RateBeer
overall
97
97
style

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 952   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 4, 2004
Bottle (2002) pours a translucent amber with fast disappearing fizzy cream colored head.   Trails of carbonation eminate from its depths.   Lacing seems mediocre.   Sweet Belgian candi-sugar on the nose, just like from across the pond.   Also notes of tart apples and molasses.   Wonderful flavor, tart apples and figs.   Sweet as well.   Finish brings in a bit of sour cherries.   Medium bodied, good mouthfeel.   A very warming beer, the 12% is noticable but is very palatable.   This is very tasty Belgian Strong Ale.   Thanks goes out to Pabobcat for the trade!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Poured a dark amber with a thick foamy white head that didn't last. Aroma was mildly sweet with apples and bubble gum. Nice full mouthfeel. Apples, peaches, and brown sugar on the tongue, along with a decent hop character. This was a very enjoyable beer!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2006 Murky amber with a foamy head. Great texture; like a milkshake. Inviting nose, with hints of cake and apple pie. Alcohol is warm, but hidden well behind the big malts. Notes of biscuits, syrupy caramel and toasty brown sugar. Not cloying; actually kind of drying in the aftertaste. Balancing bitterness in the finish. Really enjoyable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2008 Thanks SDbruboy. Dark amber color with a huge alcohol aroma. The head went away quicker than I like but that was the only disappointing thing I found in this gem. Honey, fruity (sweet raisin?) and molasses was all over this. Wonderful malt/hop balance throughout. Really strong taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12527) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a dark, rich amber color with a thick white head. Had a caramel, apricot, and malty flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Yum! Bottle, poured beautiful dark amber-rose color with a creamy white head. Aroma is fruity, rich, brown sugar, yeast, perfume and noticible alcohol. Flavor is rich and sweet, malty, fruity with apricots, medium bop bite and a bitter finish. Thick body , creamy and full in the mouth. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1639) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Reddish amber appearance that turns a little cloudy when you pour in the residual yeast from the bottom of the bottle. Fruity/spicy/earthy aroma with a touch of grapes. Small head that quickly disappeared. Yeasty, malty characteristics that give it depth and complexity. Full-bodied flavor with a smooth, warming finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - JAN 30, 2004
I'm diggin it. Not really a surprise, but I didn't expect this. One of my favorites that tastes kind of like this is Abbey Des Rocs Grand Cru. The Victory isn't quite as good, but is still excellent. I'm getting some of that orange, malty, caramel aroma that I like in the ADR. Not chocolately like the ADR though. If I remember the ADR correctly, the color of this is a little lighter. I'm really impressed by this. As my friend LT would say, "This is the real deal." Color is orange-amber-copper. A little white head is reatained, and there is a little bit of lace. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Pours a very pure ruby amber color, that is completely clear, with a small rocky head, that fades into a small foamy rim. The aroma is very alive and fruity, with hints of apples and pears, otherwise very typical of a belgian. The taste is very smooth in the mouthfeel and very tingly. The alchohol is very present in all aspects of the flavor, but not to the point of ruining the taste. Flavors goes from very complex when warm, but very thing before reaching the right temperature. Highly enjoyable, definitely not the best belgian that I have ever had, but a very nice take on the style from Victory.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2491) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 Wonderful complex aroma. Apricots, caramel, alcohol, get something new each time I sniff. Thin head which reduces quickly but great carbonation. Color is a deep, crystal clear, orange/amber. Good flavor but not as complex as the aroma. Strong alcohol kick that leaves a tingle in the mouth. Very hot. The high alcohol content and the fact that is a lighter brew is the perfect combonation to F you up. Flavor is a little thin though. Some fruit and a little bit of spice. Finish is smooth and the beer is very easy drinking. A 750 of this will put on your butt for sure. A good beer but does not live up to the expectations of the wonderful aroma.


We Want To Hear From You



Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »



Page  1 « 82 83 84  85  86 87 88 » 96


Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
reserved.
about us
About RateBeer
FAQ
Contact/Feedback
New Beers
add
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Events
membership
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50