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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

373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

TobiasG, Jun 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

DeanMoriarty, Sep 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

teleman, Jul 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Pdrufo, Sep 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Gatordaddy, Jun 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

siege06nd, Jun 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

spw109, Jun 07, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

JustinMatthew, Sep 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

t0rin0, Aug 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

MastaShonuf, May 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

hayesjw, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

MarvinSnyder, Aug 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

GrindFatherBob, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. I had this on draft. Pours a hazy gold with a thick white head. Aroma of candi sugar, light yeast, and wheat. Flavor of light wheat malts followed by candi sugar and sweet fruits. Overall, I found this to be very nice and refreshing.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

ianjsullivan, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of ferrari29
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a short wide mouth pint glass

A - Opaque golden/orange body; fluffy white head; served in short wide mouth pint glass, which might have reduced the head size; sticky lacing; no visible carbonation

S - Lemon; spices; orange; floral notes of rose; light white grape smell; fruity yeast aromas; grape brings out a sour smell; leather

T - Chardonnay grape explosion; tanning flavor of leather; touch of sour grape taste tickles the sides of the tongue; citrus flavor and spice; lemon, but not much of a lemon bite, tangy and crisp like traditional Belgian Strong Pale Ales; yeast flavor

M - Thin body; slightly bubbly; lemon tartness and crisp; immediately turns dry

D - Overall, this beer drank well; I think it could have used a bit less of the leathery smell and taste; could have used more lemony or spicy flavor to it; glad to have tried it, but would pass on the next one

ferrari29, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of dar482
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer has an aroma of white grapes, breadiness, and spice.

The flavor follows of bready qualities, spice from pepper, and a sweetness throughout. On the back, there's a blend of pears and grapes with slight tart quality on the back.

The sweetness masks the alcohol on this well, but also slightly overpowers the beer.

dar482, May 24, 2014
Photo of impending
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Trappist. Served in an Allagash glass. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow straw, dense white head subsided slowly, decent lacing.

Aroma is yeasty, spicy with minor apple and phenols plus a flora component. Not sure if the vinous notes are real or imagined, certainly not overt.

Taste is sweeter than the nose hinted. Fruity esters dominate the start followed by a phenolic spiciness. Would benefit from a dry kick. Aftertaste slowly fades and reveals a dessert wine potential. Creamy soft bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd

impending, Jul 04, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

wollefdoogylloj, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber with a finely beaded head that is quite healthy. Fades to a ring. Sweet, very ripe grapes followed by some Belgian yeast tang and some light citrusy bitterness in the aroma. The taste has more of that extreme grape flavor going on, especially up front. Sweet, ripe grapes followed by a spicy, fizzy, aftertaste with hints of clove and fennel as well as some late earthy bitterness. Up front this almost tastes like Most- the Austrian drink of wine that is not fully fermented, but the finish tastes more like a more herbal version of a tripel. Mixed reaction to this one at my house. I think it is somewhat unusual, and fairly pleasant, but by no means would this make my regular to drink list. I've actually had this a few times now but neglected to review it. I'm probably done with this at this point.

Georgiabeer, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of TommyW
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear gold with a sticky, white head.

S- Mostly fruity mixed with that distinctive Belgian yeast aroma.

T- Semi-sweet and slightly tart fruits, grape skins and a dryness created by the yeast. Warming alcohol presence is also there.

M- Medium body with a slick feel to it.

D- A very easy-drinking strong pale; not overly complex, but still very enjoyable.

TommyW, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of Jonada
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Pours a light golden yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head. Body is slightly hazy with medium levels of carbonation streaming throughout the glass.

Smell: White grape, pear, spice, slight cereal grain, biscuity malt, and red apple.

Taste: Spicy yeast, pale malt, white grape, pear, apple skin. Light sweetness upfront is balanced with a mild bitterness that lingers through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, somewhat slick mouthfeel with medium levels of slightly rough carbonation.

Overall: Very good Belgian pale ale. The grapes add some nice additional complexity without overwhelming the base beer. Worth picking up a bottle.

Jonada, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Atlanta ale meeting. All but drunk, I swished some samples around after seeing and smelling. Creamy mouthful and grapiness mixed in the yeast.Sweetish from the much chardonnay grapes.And with that it is more wine than beer, but there are not wines around that brew with beer.

Sammy, Feb 11, 2008
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden-orange body. Minimal head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Bam. Chardonnay hits you right of the bat. Its not overpowering though. You could still get some yeast, pepper, clove and banana notes.

T: More of the same. I think the Chardonnay grapes accentuate the flavor even more than in the nose. Banana and yeast carry the day as malt takes a back seat.

M: Smooth. Refreshing. Slightly acidic. Clean finish.

D: More of a novelty than anything else. A nice beer, but one that maxes out toward the end of the glass.

callmemickey, Jun 01, 2009
Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.