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Allagash Victor Ale | Allagash Brewing Company

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Allagash Victor AleAllagash Victor Ale
BA SCORE
3.9/5
Very Good
485 Ratings
Allagash Victor AleAllagash Victor 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:
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.

Added by akorsak on 06-10-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,441
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
485
pDev:
9.74%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
97
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 485 |  Reviews: 161
Photo of 2dogbrew
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of jrenihan
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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 Pencible
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a hazy light copper with a little white head.
S: It smelled like citrus and sour Belgian yeast with a little earthy caramel and spices. Surprisingly smelled only slightly darker/maltier than Victoria.
T: It tasted like caramel and rich brown sugar, with orange and lemon zest and some white grapes and wild Belgian yeast. It had a bitter metallic aftertaste with some lingering sweetness.
M: It was oily with some smooth carbonation.
D: This started off smelling very similar to Victoria, but the taste was much sweeter rather than hoppy and sour. It had a nice body too and hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink. Not the best dark Belgian ever, but still very enjoyable. Cellaring could possibly improve it.

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Photo of rderedin
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cpetrone84
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
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 twiggamortis420
3.42/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle of the 2009 vintage pours a very hazed, dark gold color with a short-lived tan head. Lacing just ok.

Nose is heavy on the grapes, I am guessing white...has a buttery chardonnay smell. Really not a whole lot else going on...maybe some bready yeast and floral hops.

The yeast is much more prevalent than I expected on the flavor. Uber-bready, and I am surprised there is not a big fruit ester surge, grapes pretty much stand alone in that regard. Hops are there aplenty and kind of muddle things up a bit. Malts are toasty and crackery, light toffee. Spicy and phenolic, light acidity and some grape tannins. Interesting to say the least, although I am not sure I would buy it again…even at half the $17 price tag.

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Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of stortore
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of trevorpost
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 AgentZero
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper/yellow color with a fluffy whitish head that left a little bit of stick on the sides.

S - Smells like grape jelly or grape juice, lots of grapes in here. Malty backbone is pretty buried by the grapes, and there's some estery smells as well.

T - Sugary grape sweetness over some caramel malts, but this is so grape forward it's almost a waste of beer, just drink juice at a cheaper cost. Little bit of spice and yeast in the background.

M - Medium bodied with fairly active carbonation.

O - I don't really feel like drinking this one again. I like grape juice just fine, but juice is juice, beer should seem more like beer.

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Photo of Gmann
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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 braican
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of ROGUE16
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jfcaa193
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Mantooth
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter, on draft at Cork and Cask, Cornelius NC.

I applaud the effort, interesting mess Allagash has made here. Slight head and sticky lacing look good, the brew is the color of tea and smells faintly of bread and grapes. There's the taste of malt and an odd thinness from the grapes. Overall, not something I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Boto
3.9/5  rDev 0%
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 prototypic
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 485 ratings
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