Allagash Victoria Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Victoria AleAllagash Victoria Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States
allagash.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Victoria Ale was inspired by a visit to Victoria Mansion, in Portland, Maine and the visual references to Bacchus, the god of wine. The brewer's decided to fuse the worlds of beer and wine. Over two hundred pounds of Chardonnay (Vidal Blanc in 2010) grapes were brought in, crushed on site and added directly to the mash. Victoria Ale's aroma is fruity spice, and the taste presents subtle notes of green banana, black pepper, and fresh-crushed mint. With a focus on the subtle, wine-like character of the grapes, the 9.0% ABV brew boasts a pale copper color, Belgian yeast influence, and a medium body with a long candied fruit finish with hints of honeydew melon, and, of course, white wine grapes.

Added by hopsaplenty on 04-29-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
493
Reviews:
151
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
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20
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Photo of coldmeat23
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Oversized Wine Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
VINTAGE: 2009
Corked & Caged 750ml

Damn! That cork just almost took my eye out! I barely had the cage pulled away and the cork popped, like a gunshot. Fortunately, I had the glass right there, so I didn't lose anything.
This is a beautiful, golden orange color with serious yellow tinting. It has a slight haziness to it. Almost two-fingers of off-white colored foam make the head, which fades to a surface covering film that sticks around for quite awhile. The lacing is in seriously thick strands that are very nicely sticky.

This smells like a big, fat, glass of white fruits. The grapes come through easily. Nice notes of pears, apples, peaches, nectarines, even some light traces of pineapple and raisins. Nice hints of pale malts and belgian yeast notes.
This has a very wine-like overtone to it, which is not surprising, considering what it is.

I'm surprised by the amount of wheat-ness that I seem to be tasting here. It's not bad, just unexpected. The chardonnay grapes tend to dominate the flavor profile, somewhat. The other white fruits that were apparent in the nose are here, they just aren't as prominent. Big hints of yeastiness. Lots of pale malt notes abound. Good hints of spices. Light sweetness that is similar to honey.
Overall, this is more sweet than tart or funky.

A solid medium body with a high level of (natural) carbonation. It is nicely refreshing and also has a good amount of creaminess to it.
Very nice.

Much like a good bottle of wine, the 9.00%abv is very nicely hidden. The taste is a touch too sweet to get a perfect score here, but it is still definitely drinkable. Grab one if you have the chance. It's a different kind of beer, for sure.

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a large wine glass with steak tartare.

A - lovely copper opaque body with a white head which dissipated

S - fruity, spicy, yeasty, funky, peppery, and sweet malt. Smells absolutely delicious

T - just like the nose. The peppery and spicy aspects are more pronounced in the flavor for sure

M - medium bodied with some nice carbonation

D - absolutely great! This is a superb beer. I almost wish I weren't sharing the bottle with my gf, but I'm sure I can get more at Green's and I'm glad we're enjoying it together. Highly recommended. Allagash hits this one out of the park.

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Photo of dgeebs07
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phigg1102
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer had one of the best mouth feels I can remember, perfect amount of sweetness to balance the fairly chewy, rich feel. Just the right amount of funk to align with the Belgian standards.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not going to write too much here - StephenRich just wrote the most insanely impressive review ever, and his is right below mine - so check that out. In any case, this was a nice, solid Allagash "big beer," that didn't quite reach the heights of the Interlude, Odyssey, or Fluxus. Just a kind of standard (but still very tasty) Belgian flavor, with lots of sugar, candy, citrus, and a touch of yeast. Overall, good, but maybe not worth the price tag (not when you could go with a La Chouffe or Gouden Carolus for cheaper).

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange-ish, yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, it was all white grapes. In the taste, Belgiany sugar and a dry white grape. A sweet fruity and bitter moouthfeel and a semi-dry fruity aftertaste. Great flavor, fantastic grape presence. Hide alcohol very well.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat murky orange body with a couple of fingers of offwhite head that dissipates a bit more quickly than expected. Smells yeasty, citrusy, and somewhat spicey. Tastes citrusy, malty, and spicey. Medium bodied. Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV... Very enjoyable! Kudos once again, Allagash!

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Photo of bylerteck
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draught
The Publick House
Boston

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Photo of brureview
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The cork was easy to get out- not always the case with corked beers. One of the easier corks I have taken out of a craft beer bottle. It has thumb grooves( as do Boulevard corks), and was easily twisted out.

Poured a 3F head, copper-gold color, with attractive lacing in a Stone IPA glass, which looks similar
to the glass Allagash uses. This older style IPA glass, ( pre- Dogfish Head Spiegelau) has a been a choice stemware glass for me, and it works well for this beer and other styles, including Imperial stouts.

Nice aroma- not too strong- spicy fruit and some barnyard.

Moderately carbonated. The MF is very malt forward with warming.

Superb taste: champagne-wine like quality fruit, finished by a lightly hoppy bitter finish. The wine-like fruit taste is more pronounced with warming.

Overall: excellent beer. Although the aroma could be a bit stronger, the taste and finish are distinctive.
Over two hundred pounds of chardonnay grapes in the mash. Best to taste it at different temps- from 40-50°F to bring out the different characteristics.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been waiting to crack this baby..
a very cloudy gold with some sexy stains upon the glass as I slowly drain the libation.
very apparent grape when cold, as it warms, some pear esters and some of the prickly hops come out, bringing a nice balance to the nose, which remains dominated by the grapes.
very nice flavor, the grapes are used well. the carbonation grasps at the tongue, thrusting grape and malt, and some well hidden alcohol into its cavities. Medium dry, surprised this actually isn't sweeter. The finish is outstanding. This is impressive.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at monks with my favorite bartender bernadette.

A- comes to me with a finger of white loose foam that's settles rather quickly to a small ring and some sticky lace. Pale straw orange yellow in color.

S- semi tart green grapes and pale malts. Slightly herbal and grassy.

T- green grapes and herbal vegetative hops. Crisp and bright. Bold yeast character that add some fruity esters and a touch of spice. The vinous hits do roll the whole thing into a nice little tasty package. Nice mildly acidic finish.

M- mediumish body and a mid level crisp almost champagne like carb.

D- I really enjoyed this brew. Super cool cross over between beer and wine. I like.

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Photo of Slack
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and clear with a fair amount of head and some lacing.

Am getting white wine, yeast, and breadiness on the nose. Also am picking up some hops.

Flavor reminiscent of a moscato. Sweet white grapes mixed with some pear. Malt and hops are also present. Alcohol is hidden.

Body is medium with medium carbonation and a dry smooth finish.

The beer is smooth, balanced, and on the lighter side of things. This beer was paired with spicy Thai basil chicken and worked nicely.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 493 ratings.
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