FV 13 is a limited release beer from Allagash. It went on sale at the brewery exclusively and then made its way to some retail stores in the following weeks. I picked up my 4-bottle limit at the brewery the day it was released and then grabbed a couple more at The Vault when it hit their shelves. I went an entire week back in December drinking all Allagash beer including many of their most expensive releases that I had been sitting on for some time. With this one I decided not to wait and had a bottle shortly after I purchased it.
This beer is an amazing copper color with a very thin off white head. Aroma is very inviting if you like some sour funk in your beer. Allagash sums up the taste pretty well in their description of the beer “The flavor is a blend of sweet and tart, with notes of fruit and caramelized sugar” I can’t say it any better so I will just use their description. This is a very nice beer that is already four years old but I would not be surprised if this one continued to improve over the next few years. With 3 more bottles in the cellar I am sure to find out.
Pros: Very tasty
Alcohol Content: 8.9% ABV
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Brewers Website: Allagash
Brewers 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. The finished beer is copper in color, with an aroma of cherries and caramel. The flavor is a blend of sweet and tart, with notes of fruit and caramelized sugar. The full mouthfeel gives way to a tart, mouth drying finish.