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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
Ratings:
749
Reviews:
119
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
9.18%
 
 
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162
Gots:
222
For Trade:
25
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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

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5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Alex for this one. 375ml corked and caged bottle into a Hill Farmstead stem taster. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger foamy white head with . Beer is a slightly cloudy orange. Like black tea almost. Lacing is patchy and thick with decent cling. A good looking beer.

Nose is tropical fruit, light tartness, earth, moss and a light, sweet funkiness. A mellow Brett presence too. Moderately aromatic and very well put together.

Opens very funky. Notes of pineapple, lemon and tart tropical fruit mixed with Brett, cobwebs and wet wood. A sweet creaminess comes in towards the middle and ties the other flavors together. Oak towards the end with a prickly, pineapple and starfruit sweet tartness. Aftertaste is Brett and barnyard funk. This is delicious!

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down aggressive, dry, and sparkling. Messy finish with an oddly prickly but refreshing aftertaste. Exactly what I want from the style.

This is a very well put together beer from Allagash. It looks good, the nose is complex and nicely aromatic, the flavors work well together, and the feel is spot on for the style. A real under-the-radar beer that's well worth stocking up on.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of mhksuccess
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a bottle into a 3FFF glass
pours on the lighter color of a reddish brown very little head and no lacing
smell is overwhelming cherries and tart fruit
taste is a nice combination of slightly tart cherries
very nice easy drinking and crisp at the abv almost 9% it is so good can drink right down
although the pricing on this one is left to be desired as there are many great sours out there and this one is on the top end of the pricing scale
I have another bottle but after that think I will have to pass just because so pricey in comparison to other great sours

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4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

375mL bottle into a Teku glass
Bottled on: 11/8/112

Was pretty excited to stumble across this one at my local bottle shop. The only bottle on the shelf, after not seeing it around in about 4-5 months.

A: Pours a very murky brownish color with orange hues and 1 fingers width of off white head that dissipates down quickly. Lots of sedimentation can be seen suspended in the glass, but thats ok the Scooby snacks are good for you. Leaves effectively zero lacing.

S: Sweet fruits, predominately cherry but red grape and dates as well. Somewhat vinous and a bit of estery banana. Oak barrel. A hint of lactic acidity but I dont get many sour or funky notes.

T: Apple cider vinegar, tartness, and caramel are the first notes I get. There is a funkiness that Im assuming if from Brett, that has a rotten apple like character. Much maltier than other Wild Ales Ive had, with toffee and even a touch of semi-sweet chocolate. I also get some sweet fruits (again cherry predominate), green apple, and a subtle bitterness. There is a small degree of lactic acidity but I certainly wouldn't call this sour.

M/D: Full bodied, somewhat syrupy, carbonation on the higher end of the spectrum, ABV is very well masked but drinkability is somewhat limited by the combination of higher carbonation and maltiness.

O: Overall, its a well done beer, but I prefer my Wilds Ales more lacto and pedio and less brett. I was hoping for much more sour presence. Im glad I was able to try this one, but for the price I dont think its something I would get again, even if it were available to me on the shelves. 4

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4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A bit pricey at 15$ for a 12oz bottle, but thought I'd give it a try.

A: Pours a murky copper/orange with nice red highlights. A finger and a half of slightly off white soapy head. Not particularly attractive.

S: Wow, is this thing pungent. Sweet fruit notes, tart cherries, some definite delicious funk. Tropical fruit notes are accentuated by the subtle yet present sour notes.

T: The sweet fruits (apple, cherries, pineapple) hit you immediately up front. Some oak towards the mid pallet. The beer finishes with a very nice tartness. This beer would be cloyingly sweet to me if the sourness was not there to balance it out. Nice wine notes present as well.

M: Perfect. Medium with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

O: I wish this beer was cheaper. At almost 9% ABV, this is so drinkable. So refreshing. I could sip on it for a while, or drink it quick on a hot summer day. A really nice beer that wine folks could get into. Love it, glad I have another bottle. Cheers!

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Allagash FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 749 ratings.
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