V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by MJR:
4.13/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Purchased in Boston the weekend of the AoBF...
Corked 750ml bottle with a bottled on date of Mar 11 03...
Appearance: After using a pair of pliers to pull the (pain-in-the-ass) cork out, this brew pours a warm reddish-orange with a steady stream of carbonation bubbles. What starts as a small tan head quickly fades to a thin cap. Minimal lacing and retention.
Smell: The aroma is sweet and fruity with a whiff of alcohol that I can feel in my nose. Dark sugar, banana, coriander, caramel, yeast, and tropical fruits drift in and out, teasing my nose.
Taste: Starts off with a big blast of spicy, fruity sweetness with lots of raw sugar and tropical fruits. Suggestions of banana and faint apple. The spiciness continues, only to be greeted by a smooth yeastiness, and a bit of coriander. Towards the end, the hops finally show themselves with a fleeting bitterness. Finishes with a wave of alcoholic warmth that shoots through my entire body.
Mouthfeel: The body is slighty syrupy, which is offset quite well by the heavy carbonation. A bit on the chewy side. The alcohol dries out the finish, in both taste and feel.
Drinkability: While 'drinkable' isn't the first word this beer calls to mind due to it's strength, it is quite a tasty Belgian-style ale. I wish I could get a few bottles to cellar until the holiday season, but this one is sadly not available in the Midwest. What a shame...I'd love to see what a bit of aging would do to it.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2003 21:04:51 | More by MJR
More User Reviews:
4.44/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. Bottled on Sept 18 2009 on front label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).
A: Lighter than expected chestnut with a big dose of floaties but a prodigious 1-2 finger light beige head with decent retention and peaks of lacing.
S: Major fruity aroma here with fig, plums, red grapes, currants, bananas, and orange marmalade all combining with some mild herbal hopping to create a huge malt blast. The entire aroma experience is accentuated by further fruity yeast esters with a mild, phenolic, clove character
T: THe flavor also assaults with malt, first with dark fruits like red and purple grapes, figs, cherries, plums, and raisins, all dosed with a heavy dose of rum-infused honey. Hops provide some balancing herbal-based bitterness. Yeast esters play a big role with banana and some lightly sulfuric apricot and peach character as well. Bitterness is low -- this is a malt wallop all the way, and a good one too. Vinous without getting too grapey -- a masterful beer all-around. The alcohol is tame and in the background.
M: Silky smooth with nowhere the 12% detectable anywhere. Sumptuous feel overall with moderate carbonation to keep it from feeling too thick and viscous.
O: This was indeed a good one to put away -- wow -- huge dark fruit character with drinkability. Sumptuous and decadent but not over the top -- wonderful. I wish I had bought more.
Serving type: bottle
07-25-2014 03:21:56 | More by argock
V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,066 ratings.