Allagash FV 13 | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash FV 13Allagash FV 13

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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.

Added by Jason on 01-09-2013

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

Big thanks to Bilco for hooking me up with a bottle

Consumed 7/7/13

Appearance: Pours mostly clear, with a light haze - deep copper with some hints of orange and brown - big, creamy, light beige head - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Sour, funky, with some sharp, ripe oak - acidic and lactic sourness - some tartness - an undercurrent of vinegar and some acetone - some fruitiness, like cherries and generic berry skin - loads of oak, very woody, with some wood funk

Taste: Sour, tart, oak, lots of complexity - sharp, acidic sourness, with some damp lactic sour, not exactly mouth-puckering, but definitely sour - average level of tartness - touches of vinegar and something that reminds me of Chap Stick - some nice fruitiness, reminiscent of cherries and raspberries - earthy and a bit musty - loads of oak, with some notable tannins - some caramel malts - alcohol is not really noticeable - starts off decent, achieves greatness when it warms up

Mouthfeel: Medium body, very smooth, nicely carbonated

Overall: A timely reminder that Allagash is pretty awesome

This is not the best sour I've ever had, but it's very, very good. It's very complex, with a wide array of sour, tart, fruity, oaky, and funky notes. I've certainly enjoyed sours from Allagash at fests, and I'm very thankful that I've now had time to sit down with a bottle. I hope they continue to develop their sour program.

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

From JMRSN. Thanks! Reviewed from notes.

A: Cork comes off with a shotgun blast. Pours a rusty red with a firm foam head. Looks inviting.

N: Cherry, oak, acetone, and some glue. Pepper and earth and leaves. Cranberries, grapefruit, and funk.

T: Nicely balanced with the sourness and sweetness intermingling. Not overly powerful however, though it's not faint, either.

M: Very, very well carbonated and light on the tongue.

O: A pretty good take on the style, but it's not nearly assertive enough to get to the high mark of the style that resides in Rodenbach Grand Cru. However, it might be the best Flanders Red style ale I've had outside of Belgium.

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Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
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