In a break from tradition, His and Hers Beer Notes sampled two separate companion brews from Portland, Maine’s Allagash Brewing Company – He sampled and reviewed their red grape-infused Victor, while She sampled and sketched their white grape-infused Victoria.
Purchased at Pangaea ($9/10 oz. pour) and served in tulip glasses.
His Notes – Allagash Victor:
This strong Belgian ale was brewed with 100 pounds of red Chancellor grapes (its companion Victoria was brewed with 200 pounds of Chardonnay grapes), and it pours a glassy burnt orange with a white marshmallow sauce head. Allagash Victor captivates the nose with complex and ester-y aromas of peach, Belgian yeast, and candied sugar. The grapes come in on the first swallow, but they are instantly followed by sublime raisin and complex barnyard and tropical flavors, with some lovely melon and cucumber on the aftertaste. This is a thought-provoking brew, light and thirst-quenching, but mysterious and tantalizing at the same time.