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Allagash Victor Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Victor AleAllagash Victor Ale

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379 Ratings
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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 20
Gots: 63 | 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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Photo of charlzm
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

charlzm, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +2.8%

HopStoopid120, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of BeerSox
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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.

BeerSox, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

trevorpost, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of bobv
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

bobv, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
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.

Mantooth, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of ummswimmin
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

ummswimmin, May 24, 2013
Photo of DerekMorgan
3.5/5  rDev -10%

DerekMorgan, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Flounder57
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.

Flounder57, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Keith_R
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Keith_R, May 27, 2014
Photo of Rekrule
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Rekrule, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +2.8%

jacewg, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of morebeergood
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.

morebeergood, May 17, 2010
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +2.8%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
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

BEERMILER12, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of kbutler1
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.

kbutler1, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of deltatauhobbit
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.

deltatauhobbit, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of kingcrowing
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.

kingcrowing, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -22.9%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of stephenjmoore
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

stephenjmoore, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Soto
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Soto, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of apasternak
3.5/5  rDev -10%

apasternak, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev +2.8%

savagepm, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of kristougher
3.5/5  rDev -10%

kristougher, Jun 30, 2013
Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.