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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
Similar to Victoria, but red grapes (Chancellor) were used in place of white.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5777) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 5, 2015
750 ml bottle. 2013 vintage. Mostly clear gold color with the lace in a Allagash chalice, thin lace down the sides as I drank. Aroma shows a subtle red grape, house yeast, and a moderate level of sugar.

Body has some of the sugar I am smelling with a mild malt billing. The sugar almost covers the red grape notes, gives a light Welch’s juice character. Mildly light a red wine but more like a juice. This maybe a nice gateway brew if I ever want to convert a wine drinker into the craft beer world. Vinous notes are here without question and it was a nice enough drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ejh8 (110) - - DEC 21, 2014
Not as good as Victoria but a nice strong ale with a small hint of sour ale that doesn't linger or overwhelm. Nice strong ale, not the best though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Keg at World of Beer Charlottesville, 11/19/14. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a thin fizzy off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of caramel, doughy malt, mild cherries and other fruits. The taste is tart stone fruits, citrus, caramel, yeast, spice. Medium bodied, lingering spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (3484) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2014
On tap at Cask and Vine while enjoying the company of Todd the Hoople. Lightly hazy deep straw with hints of purple. Fruity earthy spicy aromas and flavor with a bit of a jelly or jam edge to it. Interesting brew a bit outside of the box, not something I’d have often but glad I got to try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (1945) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Aromas of red berries, red wine, pinot noir maybe, earthy. Hazy pinkish red, fully lasting white head. Fruity, pretty dry, savory. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
symmetric (71) - - OCT 11, 2014
Deep complex aroma, raisin, plum, grape on the nose, very slightly boozy edge. Attractive clear amber colour, fine off-white head. Medium-full body, with a pleasant creamy mouthfeel. A great red-wine beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (9225) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"2010 batch (cab franc grapes). I thought I’d love this one, and I just liked it. Victoria was it’s superior in a couple areas, which really surprised me (though it could have been the age). Nice grape accents and atouch of tart, smooth, easy drinking and a bit spicy and sweet."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 8, 2014
750ml, corked & caged. very nice, fuller mouthfeel, fruity belgian ale with red winer flavors, dark fruits, fruity yeastiness, orange peel.impressed

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6372) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2014 Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a dark caramel-orange-brown color with a medium sized foamy orange-beige head that left decent lacing. The aroma was sweet and tangy bread, sugar, golden fruits, a bit of dark fruits, fig, toffee and caramel. The flavor was tangy and sweet caramel, nut, rum, golden fruits, dark fruits, a bit of astringency and a hint of perfume. Medium length finish. Moderately full bodied. Pretty tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (4587) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle pour thanks to lukaduke. Pours a clear gold with a big white head of foam. Good retention. The aroma is dry, musty white grapes. The taste is a touch sweet and grapy and sweet. Bigger bodied beer with an effervescent and floral finish. Highly carbonated.

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