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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

348 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 18
Gots: 60 | 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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philipt

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm on a big Allagash kick right now (thank you Interlude). This beer is not what I expected nor does it disappoint.

First glass/pour of the 750ml bottle: Pleasing reddish copper with a khaki head. Great lacing.

Sweet, but slightly tart and faintly sour. Overall, i think a little more tartness for balance would work.

As expected, distinct grape / wine-esque subtlety.

Good carbonation.

Again, not really what i expected, but i didn't know what to expect from this beer. It's interesting, experimental, and it all works very well together.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 01:34:25 | More by philipt
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Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.