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Allagash Victoria AleAllagash Victoria Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States | website

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
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
481
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
17.01%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
92
For Trade:
5
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Photo of blackie
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 06/22/2009. I had this on draft. Pours a hazy gold with a thick white head. Aroma of candi sugar, light yeast, and wheat. Flavor of light wheat malts followed by candi sugar and sweet fruits. Overall, I found this to be very nice and refreshing.

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Photo of Boto
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle: This one pours a hazy, darker golden yellow. It has a fairly decent sized off white head on it. There is quite a bit of effervescence going on in the glass. The aroma is quite nice. Yeasty, bready, grains, and fruitiness that almost smells like it could be coming from a chardonnay. The taste is excellent. It is somewhat sweet. The fruits are there, but they have merged into a unique flavor. Spices and a hint of caramel also. There is a bit of fiziness on the tongue. Medium bodied. An excellent brew.

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Photo of hopdog
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked bottle share courtesy of egajdzis.

Poured a medium and hazy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of grapes, caramel, yeast, vanilla and a little funkiness. Tastes of grapes, caramel, fruity and light yeast. A little on the sweeter side. Alcohol content hidden.

Notes from 5/4/06

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Photo of Mantooth
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Duckworth's in Cornelius, North Cackalacky.

Damn fine beer - looks great in the glass, billowing head and thick creamy lacing. There's just the perfect amount of funk to the nose and taste, wonderful sweet vinegar presence as well as dark ripe fruit - plums come to mind. Creamy mouthfeel. This is an amazing beer that would appeal to most anyone, great entry to sours for the novice and enough complexity for the purist. Wonderful brew.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, corked. Sampled June 2006.

This beer poured a cloudy, golden color with white foam that settled. The smell was mild grape skins with a slight sweetness that became more pronounced as it warmed. There was also a Belgian maltiness. The taste was lightly tart grape skins with Belgian malt and light hoppiness. There was a faint flavor of tannins. Overall the flavors were somewhat subtle. The mouthfeel was very dry with medium body and very pronounced carbonation (frothy). The sweet maltiness and grape skin flavors lingered. This was a good and enjoyable beer, but with subtle flavors.

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Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - light clear miler light color with half a finger of white head and good retention

S - mild white wine bubblegum and muscadine

T - as it smells bubble gum wine some light sugars minimal lingering

M - medium or so between fairly drinkable and almost sipper

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice lightly hazy amber golden with an almost white head which was coarse and loosely gathered, and fell slowly enough to coat at the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a sweet candy aromatic and a light Belgian yeast spice and a grapeskin undertone. The light spice in the aroma was enough to excite the nasal passages and was probably enhanced by alcohol. The aroma also exhibited a light citrusy presence, notably orange in character.

The flavor was fruity with a light sweetness and a graham/bready presence. The malt was some caramel and a candy presence coupled with a light fruity undertone that once again had a grapeskin and grape presence (not raisin). The flavor was interesting with the spicy nature being peppery and lasting on the tongue and palate. The flavor also contained a citrusy presence, muted and well mixed, similar to that of a witbier in nature.

The finish was dry with lasting, make that long lasting pepper flavor and fruitiness into the aftertaste and well beyond. The body was medium full with a lower than expected carbonation level. The alcohol in this beer really came into play in the flavor and in the warming after consumption, the aroma was enhanced by the alcohol the flavor, not so much.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

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Photo of flexabull
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of brandonman63. Thanks again!

Pours a cloudy gold color with a nice big head.

Aromas are spicy, yeasty, and very floral.

Very creamy, nice sweet and full malt flavors. Some yeast and spice on the finish. Somewhat tart as well, very nice balance of flavors. Would like a bit more of a spicy kick to this one though... still quite tasty.

A lot fuller in mouthfeel than others in the style I have tried. Very nice.

Super easy to drink, and very tasty.

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Photo of JayQue
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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 HattedClassic
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance:
The head is a nice fluffy white that lats quite a while. The beer itself is a nice orange and clear gold color.

Smell:
The beer has a grainy and bready smell with hints of the white grapes coming through. The grapes aren't very powerful but they certainly overpower the hops. The beer also smells of pears.

Taste:
The beer tastes as it smells but the grapes are more noticeable and blend well with the yeast and bready malt flavor. The grapes do come out more as the beer warms and blends even better with the yeast and pear tastes. The beer has a very pear aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
The beer feels medium bodied but very smooth with biting carbonation. The beer leaves a particularly dry finish.

Overall:
A pretty decent and unique that I will probably pick up again if I can find it on sale.

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Photo of jsanford
2.76/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml C&C bottle poured into a Tulip Glass. 2010 vintage.

A - Hazy gold with a thin white head that recedes to a thick ring and haze.
S - Sweet malt, grape juice, Candi sugar, and a very Tripel-like yeast profile. Smells like a grape Tripel.
T - Very close to the nose, I can't shake the grape Tripel descriptor. Sweet honey malt, grape juice, and spicy yeast.
M - Slightly sticky with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - Not really my thing, reminded me too much of the DFH Ancient Ales that use grape juice and honey. Once you've had one of those, they all kinda taste the same.

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

Drank this after a bottle of Westy 12 and I must say I thought this held it's own very well.

An awesome shade of orangish, yellow straw. Large frothy white head, dissapeared fairly quickly and left lacing down the Riedel Bordeaux glass.

Belgian yeast on the entrance aroma, followed by pear, fig, herby smells, apple, plantane, and good malt prescence.

Again on the front palate is exploding with that funky belgian yeast character, and a good maltiness. Dried bananas, bosc pear, apple, dried fig, and spicy hebacious characters. Very well balanced and complex.

Smooth, creamy, delectable mouthfeel. No signs of alcohol in the nose or mouth so I think it would be rather easy to drink a few to many of these before it knocked you down.

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Photo of grub
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 Biergotter Tasting, Day 2: Stouts and Belgians. Viggo contributed this one, so thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled nov 28/08.

pours hazy orangey amber with a small fluffy cream coloured head. the head drops slowly and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. nice bright citrus. orange, apricot. touch of vanilla. light belgian spice - makes me think of a tripel. white grape.

taste is wacky. i was thinking tripel based on the aroma, but got something completely different. white grape. very light white bread malt character. touch of cracker. bit of light spice. orange marmalade. touch of caramel and honey sweetness.

mouthfeel is good. just under medium carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. neat, with a nice balance. interesting stuff.

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Photo of nickd717
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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 Roguer
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Nearly transparent, straw colored, OK head retention.

Sharp sour aroma; grapes, slightly sweet, and tart.

Sweet and fruity up front, with a huge yeasty character. The Allagash yeast actually dominates, to this beer's detriment; it's a regression to the mean.

Lively and drinkable; excellent feel.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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 brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at 58 degrees. Vintage 2009.

Pours clear yellowish gold with a two inch head of dense white. After the settle, a solid skim coat remained on the surface as well as plenty of clawed lacework.

Aromatics lead off with biscuity malt, clovey phenols, and honey overtones. A hint of spice, vanilla, and white wine follow through.

Light bodied with a creamy, soft mouthfeel. Lively carbonation without being prickly.

Sweet malt and honey-drizzeled biscuits start the palate. A building warmth quickly steps up as does hints of pepper, grape must, oaky tannins, and dessert wine.

Finishes with a lingering sweetness, warming alcohol, and light spice.

The barrel aging is very subtle, but seems to add a bit of complexity. More wood and dryness would be better.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one I sampled at the Beverage Warehouse, beside the Victor. Out of a bottle this brew was a slightly hazy amber/peach color with a slightly yellow-tinted head. The retention as a cap was good and the lacing very nice. The aroma was similar to the Victor, dry and bready malt, Belgian yeast, fruit esters, orange and grapes with some alcohol heat. The flavors were very similar but I liked it better than the Victor. Lots of orange and more fruity sweetness was the primary difference aiding in how drinkable I found it. I also thought the alcohol was better hidden. It reminded me of a rose champagne, fruity, highly carbonated and fizzy in the mouth only with a malty complexity. The body was medium and it was dry and rather acidic. Still expensive for what it was and not Allagash's best offering.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber with a big fluffy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is a nice combination of yeast, matl, sweet white grapes and a hint of clove.

Tastes a bit sweet in front from the grapes, then a subtle yeasty tang and light malt kick in. Grapes reassert themselves in the finish.

Moderate carbonation, coats the tongue nicely.

A very drinkable beer, especially given the ABV. Very nice.

HV

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
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 JoEBoBpr
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.
Vintage: 2009

A - As soon as the cork is popped a nice steady flow of bubbles raises up the neck of the glass. As I gently pour it a nice 1 inch white head forms with some nice tight bubbles form. The color is straw yellow with some pal golden notes and is quite hazy.

S - Aroma is quite vinous. Some buttery Chardonnay notes as well as some nice slight tartness. This beer could be confused with a sparkling wine in terms of the nose. Quite delicious and refreshing nose. There is some slight grain and malt notes present o the back end of the nose and there is also a slight earthy hop note.

T & M - Flavor is fluffy and grainy up front with some nice bread notes. This is followed by the slight grape tartness and the vinous character. There i some slight leafy and earthy notes present as well as some nice slight funk from the yeast. The feel is fluffy and crisp with a nice light body that makes the beer easy to drink. Good offering.

D - Very easy to drink and yummy.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden/orange color with a good sized head, good retention, some lacing.

Smell is yeasty with strong notes of fruit, apple and pear possibly and a bit of honey, can't really make out much of a grape presence though.

Taste has a rather tart sweetness yet finishes sharply (most likely a result of the grapes), lots of spiciness going on such as clove, good carbonation amount for the style, the strength is well hidden behind the fruit and spice of the beer.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $12.99. The beer was served in a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a pleasing hazy golden honey coloration. The head was about two fingers high off white in coloration. The beer is lightly carbonated.

Smell: The beer has a sweet fruity grape aroma coupled with a funky yeast note. Did they use Bret yeast? The beer has a pleasant light citrus note. There is a noticable doughnutty character to the beer.

Taste: The beer has a vinous quality. This combines nicely with citrus and yeast. Again did they use brett? The hops provide a peppery zing. This is like a witbier on steroids. The beer produces a very interesting taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The vinous qualities create an interesting kicked up witbier. This is a very interesting and tasty beer. The alcohol is well covered up in both the smell and the taste.

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Photo of draheim
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle (2010) poured into a tulip. Pale golden color, crystal clear; white head subsides pretty quickly. Good carbonation.

Aroma is clean Belgian yeast and white wine grapes. Taste follows nose: yeast, pale malt, and a slightly sweet acidity from the grapes. Not sure I'd recognize grapes as an ingredient if I hadn't read the label. Very subtle. Crisp, sharp, dry mouthfeel.

Overall this is not a particularly complex or interesting beer, but I imagine it would be a great pairing for poultry or cheese.

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Allagash Victoria Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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