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Allagash Victoria Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Victoria AleAllagash Victoria Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 54 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Victoria Ale was inspired by a visit to Victoria Mansion, in Portland, Maine and the visual references to Bacchus, the god of wine. The brewer's decided to fuse the worlds of beer and wine. Over two hundred pounds of Chardonnay (Vidal Blanc in 2010) grapes were brought in, crushed on site and added directly to the mash. Victoria Ale's aroma is fruity spice, and the taste presents subtle notes of green banana, black pepper, and fresh-crushed mint. With a focus on the subtle, wine-like character of the grapes, the 9.0% ABV brew boasts a pale copper color, Belgian yeast influence, and a medium body with a long candied fruit finish with hints of honeydew melon, and, of course, white wine grapes.

(Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 04-29-2006)
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Reviews by meathookjones:
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

Golden orange body with a nice tall eggshell white head. Aroma was a bit strange with sweet grapes and biscuit malt coming on strong. Very light spiciness and yeast. Biscuits, yeast and spiciness over a pretty big sweetness in the flavor. Light alcohol peaked though. Fruity notes and a big sweet finish. Not bad but it was a bit overly sweet. Well carbonated and has some trailing warmth on the way down. Easy enough drinking and comes off pretty mild. Unique brew that would be interesting to see what a bit of age does for it.

07-21-2006 16:05:46 | More by meathookjones
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-13-2013 19:01:57 | More by aszatk01
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SuqMadique

California

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

05-13-2012 18:56:02 | More by SuqMadique
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

I am biased when it comes to Allagash. I think they brew interesting, tasty beers, and this is no exception. I had a 750ml bottle all for myself. After pouring the first glass, I let the bottle come to more of a room temperature. The beer was a cloudy orange with a medium head. The smell was mostly sweet fruit. The taste was fruity, somewhat tart, with a little hoppiness. I'm not certain I could detect a vinous character to it. As the beer warmed, it became dryer and more malty/yeasty. Very interesting. Somewhat carbonated. Another great offering from Allagash.

04-30-2006 13:50:05 | More by lordofthewiens
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Britton

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +27.6%

11-26-2011 20:20:22 | More by Britton
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mctizzz

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-16-2014 19:44:03 | More by mctizzz
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +2%

Reviewed from notes. The beer pours an orange color with a large white head. The aroma is heavy on the white wine notes, with some nice orange and other tropical fruit notes coming through. The flavor is more of the same. I get some biscuit and wheat notes, as well as some orange and chardonnay grape notes. There is a lot of fruit in the beer, and a decent amount of sweetness and Belgian yeast. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.

07-12-2012 03:39:40 | More by Mora2000
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

08-14-2013 01:18:15 | More by Janeinma
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Mantooth

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

On draft at Duckworth's in Cornelius, North Cackalacky.

Damn fine beer - looks great in the glass, billowing head and thick creamy lacing. There's just the perfect amount of funk to the nose and taste, wonderful sweet vinegar presence as well as dark ripe fruit - plums come to mind. Creamy mouthfeel. This is an amazing beer that would appeal to most anyone, great entry to sours for the novice and enough complexity for the purist. Wonderful brew.

07-14-2014 23:20:24 | More by Mantooth
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

07-12-2013 14:55:41 | More by doremite
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

11-17-2013 22:12:13 | More by chinchill
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Bizoneill

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

02-21-2013 15:41:56 | More by Bizoneill
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

12-17-2012 17:49:32 | More by stereosforgeeks
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

08-17-2014 15:22:29 | More by ianjsullivan
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OBIrish24

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

12-22-2011 17:19:13 | More by OBIrish24
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

(Served in a chalice)

A- This beer has a straw yellow lightly hazy body that as a snow white creamy head that last for the full beer. There is a strong carbonation of microbubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The smell of soft sweet honey has a bread crust note to it. For the most part the smell is pretty clean.

T- This beer has a sweet honey malt flavor with some light white caramel flavors and a faint note of banana and bread dough to it. There is a soft bitterness at the finish that has a soft green noble hop note to it.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a creamy texture that finish with no sign of alcohol heat.

D- This beer has a nice smooth wheat sweetness to it with a good balance from the hops. The flavors are not as concise as typically malt and hops flavors but have more of a mystery to them.

11-09-2007 17:43:36 | More by rhoadsrage
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-12-2013 01:15:56 | More by ste5venla
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-04-2014 22:40:09 | More by JMS1512
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Iparedman

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-21-2014 01:37:10 | More by Iparedman
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Dirksen

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

05-24-2013 19:25:52 | More by Dirksen
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +2%

05-23-2014 00:06:33 | More by mdaschaf
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mutterfudder

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

2009 Bottle, poured into a Dogfish Head oversized snifter.

A - Pale straw color clear as day. Pours with a big foamy head that is short lived, but leaves a bit of lacing on the sides of the snifter.

S - Biscuits and honey, with a booming sweet nose. The nose has a fresh cut grass note to it as well.

T - Sweet riesling like flavors, with a bit of dryness. There's a hint of some wood here, but it's quickly extinguished. The flavor is juicy and sweet, with a bit of a pale ale note. The sweetness and winey-ness is front and center. Afternotes of pineapple and tropical fruit. Interesting.

M / D - There's a good carbonated mouthfeel, I would have liked it to be a bit drier on the palate. It's a bit too sweet to want to drink another glass.

02-28-2010 02:33:22 | More by mutterfudder
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

750 ML corked and caged bottle > oversize wine glass.

slightly hazy honey color wityh many tiny bubbles and a high crown of smooth, bright-white foam and large clumpy lacing.

Very fruity nose, sweet, red berries, wild raspberries, sour and tart wild yeastie scent with lemmon citrus and overlly ripe red grapes and clean, wheat scent way down.

The flavor is a light and crisp wheatie malt, very pale wheat with white grapes and sour fruits. Later on, there's a wine-like earthiness under a smooth herbal hop. subtle spicey and peppery yeast effect tingles the tongue along with a mellow but noticable heat. Grapefruit tartness and fresh green veggies are subtle but effect for balance.

I think the addition of grapes adds some nice complexity and despite a 9% abv it's very refreshing in the summertime.

07-15-2008 22:47:57 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

This pours a honey orange color with a large foamy head. The smell has a grape aroma along with a yeast "bisquity" scent. The taste has a fruity quality to it, as expected, along with some bakery flavors. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well with the high alcohol hidden very nicely. This is a good beer, but nothing really too exciting. Still, I would have this again.

05-05-2006 05:52:49 | More by jmz62565
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2%

06-03-2014 01:14:30 | More by Griffith
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Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.