V-Ten | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by NeroFiddled on 09-27-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of frank4sail
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2002 Vintage
Rose' in color the brew also has a tan head with big round bubbles. The look of this beer is quite different. The head dissapated quickly to a constant pale sheen and lace in and on the goblet. The light ruby color is striking.Fresh abv nose is almost astringent with yeast working in your sinus area. Smooth delecate mouth. Sweet smooth floral taste. The brew for my taste needs more time in the bottle to mature and round the intense flavors. The hop presence along with the big sweet base almost confound the tongue. Still, the brew is quite drinkable already at 10% abv. Not overly sour as others have found...

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Obtained this through a beer trade, and had been saving it for a special ocassion - decided to open it during my 40th birthday party and shared it with a few beer geek friends.

Very pleasant - soft, dry mouthfeel. Substantial apple cider notes with sufficient yeast tangyness to offset the sweetness. The 10% abv was completely undetectable - a marvel of integration. Overall, the beer seemed a little on the green side - as though the flavors had not yet matured and achieved the fullest depth. I would love to put a bottle back for a couple of years.

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Photo of beernut7
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fruity light aroma hinting at Belgian yeast on top of a ruby-amber body. The first taste brings forth a very malty flavor with a tangy ester of the yeast and a bold floral spice and significant bitterness. The finish is quite drawn out and really supports the bitterness of the brew. Quite complex.

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Photo of HossMcGraw
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw this at the local overpriced six pack joint I frequent and decided to give her a try. I think that with proper storage, this beer could be amazing, but this had been sitting right near a deep fryer and a grill used to cook cheesesteaks. The odor must have permeated the cork and weaseled it's way into my beer. Unfortunately, the grease is noticeable in the flavor as well, making me realize that if I see this place selling a beer of this quality again, I'll tell them to get it the hell away from the grease traps.

Now that my griping is out of the way, this seems to be a pretty resilient beer considering it's still tastes damn good. The appearance is what you'd expect from a belgian dark but the head on this doesn't stay for very long which was kind of a bummer. The taste is as the bottle suggests. Ripe plums, apples, and grapes, mixed with the delectable flavor of week old hamburger grease. I don't have much else to say about this beer except that Chimay Blue is a much better example of the style.

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Photo of goz
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours ruby red, with a good layer of off-white foam that leaves a nice lacing. Large carb bubbles stick to the glass, while tiny bubbles race to join the head at the top of the glass. Aroma is sweet and fruity (ripe apples, grapes). Flavor comes in with the ripe fruitiness at the start, followed by a spicy hopped finish.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.82/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had to get over the overbearing immodesty displayed all over the label, but damned if these guys don't deserve such wild self-praise!
Dark garnet color, beautiful head. Aroma is superb: rich, spicy, fruity, cherries, berries, melons, peaches, plums, grapes. Lovely taste, smooth mouthfeel, stunningly delicious! This one stands proudly next to the best Belgian abbey dubbels. Bubbling over with sweet, fruity flavor! Instant favorite!
Proof again that America makes the worst of beers, and the best of beer, like V10, here! If only more Americans knew as much about the former as they do the latter.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that I was a bit let down by this beer. I was thinking that this brew would blow me away and I was thrown a curve ball. Good, just not what I expected.

Pours a very dark amber color, almost glowing. The smell reminds me a lot of an English Strong Ale, malty and sweet. The taste was at first sweet then sour and was not what I expected. Towards the end a tart flavor also took over, kind of like a lambic. Finished dry and left a fruity and sweet aftertaste. Maybe aging would help? Maybe this beer is right on? It just didn't sit right with me but I still enjoyed it.

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Photo of marc77
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy deep burgundy hue covered by a thick butter white creamy head. Nutty yeast and caramelized sugar upfront in aroma, followed by pronounced unripe prune like, borderline acetic tartness. As the beer warms, vinous sweet sherry and dark raisiny caramel sweetness surface but remain secondary to tartness. Trace banana esters. Tartness continues into the flavor profile, albeit in a diminished fashion. Lightly acidic, quasi balsamic tartness is partially offset by dark caramel malt and lightly bready sweetness. Contrary to what the label suggests, fruitiness is of an unripe nature. Lightly bodied, and somewhat thin in mouthfeel. Hopped meagerly, but the inherent acidity balances residual sweetness. Finishes with an abrupt tartness. Although the tartness grew on me, overall I'm disappointed. Either this was a off bottle, or at this young stage it requires cellaring to mellow that pervasive tartness. Lacks the complexity of other dark strongs, but remains quite drinkable. Bottled 9/12/2002.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a joy it was to receive my package for the “Christmas Swap”, a few days ago, and both beers are new to me, and one a particular thrill is this “Victory V10”, as you can see from my reviews, “I like Victories Beers”.
I will thank “RONFROMJERSEY”, now and get to the part I love so much, sampling a beer I know I will like before I even sample it, ah the thrill of it all.
As it breathes away in the “tripel” glass which is my preferred glass for tripels and “Belgian Strong Ales”, also use “Snifters”, but find them both to work quite well on this style of beer. The appearance a somewhat hazy cherry red, the head modest in size, creamy in its texture and the lace derived from the head fine beige sheets to slide tenderly down the glass. Over ripe fruit aromas along with malt and yeast all vie for the top spot, quite a “Sniffable Beer”. A “Sweet and Sour” start, the top rich and full in the feel, the finish has a splendid hop spicy bite, the carbonation perfect as is the dry, somewhat bitter aftertaste. The 10% ABV, certainly makes this a treat for a “Cold Winters Night” in Arizona and better yet its “Christmas Eve”, and I’m sharing my beer and my thoughts with some of the nicest people on the face of “God’s” green earth.
A “Merry Christmas” to Ron, and the same to all my “BA” brothers and sisters, and please accept my wishes for a “Safe and Happy New Year”.

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Photo of John
4.73/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The much anticipated Victory V-10 does not dissappoint. Rich, hazy amber/ruby color with dense, creamy tan head. Looks pristine in the proper glassware, a stemmed goblet. The nose is fruity; ripe plum, dried prune, over-ripe pear, spices and a hint of the warming alcohol to come. Initally the flavor is fruity and yeasty tart with a steady, precisely calculated effervescence. Also notes of peach and orange zest quickly shift to caramel, molasses and candied sugar. The alcohol is welcome and warming, very well integrated. Sheer heaven in liquid form. Clearly one of the best Belgian style dark strong ales, domestic or imported.

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Photo of purplehops
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on September 12, 2002

V-10 poured a hazy orange-red with very little head. The aroma is of a very fruity yeast with notes of malt and alcohol. There is a hint of astringentness in the aroma. The taste starts with a sour maltiness that progresses into a slight fruitiness and finishes with an alcohol and spice dryness. The aftertaste is warm and spicy. The mouthfeel is full with some chewiness to it.

IMHO this ale is way too young. There are hints of greatness here that need time to develope. I would suggest buying a case and cellaring it for at least three or four years. This would smooth the rough edges and allow the malt and yeast to form a grand complexity.

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Photo of pbrian
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Sep. 11, 2002. Deep medium brown with tinges of ruby highlights, nice multi-dimensional head that subsided into a thin layering that left a tidy lace. Aroma of fruit (cherries, peaches) with a spicy vinous yeast and a bit of alcohol. The beer starts with a fruity sweetness (cherries mainly) and never really loses its grip, but a certain tartness/sourness comes in that's reminiscent of an Oud Bruin/Flemish Red. It's this character that keeps this beer fresh and inviting and light on the tongue. A nice complex warming finish rounds it out. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nicely colored, but had to splash it to induce a head that did not last beyond 2 minutes. Wheatish and fruity alcohol aromas from the Belgian yeast no doubt. Grainy malt flavors along with caramel and some fruitiness -very good but not complex. I think some long term aging will bring out more alcohol flavors and subdue some of the sweetness giving it a slighty thinner mouthfeel. Reminded me of Hoegaarden's Verboden Fruit but not as complex and much thicker. Kudos to Victory for brewing a Belgian style ale beyond a double or triple.

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Photo of pheurton
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

botled 26 september 2002. pours a dark ruby-brown with a minimal tan head. on the nose, one detects dark ripe fruits with an underlying spiciness. mouthfeel is wonderful, with a perfect low carbonation. the alcohol is mostly hidden well, the finish is long and smooth. this beer does seem a little young, as some the fruitiness seems like it could be mellowed a little. this brew will be even better in a year or two. another solid offering from victory.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light tan head sitting over lightly hazy red/amber liquid. Nose is very Belgian, with a slight "horse blanket" aroma detected, as well as dark fruit notes. Taste is quite sweet, with yeast fruitiness and candy flavors...some tartness tasted near the end too. Not much hoppiness evident in this one. Finishes up sweet and very warming. This 750ml. bottle is a great candidate for extended cellaring. Recommended!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a deep scarlet in color. A thin beige film sits on top. Lacing is minimal. Alcohol, rock candy, bready yeast tones and fruitiness all intertwine on the nose. The taste really grows on me. On the buds, I perceive biscuit like malt tones, bready yeastiness, subtle alcohol and some slight cherry-like sweet and sour notes. There's a lingering twinge of alcohol on the tongue. Body is light and drinkability is high for a 10% a/v. One of the more enjoyable Belgian Style beers I've had.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just saw this at Julios Liquors yesterday, and had to get one. Bottled 11Sep02... Has an absolutely fantastic dark-copper/garnet color! I love it! Initially had a decent 1" head, but it quickly thinned down to a sliver of foam. Also did a commendable job of lacing up my goblet. Quite enjoyed the aromas of dark fruit...a very savory nose! Good body, all-in-all. As far as the feel on the tongue, it had the right amount of carbonation to give it a foamy-creamy mouthfeel. Luscious, rich blend of flavors attack the palate: malty sweetness with candi-sugar notes; oodles of fruit flavors; a warming sensation of alcohol down the gullet and into the belly. I am very much enjoying this Belgian Babe... Nice job, Victory. Prosit!!

overall: 4.15
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of mophie
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 9-12-02, corked with a Golden Monkey cork! Purchased at the source in Downingtown, PA. Fascinating appearance -- deep, deep copper, with hints of ruby. Light tan head disappears in a flash, leaving a rim around the edge. A combination of bubbles and what appear to be tiny yeast particles is suspended in the liquid. Aroma is fruity -- pears, plums -- somewhat medicinal, and hard-candy sweet. Taste is quite nice, very smooth, sweet (caramel, dates, again hard candy), some pear and cherry flavors. At first, alcohol is not over the top in the taste (but it's there, 'cause I can definitely feel it), though there is a subtle alcohol spiciness. As the beer warms, alcohol becomes much more apparent, giving the beer a sherry-like quality. Nicely done, though one bottle is about as much as I can handle at one time.

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Photo of ADR
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

V-series, bottled Sept. 11, 2002...

Clear dark copper color, head is a tan 1/4 inch mound that goes to seed in a minute. Slight citrus aroma and some deep spice smells, notes of apple brandy. Low carbonation and strong coating sense. Flavors of pear, apple, and apricot as a mix dominate. Sense of spiciness but of no particular spice. Hops not noticeable. Powerful alcohol warming. I like the effort made for this beer but was surprised by the lack of complexity...where are the musty, woody, changing flavors of some of the classics? Pretty good, but not seminal. The next one lays down for a couple of years.

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Photo of boblinneman
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As the bittersweet ale warmed, I warmed with it (10% alc vol). Discovering hidden flavors unlocked by the change in temp. Held my glass up to a light revealing interesting shades of red. Going in this belgian is silky smooth with tingly little bubbles, but you will feel the warmth of alcohol as you exhale. I look forward to the experience this ale will bring as it matures.

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Photo of HopheadEd
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark ruby red, an aroma of fruits, spices, malts... The first sip is the hook, it keeps you keep coming back. Tastes of plum, black cherries, malt, hops, alcohol, Alot of things going on here. All thoroughly enjoyable. Nice head, nice lace, great finish with an alcohol taste that is not too overwhealming. An excelent beer, I'm glad I live within driving distance to Victory, though I would never drive after visiting the brewery.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked & caged. The year is on printed on the cork. Very deep reddish-copper, almost brown, with ruby highlights and a creamy head that holds extremely well and leaves some good lace. The aroma is malty and fruity with a very light spiciness. The body is medium with a very fine, highly effervescent carbonation that is quite creamy in the mouth. The flavor is of a very rich, softly sweet, and fruity (both light and dark) malt that's very well balanced. Supple! Excellent! Absolutely worth seeking out.

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V-Ten from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 72 ratings