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Allagash Victor Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Victor AleAllagash Victor Ale

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BA SCORE
87
very good

346 Ratings
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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 18
Gots: 59 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: akorsak on 06-10-2007)
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Kinsman

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4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored body is filled with a slight bit of haze and a nice bubbly carbonation. A frothy white head, about two fingers thicks, sits atop nicely without much fading.

Aroma is a bit malty at first with a familiar Pilsner malt scent which seems to be complimented by traditional European hops that seems a bit spicy. As it warms and opens up, sweeter fruit notes start to come through, but its not distinctly grapes.

The taste, from the start is sweet and full of grapes. There is certainly a wine-like character to this, but a good bit of malt keeps it in check. The finish is a bit bitter and tart, but not overly so.

Mouthfeel has a medium-heavy body and is smooth but crisp. The carbonation gives it a champagne-like feel almost.

Overall, this is a sweet but delicious ale from Allagash. I had little idea of what to expect from this beer but the blending of grapes and wine-yeast into a beer seems to work quite well.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 00:28:44 | More by Kinsman
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Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.