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RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Similar to Victoria, but red grapes (Chancellor) were used in place of white.

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3.9
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 20, 2007
poured into tulip. pours a clear copper gold with mild head. sweet hoppy grape aroma. sweet almost metalic/winey mouthfeel. tastes young, needs to sit a little. winey and stickey.

3.6
JoeMcPhee (9515) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2007
Tap at Barcade. Very hazy ruddy amber with a lovely tight creamy head. Very fruity nose, baked apple, orange, and sweet red grape. Lots of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and sweet brown sugar. A bit of breadiness and light tannic astringency. Warming really intensifies the fruity and chewy apple/pear fruitiness. Red grape sweetness that comes across more like concord grapes than it does like wine. There is a bit of oaky character that comes forth as it warms. Lighty phenolic with a hint of chemically character that detracts a bit from what is otherwise an excellent brew.

3.6
TaktikMTL (7921) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2007
Bouteille de 750 ml, avec bouchon de liège, avec bouchon de liège, partagée avec MartinT, Beerbuzzmontreal et M_Heine. Arôme: Odeur de raisins et de poires avec une pointe de malt. Apparence: La couleur est orangée foncée voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de raisins et de malts. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de raisins et d’épices en arrière goût. (Rating #1225)

3.8
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Bottle via trade with somebody. My 5th rating of 2nd Belgian Beer Club shindig. Pours orange amber with a 1 finger bright white head. Yeasty nose, sweet, vinious, with a lot of white wine character. Taste was sweet, full bodied, vinous, and dry on the palate. Overall damn nice.

3.4
MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 5, 2007
UPDATED: APR 20, 2008 My Bottom Line:
The plush sweet fruitiness of grapes and orange candy develops different angles to the honey-laden cereals. This is a big and sugary Belgian Strong Ale which can hopefully gain some wisdom and let itself be drunk more easily.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the hazy orange glow.
-Peaches and apricots also inhabit the sweet fruit profile.
-Carbonation appears less active than your usual Belgian Strong Ale, but works nicely nonetheless.
-Spicy hop bitterness is present, but not that talkative.
-This is rather reminiscent of a Dogfish Head big beer experiment in its class and proclivity for sweet flavors.

Bottles.

3.9
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2007
Shared with Kinz for an impromptu tasting. Hazy dark amber body with a medium creamy light tan head. Sweet fruity caramel aroma wtih a sugary background. Sweet grape flavor with a sugary ending.

3.6
jefcon (1921) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2007
A very clean pour of an amber beer with a white clinging head. Aromas of grapes, cranberries and apples along with some malt and brown sugar. Flavors show abundant contributions from the grapes, yeast, and malty caramels. However, the beer suffers from a cidery palate and a watery front end. Finishes like a carbonated wine.

3.6
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2007
Medium orange amber. Light haze, nice white head. Cotton candy and yeast aroma, with a hint of grape, quite likely the power of suggestion. An almost infected flavor of chardonnay grape (I would never have pegged this as a red in a million years), mixed with the same sorts of flavors found in their tripel. As it warmed, the flavors started to come together, and this beer improved considerably. The "infected" notes went away, replaced by a wine note.

3.4
kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009
Name: Victor Ale
Date: August 17, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: cloudy copper, wispy off white head, lots of drippy lace
Aroma: light tart grap skin aroma with a touch of malt sweetness
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of grape skin character bringing some tartness, just a touch of malty sweetness, nice spicyness, light bitterness, winey character comes out upon warming

Name: Victor Ale
Date: June 27, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
picking up a bit more sweetness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.7
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2007
750ml bottle. Cloudy orange color with a large head. Spare lacing and no retention. Aroma of spicy/tangy fruit; pear and citrus. Tangy-fruity, orange taste, somewhat vinous. Very good brew.


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