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RATINGS: 922   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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So simple in its creation, so magnificent in its maturity, this wonderful ale begins with Nature's most humble offerings, water, malted grains and hops. Our soulful yeast breathes life and depth into each brew. The steady hand of time orchestrates this alchemy into the splendid ale before you. Cheers!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2003
Nice and full of everything good a Belgian Strong Ale should be. One of the best Victory Brews.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Pretty strong ale. Orangey brown color with medium head. Fruity aroma. Alcohol is present, but never overpowering. A good strong example of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2003
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3410) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2003
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8222) - Ursel, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2003
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 20, 2003
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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Clear red appearance with barely any head. Good belgium style beer. Has sweetness, is fruity, and surprisely easy drinking(and dangerous) for 12%. A little pricy and hard to come by though, which doesn't help but makes it more eventful when you crack one open.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5497) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Poured a ruby amber color with a very small head, and left no lacing. Had a fruity sweet aroma, with a strong presence of alcohol. It had a fruity, alcohol taste, as well as some candy sugar that had a sharp dry finish (I guess as a result of the alcohol). But considering, this was an excellent brew to drink. Thanks to BrianO for sharing!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holdwine (1111) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2003
I great ale to say the least. Small persisting lacy head on top of a golden caramel color. Gotta love the yeast. The sweetness of the malt is alluring. Only two problems: 1. the cork took its sweet time getting out of the bottle . 2. The alcohol - this ale does put the hammer down. Because the bottle is so big, the ale warmed over the length of the session, adding layers of compexity. Wow.


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