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Allagash Victoria Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Victoria AleAllagash Victoria Ale
BA SCORE
3.92/5
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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:
#6,548
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
500
pDev:
9.44%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
92
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 500 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of JayQue
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold hazy color from a corked and caged bottle into my Chimay goblet. Big frothy white head with excellent retention and thick bands of lacing. An excellent appearance. Good aroma and flavor too. Light and fruity, featuring white grapes and plenty of Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is great. No hint of the 9% abv and seems both rich and light at the same time. A very good BSPA!

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Photo of Vylo
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of PatrickCT
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KingPurple
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of byronic
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of polloenfuego
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ystazi
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of James_Michaud91
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clean, fresh, easy drinking beer. The grape presence was noticeable in the aroma of the beer but I found it a little more subtle in the taste. Definitely superbly well made, balanced and a completely unnoticeable 9% abv.

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Photo of ripperltj
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mattycasey
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 brureview
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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 dgeebs07
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaswilson2
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KWolf
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rderedin
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phigg1102
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
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 DrinkSlurm
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of riderwbd
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Claude-Irishman
2.3/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Can't get over the funky taste. It tastes like someone poured Welch's grape juice in my beer. I bought this by accident.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very delicious, focused balance of flavours. Smells and tastes like a bright, peppery, and slightly acidic Belgian pale at first but once the alcohol kicks in it drives through an acidic and vivid array of Chardonnay flavours on the long finish. A little pricey but for a good cause this is well worth picking up a bottle. My only criticism is the spicy phenols overwhelm some of the more subtle/bright flavours.

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Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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