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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

350 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 19
Gots: 61 | 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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mdaschaf

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

05-23-2014 00:06:26 | More by mdaschaf
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

Biergotter 2008 tasting - Day 2. Viggo provided this one. Thanks!
Just a bit of haze to this orange/amber beer. The light beige cap showed good head retention and produced some chunky, sticky lacing. Vinous aroma, lots of wine and red grape skin, juicy and fruity, bready with a bit of earthiness. Mild tropical fruit and citrus notes appeared as it warmed. Malty flavour up front, quite fruity, grape and raisin, similar to the aroma but a little less vinous. Nicely balanced with flavours really melding, a bit of toffee sweetness held things together. Smooth, malty texture, moderate carbonation and medium bodied, a bit dry. Good stuff. Quite tasty with well hidden alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 02:02:38 | More by DrJay
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Busy Bee in Raleigh

A - copper with a thin lacing of white head; little retention

S - winy, white grapes

T - grapes, wheat, mild bitter hops, faint bread

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated, a bit viscous

This is a decent beer. It doesn't have a Belgian yeast character to it and it has a nice balanced flavor. Perfect to sip from the tulip amongst friends.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2012 11:15:59 | More by tdm168
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sendbeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-04-2013 23:03:18 | More by sendbeer
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glid02

Georgia

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

Bottle shared by firkinhophead - much obliged!

Pours a hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of rustic grapes with good amounts of sweet malt and hints of green apples.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malt flavors up front are joined quickly by white grape and green apple flavors. The ending is on the sweeter side of things.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not so sure about another.

Overall I feel as though the bottle version was a bit harsher than what I remember the tap version tasting like. I found that odd considering the bottle was from 2007. Anyhoo, this is a good beer but there are better ones out there from Allagash.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 02:56:11 | More by glid02
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

04-08-2014 21:36:29 | More by afsdan
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billab914

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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
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Brad007

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to this ale.

Pours a golden amber color (not quite dark) into my goblet with a two-finger head that fades down to a one-finger head.

Aroma is nice and strong with a decent whiff of grape and raisin in the nose. Somewhat "fruity" if ya will.

Taste is strong with a decent grape essence followed by raisin and alcohol warmth. Feels a bit chewy and dry as well. Alcohol warmth isn't too strong.

The grape lingers and actually seems to show through more towards the back of the throat. The dryness is just right and alcohol warmth fades, leaving a great finish.

Definitely a complex ale and not the first that I've had that was brewed with grapes. It doesn't quite fit the style (except for the raisin notes) but it is nevertheless a solid ale. A bit pricey but if you want to treat yourself, it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 19:36:22 | More by Brad007
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-14-2011 17:20:20 | More by THECPJ
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drummermattie02

Texas

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-05-2012 23:17:28 | More by drummermattie02
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This corked and caged 750ml bottle has been aging in my "cellar" for about four years.

Just a slightly hazey copper and amber colored beer with a quick head and sparse bubbling.

The taste has lots of toasted malt flavors, really enhancing the caramel taste of this beer. The grape, sweet viney mix with the caramel flavors works well.

The palate is a little syrupy, sweet, but the carbonation cuts teh syrupy mouthfeel for a little balance. Just a little noticeable warmth from the alcohol. Rather mellow overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 13:37:32 | More by scruffwhor
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 Vintage. Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a muddled, rose-tinged copper coloring with a bubbly, frothy, off-white head that sits a consistent half an inch on the surface. Aromas of semisweet fruity notes, like a Blush or Rose wine. Some subtle spice highlights, as well. Subtle nose. Flavors are well blended, with a rich, tangy sweet grape profile. Highlights of earth and wood throughout, with a tartness that underlies it all. The carbonation and crisp body keep this brew light in mouth while you drink. Slightly boozy berry and grape aftertaste, with hints of clove and all spice. The beer has an effervescent, slightly dry finish. Tasty brew, and surprisingly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 23:43:30 | More by GarthDanielson
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Hopleaf...A light good with an off white head, ok retention and lacing...The aroma has a lot going on but not successfully, very vinous throughout, grape seed, champagne-esque yeast...The taste is pinot grigo with spice, very vinous again, feels like you're drinking a wine. This is not very good and should be skipped.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 14:34:52 | More by jrallen34
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avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Above average lacing.

S: A big aroma of fruit, hops, and a bit of yeast.

T: This is an interesting flavor. There are elements of citrus, hops, malt, yeast, and a vinous quality. It may be a bit on the unfocused side, but it's still a lively flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, creamy finish. Light to medium-bodied.

O: I'm not going to say this is my favorite Allagash brew, but it is a solidly made, flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 12:16:04 | More by avalon07
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Nostradamous flute glass. Pours a clear orange yellow amber, honey colored. One finger medium white head with good retention and nice lacing. Looks nice. Mild aroma of apples, light malt and a hint of Belgian spicing. Taste is light malt, apple juice, Belgian yeast with a somewhat dry finish where the vinous characteristics show up. Medium bodied. An interesting, not very complex Belgian style ale. I like the vinous finish less than most Belgians ales. An obviously well made ale that just did not suit my palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 04:06:30 | More by LiquidAmber
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

06-30-2014 16:45:59 | More by iL0VEbeer
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown color with an off white head. In the aroma, candy sugar and a sweet white wine. In the taste, candy sugar and yeasty. Almost like a sweet chardonnay or a riesling. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry riesling like aftertaste. It is like a beer version of a nice white wine, quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 13:51:37 | More by OWSLEY069
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper/yellow color with a fluffy whitish head that left a little bit of stick on the sides.

S - Smells like grape jelly or grape juice, lots of grapes in here. Malty backbone is pretty buried by the grapes, and there's some estery smells as well.

T - Sugary grape sweetness over some caramel malts, but this is so grape forward it's almost a waste of beer, just drink juice at a cheaper cost. Little bit of spice and yeast in the background.

M - Medium bodied with fairly active carbonation.

O - I don't really feel like drinking this one again. I like grape juice just fine, but juice is juice, beer should seem more like beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2011 21:18:15 | More by AgentZero
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle of the 2009 vintage pours a very hazed, dark gold color with a short-lived tan head. Lacing just ok.

Nose is heavy on the grapes, I am guessing white...has a buttery chardonnay smell. Really not a whole lot else going on...maybe some bready yeast and floral hops.

The yeast is much more prevalent than I expected on the flavor. Uber-bready, and I am surprised there is not a big fruit ester surge, grapes pretty much stand alone in that regard. Hops are there aplenty and kind of muddle things up a bit. Malts are toasty and crackery, light toffee. Spicy and phenolic, light acidity and some grape tannins. Interesting to say the least, although I am not sure I would buy it again…even at half the $17 price tag.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 02:01:43 | More by twiggamortis420
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chippo33

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

12-04-2012 04:08:43 | More by chippo33
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-05-2013 00:44:12 | More by WOLFGANG
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claspada

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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
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vfgccp

New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-13-2014 22:07:14 | More by vfgccp
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bsuedekum

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-31-2013 22:29:18 | More by bsuedekum
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champ103

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark reddish/orange color with a bit of haze. A small beige head forms, but recedes to a rim. Some good sticky lace is left behind.
S: A malty sweetness at first. Some grapes and apples. Dry with lots of wood. I like the aroma, just not as much as the Victoria.
T: A deep dry wood flavor and sourness. Grapes and apples again. A malty, caramel sweetness as well. A much bolder flavor than Victoria.
M/D: A medium body with a crisp snap of carbonation. There is a prickly heat from the alcohol and carbonation. This is still very enjoyable to sip on though.

This obviously needs to be compared with Victoria. Both are different and interesting in their own way. Victoria is more subtle and fruity. The flavors here are more assertive, dry, and sour. I highly recommend both beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 02:00:18 | More by champ103
Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.