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RATINGS: 360   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2006
(750ml bottle) Cloudy apple cider body topped by small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, apple, grape, and some tinniness that mostly fades as it warms, though never disappears. Taste is moderately sweet, grape, apple, honey, orange, some nectarine. Medium-full body, sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JUN 2, 2006
At first I smelled the cork and it had a faint smell of wine, which was nice. Poured it into a wine glass and I loved the almost orange color. A nice head, not too overboard. The aroma was of bubblegum and brown sugar with a hint of lemon. The flavor reminded me of Duvel but more rich and full.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Hazy honey colored with a frothy white head. The aroma is very strong earthy white grapes. Nt exactly vinous more raw smashed grapes. The flavor is intersting. It has some odd mead like qualities, not the honey part so much as teh other components of mead. A very interesting assortment of grain and grape, quite unlike anything else that I have ever had. Beautiful medium body, attenuated with some nice fizziniess. I digg it. <!-- br/ --><!-- br/ -->Currently playing: Secret Chiefs 3

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Hazy amberish gold, creamy white head. Interesting and complex nose of grains, caramel, white grape, vanilla, and faint tones of wood. Flavor is somewhat in line with the nose with more bready, grapey, caramel tones with softer touches of cereal and wood. ABV is expertly hidden without a doubt. Full bodied, fizzy carbonation, grapey, caramel-like finish. Donít listen to Hopscotch...what the hell does he know anyway! ;-) Good stuff thatís certainly worth a try if youíre a fan of Allagash...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Bottle from Super Saver. Hazy copper pour with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of oaky boubon, funky grapes, some caramel malt and slight hops. The palate is on the dense side, and complex, with flavors of malt, oaky bourbon, grapey fruits, and some hops at the finish. Not the best Allagash beer Iíve had, but not bad, and a very original concept.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2009 Pretty orange color with a head thatís thick at first but flimsy. Sweet vinous notes push through a funky saison like smell. Flavor is strongly marked by a nice bready flavor with a sweet lingering finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Bottle... Hazy, golden ale with a mid-sized, fizzy, white head. Grainy nose with lots of rank, canned corn and dried jalapeŮo. Awful smell... totally rubs me the wrong way! The flavor is of honey, dessert wine and spicy hops. Pleasantly sweet. ABV is completely hidden. Medium-bodied and silky with fizzy carbonation. Short, crisp finish. Other than the nose, I really liked this one, but the smell of it makes me want to vomit every time I take a sip. Too bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Bottled. Beer was hazy, medium-caramel colored with an average-to-large, frothy, off-white lasting head. Graceful arches of lace left behind. The idea of Chardonnay grapes added to a BSA is pretty exciting, unforunately, it didnít net out. The aroma was moderately malty with notes of toasted bread, cookie and caramel; moderately hoppy with notes of straw and herb; yeasty with a light note of dough; moderate note of spicy alcohol, light vinousity and apple, trace cardboard and metallic notes. The flavor was moderately sweet, lightly acidic and lightly-to-moderately bitter with a long, lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter, slighly unclean/metallic finish. The body was light-to-medium, the texture was watery and the carbonation was lively. Moderate alcoholic warmth to the finish. Too bad this was kind of a snooze, itís a great concept!

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