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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
86
very good

381 Ratings
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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 20
Gots: 63 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

decadance, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of nickd717
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

nickd717, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large bubbled head, but not quite at the level of soda pop. Very light lace. Nearly no head after one minute. Light haze to an otherwise gold to amber colored beer.

Earthy smell. No notable hop or "grape".

A classic Belgian flavor of yeast, high alcohol and pale malts. I would not describe this as a dark ale. There is a tartness to the beer that one could associate with grapes, but I would not be able to specifically as grape-like, perhaps it's the tannin. Good body.

smcolw, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of nriech
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

nriech, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of drpimento
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but a bit overly sweet for me. Cork almost freed itself and the beer slowly started to overflow. Served at close to correct temperature. Poured with a big, foamy, frothy, textured, cream colored head and a little bit of lace. Color is a clear medium amber. Aroma is hugely dominated by yeast, then grape must, some malt. Flavor is quite sweet up front with a bit of bitterness in the back. And under it all is a general Belgian style strong amber ale. Body is quite soft and mouth filling; carbonation isn't enough to handle the sweetness. Maybe a good dessert beer. Finish is like flavor, medium in length and ending with a slight alcohol sweetness.

drpimento, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

emerge077, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 750ml into a chalice.

Pours a surprisingly light tan or deep gold color. Minimal head.

Smell is of faint grapes and Belgian yeast. Almost a hint of saffron in there.

Taste is bready. Grapes and a wine like quality are certainly there. Slightly yeasty with a malty and borderline sour finish.

Overall, this is a solid beer but not as good as some of the others in this line (Curieux,Musette). Very creamy and remarkably well hidden alcohol, yet it left something to be desired. Not that it was a bad beer by any means, but I've been spoiled by their other exceptional offerings I guess.

bluegrassbrew, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

jwc215, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

Thorpe429, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of grover37
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle bought at the brewery for about $17 back in July 2010. Split into two Allaglasses.

Appearance (3): Hazy copper organge with two fingers of off-white head. Reduces to a very thin layer with swaths of lacing.

Aroma (3.5): Yeast forward with bready notes. Some light red wine as well.

Taste (3.5): Vinuous and yeasty. Fruity with cranberry and plum perhaps. Really interesting and unique flavors but a bit tannic; has gotten better with time.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Pretty light for 9% and the alcohol doesn't show. Pretty effervescent but not overly so - accents the flavors nicely. Medium body and medium to high carbonation.

Overall (3.5): Different but not something that I will go out of my way for. I like it with some age on it, but fresh it wasn't very enjoyable.

grover37, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of clegolfski
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

clegolfski, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of craytonic
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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.

craytonic, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of LiquidAmber
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.

LiquidAmber, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of billab914
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.

billab914, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of krazyboi
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

krazyboi, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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

brentk56, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

thekevlarkid, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

lordofthewiens, Nov 14, 2007
Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.