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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopscotch (9162) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6221) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy light amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, mold), with notes of apple, clove, alcohol, and metal. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic, metallic. A rather tinny, unimpressive offering. Not worth the $17 price tag.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10666) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Corked bottle. Medium hazy amber color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate tart citrus yeasty aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Light sweet flavor with a medium sour long finish with a small alcohol tone. Good, but I had higher expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2006
I donít think I got the grapes in this till this morning, after opening the beer last night! IThis really feels and tastes like Allagash Triple with more sweetness and itís huge. Well carbonated but entirely unidimensional. Very late in the warm period there is viney grassiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5251) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2006
Bottle - corked and caged. Clouded amber body with a small white head. Nose is slightly wine-ish with light grape notes, light yeast, sweet malts, and almost a grape bubblegum type aroma. Taste is light grapes, Belgian yeast, sweet malts, and a touch of spice. Body is well carbonated but itís a finer carbonation. Overall it has a crisp but medium feel to it. Finishes with more subtle grape flavors, yeast, sweet malts, and light spices. Nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2088) - 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. Itís like a glass of white wine, cheese and apple all mixed together. Hints of De Dolle Dulle Teve 10ļ in taste and overall consistency.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1716) - 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 (4856) - 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 heís drinking a beer - not as complex a beer as Iíve come to expect from Allagash, but still quite good.

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