Allagash Victoria Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Victoria AleAllagash Victoria Ale
BA SCORE
3.92/5
500 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#6,323
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
500
pDev:
9.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
92
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 500 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$13 a bottle, wow!! Pours cloudy golden color. Smells quite sweet like dried fruit. Tastes less like that, more just sweet malt, quite yeasty too, quite a bit of yeasty aftertaste too, but not overwhelming. Overall, it's good not great. Not worth the $13 that it's priced at. I can get La Fin du Monde or even Allagash Four for half the price of this, which I will continue to do.

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Photo of cracgor
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Advertised as a beer brewed with grapes, the first thing I noticed when I opened the bottle was a grape aroma. Smells similar to champagne. It is a brown beer with a weak head, perhaps from the aging process. It has a great taste, complex flavor with a good mix of wine-like undertones and a nice beefy malt. Light on hops, it is like they replaced the hops with grapes. Sadly, there is not much in the way of head which is what the low marks on appearance are for. Kind of a little flat for my taste, but overall it is interesting and fairly well done.

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Photo of Tim725
3.59/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stigs
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz pour at Sunset Grill, served in a tulip

A - served with about a third of an inch of forthy bright white foam, settled to a thin flim but leaves a sticky wall of lace down the glass. the beer is hazy, bright gold in color.

S - struggling to pull out a lot here, some grains, lemon zest, slightly tart fruit, grape skins...

T - tart fruits chime in first, turning a little bitter and acidic...picking out star fruit, grapes, and some peach. light grassy hops and some tannic white wine flavors finish.

M - medium bodied, slightly oily and comes with sharp carbonation. finishes crisp and drying, with lingering fruity bitterness (is there such a thing?).

D - interesting concept...the fruits unfortunately dont meld as well as they could. i can pick out some grapes more as it warms, but by that time i was about ready to move on to something else.

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Photo of Crab_gang
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of phisig137
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color, with a thick head, and forms a blanket. Little lacing, but pretty to look at.

Aroma is almost non-existant. Slightly belgian triple nose, but very faint.

Flavor is very odd, but quite enjoyable. Somewhat wheaty, somewhat vinous, but very well balanced. Oaky, vanilla flavored finish. Smooth

Mouthfeel is full, and drinkability is good.

This is one incredibly complex brew. Lots of things going on here.... take time to appreciate and savor it.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Toronado San Diego in a tulip glass.
Pale gold/straw yellow color with a 1/4" bubbly white head. Recedes to a thin layer with a ring clinging to the sides of the glass.
Very estery scent, with some oak and white grape, peach candy, lemon. Smells a little sweet. Nice, layered.
Tastes very Allagashy...some peach and lemon, oaky finish. A little sweetness. Clean aftertaste with some lingering estery fruitiness.
Nice light body, clean, ends a little effervescent.
Pretty light and drinkable, but something about the estery sweetness makes it drag a little for me. This draft is enough for me but it's pleasant enough to finish.
Doesn't really stand out much from other Allagash offerings but it's not bad. I'd go with Curieux or just the White before getting this again though.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, from the cellar of "Blackie", corked and cage

appearance: pours a murky peach, large and fluffy white cloud head with long lasting retention, active carbonation noticeable

smell: very fresh and powerful nose...big yeast whiff at first, fresh orange-citrus, peppery spice, light white grape juice aroma, zesty

taste: lot of things going on...alcohol is a bit too hot in my opinion, and the carbonation is very high. yeasty, wheat, rather vinous, white grape juice, alcohol warming, pear, green apple, sweet and malty.

mouthfeel: very active carbonation, warming alcohol presence, medium body, lively on the tongue

drinkability: above average

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a bright yellow color ale with a big foamy head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet white grape juice with some Belgian malt and some yeast. Taste is sweet with a nice mix between Belgian style malt and a yeasty finish. I couldnÂ’t really pick-up the taste of grapes in there. Body was above average with some good carbonation and no alcohol was noticeable. Overall, this is an interesting beer but definitely not the best from this fine brewer.

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Photo of blackie
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour creates a 1" slightly off white head which is slow to dissipate. A layer and a ring of head is left throughout. The beer is a medium-light amber in color, only slightly hazy when poured off the sediment.

smell: There are upfront aromas of light fruit (white grape, candied pear, banana), with some considerable yeasty aromas. The pale malt aroma is moderately sweet. A little bready. Aromas of slight, aged noble type hops. A touch of spice including orange peel, coriander, and white pepper are found. The moderate ethanol presence contributes positively to the aroma, perhaps carrying some of the aromas to the nose.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is very high and prickly on the tonge, a little distracting. The body is light.

taste: Upfront are light fruity flavors of white grape, apple, and pear...and a mild sweetness of pale malt. There is not too much depth on the tongue, unexpected given the aroma. No hop flavor and just a touch of bitter astringency and a yeasty chalkiness and flavor in the finish. The finish is very dry.

drinkability: The alcohol seems well hidden, only slightly noticeable on nose. The carbonation is filling and somewhat excessive for my tastes.

Split with dirtylou during his stay in Raleigh...review entered from notes taken.

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Photo of ridedammit
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A and I bought a bottle at Downtown in Davis Sq after hearing about it at
PublickHouse. Made with grapes sounded interesting and we like
Allagash offerings. The beer is hazy amber, not surprising from what looks
like a bottle-conditioned brew. I think I was expecting more of a wine
nose to it, so I was surprised that it smelled like a typical Belgian. The
taste is good, quite dry, I think this is where the grapes must have their
greatast influence, since the dryness is not from the hop. Mouthfeel is
a bit acidic, also due to the grapes I imagine. All-in-all I liked the beer,
it is a nice unique brew. I think A liked it better, so I may have it again,
but its not something I would go out of my way to find.

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Photo of kkipple
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very mead-lookin' nearly still dingy dull orange. Head dies faster than a snickers bar in death valley.

I'm getting a lot of yeast in the nose, vitamin B and tang, with layered notes of honey and white grapes. There's alcohol heat and a pleasing floral scent here - let it sit for a while and the yeasty smell fades a little and it opens up. Not awfully complex, but good.

Tastes quite grape-y, white wine and sulfur yeast mingle with your basic mellow Belgian golden ale. Lots of honey and pears, pepper, mild apple tartness. The yeast is still a little overpowering here and sits in the finish a tad too long. Overall it's a pleasing mellow flavor if you can get past the yeast funk.

Mouthfeel is finely carbonated and slick, the finish is heavy on the white grapes and a little boozy-sweet. Not too shabby.

This is a good beer, but the yeast character overpowers a lot of budding nuance. Worth a try, now I've got to get some Victor!

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Photo of Lucular
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a cloudly, very light amber color... almost saison like. a sufficent head. not a lot but consistent. no lace. smell of apricot, astrigent, hop and grape esters... like that of a grape juice... not minerally but tangy with a light malt. the malt is with the grape tangy where as the hop is with the herbal quality... heavy thyme. quite crisp and dry. the crispness isn't a dry mineral sensation as the grape seems to lack the quality of the skin. it more subdued and exposed in the herbal effect. this beer lack the earth to be fantastic. its great but by way of two very separate things the hop dryness and the malt tangy all very crisp but this is lost in the high alcohol content. great with food... not back only. i would highly recommend game birds.

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Photo of Gmann
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a small head that settled into nothingness, flat. The aroma is sweet, apricot, coriander, honey and green apple. The taste is of tropical fruit and coriander. Big spice profile, perhaps some white pepper. Some honey notes as well. I don't really pick up the white grapes as I did on the Victor. The brew has a moderate body, prickly carbonation, sweet and a bit sticky. A spicy BSPA for sure. Not really my bag but others might like it. I preferred the Victor over the Victoria.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | 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 yellow with an off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain and some light jelly/jam fruity aromas. Taste is the same with some herbal flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nickd717
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. $7 for about 10oz.

Hazy yellow in color with a one-plus finger white head and good lacing.

Nice aroma. Grains of paradise, lemon, Belgian yeast, perfume, and some malty sweetness.

The flavor is decent, but not for the price ($17/750ml). Sweet pale malt, floral and herbal notes, lemon and citrus, and some perfume.

Good mouthfeel with semi-lively carbonation and medium body.

Overall good...but yeah...not for $17.

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Photo of Lagardner
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a shade of gold with a white head. Nose brings some wood, spice, grape, and some stone fruits. The taste is quite taken over by the grapes, taking away some of the nose's nuances. Feel is somewhat dry. Drinks okay, but like with the Victor, I think the grapes ended up being too large a component in the beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage. Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the beer is a slightly hazed, bright orange-gold coloring with a thin, whispy, filmy coating on the surface. Some slow carbonation throughout the body present while you drink. Aromas of toasted grains, sweet and tart grape, and some berry sweet and bubblegum from the Belgian yeast. Flavors are light and effervescent from the crisp body and carbonation. Toasty grain backbone with white wine characteristics, both in dry sweetness and booze kick. Like a dry Pinot Gris. Some of the funky character from the yeast shines through, but not much. Pretty well balanced palate, maybe slightly leaning to the dry side. The aftertaste also has the wine-like feel, with a dry, fruity grist flavoring. Dry and smooth finish, with a slight sweet and tart linger. Interesting and unique beer.

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Photo of Rutager
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Roberto11232
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Viggo
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle. Purchased at Whole Foods in Chicago. Day 2 of epic DrJay visit tasting.

Pours a cloudy amber/orange colour, like juice, with a thin egg shell head forming, drops a bit of lace and drops to a thin ring rather quickly. Smell is neat, grapes, some wine, bready, wood, lightly sour fruits, apricots, a little musty, sweet and sugary. Taste is similar, some caramel and bready malts up front, grapes and a wine sharpness, vanilla and oak, some orange peel, malty finish, and a bit yeasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, pretty neat. The wine doesn't come through as good as I expected, but this was a pretty solid beer.

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Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 500 ratings
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