beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good Belgian ale. Well hidden ABV. Spicy, alcohol notes, and cherry flavor. Finish is clean, crisp, and dry.
EddieG (168) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Although Belgian inspired, it is hard to place into a specific belgian category. The beer is amber/orange with virtually no head or retention. Teh aroma is yeasty with a slight doughy characteristic. Flavor bounces between tones of vanilla and cherry. Betters as it warms. Slight cloying with a bit of an alcohol burn. A pretty good not great offering.
PhillyBeer2112 (2474) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light copper color, small head. Fading. Surprisingly clear with little apparent yeast sediment in the bottle, despite label's warning.
Light aroma dominated by bubble gum and a slight fig presence.
Flavor is pretty sweet, with fig and other slight fruit. Powerful and nearly harsh finish. Lingering burn of pure ethyl alcohol. Pretty disappointing...the alcohol presence is not masked nearly well enough.
I believe the beer may have been overly attenuated producing too much alcohol while leaving too little residual sugars. Despite low hopping rates being appropriate for the style, it appears that this may have been under-hopped as well.
I enjoyed the appearance and aroma of this beer, but on the whole its pretty difficult to drink. Much too spiritous.
Sampled <45 deg F to start, as indicated by label, in wide mouthed red wine glass.
Allowing it to warm had little effect. This could benefit from aging, but I don't think age would soften the alcohol burn...?
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alcohol and sweet berries in the aroma, intensely sweet flavors of cherry and plum, alcohol apparent yet fairly decently hidden. Tried this and the Unibroue 11 on back to back nights. I think this one was slightly superior.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 31, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful looking beer. Not much aroma, but what I do get out of the nose is sweet. Sweet flavor and spice quality. High alcohol content that really draws out the spicy flavor. I enjoyed this beer and it packs a powerful punch.
judge (8) - New Cumberland, USA - MAY 30, 2003 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good belgian double like beer. Very high on the alcohol taste but very welcomed flavors and buzz. A very good beer that should only do better with age. I cannot agree with the bottle instructions that state start cold and continue to sip as it warms. Start warm, don't waste this beer. You will miss too many flavors drinking cold.
plalo (5) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2003 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Too young to tell... you're all just cheaping yourselves out if you don't age this fine nectar. Really, it's pretty good already but the sweetness is overpowering the wonderful traits that make this a must have. Get some now... give it some time before you open it, then enjoy the fruits of those beer geniuses at Victory. The prior V10 was much better at the young stages so I can only imagine it's merely a matter of time before this surpasses what the V10 could have ever have been. Now, with all that said, let me rate the beer: Aroma was so sweet smelling I was worried what I got into. I felt dejected by my conscience for opening this bottle so early in it's lifecycle. Anyway, the appearance: simply perfect with the ruby hues and the precious head produced by the perfect balance of hops and malts. The clarity was surprising considering it's age too. I gave a 9 for flavor because of it's overabundant sweetness yet redeeming factors would include it's potential and the underlying hints of apple and a few others I couldn't pinpoint. Again, give it time and I bet they all POP out. The complexity is there you just have to get past the inbalance. My palate was left feeling rather abused. It was difficult to suck down the whole bottle without rinsing once or twice. I'll keep my fingers crossed and rate again ever year for the next 5 as it was meant to be. By all means don't let this go without tasting if you can find it. Victory Rules
jgb9348 (4298) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I split half a bottle with a friend, which was a bad move...I should have had the whole bottle myself. A great golden colour with subtle highlights throughout. The smell was amazing, very sweet smelling and very alcoholic. The taste was great as well, the sweetness was overwhelming (but in a good way). The palate was dominated by hops and alcohol, but once again in a very good way. The mouthful was very thick and full-bodied. A great beer which should be sampled by a fan of any abbey trippel or belgie strong ale fan. I'm curious on how the V-10 Tastes like as I heard it had a bit of a problem with bacteria. This beer was purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York.
phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice amber color, light palate feel in mouth. Smells like Golden Monkey, however it's not quite as good as fresh Monkey in a growler.
Strong alcohol present, but it works well.
Wonderful after taste.
As the beer warms there is a lot of fruity sweet and sour apple taste.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 19, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2003 Update: My second sample of this did not have the clarity of the first or the elegance. Old: Cherrywood color with staggering clarity in the body. It was therefore sad there was no head. Aroma of booze, cherries and berries in the nose and duplicated in the flavor, and exhibiting a number of brandy-like qualities. Terribly enjoyable. None of the raisins, caramel and chocolate of the typical abbey 12. This is much more like a cherried Trippel.