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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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Photo of srandycarter


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

A - Standard clear honey, lots of near white head, leaves fast to ring. Some small bubbled lacing after.

S - Yeasty, musty, juicy fruit, a little skanky.

T - Nice malt base, lots of Belgian yeast attributes, nice flavors.

M - Creamy, good balance and coating.

D - Like it. For the style, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 04:39:24 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Pencible


4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light copper with a little white head.
S: It smelled like citrus and sour Belgian yeast with a little earthy caramel and spices. Surprisingly smelled only slightly darker/maltier than Victoria.
T: It tasted like caramel and rich brown sugar, with orange and lemon zest and some white grapes and wild Belgian yeast. It had a bitter metallic aftertaste with some lingering sweetness.
M: It was oily with some smooth carbonation.
D: This started off smelling very similar to Victoria, but the taste was much sweeter rather than hoppy and sour. It had a nice body too and hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink. Not the best dark Belgian ever, but still very enjoyable. Cellaring could possibly improve it.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 21:49:41 | More by Pencible
Photo of billab914


3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Lost Abbey stemware. It poured a dark amber color with a thick and frothy white head filling 1/3 of the glass. The head settled a bit but left some very good, thick lacing on the sides of the glass as I` drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of the grapes to it. A clean, slightly grainy pilsner malt comes through along with just a bit of an earthy spice from the European hops.

The taste also shows a pretty strong grape flavor to it as well. It has a bit of a grape juice flavor to it. A little bit of the pilsner malt comes through with a slightly grainy quality in the finish. The grapes are really the main flavor going on though.

The mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied and carbonation is also a bit above average. Drinkability is pretty decent, the grapes added some nice and interesting flavors to it. It felt a bit one dimensional with the grape juice flavors but at the same time they did a nice job at making those flavors work so well in a beer. A cool beer I'm glad I got to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 01:40:35 | More by billab914
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed golden orange color, whispy plume of white head, gone quickly leaving some spots. Scent bring unfermented grape must, a light spicy yeast presence and some peppery spice, hints of sweet watery fruit and some bready charachter. Taste controlled by tart grape must, spicy, honey like sweetness, minimal grain charachter. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Strong grape and spice notes, lacks delicate notes.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 21:42:52 | More by rfgetz
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

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

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 2: Stouts and Belgians. Viggo contributed this one, so thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled nov 28/08.

pours deep orange, nearly brown, with a touch of haze. a huge fluffy cream coloured head forms, dropping slowly and leaving tons of thick lace behind.

aroma is good. a bit richer and "darker" than victoria. raisin, date, red grape. hints of vanilla. whole wheat bread. bit of fresh citrus too. apricot and tangerine. bit of pineapple.

taste is good. red grape. whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. raisin and date. bit of toffee and caramel, but with only a hint of associated sweetness. light alcohol. not much of the citrus that i got in the aroma.

mouthfeel is good. just over medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is great. nice balance. great malty depth. i really enjoyed the grape character too. good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 01:06:47 | More by grub
Photo of nickd717


3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from City Beer for an annoyingly expensive $17.

A - Pours golden-orange with a large white head and good retention.

S - Sweet malt, mild vinous notes, spices, and yeast.

T - Sweet caramel and pale malt, oak, red wine, and pepper. Maybe a little Belgian yeast as well. Mild tartness on the finish. This is good but not quite a standout.

M - Medium body with some red wine acidity. Smooth on the palate yet a little sticky.

D - Well, this is fairly drinkable for what it is, but I am starting to join the camp that thinks this category should also factor in the price tag, which in this case is simply too high. Allagash is becoming brutally expensive.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 18:12:13 | More by nickd717
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Translucent copper color. Thin white head that skims and collars. Boring bottle art.

Beautiful aroma: grapes, honey, peach fuzz and a light wood, (like birch).

Light pancake batter malt with refined grape. "Fuzzy" tannin fade. Nice malt/grape mix.

Though I like this beer a lot, I could never have finished this bottle myself. A little grape goes a long way.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 19:42:03 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

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

Aromas begin malty at first with a pleasant pilsner maltiness. As it warms and opens up, the vinous and sweet grape notes start to come through, a little bit of earthy hoppiness but you really have to search for it.
The taste begins the same as the nose with nice maltiness that is quickly finished with some light but substantial vinous notes. There is certainly a wine-like character to this, but a good bit of malt keeps it in check. The finish is perfectly balanced; bitter and tart, but not overly so. Mouthfeel has a medium-heavy body and is smooth but crisp. The carbonation helps balance out this high ABV offering preventing it from becoming cloying/syrupy.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. It had a nice body, good balanced flavors and hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink. Not the best dark Belgian ever, but still very enjoyable. Was lucky to find this for $9 for a 12 oz serving at a bar because even though it was good, you really don't need to have a whole 750ml of it.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 17:15:27 | More by claspada
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 20:15:50 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of mcallister


4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber with reddish hues and plenty of carbonation action going on demonstrating bubbles galore. A large pure white pours high and fades into a pillowy stump leaving sticky lacing behind.

Nose shows signs of plum, berry, belgian yeast, belgian spices, orange peel, cotton candy, and some tropical type fruits.

Good nicely balanced beer. Some hop bitterness on the fninish. Fruity throughout and dominating on the mid palate. A hint of raisin, pinot noir grapes, black cherry, berry fruit, spicey etheral qualities. Light bodied but long on the finish. I could drink this beer all day and not get tired of it. Very easy sitting on the palate. The grapes show through nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 20:24:15 | More by mcallister
Photo of Jayli


4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 21:07:38 | More by Jayli
Photo of BeerSox


3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 01:43:39 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 19:43:14 | More by Kendo
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

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

2012 Vintage

Beer is a dark orange colour with a large white head. Excellent retention.

Belgian yeast in the nose, along with red grape, raisin, floral notes, apple. A bit champagne-like.

The red grapes come through strongly in the taste. Vinous, raisin flavours. Belgian yeast as well, with apple and some light fruit. Bready malt, reminiscent of champagne. Very dry.

Full bodied, strongly carbonated. A bit of pucker. Dries the mouth.

Overall, quite good. Not the best beer I have had from Allagash but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 01:52:52 | More by jrenihan
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 02:53:32 | More by charlzm
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

On-tap at the Fourth Ave. Pub during a recent trip to Brooklyn; served in a tulip

Appears a deep amber with mild carbonation and a khaki head the rose a good two fingers before receding quickly.

Aroma is of fermented granny smith apples, white grapes, candi sugar, and grainy malts. Fruity, flowery and sweet with an earthy hop aroma.

Flavor is very similar except for a dry, wood-like presence. Somewhat sweet caramel malts up front with the same lighter fruits as in the aroma. Same lighter fruits, granny smith apples and white grapes with a solid punch of booze in the finish.

Medium to full body with good carbonation. Full and rich on the palate.

Definitely a boozey beer. The flavors are extremely complex and playful and the alcohol packs a punch. With that said, it was very easy to put back. Each sip yielded new characteristics.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 12:00:14 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of kbutler1


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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
Photo of kingcrowing


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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
Photo of deltatauhobbit


4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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
Photo of tmoneyba


3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
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
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on-tap at Thirsty Monk Asheville. Served in a goblet.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves clots behind.

S- Fruity yeast aroma with notes of pear, raspberry and apple.

T- Taste isn't quite as exciting as there's more of a wheat presence to go along with the yeast. Some Bready notes and a pronounced sweetness. Alcohol is quite well hidden.

M- Tangy and a bit prickly. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Been wanting to try this for a long time and it was worth the wait. A great, fruity Belgian that's actually a bit different from Allagash's usual MO.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2014 04:08:20 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Flounder57


4/5  rDev +2.3%
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
Photo of froghop


3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 21:53:05 | More by froghop
Photo of morebeergood


3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
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
Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.