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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

349 Ratings
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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 19
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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jacewg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-27-2014 02:07:14 | More by Keith_R
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a New Belgium tulip style glass a clear copper color with a slighlty offwhite coastered head. The nose is a blended aroma of slight belgian yeast and subtle grape. Medium mouthfeel with a semi lively carbonaton level. The taste is grape, not overally so but a nice subtle grape balance against the belgian esters. Ends with a slight bitter tanic taste. For 9.3% the alcohol is fairly well hidden and not apparent. Pretty easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 13:25:55 | More by kbutler1
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MacQ32

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

11-10-2013 03:47:34 | More by MacQ32
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark amber/golden color with some ruby hints in the light. A small head with only a bit of lacing.

Taste is sweet but also some sour with a hint of wine. Nice and dry, with a good amount of bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 15:52:36 | More by kingcrowing
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chrispoint

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -22.9%

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

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap this past Saturday night at the Dive Bar in Worcester. Served in a 0.25l Allagash glass for $6. Dull orange color, with a hint of forest green in the body. Fizzy white head. Smelled like a glass of wine - fresh and a bit boozy. Taste was quite different and unique. There was a lot of grape flavor to this beer. The brewer really got a lot of the flavor out of the barrel and into the beer. I have had a few beers aged in wine barrels, and this one was one of the best examples. Mouthfeel fell somewhere between a dark ale and a wine: easy to drink, but a sipper. A small glass was all I needed for this beer, it was an appropriate amount. A great beer to try if searching for something new, or a nice crossover beer for wine lovers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 20:42:55 | More by morebeergood
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bobv

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-11-2014 04:19:30 | More by bobv
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with a decent frothy head and some lacing.

A sweet smell, can make out the grapes, fairly yeasty aroma too.

The taste is more tart/sour than I expected but in a pleasant way, even though it makes me pucker after drinking. Quite a carbonation kick, usually too much is bad but it works very well with this.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 23:41:51 | More by deltatauhobbit
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-09-2013 03:31:56 | More by trevorpost
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BEERMILER12

Maine

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a nice big head that sticks around for quite a while

S: Some yeast to start things off, along with a sweetness that can be attributed to the grapes, some light malts and a light hop presence

T: Can definitely pick out the wine-like yeast strain as it isn't too fruity, but still imparts a good vinous and fruit-like character. Following up is a nice bit of malt with a touch of sweetness and light spicy hops to round it off. Alcohol is present throughout, but doesn't detract flavor from any single element

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A touch under-carbonated, if anything

O: A nice hybrid-type beer that definitely stays in the beer realm, but captures some nice wine-like qualities. The red grapes used impart a subtle sweetness that isn't too overbearing, and the wine yeast strain doesn't overpower the beer qualities. Very nicely done

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 03:16:57 | More by BEERMILER12
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -10%

07-27-2013 01:04:05 | More by DerekMorgan
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

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

I bought this back in September at the brewery when I was up in OOB for labor day weekend. Finally decided to open the bottle before we head up to Todd's Taco Night.

Appearance: Golden yellow and orance color with a small head when poured into the tuliped glass. There is also slight carbonation towards the top of the glass.

Smell: Smells like grape jelly. There is also some floral and malty hints after you get past the grapes.

Taste: Slightly malty with a tasted of grapes or grape jelly to me.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Good carbonation and smooth.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer and not too boozy given the 9% ABV. This is a beer to hold on to and enjoyed with others given the $18 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 21:20:13 | More by Flounder57
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-07-2013 23:12:23 | More by savagepm
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tmoneyba

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bottle.

Medium hazy amber color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate tart citrus yeasty aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Light sweet flavor with a medium sour long finish with a small alcohol tone.

Good, but I had higher expectations.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 01:59:31 | More by tmoneyba
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just noticed this beer at the Woodlands Spec's and thought that I had never reviewed it yet. I got the Victoria too. Let's give the Victor a go.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy burnt orange color with a solid 1" cap of creamy antique white foam. There are tons of bubbles rising as seen on the side of the glass, and they are making the head last forever. At least 10 minutes after the pour, there is still a huge rocky head on this beer that is leaving continents of lace as it tries to recede. If it were a bit clearer, this bear would rival any.

Aroma: I initially got a healthy dose of hops, with what seemed like American varieties in there mixed with some spicy Saaz. Interesting. I guess the grapes are giving the beer the dryness that you get with some red wines, though it isn't reflected in the color...just an impression that I get, and perhaps this is all in my head because of suggestive thinking because of the label? Let's see in the taste.

Taste: The flavor is also a mix of malt and hops, but the grapes are more noticeable in here than in the aroma...of the cold beer that is. The hops must all be in the last additions as the grapes are adding a significant part of the bittering by themselves. The mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation and a good bit of body to be elevated by this carbonation. Overall the mouthfeel is quite complex and more than you get with more ordinary beers. The grapes are adding to the whole ensemble in a very well blended way. The finish is toward the sweet, but there is a lot going on to challenge the sweetness.

Opinion: I have been pretty impressed with this beer. To me, it is obvious that they did a number of test batches or blends to get the balance right. I like how the hops are such a big player in the aroma and the initial parts of the taste, then they step aside and let the rest of the beer do its thing for the finish. The grapes seem to really work with this beer. I think that they have done this really well.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2011 05:09:38 | More by SkeeterHawk
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, on draft at Cork and Cask, Cornelius NC.

I applaud the effort, interesting mess Allagash has made here. Slight head and sticky lacing look good, the brew is the color of tea and smells faintly of bread and grapes. There's the taste of malt and an odd thinness from the grapes. Overall, not something I'd go out of my way for.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2014 22:08:14 | More by Mantooth
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-22-2013 19:35:30 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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dunix

Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -10%

06-30-2013 22:42:45 | More by kristougher
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-15-2011 21:05:28 | More by Kahlerbock
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL into tulip. aged in my cellar for the past 2 years.

A: slightly hazed, light copper body. bright white head is frothy. retention is average/good. lots of spotty lacing as the brew goes down.

S: a little tart and acidic. slightly vinous as well. a floral bouquet of sweet fermentation aromas, cara malts, and grapes. different.

T: there is a distinctive apple juice flavor in here. chewy unfermented malt sugars. I would say slightly more sweet than acidic. a minor earthy hop flavor. mostly sweet finish.

M: carb is subtle. medium, full body.

D: not sure how well this bottle held up with time. would like to have a fresh Victor to compare. regardless, haven't had a brew like this, very vinous throughout the nose and drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 14:29:52 | More by Jimmys
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nrs207

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-16-2012 22:58:34 | More by nrs207
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bmur112

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

03-20-2012 16:04:52 | More by bmur112
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BucannonXC5

California

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a draft into a tulip glass at Downtown Johnny Brown’s in San Diego, Calif. Color was dark caramel amber. Maybe an inch of head. Lacing was consistent throughout on the top, as was the film on the sides.

Smell was fruity aromas, most notably peach and plum. Grapes came in strong after. Also some cloves in there.

Taste seemed to be similar to a Saison. Fruity deep flavors with dark fruits (grapes) and cloves leading the way.

Medium body. Lively carbonation. Crisp and clean.

A pretty good beer overall. It doesn't taste as strong as the 9.0 percent, so watch out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 09:40:44 | More by BucannonXC5
Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.