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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

357 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 357
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 13
Gots: 53 | 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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Brad007

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

03-22-2009 22:43:00 | More by Brad007
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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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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

04-03-2014 02:50:42 | More by rolltide8425
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +2%

12-14-2011 17:20:27 | More by THECPJ
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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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drummermattie02

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-05-2012 23:17:32 | More by drummermattie02
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

06-30-2013 13:20:08 | More by ShanePB
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%

06-04-2013 00:13:20 | More by iL0VEbeer
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avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +2%

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had an orange-yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, bright white, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: An extremely fruity aroma of apples and grapes with hints of malt, hops, and spices as well.

T: Tasted of apples, malt, and hops up front, with a big shot of grapes in the finish. Not as complex as other Allagash brews, but still pretty flavorful.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Not what I'd call my favorite Allagash beer, but it's undeniably drinkable.

12-07-2010 02:15:28 | More by avalon07
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chippo33

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

12-04-2012 04:09:11 | More by chippo33
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

08-09-2014 19:54:49 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a cloudy orange-ish, yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, it was all white grapes. In the taste, Belgiany sugar and a dry white grape. A sweet fruity and bitter moouthfeel and a semi-dry fruity aftertaste. Great flavor, fantastic grape presence. Hide alcohol very well.

12-11-2007 17:20:02 | More by OWSLEY069
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

07-05-2013 00:44:26 | More by WOLFGANG
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vfgccp

New York

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

A - Hazy, but bright marigold body. Fluffy white head has moderate retention and nice lace.

S - Grass, tart grapes, green olives, light wood, plantains, peach.

T - Wood, strong acrid grape skin notes, tannins, brine, dry peach.

M - Creamy, medium-full body.

O - Well crafted, but with a strange, somewhat ambivalent flavor profile.

01-10-2014 00:55:01 | More by vfgccp
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-08-2012 20:49:58 | More by bsuedekum
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gford217

Georgia

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

On tap at the Brick Store.

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a big creamy white head that recedes slowly to a soapy swirl along the top.

The aroma has lots of lightly toasted grains, wheat and a got bit of Belgian yeast. As it warms, some light sweet fruits come out - candied pears and apples mainly.

The taste is sweeter than the aroma and the toasted grains are much more in the background. The fruits are more prevalent and hit the tongue quickly with a slightly sugar-coated character. The yeast makes its presence felt mostly in the finish with a lingering dry spiciness on the palate.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with lively carbonation, which all adds up to an extremely drinkable beer.

This is a solid Belgian ale that goes down super fast and easy. It's not the most complex or tasty version of the style, but it is one of the most drinkable. Excellent.

08-01-2009 18:51:01 | More by gford217
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champ103

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

06-30-2009 01:07:09 | More by champ103
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

06-04-2011 17:30:27 | More by puboflyons
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%

06-27-2014 22:26:49 | More by Boone757
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popery

California

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

05-07-2010 06:46:48 | More by popery
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atrocity

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

04-25-2014 14:59:37 | More by atrocity
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DmanGTR

Florida

4/5  rDev +2%

01-31-2013 22:26:54 | More by DmanGTR
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pathman

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2%

01-02-2014 20:10:32 | More by pathman
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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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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

Enjoyed at a tasting at Julio's. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a crystal clear golden hue with a nice slightly rocky head that faded quickly and dissappointingly.

S - Smell i snice. Fair amount of vinous qualities on this with some light belgian yeast notes.

T - Taste is very similar to the nose. More of those belgian yeast notes, some nice malt sweetness, and the dry grapey qualities of the wine.

M - Mouthfeel is nice. Crisp, sharp, and try thanks to the chardonnay.

O - Overall, this is a good beer from Allagash just not worth anywhere near the $19.99 price tag for it in MA.

02-09-2012 22:39:59 | More by rudzud
Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 357 ratings.