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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

344 Ratings
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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 18
Gots: 57 | 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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Dyelawn

Maine

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-26-2013 04:55:07 | More by Dyelawn
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Boone757

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-01-2014 00:26:39 | More by Boone757
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Zbeetleman

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-15-2013 05:14:13 | More by Zbeetleman
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/05/07- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Off golden-orange colored pour with a 3/4 inch head. Larger bubbled head that settles at a nice 1/4 inch. Lacing it spotty and streaky.

Smell- Confectioniers sugar, muscat grapes, corriander and various light dark fruits.

Taste- Pretty much the smell to a "T". Good chunk of added sugars, lighter sweet white grape flavors with maybe some dark plums added as well. Lightly hopped to round it out.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher in the carbonation level. Sweet mouthcoating.

Drinkability- Overall a good all around beer...better than average for sure....but I think my days are over of paying these exorbitant prices for Allagash special releases. I still have the Interlude and the Musette to have very soon...both cost more than $15 a pop...the jury remains in session until then.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 00:24:27 | More by GClarkage
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sendbeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-04-2013 23:03:18 | More by sendbeer
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Great Lost Bear in Portland on 10/30
Served in a tulip glass.

A: This beer pours a murky toffee color. No head to this beer but leaves minot wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of apple, pear, pale malts and belgian yeast.

T: Taste starts with pale malt flavoring. The middle is Belgian spices and yeast flavoring. The pear and apple really take over and dominate the finish and hang on the tongue for a bit.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation nice crisp body with a dry feel to the finish.

D: Goes down entirely way too easily, nice kick, nice representation of style. This beer is blended far too nicely. You would never guess the ABV on this one! I'd get it again in a heart beat.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 21:07:38 | More by Jayli
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-09-2012 01:13:09 | More by kjkinsey
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joepais

Maine

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stan for sharing these. Bottle poured into a snifter produced a two finger white head that laced out quickly. The body of the brew was a orange to copper in color. I got a large whiff of dark fruits coming off this brew. Raisins and plums stuck out the most. Flavor wise it came off like a fizzy red wine but with a dry finish from the hops. It had a medium body to it with good carbonation. It drank really well I would think this would be a great brew to pair with a good steak. As with most Allagash it's a little pricey but worth it

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 18:34:14 | More by joepais
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ncelauro

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-30-2014 16:29:51 | More by ncelauro
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jacewg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-16-2013 21:27:24 | More by jacewg
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-21-2011 01:21:34 | More by HopStoopid120
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Fourth Ave. Pub during a recent trip to Brooklyn; served in a tulip

Appears a deep amber with mild carbonation and a khaki head the rose a good two fingers before receding quickly.

Aroma is of fermented granny smith apples, white grapes, candi sugar, and grainy malts. Fruity, flowery and sweet with an earthy hop aroma.

Flavor is very similar except for a dry, wood-like presence. Somewhat sweet caramel malts up front with the same lighter fruits as in the aroma. Same lighter fruits, granny smith apples and white grapes with a solid punch of booze in the finish.

Medium to full body with good carbonation. Full and rich on the palate.

Definitely a boozey beer. The flavors are extremely complex and playful and the alcohol packs a punch. With that said, it was very easy to put back. Each sip yielded new characteristics.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 12:00:14 | More by ColForbinBC
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Phacoman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-01-2012 02:13:11 | More by Phacoman
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blindmike

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-12-2014 16:07:21 | More by blindmike
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Biergotter 2008 tasting - Day 2. Viggo provided this one. Thanks!
Just a bit of haze to this orange/amber beer. The light beige cap showed good head retention and produced some chunky, sticky lacing. Vinous aroma, lots of wine and red grape skin, juicy and fruity, bready with a bit of earthiness. Mild tropical fruit and citrus notes appeared as it warmed. Malty flavour up front, quite fruity, grape and raisin, similar to the aroma but a little less vinous. Nicely balanced with flavours really melding, a bit of toffee sweetness held things together. Smooth, malty texture, moderate carbonation and medium bodied, a bit dry. Good stuff. Quite tasty with well hidden alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 02:02:38 | More by DrJay
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vfgccp

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-13-2014 22:07:14 | More by vfgccp
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July2Nov

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-26-2013 07:37:44 | More by July2Nov
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smcnulty1981

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +2.8%

08-29-2012 05:51:09 | More by smcnulty1981
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sunnytropic

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

02-28-2014 02:23:21 | More by sunnytropic
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AJ01923

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-12-2013 02:18:49 | More by AJ01923
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saalblade

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Honey amber hue with a half opacity clarity

S: Very fruity with notes of grape and something with more ripe sweetness I can't quite nail down. Maybe peach?

T: Sweet just like the sweet, fruity aromas it releases. Very good blend of malt, yeast and fruit gives it a smoothness.

M: Velvety with high carbonation to counter-balance the sweetness. Might be a real chore to drink without and would no doubt lead to pucker mouth.

D: Quite tasty in small batches. A little too much on the sweet side for more than one, but delicious nonetheless. Great balance of flavor and masking of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 01:13:04 | More by saalblade
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dunix

Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-20-2012 22:06:23 | More by dunix
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

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

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.
2011 vintage.

pours a mostly clear golden tone while yielding a frothy two fingers or so of an off-white head. good retention and lacing.

nose offers a lot of grape and apple, with notes of yeast, malt, and maybe a touch of hops in the background. nice, though nothing extraordinary.

flavor delivers more of the same. good doses of grape, with some secondary fruity characteristics (apples, maybe a bit of citrus), some yeastiness and a sturdy malt presence. some booze, but not enough to significantly impact the beer. medium bodied in the mouth with adequate carbonation.

overall, very solid beer. no 'wow' factor per se, but pretty damn tasty. i'm enjoying it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 03:44:00 | More by perrymarcus
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Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

09-11-2012 01:58:14 | More by Texasfan549
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-15-2011 00:41:26 | More by JAHMUR
Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.