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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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4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
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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4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
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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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a cloudy pinkish/reddish color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a winey scent a mild sourness to it. The taste is good as well. It's smooth and delicate with some crystal malts and grape flavors. The "bugs" create quite a sour bite to it. It goes down easy with a dry sourness in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. I've never had the regular Victor, but I do like the sour edge to this version. Otherwise, I'm not sure I'd like it. Beer with grape juice added just isn't my bag.

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4.3 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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