RATINGS: 376   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.

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nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 Bottle. Honey/amber color with a soapy white head. Nose of grapes, apples, yeast, bread, honey, not overly sweet, but very floral. Flavor is decent... sweet and fresh and a bit musty, more grapes. Bad aftertaste though, bitter and quite oily. Decent carbonation. A beer worth having once. Rerate... this beer is much better the second time around. I don’t know if it’s the bottle, or the aging, but it’s nice. Smooth, lots of alcohol, to sweet, but interesting. Although, when I took the cage off I almost lost an eye when the cork flew out - probably over atttenuated. Not bad, better than I gave it credit for the first time.

Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2006
Pours a hazy gold with a thin white head. Aroma is musty and cobweb-like, lgith earth, woody, herbal hops and cork hints. Flavor is sweet light grapeskin, somewhat tart, bready yeasty malts, tannin-like and astringent light bitter finish. Some hints of a belgian tripel from the yeast, but the sweetness is cut by a slgiht acidity and that tannins. Highly carbonated and light body.

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.

Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma of yeast, fruit, flowers, and a hint of alcohol. Pours a transparent golden-orange with a small white head. Flavor is very yeasty with moderate grape. Hints of orange in the background. Light flowery bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is masked very well.

JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Dusty gold. Thin white head. Spicy sweet begian.. Again. Light overripe banana. Rich sweet belgian spice. Good beer, but starting to see a trend in Allagash.

StewardofGondor (1933) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Pectin hazed, bright and dulled gold in color with some sulfite-like bubbles and doily beady lace. Aroma revels in freshly cracked baguettes, coriander, cardamom and muskrit. Squeezable play toys, strawberry shortcake and freshly peeled bandaids remind us of the sometimes all-too-familiar Allagash house character. Carbonation crests with a honey glazed green grape lightness. Leavened hallah bread joins chartreuse grape seed. Coriander scratch imposes a semi-distressing over-arching theme, contributing a decrepit peach fuzz force when paired with the grapes. Cinnamon glaze meets mildew-sodden applewood along with a trace of chewy sorghum. Medium-bodied, boding with mild candied apples and corresponding caramel glaze, ultimately winding down with muskrit and sandalwood. Thanks for sharing, BBB63!

1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
The aroma is Belgiany, yeast, bananas, wheat. Very delicate and balanced. The beer pours to a hazy glowing plasticy piney color. Nice white head. The flavor is sweet wheat, bananas, yeast. Nice balance. The palate is smooth and nicely textured. Light grapes.

BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle from Porterhouse and shared with my buds in Wisconsin: Hazy deep golden hue with a small ring of foam and some lace. The aroma has notes of white grape, oak wood, biscuity malt, wheat, and a touch of sugar. The taste is sweet malt and apricot over a bitter hop profile with little buttery Chardonnay grape to be found. A bit to short of the palate for something that is 9% as well. The feel does work IMO as it is lively, sharp, and refreshing. In the end, I did like this but did want more depth.

Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Pre-Great Taste sampling at 1FastSti’s house

Allagash seems to do well with their line of beers and this was no exception. Though it was not earth shattering, it was certainly well crafted. Thanks to whomever brought this to the tasting.

Aroma / Appearance - Grapes, wheat, peaches and a general vinous aroma permeated the air of the glass. It was a unique aroma and very inviting. The body itself was the color of honey and transparent. The clear lacing clung to the sides of the glass before creeping down back into the beer.

Flavor / Palate - Grapes, peaches, Honeycomb cereal and a medley of berry tastes highlighted this enjoyable beer. The dry finish is preceded by a sugary sweet sensation which fills the mouth. All the right things have been done to make this a good beer.

MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2006
straw color touch of haze, light visable carbonation, big bubbled soapy head. Musty band-aid aroma some belgian yeasty notes. Palate is highly carbonated, decent coating, lightly creamy. Belgian yeast aroma, bread dough, candied sugars. Overly sweet band-aids suck.

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