I was very excited to try out Allagash’s FV 13. Knowing that FV 13 is Allagash’s first foray into foudre beers and I was pretty sure it was going to be a one off that I would never see again. According to the Allagash website FV 13 is a malt heavy base beer fermented with wild yeast and bacteria in a 2700 gallon oak tank (a fodure). The fermentation process took almost five years so this beer will never be made again, in fact I don’t think it could be made again.
That said, this is no novelty. There is flavor and substance to this beer. FV 13 is a straight up wild sour and that smell and flavor comes through predominantly. There are some fruity flavors, apples and cherries, but they are all in line with the sour tastes. While not my favorite sour from Allagash, this is a really nice beer. If you like sours I think this is worth seeking out.