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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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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

06-11-2014 19:05:39 | More by kaelingirl
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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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smithj4

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-22-2014 23:02:01 | More by smithj4
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2dogbrew

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-19-2014 20:08:35 | More by 2dogbrew
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Zbeetleman

California

3/5  rDev -23.7%

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

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at monks with my favorite bartender bernadette.

A- comes to me with a finger of white loose foam that's settles rather quickly to a small ring and some sticky lace. Pale straw orange yellow in color.

S- semi tart green grapes and pale malts. Slightly herbal and grassy.

T- green grapes and herbal vegetative hops. Crisp and bright. Bold yeast character that add some fruity esters and a touch of spice. The vinous hits do roll the whole thing into a nice little tasty package. Nice mildly acidic finish.

M- mediumish body and a mid level crisp almost champagne like carb.

D- I really enjoyed this brew. Super cool cross over between beer and wine. I like.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 05:07:44 | More by oglmcdgl
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber with a big fluffy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is a nice combination of yeast, matl, sweet white grapes and a hint of clove.

Tastes a bit sweet in front from the grapes, then a subtle yeasty tang and light malt kick in. Grapes reassert themselves in the finish.

Moderate carbonation, coats the tongue nicely.

A very drinkable beer, especially given the ABV. Very nice.

HV

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 00:04:22 | More by sholland119
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-04-2013 02:52:08 | More by lupercmda
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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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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-13-2012 16:13:40 | More by bonbini26
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-21-2011 01:22:26 | More by HopStoopid120
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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-18-2011 20:23:23 | More by waiting4lunch
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at 58 degrees. Vintage 2009.

Pours clear yellowish gold with a two inch head of dense white. After the settle, a solid skim coat remained on the surface as well as plenty of clawed lacework.

Aromatics lead off with biscuity malt, clovey phenols, and honey overtones. A hint of spice, vanilla, and white wine follow through.

Light bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Lively carbonation without being prickly.

Sweet malt and honey-drizzeled biscuits start the palate. A building warmth quickly steps up as does hints of pepper, grape must, oaky tannins, and dessert wine.

Finishes with a lingering sweetness, warming alcohol, and light spice.

The barrel aging is very subtle, but seems to add a bit of complexity. More wood and dryness would be better.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 01:07:57 | More by brewandbbq
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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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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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ElGallo

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-22-2012 02:07:58 | More by ElGallo
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $12.99. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a pleasing hazy golden honey coloration. The head was about two fingers high off white in coloration. The beer is lightly carbonated.

Smell: The beer has a sweet fruity grape aroma coupled with a funky yeast note. Did they use Bret yeast? The beer has a pleasant light citrus note. There is a noticable doughnutty character to the beer.

Taste: The beer has a vinous quality. This combines nicely with citrus and yeast. Again did they use brett? The hops provide a peppery zing. This is like a witbier on steroids. The beer produces a very interesting taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The vinous qualities create an interesting kicked up witbier. This is a very interesting and tasty beer. The alcohol is well covered up in both the smell and the taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 08:43:06 | More by nlmartin
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CelticAleMan

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-05-2012 01:21:14 | More by CelticAleMan
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

07-12-2013 14:55:41 | More by doremite
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UltimateLivewire

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

03-11-2012 16:39:32 | More by UltimateLivewire
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-18-2012 03:48:08 | More by jacewg
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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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MacQ32

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light clear miler light color with half a finger of white head and good retention

S - mild white wine bubblegum and muscadine

T - as it smells bubble gum wine some light sugars minimal lingering

M - medium or so between fairly drinkable and almost sipper

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 00:47:40 | More by MacQ32
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -23.7%

02-18-2012 17:22:10 | More by chrispoint
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DRBiser

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

07-17-2013 16:12:45 | More by DRBiser
Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.