aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2003 Surprisingly pale. Bright golden hue catches the light nicely.Wimpy head. You expect more from a tripel.Excellent effervessance keeps me from knocking too much off.Looks like a dark pilsner. Distinct clove and wheat flavors and aroma. Hints of bubblegum. As it warms, it gains some cheesey notes.
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Nice American version of a tripel. Had a good citrusy tase to it. Hid the alcohol pretty well.
Trappist (284) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not at all what I was expecting especially for an Abbey Triple. Overly citrus, however it had the Victory nose that I have come notice. The alcohol is warming and the beer is fairly carbonated with a white frothy head, the spices in the beer are noted, but I just expected something with a little more umph in flavor, because if you carbonate orange juice and through in some alcohol you would be getting close to this stuff. It was a good beer but dissapointing.
gsmitty80 (1736) - Washington DC, USA - APR 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 What an excellent beer. Hints of a slight pear flavour which is quickly masked by the high alcohol content of this wonderful brew.
winterlager (101) - Orchard Park, New York, USA - APR 19, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a nice mix of flavors but there is just something about this that isn't winning me over. To me it is not a very smooth. It is just lacking something..this is the first Victory beer that I haven't fell in love with after the first sip. Nice for something different, but maybe after having a few more it will do something for me.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2003 Clowdy golden color with nice foamy head. Smells of spice, yeast and malty sweetness. Tastes sweet all the way through, with only a slight hint of alcohol in it.
bac080 (398) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, something GOOD from Victory. I only wish all their beers went down as nice as this one.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - APR 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is complex, with notes of clove, plum, malt, and some other spices that I can't identify. Color is golden, lousy head for a Belgian-style ale. Warm flavor of malt, plums, and spices. Body is pretty full, and you can really feel the alcohol. I opposed to filtering Belgian-style ales, but this one was alright.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - APR 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orangey yellow in color with little head. Alcohol evident and not as smooth as other examples I've sampled. Subtle spice, some fruits. I found it a little unbalanced and lacking a full, smooth mouthfeel that is present in the Allagash.
zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting. I've never had a Victory beer before, but I can certainly say that I'll drink more, after this good experience. It may not be fair to categorize this Pennsylvanian microbrew this way, but my first impression was "Karmeliet Light". That is, lighter in flavor, but not light in the alcohol. It has the same clove/banana flavor as the Belgians, but seems a bit smoother. Head was quite small and almost non-existent. Beer was a light yellow/orange color. Smell was musty like a Belgian. Overall though, one of the best attempts that I've ever seen by an American brewery to duplicate a Belgian. It could stand to be a little less sour and a bit more dry, if you ask me.