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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
88
very good

398 Ratings
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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 20
Gots: 65 | 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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled out of a bottle at the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski. The color was a dark orange/gold, the head off-white. Decent retention and good lacing. The aroma was of Belgian yeast, alcohol, a touch of Chardonnay grapes and some fruit esters. The flavors were similar, but I wasn't thrilled. Bready malt, dark fruit, a light spiciness from the yeast, and the punch of booze. Dry, acidic and tannic, reminiscent of a brut champagne. Interesting, but it lacked finesse. The mouthfeel was a good, the carbonation high and the body medium. It was ok, but it was expensive to purchase and for the same dollar I'd rather have something (or a couple somethings) else.

Photo of jampics2
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, shared by Arp. Thanks, I've never had this one before! Split a few ways and poured into a snifter.

The beer looks nice in the glass. The color is copper with notes of orange - hazy but not totally cloudy - and the head displays great retention and lace.

The smell is grape-driven, for sure, but there are a few other interesting elements at play here. Dark berries, raisin, and honey all share the spotlight with dark sugar and some nice yeasty esters. The esters give a tropical touch, and there are some green apple notes too. Nice!

The taste isn't quite as diverse as the nose, but it has some strong points too! Mostly, the vineous flavors showcase how a beer like this can be a wine lover's new best friend. There's a significant sweet malt base present here. A touch of toasted grain fades into raisin, plum and grape notes atop a bed of caramel. Just a touch of tartness peaks, then sweetness and dryness follows.

The mouthfeel is light and lively, much like a white wine with bubbles. No elements of booze or stickiness to detract from the tasting experience. Overall, I really liked this beer and would sample again sometime. Thanks for the bottle share, Adam!

Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of DerekMorgan
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice; split the bottle with a friend. Body is hazy golden honey-amber with a small white head. Leaves no lace.

S: Funky and fruity -- ripe peaches and apricot over a bit of malt and yeast.

T: Sweet -- candied sugar over fruity malt. Grapes and ripe peaches or apricots are evident again. Some spicy heat felt at the back end.

M: Slightly heavier than medium in heft, lots of carbonation cuts the slick sweetness a bit.

D: Not bad, a little too sweet and heavy to get a higher score in drinkability. Consider this one more of an after dinner sipper than a pre-gaming quaffer.

Photo of charlzm
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/08/08.

Slightly hazy orange/gold pour. A two finger white foam head provides plenty of lacing.

Fruity, wet aroma with a touch of funk.

The flavor is slippery and hard for me to pin down. Golden and green apples, white grapes, hint of cinnamon, slight sourness/tartness, some sweetness, clean, dry finish... there really is more to this taste than the sum of the parts. Taste improved with warming.

Overall, not the most exciting beer to drink, but I finished half a bottle just fine.

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Mantooth
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of BeerSox
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy burnt orange hue with a strong red tint. A one finger light tan head slowly settles to a thin cap, which settles to a rim along the glass.

Very vinous aromas, with an aroma very close to wine with the amount of grape in it. The alcohol shows up a bit in the front.

The alcohol is sharp in the flavor, with high carbonation and a bit of a dry and acerbic finish. The grapes add a sweet... grape flavor up front. Full bodied.

A very wine like beer, and probably a good one to share with a wine aficionado. The alcohol is perceived well, so the drinkability is lowered a bit, but it's similar to most wines.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of morebeergood
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.