UNCCTF (518) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Hazy golden coloring with a big white head. Flavor is spicy and very warming. Great tripel.
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured out a very hazy golden orange with a tall white head that drops to a ring of scattered bubbles. Strong smell of spice in nose with I believe orange peel being the most recognizable, there was some sweetness mingling with the spice as well as earthy hop notes. The taste had spiciness to it as well that went great with the fruity sweetness. Good creamy mouthfeel and the alcohol is hidden extremely well for being so high. Not you typical Belgian Triple but a good beer not doubt. Not one of the best triples I have had but a beer I do return to quite frequently just because it is good.
lamas (1548) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head. Aroma is of sweet hops and alcohol. Taste is sweet, spicy and of alcohol with a very slight bitter hoppy finish. Very warming. You can taste the ABV. I had this before and I remember it being spicier.
joeec5 (204) - bayonne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
golden and clear with small white head which dissapears into a nice lace quickly...taste is crisp due to high carbonation, fruity esters and alc. are apparant...reminds of most strong goldens.,,loses its appeal slightly as it warms in my glass..good though
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2005 This was quite good. Similar to the Chimay Cents but not quite at that level in my opinion. Still a very good beer. The taste was really terrific. Like a Weizenbock and juice combined with hops. Very present smell also. Victory has been quite impressive so far. I’ll have to visit that brewery.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Going strictly by appearance, one could easily mistake this beer for a common pilsner. That is until you smell or taste this gem of a beer. A nice sweet taste with a bitter aftertaste, full in flavor and aroma. Very nice as long as you ignore the fact that they are trying to pass this one off as a triple.
Panzuriel (1823) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hazy apple Juice colored beer. Fine white head. Nose of juicy fruit esters. Very crisp and juicy tasting beer. refreshing. Good body. Nice hops. Good spice. A very fine example of this style. Very nice beer.
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
For being smack dab in the middle of PA with no abbey’s whatsoever, gotta say, this is a job well done.
JdoubleyouS (82) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich gold color with thick white head. Aroma reminds me of spiced orange. Nice body to it, kind of sweet with a little spice on the finish. Great beer.
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled June 2004, Sampled December 2004
This beer pours a lightly hazy gold color and is topped by a frothy white head. The aroma is fruity with yeast notes and spice notes too, I get notes of lemon, banana, fresh herbs, and candied orange peel. The aroma is actually quite intrigueing, and I definitely like trying to pick out the various components of it.
The beer starts sweet, but finishes with an herbal dryness. This beer has a nice meld of flavors, with none of the spices being too dominant. This beer tastes a bit of orange, but has lots of other flavors going on that I cannot quite pick out; perhaps some vanilla, wild flower nectar, clove, and banana. It picks up some yeasty notes when I pour the rest of the contents of the bottle in.
This is quite a bit more enjoyable than I was expecting, most American interpretations of Belgian beers use too many spices, in fact much of the Belgian character is really derived from their yeast and not spices. That being said I do like the mix of spices and fermentation characteristics found in this beer.