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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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (8313) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Good but rather light on the overall palate. Not anywhere near some of allagashs better stuff, but still decent. Pours hazy amber with good head and lacing. Light sweet finish. Some floral yeast. Tap at Churchkey.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2014
Bottle at home with my dad. 2009 Vintage. Pour is murky orange with a small tan head and decent lacing. Bready, tangy, caramel, lightly husky, phenolic, orange peel, and grapey aroma. Taste is white grapes, light oak, tangy, pepper, slightly oxidized, phenols, banana, and caramel with a tangy finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. OK.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (2210) - - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber with a big white head. Aroma musty wheat and yeast. Taste has a prominent cherry/red grape note and light clove. Medium sticky mouthfeel. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2014
draft at Lures pours hazy yellow. Aroma is light sweet grapes and biscuit. Taste is light tart and grapes. tasty

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Draft at Julians, Providence. Pours a medium amber, decent amount of white head. Aroma citrus, Brett, very crisp. Body medium lively, a hint of bite from ABV, lingering sweetness, grassy/vinous on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bp (910) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bottle: pours dark orange brown with a foamy white head, sweet and yeasty aroma, taste is malty with a touch of sweetness and a dry finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5369) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Sampled at the brewery. Pours amber with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of grapes, spicy yeast, light malts, hints of tartness, and light grains and doughiness. Flavor the same with a lot of grapes. Average texture. Cool but a little too wine-like for me.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
WillRunForBeer (2484) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle shared by Nick. Pours reddish gold with an off white head. Aroma is fruity, brett, oak. Flavor follows nose, the wheat and banana are subdues in his one, with dried red fruits, tannins in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (1526) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2014
On draught at Kings Head, pours semi-clear rusty amber with 2 finger foamy head. Nose is spicy Allagash yeast, bread, clove, biscuit, fruit. Taste is yeast driven, spicy fruit, banana, biscuit, bread. Finish is yeasty spice, subtle touches of vinous grape linger.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (5866) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Washington Commons, Brooklyn tap ($11): Pours orange with a white head. Aroma is wood, red wine, citrus, yeast, and some spice. I found that the woody taste was very unique to this beer. Furthermore, the grapes were really quite pronounced. Unlike other raters, I did not find this beer to be too sweet, but rather a nice balance. In fact, I drank it quite rapidly because I found it to be rather quaffable.


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