Allagash 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:
#737
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
761
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.77/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this one with me.

A - amber with a thin, off white lacing of head

S - apples, tart, sour

T - apple, pear, tart, a little bready, malty

M - medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp

This is a really nice beer. It's richly malty, estery, and tart. It's almost exactly what I want in a Wild Ale. This is definitely worth a try.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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 imperialking
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of imbibehour
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Big pop off the cork when opening.

A very sudsy and foamy head, with lots of snapping carbonation coming off the pour, and a nice faint tan color. Head falls quite fast, but settles to a thin fairly tall collar and simple puck. Body is a real nice copper red slightly cloudy with lots of vertical carbonation. While settling the beer even had a whirlpool like effect in the middle, with a giant hurricane in the middle and a faint ring outside for the collar. Very nice looking brew.

Even off the pour the funk is all over this one. Lots of funky pepper yeast aromas. Hints of cherry/raspberry red like fruit and sweet malts mixing in. There's a sense of density to this. Some sweet oaky wood comes out a bit too this is very nice and balanced also. It smells great.

Palate is a big surprise. This is wonderfuly tart and full of giant hits of lemon and grapefruit rind. Dried out lemon zest and wonderful bitterness. A great mix of malt sweetness balances it out with large funky brett and pepper. Pepper and lemon is all over this beer, with a lively carbonation and oak density. There is a lot of depth, but also a light character with only a hint of barrel feel hinting out, the tradeoff is that it is very juicy.

Overall though this is just a fantastic beer to be drinking, it's like a bretty Rodenbach filled with wonderful bittern lemon and grapefruit. Fantastic stuff.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Bottled 12-21-2012. Picked up a bottle at the brewery tasting room. Served in a snifter, the beer is a dark, vibrant, ruby-brown coloring with a thin, filmy, off-white surface coat of head. Some very small bubbled carbonation activity throughout the body. Aromas of tart berry and cherry sweetness, with a touch of booze, some woody characteristics, and a sour highlight. Very balanced and robust nose. Flavors are rich and tart cherry on the forward tongue, with a sour tang throughout. Wood character balances more as the beer travels the palate, ending with an almost wine-like feel at the end of each drink. The carbonation and thin body lead to an effervescent feel in mouth, with a crisp, almost bubbly finish. The tartness builds slowly in mouth, with an underlying cherry sweetness. Very fruity and very crisp, with bold notes of sour and tart. Tremendous representation of the style.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Bottle from Binny's Lakeview. Served in a Darkness tulip at Sean's place.

A - Nick thick tan foam settles to a thin cap, thin collar, and a few splotches of lace. Hazy amber-copper body.

S - Acetic, spicy oak, some tart peach, light raspberry, as well as some mild lactic sourness. Nice fruitiness considering there isn't any fruit in here.

T - A decent malt heft reveals the listed 8.9%, but otherwise the alcohol is well-concealed. More acetic, cherry vinegar, still fruity but not as much stone fruit. Some mildly dirty, medicinal brett in the finish.

M - Dry, tannic, oaky, with moderate carbonation. Medium-bodied, with light alcohol warmth by the end of my 6oz pour.

D - The heavy oak character gives this a more American spin, and it's not quite as sweet as something like Rodenbach. I enjoyed this, and it's nice to see that the quality has been maintained, or even increased, as Allagash expands their wild program. Would happily drink this again.

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

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4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.61/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 761 ratings
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