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Allagash Victoria Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Victoria AleAllagash Victoria Ale

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88
very good

377 Ratings
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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 55 | 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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rab53, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of NuclearRich
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a snifter type glass.

A: Golden liquid with a beautiful hue of orange, layered by a robust but short-lived head of white. Lacing is minimal to non-existant, while the head fades into a tiny collar.

S: Soft fruit is the first scent, white grapes for sure. A touch of citrus, and a nice yeasty funk. Really mild overall, and on the simple side

T: A delicate fruit sweetness is twisted into that golden tripel flavor. The light sweetness is funny in that it is not a strong flavor, but still manages to dominate the palate. Very mild spice flavor, mixed with the classic Allagash yeast flavor.

M: Silky smooth medium body, coating the tounge nicely until it moves down and leaves behind a sharp tingle of strong carbonation.

O: Delicious. Interesting and complex, with a simple dominating chardonnay grape presence. Pairs amazingly with cheese. I took home 5 bottles from the brewery, so you can say I like it!

NuclearRich, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of champ103
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. A small white head forms and leaves some patchy lace.
S: At first a great fruit aroma. Grapes, peaches, apples. A slight sourness, acidity, and dry wood aroma. This is good stuff.
T: Again, a fruity flavor of grapes and tart apples. Slightly sour with a nice malty sweetness that balances everything out.
M/D: A surprisingly lighter body than I was expecting. Though that is not a detriment. Very crisp, clean, and refreshing. Very creamy and smooth with good carbonation. This is very easy to drink. The alcohol is almost nonexistent. A great sipping beer.

This is a really interesting beer, and definitely reminds me of a wine. I would recommend this to anyone, and something that would appeal to wine drinkers as well.

champ103, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of callmescraps
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lady friend was intrigued by this one at the bar, and I must say the chardonnay description caught my attention.

Appearance - A very light pale color. A little bit of head, and minimal lacing. Served in the appropriate glassware it kind of looks like wine, honestly.

Smell - Lots of fruit. Especially those chardonnay grapes. But also some apple, and lots of other fruity goodness as well. Very white-wine like, unsurprisingly. But with a hint of spice and yeast.

Taste - Sweet fruits. Definitely can taste those grapes. It's almost like mixing beer and wine. Except it has some bitterness, and acidity. Almost sour apples. But it maintains some of the yeast and something like a witte. Very nice, and complex flavor.

Mouthfeel - Nice and crisp. Pretty light. Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Pretty good. It's a little boozy and catches up to you. Also the sweet fruit and tang might get old after awhile. If I had a bottle, I'd share it.

This was a really, really interesting beer. I thought it was very well done and refreshing. I'd be very interested in trying something similar in the future.

callmescraps, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of stimulus
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip glass. 2010 vintage.

A: Pours a clear golden with a one finger white head.
S: Sweet white grapes.
T: Tastes like the sweet, somewhat dry grapes from the aroma, overall, this tastes like a nice chardonnay (and i think that's what the brewer intended).
M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.
D: Drinks like a chardonnay, but there's a lower abv than the actual wine counterpart, so i suppose this is good for drinkability. No alcohol is present at all, even as it warms to room temperature.

stimulus, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of pmccallum86
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the mothman for the chance to try this.

Pours a awesome amber golden yellow color with a light colored head. Probably a one finger head with slow dissipation.

Smell is of citrus and pear, light malt as well.

Taste is of lots of fruity flavors, citrus, lemon zest, light bready malts, and light hops, maybe saaz hops. Very nice tasting beer, great Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I am definitely a fan.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. This style typically has a great mouthfeel, nice, rich, and creamy.

Very drinkable beer, glad i got to try it!

pmccallum86, May 13, 2010
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4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $12.99. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a pleasing hazy golden honey coloration. The head was about two fingers high off white in coloration. The beer is lightly carbonated.

Smell: The beer has a sweet fruity grape aroma coupled with a funky yeast note. Did they use Bret yeast? The beer has a pleasant light citrus note. There is a noticable doughnutty character to the beer.

Taste: The beer has a vinous quality. This combines nicely with citrus and yeast. Again did they use brett? The hops provide a peppery zing. This is like a witbier on steroids. The beer produces a very interesting taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The vinous qualities create an interesting kicked up witbier. This is a very interesting and tasty beer. The alcohol is well covered up in both the smell and the taste.

nlmartin, May 09, 2006
Photo of puboflyons
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on June 3, 2011 at the American Craft Beer Festival. It had a kind of pale yellow-olive pour with a moderate head. The aroma had a hint of grape but more of a yeast and spice note. The taste also had a vague green grape flavor with a nice spicy and malty character. Overall, a beer that is worth having again.

puboflyons, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head gets reinforcements in small constant bubbles rising form the bottom of the glass, and lasts accordingly, with delicate lacing. Aroma is slightly spicy sweetness, with effervescent notes. Taste is moderate maltiness upfront, with spicing coming on, and a dry lightly fruity close. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy over the tongue, and drinkability is very nice for the abv. A nice addition to the Allagash family of products.

ppoitras, Oct 06, 2006
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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
2009 vintage.

pours a mostly translucent (there is a touch of haze) golden yellow, yields a solid finger-plus creamy white/off-white head; retention is decent, lacing is good. overall a solid presentation.

nose offers a mishmash of fruity notes: grape, lemon, apple, maybe peach... spice... vinous with a touch of oak. good aroma. taste follows nicely. again, 'vinous' is the operative word with this one; i think it works well. more spice and fruity notes... a bit of hops in the finish. alcohol presence is virtually non-existent. very enjoyable.

medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. drinks easily at the outset but the grapes tend to wear on you after a while.

originally reviewed: 02-13-2011

BostonHops, May 26, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber-gold color with a one-finger head into my goblet.

Aroma is full of grape and raisin in the nose with a bit of tartness as well.

Taste is sweet at first and then it gives in to a nice amount of grape and raisin in the middle. Tart and a bit sour on the mouth.

There's a subtle hint of dryness that coats the mouth and throat. Carbonation is just right and it finishes quite well.

It's a solid example of the style. The grape adds a dry finish to this ale. Otherwise, it's pretty solid for the style. You could cellar it as well as it is no longer being brewed.

Brad007, Mar 22, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Allagash Victoria Ale is described on the bottle as being an ale brewed with grapes. From their website, the specific grapes involved are chardonnay, and that they were added directly to the mash. As a bonus, $1 from every bottle goes toward historic preservation of a mansion in Portland, ME.

It pours a cloudy copper orange with a fairly substantial white head. Aroma is fairly subdued, some spices and some sweetness from the grapes, but not a wine-like aroma by any means. Taste is full of Allagash Belgian yeast characteristics up front, with lots of sweet grapes in the middle with a spicy off-dry finish. Big chewy mouthfeel, with a pretty high level of carbonation. Almost a wine-like aftertaste. The sweetness of this beer makes it a bit less drinkable than some.

Not the absolute triumph that Interlude was, but a very intriguing beer nonetheless. I would buy more if I could get it in VT or NH.

ColForbin, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of andrewinski1
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip. Nice inch of head that shrinks into a bit of lacing. The body is very light golden, only slightly hazy. Looks very appetizing.

I smelled british or german type spicy hops as I poured the beer; it was quite prominent. A bit of sweet grape aroma is also noticed.

The taste is pleasantly grapier than I expected. The hops balance out the malt and fruit profile perfectly; hitting the sides of the tongue just right. The finish is full of spicy hops as well. A nice balance for a Belgian style like this.

Slightly aggressive carbonation is in my opinion great for this style. Adds in the vinous character that of course present with the Chardonnay grapes.

Highly drinkable for the style; great light body which is dangerous for the ABV. For what it's worth, not exactly cheap though.

andrewinski1, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of popery
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

City Beer Store, Allagash night. Very nice looking beer, like champagne with a foam head that refused to quit. I'm continually impressed with Allagash's clean grain flavors that seem to act as a base for complex Belgians. It makes their beers seem more true to the native Belgian ales. Anyway, the grapes are definitely noticeable but quite pleasant and not cloying. They give the beer a vinous malt quality, much more subtle than expected. Good Belgian yeast notes, earthy and dry. Champagne-ish carbonation with lots of small vigorous bubbles. A happy surprise for me.

popery, May 07, 2010
Photo of Pencible
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like fresh lemon zest and coriander and clove, with some white grape and grapefruit and sour Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like lemon zest and grapefruit hops, with sweet wild honey and sour Belgian yeast, and a bit of coriander. The aftertaste was bitter but smooth.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a nice pale Belgian with good complexity and clean taste. It had a more enjoyable balance of flavors than most of the style, and it hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink. The body could have been a bit better, but this was otherwise a solid beer.

Pencible, Aug 11, 2010
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottling, green lettering on front.

Very even, fine white two-finger head. Hazy golden body. Awesome lacing.

Smell is sour and bretty, though smelled much sweeter in a mini Aventinus glass. I'm pretty sure everyone's glass was clean, but it smelled different in every glass.

Taste has some significant malt presence (surprisingly), with some faint vegetal presence. There's chardonnay grape in here, but it's subdued and really well integrated. (Not like Dogfish Head Red and White, which failed in that respect). Doesn't taste like chardonnay either (not lemon and pennies), but as I said, the chardonnay grape is integrated with the malt in the body. Trace of brett in the taste, but not much. Sweetness comes through (again, this is not chardonnay) and the brett character develops as it warms.

Mouthfeel is pretty average, kinda thin. Interesting considering the head and lacing, I expected a fine-grained texture.

Stuff like this is hit or miss. This is a hit.

At the price point? There are better things to buy for the money. Still, quite good.

zaphodchak, Aug 12, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2/21/2007 $10.99 750 mL 9.00% No best by date, designed for aging.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy orange topped by a thin film of white head that is constantly replenished by the presence of vigorous carbonation.

Aroma:

Muscat grapes meets pizza dough, as wine and beer face off in this melange of aromas. Sweet honey and a bit of earthyness present themselves as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Excellent mouthfeel leads into a sweet warming body of gooey honey, cantalope and pear. Alcohol and bread are abundant in the finish, as is an intense belgian candied sugar.

Reminiscent of Midas Touch to me. This one straddles the fence between beer and the beyond. Fruit characters lead the way here, though not the Chardonnay I was expecting.

cbl2, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Vintage: 2009

A - As soon as the cork is popped a nice steady flow of bubbles raises up the neck of the glass. As I gently pour it a nice 1 inch white head forms with some nice tight bubbles form. The color is straw yellow with some pal golden notes and is quite hazy.

S - Aroma is quite vinous. Some buttery Chardonnay notes as well as some nice slight tartness. This beer could be confused with a sparkling wine in terms of the nose. Quite delicious and refreshing nose. There is some slight grain and malt notes present o the back end of the nose and there is also a slight earthy hop note.

T & M - Flavor is fluffy and grainy up front with some nice bread notes. This is followed by the slight grape tartness and the vinous character. There i some slight leafy and earthy notes present as well as some nice slight funk from the yeast. The feel is fluffy and crisp with a nice light body that makes the beer easy to drink. Good offering.

D - Very easy to drink and yummy.

JoEBoBpr, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

lordofthewiens, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of berkey
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Soild medium pale amber body. A good lingering head formed in an Allagash glass even with a very slow pour (per the directions on the bottle). Moderately carbonated. Thick creamy lacing.

Smell: Yeast, some citrus, slightly dry & acidic white grape, spice, sugar, possibly caramel, alcohol.

Taste: White grape juice, seems like some wheat malt but I'm not sure if that's the fruit playing tricks on my palate. Reminds me a little of a Belgian Amber Ale more than the Pale Ale it's classified as. Specifically brings to mind a flash of Caracole Ambree with grapes. Because of these grapes I was expecting something a little white wine-like but that's not exactly it. I'll say it this way: a fair amout of grape flavor in this ale, you obviously get grape flavors in wine, but that doesn't necessarily mean you get wine flavors in this ale. As it warms some honey and vanilla peeks though. Pleasant beer.

Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable and drinkable but the 9% ABV and overall sweetness keep this from getting a higher mark.

berkey, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of lou91
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved this beer from the noisy pour to the fantastic sweet honey and rich complex fruit scents. The taste was not as good as the smell but this may be due to its youth. It was a bit too sweet but a year or two should round it out. Still it is a well done rich flavorful tasty belgian style ale that many would be envious of. This one is going back on the want list. Thanks to Brewfan for this.

lou91, Nov 10, 2006
Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.