FV 13
Allagash Brewing Company

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From:
Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #163
ABV:
8.9%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,561
Avg:
4.28 | pDev: 9.11%
Ratings:
784
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 17, 2021
Added:
Jan 09, 2013
Wants:
  167
Gots:
  204
SCORE
95
World-Class
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Notes: 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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3.07 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Dec 17, 2021
 
4.25 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Sep 10, 2021
 
4.21 by paresis from Massachusetts on Sep 09, 2020
 
4.24 by nwhittin from Indiana on Jun 02, 2019
 
4.64 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on May 16, 2019
 
4.19 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on May 10, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Had this beer on-tap at Capital Ale House - Innsbrook, poured into a snifter glass. Had a golden yellow color and a hazy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A funky and sweet aroma of yeast, wood, citrus fruit, and stone fruit.

T: Tasted of a hint of wood (the barrel-aging), some stone fruit notes (cherries, in particular), lots of funky Belgian-style yeast, and a decent shot of citrus fruit (lemon, orange). Like the aroma, the flavor is sweet, tart, sour, and a bit funky. There's a slightly earthy quality to offset those qualities. Extremely vibrant and tasty.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A totally enjoyable sour beer. Drinkable.

Apr 25, 2019
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4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a golden orange body with minimal head and slight lace. Tart, vinous, cherry aroma with that hint of oak. Light to medium body, slightly sticky, the yeast and “wildness” is tempered by a vinous tartness that gives off cherry sweetness and tart, crisp finish.

Apr 08, 2019
 
3.99 by probert from New York on Apr 06, 2019
 
4.09 by Griffith from Connecticut on Apr 04, 2019
 
4.5 by paulish from New York on Mar 26, 2019
 
4.33 by cd34 from Illinois on Mar 21, 2019
 
4.25 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Dec 23, 2018
 
4 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Dec 10, 2018
 
4.29 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Nov 28, 2018
 
3.98 by SierraNevallagash from Maine on Oct 22, 2018
 
4.59 by JOSHRINARD from Massachusetts on Oct 13, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by SHODriver from North Carolina

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.

Sep 17, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by ptykozoon from California

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.

Aug 04, 2018
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4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LeRose from Massachusetts

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.

Jul 18, 2018
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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Frudel from Canada (QC)

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!

Jul 14, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Zythophile from District of Columbia

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.

Jul 08, 2018
 
4.06 by groleau from Canada (QC) on Jun 17, 2018
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3.64/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by brother_rebus from Maine

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.

May 15, 2018
 
4.23 by OntheLambic from Connecticut on Dec 04, 2017
 
4.24 by jakea from Wisconsin on Nov 07, 2017
 
4.13 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Oct 16, 2017
 
4.25 by fosters9 from New York on Oct 04, 2017
 
4.35 by Lucnifter from California on Oct 03, 2017
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BEER88 from Washington

This is one of their best wild ales for sure!

Sep 30, 2017
 
3 by OriolesFan1008 from Maryland on Aug 17, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by jbertsch from Massachusetts

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

Aug 08, 2017
 
3.98 by rbrefbeerman from California on Jul 23, 2017
 
4.49 by Eziel from Ohio on Jul 10, 2017
 
4.44 by dleiner from New York on Jul 02, 2017
 
4.18 by jhavs from New York on Jun 30, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Jun 13, 2017
 
3.59 by VeganUndead from Virginia on May 02, 2017
 
4.4 by unclekeith from Alaska on Apr 30, 2017
 
3.79 by wroywel from Massachusetts on Apr 27, 2017
FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 784 ratings