Sunday, August 8, 2010
Allagash Victoria 2009 -- Home Brew Vanessa Guest Post
Allagash Victoria 2009
Allagash created this Belgian Strong Pale Ale as a tribute to the Victoria Mansion in Maine; $1 from each purchase of this beer goes to help pay for restorations. Aw, sweet guys!
Also, in case you hadn’t noticed by reading my blog, I’m not only a craft beer nerd, I’m a complete wino! So when I stumble across something that combines my two liquid loves, I’m a pretty happy camper! The guys at Allagash were apparently influenced by finding references to Bacchus (Roman God of Wine & Intoxication) in the artwork in the house, so they created a beer made with chardonnay grapes!
Pours a pale yellow colour into the glass with a nice white, very frothy head. Left beautiful lacing down the inside of the glass as I drink it.
Aroma is heavy on the grape and Belgian yeast, as well as some spicy pear, mint and honey. The flavour is of slightly dry chardonnay grapes (definitely not your Sutter Home Chardie!), some clove, cracked black peppercorns and a touch of the pear and apple. Not a ton of malty backbone on this, and I understand they replaced a normal hop profile with the grapes; kinda cool!
While I found it very drinkable, even for the 9% abv tag, I think it could stand to age a bit more in the bottle. Once the sharply grapey edge is dulled slightly, it will be even better.
Would definitely love to try this again in 6 months or so, and then work it into a food pairing. Maybe some nice sharp English cheddar cheese? Yum!
SERVING STYLE: 22oz bottle