bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber red in color with a destinctive hop finish.Some say too much hop finish but I think about right. Sweet malts do not hide the alcohol. Not my favorite of the V series-lacks something but still worth a try or two.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colored beer. This beer is good - not great. Tastes too much like alcohol and too little liked sweet malt. Average.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2003 I am beginning to get confused with all these Victory Belgian styles. They're all red and rather nice but not outstanding. This one gets nicer as it warms, but remains a cherried tripel, ultimately.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle with a date of 5/15/03. Initially pours a clear, bright amber/copper color. Dissipating head that leaves a trace of foam around edges. Subtle nose of yeast, ripened fruit, notably pear,hint of strawberry and passion fruit. Medium-thin body, steady carbonation that dances, slight sour/sweet interplay with the fruity/yeasty flavors, candied sugars, becomes a bit smoother and flowery. Nice mix of flavors, alcohol is there but hidden like a gem. Dry, almost astrigent finish that is a little off putting but this will round out nicely with age, as will all the V-series.
Kinz (3514) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JUN 26, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled 5/15/03. Clear coppery color. Immense head died back surprisingly quickly, leaving only a trace. Aroma was of belgian yeast and candy sugars, but faint overall. Good palate. The taste was frankly a disappointment. Thinnish body, disjointed alcohol, and an odd taste of hops at the end, almost American in profile. Became sweeter and a bit clovey as it warmed. This was probably too young to open just yet. Hopefully the flavors will grow more complex and integrated with age. Shocked to see so few ratings of a new beer from a popular brewery. Look forward to seeing other comments as it ages.
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful deep red amber colour with a moderate fluffy head, which stayed fuelled by a very active effervescence. Subtle aroma. Lemon and cloves.
Good mouthfeel. Taste dominated by cloves and alcohol. Yeast taste similar to Golden Monkey. Slight rummy / sugar aftertaste.
Still young – less than a month after bottle date – so it should improve.