V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 597
Hads: 1,247
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 18.41%
Wants: 91
Gots: 194 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-18-2003

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Photo of classixIII
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another excellent brew from Victory. Yeast, malt, spices great flavors. Great mouth feel. A bit of alcohol, but not what you might expect from 12% ABV. Overall an enjoyable drink. Need more.

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Photo of jeffdillon
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On the shelf at the local Grocery Store, This is a treat. Pours a nice reddish amber with an quickly dissipating head, a little lace, fruity / spicy aroma, and a rich, sweet flavor that continues to reward as the temp comes up to about 50. I like it!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking this at 8 months old from a chalice. L: It pours brilliant reddish amber under a thin foam cap. S: It has mild aromas with malt, alcohol and faint hops. T: Rich malt flavors combine with Belgian yeast notes of over ripe fruit and alcohol to comprise the palate. F: Medium to medium full body and medium to medium low carbonation. Very slight warming. O: You have to read the bottle to know that it has 12.0% abv. A very smooth, well made quad.

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Photo of rjd722
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Victory in Downingtown, PA. On the menu it's the only bottled beer listed, but I was lucky enough to catch it on tap; the bartender said it essentially never is available. Nice copper color with minimal head and little lace. Somewhat sour grape scent with hints of clove. Strong bitter feel, rides all the way through from start to finish.

Great Quad offering from one of PA's best!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows raisins, brown sugar, golden syrup and Belgian spicy notes.
Flavours include bready malt, brown sugar, golden syrup, sultanas and some very soft booze.

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Photo of TH28
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 3/11/15 bottle date. Appearance: Dark golden, with a hint of orange. Slight haze and white foam cap that dissipated quickly. Aroma: fruit forward Belgian yeast, mainly apple and pear, with some grape notes. Moderate intensity. Taste: Really rich caramel malt and candu sugar dominate, with slight Belgian yeast fruitiness on the back end, mainly pear. Mouthfeel: Medium body with some viscosity, and low carbonation. Alcohol warmth is present, but not harsh. Finish: Very sweet maltiness on the finish, with alcohol warmth. Overall: Considering this clocks in at 12%, it’s really smooth. Very rich maltiness and a nice balance against the fruitiness of the Belgian yeast.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle of 2005 vintage. The cork came out of this beer and it had a thundering boom. This beer is still really held onto carbonation. Nice malts and dark fruits nose and flavor. No booze is apparent. Really stellar Quad. Impressive beer from Victory.

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Photo of TopherBreski
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slow pours almost orange but settles at an amber. Beautiful malts, oats, and fruit aroma. There's a bit of a bitter taste and you can also tell its way alcohol heavy (12%) but you can also taste the excellent ingredients used.

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look: A dark straw/golden color. Moderate head, maybe 1cm, which lingers well.

Smell/Taste: to avoid repetition, the smell and taste are basically cloying and malty, with a little bit of hops to take the edge off at the end. The alcohol sting is definitely noticable.

Feel: A little too "thick" could've been more carbonated.

Overall: a VERY drinkable Quad, compared to others. Felt more like a malt, to be honest. If you need to be completely gone (at 12% IBV, drinking this thing is roughly equivalent to 5-6 shots of whiskey), and have to do it with beer, this is the way to go. Affordable too.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice. It looks and tastes milder or "smaller" than a quad should be. Nice flavor in the long run though. I couldnt say anything bad about it, but I'm probably not running out to by more due to shear amazingness either.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Chimay chalice.
A - 4 - Pours a honey / apple juice color, not quite as dark as I was expected for a quad, looks more like a tripel to me. Formed a half finger of lightly tan / white head. Extremely low head potential and retention, no lacing.
S - 4 - Nutmeg, allspice, clove, lots of yeast, strong hop profile and distinct tart green apple. Once again, this has tripel written all over it, not quad.
T - 3.5 - Tasty...until the finish. Tart apple, aforementioned spices and that unmistakable bubble-gummy Belgian yeast flavor, once again, tastes like a very strong tripel. Would be a fine beer until the end of the flavor development which lowers the score substantially. After the nice initial flavors, you're hit which a heavy dose of medicinal and alcohol flavor, ends up tasting like strong over the counter cough syrup and really detracts from the otherwise pleasant flavors of this brew.
F - 4 - Decent mouthfeel.
O - 3.25 - It's OKAY for a tripel, but I don't think it could be considered a quad by any stretch, just my opinion though.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.81/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just had this in parking lot at work with a good friend. In a styro cup no less! If it is any better in any kind of glass, I'm in deep trouble. It was absolutely great! Smooth, no alcohol taste or burn. Caramel and figs. Will buy again to drink and to cellar.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.50] *Crystal* clear reddish color. I am amazed how clear it is. Pours with a scant 1/4 finger of white head. The bottle lists the ABV (12%). The bottle says, "Bottled on: " 07/03/2014.

S: [3.50] Caramel, banana esters, Belgian yeast.

T: [3.75] Follows the nose. Belgian yeast up front. Banana esters in the middle. There is caramel throughout the entire sip due to the strong malt backbone. There is a tiny alcohol bite at the end - but noting bracing for 12%.

M: [4.00] There is noticeable carbonation. It is not negative - but it is present. There is a tingle from the carbonation and then there is a slight bite from the alcohol on the finish.

O: [3.75] I typically dislike Belgian styles. This one is one of the best I have had. The malty backbone really helps meld all of the flavors together.

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Photo of jancona
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Liquid luxury - as advertised! Let it warm up to truly enjoy.
Very little foam/lacing. Smell is a mix of molasses, banana bread, sweet dates, and brown sugar. Taste follows with a nice caramel malt finish. Feel is a bit slick - could use more carbonation.
Overall an excellent offering from Victory! I didn't share...

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Photo of Kiserian
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good flavor. Light and fruity like others have said. I didnt taste any banana. Very drinkable with no alcohol taste, but with 12% abv it sneaks up on you pretty quick. At $7.99 a bottle its a great deal.

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Photo of fulcrumbs
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you are looking for a quadruple... the best around for the price. Not a huge fan of quadruple ales... feels like more of a wine vs. beer... but have had a couple of these... and as always... share with a friend. Drink a whole bomber on your own... and pay the price...!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden orange in color, with a massive, coarse white head, which fades only slowly. Dense Belgian-type lacing adorns the glass walls. Abundant, fine carbonation drifts lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Dense notes of caramel and spicy, vinous alcohol, green apple rind, candied fruit and wood, dominate the aroma.

Taste: Begins with somewhat over-the-top pungent, earthy hops, soon followed by sweet dark caramel, candied dark fruits, bitter apple rind, and an omnipresent, sweet, vinous, and warming alcohol. As the taste progresses, spicy notes rise to ascendency, with cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg dominant. Finishes with a long, lingering note of dark caramel and sweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Very soft, full, velvety, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An extraordinarily complex, deep, and rich Quadrupel, invoking thoughts of holiday dinners. Certainly, this beer is worthy of the most elegant occasion.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750 ml Belgian-style brown glass bomber, sealed with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of apple and pear, overripe tropical fruit, apricot, bready and candi malt, white wine. Flavor is similar mixed fruit, dominated by light and dark stone fruit, fig, banana, clove, bready and caramel malt, finishes with bready, almost rye grain with residual semi-sweet mixed fruit and light caramel; light hop bitterness. Medium to heavy bodied with pleasant creaminess. This is a nice domestic take on a quad, rich and complex. The hops were a bit of a surprise, but this is a half-year old bottle and they may have faded a bit, which is fine, because their presence, like some of the other flavors, is deftly integrated into the whole. Very nice. Victory seems to be poorly distributed to Washington now, and I was lucky to pick up this bottle from a store I know handles beer well. Glad I got the last bottle. If I see it again, I will cellar some, this has potential for a few years of interesting change.

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Photo of fx20736
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wired and corked 750 ml bottle. Received as a gift. Poured into a goblet at cellar temp.

Look:Beautiful golden tinged amber with a thinnish off white head. No lacing.

Smell: Raisin-y, winey, malty.

Taste: raisins, white grape skins. A touch of bitterness like orange peel.

Feel: soft but full

Overall: solid, decent beer.

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Photo of Rebulu
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh, clean, and crisp. Malty and fruity. If instructions are followed, it is not overly yeasty. At 45 degrees it is like champagne. At 65, the fruit pops without being overly sweet. I get starfruit (maybe white grape?) apricots, and hint of lemon zest. Disclaimer: have not read brewer description, that's honestly what I get.

So good to slow roll. It's a new beer in every 5 degree increment. The lack of the unpleasant yeast might even win over English BW lovers.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a golden copper color with little e head.

Smell - The smell would best be described as being sweet and malty.

Taste - Banana jumps to the front of this Belgian. Hot alcohol, pineapple, apricot, and bready notes also make an impression. All this occurs before the banana sours in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - There is a thick, clingy quality to this quad that really allows the taste to linger.

Overall - Victory rarely makes a bad beer. This one is top notch.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked/caged bottle split between a pair of snifters. No dates or anything...but I'm guessing there's only one batch. Left about 3/4" in the bottle.

Pours hazy amber. Not much carbonation. Smell is yeasty, figgy, dark fruit.

Taste is super frickin' fruity, but not super sweet. Lots of vague bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium. A little slick. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of RobPete
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had my first one of these yesterday. It was exceptional. Especially for the cost. I am a huge fan of quads. This might not be as complex as some of the big Belgians, but still quite enjoyable. I poured it into my St. Bernardus goblet. Nice opaque dark straw color. Felt great on the tongue. Light on the carbonation. Not as much alcohol burn as one would expect from a 12% ABV. Overall, very impressive. I already picked up two more bombers

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Photo of Bisco42
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious Quad. The most outstanding, for me, was the mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable, thick, delicate but also not too over powering. The alcohol was present, but not what I expected out of a 12. For the price ($7.99 here), this Quad is absolutely going to become one of my favorites. Worth a try, if you're a fan of this style.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 3/13/2014. Pours slightly cloudy orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance, robustness, and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible quadrupel style! All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company
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