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Allagash Victor AleAllagash Victor Ale

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Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Victor Ale was inspired by its feminine-named predecessor, the Victoria Ale. With chardonnay grapes to make the Victoria Ale unique, our brewers decided to use red grapes for the Victor. Over one hundred pounds of cabernet franc grapes were crushed on site and added directly to the mash. In addition to a generous portion of Pilsner malt, Victor is hopped with Fuggles and Hallertau and fermented with a wine yeast strain. With a focus on the subtle wine-like character of the grapes, the 9.0% ABV brew maintains a copper color, wine yeast influence and a medium body with a tart and spicy finish.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. Pours a one finger tight white head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is spicy fruit. Flavor is malty fruit, spices, hints of grape. Better than their Victoria Ale. Higher ABV is hidden. Pricey at $15.49 for a caged & corked 750ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle also from Whole Foods in Chitown. Day 2 of epic DrJay visit tasting.

Pours a cloudy copper, almost dark orange, thick off white head forms, drops tons of lace, very rocky head, settles to a medium layer, looks good. Smell is neat, light sourness and acidity, grapes and wine, wood, raspberries and assorted fruitiness, oranges, more fruit than the Victoria, a little more intense with the aroma. Taste is light sour and tannic, strawberries, oranges, bread, melons, very dry in the middle, some nice bready malt and oak, bit of funky sourness in the finish, very fruity, pretty neat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation, very dry, nice funky finish, I liked.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Color is a amber, orange, red, and copper mixture with a little bit of clearness. Pours a two finger bubby head. Aroma has a lot of bright fruit and a sweet and dry malt. Lots of that dry, bright fruity taste upfront which transitions to a slightly tart/dry cracker finish. Lots of carbonation in this and medium in body. Overall, if the price tag of $20 bucks wasn't so ridiculous I'd definitely get this again. Nice fruity red grape flavors balanced by a dry and slighty tart finish. Definitely worth a try even for those who don't like fruitier beer since its so balanced.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours golden-orange with a white head. The aroma is citrus with some grape notes. The flavor is heavy on the grapes along with some nice citrus flavors. There is some alcohol detectable as well as some Belgian yeast character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a clear toasted grain color with an average soapy white head that didn't leave much as it settled. The aroma is of white grapes, a bit cidery. The grape aroma pretty much dominates everything else. The taste is again of white grapes, honey, a hint of pepper and grain, ending with some bittering hops. The feel is moderate with fairly soft carbonation, the finish starts off slick but ends up dry. A very nice BSPA that doesn't knock your socks off with sweetness or spice but delivers a very drinkable brew. A nice drying finish rounds off the brew that make drinking the 750ml bottle enjoyable.

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Photo of SHODriver
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottle
A: poured into an oversize wine glass to a deep orange with slight red tint and a finger of dense slightly off white head that is slow to fade
S: smells of yeast with a slight fruitiness and a bit of pale malt. slightest hint of grape jelly as well
T: slightly musty malt flavor up front with a bit of flavor from the grapes and some fruity esters. slightly spicy. finish is slightly funky with a bit more grape and fruitiness with a bit of noble hop on the finish, slightly tart as well on the finish
M: medium in the mouth with soft carbonation from bottle conditioning. carbonation is adequate. slightly drying on the finish
O: pretty good, steep in price for not being barrel aged. I remember last years version a bit more favorably but this one isn't bad. good complexity and it's something different

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to brown color with an off white head. In the aroma, candy sugar and a sweet white wine. In the taste, candy sugar and yeasty. Almost like a sweet chardonnay or a riesling. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry riesling like aftertaste. It is like a beer version of a nice white wine, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. Above average lacing.

S: A big aroma of fruit, hops, and a bit of yeast.

T: This is an interesting flavor. There are elements of citrus, hops, malt, yeast, and a vinous quality. It may be a bit on the unfocused side, but it's still a lively flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, creamy finish. Light to medium-bodied.

O: I'm not going to say this is my favorite Allagash brew, but it is a solidly made, flavorful beer.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2009 bottling. A bit of a gusher upon opening. Pours very cloudy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with very good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Good soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grape, apple, pear, biscuit, clove, pepper, grape skin, herbal, earth, honey, caramel, and yeast spiciness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of apple, pear, grape, herbal, pepper, biscuit, clove, earth, honey, grape skin, caramel, and yeast spiciness. Slight grape skin tang on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, pepper, clove, bread, honey, earth, herbal, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and flavor complexity; with no cloying flavors at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Belgian strong pale ale. Fairly unique flavor profile with great balance and flavor complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09/05/07- Purchased at Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Poured into my St. Bernardus chalice.

Appearance- Off golden-orange colored pour with a 3/4 inch head. Larger bubbled head that settles at a nice 1/4 inch. Lacing it spotty and streaky.

Smell- Confectioniers sugar, muscat grapes, corriander and various light dark fruits.

Taste- Pretty much the smell to a "T". Good chunk of added sugars, lighter sweet white grape flavors with maybe some dark plums added as well. Lightly hopped to round it out.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher in the carbonation level. Sweet mouthcoating.

Drinkability- Overall a good all around beer...better than average for sure....but I think my days are over of paying these exorbitant prices for Allagash special releases. I still have the Interlude and the Musette to have very soon...both cost more than $15 a pop...the jury remains in session until then.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Great Lost Bear in Portland on 10/30
Served in a tulip glass.

A: This beer pours a murky toffee color. No head to this beer but leaves minot wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is of apple, pear, pale malts and belgian yeast.

T: Taste starts with pale malt flavoring. The middle is Belgian spices and yeast flavoring. The pear and apple really take over and dominate the finish and hang on the tongue for a bit.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation nice crisp body with a dry feel to the finish.

D: Goes down entirely way too easily, nice kick, nice representation of style. This beer is blended far too nicely. You would never guess the ABV on this one! I'd get it again in a heart beat.

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Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stan for sharing these. Bottle poured into a snifter produced a two finger white head that laced out quickly. The body of the brew was a orange to copper in color. I got a large whiff of dark fruits coming off this brew. Raisins and plums stuck out the most. Flavor wise it came off like a fizzy red wine but with a dry finish from the hops. It had a medium body to it with good carbonation. It drank really well I would think this would be a great brew to pair with a good steak. As with most Allagash it's a little pricey but worth it

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Fourth Ave. Pub during a recent trip to Brooklyn; served in a tulip

Appears a deep amber with mild carbonation and a khaki head the rose a good two fingers before receding quickly.

Aroma is of fermented granny smith apples, white grapes, candi sugar, and grainy malts. Fruity, flowery and sweet with an earthy hop aroma.

Flavor is very similar except for a dry, wood-like presence. Somewhat sweet caramel malts up front with the same lighter fruits as in the aroma. Same lighter fruits, granny smith apples and white grapes with a solid punch of booze in the finish.

Medium to full body with good carbonation. Full and rich on the palate.

Definitely a boozey beer. The flavors are extremely complex and playful and the alcohol packs a punch. With that said, it was very easy to put back. Each sip yielded new characteristics.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Biergotter 2008 tasting - Day 2. Viggo provided this one. Thanks!
Just a bit of haze to this orange/amber beer. The light beige cap showed good head retention and produced some chunky, sticky lacing. Vinous aroma, lots of wine and red grape skin, juicy and fruity, bready with a bit of earthiness. Mild tropical fruit and citrus notes appeared as it warmed. Malty flavour up front, quite fruity, grape and raisin, similar to the aroma but a little less vinous. Nicely balanced with flavours really melding, a bit of toffee sweetness held things together. Smooth, malty texture, moderate carbonation and medium bodied, a bit dry. Good stuff. Quite tasty with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of saalblade
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Honey amber hue with a half opacity clarity

S: Very fruity with notes of grape and something with more ripe sweetness I can't quite nail down. Maybe peach?

T: Sweet just like the sweet, fruity aromas it releases. Very good blend of malt, yeast and fruit gives it a smoothness.

M: Velvety with high carbonation to counter-balance the sweetness. Might be a real chore to drink without and would no doubt lead to pucker mouth.

D: Quite tasty in small batches. A little too much on the sweet side for more than one, but delicious nonetheless. Great balance of flavor and masking of alcohol.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy yellow with decent head and some lace.

S: Sweet, with a very present grape aroma.

T: Tasty grapes. Well done. The sweetness, however, becomes too much fairly quickly. This is a decent beer to split a few ways.

M: Decent carbonation level. Ok feel. Again, a bit sweet throughout.

D: A small sample is sufficient. I'm glad I tried it, but don't feel compelled to try this one again.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this back in September at the brewery when I was up in OOB for labor day weekend. Finally decided to open the bottle before we head up to Todd's Taco Night.

Appearance: Golden yellow and orance color with a small head when poured into the tuliped glass. There is also slight carbonation towards the top of the glass.

Smell: Smells like grape jelly. There is also some floral and malty hints after you get past the grapes.

Taste: Slightly malty with a tasted of grapes or grape jelly to me.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body. Good carbonation and smooth.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable beer and not too boozy given the 9% ABV. This is a beer to hold on to and enjoyed with others given the $18 price tag.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The color of Victor was the first hint of the red grapes present in this beer. The beer poured a slightly reddish off white with a fluffy white head. The red is easily seen as the beer is not clear and just a touch hazy.

Smell is very "Allagash" to my nose, Belgian yeasts, fruits, breads and there is a more dominant smell of grape naturally.

Taste has grapes moving forward, but the standard tastes of a Belgian ale...yeasts, spices, fruits and breads. This beer tastes milder than many of the BSPAs one might have, and the grapes are likely what does that.

Feel is astringent at the end, and is the only 'weak' point on this beer for me.

All in all a nice beer, I had this one before Victoria, so I am looking forward to comparing the two.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2012 Vintage

Beer is a dark orange colour with a large white head. Excellent retention.

Belgian yeast in the nose, along with red grape, raisin, floral notes, apple. A bit champagne-like.

The red grapes come through strongly in the taste. Vinous, raisin flavours. Belgian yeast as well, with apple and some light fruit. Bready malt, reminiscent of champagne. Very dry.

Full bodied, strongly carbonated. A bit of pucker. Dries the mouth.

Overall, quite good. Not the best beer I have had from Allagash but enjoyable.

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Photo of turnerk3
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a unique golden yellow color that tends to shift between true yellow to amber. Perfectly topped by a puffy white head which screams Belgium.

S: The Belgium yeast produce that fruity sweet smell as always, but there is a subtle wine aroma that pleasantly adds a distinct sweetness.

T: As expected, the mouth agrees with the nose. Exceptionally unique flavors of banana and clove found in most Belgium's with an enjoyable hint of grape that mixes well.

M: This is where the wine aspect takes main stage. There is a distinct dryness that is more wine-like than Belgium beer-like. Quite distinguishable and well placed.

O: Allagash is an excellent American brewery that produces exceptional Belgium style beers. This is just another over whelming amazing brew. If it is available definitely give it a try.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is not a Belgian strong dark, but it is tasty, if a little odd. I don't like this as much as any of the Russian River wine barrel aged beers or DFH Red and White, but it has some similar characteristics. Pours a beautiful golden with a very nice finely bubbled white head that sticks around as a cap and some spotty lacing. Smells of coriander with a touch of clove, tart grapes that are somewhat subtle, but contribute a pronounced sweet-tartness, and a touch of pepper. The taste is similar, quite tart with a lot of coriander and a bit of pepper. Perhaps a few too many grapes for me here. Mouthfeel is smooth and refreshing, but again the tartness is foremost. Interesting, but not spectacular.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle

A: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a nice big head that sticks around for quite a while

S: Some yeast to start things off, along with a sweetness that can be attributed to the grapes, some light malts and a light hop presence

T: Can definitely pick out the wine-like yeast strain as it isn't too fruity, but still imparts a good vinous and fruit-like character. Following up is a nice bit of malt with a touch of sweetness and light spicy hops to round it off. Alcohol is present throughout, but doesn't detract flavor from any single element

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A touch under-carbonated, if anything

O: A nice hybrid-type beer that definitely stays in the beer realm, but captures some nice wine-like qualities. The red grapes used impart a subtle sweetness that isn't too overbearing, and the wine yeast strain doesn't overpower the beer qualities. Very nicely done

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle served in a snifter.
2011 vintage.

pours a mostly clear golden tone while yielding a frothy two fingers or so of an off-white head. good retention and lacing.

nose offers a lot of grape and apple, with notes of yeast, malt, and maybe a touch of hops in the background. nice, though nothing extraordinary.

flavor delivers more of the same. good doses of grape, with some secondary fruity characteristics (apples, maybe a bit of citrus), some yeastiness and a sturdy malt presence. some booze, but not enough to significantly impact the beer. medium bodied in the mouth with adequate carbonation.

overall, very solid beer. no 'wow' factor per se, but pretty damn tasty. i'm enjoying it quite a bit.

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Photo of m1ked
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in the past paired up against the Victoria, and recall likeing this one a bit more.

A- Golden orange color with a slight haziness to it. Thin white head slowly receding to a fine cloudy covering.

S- Initially tart, followed by a sweet candied brown sugar, raisin.

T- Candied brown sugar, yeasty, biscuity (more like Nilla wafery). Long lasting honey sweetness with a slight grape bubble gum taste.

M- Active carbonation, almost foamy. Coats the mouth.

D- Very enjoyable beer. Not the kind of beer I drink frequently, but when I do, I look forward to it.

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Photo of stimulus
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

2010 Vintage.
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy brown with a one finger white head that settles but doesn't really go away completely.
S: Sweet red grapes and a little bit of a winelike scent.
T: The grapes start off here with sweetness and then a bit of sour, but not as much as an American Wild or a Lambic, and there is noticeable alcohol burn on the finish. There is a clean malt and hop profile underneath the dominant grapes, perhaps a pilsner or pale base.
M: Very well carbonated and a balanced medium body.
D: Well, it's up and it's down. It is 9% abv, but the burn on the finish of the taste is harsh and this brew feels like it hits harder than only 9. This bottle is somewhat of a chore to drink alone, but the sweetness and sourness of the grapes is really quite pleasant, and as it warms, the crispness of the pilsner/pale malt backbone makes up for the increased alcohol burn. This sort of reminds me of wine, but like a mix between a sweet red and less sweet white.

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Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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