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Allagash Victoria Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Victoria AleAllagash Victoria Ale

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very good

147 Reviews
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Reviews: 147
Hads: 465
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 17.01%
Wants: 16
Gots: 84 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 04-29-2006

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.
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Reviews: 147 | Hads: 465
Reviews by nhindian:
Photo of nhindian
4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JayQue
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold hazy color from a corked and caged bottle into my Chimay goblet. Big frothy white head with excellent retention and thick bands of lacing. An excellent appearance. Good aroma and flavor too. Light and fruity, featuring white grapes and plenty of Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is great. No hint of the 9% abv and seems both rich and light at the same time. A very good BSPA!

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Photo of brureview
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The cork was easy to get out- not always the case with corked beers. One of the easier corks I have taken out of a craft beer bottle. It has thumb grooves( as do Boulevard corks), and was easily twisted out.

Poured a 3F head, copper-gold color, with attractive lacing in a Stone IPA glass, which looks similar
to the glass Allagash uses. This older style IPA glass, ( pre- Dogfish Head Spiegelau) has a been a choice stemware glass for me, and it works well for this beer and other styles, including Imperial stouts.

Nice aroma- not too strong- spicy fruit and some barnyard.

Moderately carbonated. The MF is very malt forward with warming.

Superb taste: champagne-wine like quality fruit, finished by a lightly hoppy bitter finish. The wine-like fruit taste is more pronounced with warming.

Overall: excellent beer. Although the aroma could be a bit stronger, the taste and finish are distinctive.
Over two hundred pounds of chardonnay grapes in the mash. Best to taste it at different temps- from 40-50°F to bring out the different characteristics.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer had one of the best mouth feels I can remember, perfect amount of sweetness to balance the fairly chewy, rich feel. Just the right amount of funk to align with the Belgian standards.

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Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of SuqMadique
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Afroman
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Britton
5/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Scootch
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Janeinma
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Fruity light grape nose with a touch of biscuit and alcohol.
Hazy peach tinted gold under a 2" moussey white foam cap, persistent, lacy.
Palate begins with grainy malt, bread, biscuit light fruits, light grape finished with a light hop bitter accent.
Very smooth creamy medium body with medium high very finely bubbled carbonation.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of doremite
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap.
Light golden body with effervescent carbonation.
Lightly tart with what seems like just the right amount of white grape flavor and aroma to go with the light malt base.

O: probably the best beer+white grapes concoction I've had.

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Photo of Bizoneill
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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