billk (353) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - MAY 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 Tap @ Victory. Cloudy golden color, nice white head that fell a bit too fast, maybe it was sipped off by impatience, moderate lace. Good carbonation. Nose is yeasty & herbal. Flavor is spicey and yeasty with a moderate flavor of cloves. I did not notice alcohol. The clove flavor is strange to me in a beer but I know some who love it. My rate would be higher if I didn’t have this aversion to the clove taste. ruffian (149) - montvale, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2004
Yeasty cloudy golden ornage color. Well coarbonated, lots of fiz. Sweet and plain tart aroma. Flavor runs similar, sweetness and tartness but neither to their extreme. No candy sugar or grapefruit juice extremes here. Mouthfeel comes off light, which I would attribute to the carbonation level. A very enjoyable beer. Thanks to Haukur for the inspiration, as this was one of the beers that he asked me for. HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 Cloudy golden color with floating yeast chunks. Very carbonated with lasting head. Belgian smell that I characterize as medicinal. Flavor is awesome. Bubblegum and yeast with a slight medicine taste. Lasting sour-apple aftertaste. My favorite Victory beer. Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2004
The sign at Bottleworks said that this beer was “probably better than what you were thinking of buying”
Happier than one would think for the style but then this is Victory. Fruity, a bit spicy a easy drinking beer. I can’t seem to give this beer a proper description lets just say the boys of Bottleworks were right
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2004
bright orange with a white head that seemed to fade quickly. very sweet malty flowery aroma. hints of spice and fruit are detecatble. tasted like peaches and apples. very sweet. would have liked a little more hope flavor on the end. very comeplex.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2004
UPDATED: APR 21, 2004 Had at the Boston Beer Summit. I have to stand in the minority on this beer -- it seemed strangely unbalanced, with a sickly multi-flavored sweetish taste. Perhaps I'll give it another shot sometime, but its not really a priority. pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2004
Followed up a bottle of fin du monde with this at Ministry. What a segue. This is richer and rounder than fin du monde. Will have to pick up a case some time. heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 16, 2004
UPDATED: APR 28, 2004 Large white head with a cloudy color. This looks like a wheat. Pears and vanilla in the aroma. The taste is peaches, vanilla and cinnamon spiciness. Sweet, bready finish. Really good. Wheatsheaf (104) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 16, 2004
Sep 08 03 bottling, about seven months old. A hazy, golden-yellow ale with a medium-sized head that is mostly diminishing. Would fare well against Cooper’s Sparkling Ale for the tricky-to-pour-without-disturbing-the-sediment award. Lightly sweet and fruity aroma, not as pronounced as you might expect. Medium body with a creamy, slightly syrupy body. Lovely flavour that is reminiscent of honey drizzled over honeydew melon. Sweet and fruity, with a restrained orange-peel spiciness. The alcohol is hidden, and the hops only make a small appearance at the finish, if at all. My guess is that this would continue to age quite gracefully. Very tasty. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 15, 2004
Nice cloudy golden honey body, but pours with almost no head and I don't really like that for a tripel. The aroma is pretty quiet which is a shame because what I get seems to be truly pleasant, but I wish it was more expressive. It seems quite yeasty not unlike an apple pie crust and with a deep malt profile (fresh harvest oranges, pears, bananas, melon bubblegum), honeyish and spicy (ginger mostly). There is a restrained alcohol suggestion in the back as well. The first sip surprises by the lively carbonation which is very tongue-cleaning and complements the banana/honey/yeasty palate interestingly to my liking. Very flowery, herbal and appealing taste, with obvious but well contained warming alcohol notes. Oh yeah, the mouthfeel fits the overall experience like a charm, not so thick, but plain clean and silky. Great, if not exceptional, american rendition.