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RATINGS: 207   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Sensual splendor in the form of a Belgian inspired ale of vast appeal. Wonderfully aromatic in its seduction of the senses. So simple in its creation, so magnificent in its maturity, this wonderful ale begins with Nature’s most humble offerings, water, malted grains and hops. Our soulful yeast breathes life and depth into each brew. The steady hand of time orchestrates this alchemy into the splendid ale before you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1759) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2007
2003 vintage pours to a burnt, thick apricot orange in color. Aroma is an amalgamation of oranges, whiskey, and some weird pot-roastish notes. But that’s no anomaly: heavily marinated meat in the flavor, butter rum and wet wood. If it sounds weird you’ve got the idea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2007
shared 750. not sure of the vintage. Hazy golden/light amber in in appearance. Aroma is yeasty, with alot of notes of apples/pears, caramel, light spices. Taste is the same, full bodied, lightly sweet, bready and spicy. pretty enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2006
2003 vintage courtesy of a lucky find. Green apples rind, coriander cinnamon apple pie aroma. Orange amber hazy with diminishing beige normal head. Apple-orange dessert flavor, spice, cinnamon, brown sugar, very nice. medium gravity, bubbly, nice hoppy tasy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Sample at Sleepy Bear tasting 09/30/06 - 2003 vintage thanks jjpm74 - Aroma is strong spice, honey, malt, carmel, and some light fruits. Pours dark orange with medium head and great lacing. Flavor matches aroma with some citrus hoopy characteristics crepping in. Alcohol well hidden. Palate is creamy and tart. This has aged beautifully and tastes great. Wish I had more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2006
2003 Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a frothy head and exquisite lacing. Light peach and cedar in the nose. Flavor is blunt peach, wood, raisin, and a touch of orange peel. Mouthfeel flows like a river of flavor over the tongue. Another stellar effort from Victory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Bottle of the 2003 vintage. A murky orange brown color with a foamy tan head. The aroma has orange, pears, peach, apple, light toasted malts and caramel. A smooth malty, light chocolate and caramel flavor. Mildly warming with a subtle alcohol finish. Balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrideOfFrankenkitty (44) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2006
This poured amber and smelled of cloves (which I like) and vanilla (which I really don’t like). The licorace taste was strong enough to numb my tongue. I didn’t notice any of the fruitiness everyone else seems to, so maybe I had a bad bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5781) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2006
A hazy golden/amber pour with an off white light head. A nice yeasty aroma with a fruit kicker. A fruity almost appley flavor, and the light yeast flavor as well. A smooth very well carbonated palate for the style with a hint of some kind of bitter at the end. Thanks to whomever brought this to kp’s Cellar Party.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2006
2003 Vintage: Poured a slightly hazy and chunky orange-amber color with a thin off-white head. Sweet and sugary aged malt aroma and flavor. Caramel malty flavor. Light fruit in the aroma. Lively mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1642) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Nutty brown in color with a light tan head that leaves some lacing in its wake. Chocolate, caramel, cherries, apple, lots of grains and fruity/floral yeast. Oatier, thicker palate with a long, long finish. Aggressive, with a bit of forward alcohol. Though this is a winter beer -- I would say it is good for any time of year. Splendid!

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