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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

343 Ratings
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Ratings: 343
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 12
Gots: 48 | 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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GrindFatherBob

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

10-16-2012 13:08:40 | More by GrindFatherBob
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 18:47:00 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 22:46:13 | More by ferrari29
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dar482

New York

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2014 22:52:46 | More by dar482
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impending

California

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 00:02:41 | More by impending
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 08:38:16 | More by Georgiabeer
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TommyW

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 13:02:44 | More by TommyW
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 08:07:12 | More by Jonada
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 04:29:00 | More by Sammy
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2009 01:45:17 | More by callmemickey
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OldSock

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – 750 ml bottle from Colonial Spirits. In a white wine glass it looks slightly cloudy with streams of bubbles. The head on top of the golden body has big bubbles and poor retention.

Smell – Coriander, and sweet malt. I actually get more of a grape jelly aroma than wine, but then the grape aroma fades quickly leaving a relatively standard Belgian pale nose.

Taste – Its hard to tell whether the fruitiness (apples, pears) is from the yeast or the grapes. 100 lbs of chardonnay grapes in the mash of a 17 barrel batch (about .18 lbs per gallon) lends a nice subtle grape fruitiness without being overpowering. Nice balance at the start, but as time goes on the spicy phenols take over a bit. There is a bready malt backbone that holds the beer together, but doesn't contribute much. Relatively dry for a 9% beer, but still with some sweetness at the back of the tongue. No aroma hops, just a moderate bitterness. Solid flavor, but I would have liked more contribution from the grapes.

Mouthfeel – Strong Belgian style carbonation on a medium-light body for such a big beer, I imagine that the grapes helped to dry this out.

Drinkability & Notes – For a big beer on a hot night this is still an easy beer to drink, the 85% attenuation really helps the drinkability. Another tasty experimental batch from the good people at Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 04:42:50 | More by OldSock
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed yello straw, light bubbly head, little spots of retention. Scent leads with a sweet and tart fruit component, biscuity malt, some herbal and earthy qualities. Taste tones down the fruit a bit and focuses it more on the grape notes, decent grain profile, some leafy and herbal notes. Medium bodied, lightly bubbly. Slightly better than the Victor as it tones some bold flavors down and blends them well.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 21:46:37 | More by rfgetz
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draheim

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (2010) poured into a tulip. Pale golden color, crystal clear; white head subsides pretty quickly. Good carbonation.

Aroma is clean Belgian yeast and white wine grapes. Taste follows nose: yeast, pale malt, and a slightly sweet acidity from the grapes. Not sure I'd recognize grapes as an ingredient if I hadn't read the label. Very subtle. Crisp, sharp, dry mouthfeel.

Overall this is not a particularly complex or interesting beer, but I imagine it would be a great pairing for poultry or cheese.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 05:19:54 | More by draheim
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one I sampled at the Beverage Warehouse, beside the Victor. Out of a bottle this brew was a slightly hazy amber/peach color with a slightly yellow-tinted head. The retention as a cap was good and the lacing very nice. The aroma was similar to the Victor, dry and bready malt, Belgian yeast, fruit esters, orange and grapes with some alcohol heat. The flavors were very similar but I liked it better than the Victor. Lots of orange and more fruity sweetness was the primary difference aiding in how drinkable I found it. I also thought the alcohol was better hidden. It reminded me of a rose champagne, fruity, highly carbonated and fizzy in the mouth only with a malty complexity. The body was medium and it was dry and rather acidic. Still expensive for what it was and not Allagash's best offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 20:24:41 | More by thekevlarkid
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the Allagash promo at the Coppermine Pub in North Arlington NJ: poured into a chalice, a clear yellow, with two fingers of bright white lace, and good lacing. Very berry fruity, candy sweet, and an essence that reminded of Willy Wonka candy (e.g. Gobstoppers, Nerds). The taste was very berry sweet, tempered by a touch of sour, dissolving to a dry finish. Very thin and spritzy. Despite the high (and well-hidden) alcohol content, a nice refreshing summer option.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2010 21:00:27 | More by donniecuffs
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MarioL66

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden cloud, led to anticipated deliciousness

Smell - As it warmed I detected chardonnay/white grapes, interesting

Taste - Sweet up front, then a light sourness leading into a very small hop note. A mint note.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, a little heft (from the alcohol)

Drinkability - Refreshing when cold and as it warms the details emerge.

This beer works from a refreshing standpoint when cold and, if warmer, really shows the white grapes used to brew it. A good beer from Allagash. I prefer a few of there other offerings but I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 00:44:39 | More by MarioL66
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 750ml bottle into a tulip glass the beer had a big and blossoming white head that was very fluffy and slow to fade. It left blotches of lacing on the glass. The beer itself was a medium/light golden hue with active carbonation.

The nose has noticable alcohol, some white wine like characteristis. A soft fruittyness, some grape and wheat as well.

Like the nose, the taste presents an alcohol that is quite evident. That said, it is not hot, but rather smooth and mellow. Again, rather white wine like. A lushy soft white-grape taste with a healthy "spritz" of carbonation. This is backed by a firm but not overly abundant malt profile and little to no hop presence. Clean and crisp to the finish.

Medium body and crisp, slightly dry in the finish.

Another good offering from Allagash and a good "big" summer beer. Alcohol is apparent, buts its carbonation and body keep this beer drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 17:46:08 | More by Sycodrummer
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/18/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, citrus, bananas, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with flavors of citrus, caramel and bananas. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. There’s some spice in the background along with a decent hops presence creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid and flavorful Belgian-style beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 00:34:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy light to medium golden yellow to apricot in color with light amounts fo visible carbonation and some apricot + peach highlights. The beer has a two finger tall fluffy off-white head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium thin patches, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pale malts with some lighter notes of peach, apricot, and lemon. Light to moderate aromas of grapes.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of pale malts with some peppery yeast and just a touch of honey-like sweetness. There are some lighter notes of fruits including citrus/lemon, peach, and apricot along with slightly stronger flavors of grapes. There is a slightly tart sweetness towards the finish.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a light hint of dryness in the finish.

O: The alcohol is well hidden and the fruit sweetness really makes this one easy to drink. Very enjoyable and one I will happily drink again.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 23:43:54 | More by dbrauneis
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 2: Stouts and Belgians. Viggo contributed this one, so thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled nov 28/08.

pours hazy orangey amber with a small fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. nice bright citrus. orange, apricot. touch of vanilla. light belgian spice - makes me think of a tripel. white grape.

taste is wacky. i was thinking tripel based on the aroma, but got something completely different. white grape. very light white bread malt character. touch of cracker. bit of light spice. orange marmalade. touch of caramel and honey sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. neat, with a nice balance. interesting stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 21:55:26 | More by grub
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting - Day 2. Bottled courtesy of Viggo. Thanks!
Hazy and an orange/peach colour, this beer poured with a yellow/beige cap that formed some clumpy lacing that really stuck to the glass. Aromas were bready and yeasty, quite fruity with grapes and ripe oranges, delicate spices and a bit of alcohol. Mild bitterness, fruity peaches, malt and honey, biscuit and bread, with sweet apricots and light spice in the finish. Just a bit of alcohol flavour and warmth. Plenty of carbonation, medium bodied, a tad coarse in texture until the carbonation settled down. Pretty good. I'd gladly have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 21:30:53 | More by DrJay
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gotbeer

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a cloudy amber with a light colored head.

The smell has hints of chardonnay and bicuity malt. The taste has fruit flavors (pears, grapes) and hints of a bready malt. It is dry and refreshing for such a big beer. The mouthfeel has noticeable carbonation, and a satisfying finish. Drinkability would be great on a warm summer night or a cool fall day.

Another interesting brew from Allagash. I still use their outstanding Triple as the benchmark, but this one is another example of what you can do with a traditional style. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2006 22:28:51 | More by gotbeer
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much thanks to egajdzis for this $20 brew via The Flying Pig...
Limited release of 2,700 bottles.
Appears a hazy gold with a small white head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of a Belgian mix, yeasty dough, vanilla, peach, apricots...perhaps a touch of champagne esters.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, doughy, with vanilla, and citrus clinging to the palate.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 17:47:31 | More by weeare138
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sinistrsam

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouted a golden copper into my Duvel snifter, accompanied by a HUGE white, thick foamy head, which took forever to die down, and left excellent lacing.
The smell was that of a tripel; yeasty and plenty of candy sugar, bananas, citrus, bubblegum and alcohol. It was very complex and became more evident as it warmed.
The taste wasn't dominated by anyhting in particular; some buttery tones, vanilla, honey, alcohol, citrus(mild) and possibly some sweet fruits? I was expecting a more wine-like taste, but the only thing that the Chardonnay grapes gave the flavor was a slight bitterness to offset the sweetness of the candy sugar.
The mouthfeel was rather sweet at first, but faded into a bitter (but still smooth) aftertaste, with a buttery lingering feel on your tongue. Very interesting, but not as complex in the mouthfeel as I'd hoped for.
I could, however, drink this all the day long. It was another interesting brew from Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 01:30:09 | More by sinistrsam
Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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