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Allagash Victoria Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Victoria AleAllagash Victoria Ale

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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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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

12-11-2011 06:35:23 | More by jophish17
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Pencible

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like fresh lemon zest and coriander and clove, with some white grape and grapefruit and sour Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like lemon zest and grapefruit hops, with sweet wild honey and sour Belgian yeast, and a bit of coriander. The aftertaste was bitter but smooth.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a nice pale Belgian with good complexity and clean taste. It had a more enjoyable balance of flavors than most of the style, and it hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink. The body could have been a bit better, but this was otherwise a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 21:44:42 | More by Pencible
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atrocity

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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

Maine

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, corked. Sampled June 2006.

This beer poured a cloudy, golden color with white foam that settled. The smell was mild grape skins with a slight sweetness that became more pronounced as it warmed. There was also a Belgian maltiness. The taste was lightly tart grape skins with Belgian malt and light hoppiness. There was a faint flavor of tannins. Overall the flavors were somewhat subtle. The mouthfeel was very dry with medium body and very pronounced carbonation (frothy). The sweet maltiness and grape skin flavors lingered. This was a good and enjoyable beer, but with subtle flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 07:06:01 | More by UncleJimbo
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.8%

06-03-2014 01:14:30 | More by Griffith
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-01-2012 02:53:56 | More by jfcaa193
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prototypic

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-11-2014 04:12:51 | More by prototypic
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the chalice lightly hazy amber golden with an almost white head which was coarse and loosely gathered, and fell slowly enough to coat at the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a sweet candy aromatic and a light Belgian yeast spice and a grapeskin undertone. The light spice in the aroma was enough to excite the nasal passages and was probably enhanced by alcohol. The aroma also exhibited a light citrusy presence, notably orange in character.

The flavor was fruity with a light sweetness and a graham/bready presence. The malt was some caramel and a candy presence coupled with a light fruity undertone that once again had a grapeskin and grape presence (not raisin). The flavor was interesting with the spicy nature being peppery and lasting on the tongue and palate. The flavor also contained a citrusy presence, muted and well mixed, similar to that of a witbier in nature.

The finish was dry with lasting, make that long lasting pepper flavor and fruitiness into the aftertaste and well beyond. The body was medium full with a lower than expected carbonation level. The alcohol in this beer really came into play in the flavor and in the warming after consumption, the aroma was enhanced by the alcohol the flavor, not so much.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 22:02:56 | More by GCBrewingCo
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flexabull

California

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

Bottle courtesy of brandonman63. Thanks again!

Pours a cloudy gold color with a nice big head.

Aromas are spicy, yeasty, and very floral.

Very creamy, nice sweet and full malt flavors. Some yeast and spice on the finish. Somewhat tart as well, very nice balance of flavors. Would like a bit more of a spicy kick to this one though... still quite tasty.

A lot fuller in mouthfeel than others in the style I have tried. Very nice.

Super easy to drink, and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 01:35:57 | More by flexabull
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

06-15-2013 15:47:50 | More by thegerm87
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

08-12-2013 01:15:56 | More by ste5venla
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Boto

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This one pours a hazy, darker golden yellow. It has a fairly decent sized off white head on it. There is quite a bit of effervescence going on in the glass. The aroma is quite nice. Yeasty, bready, grains, and fruitiness that almost smells like it could be coming from a chardonnay. The taste is excellent. It is somewhat sweet. The fruits are there, but they have merged into a unique flavor. Spices and a hint of caramel also. There is a bit of fiziness on the tongue. Medium bodied. An excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 21:53:23 | More by Boto
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tommy5

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-20-2014 02:36:33 | More by tommy5
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jsanford

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml C&C bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. 2010 vintage.

A - Hazy gold with a thin white head that recedes to a thick ring and haze.
S - Sweet malt, grape juice, Candi sugar, and a very Tripel-like yeast profile. Smells like a grape Tripel.
T - Very close to the nose, I can't shake the grape Tripel descriptor. Sweet honey malt, grape juice, and spicy yeast.
M - Slightly sticky with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - Not really my thing, reminded me too much of the DFH Ancient Ales that use grape juice and honey. Once you've had one of those, they all kinda taste the same.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 00:01:42 | More by jsanford
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Jspriest

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-14-2011 07:12:57 | More by Jspriest
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mcallister

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 2: Stouts and Belgians. Viggo contributed this one, so thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled nov 28/08.

pours hazy orangey amber with a small fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. nice bright citrus. orange, apricot. touch of vanilla. light belgian spice - makes me think of a tripel. white grape.

taste is wacky. i was thinking tripel based on the aroma, but got something completely different. white grape. very light white bread malt character. touch of cracker. bit of light spice. orange marmalade. touch of caramel and honey sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. neat, with a nice balance. interesting stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 21:55:26 | More by grub
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nickd717

California

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

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. $7 for about 10oz.

Hazy yellow in color with a one-plus finger white head and good lacing.

Nice aroma. Grains of paradise, lemon, Belgian yeast, perfume, and some malty sweetness.

The flavor is decent, but not for the price ($17/750ml). Sweet pale malt, floral and herbal notes, lemon and citrus, and some perfume.

Good mouthfeel with semi-lively carbonation and medium body.

Overall good...but yeah...not for $17.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 15:45:53 | More by nickd717
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beerpadawan

California

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-22-2012 21:03:54 | More by beerpadawan
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-17-2012 17:49:32 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

06-24-2013 02:58:48 | More by Gatordaddy
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cliff1066

Virginia

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-23-2012 07:48:01 | More by cliff1066
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Smarty_Pints

California

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

08-16-2013 01:30:38 | More by Smarty_Pints
Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.