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Allagash Victoria Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Victoria AleAllagash Victoria Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

280 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 280
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.64%


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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asabreed

New York

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml. bottle split with a friend, into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass.

Appearance: A hazy golden yellow body with lots of a bubbles at first, and then they slow down a bit. Head is foamy as hell at first but dissipates rather quickly. Spotty lacing but I wish it stuck a bit more I suppose.

Smell: Lots of bitterness, yeast, candi sugar, a bit of vanilla and slight bubblegum. I wish the vinous aroma would come through more, but it's pretty subdued. Still it's pretty nice.

Taste: An initial shot of vanilla, candi sugar, citrus, some diacetyl, and a lingering bitterness with the finish. Where are the grapes? They're there, but if you didn't tell me there were grapes in this I'm not sure if I'd know. Maybe the lingering bitterness comes from those vinous characteristics? And the hops I suppose too?

Mouthfeel: There's a fullness and a great amount of carbonation to this that I like, without being too much. It ends in a great non-cloying coating feeling also.

Drinkability: I'm not sure I'd buy this again, but it's certainly a solid brew and worth a shot. I just wish, as I said, that the presence of grapes was more present and complex and in the mix.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 00:49:21 | More by asabreed
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The ale is a copper red color with orange hints. On pour, the head is thick and luxurious but it dissipates to a small white ring.

S: The ale has a grape aroma, similar to red grape juice, but subtle and not so sweet. It is a different aroma for a beer, I've never encountered it before.

T: The grapes in the nose miraculously disappear from the taste. The taste is a stronger malt flavor, well spiced with some pepper and honey. The finish is where some of the fruitiness re-emerges, giving the ale a tart sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel, with spices and fruit tartness, is very good.

D: The 9% abv is well hidden here, allowing the fruit and spices to shine. A well made beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 01:53:54 | More by akorsak
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML corked and caged bottle > oversize wine glass.

slightly hazy honey color wityh many tiny bubbles and a high crown of smooth, bright-white foam and large clumpy lacing.

Very fruity nose, sweet, red berries, wild raspberries, sour and tart wild yeastie scent with lemmon citrus and overlly ripe red grapes and clean, wheat scent way down.

The flavor is a light and crisp wheatie malt, very pale wheat with white grapes and sour fruits. Later on, there's a wine-like earthiness under a smooth herbal hop. subtle spicey and peppery yeast effect tingles the tongue along with a mellow but noticable heat. Grapefruit tartness and fresh green veggies are subtle but effect for balance.

I think the addition of grapes adds some nice complexity and despite a 9% abv it's very refreshing in the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 22:47:57 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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StephenRich

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Allagash is a Brewery in Portland Maine which honestly confuses me. Since 1995 their focus on unique Belgian inspired craft beers with a twist of wine and history continues to both amaze and frustrate me. Their traditional beers like the White, Dubbel and Bock have all be very nice, but Allagash also has a much more unique array of beers.

They offer a Barrel Aged series of beer all aged in oak barrels of some variety; Cellared beers which are all designed to be laid down to rest for many years; the Tribute series whic are beers based on a historical model or story; the Serie D'Origine which are totally unique and exciting blends of various styles of beer; and finally the Limited Series which are extraordinary beers crafted with the most choice ingredients specifically for that task and brewed in very limited quantity.

The reason I say that they confuse me is because beyond their classic beers, I have been both amazed and disappointed by them. The Black Belgian Style Stout, was excellent, but the Confluence was lacking. The Flexus was superb and extremely exciting, but the Victor was very tart and off balance. So, with the score tied in the bottom of the ninth, Allagash came through with a winning home run; the 2008 Victoria Ale.

The Victoria Ale is in Allagash's Tribute Series and is dedicated to the historic Victoria Mansion in Portland Main known as the Morse-Libby House. It is credited as being one of the greatest 19th century houses in the United States. The Victoria Ale was brewed with one hundred and fifty pounds of Chardonnay grapes which were crushed and added directly into the mash.

It is available only in 750ml corked bottles scattered throughout the U.S. at 9 abv. Before I opened this bottle I did hypothesize that this would be significantly better than the Bottle of Victor which I had had about a year ago. The Victor is in the same series and is also brewed with grapes. However when I had the Victor is was very fresh, maybe four or five months young. This Victoria Ale from 2008 is now close to two years old, so I did expect the added maturity to treat this beer very well.

I opened this up at a the top of the cool temperature range at 12C (54F) to try to evoke both crisp and quenching characteristics as well as excite loads of fruity aroma. An initial tilt of the bottle exposed huge amounts of slurrying sediment - soft waves of pale dust danced gently in the bottle; this indicated to me that perhaps the rest time is necessary for this bottle. Bottle conditioned beers are typically built to age, they are continually growing while resting building new character and smoothing out rough edges.

The pour was soft but very lively; it flowed smoothly out of the bottle developing quietly in the bottom of a deep connoisseur's glass lifting a short pure white head that latched on to the sides of the glass and would not let go. The Victoria was a delightful bright amber orange with golden bronze and yellow hues. It was completely opaque and hazy as you would expect, but no sediment was obviously noticeable in the glass.

The nose was sweetly tart with ripe fruits, citrus, soft earth and tree bark. The spice and funk from Belgian yeast comes out softly in the center, but is quietly balanced with light clove, the softest touch of vanilla, banana and pear. Hints of caramel and toffee make their way in at the end, but it finished with a dry lemon zest crispness. The Victoria was already winning me over.

The first thing I noticed about this beer was the lack of abrasive one sided funk and tart that I felt in the likes of the Victor and Confluence. The Victoria flowed softly into my palate with clean and silky effervescence bringing warm apples and clove, pears, banana, pale malts and earth with muddled spices and perfect touches of funk and tart. A generous fruity backbone melts over your tongue and cheeks showing complex notes of fresh grape flesh, sweet ginger, sweet and savory pastry and light hints of pepper. Creamy caramel is light with soft vanilla warming the palate.

This was a much evolved and matured beer with several flavor combinations and complexities that just made it a superb drink. The smooth creamy, almost buttery mouthfeel was perfectly extenuated by delicate natural carbonation which all came together to match excellent flavors and delightful aromatics. Hints of floral and honeydew like hops aided a touch of bitter to the finish with slight lemon zest and orange peel giving it a short, and softly crisp finish.

That was really the power of the beer; lots of amazing flavors and aromas, but all very light and soft perfectly balanced in an orchestra of musical flavor. Allagash won the game for me with this one, and I will seek out more of their beers now for my cellar. The Victoria I expect would pair nicely with a wide range of soft or funky cheeses, croissants, smoked salmon or light fish, or lightly herbed rack of lamb.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 18:49:36 | More by StephenRich
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mcallister

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank this after a bottle of Westy 12 and I must say I thought this held it's own very well.

An awesome shade of orangish, yellow straw. Large frothy white head, dissapeared fairly quickly and left lacing down the Riedel Bordeaux glass.

Belgian yeast on the entrance aroma, followed by pear, fig, herby smells, apple, plantane, and good malt prescence.

Again on the front palate is exploding with that funky belgian yeast character, and a good maltiness. Dried bananas, bosc pear, apple, dried fig, and spicy hebacious characters. Very well balanced and complex.

Smooth, creamy, delectable mouthfeel. No signs of alcohol in the nose or mouth so I think it would be rather easy to drink a few to many of these before it knocked you down.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2006 19:38:36 | More by mcallister
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle share courtesy of egajdzis.

Poured a medium and hazy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of grapes, caramel, yeast, vanilla and a little funkiness. Tastes of grapes, caramel, fruity and light yeast. A little on the sweeter side. Alcohol content hidden.

Notes from 5/4/06

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 20:19:34 | More by hopdog
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Halcyondays

California

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours yellow with a frothy light white head, some lace.

S: Light with lemon, various stone fruit.

T: Lots of lemon zest, apple, the Chardonnay is apparent in the overall flavour. The malt adds a nice flavour as well. A tasty beer, not too complex though.

M: Medium-bodied, very smooth, very easy to drink.

D: I don't know, for some reason I found this the pinnacle of drinkability. Good flavours, quite refreshing. I liked it a lot, but not in the upper echelon of Belgian & Belgian-style beers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2010 01:52:07 | More by Halcyondays
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Foxman

New Jersey

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

It pours a golden orange, a bit hazy and exremely carbonated. Three fingers of off-white egg white head ebb slowly. A reef of lacing lays cemented to the inside of the glass.

In the aroma there comes sweet grain, with light vanilla and caramel. A sour yeast riff sings green apple, and a note of clove wafts through as well. A vinous touch of port carries a solid stripe of alcohol along.

Upon sipping, there's a malted grain sweetness partnered with a more earthy vinous sweetness, with the grape component heavier on the tongue. Mellow bready yeast, tangy and slighty sour, duels with a credible alcohol presence. A glint of clove surfaces, then flattens to a rounded bitterness which joins some residual malt in the finish. There's quite a bit going on, but it all comes together in a good way.

Medium bodied, the carbonation is very peppy and it joins the rest to enliven the palate.

It seems Allagash just doesn't know how to disappoint. It's something different, and done well, no surprise considering the track record in place. With a muscular ABV it warms and even numbs, but enjoyed wisely the grain and grape combo drinks pleasingly. I'm all for pushing the envelope, but it's always refreshing to see a brewery that dares to experiment without having to go over the top.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 14:04:15 | More by Foxman
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

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

Bottled February of '06, Sampled November 2006
This definitely smells of grapes; as soon as I start to pour this beer I get tart, vinous, flinty notes of sharp white grapes. The beer is very well carbonated and has an initial three-finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves some lacing on the sides of my glass as it subsides. The beer is a hazy, orange tinged, light amber color. Sweet malt aromatics are also here in the nose; touches of caramel, sweet malted grain and a touch of toasty grain. Fruit notes certainly are the most noticeable part of the aroma with notes of raisins, plums, and even a hint of something like a tropical fruit note. It is interesting that this has taken on some notes of darker fruits (even a note of fig is here), the initial aroma was all chardonnay grapes, but this melds in with darker fruit notes quite seamlessly as my nose gets used to the aromatics. There are some nice, though quite subtle, soft spice notes in the nose as well. Nothing too obvious, but at times I sense notes of ginger, clove, perhaps some cinnamon, and a touch of earthy black pepper.

The taste is quite sweet up front, a grape like sweetness and fullness lingers in the mouth. The beer finishes with some acidity and sharp, slightly astringent, spicy note that is sort of like a sauvignon blanc. This definitely has a fairly full body to it; it is not quite a sipping beer, but I would not call it quaffable either. Chardonnay grape flavors are definitely here as well, but the beer is sweet enough that it masks the typical dry, chardonnay wine flavors. Again the sweetness of this brew makes me think of darker fruits than white grapes; notes of sweet plums, fresh figs, and raisins are the most easily discernible flavors. There are some notes of greener fruits here as well though; notes of honeydew, star fruit, and of course green grapes are noticeable if somewhat subtle to the more noticeable darker fruit notes.

Despite my comments regarding the heft of this beer, this has disappeared remarkably fast from my glass. Something about it is definitely drinkable, though I still would not say it is quaffable. I think it might be the acidity here, there is just enough to not allow the sweetness to become overbearing and actually it keeps it quite manageable. I definitely think this would be much better at a slightly lower alcohol content; at 6% or even 7% this would be quite a bit easier to drink and would actually be more in line with what one typically expects from a Chardonnay grape. This is definitely a hard one to judge, on its individual components I would score this quite highly, and even overall I am enjoying it, but I don't think it is as good as it objectively seems.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 03:35:59 | More by Gueuzedude
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

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

Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a good sized head, good retention, some lacing.

Smell is yeasty with strong notes of fruit, apple and pear possibly and a bit of honey, can't really make out much of a grape presence though.

Taste has a rather tart sweetness yet finishes sharply (most likely a result of the grapes), lots of spiciness going on such as clove, good carbonation amount for the style, the strength is well hidden behind the fruit and spice of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 16:41:36 | More by deltatauhobbit
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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

On tap at Max's for their Allagash event the other night.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. Like the Victor, this beer smells pretty sweet, with honey and hints of cherry. On the palate this beer is moderately sweet, and is a bit grapy. There is also something of a sweet and sour cherry taste as well to this beer. Maybe some honey as well. The beer is smooth and long on the palate, but is not the least bit heavy or tiring. Drinkability with this beer is high. I would never guess the abv. is 9%.

Another very nice beer from Allagash.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2008 15:31:31 | More by johnmichaelsen
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

Finally, I got the chance to try this out. Poured in a wine glass at the SPTR.

A- Victoria holds a hazy gold color with faint spots of orange depending on the light. No head or even a small cap of foam, just some small streaks of fizz on the surface. No lacing on this one.

S- Well, this does not exactly smell like a beer, has more of a wine appeal from the grapes used in the brewing process. Scents of Chardonnay grapes with some fruity spice plus banana and some pepper thrown in as well. Some Belgian yeast as well. Not a pungent aroma but a pleasent one.

T- Reaffirms that this "beer" has a huge wine influence with the chardonnay type taste peeking through ever so carefully, without a full blown flavor assult. The Belgian Yeast used is probably the only thing keeping this in the realm of beer as hops are not very prominent. Some other sweetness from the malt and I like the banana ans slight apple with a spicy finish with pepper. A good "beer"

M- Victoria has a great feel that is not all that strong which I think suits it well. This is a small step above light bodied with just a touch of carb which is perfect. A very smooth beer that has a wine profile throughout. The flavors gloriously coat the mouth for a few seconds not leaving a long aftertaste.

D- Very drinkable. I hardly even noticed that this was a 9% beer, drinks more like a 5-6%er. A great beer for pairing with many types of food. My glass was gone before I knew it. Im interested in seeing how a bottle of this stands up but im sure it pales in comparison with this tap version.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2009 20:25:44 | More by BARFLYB
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am biased when it comes to Allagash. I think they brew interesting, tasty beers, and this is no exception. I had a 750ml bottle all for myself. After pouring the first glass, I let the bottle come to more of a room temperature. The beer was a cloudy orange with a medium head. The smell was mostly sweet fruit. The taste was fruity, somewhat tart, with a little hoppiness. I'm not certain I could detect a vinous character to it. As the beer warmed, it became dryer and more malty/yeasty. Very interesting. Somewhat carbonated. Another great offering from Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 13:50:05 | More by lordofthewiens
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lou91

California

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved this beer from the noisy pour to the fantastic sweet honey and rich complex fruit scents. The taste was not as good as the smell but this may be due to its youth. It was a bit too sweet but a year or two should round it out. Still it is a well done rich flavorful tasty belgian style ale that many would be envious of. This one is going back on the want list. Thanks to Brewfan for this.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 06:47:51 | More by lou91
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SLeffler27

New York

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours as a crystal clear old gold with ample carbonation and a tall, white, rocky head that drops to a thin blanket, leaving rings of lace and a film with nice legs.

Opens with sweet, fresh apples, grapes, white wine, followed by straw, flowery grapefruit and a bit of leather. With complexity like this, one eagerly anticipates the flavors.

As anticipated, the flavors follow the aroma, though a bit less complex with tartness outweighing the bitter. A subtle, lingering finish improves with warmth as light alcohol and woody notes make themselves known.

Victoria coats the palate with a medium body, soft carbonation and moderate fumes of alcohol.

A fine selection for relaxing or any occasion.

Date consumed: 2 October 2008

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 14:35:55 | More by SLeffler27
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berkey

California

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Soild medium pale amber body. A good lingering head formed in an Allagash glass even with a very slow pour (per the directions on the bottle). Moderately carbonated. Thick creamy lacing.

Smell: Yeast, some citrus, slightly dry & acidic white grape, spice, sugar, possibly caramel, alcohol.

Taste: White grape juice, seems like some wheat malt but I'm not sure if that's the fruit playing tricks on my palate. Reminds me a little of a Belgian Amber Ale more than the Pale Ale it's classified as. Specifically brings to mind a flash of Caracole Ambree with grapes. Because of these grapes I was expecting something a little white wine-like but that's not exactly it. I'll say it this way: a fair amout of grape flavor in this ale, you obviously get grape flavors in wine, but that doesn't necessarily mean you get wine flavors in this ale. As it warms some honey and vanilla peeks though. Pleasant beer.

Drinkability: Fairly enjoyable and drinkable but the 9% ABV and overall sweetness keep this from getting a higher mark.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 06:32:08 | More by berkey
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
2009 vintage.

pours a mostly translucent (there is a touch of haze) golden yellow, yields a solid finger-plus creamy white/off-white head; retention is decent, lacing is good. overall a solid presentation.

nose offers a mishmash of fruity notes: grape, lemon, apple, maybe peach... spice... a touch of oak. nice aroma.

taste follows nicely. definitely agree with the vinous quality others have noted. i think it works well. more spice and fruity notes; a bit of hops in the finish. alcohol presence is virtually non-existent. very enjoyable.

medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. drink well - goes down easily - although the grapes tend to wear on you after a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 02:00:50 | More by perrymarcus
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cbl2

New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2/21/2007 $10.99 750 mL 9.00% No best by date, designed for aging.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy orange topped by a thin film of white head that is constantly replenished by the presence of vigorous carbonation.

Aroma:

Muscat grapes meets pizza dough, as wine and beer face off in this melange of aromas. Sweet honey and a bit of earthyness present themselves as well.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Excellent mouthfeel leads into a sweet warming body of gooey honey, cantalope and pear. Alcohol and bread are abundant in the finish, as is an intense belgian candied sugar.

Reminiscent of Midas Touch to me. This one straddles the fence between beer and the beyond. Fruit characters lead the way here, though not the Chardonnay I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 22:29:19 | More by cbl2
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Vintage: 2009

A - As soon as the cork is popped a nice steady flow of bubbles raises up the neck of the glass. As I gently pour it a nice 1 inch white head forms with some nice tight bubbles form. The color is straw yellow with some pal golden notes and is quite hazy.

S - Aroma is quite vinous. Some buttery Chardonnay notes as well as some nice slight tartness. This beer could be confused with a sparkling wine in terms of the nose. Quite delicious and refreshing nose. There is some slight grain and malt notes present o the back end of the nose and there is also a slight earthy hop note.

T & M - Flavor is fluffy and grainy up front with some nice bread notes. This is followed by the slight grape tartness and the vinous character. There i some slight leafy and earthy notes present as well as some nice slight funk from the yeast. The feel is fluffy and crisp with a nice light body that makes the beer easy to drink. Good offering.

D - Very easy to drink and yummy.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 19:01:28 | More by JoEBoBpr
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 bottling, green lettering on front.

Very even, fine white two-finger head. Hazy golden body. Awesome lacing.

Smell is sour and bretty, though smelled much sweeter in a mini Aventinus glass. I'm pretty sure everyone's glass was clean, but it smelled different in every glass.

Taste has some significant malt presence (surprisingly), with some faint vegetal presence. There's chardonnay grape in here, but it's subdued and really well integrated. (Not like Dogfish Head Red and White, which failed in that respect). Doesn't taste like chardonnay either (not lemon and pennies), but as I said, the chardonnay grape is integrated with the malt in the body. Trace of brett in the taste, but not much. Sweetness comes through (again, this is not chardonnay) and the brett character develops as it warms.

Mouthfeel is pretty average, kinda thin. Interesting considering the head and lacing, I expected a fine-grained texture.

Stuff like this is hit or miss. This is a hit.

At the price point? There are better things to buy for the money. Still, quite good.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 02:53:57 | More by zaphodchak
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ColForbin

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Allagash Victoria Ale is described on the bottle as being an ale brewed with grapes. From their website, the specific grapes involved are chardonnay, and that they were added directly to the mash. As a bonus, $1 from every bottle goes toward historic preservation of a mansion in Portland, ME.

It pours a cloudy copper orange with a fairly substantial white head. Aroma is fairly subdued, some spices and some sweetness from the grapes, but not a wine-like aroma by any means. Taste is full of Allagash Belgian yeast characteristics up front, with lots of sweet grapes in the middle with a spicy off-dry finish. Big chewy mouthfeel, with a pretty high level of carbonation. Almost a wine-like aftertaste. The sweetness of this beer makes it a bit less drinkable than some.

Not the absolute triumph that Interlude was, but a very intriguing beer nonetheless. I would buy more if I could get it in VT or NH.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 01:38:17 | More by ColForbin
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from Julio's, Westboro, MA. Corked and caged.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head gets reinforcements in small constant bubbles rising form the bottom of the glass, and lasts accordingly, with delicate lacing. Aroma is slightly spicy sweetness, with effervescent notes. Taste is moderate maltiness upfront, with spicing coming on, and a dry lightly fruity close. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy over the tongue, and drinkability is very nice for the abv. A nice addition to the Allagash family of products.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 01:10:47 | More by ppoitras
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Brad007

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 06:46:48 | More by popery
Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.