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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
egajdzis (6134) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2008
Poured an amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of banana, bubblegum, clove, floral hops, and seemingly tons of other phenols, with some toast, and caramel as well. Taste of caramel, more spices, dried fruits, moderate hops, and a fair amount of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Bottle from the CBC 2008: Pours a deep golden with a long lasting, whispy and clinging white head. Aroma is two fold. On one side there is a light biscuity maltiness, with notes of apple and spicy alcohols. On the other, the nuances of a minty, floral hop. Definitely a noble variety, yet very unique among them. The body is refreshingly and dangerously dry. The flavor is a mixture of sweet malt and alcohol, finished by huge spice and a dollop of bittering punch. Fervently drinkable, yet somehow missing that exceptionality that so many of my favorite belgian style ales possess. Don’t know if there is any denying that this is really good...Ok Joris did, but it is not an example of perfection in a glass.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
JorisPPattyn (9530) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 22, 2008
Draught Pale maber, well-carbonated to rim. Hints of diacetyl and acetone, some hops, bananaester, fruity. Off-putting, acrylic-chemical taste, clashing with the hops to unacceptable result. Sharp, adstringent MF. God!! The Germans ought to keep their good hops for making their own good beers. Victory is ruining theirs.

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