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!
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nothing wrong with this beer. Had flavor, and punch.
LilBill66 (9) - Glassboro, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2003 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This was a exceptional brew when it was first released. Fruity, nice alcohol stength and drinkability. I traded my case in for V12...because Victory is a brewery that you can stand behind. They had a bad batch and they came clean. I've been a loyal patron of Victory for over two years and have no plans on changing my opinion of the brewery. TOP-NOTCH, no doubt in my mind. I'll be the first in line for the 2003 batch of V10.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really nice stuff! Pours a deep golden yellow, with a huge white head. Aroma is strong, smelling of fruit, a bit of hops, and a nice tanginess. Flavor is subtle, powerful, and quite complex. Hints of banana, caramel, cherry, grape, and mild hops. A strong apple taste, with a magnificent sour finish. Really one of the best belgian styles I’ve tried to date.
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?! It’s sweeter than Michelob Honey lager and rivals Chaucer’s Mead. But it’s 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.
PhillyBeer2112 (2547) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark reddish amber, with medium sized tan head. Head faded fast, leaving no lace. Strong fruity aroma with dates and raisin, possibly pear, and lightly phenolic. Rich fruity sweet flavor, lightly appley with dates. Phenolic/pepper in the finish, though barely detectable. Finish is mainly dry, with a lingering prune-like fruitiness. Full flavor but surprisingly light mouthfeel. Lightly carbonated. Complexity and richness increases wonderfully as it warms. Alcohol is amazingly masked - but this is definitely powerful. So easy drinking I savored the whole big bottle rather quickly, and was left both smiling and intoxicated. To irreverantly compare it to any Belgian ale: I’d say its a Chimay Red crossed with a Westy 12.
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - DEC 26, 2002
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
To sum it up, reminded me like a somewhat mellowed Golden Monkey. Very citrusy aftertaste. Would like to get a bottle and age it some. Still another good product from Victory. ;)
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!
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Preeeettty. Lovely bright peach-orange. Fruit sugar and spice nose, like a brown, liquid, fermented Powerpuff Girl which is, to say, not much like a Powerpuff Girl at all. Hugely malty. First flavor is sour and tart, with fruit hints of apricots, peaches, and plums. Candy sugars follow the fruit, nicely crisp. Brassy and full as it warms. Spicy. Palate is creamy, could use a bit more creaminess, but still exceptional. Victory is the best brewery on the @#$!!! planet and this brew furthers that status.
mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This rusty amber colored beer with a thick orange foam on top emits pleantiful flavors of all types of fruits such as peaches, oranges, and strawberries. The taste of this beer as great, a smooth blend of fruits and slight hops, along with powerful punch makes this jem from Victory a great beer.