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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:
#732
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
761
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 761 |  Reviews: 119
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4.94/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of three corked & caged beers from Brez.

Pours a hazy, honey golden color. A fat fingers worth of white head falls to a ring that leaves behind a few spots of lacing. 4.0

It has a fantastic, complex aroma. Lots of tart fruits, a nice funkiness, leather, apple, wet wood, hints of vanilla, and toffee. I could leave my nose here forever, but I wish to taste her forbidden fruit. 5.0

Funk Yeah! Its' awesomeness spills over to the flavor. Apples, lemons, hard cider, salt, oak, vanilla, toffee, and a nice funky finish. Its' funky tartness is bordering on insanity. 5.0

Medium body, with an ample amount of light prickly carbonation, effervescent... Smooth like Velvet Jones. Very pleasant mouthfeel for a beer this tart. 5.0

A true masterpiece... It is amazing how well its' aroma, taste, and feel fit together. This one is going on my perpetual wants list!

I am guessing its an oak aged sour by Allagash.
And the reveal is... FV13 by Allagash.

Thanks Brez, this is the shit.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour has hues of orange through a ruby color and a bubbly off white head. The nose is pretty nice, oak and vanilla play off of a strong cherry and fairly powerful dusty presence. Taste is a touch less bright and bit too sweet. The oak is played down, cherry pie is the center piece. Faintly dusty and moderately sour. Acidity is low in back, average carbonation an slightly dry. Body is a touch syrupy and rather full. It's solid, nothing great but decent American sour.

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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  rDev -6.5%

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3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
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 -12.4%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.15/5  rDev -3%
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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3.98/5  rDev -7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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