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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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To create Victoria Ale, the brewers drew on references to Bucchus, the Thracian god of wine, in the history and artwork of the Victoria Mansion as inspiration for this new beer. One hundred pounds of chardonnay grapes were brought in, crushed on site and added directly to the mash. With a focus on the subtle wine-like character of the grapes, the 9.0% ABV brew boasts a pale copper color, Belgian yeast influence and a medium body with a long finish.

For every bottle of Victoria Ale sold, Allagash Brewing Co. will donate $1 to the restoration of this historic building.

We bottled it in February of '06. 451 cases (6 bottles in each case) were bottled.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JuliusCaesar (162) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 13, 2013
Pours a yellow-golden color with an inch head. Lively aroma of fruity esters and yeast. Lemon, apple, yeast and a bit of spice in the taste. Not bad at all. I enjoyed this beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dogfishho (586) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Pours a clear golden color with a nice thin head. The aroma is a tad funky with a dry carbonic acid sourness. On the palate the beer is extremely complex. Nice biscuity malt with a leather funk and then Sauternes sweetness on the end. Very cool beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Draft at Memphis. Pours a cloudy gold with thin white head and minimal lacing. Notes of citrus, chardonnay, sweet hay. Medium body with a crisp, dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Imaena (1701) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bottle. I liked this better than the Victor version. The white chardonay grapes did not impart quite as strong of a flavor. This is well balanced and great to bring to a dinner party.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1348) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Enjoyed on tap as a sampler before the brewery tour at Allagash in Portland, ME. Appearance is light cloudy gold with a thin but frothy white head. Aroma is sweet with white grape aroma, light yeast, fruit, smell is pretty nice. Taste is really good, finish is dry, definite white grape flavor, greatly masks the alcohol content, really enjoying this one. Great stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (15503) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 7, 2013
Draft @ Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, Long Beach, CA. Pours a pale amber color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty woody spicy aroma with yeasty hints. Fruity malty slightly woody spicy yeasty wine flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty wine finish.

3.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jamesthebrit (195) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Bottle from 2009. Busted it out for GUYS NIGHT!!!!!!! Looks pretty nice. Golden yellow color. Nice lacing. S: Smells great. Bananas. cloves. cherries, strawberries T: Tastes pretty gross actually. The must note in this is pretty intense. Few of the fruit notes come through, rather they appear muddled together and no one really stands above. Alcohol is pretty intense. M: Fine on the mouthfeel. Nothing special. Light/medium body. Overall it seems like there is potential here, but all the great flavors just mix together with nothing standing out. Not really the best showing from allagash.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2013
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2009 vintage. Pours moderately cloudy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger fluffy dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big white grape, grape skin, pear, apple, honey, floral, apricot, grass, herbal earthiness, white wine, light black pepper, light funk, and light yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of malt notes and yeast esters. Taste of big white grape, pear, apple, apricot, honey, floral, grass, herbal earthiness, light pepper, white wine, light black pepper, light funk, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of light fruits, honey, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal earthiness, light funk, and white wine on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and complexity of malt/yeast esters; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian Strong pale ale. Great flavor balance and complexity of malt and yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Hazy gold with a thin white head. Aromas of apricot skin and Sauvignon Blanc must. Bright stone fruit with slight tanins. Finishes nice and dry. Delicious, it's got a hint of grapes but the light characteristics of a Belgian pale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ReggieDunlap (2924) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head. Aroma has sweet peach and mango notes with some rind and spice. Flavor has peach...sticky sweet like peach nectar...some rind, and some yeasty/spicy notes...mildwhite wine. Mouthfeel is medium and syrupy with a winey/peachy finish. I feel like this would benefit from oak.


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