I was offered this brew on a recommendation from a local alcoholic I met in the beer store. He noted I was perusing Belgians and suggested this Golden beauty.
But I’m getting ahead of myself….
Victory is a brewery I am familiar with on some level. I’ve had their HopDevil IPA, I can’t remember how it specifically tastes now that I think of it. Ah well, another for the ever-growing list. It’s a good ole’ American brewery located in Pennsylvania. Ah here’s an interesting tidbit: “Founded in 1996 by Ron Barchet and Bill Covaleski in an old Pepperidge Farm bakery, Victory has grown considerably and evolved well outside the traditional small market of a beer-brewing restaurant.” Something about that warms my heart, probably just the alcohol. Alright enough research, let’s get right into it.
It pours a very light amber, perhaps one could interpret this as “golden”. It had less than a finger’s width of head which dissipated almost immediately. The aroma brings apricots to mind, though only spices are cited on the bottle.
<Sarcasm> Upon further inspection I realize I have erroneously poured this amber beauty! This has resulted in a less than desirable head. Being the head-lover I am I will ensure this never happens again by reading the pouring instructions on each brew. If it is missing this necessary set of procedures I will write the brewery before pouring to receive proper instructions. </Sarcasm>
Yes, that is a good-natured rib aimed at breweries who print pouring instructions on their beers. Please give me SOME credit! I don’t ask for much but I believe I can pour a beer without instructions…I kid because I love. What matters is on the inside of the bottle, not the outside.
The body is excellent, smooth and silky. That’s truly a coincidence, it happens to be favorite type of body. It goes down with a clear taste, not incredibly complex or rich. The carbonation is barely noticeable which allows you to focus on the other aspects while drinking. I must say for 9.5% I can barely taste the alcohol, deceptively delicious.
I’d highly recommend this brew to those new to Belgians as it seems to have a local twist on an imported flavor. It’s not diving in head first, it’s dipping your toes in Belgians. Just remember it’s 9.5%!
Brian G – Signing Out