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Allagash Victor Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Victor AleAllagash Victor Ale

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158 Reviews
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Reviews: 158
Hads: 452
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 23
Gots: 86 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: akorsak on 06-10-2007

The Victor Ale was inspired by its feminine-named predecessor, the Victoria Ale. With chardonnay grapes to make the Victoria Ale unique, our brewers decided to use red grapes for the Victor. Over one hundred pounds of cabernet franc grapes were crushed on site and added directly to the mash. In addition to a generous portion of Pilsner malt, Victor is hopped with Fuggles and Hallertau and fermented with a wine yeast strain. With a focus on the subtle wine-like character of the grapes, the 9.0% ABV brew maintains a copper color, wine yeast influence and a medium body with a tart and spicy finish.
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Photo of Roguer
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale peach colored brew; nice off-white head with pinkish highlights and very good retention.

Grapes dominate the aroma, with tart and funk notes. This translates well to the palate, which mingles grapes with the alcohol. A very light funkiness throughout, but the priority is the grape flavor which, while being dominant, never approaches grape soda or juice.

Fairly lively and smooth feel.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The color of Victor was the first hint of the red grapes present in this beer. The beer poured a slightly reddish off white with a fluffy white head. The red is easily seen as the beer is not clear and just a touch hazy.

Smell is very "Allagash" to my nose, Belgian yeasts, fruits, breads and there is a more dominant smell of grape naturally.

Taste has grapes moving forward, but the standard tastes of a Belgian ale...yeasts, spices, fruits and breads. This beer tastes milder than many of the BSPAs one might have, and the grapes are likely what does that.

Feel is astringent at the end, and is the only 'weak' point on this beer for me.

All in all a nice beer, I had this one before Victoria, so I am looking forward to comparing the two.

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Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 750 ml into a tulip. Smells deliciously yeasty. Tastes like a Trippel with a slight sweet grape taste. Well crafted beer from one of the truest brewers of Belgians beers. Fans of Belgian beers should like this one but not likely to blow anyone's mind.

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Photo of jancona
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap - wonderful peppery yeast smell. Great yeast flavor with some bready notes. The wine kicks in a bit in the finish though it is subtle. Great with my meal!

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Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap.
Light golden body with effervescent carbonation.
Lightly tart with what seems like just the right amount of white grape flavor and aroma to go with the light malt base.

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Photo of running3dogs
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours into a Fässla half-liter mug a translucent deep orange. A massive clotted head disappears fairly quickly, leaving doilies of lace. The beer has a big yeasty aroma that nearly crowds out pilsner malt and grape notes which emerge more fully on the palate. This 2015 slimmed-down version (8.3% ABV) shows surprising quaffability for such a full palate. The red grape tannins provide more of a tart, than bitter, finish. Was expecting more complexity, but I'll drink to Victor's keen sense of balance and finesse.

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Photo of Boto
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: This one pours a hazy Amber color. Minimal head and no lacing. Good nose. Notes of red wine from the grapes. Yeasty and breadiness evident. Some sweet candy sugar and caramel malts. The taste is very good. Some red wine flavors, as well as sweet malts, yeast and candy sugar. Very smooth. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good BSPA. Pours a bright mostly clear amber/orange color with a big bubbly white head. Head retention is good and there is a filmy lacing on the sides of my Chimay goblet. Aroma is light fruit (grapes) and Belgian yeast. Taste is good. Not a classic BSPA by any means but still tasty, sweet and tart at the same time with some Belgian yeast and sweet fruity (grape) flavor. Mouthfeel is rich with some tartness and sweetness, and very little alcohol presence. A bit pricey at $17.99 but worth trying.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color is a amber, orange, red, and copper mixture with a little bit of clearness. Pours a two finger bubby head. Aroma has a lot of bright fruit and a sweet and dry malt. Lots of that dry, bright fruity taste upfront which transitions to a slightly tart/dry cracker finish. Lots of carbonation in this and medium in body. Overall, if the price tag of $20 bucks wasn't so ridiculous I'd definitely get this again. Nice fruity red grape flavors balanced by a dry and slighty tart finish. Definitely worth a try even for those who don't like fruitier beer since its so balanced.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

On tap at Cask and Vine while enjoying the company of Todd the Hoople.
Lightly hazy deep straw with hints of purple. Fruity earthy spicy aromas and flavor with a bit of a jelly or jam edge to it. Interesting brew a bit outside of the box, not something I'd have often but glad I got to try it.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Nose: interesting blend of spice, light malts, grapes and a suggestion of Brett - probably from the wine yeasts.
Pours hazy reddish amber under a 1" very finely bubbled rose tinted white foam cap. Thick clingy lace. Some legs.
A blend of light grain malts, light red wine, lightly sweet, slight funk with a tart finish and a gentle hop bitter accent.
Medium body, above average carbonation, slight warming.

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Photo of LeRose
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at a beer dinner, paired with roasted pork with grapes.

Appearance - an amber color with a compact head that resolved to a ring around the glass.

Smell - fruity and yeasty, almost wine-like while fermenting. Red wine-like notes, but fairly subtle. Some pear, and very faint raspberry. Just a touch of wheat/bread.

Taste - ok, this behaves more like a wine in my mind. Definite taste of the grape, a mix of other fruity notes like pear and raspberry come into the mix. It's sweet, but then has a tart tang to it, and it all ends with drying finish, tannin-like. I rather like this melding of wine and beer.

Mouthfeel - astringent and drying at the end of the taste. Very wine-like mouthfeel.

Overall - this is a nice meld of wine and beer flavors and characteristics. I felt the flavor was pretty deep and rich, with the fruitiness playing off against the malts. I actually think the pork was a weak pairing for this - could go with something much more hearty, maybe even venison.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, on draft at Cork and Cask, Cornelius NC.

I applaud the effort, interesting mess Allagash has made here. Slight head and sticky lacing look good, the brew is the color of tea and smells faintly of bread and grapes. There's the taste of malt and an odd thinness from the grapes. Overall, not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a goblet.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.

S- Fruity yeast aroma with notes of pear, raspberry and apple.

T- Taste isn't quite as exciting as there's more of a wheat presence to go along with the yeast. Some Bready notes and a pronounced sweetness. Alcohol is quite well hidden.

M- Tangy and a bit prickly. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Been wanting to try this for a long time and it was worth the wait. A great, fruity Belgian that's actually a bit different from Allagash's usual MO.

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Photo of poolemhore
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tulip glass at room temperature. Big bubbly white foamy head with a very bright bronze to copper color.

S - distinct Allagash yeast smell the grapes come through slightly as a lighter note. Maybe some acetyl like scents sneaking through.

T - starts off pungent and bitter mellowing into a smooth, almost red wine finish. This however gives way almost immediately to a lingering metallic bite.

M - very light bodied and nicely carbonated. For a 9% beer this facet makes this one dangerously sessionable.

O - love Allagash but I've experienced every once in a while a metallic finish in their bombers. That being said this one has something to offer for both the experienced enthusiast and not so much. I think its most impressive quality is its lightness when regarding its abv.

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Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2013 vintage. Bought at the low price of $2 (don't ask how)

Tarnished faded golden hue with a finger of sticky bright white head. Very vinous nose along with some rustic barnyard yeastiness. You can definitely smell the grape must influence heavily compared to the malt component.

Definitely vinous in character flavor wise along with some french belgian like flavors but finishes a little overly metallic or tinny, or almost blood like. Starts with sweet malt followed by funky belgian yeasty undertones along the mid-palate. deep red wine flavors, high acidiy covered brisk carbonation. Finishes again with that very tinny finish. There is a fain bitterness that comes through that balances things pretty well.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 7/9/13 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, apples, grapes, brown sugar and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of caramel, grapes, apples, brown sugar. Then some mild breadiness comes in from some mildly wild Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re into beers with wine-like attributes.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Th beer pours a white but slightly reddish head. The head does not stay for long and sort of dissipates quicker than its feminine counterpart. The beer itself is also darker. The beer is a dark red with hints of brown that are reminiscent of a red.

The beer has a strong red grape smell that masked by the yeast and spices.

The beer is definitely sour. The pilsner malts are present but compliment the red grapes very well. The red grapes seem to give it a sour taste and a sugary sweet taste. The beer leaves a tarty aftertaste.

Heavy bodied with very little carbonation. The beer leaves a slightly dry aftertaste.

Certainly different from the Victoria but I would probably get this beer again when it's available but I won't be running over people to do so.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage. Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a muddled, rose-tinged copper coloring with a bubbly, frothy, off-white head that sits a consistent half an inch on the surface. Aromas of semisweet fruity notes, like a Blush or Rose wine. Some subtle spice highlights, as well. Subtle nose. Flavors are well blended, with a rich, tangy sweet grape profile. Highlights of earth and wood throughout, with a tartness that underlies it all. The carbonation and crisp body keep this brew light in mouth while you drink. Slightly boozy berry and grape aftertaste, with hints of clove and all spice. The beer has an effervescent, slightly dry finish. Tasty brew, and surprisingly easy to drink.

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Photo of Jonada
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Served in the DFH signature glass

Appearance: Pours a murky gold/orange color with 2 fingers of a creamy off white head. Great retention and lacing. Body is very hazy with lots of visible carbonation streaming throughout.

Smell: Red grape, floral, bready malt and some light yeast spice.

Taste: Vinous grape, apple, spice, fruity esters.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation. Slightly tart and dry finish.

Overall: It's a solid belgian pale and the grapes do add some additional complexity. Pretty good stuff, though not quite worth the high price tag.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle
A: poured into an oversize wine glass to a deep orange with slight red tint and a finger of dense slightly off white head that is slow to fade
S: smells of yeast with a slight fruitiness and a bit of pale malt. slightest hint of grape jelly as well
T: slightly musty malt flavor up front with a bit of flavor from the grapes and some fruity esters. slightly spicy. finish is slightly funky with a bit more grape and fruitiness with a bit of noble hop on the finish, slightly tart as well on the finish
M: medium in the mouth with soft carbonation from bottle conditioning. carbonation is adequate. slightly drying on the finish
O: pretty good, steep in price for not being barrel aged. I remember last years version a bit more favorably but this one isn't bad. good complexity and it's something different

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Photo of Jimmys
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL into tulip. aged in my cellar for the past 2 years.

A: slightly hazed, light copper body. bright white head is frothy. retention is average/good. lots of spotty lacing as the brew goes down.

S: a little tart and acidic. slightly vinous as well. a floral bouquet of sweet fermentation aromas, cara malts, and grapes. different.

T: there is a distinctive apple juice flavor in here. chewy unfermented malt sugars. I would say slightly more sweet than acidic. a minor earthy hop flavor. mostly sweet finish.

M: carb is subtle. medium, full body.

D: not sure how well this bottle held up with time. would like to have a fresh Victor to compare. regardless, haven't had a brew like this, very vinous throughout the nose and drink.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage on tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, low retention on a clear, light golden body. Clear lacing, some suds. Aroma is deep and musty, includes green apple, green grapes and some candy sugar. Taste follows the aromas pretty closely, no alcohol on tasting or in aroma. This beer has aged incredibly gracefully. Developed some extra sweetness and some complexity. Wonderfully delicious and extremely tasty.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

Beer is a dark orange colour with a large white head. Excellent retention.

Belgian yeast in the nose, along with red grape, raisin, floral notes, apple. A bit champagne-like.

The red grapes come through strongly in the taste. Vinous, raisin flavours. Belgian yeast as well, with apple and some light fruit. Bready malt, reminiscent of champagne. Very dry.

Full bodied, strongly carbonated. A bit of pucker. Dries the mouth.

Overall, quite good. Not the best beer I have had from Allagash but enjoyable.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2009

A: Pours a small white head that quickly evolves into mild lacing, orange in color and cloudy throughout with lots of sediment, not translucent

S: Moderately fragrant, quite fruity, notes of citrus with some floral/herbal elements as well, champagne-like, sweet with a touch of alcohol

T: Similar to the nose, but much heavier fruit and very apparent grape aspects, mild herbal notes, slightly spicy, flavorful

M: Smooth, drinkable, refreshing, age seems to have added some balance, mild fruity aftertaste, not lingering or drying, only slight alcohol taste

O: Worth a try, fruity and clean, aged well with much added complexity, smooth and delicious

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Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.