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RATINGS: 370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

ClarkVV's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (5205) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Original release bottle, drunk a couple times in the past six months, most recently on 11/24/07
So at about 20ish months in the bottle, this one still shows a mountainous size of well-retained off-white head that laces as well as any Belgian-brewed Belgian ale. No surprise there. Leaving the sediment behind, the beer is a dark, but muted copper color in the middle, with lighter gold hues on the edges. Clarity is high, carbonation plentiful.
Aroma is full of grape fermentation notes (sharp esters and phenols, with nectarine notes and some higher alcohols, to briefly sum up what I associate with the grapes). The malt is surprisingly rather full in the nose, with rich, rich honey dough notes (definitely some sticky caramel as well). As far as that goes, it balances the sharp fruit esters and alcohols very nicely. With warming, vanilla and even light citrus notes (esters) emerge to add some complexity, though I donít know that the vanilla works well with the fruit notes and breadiness. Still, the aroma is full, strong and not flawed, as well as distinctly Belgian. The alcohol is the most problematic, but I donít see this as any more alcoholic than any other Belgian ale fermented (non-spontaneously) with fruits.
In the flavor is a luxurious amount of honey, caramel, peach and nectarine, with the tell-tale vanilla on the finish. I like the interplay of the more dry fruit notes with the honey and caramel, but probably itís even a bit syrupy/sugary at this point. There is a touch "breadiness" or premature oxidation that dulls some of the malt intensity (not necessarily a bad thing) and with the alcohol on the finish, itís quite dry and balanced by the end. Phenolic spiciness is easily noted throughout, with an almost herbal-like bitterness on the finish. Texture, as with most Allagash beers, and especially with this amount of malt softness, is extremely supple with engaging carbonation.
As with most of these Allagash one-offs, patience once again proves to be rewarding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jflopsu (1042) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2016
A gold pour with white head. A very strong wine (chardonnay) aroma. A sweet fruit taste like wine - heavy with grapes. A dry grain aftertaste, but sweet. Really tasted liked a white wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (3068) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2016
July 22, 2015. On tap at Great Lost Bear.
Clear golden with a small white head. Aroma is sweet malty, some grape, honey, almond, orange and spice notes. Taste is medium sweet with orange, honey, gran and almond, light bitter with a grassy and spicy notes, quite smooth finish with a touch of warming alcohol. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4886) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2016
Pours a nice Medium golden yellow color. Minimal fizzy white head, lasted maybe a minute or two. Aromas of light spices, a touch of brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (726) - Radford, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2016
2013 bottle for #drinkitnow. Poured from bottle into tulip. Pours a clear gold with thick, pillowy white head. Tons of lacing left on glass. Triple like aroma with definite overtones of white grape fruitiness. Poured second serving into a white wine glass. Aroma is much more fruity in there. Taste is more like a Belgian strong ale, with definite bitterness (resiny maybe) with some underlying mustiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wchesser (1805) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Was told this was a couple of years old. Cloudy brownish yellow. Nose is tripel-esque, with some apple oxidation, and white grape must. Taste follows. Definitely past itís prime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dayth (23) - - JAN 24, 2016
Trippel-like strong ale. No discernable grape flavor, just heavy school burn. 750 ML bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kingaugusta (180) - Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Instead of the usual review, I am rating this beer based on what it is trying to accomplish and not how much I liked it. I am not into wine and this is definitely leaning hard toward Champagne, but I can appreciate the quality that was put into it. Carry on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (6974) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2015
On tap at Ironhorse pours a dark gold with some creamy, white head. Nose of candy, white grape and melon, some stone fruit too. Flavor follows, under ripe canteloupe, white grape, candy, some yeast, light grist. Full bodied, creamy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (3876) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 28, 2015
On tap. Light golden body with effervescent carbonation. Lightly tart with what seems like just the right amount of white grape flavor and aroma to go with the light malt base. Note to self: I want revisit this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (5230) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Clear golden yellow with off-white head. Aromas of citrus, stone fruit, herbs and spice. Tastes of citrus, stone fruit, herbs, spice, light wine. Medium body with a dry finish.

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