Allagash Victor Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Victor AleAllagash Victor Ale

Brewed by:
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 drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is dark brown with a broken thin head that leaves a lot of lacing but didn't have much carbonation.

The aroma is sweet raisin aroma with an almost sour aroma.

This beer has an odd late sweet flavor. The sweetness somehow avoids the front of the palate. There is a slight lactic flavor. There is also an odd yeast character. Overall its smooth. Drinkability if fine.

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Photo of JayQue
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good BSPA. Pours a bright mostly clear amber/orange color with a big bubbly white head. Head retention is good and there is a filmy lacing on the sides of my Chimay goblet. Aroma is light fruit (grapes) and Belgian yeast. Taste is good. Not a classic BSPA by any means but still tasty, sweet and tart at the same time with some Belgian yeast and sweet fruity (grape) flavor. Mouthfeel is rich with some tartness and sweetness, and very little alcohol presence. A bit pricey at $17.99 but worth trying.

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Photo of MarioL66
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Stong white head that left an intricate lacing as the beer was consumed.

Smell - Strong, red wine, fruity and inviting.

Taste - Alcohol sweetness up front subsides into a red wine dryness? Slight sour notes before the red grapes take over. Interesting, though I am not in love.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and clean. Not overly creamy or crisp.

Drinkability - The alcohol, while well disguised, is still noticeable and will keep.

Another interesting offering from Allagash. I would have it again but I would choose other examples of the style before Victor.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the Allagash promo, Coppermine Pub in North Arlington NJ: poured a mildy cloudy yellow with less than a finger of white head, and decent head retention. Very herbal/spicy, dry peel, and some candi sugar in the nose. Nicely balanced aroma. However the taste was a little less so; very spicy, with no hint of fruitiness, and a dry grapefruit peel finish. I will say though that the alcohol content was extremely well hidden. Mildly carbonated, medium body. Given the flavor progression and high alcohol content, I was exactly rushing to session this, but a good beer usual from these guys.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a murky brownish amber with an off white full head leaving a thick lacing.

S-the nose is big but a little messy. notes of caramel malts and dough up front, spicy phenols and notes of alcohol tinge the nose, lemon and banana take over in the back with a fair bit of grassy herbal hops. all the aromas seem to be on point but they don't blend well and seem to stand alone.

T-the taste is more integrated, dough caramel malts show a strong malt body. spicy phenols, lightly peppery with notes of alcohol but very light. tons of bananas behind with light lemon. the finish has a fair bit of grassy hops with little to no bitterness.

M-full bodied and chewy, strong malt presence in the body, good carbonation balances nicely with a slightly dry finish.

D-the flavor is well balanced and more integrated than the nose. its slightly messy but the flavors are nice and it is rather easily drinken. not a whole lot of yeast but huge malt presence, interesting take on the belgian style.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed burnt orange with a large blooming white head that left multiple rings of broken lace behind as it settled slowly.White grape skin really stands out in the nose with what alot of people have mentiones,a sweet cake-like note,a healthy does of herbal hops,and sharp phenols round out the aromas.Phenols play a bigger role on the palate providing spice and sharpness,white grape fruitiness,and herbal hops in the finish.A pretty good rendition of the style,the phenols are a little heavy on the palate for me though.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy burnt orange hue with a strong red tint. A one finger light tan head slowly settles to a thin cap, which settles to a rim along the glass.

Very vinous aromas, with an aroma very close to wine with the amount of grape in it. The alcohol shows up a bit in the front.

The alcohol is sharp in the flavor, with high carbonation and a bit of a dry and acerbic finish. The grapes add a sweet... grape flavor up front. Full bodied.

A very wine like beer, and probably a good one to share with a wine aficionado. The alcohol is perceived well, so the drinkability is lowered a bit, but it's similar to most wines.

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Photo of jampics2
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, shared by Arp. Thanks, I've never had this one before! Split a few ways and poured into a snifter.

The beer looks nice in the glass. The color is copper with notes of orange - hazy but not totally cloudy - and the head displays great retention and lace.

The smell is grape-driven, for sure, but there are a few other interesting elements at play here. Dark berries, raisin, and honey all share the spotlight with dark sugar and some nice yeasty esters. The esters give a tropical touch, and there are some green apple notes too. Nice!

The taste isn't quite as diverse as the nose, but it has some strong points too! Mostly, the vineous flavors showcase how a beer like this can be a wine lover's new best friend. There's a significant sweet malt base present here. A touch of toasted grain fades into raisin, plum and grape notes atop a bed of caramel. Just a touch of tartness peaks, then sweetness and dryness follows.

The mouthfeel is light and lively, much like a white wine with bubbles. No elements of booze or stickiness to detract from the tasting experience. Overall, I really liked this beer and would sample again sometime. Thanks for the bottle share, Adam!

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Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This review is for the 2007 vintage sampled on draft last week at Capone's.

Pours a dark amber/caramel brown color with dark golden orange hues and a 1.5 finger froty white head. Very good retention, only slowly settling into a lasting ring that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.

Yeasty aroma with subtle hints of bread along wih a slightly vinous grape presence. Slight earthy funk along with caramel apple, subtle alcohol and very light hops.

Softly carbonated up front with a nice sweet alcohol and grape flavor. The vinous characteristic from the aroma isn't present here but there is some earthy oak tannis but not too much so. Slightly cider like with ints of apple as well as some caramel and toffee. The ABV is decently masked but the sweet alcohol presence is still there. No noticeable heat or alcohol warmth in the finish. Sightly dry herbal/medicinal aftertaste. This was pretty good and I would like to try a fresh vintage to compare. It has held up remarkable well.

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Photo of Jonada
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 2012 vintage. Served in the DFH signature glass

Appearance: Pours a murky gold/orange color with 2 fingers of a creamy off white head. Great retention and lacing. Body is very hazy with lots of visible carbonation streaming throughout.

Smell: Red grape, floral, bready malt and some light yeast spice.

Taste: Vinous grape, apple, spice, fruity esters.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium/high carbonation. Slightly tart and dry finish.

Overall: It's a solid belgian pale and the grapes do add some additional complexity. Pretty good stuff, though not quite worth the high price tag.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark amber/golden color with some ruby hints in the light. A small head with only a bit of lacing.

Taste is sweet but also some sour with a hint of wine. Nice and dry, with a good amount of bitterness.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap At capone's from a 2007 keg.

A- Victor has a hazy copper slighty lighter amber in color. Some white fizzy head on top that faded leaving no lace.

S- This one is all about the grapes and the malt. Big scents of grapes (chancellor I believe) with malts and some begian yeast. This comes off like a slightly sweet wine. Some faded hoppy earth in the background.

T-A taste of vinious grapes with a underlining Belgian sweetness from the malt. The grape taste is big but not cloying or overly sweet, I think this 2 year old version is at a good point in it's life although I have not had this fresh. A spicy finish with some warmth from the 10%.

M&D- Victor goes down easy enough although the 10 percent is a bit easy to detect. This goes down pretty smooth for a medium sized semi sweet beer, the carb was on point as well, not overly crisp. Im glad i tried it on tap as a whole bottle would have been a chore. Perhaps i'll buy a fresh bottle and share with friends.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap this past Saturday night at the Dive Bar in Worcester. Served in a 0.25l Allagash glass for $6. Dull orange color, with a hint of forest green in the body. Fizzy white head. Smelled like a glass of wine - fresh and a bit boozy. Taste was quite different and unique. There was a lot of grape flavor to this beer. The brewer really got a lot of the flavor out of the barrel and into the beer. I have had a few beers aged in wine barrels, and this one was one of the best examples. Mouthfeel fell somewhere between a dark ale and a wine: easy to drink, but a sipper. A small glass was all I needed for this beer, it was an appropriate amount. A great beer to try if searching for something new, or a nice crossover beer for wine lovers.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL into tulip. aged in my cellar for the past 2 years.

A: slightly hazed, light copper body. bright white head is frothy. retention is average/good. lots of spotty lacing as the brew goes down.

S: a little tart and acidic. slightly vinous as well. a floral bouquet of sweet fermentation aromas, cara malts, and grapes. different.

T: there is a distinctive apple juice flavor in here. chewy unfermented malt sugars. I would say slightly more sweet than acidic. a minor earthy hop flavor. mostly sweet finish.

M: carb is subtle. medium, full body.

D: not sure how well this bottle held up with time. would like to have a fresh Victor to compare. regardless, haven't had a brew like this, very vinous throughout the nose and drink.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Th beer pours a white but slightly reddish head. The head does not stay for long and sort of dissipates quicker than its feminine counterpart. The beer itself is also darker. The beer is a dark red with hints of brown that are reminiscent of a red.

The beer has a strong red grape smell that masked by the yeast and spices.

The beer is definitely sour. The pilsner malts are present but compliment the red grapes very well. The red grapes seem to give it a sour taste and a sugary sweet taste. The beer leaves a tarty aftertaste.

Heavy bodied with very little carbonation. The beer leaves a slightly dry aftertaste.

Certainly different from the Victoria but I would probably get this beer again when it's available but I won't be running over people to do so.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. doesn't blow you away, but pretty damn tasty. i'm enjoying it quite a bit.

(originally reviewed: 08-08-2011)

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Photo of running3dogs
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours into a Fässla half-liter mug a translucent deep orange. A massive clotted head disappears fairly quickly, leaving doilies of lace. The beer has a big yeasty aroma that nearly crowds out pilsner malt and grape notes which emerge more fully on the palate. This 2015 slimmed-down version (8.3% ABV) shows surprising quaffability for such a full palate. The red grape tannins provide more of a tart, than bitter, finish. Was expecting more complexity, but I'll drink to Victor's keen sense of balance and finesse.

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Photo of MatthewWilde
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2009

A: Pours a small white head that quickly evolves into mild lacing, orange in color and cloudy throughout with lots of sediment, not translucent

S: Moderately fragrant, quite fruity, notes of citrus with some floral/herbal elements as well, champagne-like, sweet with a touch of alcohol

T: Similar to the nose, but much heavier fruit and very apparent grape aspects, mild herbal notes, slightly spicy, flavorful

M: Smooth, drinkable, refreshing, age seems to have added some balance, mild fruity aftertaste, not lingering or drying, only slight alcohol taste

O: Worth a try, fruity and clean, aged well with much added complexity, smooth and delicious

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Photo of JohnHoyos
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wish I knew this beer was retired BEFORE I opened the only bottle I had. :( Oh well, it's still great. Getting down toward the bottom of the bottle, this beer gets more and more impressive.

750 ml bottle, caged n corked. Served in a Duvel tulip glass. Victor pours a hazy golden brown with almost no head. The beer shows good, not great, lacing throughout. Nose is very subtle - a little sweetness with a slight touch of musk. The taste is where the grapes are very apparent and the heat of the 9% ABV shows through slightly. The carbonation is very tight and even towards the bottom of the bottle this holds true. The finish is slightly tart and leaves your palate a little thirsty and dry.

To me this beer is a little more like a weak sparkling wine than a beer. It does a great job of straddling the line between the two. Not sure if it's worth $20/btl, but it's a very good beer nonetheless. Certainly recommended with Mexican food that doesn't carry too much spice.

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Photo of TommyW
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden/orange with red tints and a fizzy white head.

S- Smell of fruits and a whiff of alcohol.

T- Nice balance of fruits (grape and apple) with some interesting yeast character.

M- Medium feel and a medium carbonation.

D- Nice Belgian beer that goes down very easy.

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Photo of Blanco
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is slightly pink with a white head. smell is of the grapes and other fruity tones, with slight hint of belgian style yeasts. Flavor is sweet, but not cloyingly so. more grape. very light mouthfeel. overall, solid beer, but nowhere near the price tag i paid for it though.

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Photo of charlzm
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 11/08/08.

Slightly hazy orange/gold pour. A two finger white foam head provides plenty of lacing.

Fruity, wet aroma with a touch of funk.

The flavor is slippery and hard for me to pin down. Golden and green apples, white grapes, hint of cinnamon, slight sourness/tartness, some sweetness, clean, dry finish... there really is more to this taste than the sum of the parts. Taste improved with warming.

Overall, not the most exciting beer to drink, but I finished half a bottle just fine.

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Photo of Kendo
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Chimay chalice; split the bottle with a friend. Body is hazy golden honey-amber with a small white head. Leaves no lace.

S: Funky and fruity -- ripe peaches and apricot over a bit of malt and yeast.

T: Sweet -- candied sugar over fruity malt. Grapes and ripe peaches or apricots are evident again. Some spicy heat felt at the back end.

M: Slightly heavier than medium in heft, lots of carbonation cuts the slick sweetness a bit.

D: Not bad, a little too sweet and heavy to get a higher score in drinkability. Consider this one more of an after dinner sipper than a pre-gaming quaffer.

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Photo of Boto
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: This one pours a hazy Amber color. Minimal head and no lacing. Good nose. Notes of red wine from the grapes. Yeasty and breadiness evident. Some sweet candy sugar and caramel malts. The taste is very good. Some red wine flavors, as well as sweet malts, yeast and candy sugar. Very smooth. I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage. Pours a red tinted straw color with a head that quickly settles to a light lacing that never goes away. There is a light aroma that is mostly grapes and some grains. The tastes is just a bit sweet but it allows this to be very easy to drink. There is a couple other light fruit flavors hidden in there but nothing that really stands out for me. Each sip is lighter than the other. The 9% is well hidden. Overall, another quality selection from Allagash. Really enjoyed this one even though it was a bit sweet, but to be expected.

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Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 475 ratings.
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