Victory Saphir Ale
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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
Saphir Belgian Strong Ale (10.2%) was brewed with a Hallertau-grown variety hop named Saphir, using a Trappist yeast. Made in collaboration with Eric Toft of Schonram brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Draft. Pours hazy dark straw to copper color with off-white head. Nose had some yeasty spice, orange zest, berry, limey citrus. Complex palate but a bit hot. Flavor was orange zesty, with berry, spicy yeast, and backup hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (2130) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Rich chestnut color with medium white head. Spicy, phenolic aromas and a hint of tartness. Taste is malty, but well attenuated with an odd tannic astringency fades into a spicy, gingery finish with grassy metallic hop presence. $2.50/13oz Tria Sunday

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bp (892) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2008 Draft at the brewery: hazy golden color wiht a bit of white head, aroma of bananas and some spice, taste was about the same as the smell (didn’t take great notes on this one but I really liked it), very nice brew that I wouldn’t mind having again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Sampled at Dickinsonbeer’s Hoboken gathering - hazy strawberry color - smells of orange peel and coriander, light phenolics, strong spices - semi-dry, with some biscuity malt, moderate spicy character, and some wildflower - a lot of dried herb complexities - quite nice, actually.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAY 15, 2008
Bottle at the NorCal tasting, nose was banana, clove and funk. The flavor was similar, but more of just the funk and bitterness. Somewhat odd beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Growler, shared by egajdzis. Light gold pour. Aroma is pale sweet belgian malt, earthy spices. Flavor is the same, earthy spices mixing with hops, and the same lightly sweet malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2008
Growler at Paul’s Hoboken Gathering: Deep golden in color, slightly hazy with a ring of white head. Nose has some Belgian fruity esters. Light banana and grain. The flavor is well hopped. Starts with some bisquity pale Belgian malts then leads to fruity phenolics. The finish is dry with apparent American hop character. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - MAY 9, 2008
On tap at Victory. Pours a hazy amber with golden notes and a medium creamy off white head. Aroma of banana, clove, spicy Belgian yeast esters, tropical fruits, toasted malt, caramel and light floral notes. Flavor was lots of Belgian yeast flavors, citrus, toasted malt, some caramel, a bunch of spices and some hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2008
12oz. Bottle from CBC 2008: Aroma of fruit, alcohol, bubblegum, and some malts. Poured amber in color with a small white head that diminished. Clear. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of spices, cloves, alcohol, Belgian yeast, and some hops. Medium body. Tingly, then chalky texture. Lively carbonation. Dry, spiced finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Draft at Victory’s grand reopening. Poured dark amber in color with a beige head. Aroma of caramel, slightly toasted malts with spices. Tastes of caramel malt, spices, toast, dried fruits, candy sweetness. A little alcohol warming in the finish.

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