Allagash FV 13 | Allagash Brewing Company

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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

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755
Reviews:
119
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Steveadore for knocking another beer off my wants list this is a nice surprise extra!

375ml C&C bottle. bottled on 12/21/2012.

Loud pop as the cork comes out of the bottle.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: reddish brown bodied beer almost a copper colored beer. almost 3 full fingers of an off white head that drops down to a thin cap.

Smell: bold nose full of cherries and vanilla, wet and tannic oak, hint of sweet slighty fruity malts with vinous wine notes. Smells like bigger bolder flanders red. Incredable nose!

Taste: Big oak notes, really woody and lots of earthiness, then lots of caramel malts. Middle of the beer you get the lactic sour flavor with hints of tart cherries and a touch of vanilla. Also some vinous wine notes mix with a hint of fruity malt. Great balance of sweet and sour flavors. As this beer warms it gets a little bit medicinal; so I gotta ding this beer just a little bit for that.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation levels. Not quite, but almost a semi-dry finish. Fairly clean sour beer, but its still a little bit sticky. Drinks like its 6%; well hidden ABV. Pretty smooth and subtle beer. Slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: I really like this Allagash beer; its really solid. It does remind me of a Flander Red, but not as sweet as most from that beer style. I like the Coolship beers much more than this Allagash beer, but its definately not a slacker. It seems like Allagash's calling card is balance when it comes to sour beers. Allagash is a fantastic domestic sour brewer.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

375ml bottle (bottled 11/29/12) poured into an Allagash stemmed glass.

A - Pours a rich amber color with good clarity. Two fingers of fizzy cream colored head quickly falls off to the surface leaving some crusty and foamy lacing on the glass. Some yeast sediment floats in the body of the beer.

S - Musty, mildly tart, quite yeasty, mild phenolics, lightly woody, fruity with hints of cherries, a touch acetic, hints of red wine, lightly alcoholic. Overall the aroma is a bit subdued in intensity, but quite complex - lots of stuff going on here.

T - Mildly tart but way below the level I expected. Vinegary acetic sourness. Firm malt base with some caramel flavors, some earthiness, woody, a bit nutty. Cherries, red wine, very low funk character.

M - A lightish medium body with a somewhat low carbonation level for the style managing only the faintest of tingle and more of a foamy character. More malty than most wild ales...plenty of earthiness, wood and nuts.

O - Overall an interesting wild ale. A bit different than most wilds out there. Extremely light in funk, sourness/tartness is quite low for style too. Almost a Flanders brown in character. More malt character than most. Interesting interpretation...very nice.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 11/29/2012

A: Pours a clear ruby red. Big effervescent tan head. Head fades slowly, leaving behind moderate walls of lacing. Good retention.

S: Cherries and lots of them. Tart cherries and sweet cherries at the same time. Touch of leather?

T: Pretty tart cherries initially. Backed up by a sweet caramel-like malt though that really prevents this one from becoming too sour. Has a light vinegar twang throughout. Drying, tingly tart cherry cough syrup aftertaste with hints of leather.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Really nice balance of tart and sweet flavors. Honestly might be the best wild ale I've ever had. Nice bright but well-integrated flavors. Sweet and sour. Delicious and well crafted.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Pours brown with some detritus floating around. Decent size head leaves some lacing as well.

S-Sweet, fruity, funky. Tart cherry and vinegar with some wood and a load of barnyardy scents. As it warms it picks up more character. A bit lactic.

T-The mixture of sweet and sour is pleasant. Funked out. Zesty, wily yeast. Solid maltiness that really plays well with the wildness.

M-Booze rears its head a bit. A bit sticky. A sipper for sure (which it should be). Leaves the lips tart.

O/DA neat beer with a ton of action to really avert your attention towards. It was fun but I don't think I really enjoyed it as much as many on BA. Very interesting all in all.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Notes taken last week at Armsby Abbey Allagash event. I have had this out of the bottle two times previous to this.

A- From the tap into the signature Allagash glass. Semi-hazy red body fills the tulip with a small white, frothy cap. Decent head retention and a bubbly ring leaves nice webs of lace around the glass.

S- Aromatics remind me of good Krieks to be perfectly honest. A great balance of sour cherries and fruit with hints from the wild inoculated bugs. Good funk but in-check. Very smooth oaked and barnyard with a slight acetic hint.

T- Cherries lead the way but are once again blended in super smoothly like the best Krieks. The beer is both sweet and tart and with the fruit flavors present it works well. Fruit sugars offset by souring bugs. I also get spicy, bitter citrus peel, lemon sour, vinous and oak notes from the barrels and yeasts/bacteria.

MF- Medium-low carbonation with a silky overall feel to the body. Semi-dried out. Good tartness in the light body.

Awesome complexity with a great balance of sweet and sour fruit, bugs and barrel. Everything feels smooth and in-check.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slight haze. Mostly clear. A muddled copper with some gold at the edges. Head is off-white and creamy. Drops to a small cap in short order, but has solid retention. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Tart in the acetic way. Some lactic tartness as well. Oak runs rampant. Sweet malt base. Straight up vinegar. Cherry skin, tart flesh. Some vague dark berry juice. Seriously heavy on the acetic and acid. Some alcohol that hits closer to acetone than anything else. Funky with an undercurrent of bleu cheese. Very woody. Slightly earthy. Decidedly funky.

Taste: Cherry flesh, but in a vague juice way more than the actual fruit. Deep oak. Barrel and straight up pieces of wood. Acetic. Pushes aged balsamic vinegar and ripe cheese along the edges. Sweet with a dark berry/plum thing. Tart, but not aggressively so. Nice layers of funk add complexity. A bit damp with some grass. Some lactic tart edges as it warms. Fruity. So much oak, but it works well here. Warming really allows the flavors to pop and meld. Some sweet malt presence.

Mouthfeel: Mediumish body with a light to moderate carbonation. Smooth with a wet sip and slightly dry finish.

Overall: Allagash thank you for reminding me why I love you.

Not the most complex or intense wild on the market, but damn if it's not fantastic. Heavy on the acetic and wood, but it works with the sweetness. Aging will just make this better.

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Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
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