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RATINGS: 347   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ReggieDunlap (3009) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head. Aroma has sweet peach and mango notes with some rind and spice. Flavor has peach...sticky sweet like peach nectar...some rind, and some yeasty/spicy notes...mildwhite wine. Mouthfeel is medium and syrupy with a winey/peachy finish. I feel like this would benefit from oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Tap. Pours lightly hazy gold with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is floral and citrus hops with biscuit malt and vinous notes. Flavor is spices, vinous notes, light malt and fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3303) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Tap. Pours hazy yellow with thin, fizzy white head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is grapes, biscuit and bread malts, lemon, honey, and floral hops. Flavor is sweet malt, grapes, other light fruit esters, and faint hops; dry, grassy finish. Light body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Steve_0 (2532) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Bottle shared with friends. Pour is hazy golden in appearance with a huge white head. Tangy aroma with notes of white grape, tannin, pepper, and biscuit. Taste is very dry with nice spice; pepper, biscuit, tannin, tang, and pineapple. Medium body with high carbonation. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rejtable (1223) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2012
Really solid effort. Pours light orange with a small head that quickly dissipates to a light covering. No lacing. Aromas are light sweetish fruit, light tangerines, some light grape, some pear. Taste is light sweet with very light tangyness. Presence of yeast. Abv is well hidden. Really nice refreshing beer, especially for the strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3636) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Funky pear and white grape nose. Relatively clear amber, medium snow white head, very nice lacing. White grape are much more pronounced on the palate. Mild alcohol burn, about what you’d expect from a 9% brew. Funk and lemongrass finish. A bit too grapey and vinous for me. A nice offering for introducing wine drinkers to beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayg1 (542) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 10, 2012
The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is light but distinct of wine and perhaps a touch of oak? Pleasant fruit aromas as well with a touch of spice. Classic sweetness of Belgian yeast. The alcohol is well hidden. Nice mouthfeel and right amount of carbonation. This is a great beer by Allagash, I’m reminded why they are always one of my favorite American brewers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joebudzjoe (668) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Draft @ Coalhouse Pizza. A sweet aroma and a copper body. The chardonnay grapes provide a nice dry fruity flavor to this beer that is predominately yeast flavored. Too bready for my tastes, but not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dextermorgan (92) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Nice fruity balance to the tripel brew. Tasted at the Allagash Brewery, 07/16/2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (1979) - USA - JUL 14, 2012
On tap at Rattle’n’Hum on a night of Belgian beers brewed in northern Maine. Another fairly wheaty one with a pleasant floral aroma. Pretty lemony, with the lemon blending nicely into the grain. (When I wrote this I was not aware it was made with chardonnay grapes.) Not a huge favorite, but a very interesting brew.

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