FV 13 | Allagash Brewing Company

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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:
#787
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
767
pDev:
9.11%
Bros Score:
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Poured into wine glass. Minimal activity in the glass, very cloudy brownish gold. Tart funky scent. Tangy, funky, lemony taste with just a hint of barrel on it. Very smooth for an almost 9%. Yet another winner from Allagash.

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Room temp (from bottle) in an oversided wine glass (imitation teku)
A: golden but with a warmth of color resembling bourbon, minimal fizzy head quickly disspitating, no lacing to speak of
S: warm sweet graham cracker and a touch of lime bitterness as described on the label, wonderful, also subtle hints of darker fruit in nose as well (very subtle and fleeting)
T: immediate sharp oak notes, vanilla, and booziness (not in the heavy sense though), bears a vague similarity in the character of the funk to petrus aged pale (this, by virtue of the nose alone is far better), the oak presence, by virtue of the other flavors here immediately recalls bourbon though it doesn't taste like bourbon, has a strong estery suggesstion of miscellaneous fruits that bleeds into the subtle candied sweetness of that graham cracker flavor
M: oily and astringent, pretty much what you'd expect with a real bite going down (also like bourbon)
O: hands down the best american sour beer I've had, I generally don't think much of the sour/salt over substance sour beers a lot of american brewers put out but this is deep, very complex and exquisite all around, it's a beer that feels special as soon as you pour it into a glass and you immediately feel lucky to drink it. loved it, buy it if you can find it, and buy some to keep back for a special occasion or to share with a discerning friend you deem worthy

PS: I know the bourbon seems an odd comparison and though it definitely doesn't taste like bourbon but it feels like it, almost in the sense that it's a spiritual cousin, especially to Belle Meade

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FV 13 from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 767 ratings