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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

360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 54 | 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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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-11-2011 06:35:23 | More by jophish17
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-13-2012 22:40:36 | More by djrn2
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dtivp

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-16-2014 23:03:12 | More by dtivp
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smithmd4

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-21-2011 23:04:40 | More by smithmd4
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-15-2013 15:47:50 | More by thegerm87
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thequeen711

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

I had to try this beer, since it bears my name... Taste is Fruity spice with a slight hint of wine. Aroma of bananas, black pepper and mint are infused in this light tasting offering. Big ABV here, I don't think I can drink a lot of this, resembles more of a wine that a beer, can't even call this a barleywine...But worth the try.

03-26-2009 19:01:37 | More by thequeen711
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

A: Light yellow-straw, slight haze, thin ring of retention, zero lace.

S: Biscuity grain, wine, hints of floral spicing.

T: Very champagne-like, toffee, biscuity grain, subdued fruity esters & phenolic spice, warming alcohol.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a drying alcohol finish.

D: A decent drinker. I could crack one open for New Years.

Thanks Jeremy & Karen.

11-19-2009 02:10:15 | More by Derek
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

Slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a hint of orange. Nice white head, moderate lacing, which could have been better. mellow head retention. Mild grape tones with some sweet pale malts. honey. some chardonnay flavors, spicy, tart, yet subtle. Low to medium body. active carbonation within the beer. a little dry, but crisp. very drinkable. downside of the strong alcohol burn.

06-28-2008 23:42:51 | More by paulthebeerguru
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mutterfudder

New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

2009 Bottle, poured into a Dogfish Head oversized snifter.

A - Pale straw color clear as day. Pours with a big foamy head that is short lived, but leaves a bit of lacing on the sides of the snifter.

S - Biscuits and honey, with a booming sweet nose. The nose has a fresh cut grass note to it as well.

T - Sweet riesling like flavors, with a bit of dryness. There's a hint of some wood here, but it's quickly extinguished. The flavor is juicy and sweet, with a bit of a pale ale note. The sweetness and winey-ness is front and center. Afternotes of pineapple and tropical fruit. Interesting.

M / D - There's a good carbonated mouthfeel, I would have liked it to be a bit drier on the palate. It's a bit too sweet to want to drink another glass.

02-28-2010 02:33:22 | More by mutterfudder
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LeRose

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

On-tap at beer pairing dinner, reviewed from notes.

Apearance - slightly hazy, golden yellow color. Half inch of fluffy white head.

Aroma - strong white grape aroma, a little grassy. Breadiness and yeast character takes a back seat - this serving, the grape was dominant.

Taste - followed the aroma. Very grape forward, very sweet, almost candy-like.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied, very drying on the finish.

Overall, I felt the grape was far too prominent and the beer was far too sweet. This combination just didn't work well for my tastes. It is well-made, but not one I have to have.

06-23-2014 11:08:14 | More by LeRose
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

Golden orange body with a nice tall eggshell white head. Aroma was a bit strange with sweet grapes and biscuit malt coming on strong. Very light spiciness and yeast. Biscuits, yeast and spiciness over a pretty big sweetness in the flavor. Light alcohol peaked though. Fruity notes and a big sweet finish. Not bad but it was a bit overly sweet. Well carbonated and has some trailing warmth on the way down. Easy enough drinking and comes off pretty mild. Unique brew that would be interesting to see what a bit of age does for it.

07-21-2006 16:05:46 | More by meathookjones
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Manosbeeroffate

Maine

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

$13 a bottle, wow!! Pours cloudy golden color. Smells quite sweet like dried fruit. Tastes less like that, more just sweet malt, quite yeasty too, quite a bit of yeasty aftertaste too, but not overwhelming. Overall, it's good not great. Not worth the $13 that it's priced at. I can get La Fin du Monde or even Allagash Four for half the price of this, which I will continue to do.

01-17-2007 02:45:20 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

12oz pour at Sunset Grill, served in a tulip

A - served with about a third of an inch of forthy bright white foam, settled to a thin flim but leaves a sticky wall of lace down the glass. the beer is hazy, bright gold in color.

S - struggling to pull out a lot here, some grains, lemon zest, slightly tart fruit, grape skins...

T - tart fruits chime in first, turning a little bitter and acidic...picking out star fruit, grapes, and some peach. light grassy hops and some tannic white wine flavors finish.

M - medium bodied, slightly oily and comes with sharp carbonation. finishes crisp and drying, with lingering fruity bitterness (is there such a thing?).

D - interesting concept...the fruits unfortunately dont meld as well as they could. i can pick out some grapes more as it warms, but by that time i was about ready to move on to something else.

08-05-2010 18:46:15 | More by Stigs
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cracgor

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

Advertised as a beer brewed with grapes, the first thing I noticed when I opened the bottle was a grape aroma. Smells similar to champagne. It is a brown beer with a weak head, perhaps from the aging process. It has a great taste, complex flavor with a good mix of wine-like undertones and a nice beefy malt. Light on hops, it is like they replaced the hops with grapes. Sadly, there is not much in the way of head which is what the low marks on appearance are for. Kind of a little flat for my taste, but overall it is interesting and fairly well done.

06-27-2010 03:50:27 | More by cracgor
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dirtylou

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

750ml bottle, from the cellar of "Blackie", corked and cage

appearance: pours a murky peach, large and fluffy white cloud head with long lasting retention, active carbonation noticeable

smell: very fresh and powerful nose...big yeast whiff at first, fresh orange-citrus, peppery spice, light white grape juice aroma, zesty

taste: lot of things going on...alcohol is a bit too hot in my opinion, and the carbonation is very high. yeasty, wheat, rather vinous, white grape juice, alcohol warming, pear, green apple, sweet and malty.

mouthfeel: very active carbonation, warming alcohol presence, medium body, lively on the tongue

drinkability: above average

05-31-2006 23:51:31 | More by dirtylou
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a big foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet white grape juice with some Belgian malt and some yeast. Taste is sweet with a nice mix between Belgian style malt and a yeasty finish. I couldn’t really pick-up the taste of grapes in there. Body was above average with some good carbonation and no alcohol was noticeable. Overall, this is an interesting beer but definitely not the best from this fine brewer.

06-26-2007 00:38:51 | More by Phyl21ca
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blackie

California

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

appearance: The pour creates a 1" slightly off white head which is slow to dissipate. A layer and a ring of head is left throughout. The beer is a medium-light amber in color, only slightly hazy when poured off the sediment.

smell: There are upfront aromas of light fruit (white grape, candied pear, banana), with some considerable yeasty aromas. The pale malt aroma is moderately sweet. A little bready. Aromas of slight, aged noble type hops. A touch of spice including orange peel, coriander, and white pepper are found. The moderate ethanol presence contributes positively to the aroma, perhaps carrying some of the aromas to the nose.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is very high and prickly on the tonge, a little distracting. The body is light.

taste: Upfront are light fruity flavors of white grape, apple, and pear...and a mild sweetness of pale malt. There is not too much depth on the tongue, unexpected given the aroma. No hop flavor and just a touch of bitter astringency and a yeasty chalkiness and flavor in the finish. The finish is very dry.

drinkability: The alcohol seems well hidden, only slightly noticeable on nose. The carbonation is filling and somewhat excessive for my tastes.

Split with dirtylou during his stay in Raleigh...review entered from notes taken.

06-07-2006 20:47:44 | More by blackie
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ridedammit

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

A and I bought a bottle at Downtown in Davis Sq after hearing about it at
PublickHouse. Made with grapes sounded interesting and we like
Allagash offerings. The beer is hazy amber, not surprising from what looks
like a bottle-conditioned brew. I think I was expecting more of a wine
nose to it, so I was surprised that it smelled like a typical Belgian. The
taste is good, quite dry, I think this is where the grapes must have their
greatast influence, since the dryness is not from the hop. Mouthfeel is
a bit acidic, also due to the grapes I imagine. All-in-all I liked the beer,
it is a nice unique brew. I think A liked it better, so I may have it again,
but its not something I would go out of my way to find.

04-30-2006 22:36:41 | More by ridedammit
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busternuggz

California

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

Had on tap at Toronado San Diego in a tulip glass.
Pale gold/straw yellow color with a 1/4" bubbly white head. Recedes to a thin layer with a ring clinging to the sides of the glass.
Very estery scent, with some oak and white grape, peach candy, lemon. Smells a little sweet. Nice, layered.
Tastes very Allagashy...some peach and lemon, oaky finish. A little sweetness. Clean aftertaste with some lingering estery fruitiness.
Nice light body, clean, ends a little effervescent.
Pretty light and drinkable, but something about the estery sweetness makes it drag a little for me. This draft is enough for me but it's pleasant enough to finish.
Doesn't really stand out much from other Allagash offerings but it's not bad. I'd go with Curieux or just the White before getting this again though.

01-26-2011 05:26:39 | More by busternuggz
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rtepiak

Poland

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%

a cloudly, very light amber color... almost saison like. a sufficent head. not a lot but consistent. no lace. smell of apricot, astrigent, hop and grape esters... like that of a grape juice... not minerally but tangy with a light malt. the malt is with the grape tangy where as the hop is with the herbal quality... heavy thyme. quite crisp and dry. the crispness isn't a dry mineral sensation as the grape seems to lack the quality of the skin. it more subdued and exposed in the herbal effect. this beer lack the earth to be fantastic. its great but by way of two very separate things the hop dryness and the malt tangy all very crisp but this is lost in the high alcohol content. great with food... not back only. i would highly recommend game birds.

09-14-2008 10:57:41 | More by rtepiak
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

On tap for Allagash night at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some light jelly/jam fruity aromas. Taste is the same with some herbal flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

03-22-2012 05:20:02 | More by UCLABrewN84
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nickd717

California

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. $7 for about 10oz.

Hazy yellow in color with a one-plus finger white head and good lacing.

Nice aroma. Grains of paradise, lemon, Belgian yeast, perfume, and some malty sweetness.

The flavor is decent, but not for the price ($17/750ml). Sweet pale malt, floral and herbal notes, lemon and citrus, and some perfume.

Good mouthfeel with semi-lively carbonation and medium body.

Overall good...but yeah...not for $17.

08-26-2011 15:45:53 | More by nickd717
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a shade of gold with a white head. Nose brings some wood, spice, grape, and some stone fruits. The taste is quite taken over by the grapes, taking away some of the nose's nuances. Feel is somewhat dry. Drinks okay, but like with the Victor, I think the grapes ended up being too large a component in the beer.

10-07-2010 11:18:10 | More by Thorpe429
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

2013 vintage. Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazed, bright orange-gold coloring with a thin, whispy, filmy coating on the surface. Some slow carbonation throughout the body present while you drink. Aromas of toasted grains, sweet and tart grape, and some berry sweet and bubblegum from the Belgian yeast. Flavors are light and effervescent from the crisp body and carbonation. Toasty grain backbone with white wine characteristics, both in dry sweetness and booze kick. Like a dry Pinot Gris. Some of the funky character from the yeast shines through, but not much. Pretty well balanced palate, maybe slightly leaning to the dry side. The aftertaste also has the wine-like feel, with a dry, fruity grist flavoring. Dry and smooth finish, with a slight sweet and tart linger. Interesting and unique beer.

05-30-2013 21:56:39 | More by GarthDanielson
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kkipple

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours a very mead-lookin' nearly still dingy dull orange. Head dies faster than a snickers bar in death valley.

I'm getting a lot of yeast in the nose, vitamin B and tang, with layered notes of honey and white grapes. There's alcohol heat and a pleasing floral scent here - let it sit for a while and the yeasty smell fades a little and it opens up. Not awfully complex, but good.

Tastes quite grape-y, white wine and sulfur yeast mingle with your basic mellow Belgian golden ale. Lots of honey and pears, pepper, mild apple tartness. The yeast is still a little overpowering here and sits in the finish a tad too long. Overall it's a pleasing mellow flavor if you can get past the yeast funk.

Mouthfeel is finely carbonated and slick, the finish is heavy on the white grapes and a little boozy-sweet. Not too shabby.

This is a good beer, but the yeast character overpowers a lot of budding nuance. Worth a try, now I've got to get some Victor!

06-08-2008 06:02:56 | More by kkipple
Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.