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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

332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 12
Gots: 46 | 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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jacewg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2%

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

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks cookin420 for this one.
Large corked bottle, no bottling date I could find, poured into a goblet.

Golden brew, somewhere in the middle of the golden spectrum, just slightly hazy, with a dense, creamy white head that is rather short but lasts a long time, and covers the sides of the glass on the beer's way down.
Aroma is quite fruity, acidic, tart at times, caramel, bread, grains are noticeable as well.
Rare spices can be observed, pepper the most obvious.
Medium bodied, quite creamy on the palate, with sweet tastes opening up, followed by tart and acidic notes, and a dry finish. Grapes, oranges,
white wine like acidity, grains.
This is a very interesting beer, one that I would be glad to have more if it had not been discontinued.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 23:55:11 | More by brdc
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

07-27-2013 01:04:59 | More by DerekMorgan
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rtepiak

Poland

3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +2%

07-24-2012 00:02:28 | More by klipper
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the greatest craft bar in Maryland of Always Ron's in Hagerstown Maryland.

Very pale like a witbier with billowing head. Has a little funky/barnyard smell but overall the scents are subtle. It has a very well balanced taste profile. You get a touch of sour, some funk, a little sweetness, a little booziness and finishes with a slight hop bitterness. Overall its an easy drinking 9% brew and has alot going on. It didn't quite give me the WOW factor but its definitely at that level just on the cusp of a world class brew but not quite there. Allagash makes another very solid / outstanding beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2014 00:31:23 | More by bubseymour
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours pretty cloudy at first as a Yellow-Gold with a slight orange tint. It has a large white head that stands forever. Lots of thick lace are left on the glass after drinking the beer.

Aroma: Malts and spicy hops that are very Tripel like in their first impression. The grapes aren't obvious in the cold beer. The aroma is getting more grape-like as the beer warms, and it is also getting the chardonnay notes that the flavor has.

Flavor: Clean with bold hops up front. Strong sweetness in middle. Toasty bread crusts are the main representation from the malt, but caramel notes are coming out a lot more as the beer warms. The finish is well attenuated and quite dry. Grapes add a chardonnay note in the finish and this gets more noticeable as the beer sits. There is some evident alcoholic warming in the finish. The hops soften as the beer warms and start letting the malt shine through. There is a subtle honey impression that I am getting as the beer actually warms up some. The carbonation is ample to high, which is good. Now that the beer is warm, the hops are hardly noticeable.

Opinion: Overall this is a pretty good beer. I actually like how the flavor and aroma change as the beer warms us, especially since nothing about it ever gets one-dimensional. I actually think that I like this beer a little better than the Victor, which is a little surprising for me as I typically favor the darker side of things, but this is a really nice beer overall. If you like Dupont Moinette Blond, I don't think that you would be disappointed in this beer as they share some characteristics in hops especially.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 03:16:48 | More by SkeeterHawk
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

06-02-2014 01:36:50 | More by jpd7374
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callmemickey

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden-orange body. Minimal head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Bam. Chardonnay hits you right of the bat. Its not overpowering though. You could still get some yeast, pepper, clove and banana notes.

T: More of the same. I think the Chardonnay grapes accentuate the flavor even more than in the nose. Banana and yeast carry the day as malt takes a back seat.

M: Smooth. Refreshing. Slightly acidic. Clean finish.

D: More of a novelty than anything else. A nice beer, but one that maxes out toward the end of the glass.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2009 01:45:17 | More by callmemickey
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GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

09-10-2012 14:27:45 | More by GeoffreyM
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draheim

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (2010) poured into a tulip. Pale golden color, crystal clear; white head subsides pretty quickly. Good carbonation.

Aroma is clean Belgian yeast and white wine grapes. Taste follows nose: yeast, pale malt, and a slightly sweet acidity from the grapes. Not sure I'd recognize grapes as an ingredient if I hadn't read the label. Very subtle. Crisp, sharp, dry mouthfeel.

Overall this is not a particularly complex or interesting beer, but I imagine it would be a great pairing for poultry or cheese.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 05:19:54 | More by draheim
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

10-06-2012 03:41:04 | More by thebouch01
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asabreed

New York

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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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SLeffler27

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Gww1864

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

06-23-2012 02:30:13 | More by Gww1864
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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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bmur112

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

03-20-2012 16:05:38 | More by bmur112
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dunix

Vermont

4/5  rDev +2%

11-20-2012 22:06:33 | More by dunix
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

05-16-2012 22:58:55 | More by nrs207
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froghop

Washington

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

had this a little while ago but was not able to rate because it was 'retired', even though it is still found on the shelve.

pours a yellow-orange with a medium size egg-shell head, some lacing.

smell is faint, musty, sweet fruit, and some yeast.

taste is light yet crisp, fruity, tad bit of sweetness comes through, some caramel, pear, and some spice.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 03:39:38 | More by froghop
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Oversized Wine Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
VINTAGE: 2009
Corked & Caged 750ml

Damn! That cork just almost took my eye out! I barely had the cage pulled away and the cork popped, like a gunshot. Fortunately, I had the glass right there, so I didn't lose anything.
This is a beautiful, golden orange color with serious yellow tinting. It has a slight haziness to it. Almost two-fingers of off-white colored foam make the head, which fades to a surface covering film that sticks around for quite awhile. The lacing is in seriously thick strands that are very nicely sticky.

This smells like a big, fat, glass of white fruits. The grapes come through easily. Nice notes of pears, apples, peaches, nectarines, even some light traces of pineapple and raisins. Nice hints of pale malts and belgian yeast notes.
This has a very wine-like overtone to it, which is not surprising, considering what it is.

I'm surprised by the amount of wheat-ness that I seem to be tasting here. It's not bad, just unexpected. The chardonnay grapes tend to dominate the flavor profile, somewhat. The other white fruits that were apparent in the nose are here, they just aren't as prominent. Big hints of yeastiness. Lots of pale malt notes abound. Good hints of spices. Light sweetness that is similar to honey.
Overall, this is more sweet than tart or funky.

A solid medium body with a high level of (natural) carbonation. It is nicely refreshing and also has a good amount of creaminess to it.
Very nice.

Much like a good bottle of wine, the 9.00%abv is very nicely hidden. The taste is a touch too sweet to get a perfect score here, but it is still definitely drinkable. Grab one if you have the chance. It's a different kind of beer, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 21:21:43 | More by coldmeat23
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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat murky orange body with a couple of fingers of offwhite head that dissipates a bit more quickly than expected. Smells yeasty, citrusy, and somewhat spicey. Tastes citrusy, malty, and spicey. Medium bodied. Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV... Very enjoyable! Kudos once again, Allagash!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 02:47:31 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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jujubeast6000

Texas

2.98/5  rDev -24%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/21/2009 (2009 bottle):

Pours a clear bright golden colored body, with a big foamy white head, lasting. Fruity fresh aroma, light grapes, and dark grapes. Some grain smell, mustiness too, like horseblanket or something. Not too strong, though. Grapey taste, fruity, with a strong grape aftertaste. Light and crisp tasting. Some warmness, and a lot of carbonation. Light taste, not heavy, not alcoholy. Alright, light flavor, grapey.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 21:42:31 | More by jujubeast6000
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2%

08-14-2013 01:18:15 | More by Janeinma
Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.