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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Pectin hazed, bright and dulled gold in color with some sulfite-like bubbles and doily beady lace. Aroma revels in freshly cracked baguettes, coriander, cardamom and muskrit. Squeezable play toys, strawberry shortcake and freshly peeled bandaids remind us of the sometimes all-too-familiar Allagash house character. Carbonation crests with a honey glazed green grape lightness. Leavened hallah bread joins chartreuse grape seed. Coriander scratch imposes a semi-distressing over-arching theme, contributing a decrepit peach fuzz force when paired with the grapes. Cinnamon glaze meets mildew-sodden applewood along with a trace of chewy sorghum. Medium-bodied, boding with mild candied apples and corresponding caramel glaze, ultimately winding down with muskrit and sandalwood. Thanks for sharing, BBB63!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
The aroma is Belgiany, yeast, bananas, wheat. Very delicate and balanced. The beer pours to a hazy glowing plasticy piney color. Nice white head. The flavor is sweet wheat, bananas, yeast. Nice balance. The palate is smooth and nicely textured. Light grapes.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle from Porterhouse and shared with my buds in Wisconsin: Hazy deep golden hue with a small ring of foam and some lace. The aroma has notes of white grape, oak wood, biscuity malt, wheat, and a touch of sugar. The taste is sweet malt and apricot over a bitter hop profile with little buttery Chardonnay grape to be found. A bit to short of the palate for something that is 9% as well. The feel does work IMO as it is lively, sharp, and refreshing. In the end, I did like this but did want more depth.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (3520) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Pre-Great Taste sampling at 1FastSti’s house


Allagash seems to do well with their line of beers and this was no exception. Though it was not earth shattering, it was certainly well crafted. Thanks to whomever brought this to the tasting.

Aroma / Appearance - Grapes, wheat, peaches and a general vinous aroma permeated the air of the glass. It was a unique aroma and very inviting. The body itself was the color of honey and transparent. The clear lacing clung to the sides of the glass before creeping down back into the beer.

Flavor / Palate - Grapes, peaches, Honeycomb cereal and a medley of berry tastes highlighted this enjoyable beer. The dry finish is preceded by a sugary sweet sensation which fills the mouth. All the right things have been done to make this a good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2006
straw color touch of haze, light visable carbonation, big bubbled soapy head. Musty band-aid aroma some belgian yeasty notes. Palate is highly carbonated, decent coating, lightly creamy. Belgian yeast aroma, bread dough, candied sugars. Overly sweet band-aids suck.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Pours a clear slightly hazy color with off white color. Aroma is slightly funky and lemon. The barrel is hanging out too next to the lemon ando ther such Belgian flavors. The grapes aren’t there yet. The flavor is a little more grape infused, along with the allagash b/a flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Pour is hazed golden amber with a thin off white head...smell is sweet alcohol, smokey wood, somewhat like a mediocre chardonnay...citric sweetness, with some chewy malty yeast flavors...just very citric sweet...I can tell there is a lot of sweetness and less dryness from the grapes, but if I drank this blind I probably wouldn’t say that...chewy sticky finish...

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3379) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2006
750ml Bottle on 8/5/06 purchased at the Brewery. The scent of grapes comes through on initial inspection. I don’t mean the hints of grapes, but actually a grapey smell. The beer pours a light straw color with a small foamy head. The taste is a wine/beer hybrid, on the beer side, with a very grape centric taste. Yum

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2006
Light golden coloured with a thin creamy white head. A sweet malt aroma mixes in with some white port notes. A smooth light malt in mouth, with light alcohol, veering on xeres, and coriander notes. Alcohol becomes predominant as beer warms up. Very nice. Thanks Capflu for sharing this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (3499) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Cellared for many weeks, fridged for 40 minutes. Poured into a Leffe glass. Color is cloudy yellow with orangish aspects. Aroma is very present - belgian ale all the way, would never guess its this strong. Some sweetness in the background, which I attribute to the grapes. Taste lacks the sweetness but has the effervescent belgian flavor.


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