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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

372 Ratings
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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 20
Gots: 64 | 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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Reviews by SHODriver:
Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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

SHODriver, Apr 25, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed burnt orange with a large blooming white head that left multiple rings of broken lace behind as it settled slowly.White grape skin really stands out in the nose with what alot of people have mentiones,a sweet cake-like note,a healthy does of herbal hops,and sharp phenols round out the aromas.Phenols play a bigger role on the palate providing spice and sharpness,white grape fruitiness,and herbal hops in the finish.A pretty good rendition of the style,the phenols are a little heavy on the palate for me though.

oberon, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a red wine glass. Pretty red/orange color with a small head; a very still beer, looked like a Cantillon offering. A sweet, fruity (mostly pear, a little grape) aroma. Fairly tart taste, some yeast. Impression of grape juice. A pretty good beer, but I didn't think it was up to the usual Allagash standard.

lordofthewiens, Nov 14, 2007
Photo of bishopdc0
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The smell is is a sweet tart fruit aroma with a slight yeast.

The look is mahogony red with a very lacy white head. The head forms and dissipates but slowly.

The taste is great, I would love to have this at Thanksgiving. The taste stars with a slight yeast flavor mixed with malt. This quickly givesway to a tart wine and almmost cranberry flavor. The mouth is a building of carbonation that finishes dry. Very nice

bishopdc0, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of mctizzz
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

mctizzz, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours golden-orange with a white head. The aroma is citrus with some grape notes. The flavor is heavy on the grapes along with some nice citrus flavors. There is some alcohol detectable as well as some Belgian yeast character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of lostandwandering
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

lostandwandering, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of kingcrowing
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark amber/golden color with some ruby hints in the light. A small head with only a bit of lacing.

Taste is sweet but also some sour with a hint of wine. Nice and dry, with a good amount of bitterness.

kingcrowing, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Janeinma, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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.

pat61, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of juicebox
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

juicebox, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Mantooth
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Mantooth, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by firkinhophead - much obliged!

Pours a hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of rustic grapes with good amounts of sweet malt and hints of green apples.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined quickly by white grape and green apple flavors. The ending is on the sweeter side of things.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not so sure about another.

Overall I feel as though the bottle version was a bit harsher than what I remember the tap version tasting like. I found that odd considering the bottle was from 2007. Anyhoo, this is a good beer but there are better ones out there from Allagash.

glid02, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of OBIrish24
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

OBIrish24, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A-This beer has a warm deep pecan colored body with a nice hazy glow to it. There is a thick rocky beige head that sticks to the glass with each sip and is supported by a strands of micro bubbles.

S- This beer has a soft hint of ripe pears and a flower blossom note. The finish has a note of green grapes.

T- This beer has a spicy white grapefruit flavor that is followed by a tangy bite of mead and a soft green note in the finish. There is a light sweetness that comes through as the beer warms aswellas a dry spice note in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a silky texture and no real alcohol heat to speak of.

D- This beer has a nice flower smell and some good balance of sweetness and bitterness. It had a unique blended flavor so it was a bit hard to describe but very tasty.

rhoadsrage, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

ste5venla, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -10%

JMS1512, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of Iparedman
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Iparedman, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Dirksen
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Dirksen, May 24, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

mdaschaf, May 23, 2014
Photo of cclark67789
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

cclark67789, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of Turing
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Turing, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Alex90
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Alex90, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Busy Bee in Raleigh

A - copper with a thin lacing of white head; little retention

S - winy, white grapes

T - grapes, wheat, mild bitter hops, faint bread

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated, a bit viscous

This is a decent beer. It doesn't have a Belgian yeast character to it and it has a nice balanced flavor. Perfect to sip from the tulip amongst friends.

tdm168, Jun 08, 2012
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Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.