Friday, July 31, 2009

Allagash Victoria Ale

You may remember a couple of weeks ago I posted my thoughts on Allagash's Victor Ale, well today I post on its sister ale, Victoria. The primary difference between the two beers is that Victor was made with red grapes, Victoria is made with white grapes, specifically Chardonnay. As with the Victor ale, a certain amount of the proceeds for this beer goes to a Charity. This ale honors the Victoria House in Maine. From Allagash's website:
Also known as the Morse-Libby House, it is one of the greatest 19th century houses in the United States. Designed by architect Henry Austin, the mansion was built between 1858 and 1860 and survives as a unique example of the princely palaces created for America’s wealthiest citizens in the pre-Civil War era. With superb architecture and well-preserved original interiors, the Victoria Mansion is an unparalleled document of America’s highest aspirations in architecture, interior design, and the decorative arts.
Its always cool to see beers that not only represent the local culture but supports it as well (one of the many reasons I love supporting craft beers).
The Beer: This one weighs in at 9% and using one of my trusty pours a light straw color with a very bright white head, lots of tiny little bubbles floating up from the bottom of thg glass like a glass of fine champagne. The nose is grapey, oaky, fruity, yeasty, honey dew melon. The mouth is effervescent bubbling across the tongue like so much pop rocks. Toasty, white winish (I know its not a word but bare with me), fruity, melon-y, yeasty, Apples, and pears. Crisp and slightly sweet, but not cloying. Flowery and a bit of honey at the finish. This is a fine beer, one that would go splendidly well with lighter fare. This gets an B+ from me. Here's what the folks at BA had to say about it.

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