FV 13
Allagash Brewing Company

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #97
ABV:
8.9%
Score:
96
Ranked #786
Avg:
4.31 | pDev: 9.05%
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
781
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Allagash Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
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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.
Reviews: 127 | Ratings: 781
Photo of Rutager
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at the Carlsbad Pizza Port bottle shop almost a year ago.

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear, orangy amber-brown with half a finger of frothy off-white head that fades to a collar pretty quickly.

Smell. Cherries, funky barrel and sweet smooth caramel malts. Smells very "Flanders"with some bright cherry pie filling notes.

Taste. Tastes quite Flanders as well. Tart pie cherries, tannic barrel wood, fairly sweet with a touch of brown sugar and some dry red wine.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, below medium amount of fine carbonation. Slightly drying.

Overall. Good stuff if you like a flanders style.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

A: Pours a nice clear valentines day red, with a good transparency, a nice redish white head at the top that left some nice lacing around the glass.

S: A lot of cherry, a lot! Some alcohol scent as well coming through and some caramel on the tail end.

T: Pretty sour cherry flavor up front backed by some roasted malts notes and some booze as well.

M: Medium bodied, warming, light carbonation.

O: Sweet and sour, just like I like it, this brew was aged for about a year so the flavors settled a little but the booze was very present. A good beer, fruitful.

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Photo of WantonFaun
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I drink a sour, I don't usually expect to smell/taste vanilla. But this thing delivers it in spades, amidst a rich sour profile of apple cider vinegar and lemons. A true shame it is now retired. It is perhaps my favourite beer from Allagash (even having tried Coolship Red), and easily one of the the best sours I've had to date.

Bottled in 2012.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear brown-amber with small head. Aroma is very oaky, cherries and caramel malts. Alcohol is not very perceptible for such a high abv sour, but the strong malt base is certainly distinctive. I’m not surprised about the long oak-aging period as the taste is incredibly woody. Other flavors are coherent with aroma (cherries, caramel) with a decent tart finish.

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Photo of N_Schleret
4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brown amber color with a one finger off white head that dissipates to sudsy lacing.
S: Sweet cherry, plum, oak, funk.
T: Tart cherry, plum, vinegar, funk.
M: medium body, light puckering, and dry.
O: I would have liked a little more puckering sourness.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7 fl oz bottle into GM tulip. date bottled: 12/21/14.

A: pours blond out of the bottle, but looks much more ruby in my glass.

S: smells very musty with a heavy dose of sour cherries. smells sour and vinous.

T: sweet and tart. a lot of barny funk and horse blanket flavor. good. sour cherry flavor as well. not too tart in the finish. in fact a little bit grainy and dry.

M: solid carb and pop coming out of the bottle. carb is zesty. medium bodied.

D: really good stuff. wouldn't expect anything less from these guys when it comes to funk. worth it if you can find any at this point. to all my cellar-heads out there, drinks great now and im sure it will hold up great for a few more years.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 12/2012. Poured into a teku. Delicious, sour, smooth. It might have been a tad more sour if I drank a few months ago, but I found this delicious anyway. Allagash continues to impress with their higher-end beers, with bold and complex flavors. It smells great and it drink just as satisfyingly. I didn't get the funk that others did--something I noticed with most old ales. Instead, I got an appealing sour and tart taste that is balanced by the right amount of heat. Can't wait to get my hands on this again next year.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle, dated 11/29/2012; so about 1.25 years old. I can't remember who sent this to me; I think it was John G. So if that's you, thanks a lot! Poured into a Surly Darkness goblet today, 2/5/2014.

App- Medium-dark brown-amber body, clear with a 1 finger white head with decent retention and a little bit of lacing. Nothing particularly special.

Smell- Tart cherries, sweet dark toffee. Smells acidic, perhaps 4/10 acidity so not a true sour that induces heartburn from just the smell, but its fairly sour. A good whiff of that Allagash funk. But yeah, the cherry tartness comes out well here. A bit of oak wood comes out here too. Complex and interesting.

Flavour- Similar to the nose. Oak, toffee, vinegar, tart cherries, faint funk. The cherries are strong here. This drinks basically like a Flanders red. Fair acidity, 4/10.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied for a sour, great carbonation. Not difficult to drink but easy to sip on. Don't feel the ABV on this despite this being 8.90%!

Overall- Interesting oak-aged sour, but certainly nothing near the best beers that Allagash makes. I'm looking at you, Resurgam. I won't be looking for this one again, but I'm glad to have tried the first beer they made in their foeders. Allagash is the closest you can get to Belgium without going there.

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Photo of Gatch
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 11/29/12

A: Burnt sienna to brownish amber in color with a fizzy off white head and a bit of lace and retention.

S: Very funky, yeasty, fruity, earthy. Very inviting and a sign of greatness to come.

T: Soooo mellow. Lots of barrel, earth, wood, some bourbon, tart fruit. So complex yet simply incredible.

M: Unique and funky finish with a greet body. Creamy is the best word to describe it.

O: Another amazing Wild from Allagash! Plenty of time in the bottle smoothed this baby out wonderfully.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep orange body. Clear with a small white head.

Smell - Fruity and bretty. Caramel. Acidic.

Taste - Light cherry tardiness, but more of a caramel and brett character. Very bretty, really. Acetic tartness builds in the finish. Sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium sourness. Medium heavy body.

Overall - A little disappointing. Just not very exciting.

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Photo of cvm4
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours amber with a slight haze to it. The light khaki head dissipates quickly and there's not really any retention or lacing to speak of.

S - Mildly sweet vinegar, oak, mustiness and tartness.

T - Tart cherries, red wine qualities, vinegar, oak and light sweetness throughout.

M - Medium bodied/carbonation. Seems a bit too thick for the style.

O - A fine example here. Taste is always subjective, but this will do.

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Photo of EliotRosewater
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - amber, copper color with little head.

S - massive oak and vinous aroma. Mild funk and tropical fruit.

T - very mild funk. Lots of oak and wine. Reminds me of some New World style Pinot Noirs. Just enough acidity to balance out the sweetness.

M - medium carbonation with mouth-coating sweetness.

O - the oak and balanced funk/acidity are the highlights on this beer. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of Damian
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 12.7 fl oz (375 ml) corked and caged bottle purchased at Whole Foods, Cambridge, MA
Date Bottled: 10/27/2012
Served in a tulip

The slightly hazed, crimson-amber liquid was topped by a small, frothy mass of off-white bubbles. Spotty droplets of lacing clung to the sides of the glass. The bubbly head quickly transformed into a lasting ringlet.

The aroma was amazingly complex and reminded me a lot of a Flemish red ale. Super winey, oaky and tart with strong sour cherry notes. A heavily oaked Cabernet came to mind. Lots of brett and funk. Musty with an aged, cellar-y quality. The tartness was nicely balanced by a rich, balsamic vinegar-like sweetness.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was superb. Crisp and fruity with sour cherry notes dominating. Lots of brett, oakiness and red wine qualities. Tart and quite musty. Noticeable amount of lactic and acetic acid. Notes of balsamic vinegar were again apparent. The beer was anchored by a bready malt base. Hints of caramel came through as well. Nice balance between tart and sweet. Lemon and hay notes appeared in the center. The finish contained a mix of oaky dryness and fruity tartness. Notes of lemon peel, aged vinegar and a subtle, boozy sweetness were all evident.

While the taste and aroma were outstanding, the mouthfeel was slightly disappointing. It was moderately creamy and smooth but rather thin for the style. The liquid contained a super fine and mellow effervescence.

I have been a big fan of Allagash's sour program since its inception a few years back, but this beer really takes the prize as being the best of the bunch thus far. Kudos to Rob and company for creating a Flemish sour ale that competes with some of the best examples that Belgium has to offer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

375ml bottle poured into a gueuze glass.

A: Rusty golden color with a good deal of haze. A thin cap of white head retains surprisingly well. A thin ring of lacing slides slowly back down into the liquid.

S: Sharp acidity. Sour white grapes, green apple, sour cherry. Musty and wild funk. Well rounded malt character of caramelized sugar, coconut flakes, and vanilla cake. Fragrant and pervasive oak. Mouth-watering.

T: Sharp, acidic tartness. Green apple, sour cherry, and vinous white grape. Soft touch of vinous alcohol. Layers of rustic funk. Thick caramel and custard. Oak drops in and dries things out. Dry oaky finish with faint caramelized sugar, pear, and tart green apple.

M: Thick body for the style. Robust and chewy. Round and hefty. Low scrubbing carbonation. Warming alcohol.

O: Holy Christ this is excellent. Lots of big and round malt character with all the requisite tartness and funk. It offers another dimension not found in most sours. A real eye-opener for those who think only of Belgium when discussing world-class sours.

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Photo of ricchezza
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear ruby with champagne-like carbonation and thick head.
Aroma and taste is slight funky/tart with some cherry and peach characteristics. “Clean” tasting with a slightly dry finish, yet lingers on the tongue a while.

It’s too bad this is such a limited offering, as I would really like to enjoy much more of this beer. It’s just delicious.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/27/2012. Poured in to snifter.

A - Murky translucent amber/brown colour with a thin layer of cream coloured head that quickly reduced to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Sour vinegar-like aroma with a bready sweetness, oak and a hint of dark fruit.

T - Sour up front with some acidity. Not quite puckering, but still plenty sour. Cherry, oak, caramel.

M - Medium body. Dry. Light carbonation.

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Photo of corby112
3.92/5  rDev -9%
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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Photo of MacQ32
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - pours an amber orange with a finger of light tan head, decent retention and very good lacing. Lots of chunky darker sediment at the bottom, perfect for movember

S - acidic sourness. Bubblegum and horseradish

T - 2012 vintage, less tart but still nicely sour and exactly as it smells with emphasis on lighter bubblegum flavors

M - medium bodied it less, mildly sticky on the tongue

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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml caged and corked bottle. Merci beaucoup to hoppypocket for sending this across the continent to me. Nice sepia-toned foeder depicted on the label.

This beer pours a rather murky, cloudy dark bruised apricot amber hue, with one finger of sludgy, tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a few random swaths of settling whipped cream lace as it gradually fades to nil.

It smells of tart acetic acid fronted apple, cherry, and white grapes, moderate musty funk, edgy pale malt, vanilla and caramel-tinged wooden planks, a strange whiff of gritty candi sugar, dry earthy yeast, and an indistinct vinous booziness. The taste is more apple and white wine vinegar, lightly funky green yeast, softly wooden vanilla, caramel and alcohol notes, faint sour milk, a later surge of sour plums and black cherries, an obscured pale and caramel malt base, and musty, earthy hops.

The bubbles are generally supportive, and little more, the body a surprising medium weight, and equally smooth, the overarching tartness having little effect here, so much so, that a wee bit of airy creaminess seems capable of rearing its shy head. It finishes weirdly off-dry, the oak and malt sourced caramel still kickin' it unabashedly in the face of the lingering multifaceted sourness. Yo.

A pleasantly approachable barrel-aged wild ale, the wood apparently taking the edge off of the sour, tart, and funky essences (I say that without having tried any other offering from this brewery). Rather, the sweetness complements the sourness, et al, to the point of a semblance of balance. Tasty, complex stuff, this is.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.20.13
Bottled 10/27/2012

A - Pours a hazy dark honey-orange with a small light tan head that moves quickly to the edge.

S - Tart and funky, a touch sweet - honey?

T - Tart lemon, oaky, finishes a bit sweet.

D - Medium body with lower carbonation.

O - Funk and tart lemon and lots of oakiness.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

375 ml corked and caged bottle poured into a 3 Fonteinen Wine glass
Bottled: 10/27/2012

A- Poured a very attractive mahogany color, dark copper brown/orange very nice color, 2-3 fingers worth of white egg shell colored head, dissipates really slowly. Lots of carbonation, bubbles coming off of the bottom.
S- The aroma is complex, tart, nice funk upfront, but rather balanced, hints of cherries, and red grape skin, nice nutty malt notes in the backend.
T- Taste sour grape, tart, dark fruits, cherries, plums, oak comes out, red wine, nutty, nice funkiness in this one.
M- Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, crisp finish, nice bite to every sip, alcohol is no where to be seen for being 8.9%.
O- Really enjoyed this one. Had it at the brewery on tap and loved it, and I'm happy to say its just as good from the bottle. Glad i have 3 more, look forward to aging this one and trying it again further down the road.

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Photo of KeatsShelley
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served on draft in an large Allagash challice

A: Slightly orange, auburn, a little lacing, quickly dissipating head. not translucent but not completely opaque

S: lots of oak here, and a little bit of funk that's not totally pleasant. otherwise, yeast, sour fruits, lemon, vanilla

T: everything great about the smell and almost no funk makes it to the palate.

M: exactly what you want from this beer. crispness, sweetness, but not cloying. dry finish

O: excellent sour from a great brewer. Not easy to find, so consider trading for it.

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Photo of AdamF625
3.57/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375ml, dated 11/29/2012, poured into an Allagash Coolship tumbler.

The beer pours a rich caramel color, medium amber, with slight orange hue that is very clear, with a handful bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A thick, soapy, off white head rises out of the glass, nearly 2 fingers high that has very, very good retention and leaves some sticky lace behind. The aroma is of light funk, tart cherry, soft oak, brown sugar and rich malted grain. It's not an overly complex aroma, but very nicely balanced and surprisingly malty, but not over the top, the sweetness and tartness play nicely together. The flavors are very similar, rich grain, tart cherry with a nice amount oak that brings out some caramel and brown sugar with some soft and light funk at the end. The mouthfeel is nice, lots of carbonation, but it reads very smoothly, coats the mouth well and finishes softly with a creamy touch and lightly dry sensation.

Verdict: A very nice Wild Ale from Allagash. Yet another success in their line of sour and wild ales, and one of the more peculiar wild ales I've tried to date with the malt character. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of greenmtn1111
4.46/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 11/29/2012. Poured in to a tulip style glass.

Hazy orange amber in color with a medium sized off-white colored head. This has a sweet and super funky smell to it. Oak, banana, overripe berries, musty damp forest. The taste is nicely tart with a light fruitiness – strawberry and raspberry, followed by funkiness and more sour notes. There’s a slight buttery flavor as well, but very faint. Finishing with a pleasant oaky dryness, this beer hits all the right spots. There’s a lot of alcohol at nearly 9% but it’s very well hidden and it drinks wonderfully. The carbonation level is quite good. There’s not much lacing on the glass but the head is retained very well as I drink. This is the first sour I’ve had from Allagash and it does not disappoint.

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