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Allagash Victor Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Victor AleAllagash Victor Ale

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299 Ratings
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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%


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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nriech

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark orange, good amount of head, good carbonation. Some lacing.

Smell: Heavy on yeast and some sweet dark fruits. A little spicy.

Taste: Good complexity that is difficult to describe. Belgian yeast mixed with a mild red wine. A little sweet like wild berries but not overpowering. Some alcohol present but no bite. Exellent finish.

Overall a quality brew from Allagash as always, and definately overpriced. It was an interesting idea and fun to taste with friends, but could in no possible way become a regular or be affordable in a commercial setting.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 15:34:01 | More by nriech
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neophilus

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a white wine glass on a gorgeous summer day. The fluffy white head coyly makes an appearance but then disappears, never to be seen again. The ale has a rich copper hue, slightly cloudy with an disciplined line of bubbles marching up from the bottom.

Aroma is rather subdued, a musty hint of belgian yeast crowned with malt. Very clean. Lingering underneath though is something else... sweet and slightly fruity notes take over and brings a gentle complexity to the nose.

The flavor is crisp and dry, showing the same restraint as the aroma did. This strong pale ale does not assault your senses. A tart fruitiness lingers underneath coating the palate, barely perceptable but definitely there. Mild booziness rounds out the experience, warmly elevating the tart flavor. The beer finishes clean and dry with the gentle warmth slowly fading from view.

Definitely an interesting taste experience. The subtle blend of flavors are much more than the sum of their parts. There is craftstmanship in the restraint shown here and the beer never threatens to overwhelm the senses.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 18:44:03 | More by neophilus
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grover37

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle bought at the brewery for about $17 back in July 2010. Split into two Allaglasses.

Appearance (3): Hazy copper organge with two fingers of off-white head. Reduces to a very thin layer with swaths of lacing.

Aroma (3.5): Yeast forward with bready notes. Some light red wine as well.

Taste (3.5): Vinuous and yeasty. Fruity with cranberry and plum perhaps. Really interesting and unique flavors but a bit tannic; has gotten better with time.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Pretty light for 9% and the alcohol doesn't show. Pretty effervescent but not overly so - accents the flavors nicely. Medium body and medium to high carbonation.

Overall (3.5): Different but not something that I will go out of my way for. I like it with some age on it, but fresh it wasn't very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 04:14:35 | More by grover37
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philipt

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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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edmedina

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK this is another specialty from Allagash. The beer poured a light amber color. The taste was smooth with a hint of fruit. I would even say a sweet taste. Now here it the problem I have this beer. Unlike most Allagash beers I've had this one didn't stand out from any other fruity beers. I can probably name 4, 5 or even 6 beers that have the same tastes. Now this is not to say this is not a good beer. It is, very much so.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 04:25:28 | More by edmedina
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krazyboi

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a white wine glass.

A: Dark golden yellow with very small head.
S: Fruity, caramel, grapes, slight alcohol.
T: Sweet malts with a touch of grapes. Finishes dry with a bit of bitterness. The aftertaste is similar to that of a dry white wine.
M: Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Slightly creamy.
D: The alcohol is hidden fairly well and makes this quite drinkable. The price tag makes it hard to drink often. This is a decent beer, but nothing special. The grapes aren't too prevalent when drinking, although you can tell there were grapes used in brewing it. Not worth the $18 price tag in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:53:37 | More by krazyboi
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clegolfski

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A = Golden with a slight red/purple tinge that is might just me thinking too much about it. Decent head that sicks a little bit.

S = Hot... Smells pretty boozey but there are some banana and and other yeast characteristics. You get a little little bit of hte grape too.

T = I really didnt like this much at first. It was pretty boozy and and it almost tasted like it had artificial sweetener added to it. As it warmed it opened up a little bit nad you got some of the subtler flavors in between the alcohol and sweet grape. Ended up being ok but a tough sell at its pricetag.

M = Good... not great.... had a nice warming sensation.

D = Slow Slow Slow let this baby get to about room temp before you drink it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2010 14:50:50 | More by clegolfski
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mobyviacheslov

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Looked like a Saison. Dark gold, and translucent. By the time it reached my table, there was no head.
S - Smelled like a white wine and a german lager, in a good way. The grape aroma was actually less wine, and more actual grape. The mild hop and malt aroma simply helped identify this as a beer, and not a grape drink.
T - Excellent balance of flavor. This had the bitter bite of Saison, matched beautifully with the sweet and sour grape flavor. Again, not a white wine flavor, but an actual grape flavor...I could even taste the skins of the grape (an earthy, fibrous flavor). The brett-like bitterness of a Saison was very present but the very obvious grape flavor was a wonderful balance. And don't get me wrong, this was certainly not a "fruit beer"...the grape flavor is strong, but it does not taste like a grape drink, or like grape juice was added.
M - Nice, light, and bubbly. Excellent refresher.
D - Excellent as well...At 9.3%, there was zero alcohol flavor. I could drink these for hours (or until I passed out).

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 19:53:02 | More by mobyviacheslov
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turnerk3

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a unique golden yellow color that tends to shift between true yellow to amber. Perfectly topped by a puffy white head which screams Belgium.

S: The Belgium yeast produce that fruity sweet smell as always, but there is a subtle wine aroma that pleasantly adds a distinct sweetness.

T: As expected, the mouth agrees with the nose. Exceptionally unique flavors of banana and clove found in most Belgium's with an enjoyable hint of grape that mixes well.

M: This is where the wine aspect takes main stage. There is a distinct dryness that is more wine-like than Belgium beer-like. Quite distinguishable and well placed.

O: Allagash is an excellent American brewery that produces exceptional Belgium style beers. This is just another over whelming amazing brew. If it is available definitely give it a try.

Serving type: growler

09-29-2012 00:11:46 | More by turnerk3
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drumminbrewer

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(going through the rest of my notes from this weekend)
Bottled in 2010. I think they used Cabernet Franc grapes for this batch (though I'm not sure, the other variation was "Chancellor" grapes).

Pours an apple cider brown with a quickly dissipating head. Not much lacing to be found, but a millimeter of a porous head left. As I get further into the bottle the yeast settles into the glass adding a pinkish tint the beer...mmm, the body is still lovely and effervescent despite everything floating around in the glass now.

Nose is alive with all sorts of citrus; oranges, lemons, lemon zest (like the rind of lemon shaved off) and tangerines. More Brett like qualities come off as it warms. Strong presence of the grapes.

The first sip is so alive. Every part of my tongue gets a different nuance or secondary flavor. The grapes themselves are most noticeable in the middle part of my tongue, pleasant acidity makes elevates the citrus notes. Everything delivered on the nose is present in the flavors and then some. 9% abv? Are you kidding me? It drinks more like a 6-7% saison!

This is a wonderful beer. I've had really good luck sitting on Allagash stuff for about 1 to 2 years, no exception here. Extremely refined, complex and balanced. Highly recommended with some age.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 19:04:03 | More by drumminbrewer
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poolemhore

Maine

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tulip glass at room temperature. Big bubbly white foamy head with a very bright bronze to copper color.

S - distinct Allagash yeast smell the grapes come through slightly as a lighter note. Maybe some acetyl like scents sneaking through.

T - starts off pungent and bitter mellowing into a smooth, almost red wine finish. This however gives way almost immediately to a lingering metallic bite.

M - very light bodied and nicely carbonated. For a 9% beer this facet makes this one dangerously sessionable.

O - love Allagash but I've experienced every once in a while a metallic finish in their bombers. That being said this one has something to offer for both the experienced enthusiast and not so much. I think its most impressive quality is its lightness when regarding its abv.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 05:06:26 | More by poolemhore
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lessthanhadley

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought at the brewery in early August. Finally got around to sampling on 1/16.

A: Orange/Golden in color when poured with large head and lacing that lasted throughout the duration of my beer. Not the coloring you would expect for this style.

S: Slight hint of grapes, otherwise very similar to your traditional Belgian strong.

T: Very malty, somewhat of a fruity taste. I picked up grapes, but to be honest not so sure that I would have if I did not know the beer was flavored as such.

M: Highly carbonated (surprisingly carbonated in fact) which led to a pleasant bubbly mouthfeel.

D: Fairly drinkable, although I'm not sure I would go back for a second bomber.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 05:47:32 | More by lessthanhadley
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MarioL66

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Stong white head that left an intricate lacing as the beer was consumed.

Smell - Strong, red wine, fruity and inviting.

Taste - Alcohol sweetness up front subsides into a red wine dryness? Slight sour notes before the red grapes take over. Interesting, though I am not in love.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and clean. Not overly creamy or crisp.

Drinkability - The alcohol, while well disguised, is still noticeable and will keep.

Another interesting offering from Allagash. I would have it again but I would choose other examples of the style before Victor.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 02:59:40 | More by MarioL66
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psujmatt

Texas

2.2/5  rDev -43.7%
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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Meeg

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm stuck in Cleveland, reading my buddy's Facebook posts about his beer tour in New England, which included a stop in my Promised Land... The Barrel Room at Allagash Brewery. What else to do but open a bottle of my Allagash stash?

2009 vintage poured into an Allagash stemmed-glass, consumed while playing hookey and attempting to make progress on my bathroom remodel, listening to WEEI.

Aside from the bitter taste of the discussion about the Red Sox' epic collapse...

Beautiful pale golden color, with a nice, subtle grape scent. Grapes on the tongue, lasting through to the end, pleasantly reminiscent of Dogfish's Midas Touch (a favorite). A not-too light, definitely-not-heavy mouthfeel, matching the best belgians.

I'm happy, and I made progress in the bathroom remodel. Allagash always helps.

Oh! It was gusher, but I hadn't cooled it before opening. A rookie mistake. Don't open at 70 degrees, or you'll lose a bit of beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 21:07:16 | More by Meeg
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poetaster

California

4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich dark gold with a yeasty froth cap. Fruity, tart nose supported by the first lip-puckering taste. Grape flavors and rich, smooth maltiness soon take the lead, well balanced by refreshing hop bitterness. Very much unlike most beers of this style--to my taste, like a cross between a triple and a bière de garde. Unlike the former, there's more thick malt and candy sugar flavors, and unlike the latter, more crisp tartness. Excellent offering though, as always, from the folks at Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 04:43:18 | More by poetaster
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Golden

California

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased 2010 version from City Beer recently, chilled and poured into tulip.

Light golden with a rosy hue and nearly white head.

Dry malty aroma with grapes nothing to complex.

Deliciously dry and grassy taste balanced nicely by some grape.

Carbonation dances on the tounge to balance the malt.

Drinks quite nice for a 9%er.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 02:46:33 | More by Golden
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JohnHoyos

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wish I knew this beer was retired BEFORE I opened the only bottle I had. :( Oh well, it's still great. Getting down toward the bottom of the bottle, this beer gets more and more impressive.

750 ml bottle, caged n corked. Served in a Duvel tulip glass. Victor pours a hazy golden brown with almost no head. The beer shows good, not great, lacing throughout. Nose is very subtle - a little sweetness with a slight touch of musk. The taste is where the grapes are very apparent and the heat of the 9% ABV shows through slightly. The carbonation is very tight and even towards the bottom of the bottle this holds true. The finish is slightly tart and leaves your palate a little thirsty and dry.

To me this beer is a little more like a weak sparkling wine than a beer. It does a great job of straddling the line between the two. Not sure if it's worth $20/btl, but it's a very good beer nonetheless. Certainly recommended with Mexican food that doesn't carry too much spice.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 02:09:56 | More by JohnHoyos
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saalblade

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.3%
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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chapka

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick orange-gold color. Dark and somewhat hazy. A nice Belgian-style appearance.

The aroma is mostly yeast and alcohol; spicy and hot with some dark fruit. The same with the flavor; very hot on the tongue and in the back of my mouth. The grapes, which are hidden in the aroma, are there, but in the background. A general fruitiness lingers in the mouth after drinking, and the finish is very dry and tannic, but still tinged with hot alcohol. The spiciness lingers, but the grapes smooth it out into more of a wine-like character.

Starts like a Duvel, finishes like a sherry. An interesting, complex taste, but definitely an aggressive beer. The hot alcohol detracts from the drinkability, but otherwise an interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 01:21:26 | More by chapka
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Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.