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) - Bloomington, Illinois, 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.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not exactly my style but a very good brew.Nice golden color with a fairly long lasting head,aroma was malty ,spicy with some hints of citrus in it.The taste was semi sweet with some spiciness in,it slight alcohol bite but it fades fast.Nice warm alcohol feel going down with a spicy bite in the after taste very nice brew to finish off the evening with.
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!