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RATINGS: 358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.


3.8
   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 doesnít 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 ígash Iíve had. Get it if you find it, because itís gone now (only 2700 bottles made).

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2668) - Pine Barrens, 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

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - 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 donít care about $1 going to some place, I want a better beer. Never again.

3.7
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2006
Hazy amber color with a medium frothy white head. Aroma of sweet fruit with a malty edge. Sweet malt base with hints of fruit and bread. The alcohol is certainly not very noticable beyond the warming effect.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3448) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Bottle...not sure where I purchased this from Oliverís in Albany perhaps? Sour bretty, banana aroma with some funky vinous notes as well. A bit of sugary sweetness is also present in this odd nose. Moderately hazy murky golden-copper color with a whitish head. Funky banana start with some slightly sour and sweet honey-like notes in the middle. Long, sweet, funky finish. Becomes more sweet. Different, not so sure if Iíd buy this again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Orange body color, frothy, lots of off-white head. Very carbonated. Nice BSA - pleasantly spicy, but also quite sweet with a strong malt flavor. The grapes are a nice addition, and add a slightly wine-like character to it, but it is not very strong, in my opnion. Yeasty and bready, with some hints of apples. Pretty good.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2006
Fruity, perfumy aroma - grapes, melon, peaches, flowers, honey, pale malt. Slightly hazy orange-amber, dense off-white head. Bright flavor, fruity and flowery, a hint of toasty malt, moderate phenolics, sweet up front with some hop bitterness showing up in the finish. Medium body, medium-high carbonation, some alcohol warming. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Dirty orange. Thin covering of slightly rocky foam. Vibrantly herbal aroma with peppery phenols swirled with pleasant notes of citrus marmalade, gunpowder, and floral hops. Very mild dustiness. Soft and expansive. Flavor unleashes an early burst mashed apricots which squelches the ensuing alcoholic dryness. Peppery warmth cuts through the chewy body with little effort. Extremely juicy with hops, melon, passion fruit, and an endless wave of assorted citrus flavors. Liberal dose of coriander yields ample spiciness and intensifies the alcoholic heat. Soundly structured floral hop backbone lends a counterpoint of succulence to the sweetness. Malt remains muted up until it approaches room temperature, where its soft roundness flourishes. Body is slick and chewy, to the point of clinging to the teeth. Dusty yeast grit is very subtle, but does aid in abating the dense thickness. Coriander leaves the palate numb as it reaches the finish, and although the alcohol is very hot, the flavor never loses its elegance, as the hops retain their succulence and brightness. Its real downfalls are the low attenuation (wet, yeasty, and fatiguing sweetness, as a result) and strong presence of alcohol. A commendable effort, but relatively disappointing.


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