lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells good - spicy with coriander dominating. The appearance is reddish-amber. Flavor is spicy and smooth on the tip of the tongue with a definite alcohol bite in the finish. There is a definite fruity presence in the flavor from the middle of the drink onward. Overall, a fairly complex and good flavor. Something of note: this 12% ABV is not going to fool anyone, but it works well for this beer.
3fourths (8537) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden red with quite a large light tan head. Spicey aroma containing gingerbread, cinnamon, coriander and maple. Mild and smooth initially, but mid drink the alcohol kicks in, not hiding anywhere in this brew, and at the end of the drink it coats and warms the mouth and throat like scotch. Clove and some banana evident in the flavor. Once again, very strong, not hiding the 12% ABV. Quite good.
boto (1951) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 750ml bottle: High expectations for this beer. A good "POP" from the cork when it was pulled. It pours a slightly orangish color. Some head, but it dissapates quickly. Sweet nose of caramel, fruit and yeast. Taste is sweet, with fruits, as well as some caramel. A hint of sourness. The first taste was very good, and it got better from there. A fabulous brew. A great drink while watching the snow fall!
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice and full of everything good a Belgian Strong Ale should be. One of the best Victory Brews.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty strong ale. Orangey brown color with medium head. Fruity aroma. Alcohol is present, but never overpowering. A good strong example of the style.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice American Belgian. Bright organish in color. The aroma was a spicey blend of fruit and malt. The taste displayed the same. Quite nice but with a strong ABV is makes it hard to handle by yourself.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 Vintage corked 750ml.
Initial pour quite fizzy and sounding like the ocean. Nice amber colored and clear but with no head. Seems highly carbonated. Spicy fruity aroma with noticible alcohol. Very sharp mouthfeel and a warming effect from alcohol.Flavor is malty and fruity with a hint of caramel. Overall not a bad offering. Just a bit too fizzy for the style in my opinion. Also little retention in this one.
Kinz (3506) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium copper with a fizzy, fading head. Aroma of brandy, heady alcohol, and some malts. Flavors initially fruity, peach, perhaps some pear, grape, fading into a big malt sweetness and a bit of bitter hops on the finish for balance. Probably my favorite of the Victory attempts at a big Belgian brew.
JorisPPattyn (8386) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2004 Foxy amber, slight cold haze; yellowish foam fast reduced to rim and less. Leafy, fruity nose with crystal malts, raisins. Quite complex, really. Rich, madeirisated-like taste without oxydised notes; alcohol and fusels, raisins, slight aroma of hops. Sweet without any cloying. Finish is again very wine-like, grapey, raisins, complex. Definite alcoholburn, slight slickness but not yet viscous, very low carbonation. WOW. This is one hell of a beer - the more as it is impossible to tell exactly why. It is too big to be called subtle as the Grand Cru is. It’s vinous and complex as a vintage port.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Icetea colored body, medium brown with orange & ruby highlights. Head is white and frothy, reducing to about 2.5cm. Smells of sweet flowery hops, yeast, grapes and alcohol- however, very mild. Taste is massive malt, with powerful flavors of caramel, grapes, alcohol and brown sugar. Feels medium thick in the mouth. Aftertaste is also strong, ending sweet. This is a big beer definately worth a try. Sampled from 750ml bottle purchased at Norm's Beers in Vienna, VA by my lovely girlfriend, Amy.