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Allagash Victor Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Victor AleAllagash Victor Ale

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87
very good

404 Ratings
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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 20
Gots: 66 | 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:
Beer added by: akorsak on 06-10-2007

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.
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Photo of psujmatt
2.22/5  rDev -42.9%
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.

Photo of AndyEdgar
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of TubaDan
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of jtierney89
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.

Photo of jmilo64
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of gameface23
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.

Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of EricDu
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of tt0027
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of DeadWalkerAir
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of prisdefer
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of ChicagoNick
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of adrian21
3/5  rDev -22.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of GeezLynn
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of nick76
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.14/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.15/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of AgentZero
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of froghop
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of EFR94
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

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Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.