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RATINGS: 336   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.


4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2006
This offering from Allagash pours a dark gold with a reddish tint that leaves a thin spotchy head that is quickly remedied with a swirl in my belgian goblet glass. The nose is horse blanket, must, grape, a hint of alcohal, dark fruits, plums, nectarine, figs, a very complex nose. The taste is fantastic, starts syrupy on the palate with honey, sweet prune and figs, followed by a hint of hop bittterness that helps put this malty masterpiece in check. The finish is warming alcohal, grass, some wheat earthiness abound. This is a fantastic Belgian Strong worth every penny.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Hazy gold with a thin white head. Aromas of apricot skin and Sauvignon Blanc must. Bright stone fruit with slight tanins. Finishes nice and dry. Delicious, it's got a hint of grapes but the light characteristics of a Belgian pale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (9836) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2011
Bottle at the Funky 7, Brooklyn. Pours a cloudy, orange gold with a medium, white head. Big nose of yeast, banana, Belgian candi. Medium sweet flavor, some signs of age but I like ’em, citrus, spice, yeast. Medium to full in body with fine to average carbonation. Light warming finish, notes of white grapes, yeast, spice, fruits. Delicious beer. Has held up very well and this was just a joy to drink.

4.3
   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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coolpop (1367) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Draft. Pours golden with a big foamy head. Aroma is of orange oil, cherry, grape, yeasty, slightly earthy. Sort of smells like a Manhattan! Flavor is rather sweet, lots more of the orange, vinous. Very well masked alcohol. Delicious -- I’d drink it again. And again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Somewhat murky orange body with a couple of fingers of offwhite head that dissipates a bit more quickly than expected. Smells yeasty, citrusy, and somewhat spicey. Tastes citrusy, malty, and spicey. Medium bodied. Surprisingly drinkable for the ABV... Very enjoyable! Kudos once again, Allagash!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2007
750 mL bottle, shared. Pours a cloudy golden color with a quickly-dissipating white head. Aroma is largely grape up front with yeast and slight citrus mixed in as well. Taste is a slippery white wine in the beginning, dissolving into citrus, spices, and yeast. An incredibly smooth, complex beer that retains the dry finish and smoothness of the wine grapes. Allagash is one of the most inventive breweries around, and this is just more proof.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DenverLogan (751) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Cloudy gold; big head. Lovely aroma and taste of malts, bread, subtle white wine. Triple like complexion but slightly more funky. Overall very intriguing and lovely to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Braudog (5489) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 28, 2007
Caged and corked, this premiered in my glass with a warm golden grapejuicey-looking liquid with a fizzing, mellowing head. The aroma is almost wine-like, with a woody bite to the olfactory gland. It drinks with a warming sting and an almost liqueur-like tangy-tartiness. The chardonnay grapes make their flavor profile known as it warms a bit. I love this. (#3068, 8/28/2007)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nuplastikk (4126) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2008
750ml corked bottle. Attractive, thick honey-gold color. Soft, sweet mellow aroma. The taste interplay between the grapes, yeast, malt, and hops is quite enjoyably complex. Honey mead notes, mild grape flavors as well. This is quite a beer, not unlike Midas Touch. Victoria has a lot more depth of character and subtlety to it. Top shelf stuff.


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