Allagash Victoria Ale - Allagash Brewing Company
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Reviews by nhindian:
4.55/5 rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
750ml bottle poured into an Allagash cervoise. Big thanks to 603BeerMe for sending this in a relatively recent trade!
A - Pours a somewhat cloudy goldenrod color with about 2.5-fingers of white foam. Surprisingly, this is, I believe, the only Allagash beer I've had that didn't have that signature rocky, thick, almost-whipped-cream head on it. Rather, it has a more modest texture, which while still creamy, is much more manageable. Decent retention, and thanks to the nucleation point at the bottom of the glass, a half-finger cap lingers for ages. Lacing is surprisingly very faint and sparse, with almost no lacing at all actually.
S - This is truly the closest nose I've had on a beer that approaches that of wine. It's amazing how much the grapes come through at first, and then the rest of the ingredients take it on a ride to remember. Me and my girlfriend always try to take tours and tastings at wineries whenever we go on vacation, so I feel I have a modest grip on how small-batch wines can alter and squeeze different notes out of a grape varietal, and I'm loving what I'm getting here. The Belgian yeast does wonders to the nose, giving a somewhat heavy breadiness but imparting a nice jolt of esthers and spice. Getting that spice, slight lemon, and hay in the finish.
T - As in the nose, the taste delivers a big burst of white grapes at first and then gives it a nice Belgian and farmyard twist. You can almost get the liquid extract of the grapes at first, and then the more leathery characteristic of the skin. Then the yeast takes over, bringing notes of bread, bananas, cloves, and cracked pepper. It finishes with a lighter side, with some straw, lemon, and the lasting effects of the spice.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. Definitely full-bodied for the 'style', but I feel it helps bring those bolder flavors out in the taste. Pretty smooth despite the high carbonation. Finishes quite dry, which fits in perfectly with the white wine connotation this beer suggests throughout.
D/O - Drinkability is high. As a fairly avid wine drinker as an active beer advocate (though my love for beer far transcends that of wine), I think this is an excellent hybrid between the two alcohols. It starts with an aggressive grape note, but from the middle to finish, the beer has time to develop its own complexities and flavors, so overall I don't feel one side dominates over the other. I could see someone who doesn't enjoy wine (especially white wines) not particularly enjoying this beer, as the start of the beer and the dry finish is ripped directly from white wine, but those who enjoy white wine could definitely jump into this beer.
Serving type: bottle
08-30-2011 02:09:57 | More by nhindian
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4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: on-tap
07-14-2014 23:20:24 | More by Mantooth
Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.