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RATINGS: 376   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Pours a clear slightly hazy color with off white color. Aroma is slightly funky and lemon. The barrel is hanging out too next to the lemon ando ther such Belgian flavors. The grapes aren’t there yet. The flavor is a little more grape infused, along with the allagash b/a flavor.

3.6
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2006
Pour is hazed golden amber with a thin off white head...smell is sweet alcohol, smokey wood, somewhat like a mediocre chardonnay...citric sweetness, with some chewy malty yeast flavors...just very citric sweet...I can tell there is a lot of sweetness and less dryness from the grapes, but if I drank this blind I probably wouldn’t say that...chewy sticky finish...

3.8
WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2006
750ml Bottle on 8/5/06 purchased at the Brewery. The scent of grapes comes through on initial inspection. I don’t mean the hints of grapes, but actually a grapey smell. The beer pours a light straw color with a small foamy head. The taste is a wine/beer hybrid, on the beer side, with a very grape centric taste. Yum

3.9
Lubiere (14262) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2006
Light golden coloured with a thin creamy white head. A sweet malt aroma mixes in with some white port notes. A smooth light malt in mouth, with light alcohol, veering on xeres, and coriander notes. Alcohol becomes predominant as beer warms up. Very nice. Thanks Capflu for sharing this.

3.9
beastiefan2k (4191) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Cellared for many weeks, fridged for 40 minutes. Poured into a Leffe glass. Color is cloudy yellow with orangish aspects. Aroma is very present - belgian ale all the way, would never guess its this strong. Some sweetness in the background, which I attribute to the grapes. Taste lacks the sweetness but has the effervescent belgian flavor.

3.7
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle: Hazy orange color, with a medium white head. Aroma of grapes, some alcohol, floral hops and spice. Flavor, very wine like, a little yeast, and maybe a hint of corriander. Pretty solid, and definitely interesting.

3.9
TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2006
light amber-orange with minimal lacing. sweet fruit aromas- peach, apricots, oranges. initial mouthfeel light, but layers out quite nicely. great balance and mesh between yeast, alcohol, and fruity flavors that abound. another very nice 750 from rob todd and the gang.

3.9
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2006
I’ll admit a bias towards Allagash, but I really liked this one. Medium hazy amber orange, decent head slowly fades into a sheen. Aroma yeasty, with a hint of oak, apricot, and pipe tobacco with orange juice squirted into it. Flavor is initially ashy, then builds into a sticky apricot oriented body, hints of oak, and a clear yeasty flavor. Alcohol also bounces around, but didn’t detract in my opinion. Aging potential is there, things could either come together magnificently, or totally fall apart. I’m really pleased to see Allagash cranking up these small batch experimental beers.

3.7
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Bottle. Cloudy yellow in color with a nice lacing. Fruity alcoholic and spicey aroma. Peppery grassy notes. Fruity complex flavor. Grapes, plums and cherry notes. Peppery, and earthy. Yeasty. Smooth. Finish is fruity. Very drinkable.

3.8
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Pours a cloudy yellow gold with a white small bubble head. This beer smells very alcoholic, but taste doesn’t really reiterate that since I barely got any alcohol flavor. The taste is dominated by the white wine like flavors with a peppery, grassy, and earthy flavor. You can really get a taste of that belgian yeast strain in this beer. This was interesting, but not the best ’gash I’ve had. Get it if you find it, because it’s gone now (only 2700 bottles made).


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