Allagash Victoria Ale

Not retired unless this is a new recipe and therefore a different brew. I passed on this when I was in Greensboro, NC in November as it was quite pricey. Now it has made it to GA in the latest wave of Allagash products to come into the state, and I’m delighted.
$12.99 from Jax in Sandy Springs, GA, USA for the 750 mL, corked & caged bottle. Green lettering for the Allagash name.
Poured into the new, 22oz(!) Terrapin snifter, this looks great. A great choice to christen the new glass. Lovely honey colored body with a thin film of fine bubbled head on the surface. Some lace, but I don’t think that the glass (as attractive and nice as it is) retains it very well.
Nose has some yeast, alcohol and plenty of green fruits. Promises much.
The taste delivers on the nose. Delicious, edgy vinous quality that brings together a great white pepper, wine, Belgian Pale, yeast, alcohol combo with a very small hint of Belgian sugar. Dry, alcohol based finish cuts is as well, but not before the fruitiness and alcohol have combined to deliver a sweet and sour tart and boozy mixture that hits the spot beautifully.
Mouthfeel is the weakest part of this beer with a little prickly carbonation that could be toned down a little. Doesn’t really subtract from the beer, but it was a touch sharp.
I thought I would really like this, and I was right. A CRACKING brew – delicious.

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05/17/2008
Format:
bottle
ABV: 9.0 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4.5
Overall: 5
Total: 4.7
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