TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2004
2004 SE Gathering: Tangerine flavor with a hint of champagne. Wonderfully smooth with a warm alcohol finish. Great! ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Pours tan honey with gorgeous head. Smells of honey, clove, citrus. Flavor blows my mind: lime, orange, grapefruit, touch of caramel, candi, yeast, cinnamon. Finish sweet, mellow honeyed lavender goodness. Boo-yah! beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2005
750 mL brown corked bottle purchased from Armanetti’s, Mundelein, IL. ABV 9%. Aged two years from bottling date. Hazy reddish amber with small diminishing white head with fair lacing. Succulent aroma bouquet of fruity esters, raisin and toffee. Soft carbonation. Full bodied that starts with fruity, sour/sweet flavor of raison, toffee and some sharpness. Finished dry with lingering sourness. Deeply satisfying Belgium-style ale, one of the best that I’ve had thus far. Delicious aroma lingered for a very long time and it was tough to put down the glass. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 23, 2003
Nice amber color,medium sized off white head that lasted for a nice long time.Malty fruity aroma with a mild amount of spice and very nice hop presence.The taste is fruity and lightly malty with a nice amount of hops but not to strong,and a slight bubble gum taste as well.This is a fantastic tasting brew nicely balanced and refreshing,definately better then alot of the brews i've been indulging in today.The after taste is fruity and mildly sweet with a nice mellow feel that leaves you wanting more. estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 17, 2003
5/15/03 vintage. Copper color, fruity nose with a whiff of yeast and some hops, medium white head. Flavor is quite yeasty, not too sweet, with noticeable hops and a fruity backbone. Some bitterness in the finish. Interesting spin on the style; the hops+yeast have almost an Orvalesque character, although the beer itself has more sweetness than that Trappist classic.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2004
The beer as it evacuates the 750ml bottle pours a luminous orange color, the head preposterous in size, frothy in texture and a toothsome light tan in color, the lace a glutinous and thick sheet to smother the glass. The aroma of fusel alcohol greets you along with ripe pineapple, sweet malt and a slight acidic crispness at the back, start is ambrosial, thick in malt, top is moderate to full in its feel to the palate. Finish is prickly in its acidity, the hops dynamic in their spicy presence, and a sure fire belly warmer, and a fine drinking beer, another winner from Victory, but that’s nothing new is it? Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2004
Pop!" goes the cork, as I embark on my tasting of this bottle that I've unprecedentedly saved for several months. Normally my curiousity, and obsession, doesn't allow for waits of such length, and now we see if this bottle is worth the fuss.
Pours a gorgeous nectarine shade, a bit apricotty, near, even, to peachish, with a fine white head, though it simmers down too swiftly.
Aroma: sweet, though subtly so, and terrifically rounded. a great conflagration of fruitiness, like canned preserves in a beer, it is. Heavenly. Nicely hopped, tasty as you like it!
Taste: Fierce hops, brazen and buzzing, teasing the tongue with fruity divinity. Rich and wondrous, utterly wonderful. This one's only 5 1/2 months old, (bottled on 5-15-03, says the label ), and who knows what time could do for it, but i'm no miser, and I've only got the one bottle, and who knows if I'll ever see another, so a'drinking I will go, me laddy!
Bright, bold, and unrelenting in fruity flavors, very persistent, resilient, and effervescent in the finest extreme. Seriously, a beer to make you feel the world a better place than it actually is, one to slip back, luxuriate in, soak in the pleasure and forget all of your sins...
Oh! Did I mention that I liked it?
Tart at times, too, but still, the never-ever-ending glorious flavor is something to praise, and praise it, I do.
Damn, I' m only halfway through this 750ml bottle, and I've got more praising to do, apparently.
Or, I could shut my yap and let it wash over me, luxuriantly...that's what this brew is best at, it seems. And bludgeoning, too, as I recall, for the effect is taking, now..damn, I'm knocked out!
Tasty, fruity, but, oh, so, stong!
Wowz, this is a MackDaddy, DongDiddly, DooBoppity...motherfurger of a fandiddilitasticly gorgeous and powerful beer.
Rich and tasty, glowing with orangey, citric flavors, a perfect autumnal brew,
Thick, rich mouthfeel,
Great acheivement, Victory!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2004
My first unbudgable cork in a long while, needed a pliers to get it twisted, once the twist was established, the cork popped out with ease. Lovely golden hued pour, settles more bronzed in body and slightly clouded with yeast and steady carbonation bubbles within. Firm and tight merange fluffed biege head just over a finger high, good lacing in big strings.
Aroma is quite nice with a pleasing array of fruits and yeasty sour bread sweetness. Banana, pineapple, and pear esters, spicy overlay of hops and yeast bring out wood and white pepper notes. Really strong and fun to partake when first poured, it loses some zip as it warms.
Taste is fruity and spicy, laden with a hop leaf backing thats not bittering, more spicy than anything, mixing in a balanced tone of spices that are brought in from the yeast. It starts out fruity with a good mild medley of tropical and citrusy things(mostly orange and lemon), but quickly turns to the spices and a alcoholic warmth pumps up the volume along the way down.
Feel is about medium with a solid warmth and spice, with a complex finish of spice and hops with an even later left over of fruits and malts where it was once dry it begins anew with a light stickyness.
A very nice drinker to behold, or even more so, a sipper, as the warming of the alcohol and spice has a bit of an edge to it. Nice display on the palate. Well crafted and delishiously spicy and fruity. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Cloudy amber, with a big white head. Nose is tangy, sweet, with yeasty notes and mandarin oranges. Flavor is sweet, with a solid bitter kick and caramel, hazelnuts, cork or yeast funk, and black tea. roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2005 Poured a hazy orange amber color with a nice amount of foamy white head. Aroma is citrusy and malty accentuated by hues of alcohol and slight bits of yeast and spices. What I really liked about both the aroma and flavor is that I did not feel it was dominated by yeast or spices like so many other belgians seem to be. Instead it was a very smooth, enjoyable, balanced beverage that did not offend the senses in any way. The flavor mix of fruits, caramel, and spices were exceptionally balanced and it had a nice warming finish that lasted. Overall, I really really enjoyed this beer and I definitely want to go buy another to cellar for a bit.