austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Truly remarkable! How on earth did Victory get this brew so sweet?! Itís sweeter than Michelob Honey lager and rivals Chaucerís Mead. But itís not just a cloying sugarbrew. The V10, like the V1 and V2 German rockets in WWII, shoots with deadly accuracy at the elusive target of a top-tier Belgian Strong Ale. The V10 so well conceals its alcohol that it would be far too easy to get totally plastered without knowing it. Stellar.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Small head, dark amber body, sweet candy-like nose. Sweet flavor, very smooth and complex. No alcohol presence. A fair amount of cherry in this one. As usual, a big winner from the boys in Downingtown.
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A clear copper/amber. Thin, creamy lasting head and lace. Nose of grainy, sweet malt, ripened, slightly sour, vinous fruit, citrusy elements and slight waves of alcohol. Medium to thick bodied, a bit syrupy, moderatley fizzy, smooth as hell. Caramel is tasted up front, beer thins out a bit becoming more vinous, sweet/ripened fruits on palate, spiced cherries, melon and raisons notably. Subtle but effective yeast character and slight alcohol at end provide slightly drying and lasting finish and balance the sweetness of beer somewhat. Alcohol is hidden wonderfully, the brew is rich, full, warming and satisfying. Maybe a bit too sweet and slightly cloying but im nitpicking. Aging should round this out even more. A must try IMHO.
jcalbi (378) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Claret colored body with almost no head at all. First whiff brings a rather sugary and somewhat vinuous imprssion. Some bready hints as well. A very young beer that is somewhat harsh in both sweetness and alcohol presence. The edge is somewhat removed as the temperature of the beer creeps higher. Some toffee-like notes add to the flavor as the beer warms. This is a BIG beer that will, no doubt, benefit from cellaring. Back to the store for some more to cellar!
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2003 Re-rate: 3/25/03
I still love this beer, but due to the lactic acid problem, with time, it turns into a very nice Flemish Sour tasting beer. I take back my comment about the Westy 12 and Rochefort 10.
This beer rocks.
I found very little fault with this beer. Better than Westy 12 or Rocheford 10 in my book. Very complex.
The aroma speaks heavily of sweet malt and dark fruits. Cherries and raisins. Lightly yeasty nose. Alcohol is very well hidden.
Beautiful dark sparkling amber hue. The Khacki head is large and rocky, but diminishes fairly quickly. Small, creamy remains of the initial head is fully lasting. Excellent lacing.
YUM! Very malty and sweet up front. Slightly pungent and a tad bitter and salty on the backside. Fruity and pleasant. Alcohol is not evident. Full-bodied brew. Lively carbonation and a wonderful, heavily creamy mouthfeel. Long dry finish. This is a great effort from Victory. A must try for all Belgian beer fans.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Maybe i need to let this one mature for a few years. Fruity aroma, but an almost nondescript sweet taste, like everything was blended together and i couldnt pick out anything specific. Although i enjoyed it, i think there are a lot better out there. Iíll try it again, of course, hopefully after it ages a year or two.
argo0 (11166) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear red-brown body with a medium beige head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is fruity (more cherry than anything else), spicy and caramel. Flavor is rich and aggressive, but not complex -- itís sweet and cherry, spicy and caramel. Somehow the 10% alcohol on this one is almost an afterthought. This is a good one, a very good one, but I can only imagine how good itíll be after it ages a couple of years.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2004 (Bottled 9/12/02) I have high expectations for Victory and I was not let down. V-10 is a real gem; the color is a bright burgundy with red highlights. The nose is very intense with aromas of exotic fruits and spices. The head is big and fluffy. The carbonation is right on the money, producing a fine bead. The palate is intense, but not overwhelming, very smooth for the weight of the beer. The flavors are very fruity (esters) with flavors of cherry, raspberry, and blackberry. It is sweet without being cloying. The hops are tamed, but provide a delicate spiciness that is refined. What a wonderful long fruity and spicy finish. This is complex ale that is both challenging and fun to drink. An absolute must try for every big beer lover. Bravo!
gfb108 (4) - USA - OCT 5, 2002 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I had a girlfriend in college that once told me that I couldn’t marry my beer. If it were possible, this Belgian inspired masterpiece would be my eternal love. Credibility? Chimay, Rochefort, and Westvleteren’s aside I’m confident every aficionado will concur; we have the responsibility to entitle this the "Best Beer That Has Ever Been Created" . The fine gentleman from Downingtown, PA continue an incomparable focus that provides the beer drinking community with a multitude of worldly offerings . The first beer in the "V" series of beers packaged in ostentatious 750ml bottles (corked and caged), is a "holy grail" without enduring much of a graceful aging process; in my possession at least.
Complex in flavor, balanced in body, and exponentially elegant in finish Victory has most definitely made a myriad Belgian monks proud that their traditions have been honored and with the utmost respect to modesty; improved upon. The pinnacle of brewing and the nirvana of taste. You don’t have to take my word for it. Drink it animal!