Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Lovely golden body with a large bright white head. This beer head rich flavour and complexity with a satiny palate. Balanced and smooth, the alcohol never dominates.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange color, with a wispy white thin head with no lacing at all. Aroma is spice with citrus. Taste is a touch spicey and quite vinous with a nice burn on the way down. Mouthfeel is quite light considering. Aftertaste is a bit cloying.
thedm (4971) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 7, 2003
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This brew poured a small head of mostly lasting finely sized white bubbles that left behind no lacing and a transparent yellow orange colored uncarbonated body. It had a nauseating aroma, a bitter mouthfeel and a mild malt flavor.
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - SEP 7, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I like this one. Pale clear golden if you don't swirl the yeast, cloudy orange if you do. Yeasty taste is kind of like a mixture of Duvel and Hoegaarden. Sweet almost vinous body, warming, and smooth. A sleeper. Don't drink more than one.
BrewEd (182) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - SEP 5, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The "exotic spices" just don't do it for me; while the appearanc was nice and the aroma passable, this was just too cloying and sweet for my tastes. Generally Victory's brews are outstanding, so I'll let them slide on this one.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy golden body with a large fluffy white head. Aroma is of dough, fruit, and yeast. Flavor is doughy, lightly spiced, some banana and yeast. Alcohol is maksed quite well.
MaBeer1972 (1368) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice spice-fruity flavor. Puts a little burn in the belly. Perhaps this is the wrong time of year for something like this. I prefer stuff in the sub-8% range. Still, the alcohol is well masked.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 31, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity with an emphasis on wheat to balance, both in the aroma and flavor aspects. A bit of pungent dry straw in the nose. I look forward to trying this again to perhaps get a bit more of exotic spice character. Also, more sensuality would be welcome to accompany the fairly strong alcoholic finish.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - AUG 30, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
not to bad. Not as yeasty as other belgium styles ales. Still very good and worth trying.
SilkTork (5277) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2003
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2004 Sweet taste and intense alcohol that burns down to the day after. Not my thing. [2.2]
Part of the Tripel Taste Test. Conclusion: This is the one with least flavour and character. It manages quite well to make an approximation of a Belgian Tripel, but does fall slightly behind the others on a head to head comparison. Chrissie found this was her favourite - she said it was the most girlie of the beers.