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Allagash Victor Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Victor AleAllagash Victor Ale

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367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 19
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 abfraser:
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

A: Dark orange; opaque; pours with a thin white head but that disappears quickly. Nice lacing

S: Dark sweet boozy fruit. Belgian spice. Something smells a little different--maybe that's the grapes?

T/M: Sweet caramel malt, spice, dark fruit. Pretty much the same as the smell. Nice mouthfeel, full bodied, nice lingering bitterness from hops.

D: Pretty intense. Can definitely taste the alcohol in this.

I'm a huge fan of Allagash brews, but I think this one is a bit below their other special offerings. Definitely a unique brew worth trying but not something I'm going to seek out (like a Musette or Odyssey)

02-01-2009 23:20:49 | More by abfraser
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

10-27-2011 23:42:37 | More by oberon
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

11-14-2007 21:59:51 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of bishopdc0


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

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

02-16-2011 12:31:57 | More by bishopdc0
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-19-2014 15:28:19 | More by mctizzz
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

04-20-2010 04:26:52 | More by Mora2000
Photo of lostandwandering

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-12-2013 21:55:27 | More by lostandwandering
Photo of kingcrowing


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

09-19-2009 15:52:36 | More by kingcrowing
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-10-2013 01:31:08 | More by Janeinma
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

06-25-2013 01:22:53 | More by juicebox
Photo of Mantooth

North Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

06-18-2014 22:08:14 | More by Mantooth
Photo of stereosforgeeks


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

12-17-2012 17:49:46 | More by stereosforgeeks
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3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

11-25-2009 02:56:11 | More by glid02
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

12-22-2011 17:18:38 | More by OBIrish24
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

(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.

11-12-2007 18:54:03 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-12-2013 01:16:33 | More by ste5venla
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10%

08-04-2014 22:39:56 | More by JMS1512
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-21-2014 18:43:32 | More by Iparedman
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-24-2013 19:25:38 | More by Dirksen
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-23-2014 00:06:26 | More by mdaschaf
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-26-2013 19:28:26 | More by cclark67789
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5/5  rDev +28.5%

03-19-2013 19:22:52 | More by Turing
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-15-2012 21:18:43 | More by Alex90
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

06-08-2012 11:15:59 | More by tdm168
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-05-2014 01:39:45 | More by erikcx
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Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.