Duffbeer (192) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another impressive product from perhaps the best microbrewer in Pennsylvania. It packs a punch with it's 9.5% ABV.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2003 Light golden color. Slight sweet aroma. Not much flavor, tastes like alcohol. Victory has great beers - in my opinion this isn't their best.
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAR 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mmmm, assaults the nose with spices, cloves, bananas—good, deep yellow bananas, too, not the too-sweet-brown-spotty bananas. Bubblegum maybe? Fresh bread dough and malty sweetness. Breathe deep; it's all there. Deep gold color. Sweet and rich, buttery smooth on the tongue slipping down the throat like a thief leaving the taste buds crying in the dark, robbed and alone until the next sip. Like a sweet baked shortbread with a tangy finish. Goes great with meringue pies and acidic fruit that complements the sweetness. Enjoyable any day. Off to Victory!
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours into the glass with a deep golden body topped by a thick moderatley lasting white head with a good amount of lace left behind. Slightly spicy and yeasty aroma with citrus accents. Sweet and yeaty flavor with spicy note and orange accents. relatively smooth, medium to full bodied and slightly warming. An average tripel, nothing spectacular in my book.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - MAR 10, 2003
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong nose of spice and fruit (berries and orange), pepper and alcohol. Pours a cloudy tangerine with honey highlights and lots of floaties. The tal frothy white head is mostly lasting with fair lacing. The tart and peppery flavor is highly acidic with a warm middle. The finish is sweet and tart. The medium to full body is lively and oily with a sticky feel to the finish.
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This monkey has a golden color, short lived frothy white head, and a fruity flavor. As advertised the spices are subtle but distinctive. You can definitely taste the higher alcohol content. An excellent brew!
JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the Peoria International Beer Festival. Light golden in color, frothy white head. Fruity flavor (grapes). The sample I had, however, tasted a little off: mildly skunky and rather flat. I don't know if I was expecting something different and zeroed in on the imperfections, but I rate 'em as I drink 'em.
WabashMan (1006) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2003 THIS is a GREAT tripel! A nice aroma and color, but the flavor conquers all and the palate is truly excellent. I was very impressed with this, my first Victory brew.
RERATE: The above rating being from a very small festival size sampling, I decided that, now that it's accessible to me, this one deserved another look. The aroma is better than I remember...probably something to do with having more than 4 oz. and the proper glassware. Appearance seems unaffected from before...still quite nice. The flavor of this Tripel is very strong on the alcohol and also spicy. A pretty good flavor. Overall, this is still a very nice brew. Very well done!
Silphium (3156) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This tasty concoction starts with a fruity, alcohol aroma, a thin, white head, and streaming carbonation. Body is straw-colored (I guess you could call it golden), with a pleasant, smooth, fruity bite. There is also a touch of spice. Lasting aftertaste of malt and alcohol. Not my favorite style, but this one seems well-done.
JorisPPattyn (7672) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Colour: true to its name, golden, slight cold haze and maybe a touch orangey; good white head and not too regular-sized bubbles.
Nose: alcohol impression and malt sugars
Taste: sweet and dry at the same time. Sweetness links itself immediately to the thoughts of alcohol. Extreme dryness in the taste, however not tannin-like.
Aftertaste: after a few sips, a bitterness as from orange peel appears, but never comes to the foreground. The flavour betrays some spiciness, but it is unclear which particular ones.
Mouthfeel: warming - but alcohol makes it thinner than the final gravity probably is.
In Belgium, this beer would be called a Duvel-clone. There seems indeed little doubt as to the origin of its conception, the exotic spices nothwithstanding. Unlike some others, however, I really cannot find a real reason to prefer it to the real Duvel.