life when you think you hate a beer, what's so great about this beer system we have called Beer Advocate is that we can come back and re-word and even re-rate the beer. Damn glad I did.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.59/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of unclekeith
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wroywel
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 769 ratings