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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

350 Ratings
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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 19
Gots: 61 | 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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psujmatt

Texas

2.2/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed at bar while disappointed. First beer of the day.

A: medium amber no head no bubbliness

s: winelike nose

t: not balanced, a bit sharp, a hint of circuit board (is that the wine yeast or some contamination?)

M: wine like with a hint of bubbles. Maybe a cheap sparkling wine

d: circuit board flavor limits drinkability. Hides alcohol well.

Edit: 1/12/2010. I will note that I really liked the Victoria Ale, but that was brewed with Belgian yeast I believe. So perhaps it is the wine yeast that gives it the taste I don't like. Finally, three other people tasted this at my table, and 2 of them were very mad to have spent $8 on 8-10oz. The other thought it was average and worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2010 23:44:38 | More by psujmatt
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AndyEdgar

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

06-10-2014 01:37:08 | More by AndyEdgar
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largadeer

California

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

08-04-2013 03:53:34 | More by largadeer
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chippo33

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

12-04-2012 04:08:43 | More by chippo33
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Darker copper color poured without much head. Pleasant, interesting smell, medium malts and lots of fruit - apple, green grape, melon. Flavor-wise this beer had a nice malt base, but was way too fruity for my tastes. White wine flavors really dominated the beer inside and out. Sweet, very tart and lots of carbonation. Drinkable..not so much. More of a slow sipper. Definitely better than the Victoria, which to me is almost like drinking a chardonnay-beer mix, but not what I would look for in this style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2009 01:39:27 | More by GeezLynn
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2013 vintage. Bought at the low price of $2 (don't ask how)

Tarnished faded golden hue with a finger of sticky bright white head. Very vinous nose along with some rustic barnyard yeastiness. You can definitely smell the grape must influence heavily compared to the malt component.

Definitely vinous in character flavor wise along with some french belgian like flavors but finishes a little overly metallic or tinny, or almost blood like. Starts with sweet malt followed by funky belgian yeasty undertones along the mid-palate. deep red wine flavors, high acidiy covered brisk carbonation. Finishes again with that very tinny finish. There is a fain bitterness that comes through that balances things pretty well.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 02:27:11 | More by jtierney89
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jmilo64

Maine

3/5  rDev -22.9%

02-26-2012 22:39:23 | More by jmilo64
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gameface23

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer defines "nothing spectacular" for me. Served on tap at The Great Lost Bear. Pours dark reddish orange with a fluffy, cream colored head. Spotted lacing prevailed. The smell was of red grapes (a sort of Welch's grape juice aroma, but not as sugary sweet). The taste was similar. I didn't enjoy it too much. There wasn't much bitterness to speak of. The middle mouthfeel was the worst part about it: too much grape sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2008 17:01:32 | More by gameface23
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -22.9%

02-18-2012 17:22:06 | More by chrispoint
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EricDu

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -22.9%

06-07-2014 06:09:01 | More by EricDu
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tt0027

New York

3/5  rDev -22.9%

11-09-2012 00:38:18 | More by tt0027
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DeadWalkerAir

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -22.9%

07-09-2014 17:52:11 | More by DeadWalkerAir
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prisdefer

New York

3/5  rDev -22.9%

02-11-2012 00:09:47 | More by prisdefer
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

3/5  rDev -22.9%

06-08-2014 03:17:44 | More by ChicagoNick
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adrian21

Virginia

3/5  rDev -22.9%

02-19-2012 18:01:19 | More by adrian21
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kscaldef

Oregon

3/5  rDev -22.9%

11-05-2013 08:12:29 | More by kscaldef
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nick76

Florida

3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is unimpressive with malt, cheese yeast, and grapes. The appearance is deep gold amber with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall I like it but it's not as good as I was hoping. A really mediocre beer from a good brewer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 05:38:21 | More by nick76
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2010 vintage poured into Delerium tulip.

A- Pours a burnt sienna with a slight haze and a small head. The small head recedes quickly and leaves no lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Grapes, Belgian yeast, some champagne qualities and a light malt. Not much else going on.

T- The taste falls short of the nose. The grape is there but is muddled. There is an overwhelming Belgian yeast and sugar with faint malt in the background.

M- Medium bodied with a sprite carbonation. Dry on the finish and a nice tickling sensation on the way down.

D- This beer alone feels unfinished. I can see why they added the sour aspect with Victor Francenstein.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 15:03:56 | More by Wisconsinality
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep copper body with a lush, creamy-looking white head.

Smell: Floral, honey-coated aroma with plenty of yeast, spice, and that ever-present grape character.

Taste: Initially, the flavor is quite sweet with a bready, almost cake-like maltiness and, yes, there's that ever-present grape character, which comes across more as a tart golden raisin flavor. Hops provide a tiny bit of bitterness and a light citrus note. Wraps-up with a semi-sweet, vinous finish that exhibits a fair amount of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Allgash is one of those breweries well-known for always cooking up interesting twists and turns to implement into their brewing. Some of these ideas pay off in beer drinking gold and others, well, they just remain as cute concepts. For me, this is one of the latter.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 19:09:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper/yellow color with a fluffy whitish head that left a little bit of stick on the sides.

S - Smells like grape jelly or grape juice, lots of grapes in here. Malty backbone is pretty buried by the grapes, and there's some estery smells as well.

T - Sugary grape sweetness over some caramel malts, but this is so grape forward it's almost a waste of beer, just drink juice at a cheaper cost. Little bit of spice and yeast in the background.

M - Medium bodied with fairly active carbonation.

O - I don't really feel like drinking this one again. I like grape juice just fine, but juice is juice, beer should seem more like beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 21:18:15 | More by AgentZero
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froghop

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a dark-orange brown with a medium egg-shell head, okay lacing.

smell is faint, butter, coffee, some spice, and sweet fruits.

taste is fizzy, white grapes, caramel, apricot and other fruits, and malt.

overall just an average ale, nothing too impressive here the victoria ale is much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 21:53:05 | More by froghop
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Mudawg

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

06-06-2012 23:08:15 | More by Mudawg
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womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to Blake for sending me this one.

A: The pour is almost copper in color with a fluffy, off-white head.

S: A rather intense grape aroma to the beer, but it's almost like super sweet grape jelly or grape juice. Some malt and light yeast in the background with a little bit of pepper and other phenols and esters.

T: The grape flavor really dominates and gives the beer a very sugary sweetness. Some bread and sweet toffee/caramel malts add to the sweetness. A light yeast and pepper bite in the background and a hint of metal.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Just really disappointing. I like that the grape flavor is there, but it's just too sugary.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 08:48:15 | More by womencantsail
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle of the 2009 vintage pours a very hazed, dark gold color with a short-lived tan head. Lacing just ok.

Nose is heavy on the grapes, I am guessing white...has a buttery chardonnay smell. Really not a whole lot else going on...maybe some bready yeast and floral hops.

The yeast is much more prevalent than I expected on the flavor. Uber-bready, and I am surprised there is not a big fruit ester surge, grapes pretty much stand alone in that regard. Hops are there aplenty and kind of muddle things up a bit. Malts are toasty and crackery, light toffee. Spicy and phenolic, light acidity and some grape tannins. Interesting to say the least, although I am not sure I would buy it again…even at half the $17 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 02:01:43 | More by twiggamortis420
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kojevergas

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 750 ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Acquired at Wades Wines in Westlake Village, California. Cost was $18.49 plus tax. Reviewed live.

Expectations are extremely high given the brewery and label description, plus the 2009 vintage.

Served refrigerator cold. Side poured without any extra vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and decent retention for the style. Some mild lacing. Nontransparent (but not opaque) dark butterscotch-orange. Nothing strikes me as special or unique, but it's appealing. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Grapes are dominant but subtle, with perhaps a hint of vinegar. Some yeast. Mild indistinct esters. A mild strength clean pleasant aroma.

T: A subtle grape taste over top a clean malt foundation. Some mild esters - maybe a light hint of peach. Quite clean and pleasant. Certainly enjoyable, but not exceptional. No yeast or alcohol comes through. A light cidery note is present. A bit floral, likely from hops. It's certainly subtle, but I wouldn't call it complex. The grapes are pretty light; likely more white than red. A mild brett tone gives it some added complexity but doesn't contribute anything substantial. Well balanced, with a rounded flavour profile. Built decently but timidly.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours nicely. The bretts give it a silky character whilst retaining its full feel. Not too thick nor too thin. Adequately carbonated, even in light of its age. Overall, its nicely complementary of the flavours but doesn't feel tailored to them.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but a bit boring considering its potential. The ingredients, process, and brewery made me expect a far better beer, but I do like this one. I don't know that aging had a significant effect on the flavour. I'd try this again only if a much older bottle was freely available to me; elsewise it isn't worth the price.

It drank just fine out of me snifter. Would pair well with some foods but not spicy ones. Maybe sweet potato fries would be ideal.

B-

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 05:51:56 | More by kojevergas
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Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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