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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2969) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle: Hazy orange color, with a medium white head. Aroma of grapes, some alcohol, floral hops and spice. Flavor, very wine like, a little yeast, and maybe a hint of corriander. Pretty solid, and definitely interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2006
light amber-orange with minimal lacing. sweet fruit aromas- peach, apricots, oranges. initial mouthfeel light, but layers out quite nicely. great balance and mesh between yeast, alcohol, and fruity flavors that abound. another very nice 750 from rob todd and the gang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3567) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2006
I’ll admit a bias towards Allagash, but I really liked this one. Medium hazy amber orange, decent head slowly fades into a sheen. Aroma yeasty, with a hint of oak, apricot, and pipe tobacco with orange juice squirted into it. Flavor is initially ashy, then builds into a sticky apricot oriented body, hints of oak, and a clear yeasty flavor. Alcohol also bounces around, but didn’t detract in my opinion. Aging potential is there, things could either come together magnificently, or totally fall apart. I’m really pleased to see Allagash cranking up these small batch experimental beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy yellow in color with a nice lacing. Fruity alcoholic and spicey aroma. Peppery grassy notes. Fruity complex flavor. Grapes, plums and cherry notes. Peppery, and earthy. Yeasty. Smooth. Finish is fruity. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Pours a cloudy yellow gold with a white small bubble head. This beer smells very alcoholic, but taste doesn’t really reiterate that since I barely got any alcohol flavor. The taste is dominated by the white wine like flavors with a peppery, grassy, and earthy flavor. You can really get a taste of that belgian yeast strain in this beer. This was interesting, but not the best ’gash I’ve had. Get it if you find it, because it’s gone now (only 2700 bottles made).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2834) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Thanks to Kramer for this one. Pours out a somewhat hazy golden color with a lively head nice lacing. Aroma was of grape and some spices. Flavor is complex and interesting with notes of grapes and some other fruit here and there. Not a bad beer, but it needed something

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Poured this into my Orval glass, and interestingly this looked a lot like Orval. Similar color, great lacing. 5/5, nuff said. Aroma is light on everything: pepper, spices, grapes, other fruits. Flavor is the same, again fairly limited yet keeping a medium body. Just not a lot happening here. Alcohol is hidden well. For the price tag, this beer was a joke. The only real satisfaction I got was swirling this in the glass. I don’t care about $1 going to some place, I want a better beer. Never again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Pours a hazy orange tan. Aroma is of bread, grapes, yeast, and spice. Flavor is grapes, classic allagash yeast, spice, grain, bread, and wheat. Slight alcohol on sides of the mouth. Finishes dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Golden brown body with a large white head. A very nice and pleasent aroma, soft grapes, light citrus, maybe some other fruits. Very subtle and delicate body. Light hops and a noticable grape presence. Nice, hot ending.

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