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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2052) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Bottle from Jason (kramer17801) Thanks! Glad I arranged the trade so I could get a bottle of this, however shortly after I found my local store got 18 bottles of it, so I got one of them too. (to cellar) In my opinion, this is not really worth cellaring. It is good tasting, easy to drink, and fruity and as most Allagash beers are - very easy to drink. It does not however, seem to say that it would hold up to any aging as does Interlude. This is more of something you would want to drink now, and enjoy it while it is around. It is a wonderful beer, highly drinkable, and very tasty, but it lacks something. I am not really sure what, hops? malts? no clue. There is no hint of alcohol in it, and actually I do not pick up much grape for it to have been brewed with 100 lbs of grapes. To me this tastes like a weaker, fruitier, less hoppy version of the Tripel. That said, I really enjoyed drinking it despite the complaining, and I am glad I got to try it. Is it worth the 14-16 dollars you pay for it? Probably. Multiple times? Nah.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fluids (364) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Small fizzy head goes quickly. Murky Golden Orange brown coloring. Soapy grape nose. Excellent cheese yeast. Malty evens this out and is more present at the tail. Wet and spicey. Alcohol well hidden. It’s like a glass of white wine, cheese and apple all mixed together. Hints of De Dolle Dulle Teve 10º in taste and overall consistency.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2006
Gold/orange pour, with a white head. Aromas are spices, grapes, malt, and yeast. Flavors are grapes, yeast, and spices. I has hoped for more, considering the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2006
Orange/gold in color - sweet, white dessert wine kind of aroma, with hints of saffron and wheat - quite sweet, but somehow tannic at the same time - the chardonnay grapes are the star of the show; one almost forgets he’s drinking a beer - not as complex a beer as I’ve come to expect from Allagash, but still quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 9, 2006
caramel looking body with a little white head.grapes,cider,and sweet malts blend together in the aroma.much of the same in the flavor with some belgian style yeast thrown in as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Bottle @ Max’s: Murky straw-golden colored body with a small white head. The aroma is spicy flowers, grapes, yeast, fruits, showing some definite chardonnay scents. The taste is light malts, grains, sweet bread, yeast, light esters, grassy flowers, light fruits, not showing grapes as much as in the aroma. Very dry, light bodied, lively carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2010 Bottle, Max’s on Broadway. Thanks to Jeffin7 for the sample. Pours a hazy, pale with a small white head. The aroma is clove, banana, slight brett- horsey, pineapple. The flavor is peach, apple, green grapes, vanilla, very dry. The mouthfeel is light and soft with a very drying finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2006 Bottle from the Virginia Touch in Berryville, VA. Pours hazy pale copper with a two-finger white head. First impression of the aroma is spicy and doughy, reminiscent of a fine Tripel (perhaps Allagash’s own). Swirling brings out the chardonnay and some fruit, mostly peach and orange. There’s also Saison funkiness. Grassy flavor with a good deal of grape coming through in the middle. The finish is lightly hoppy and heavily yeasty. The grassiness gives way to a vanilla-like sweetness as it warms. Very good, but the finish doesn’t quite meld with the grape middle and the excessive spritziness makes it hard to enjoy the complexity.

The second glass is much better than the first, either because it changes as it warms or because the mouth gets used to the carbonation. Either way, make sure you try at least a glass and a half.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Much thanks to egajdzis for this $20 brew via The Flying Pig... Limited release of 2,700 bottles. Appears a hazy gold with a small white head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass. Smell is of a Belgian mix, yeasty dough, vanilla, peach, apricots...perhaps a touch of champagne esters. Taste is of the same aromas. Mouthfeel is yeasty, doughy, with vanilla, and citrus clinging to the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2006
750ml corked bottle share courtesy of egajdzis. Poured a medium and hazy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of grapes, caramel, yeast, vanilla and a little funkiness. Tastes of grapes, caramel, fruity and light yeast. A little on the sweeter side. Alcohol content hidden.

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