Allagash Victor Francenstein | Allagash Brewing Company

Allagash Victor FrancensteinAllagash Victor Francenstein
103 Ratings
Allagash Victor FrancensteinAllagash Victor Francenstein

Brewed by:
Allagash Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Victor Francenstein was created by aging 2008 victor ale in french oak wine barrels for one year with a blend of lactobacillus and brettanomyces. 100 lbs of 2009 cabernet franc grapes were then added to the barrel for an additional six months of aging. The resulting beer is dry, tart and fruity. Fresh strawberries and citrus are present in an aroma that gives way to flavors of grapefruit and rum. The tart finish has hints of vanilla and oak.

Added by WesWes on 03-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: a beautiful golden amber color that is visibly carbonated with a fluffy white head.

S: smells of funk and grapes, can't get enough of the well-balanced brett!

T: yum! tastes of sour fruits all around, hints of grapes, lime, and grapefruit at the end...

MF/D: very mouthpuckering, but i'm not complaining. very hard to put down. a shame the bottles weren't any bigger...

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4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased from the brewery this morning. Poured into two small Allagash chalices.

A: hazy, deep strawberry blond with an underlying reddish hue. thin lacing with minimal stick, highly carbonated.

S: strawberries and red wine with intense brett funk.

T: effervescent and dry with citrus and oak notes under the lacto sourness and brett funk, with a red wine-type finish. incredibly complex as it initially presents with the forward flavors that fade into the very subtle characteristic of vanilla.

M: light on the tongue with a fleeting tickle of carbonation on the palate.

D: this is an absolutely exquisite beer with beautiful complexity. i look forward to saving this beer to enjoy again in a few years, although aging is totally not necessary as this beer is stellar right now.

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4.87/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

375ml corked & caged bottle poured into a wine glass at Ebenezer's pub during the 6th annual Belgian Beer fest.

I was going to Maine/New Hampshire for the weekend after Victor Francenstein was released, and I was planning on stopping at Allagash on my way over with some friends to grab a couple bottles. Sadly it sold out a couple hours before we could get to Portland but I got to Ebenezer's (for the first time!) for Belgian Beer Fest for a few beers anyways. I asked Chris if he by any chance had any bottles left from the dinner before and thankfully he busted one out that I was able to share with a couple friends. I know there's a lot of hype around this but I split it with two other friends who both like beer but neither are BAs or have ever even had a sour beer before this and they both thought it was fantastic as well.

Pours a nice hazy ruddy orange color with a thin white head & light white lacing. Nose is very fruity with grapes dominating the nose but there's also a nice amount of funky sweetness that is quite delightful and just what I expect from a sour.

Wow, on the first sip I knew this was a world class sour, possibly the best I've ever had and certainly up there with the big boys like Cantillon and Drie Fontenin. It's tart and crisp with a very nice grapey sweetness, it's got a lot of wine characteristics, the two friends I split it with described it as a "wine beer" which I think is pretty apt, it would be a good cross over for a lover of fine wines into the world of craft beer. There is a nice funk to it but it's not of the barnyard variety, which I think makes it much easier drinking. The mouthfeel is full and sharp with a nice amount of carbonation similar to many of Allagash's wild ales.

A big thanks to Chris for busting this out, it was fantastic. I really hope that Allagash makes this beer again as it was so delicious, I think the $10 price at the brewery was a steal for something this good and if they could manage to produce it at a larger volume it would do fantastically.

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4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off I wish this sour was mass produced so everyone that love sours could try it. I think it will only get better with age tasted a little young.

A-murky reddish, slight head with some retention

S-Grapes, Oak, funky earth tones. Tart smell followed by a sight smell of alcohol behind it.

T-Tart/sour up front, flavors of oak and grapes present. Finishes with a red wine type dryness

M-Light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation for a wild

D- Amazing, however it does feel a bit young. I think given more time to mature this beer will be top shelf. Only time will tell. I would drink this once a week if I could, but hey I love sours.

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4.8/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opened this to celebrate my girlfriend's new/first job out of grad school. 375ml bottle split into two MBC glasses

A: Peachy color with some fizzy white head on initial pour. A swirl garners that same amount. Lacing is brief

S: Nice bretty aroma starts this off along with some barnyard funk. There is some grape as well. Probably more grape skin opposed to the actual fruit. Light floral and strawberry presence

T: Tartness caught me off guard in the first sip. Felt it right in the jaw. Sour until the end, where it mellows out with some oakiness. Fruit flavor consists of sour grapes and strawberry

M: Crisp and refreshing. Medium bodied with fairly present carbonation. Sour up front before smoothing out

D: This one was hard to put down. So delicious. I liked that it wasn't one of those stomach turning sours. Already wish I had more

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4.77/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12.7 oz bottle poured into my Allagash chalice.

A: Pours strawberry-blond with a creamy pink, one-finger head. Pumpkin-like orange when held up to a light. Leaves sparse lacing on the glass. The color alone makes this one of the more interesting looking beers I've poured in a while.

S: This is where the Interlude comparisons start coming into play, as Allagash's house brettanomyces yeast takes center stage, with a funky, sour bite in the nose. Behind it lays the smell of Victor; grapes, grass, more grapes. Astonishing combination.

T: Sour vinegar punch up front that slowly turns to fruit at the back of the tongue. More brett, more grapes. There's a slight hint of oak from the barrel-aging process, but it isn't nearly as apparent as I had expected it to be. I would've liked to have seen more oak, actually. Sour-cherry aftertaste is quite nice.

M: Anyone who drinks champagne will be right at home here. Carbonation is high, and this beer turns creamy as soon as it hits the tongue. Any less carbonation and the intense flavors in this beer would be muddled. Mouthfeel is perfect.

D: If there were more of these around, I would drink it on a regular basis. Like the Interlude, it's an American Wild Ale that drinks so easily, it's scary.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am biased I am from Maine and I was able to get this.

That being said believe the hype. This has as super grape tart taste that it is worth the hype.

Pours hazy yellow great carbination as well as a nice tangy sour funk (not too) funky though. I feel that both the new and more experienced american sour lover will enjoy this.

I have had a bunch of sours, this is a top notch beeer, best ever? who's to say once this has aged a bit. It is definately enjoyable and while I may have a home town bias, but I feel others will agree.

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4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is unmistakably Allagash sour all around. A light pop, a faint hiss, and a gentle pour reveals the following. A pale colored ale, slightly orange, slightly amber, snow white crystal head. The CO2 is audable, crackling and well taught. It recedes but a white ring is ever present. The aroma is heavy with oak, and funk, grape skins, and fleshy grape fruit. If you imagine a Bourdeux when drinking this the grapes pop even more. The aroma is earthy and complex. Fruity grapes meet the palate and are then married to wine barrel oak and funk. The sourness is tame here, tart if anything, but that is an allagash sour for you. More Brett then bugs. Really complex wine like charecteristics. Dry finish. Medium bodied but spritzy. This is a real fine beer, damn fine.

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4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Brad for sharing this one, tasted alongside Gargamel and Vagabond.

Pours a clear reddish amber with a small whitish head that recedes quickly to a thin collar and leaves little lacing.

The aroma is very bright, lots of lemony tartness and lactic up front but then the grapes take over and are certainly the most prominent feature of the nose. The brett is present but not overdone.

The taste is also excellent with the grapes shining through from the beginning with a musty funk from the brett and some lactic acid and lemons thrown in for good measure. Finish is dry and vinous - oaky.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, extremely crisp and well carbonated.

This was the clear winner against Vagabond and Gargamel. Granted, it's a different type of beer, but it was the tastiest for me and the most drinkable by far. Great American wild and one of Allagash's best.

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