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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 nick76
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is unimpressive with malt, cheese yeast, and grapes. The appearance is deep gold amber with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall I like it but it's not as good as I was hoping. A really mediocre beer from a good brewer.

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this bottle for a while, finally decided to crack it tonight at the urging of the gf. Into the Duvel chalice

A - nice pale golden/amber body with a thick white head which subsided eventually

S - I get a ton of grapes in the nose accompanied by a bit of peppery spice and a good amount of bready malt and yeastiness. Almost like a wine in many ways. Interesting

T - definitely reminds me more of a Belgian pale (Duvel comes to mind) than a strong dark. Very, very good. Some tartness from the grape/fruity flavor along with some bready malt up front which gives way to a very Duvel-esque beer. Some spiciness and yeast round out the mouth. A bit of a dry aftertatse. Very good

M - creamy and carbonated just right. Very enjoyable going down. Again, very dry, taste aftertaste. Almost reminiscent of champagne

D - this is an excellent beer. I'm not sure the style listed is correct, but this is another epic win for Allagash. Different, tasty, and highly recommended. Definitely check this out. Would gladly drink another

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Photo of mcallister
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber with reddish hues and plenty of carbonation action going on demonstrating bubbles galore. A large pure white pours high and fades into a pillowy stump leaving sticky lacing behind.

Nose shows signs of plum, berry, belgian yeast, belgian spices, orange peel, cotton candy, and some tropical type fruits.

Good nicely balanced beer. Some hop bitterness on the fninish. Fruity throughout and dominating on the mid palate. A hint of raisin, pinot noir grapes, black cherry, berry fruit, spicey etheral qualities. Light bodied but long on the finish. I could drink this beer all day and not get tired of it. Very easy sitting on the palate. The grapes show through nicely.

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden copper with a nice head and clean appearance. The aroma on this beer surprised me; it came off almost skunky, with strong notes of sour grapes and mild spice.
Most notably in the taste was once again grapes and sour fruit, some spice, yeast and alcohol...not balanced very well.
The mouthfeel was overall pretty decent, and finishes smooth but starts biting and somewhat bitter.
I'd say it was a decent beer and definitely interesting, but just too expensive for the quality. It was awfully bitter and overshadowed by a high ABV. I love Allagash's experimental tendencies and their constantly pushing the limit, but the last several brews I've had by them just haven't delivered the quality I expect for the price I've paid.

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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 malcontent
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my St. Bernardus Goblet (I'm thinking a tulip would have worked better) only a thin layer of bubbly head appears before fading fast. Lovely rose-tinted, orange body leaves an impression.

It's strange just how much the grapes come through. However, the scent is of the fruit and not the implied overtones one would find from a wine. I have to wonder if Allagash used an American eating varietal instead of a wine grape. In any case, the fruity scent fits in nicely with the earthy/sweet malt body.

I don't see how this fits in BA's category of "Strong Dark Ale" as the malt profile is much more akin to that of Duvel or Fin du Monde. That same rose (the wine, not color) infiltrates every corner of the flavor profile, partnering in a shockingly natural fashion with the clean pilsner malt and fruity/spicy yeast.

Booze isn't detectable and the crisp carbonation adds a refreshing aspect to a beer already eerily similar to a Provencal Rose. An excellent, if not unexpected, choice for a summer brew.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly light gold into a chalice, not what I was expecting for a "dark ale." But I won't split classification hairs; this is probably one of those beers that can't really be classed. Not a great deal of head, though, and somewhat poor retention. Markedly better when I agitate it somewhat, though.

S - No mistaking the vinous aromas here. Has a Riesling-like aroma; lots of fine sniffin' grapes. Uncomplicated, but top-notch.

T - A bit bready up front, then the unmistakable grape hits. A little sweet, not overly so. Some Belgian yeast-spice character at the back end drying things out along with some light hop. Doesn't come off as the hefty 9% beer it is.

F - Pretty much nailed it. Not too sticky with a good bite of carbonation.

D - The carbonation, not the alcohol, seems to want to catch up with me after a bit. Still a very drinkable and classy beer (as noted below). Excellent marriage of grain and grape. Expensive, though.

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Photo of John_M
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's Allagash event last night. Of the two V's (Victor and Victoria), I believe I liked this the best.

The beer pours a honey gold color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer is pretty sweet on the nose, with considerable malt and honey. On the palate this beer is quite delicious, and I'm surprised by the flavors of vanilla and chocolate on a moderately sweet frame. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable in this beer, but it's not obtrusive. The finish on this beer is very smooth and long.

Impressive. What a delicious beer.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jay23: Poured a deep hazy copper/orangey color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with light grape taste. Taste is a quite complex mix between some light grapes, sweet Belgian malt with some yeasts attenuation and a light funky finish. Very light notes of oak and tart notes are also noticeable. I find this beer to be quite good but not sure I would purchase very often considering the price tag.

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Photo of poetaster
4.77/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a rich dark gold with a yeasty froth cap. Fruity, tart nose supported by the first lip-puckering taste. Grape flavors and rich, smooth maltiness soon take the lead, well balanced by refreshing hop bitterness. Very much unlike most beers of this style--to my taste, like a cross between a triple and a bière de garde. Unlike the former, there's more thick malt and candy sugar flavors, and unlike the latter, more crisp tartness. Excellent offering though, as always, from the folks at Allagash.

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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 geexploitation
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber hue with a bright white, delicate head and excellent clarity. Nice lacing. Quite fruity aroma that conveys a juicy feeling along with the phenols that are typical to the style. It also has an element that is caramel-sweet and somehow winey at the same time -- the aroma reminds me a bit of a gewurztraminer without the spice. On the palate, tangy and sweet from start to finish, with bright, full fruitiness (oranges) from the mid-palate onward. Active, slightly solvent finish of raw alcohol. Overall, this is very well done. This is seemingly a very sweet beer, although I would not be surprised if it's just the fruitiness of it fooling my brain. I would be very curious to try a version of this beer without grapes added -- as it is, it just tastes like a well executed, fruity Belgian ale without any overtly winey or grapey characteristics. Well done.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with a decent frothy head and some lacing.

A sweet smell, can make out the grapes, fairly yeasty aroma too.

The taste is more tart/sour than I expected but in a pleasant way, even though it makes me pucker after drinking. Quite a carbonation kick, usually too much is bad but it works very well with this.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

750 ml cage-corked bottle, poured slowly into a wide-mouth glass, as per instructions on the label.

Pours hazed orange-amber with a white head that slowly becomes a thick swirling patch. Some trailing lace slides down the glass.

The smell is of musty grapes, with a touch of sourbread. Some maltiness in the back. Subtle fruitiness and spiciness mixes in.

The taste is peppery spicing - Alcohol is a bit raw and dominating. Caramelish - almost syrupy - maltiness with bready notes - grapeskin blends in to give it a dry finish.

Full-bodied and thickish. Alcohol is a bit raw on the palate.

Not a bad use of grapes at all - present but in a supportive role - Fairly complex. A very slow one, with some astringency and alcohol making it a bit tough to get through. Interesting.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's not good for me when, in the middle of winter, I have the craving for a lighter, crisper beer. Not to many of those in the apartment this time of year.... Into the Maredous chalice...

A - Right amount of white head, with no lacing and good retention. A really beautiful golden honey colored body.

S - Not an overwhelming aroma, nice and pleasant. Melon and honey like sweetness, grape like tartness, and good spice all present in this subtle, but interesting aroma.

T - Much more intense in the mouth than I expected from the aroma. This beer starts out with a big hit of honey, which gives way to a unique bitter-sweet quality. This combines with lots of spice, grape like tartness, saltiness, and a very distinct funk to make a jumbled, but interesting experience. The grape and spice linger for a long time in the finish.

M - Full and crisp at the same time, with a very slick feeling on the tongue. Interesting.

D - I came away from this impressed and apathetic at the same time. On one hand, this beer does a great job blending the grape qualities with the rest of the beer, so that neither overpowers the other, and the funk in this beer was the best I've noted in a non-Belgian beer. On the negative side, I felt this beer, while complex, lacked the focus that makes the great Belgian beers great. Something to try, but doubt I will grab another...

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a warm orange amber color with shallow wispy off white head that struggles and settles to the surface nicely. Visibly effervescent, a steady stream of bubbles from the bottom of this St. Feuillien goblet generating intense surface pools of foam that leave textbook spotty patterns of Belgian lacing . The smell is aggressive. There is an undeniable presence of the alcohol at first over a tart yet sweet fruity fragrance and an almost balanced earthy malt and yeasty aroma (this bottle indicates 9% ABV vs the 10.40% indicated on this page) . Well carbonated without being 'fizzy', the signature tiny bubbles of this Belgian Strong Ale give the mouth feel a really wonderful creamy texture. The first sample is notably 'warming'. The alcohol is neither timid nor distracting. Full flavored, the creamy tartness of the mouth and classic fruity taste from this Belgian yeast finishes with a pleasant, almost dry sensation. This one is a keeper. While the "dark" piece of this is understated, the complexity is well worth considering. Highly recommended.

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Photo of emerge077
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange tone.
Hawaiian Punch aromas, floral, sweet, grapey, fruity.

Sweet fruit flavors, alot of yeast, some residual bitterness. Not very balanced, much too sweet for my taste. Slight dryness at the end, but the taste lingers on the palate way too long.

Unpleasantly full mouthfeel for the sweet flavors that occur in tandem. It makes it a chore to finish almost, however it doesn't have any attributes that discourage one from drinking it.

Somehow I finished the bottle with some minor help from a friend. Not one I would revisit anytime soon. Allagash bottles alot of their experiments, and this is one I can't recommend.

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Photo of chapka
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick orange-gold color. Dark and somewhat hazy. A nice Belgian-style appearance.

The aroma is mostly yeast and alcohol; spicy and hot with some dark fruit. The same with the flavor; very hot on the tongue and in the back of my mouth. The grapes, which are hidden in the aroma, are there, but in the background. A general fruitiness lingers in the mouth after drinking, and the finish is very dry and tannic, but still tinged with hot alcohol. The spiciness lingers, but the grapes smooth it out into more of a wine-like character.

Starts like a Duvel, finishes like a sherry. An interesting, complex taste, but definitely an aggressive beer. The hot alcohol detracts from the drinkability, but otherwise an interesting beer.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a red wine glass. Pretty red/orange color with a small head; a very still beer, looked like a Cantillon offering. A sweet, fruity (mostly pear, a little grape) aroma. Fairly tart taste, some yeast. Impression of grape juice. A pretty good beer, but I didn't think it was up to the usual Allagash standard.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a chalice)

A-This beer has a warm deep pecan colored body with a nice hazy glow to it. There is a thick rocky beige head that sticks to the glass with each sip and is supported by a strands of micro bubbles.

S- This beer has a soft hint of ripe pears and a flower blossom note. The finish has a note of green grapes.

T- This beer has a spicy white grapefruit flavor that is followed by a tangy bite of mead and a soft green note in the finish. There is a light sweetness that comes through as the beer warms aswellas a dry spice note in the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a silky texture and no real alcohol heat to speak of.

D- This beer has a nice flower smell and some good balance of sweetness and bitterness. It had a unique blended flavor so it was a bit hard to describe but very tasty.

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy apricot jam color with a frothy head that shows decent retention and and plenty of lacing

Smell: Muted aromatics, with elements of concord grape, unfermented honey and a cakey aspect

Taste: Starts out with a rather sweet combination of honey and grape flavors; after the swallow, a spicy/yeasty character breaks out and provides for a rather bitter (not in a hoppy way, but more like grape skin character) finish

Mouthfeel: Full, almost syrupy body with moderate carbonation; some warmth on the finish

Drinkability: Interesting experiment but ultimately a failure, in my book; not very drinkable as the balance is out of whack and the flavor profile is just not that enjoyable

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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 MrHurmateeowish
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from RSVP in Portland. Hazy amber-red body with a thin film of off-white head. Smells fruity, peppery, and spicey. Tastes fruity, with grapes and raisin flavors playing a prominent role. Spice, roasty malts, and alcohol warming all play big roles too. Fairly full bodied with less carbonation than expected, but enough to make this beer surprisingly refreshing. A pretty darn good beer, with some good wine qualities too.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.14/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a deep copper body with a lush, creamy-looking white head.

Smell: Floral, honey-coated aroma with plenty of yeast, spice, and that ever-present grape character.

Taste: Initially, the flavor is quite sweet with a bready, almost cake-like maltiness and, yes, there's that ever-present grape character, which comes across more as a tart golden raisin flavor. Hops provide a tiny bit of bitterness and a light citrus note. Wraps-up with a semi-sweet, vinous finish that exhibits a fair amount of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Allgash is one of those breweries well-known for always cooking up interesting twists and turns to implement into their brewing. Some of these ideas pay off in beer drinking gold and others, well, they just remain as cute concepts. For me, this is one of the latter.

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Allagash Victor Ale from Allagash Brewing Company
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