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Allagash Victor Ale - Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Victor AleAllagash Victor Ale

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158 Reviews
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Reviews: 158
Hads: 452
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 17.05%
Wants: 23
Gots: 86 | 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:
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 Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a slightly dirty golden color with an off white head. Nose brings forth some yeast but mostly a lot of grapes. This carries over into the taste where, despite some yeast and spice, this is almost just a fancy grape juice. Feel consists of a medium body and good carbonation. All together, this is just a bit much and almost tastes like a grape juice mixture.

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Photo of clegolfski
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A = Golden with a slight red/purple tinge that is might just me thinking too much about it. Decent head that sicks a little bit.

S = Hot... Smells pretty boozey but there are some banana and and other yeast characteristics. You get a little little bit of hte grape too.

T = I really didnt like this much at first. It was pretty boozy and and it almost tasted like it had artificial sweetener added to it. As it warmed it opened up a little bit nad you got some of the subtler flavors in between the alcohol and sweet grape. Ended up being ok but a tough sell at its pricetag.

M = Good... not great.... had a nice warming sensation.

D = Slow Slow Slow let this baby get to about room temp before you drink it.

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Photo of craytonic
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprised this is retired? It was on the shelf here April/09

Appearance: Pours a very hazy straw-pale-yellow with a nice Allagash Belgian head, nice lacing.

Smell: Concord grapes and muscadines hit hard, much more prevalent than in his sister Victoria. Also lots of malt, biscuits, and buttery crackers.

Taste: Once again, concord grapes and muscadines, perhaps some strawberry jam. Also malt, biscuits, and buttery crackers. Definitely some sourdough bread. Could use some brett funk or something, I found it just a tad lacking.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy, with a very noticeable ABV. Lots of grape sugar.

Drinkability: If I hadn't recently enjoyed the sister brew Victoria, I would have liked this better. Victoria vastly outshines it as a much more refined product.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of krazyboi
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a white wine glass.

A: Dark golden yellow with very small head.
S: Fruity, caramel, grapes, slight alcohol.
T: Sweet malts with a touch of grapes. Finishes dry with a bit of bitterness. The aftertaste is similar to that of a dry white wine.
M: Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Slightly creamy.
D: The alcohol is hidden fairly well and makes this quite drinkable. The price tag makes it hard to drink often. This is a decent beer, but nothing special. The grapes aren't too prevalent when drinking, although you can tell there were grapes used in brewing it. Not worth the $18 price tag in my opinion.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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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 kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of tmoneyba
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden copper with a nice head and clean appearance. The aroma on this beer surprised me; it came off almost skunky, with strong notes of sour grapes and mild spice.
Most notably in the taste was once again grapes and sour fruit, some spice, yeast and alcohol...not balanced very well.
The mouthfeel was overall pretty decent, and finishes smooth but starts biting and somewhat bitter.
I'd say it was a decent beer and definitely interesting, but just too expensive for the quality. It was awfully bitter and overshadowed by a high ABV. I love Allagash's experimental tendencies and their constantly pushing the limit, but the last several brews I've had by them just haven't delivered the quality I expect for the price I've paid.

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

A: Dark orange; opaque; pours with a thin white head but that disappears quickly. Nice lacing

S: Dark sweet boozy fruit. Belgian spice. Something smells a little different--maybe that's the grapes?

T/M: Sweet caramel malt, spice, dark fruit. Pretty much the same as the smell. Nice mouthfeel, full bodied, nice lingering bitterness from hops.

D: Pretty intense. Can definitely taste the alcohol in this.

I'm a huge fan of Allagash brews, but I think this one is a bit below their other special offerings. Definitely a unique brew worth trying but not something I'm going to seek out (like a Musette or Odyssey)

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Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap for Allagash night at Boneyard Bistro in Sherman Oaks, CA.

Pours a hazy honey brown with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace lines the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain/malt, spices, and some fruity aromas. Taste is the same with some yeast flavors and a slight metallic flavor on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the smell is better than the taste.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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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 donkeyrunner
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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

On tap.
Light golden body with effervescent carbonation.
Lightly tart with what seems like just the right amount of white grape flavor and aroma to go with the light malt base.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 7/9/13 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, apples, grapes, brown sugar and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of caramel, grapes, apples, brown sugar. Then some mild breadiness comes in from some mildly wild Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re into beers with wine-like attributes.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

On tap at Cask and Vine while enjoying the company of Todd the Hoople.
Lightly hazy deep straw with hints of purple. Fruity earthy spicy aromas and flavor with a bit of a jelly or jam edge to it. Interesting brew a bit outside of the box, not something I'd have often but glad I got to try it.

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Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.