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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Draft. Clear amber/orange color. Spicy light malty aroma. Nice roasted character and smoke in the flavor. Clean looking brew. Sweet and thick on the palate with clean toasted malt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Bottle shared by the generous Bill K himself at MBAS. Golden color with a small ( if any) head. Flavor tastes like a banana that fell on a dirty floor. Nice maltiness.

   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 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 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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Sampled at Dickinsonbeer’s Hoboken Gathering- Thanks to Eric. Hazy light amber in color. Aroma of- musty, phenolic belgian yeast, spices- coriander and perhaps orange peel...overall pretty essy drinking and smooth considering how high the ABV is. Spices, phenolic and moderate banana esters in the taste as well as a light honey and biscuity malt sweetness. Alcohol prevalent in the finish. Some nice floral hop character as well. Enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2008
First, this is spelled wrong. I have seen the beer logo and it is Saphire, with one "h". Interesting combination of a Hallertau hop with a Belgian yeast. Hazy amber, good white head. Sweet malty and fruity nose, taste of malts, Belgian yeast, alcohol, diacetyl bubble gum, combination of Barleywine and Belgian, with a little Belgian funk in the end, before the hops ... I have wanted Victory to make a more up-to-date and more complex Belgian, following Allagash and Lost Abbey. I don’t know if this is it or not, but I’’ have another one and rerate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2008
20080510 From growler at Pauls 1st Hoboken gathering. Thanks to Egajdzis. Yummy, boozy, enjoyable beer with obvious Belgian inspiration in the form of dominant phenols and heavy handed alcohol. Very drinkable.

   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.

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