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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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 72
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
3.75 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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