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Allagash Victor Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Victor AleAllagash Victor Ale

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very good

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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srandycarter

California

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
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rootbeerman

Virginia

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

split with my father. poured into my Duvel Tulip.

A: pours amber, a little hazy due to a bit of yeast. a finger thick white head that laced well.
S: a wine grape is first noticeable followed by sweet malt and a fruity hint.
T: a good wine beer mix to put it simply. sweet grape and malt blend better than i expected. the alcohol is noticeable but is more wine like, probably due to the wine yeast used. hops are more noticed as it reaches room temperature and are more earthy.
M: high carbonation with a slight dry feeling.
D: an interesting sipper that would be great to wean a wine lover to beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 06:24:29 | More by rootbeerman
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neophilus

Massachusetts

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

Poured into a white wine glass on a gorgeous summer day. The fluffy white head coyly makes an appearance but then disappears, never to be seen again. The ale has a rich copper hue, slightly cloudy with an disciplined line of bubbles marching up from the bottom.

Aroma is rather subdued, a musty hint of belgian yeast crowned with malt. Very clean. Lingering underneath though is something else... sweet and slightly fruity notes take over and brings a gentle complexity to the nose.

The flavor is crisp and dry, showing the same restraint as the aroma did. This strong pale ale does not assault your senses. A tart fruitiness lingers underneath coating the palate, barely perceptable but definitely there. Mild booziness rounds out the experience, warmly elevating the tart flavor. The beer finishes clean and dry with the gentle warmth slowly fading from view.

Definitely an interesting taste experience. The subtle blend of flavors are much more than the sum of their parts. There is craftstmanship in the restraint shown here and the beer never threatens to overwhelm the senses.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 18:44:03 | More by neophilus
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BucannonXC5

California

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

Poured from a draft into a tulip glass at Downtown Johnny Brown’s in San Diego, Calif. Color was dark caramel amber. Maybe an inch of head. Lacing was consistent throughout on the top, as was the film on the sides.

Smell was fruity aromas, most notably peach and plum. Grapes came in strong after. Also some cloves in there.

Taste seemed to be similar to a Saison. Fruity deep flavors with dark fruits (grapes) and cloves leading the way.

Medium body. Lively carbonation. Crisp and clean.

A pretty good beer overall. It doesn't taste as strong as the 9.0 percent, so watch out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2011 09:40:44 | More by BucannonXC5
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thekanna

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown, DC.

A: Like a dark Rosé wine; somewhat amber with hints of red and pink that poke through. No head to speak of.

S: A slightly burnt caramel flavor reminiscent of Crème brûlée. Also present are fruit juice aromas... white grape and apple, mostly. A bit of nuttiness and a damp forest-like smell rounds out the finish.

T: Somewhat sweet caramel-like malts with fresh-pressed winery (muscat-like) grape juice. It lacks the dryness of white wine and instead replaces it with a more palatable sweetness. A port-like quality is definitely present. This is complemented with a sweet doughy taste of Belgian yeasts and bakery butter glaze.

M: Nice and big body with a perceptible creaminess. Leaves the mouth with an oily slickness.

D: This is very wine-like and should be savored. Great for sipping.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 04:58:42 | More by thekanna
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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
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 13:45:43 | More by barleywinebrewer
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ruckzuck

Georgia

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle for a while, finally decided to crack it tonight at the urging of the gf. Into the Duvel chalice

A - nice pale golden/amber body with a thick white head which subsided eventually

S - I get a ton of grapes in the nose accompanied by a bit of peppery spice and a good amount of bready malt and yeastiness. Almost like a wine in many ways. Interesting

T - definitely reminds me more of a Belgian pale (Duvel comes to mind) than a strong dark. Very, very good. Some tartness from the grape/fruity flavor along with some bready malt up front which gives way to a very Duvel-esque beer. Some spiciness and yeast round out the mouth. A bit of a dry aftertatse. Very good

M - creamy and carbonated just right. Very enjoyable going down. Again, very dry, taste aftertaste. Almost reminiscent of champagne

D - this is an excellent beer. I'm not sure the style listed is correct, but this is another epic win for Allagash. Different, tasty, and highly recommended. Definitely check this out. Would gladly drink another

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 03:55:11 | More by ruckzuck
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edmedina

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 04:25:28 | More by edmedina
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Patrick999

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly light gold into a chalice, not what I was expecting for a "dark ale." But I won't split classification hairs; this is probably one of those beers that can't really be classed. Not a great deal of head, though, and somewhat poor retention. Markedly better when I agitate it somewhat, though.

S - No mistaking the vinous aromas here. Has a Riesling-like aroma; lots of fine sniffin' grapes. Uncomplicated, but top-notch.

T - A bit bready up front, then the unmistakable grape hits. A little sweet, not overly so. Some Belgian yeast-spice character at the back end drying things out along with some light hop. Doesn't come off as the hefty 9% beer it is.

F - Pretty much nailed it. Not too sticky with a good bite of carbonation.

D - The carbonation, not the alcohol, seems to want to catch up with me after a bit. Still a very drinkable and classy beer (as noted below). Excellent marriage of grain and grape. Expensive, though.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 20:42:51 | More by Patrick999
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malcontent

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my St. Bernardus Goblet (I'm thinking a tulip would have worked better) only a thin layer of bubbly head appears before fading fast. Lovely rose-tinted, orange body leaves an impression.

It's strange just how much the grapes come through. However, the scent is of the fruit and not the implied overtones one would find from a wine. I have to wonder if Allagash used an American eating varietal instead of a wine grape. In any case, the fruity scent fits in nicely with the earthy/sweet malt body.

I don't see how this fits in BA's category of "Strong Dark Ale" as the malt profile is much more akin to that of Duvel or Fin du Monde. That same rose (the wine, not color) infiltrates every corner of the flavor profile, partnering in a shockingly natural fashion with the clean pilsner malt and fruity/spicy yeast.

Booze isn't detectable and the crisp carbonation adds a refreshing aspect to a beer already eerily similar to a Provencal Rose. An excellent, if not unexpected, choice for a summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 06:49:13 | More by malcontent
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drumminbrewer

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(going through the rest of my notes from this weekend)
Bottled in 2010. I think they used Cabernet Franc grapes for this batch (though I'm not sure, the other variation was "Chancellor" grapes).

Pours an apple cider brown with a quickly dissipating head. Not much lacing to be found, but a millimeter of a porous head left. As I get further into the bottle the yeast settles into the glass adding a pinkish tint the beer...mmm, the body is still lovely and effervescent despite everything floating around in the glass now.

Nose is alive with all sorts of citrus; oranges, lemons, lemon zest (like the rind of lemon shaved off) and tangerines. More Brett like qualities come off as it warms. Strong presence of the grapes.

The first sip is so alive. Every part of my tongue gets a different nuance or secondary flavor. The grapes themselves are most noticeable in the middle part of my tongue, pleasant acidity makes elevates the citrus notes. Everything delivered on the nose is present in the flavors and then some. 9% abv? Are you kidding me? It drinks more like a 6-7% saison!

This is a wonderful beer. I've had really good luck sitting on Allagash stuff for about 1 to 2 years, no exception here. Extremely refined, complex and balanced. Highly recommended with some age.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 19:04:03 | More by drumminbrewer
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errantnight

California

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2007 17:09:19 | More by errantnight
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Brad007

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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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MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 02:14:59 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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mobyviacheslov

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Looked like a Saison. Dark gold, and translucent. By the time it reached my table, there was no head.
S - Smelled like a white wine and a german lager, in a good way. The grape aroma was actually less wine, and more actual grape. The mild hop and malt aroma simply helped identify this as a beer, and not a grape drink.
T - Excellent balance of flavor. This had the bitter bite of Saison, matched beautifully with the sweet and sour grape flavor. Again, not a white wine flavor, but an actual grape flavor...I could even taste the skins of the grape (an earthy, fibrous flavor). The brett-like bitterness of a Saison was very present but the very obvious grape flavor was a wonderful balance. And don't get me wrong, this was certainly not a "fruit beer"...the grape flavor is strong, but it does not taste like a grape drink, or like grape juice was added.
M - Nice, light, and bubbly. Excellent refresher.
D - Excellent as well...At 9.3%, there was zero alcohol flavor. I could drink these for hours (or until I passed out).

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 19:53:02 | More by mobyviacheslov
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Meeg

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm stuck in Cleveland, reading my buddy's Facebook posts about his beer tour in New England, which included a stop in my Promised Land... The Barrel Room at Allagash Brewery. What else to do but open a bottle of my Allagash stash?

2009 vintage poured into an Allagash stemmed-glass, consumed while playing hookey and attempting to make progress on my bathroom remodel, listening to WEEI.

Aside from the bitter taste of the discussion about the Red Sox' epic collapse...

Beautiful pale golden color, with a nice, subtle grape scent. Grapes on the tongue, lasting through to the end, pleasantly reminiscent of Dogfish's Midas Touch (a favorite). A not-too light, definitely-not-heavy mouthfeel, matching the best belgians.

I'm happy, and I made progress in the bathroom remodel. Allagash always helps.

Oh! It was gusher, but I hadn't cooled it before opening. A rookie mistake. Don't open at 70 degrees, or you'll lose a bit of beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 21:07:16 | More by Meeg
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Allagash Victor Ale, special thanks to "Allagash man" for bringing it along. Corked and caged, brewed with wine grapes. A few years old, what a treat.

Pours a hazed gold in color with a tint of amber. Head is bone white and short livid, just leaving a few spots of lace. In the aroma, big time fragrant wine grapes adding a nice white wine type element. They really hit it out of the park with the aroma, this beer smells great. In the flavor, the wine grapes are still there along with some peppery Belgian yeast. Certainly Belgian ale yeast, lending its subtle fruity complexities that really shine through and play off the grapes. Mild tartness that has mellowed out to just a notion. Alcohol is quite tame and just present in the end. Delicate feel with a nice level of carbonation. Nice and drinkable, this is one hell of a beverage.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 23:08:16 | More by Stinkypuss
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2008 vintage on tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. White head, low retention on a clear, light golden body. Clear lacing, some suds. Aroma is deep and musty, includes green apple, green grapes and some candy sugar. Taste follows the aromas pretty closely, no alcohol on tasting or in aroma. This beer has aged incredibly gracefully. Developed some extra sweetness and some complexity. Wonderfully delicious and extremely tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2013 06:30:12 | More by KickbacksSteve
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poetaster

California

4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 04:43:18 | More by poetaster
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Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.