Allagash Victor Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Victor AleAllagash Victor Ale

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 446
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 16.8%
Wants: 23
Gots: 81 | FT: 3
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Allagash Brewing Company visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: akorsak on 06-10-2007

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.
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Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's Allagash event last night. Of the two V's (Victor and Victoria), I believe I liked this the best.

The beer pours a honey gold color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer is pretty sweet on the nose, with considerable malt and honey. On the palate this beer is quite delicious, and I'm surprised by the flavors of vanilla and chocolate on a moderately sweet frame. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable in this beer, but it's not obtrusive. The finish on this beer is very smooth and long.

Impressive. What a delicious beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not a Belgian strong dark, but it is tasty, if a little odd. I don't like this as much as any of the Russian River wine barrel aged beers or DFH Red and White, but it has some similar characteristics. Pours a beautiful golden with a very nice finely bubbled white head that sticks around as a cap and some spotty lacing. Smells of coriander with a touch of clove, tart grapes that are somewhat subtle, but contribute a pronounced sweet-tartness, and a touch of pepper. The taste is similar, quite tart with a lot of coriander and a bit of pepper. Perhaps a few too many grapes for me here. Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing, but again the tartness is foremost. Interesting, but not spectacular.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jay23: Poured a deep hazy copper/orangey color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with light grape taste. Taste is a quite complex mix between some light grapes, sweet Belgian malt with some yeasts attenuation and a light funky finish. Very light notes of oak and tart notes are also noticeable. I find this beer to be quite good but not sure I would purchase very often considering the price tag.

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Photo of poetaster
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich dark gold with a yeasty froth cap. Fruity, tart nose supported by the first lip-puckering taste. Grape flavors and rich, smooth maltiness soon take the lead, well balanced by refreshing hop bitterness. Very much unlike most beers of this style--to my taste, like a cross between a triple and a bière de garde. Unlike the former, there's more thick malt and candy sugar flavors, and unlike the latter, more crisp tartness. Excellent offering though, as always, from the folks at Allagash.

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Photo of m1ked
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in the past paired up against the Victoria, and recall likeing this one a bit more.

A- Golden orange color with a slight haziness to it. Thin white head slowly receding to a fine cloudy covering.

S- Initially tart, followed by a sweet candied brown sugar, raisin.

T- Candied brown sugar, yeasty, biscuity (more like Nilla wafery). Long lasting honey sweetness with a slight grape bubble gum taste.

M- Active carbonation, almost foamy. Coats the mouth.

D- Very enjoyable beer. Not the kind of beer I drink frequently, but when I do, I look forward to it.

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Photo of geexploitation
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber hue with a bright white, delicate head and excellent clarity. Nice lacing. Quite fruity aroma that conveys a juicy feeling along with the phenols that are typical to the style. It also has an element that is caramel-sweet and somehow winey at the same time -- the aroma reminds me a bit of a gewurztraminer without the spice. On the palate, tangy and sweet from start to finish, with bright, full fruitiness (oranges) from the mid-palate onward. Active, slightly solvent finish of raw alcohol. Overall, this is very well done. This is seemingly a very sweet beer, although I would not be surprised if it's just the fruitiness of it fooling my brain. I would be very curious to try a version of this beer without grapes added -- as it is, it just tastes like a well executed, fruity Belgian ale without any overtly winey or grapey characteristics. Well done.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured slowly into a wide-mouth glass, as per instructions on the label.

Pours hazed orange-amber with a white head that slowly becomes a thick swirling patch. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of musty grapes, with a touch of sourbread. Some maltiness in the back. Subtle fruitiness and spiciness mixes in.

The taste is peppery spicing - Alcohol is a bit raw and dominating. Caramelish - almost syrupy - maltiness with bready notes - grapeskin blends in to give it a dry finish.

Full-bodied and thickish. Alcohol is a bit raw on the palate.

Not a bad use of grapes at all - present but in a supportive role - Fairly complex. A very slow one, with some astringency and alcohol making it a bit tough to get through. Interesting.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's not good for me when, in the middle of winter, I have the craving for a lighter, crisper beer. Not to many of those in the apartment this time of year.... Into the Maredous chalice...

A - Right amount of white head, with no lacing and good retention. A really beautiful golden honey colored body.

S - Not an overwhelming aroma, nice and pleasant. Melon and honey like sweetness, grape like tartness, and good spice all present in this subtle, but interesting aroma.

T - Much more intense in the mouth than I expected from the aroma. This beer starts out with a big hit of honey, which gives way to a unique bitter-sweet quality. This combines with lots of spice, grape like tartness, saltiness, and a very distinct funk to make a jumbled, but interesting experience. The grape and spice linger for a long time in the finish.

M - Full and crisp at the same time, with a very slick feeling on the tongue. Interesting.

D - I came away from this impressed and apathetic at the same time. On one hand, this beer does a great job blending the grape qualities with the rest of the beer, so that neither overpowers the other, and the funk in this beer was the best I've noted in a non-Belgian beer. On the negative side, I felt this beer, while complex, lacked the focus that makes the great Belgian beers great. Something to try, but doubt I will grab another...

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a warm orange amber color with shallow wispy off white head that struggles and settles to the surface nicely. Visibly effervescent, a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom of this St. Feuillien goblet generating intense surface pools of foam that leave textbook spotty patterns of Belgian lacing . The smell is aggressive. There is an undeniable presence of the alcohol at first over a tart yet sweet fruity fragrance and an almost balanced earthy malt and yeasty aroma (this bottle indicates 9% ABV vs the 10.40% indicated on this page) . Well carbonated without being 'fizzy', the signature tiny bubbles of this Belgian Strong Ale give the mouth feel a really wonderful creamy texture. The first sample is notably 'warming'. The alcohol is neither timid nor distracting. Full flavored, the creamy tartness of the mouth and classic fruity taste from this Belgian yeast finishes with a pleasant, almost dry sensation. This one is a keeper. While the "dark" piece of this is understated, the complexity is well worth considering. Highly recommended.

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Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange tone.
Hawaiian Punch aromas, floral, sweet, grapey, fruity.

Sweet fruit flavors, alot of yeast, some residual bitterness. Not very balanced, much too sweet for my taste. Slight dryness at the end, but the taste lingers on the palate way too long.

Unpleasantly full mouthfeel for the sweet flavors that occur in tandem. It makes it a chore to finish almost, however it doesn't have any attributes that discourage one from drinking it.

Somehow I finished the bottle with some minor help from a friend. Not one I would revisit anytime soon. Allagash bottles alot of their experiments, and this is one I can't recommend.

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Photo of chapka
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick orange-gold color. Dark and somewhat hazy. A nice Belgian-style appearance.

The aroma is mostly yeast and alcohol; spicy and hot with some dark fruit. The same with the flavor; very hot on the tongue and in the back of my mouth. The grapes, which are hidden in the aroma, are there, but in the background. A general fruitiness lingers in the mouth after drinking, and the finish is very dry and tannic, but still tinged with hot alcohol. The spiciness lingers, but the grapes smooth it out into more of a wine-like character.

Starts like a Duvel, finishes like a sherry. An interesting, complex taste, but definitely an aggressive beer. The hot alcohol detracts from the drinkability, but otherwise an interesting beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a red wine glass. Pretty red/orange color with a small head; a very still beer, looked like a Cantillon offering. A sweet, fruity (mostly pear, a little grape) aroma. Fairly tart taste, some yeast. Impression of grape juice. A pretty good beer, but I didn't think it was up to the usual Allagash standard.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A-This beer has a warm deep pecan colored body with a nice hazy glow to it. There is a thick rocky beige head that sticks to the glass with each sip and is supported by a strands of micro bubbles.

S- This beer has a soft hint of ripe pears and a flower blossom note. The finish has a note of green grapes.

T- This beer has a spicy white grapefruit flavor that is followed by a tangy bite of mead and a soft green note in the finish. There is a light sweetness that comes through as the beer warms aswellas a dry spice note in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a silky texture and no real alcohol heat to speak of.

D- This beer has a nice flower smell and some good balance of sweetness and bitterness. It had a unique blended flavor so it was a bit hard to describe but very tasty.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot jam color with a frothy head that shows decent retention and and plenty of lacing

Smell: Muted aromatics, with elements of concord grape, unfermented honey and a cakey aspect

Taste: Starts out with a rather sweet combination of honey and grape flavors; after the swallow, a spicy/yeasty character breaks out and provides for a rather bitter (not in a hoppy way, but more like grape skin character) finish

Mouthfeel: Full, almost syrupy body with moderate carbonation; some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: Interesting experiment but ultimately a failure, in my book; not very drinkable as the balance is out of whack and the flavor profile is just not that enjoyable

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/05/07- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Off golden-orange colored pour with a 3/4 inch head. Larger bubbled head that settles at a nice 1/4 inch. Lacing it spotty and streaky.

Smell- Confectioniers sugar, muscat grapes, corriander and various light dark fruits.

Taste- Pretty much the smell to a "T". Good chunk of added sugars, lighter sweet white grape flavors with maybe some dark plums added as well. Lightly hopped to round it out.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher in the carbonation level. Sweet mouthcoating.

Drinkability- Overall a good all around beer...better than average for sure....but I think my days are over of paying these exorbitant prices for Allagash special releases. I still have the Interlude and the Musette to have very soon...both cost more than $15 a pop...the jury remains in session until then.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from RSVP in Portland. Hazy amber-red body with a thin film of off-white head. Smells fruity, peppery, and spicey. Tastes fruity, with grapes and raisin flavors playing a prominent role. Spice, roasty malts, and alcohol warming all play big roles too. Fairly full bodied with less carbonation than expected, but enough to make this beer surprisingly refreshing. A pretty darn good beer, with some good wine qualities too.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep copper body with a lush, creamy-looking white head.

Smell: Floral, honey-coated aroma with plenty of yeast, spice, and that ever-present grape character.

Taste: Initially, the flavor is quite sweet with a bready, almost cake-like maltiness and, yes, there's that ever-present grape character, which comes across more as a tart golden raisin flavor. Hops provide a tiny bit of bitterness and a light citrus note. Wraps-up with a semi-sweet, vinous finish that exhibits a fair amount of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Allgash is one of those breweries well-known for always cooking up interesting twists and turns to implement into their brewing. Some of these ideas pay off in beer drinking gold and others, well, they just remain as cute concepts. For me, this is one of the latter.

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Photo of nriech
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark orange, good amount of head, good carbonation. Some lacing.

Smell: Heavy on yeast and some sweet dark fruits. A little spicy.

Taste: Good complexity that is difficult to describe. Belgian yeast mixed with a mild red wine. A little sweet like wild berries but not overpowering. Some alcohol present but no bite. Exellent finish.

Overall a quality brew from Allagash as always, and definately overpriced. It was an interesting idea and fun to taste with friends, but could in no possible way become a regular or be affordable in a commercial setting.

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Photo of edmedina
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

OK this is another specialty from Allagash. The beer poured a light amber color. The taste was smooth with a hint of fruit. I would even say a sweet taste. Now here it the problem I have this beer. Unlike most Allagash beers I've had this one didn't stand out from any other fruity beers. I can probably name 4, 5 or even 6 beers that have the same tastes. Now this is not to say this is not a good beer. It is, very much so.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a hazy, orangish tinged, copper color and is topped by an initially three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The aroma is quite fruity smelling, with berry notes being the most prominent; currants, blackberries and raisins all form the most noticeable characteristics of the aroma. Underneath this though is a sort of saw dust, almost nutty (but not really), what seems to be malt derived character. I also get notes of biscuit malt and lightly toasted grain when I really concentrate on the aromatic components. The grape character definitely plays a prominent role in the aroma; even the skin seems to add some tannic, almost cherry-skin aromatic components.

Fairly sweet up front, and it gets even a bit more sweet as the beer passes through my mouth. Fruity notes are accentuated by the sweetness and remind me of currants, blackberries, a touch of concord grape jam, tart / sweet plums, . The grape skins have certainly contributed to the flavor profile; a certain tannic quality, as well as a pithy astringency, plus some chewy cherry skin flavors, as well as kiwi like note. Really this is a bit too sweet and fruit tasting.

This somehow seems to fizz in the end, the grape flavors just don't add up to a complexity of flavor; what really seems to be the problems is that the grape / berry notes are too dominant, the underlying beer flavors don't play enough of a role for a beer this clean. Did I mention that this beer is fairly clean, it really could use quite a bit more funk to it; a touch of Brett might make this beer sublime.

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Photo of MarioL66
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Stong white head that left an intricate lacing as the beer was consumed.

Smell - Strong, red wine, fruity and inviting.

Taste - Alcohol sweetness up front subsides into a red wine dryness? Slight sour notes before the red grapes take over. Interesting, though I am not in love.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and clean. Not overly creamy or crisp.

Drinkability - The alcohol, while well disguised, is still noticeable and will keep.

Another interesting offering from Allagash. I would have it again but I would choose other examples of the style before Victor.

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Photo of errantnight
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at The Publick House

By far the lightest Belgian Dark I've ever had... in fact, I would have said this was more of a Dubbel than a Belgian Dark... in fact, I did...

Rich copper with a thin head with minimal lacing. Glow-y.

Raisins and figs and bears, oh my! Estery goodness.

Sweetly malty and ripe fruit... where's the alcohol? Hint of brown sugar, faint spice.. subtle and complex...

Smooth and silky and faintly crisp.

Glug, glug, glug. Another?

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Photo of phisig137
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep amber, orange color, with a two finger head. Nice retention leaves behind a little bit of delicate lace.

Aroma is quite interesting. Mild toasted malts up front, sweet grape and banana aromas next with a hint of spice. Small amount of rubbing alcohol is present, but faint.

Flavor is complex and delicate. Nice interplay between he malt and grape sugars. Some spice seems to be present, reminicent of cardamom and old cinnamon. Lots going on in here, but it's almost like "tasting it in mute". Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy. Drinkability is decent.

Very nice beer from Allagash. On par with all of their other special releases. Once again, I think this is great due to the fact that it is so subtle. Lots of flavor in there, and quite a bit of complexity, but all without being in you face. Fairly mild all around, yet still very interesting. Very well made and balanced, this one is worth picking up and seeking out.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As a fan of Allagash, of course I have to try this. After the Victoria I was a bit hesitant, but as I understand it, this one was done with a red grape versus the green of the victoria. Well, let's see how it worked:

A - dark reddish amber color, huge billowy white head. Took ages to settle down.

S - belgian yeast, candi sugar and an almost pinoir note. Faint swirls, not off putting but seeming like the brew will need time to find a consensus nose.

T - Very wonderful merge of belgian yeast, candi sugar, mild malts and wonderful red wine grape influence. Warms up to room temp and the flavor melds exponentially.

M - medium bodied, vigorously carbonated yet soft in mouthfeel, wonderfully dry finish.

D - This drinks incredibly smooth. The best compliment I can say is it drinks like this has been a style for years, not a one off. YES I'll have another!

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Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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