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Allagash FV 13 | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash FV 13Allagash FV 13

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

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.

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3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy, dark ruby/golden copper color with mahogany edges and a one finger, frothy off-white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Funky, slightly acetic aroma with lots of musty bugs and lactic funk along with caramel malt sweetness, dark fruit and oaky tannins.  Prominent oak and musty funk in the aroma along with vinous dark fruit and acetone.  Some cherries and cream along with damp earthy/horsey flavors.  Slight nail polish/solvent presence while the vinous fruit and funky yeast dominate the nose.  

On the lighter end of medium body with a slightly creamy texture and a nice balance of dry oak, sweet vinous fruit and funky bugs.  Dry oak, musty brett and funky yeast up front followed by caramel malt sweetness, vinous fruit and lingering acetic vinegar.  The acetic presnce is there but isn't harsh or overpowering.  Not too solvent-like with a nice vinegary presnce complimenting the sweet cherries and other dark fruit notes.   Well balanced and decently sour with a nice earthy oak flavor and substantial funk countering the acetic character.  

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3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a special treat. The bottle is almost 3 years old; let's see how it held up. 375 ml bottle into a champagne flute.

A - Slightly hazy burnt orange. That is all. But it's bright! The off-white head was minimal and now there's a thin film around the top. Plenty of bubbles streaming up the side of the flute.

N - Tons of tartness on the nose. It's overpowering everything else. There are some fruits hiding around the edges, but they're having a hard time overcoming that tartness.

T - You know I think I might have waited too long. It's tart, but the flavor is a little flat. There is some carbonation, but not much. It's definitely tasty; I get the remnants of tartness and some sweet fruit: white cherries, apples, clementines.

M - Again, this is a bit on the dead side. It's definitely lingering, but it's thin and a bit flat. Ah well.

O - I get the feeling this could have been a real winner when it was a little younger, but she's a tad past her prime.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at When Pigs Fly, initially at a beer dinner, then later for a more in depth tasting.

In a snifter the beer was the color of a dirty penny with a small tan head. There was a little bit of lace.

Aroma was tart and fruity, and vinous.

Great taste. Sour apple and red wine. A little vanilla.

This beer was tart and sour and dry. The alcohol was well-hidden.

I hope this stays in the lineup for a while.

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3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 713 ratings.
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