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:
497
Reviews:
151
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.39%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
91
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Viggo
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of champ103
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. A small white head forms and leaves some patchy lace.
S: At first a great fruit aroma. Grapes, peaches, apples. A slight sourness, acidity, and dry wood aroma. This is good stuff.
T: Again, a fruity flavor of grapes and tart apples. Slightly sour with a nice malty sweetness that balances everything out.
M/D: A surprisingly lighter body than I was expecting. Though that is not a detriment. Very crisp, clean, and refreshing. Very creamy and smooth with good carbonation. This is very easy to drink. The alcohol is almost nonexistent. A great sipping beer.

This is a really interesting beer, and definitely reminds me of a wine. I would recommend this to anyone, and something that would appeal to wine drinkers as well.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am biased when it comes to Allagash. I think they brew interesting, tasty beers, and this is no exception. I had a 750ml bottle all for myself. After pouring the first glass, I let the bottle come to more of a room temperature. The beer was a cloudy orange with a medium head. The smell was mostly sweet fruit. The taste was fruity, somewhat tart, with a little hoppiness. I'm not certain I could detect a vinous character to it. As the beer warmed, it became dryer and more malty/yeasty. Very interesting. Somewhat carbonated. Another great offering from Allagash.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Rutager
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mattreitz49
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bobv
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Dizzy242
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of cjgiant
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap:
Pours golden with a bright white cap. It appears the bottom of the goblet is etched or something as the current of bubbles can be seen and is mildly mesmerizing. Swaths of lacing.

Nose is apple pulp being made in the orchard, with a bit of barrel wood and cracked grain providing the base. A little bit of citrus funk accent joins in, as well as an indistinct sweet note.

Taste starts with a simple malt cracker note, upon which comes some candi-like sweetness. The grapes and wine come next as a one-two punch. I almost feel like I could judge the wine as a light grassy/citrus wine (wonder if it is). The sweetness and light acidity bump around briefly before a sweet strawberry note settles the score. This actually has a surprisingly creamy mouthfeel by mid-glass (lightly prickly initially).

My first few sips I felt the sweet and wine notes clashed too much. Given time for the beer to warm or my palate adjust, I found them coming together better. It ended up a tad on the sweet side, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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 2dogbrew
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Pencible
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like fresh lemon zest and coriander and clove, with some white grape and grapefruit and sour Belgian yeast.
T: It tasted like lemon zest and grapefruit hops, with sweet wild honey and sour Belgian yeast, and a bit of coriander. The aftertaste was bitter but smooth.
M: It was slightly thick with moderate carbonation.
D: This was a nice pale Belgian with good complexity and clean taste. It had a more enjoyable balance of flavors than most of the style, and it hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink. The body could have been a bit better, but this was otherwise a solid beer.

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Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of rderedin
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of GreenMind
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of bubseymour
4.54/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on tap at the greatest craft bar in Maryland of Always Ron's in Hagerstown Maryland.

Very pale like a witbier with billowing head. Has a little funky/barnyard smell but overall the scents are subtle. It has a very well balanced taste profile. You get a touch of sour, some funk, a little sweetness, a little booziness and finishes with a slight hop bitterness. Overall its an easy drinking 9% brew and has alot going on. It didn't quite give me the WOW factor but its definitely at that level just on the cusp of a world class brew but not quite there. Allagash makes another very solid / outstanding beer.

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Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/27...served on tap. Pours pale gold with light foam. Mild beer smell, nothing noteworthy. Taste is funky and with load of savignon blanc flavors. Tastes like white wine with a hop bite. Very creative.

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Photo of PatGreer
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 497 ratings.
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