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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

346 Ratings
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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 13
Gots: 50 | 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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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-14-2013 22:27:23 | More by nmann08
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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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JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-13-2013 05:33:50 | More by JuliusCaesar
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AJ01923

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-12-2013 03:40:00 | More by AJ01923
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kirkse

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-11-2013 03:09:03 | More by kirkse
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nootch23

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

06-10-2013 15:01:07 | More by nootch23
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-09-2013 03:30:39 | More by trevorpost
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-04-2013 00:13:20 | More by iL0VEbeer
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-03-2013 02:00:05 | More by siege06nd
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Anonymous1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-01-2013 05:09:46 | More by Anonymous1
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 21:56:39 | More by GarthDanielson
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Smiles72

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-28-2013 23:12:51 | More by Smiles72
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MastaShonuf

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-25-2013 03:31:03 | More by MastaShonuf
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Dirksen

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-24-2013 19:25:52 | More by Dirksen
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-21-2013 05:35:24 | More by Kelp
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bootdown21

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

05-18-2013 03:32:27 | More by bootdown21
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Zbeetleman

California

3/5  rDev -23.7%

05-15-2013 05:14:28 | More by Zbeetleman
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YoungTeach

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

03-19-2013 22:04:57 | More by YoungTeach
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-11-2013 05:15:25 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-25-2013 02:15:36 | More by GRG1313
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Bizoneill

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-21-2013 15:41:56 | More by Bizoneill
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deac83

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-11-2013 05:22:13 | More by deac83
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jsilva

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-09-2013 23:35:14 | More by jsilva
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2009 vintage. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big white grape, grape skin, pear, apple, honey, floral, apricot, grass, herbal earthiness, white wine, light black pepper, light funk, and light yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of malt notes and yeast esters. Taste of big white grape, pear, apple, apricot, honey, floral, grass, herbal earthiness, light pepper, white wine, light black pepper, light funk, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal earthiness, light funk, and white wine on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of malt/yeast esters; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian Strong pale ale. Great flavor balance and complexity of malt and yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 07:15:57 | More by superspak
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DmanGTR

Florida

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-31-2013 22:26:54 | More by DmanGTR
Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.