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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2006
Poured a hazy copper color with a medium sized, bubbly, off white head that left no lacing on the glass. Aroma of yeast, straw, barnyard, and chardonnay grapes. Taste was sweet up front, dark grapes, some caramel malts, with yeast, and some green apple in the finish. Alcohol was well covered.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Thanks to egajdzis. Porus a lightly hazy golden with a small bubbly head that went away quickly. Aroma of yeast, grapes, lighter spcies and vanilla. Flavor was along the same lines a bit on the sweet side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
da845 (139) - new york, New York, USA - APR 24, 2006
This beer is amazing. One of my favorate. very strong, very fruity. I would let it age a little bit and try it then.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - APR 23, 2006
mmm, got this at Downeast Bev. Co. pours a deep cloudy golden color, with reletivly small head for a belgian strong ale. aroma of flowers, and fresh fruit, some spice and breadyness to. flavor is quite similar to their triple, yet has some extra, dry white grape in the finnish. makes the mouth tingle. nice body, full and goes down very smooth. i am definatly going to buy one more to let it age, this is a great beer with even more potential. way to expencive to drink regularly ($16.99 for 75cl), i will stick to the triple as my other Vic. ages.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - APR 23, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2007 Part saison, part triple, maybe? Usually Allagash blurs the whole style thing, but this time they threw in everything but the kitchen sink. Pours gold to almost yellow with a thick creamy white head. Aromas of bread, perfume and some hay pop out as do some subtle sugary elements. Tastes somewhat grapey and sweet. I was expecting more of a dry taste, but instead had some weird gueuze elements present. Don’t know quite what to make of this.

Update 7/19/07: The aroma on this one drops down to a nice perfumy sugar combo. The flavor balances out better with a good dry undertone accompanied by some tangy grapey qualities. Better after a year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapFlu (4350) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 22, 2006
(750ml bottle) Purchased at the brewery on April 14th, 2006. Came as a 6-pack which may have been very expensive - but I had purchased 24 other bottles as well, so I really don’t know how much I spent on this? Its been sitting in my pantry for a week now and really has been daunting me because nobody else has reviewed it, so its perhaps a novelty. I came home thirsty this morning from a 21km rollerblade along the Ottawa River... Yes - this morning... so I decided to celebrate this feat of exercise with a fruity beer. Pours a medium, white, lasting creamy head with a golden amber body. The nose is very yeasty with a subtle farmhouse funk, the malt smells big though the white wine cuts the concentration. Grape skins mend well with the malt yet the yeast plays upfront and lingers on one’’s breath with a mild calcium paste. A good beer and a worthy cause but perhaps in need of some aging as the funkiness hasn’t built its own domicile within. Its like Fantome with white pepper instead of the exotic spices.

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