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V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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993 Ratings
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Ratings: 993
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-18-2003)
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a growler of this Quad chilling in my fridge for some time (waiting for a significant special event, which never happened). So I'll be having a beastly 64 ounces solo over the next 2 days.

Poured from a growler into a large snifter. Allow to warm to ample temperatures during tasting.

(Appearance) Explosive head in the first few pours, great color and quality. Color is that of a dark red-orange hue with deep copper tones, with a mild haze throughout. Moderate carbonation. Looks mighty fine for a quad. 4.5

(Smell) Dark roasted belgian candy sugars, fruit tones, caramel and some spice are the dominant aromas in this beer. Moderate earthy hop tones are there in spirit. The beer has an expected boozy character, fine for the style. Milder than I'd have liked in aroma, but there's plenty to take in at this stage. 3.5

(Taste) A toasty caramel and fruit introduction paired with some deep grains. Spices on the end are reminiscent of milder white ales; hints of bitter orange peel and coriander lie in the background. Mild bitterness most likely refers back to these qualities. Amongst other culprits lie cloves, banana and other fruits, like black grapes and pear. Overall, a decent quality quad. This one has its own unique qualities and is worthy of a try. 4

(Mouthfeel) Medium-heavy body. There's (not surprisingly) a mild alcohol presence to be found in this intensely high ABV brew. Texture is mild with less carbonation than I had anticipated, making this beer go down quite easy. Mild sticky mouthfeel imparts a mild dry tone to the finish. It could be pricklier. 3

(Overall) Another nice take on a Quadrupel with its own unique qualities. This one swings slightly more to the spice and caramel side, a combination that fits well with the festivities of winter seasons, and with that would be a worthy candidate for aging for several years, seeing how the body rounds out. For a $15 growler fill, I simply cannot be disappointed, and it was a worthy experience. Get it if you see it. 4

Victory Brewing Company's
V-Twelve
B+ (3.83)

Serving type: growler

12-07-2011 02:54:58 | More by Jadjunk
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boudreaux

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: dark golden/amber, almost orange; hazy cloudy body; thick, fluffy, 2.5 finger head that dissipates slowly, leaving a thin foamy lacing that eventually froths out completely

S: complex and robust; sweet fruits up front, with apricot, orange, and pear notes; followed by maltiness, with toasty, bready yeast aromas; spicy, tart hops finish out the aroma experience

T: fruit and alcohol up front, with sweet, bitter cherry flavors; sweetness balanced with medium, bitter hop notes; Belgian yeast breadiness and spice adds dryness, warmth and balance

M: medium carbonation; full body; alcohol adds warming sensation; dry and refreshing finish

O: instant favorite; flavors hit the nose on opening, and lasts until bottle is emptied; definitely not a sessioner; enjoy it sipping every few minutes, letting it warm to room temp

Serving type: growler

08-01-2011 21:48:16 | More by boudreaux
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a growler into a snifter. Thanks to slatetank for the "mystery beer review" opportunity.

This brew pours a perfectly clear amber color, somewhat looking brown or red in appearance with a finger of creamy yellowish tan head that quickly recedes to a thin lacing atop the brew. It coats the glassware with stringy leggings of lace. A light swirl releases few bubbles from suspension that hang close the edge of the glass. The swirl erases the leggings of lace and forms a few spotty patches.

The aroma of this brew is immediately identifiable as a Belgian yeast. A scent of clove is quite prominent with spicy almost peppery characteristics. Alcohol hits the nose with a slight tingle mingled with green apples and pears. There is a light caramel note to the nose. As the brew warms, there is a light vinegar note mixed with a scent that is somewhat like black tea. Very interesting and enjoyable.

The taste is quite spicy with belgian yeast characteristics. The alcohol level is readily noticeable with a heat that hits the throat and warms the mouth on down to the stomach. There are slight peppery notes mixed with apple, pear, vinegar and mild caramel malt. This brew is moderately sweet initially but it gives way to quite a bold alcohol character that is very warming. some hoppy characteristics come out as the brew warms that are at times a bit floral and the malt has a toasty appeal which initially seems out of place but really grows on me with each sip I take.

This is a medium bodied brew with a very light level of carbonation. Having an entire growler full of this is overkill, it needs to be shared because the alcohol really packs a wallop. Having drank a glass of this straight out of the fridge made me miss a lot of what this brew had to offer. Letting it warm up and open in my glass revealed quite a bit of depth that was enjoyable. Thanks again for the opportunity Matt.

Serving type: growler

04-18-2011 17:26:46 | More by stakem
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Furlinator

California

3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange amber with a 1/2 off-white head that settles to a thin film and ring on top and leaves spotty lace.

The smell is of prunes, dates and raisins up front with caramel and toffee and alcohol on the finish.

The taste is of bready malt, caramel sweetness, raisins, dark cherry and a hint of booze.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise up throughout the drink down.

Overall, this is a solid American interpretation of the classic Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 21:44:41 | More by Furlinator
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle ($20), at Forequarter, Madison, into a chalice. An anonymous-looking brown murk, with an off-white finger of head, w/ serious lacing stuck to the glass.

Smell is of must or funk, overlying a tannic red wine. A bit of Belgian tart yeast.

In the mouth it's a wonderful approximation of a Belgian beer. Cherries in alcohol. A warming liqueur sensation. On the front end it's very sweet and grainy, sugary, even. Malt sweetness, but also tropical fruit, like mango. Some hops on the back-end balances it all. Seriously complex.

Creamy and rich mouthfeel. Low on the carbonation in appearance, but so well-balanced, the syrupy consistency is most welcome. There's a surprising sharpness. Highly drinkable.

This is a definite go-to with rich food.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 01:13:55 | More by martyl1000
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Poured into my Abandon Brewing snifter. Pours a clear dark peach color. One inch head dissipates quickly. Very small amounts of lacing.

Smells like apricots, orange, cherries, and Belgian yeast.

Similar flavor. Lots of the typical candied Belgian yeast flavors, along with apricot, orange creamsicle, maraschino cherries, cloves, and a a slight herbal grassiness, most likely from the hops.

Medium mouthfeel, very low carbonation. As the beer warms, it becomes a bit more boozy.

The best American made quad I've had. Another great one from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 17:36:35 | More by GreesyFizeek
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-opaque chestnut. Pours with almost no carbonation and a lack of head

S-fresh Macintosh apples with a hint of carmelized sugars. Medium strength

T-comes with an impressively mellow flavor of dark Belgian sugars and red apples. It's a good authentic apple flavor. It has a good subtle flavor with a slightly bitter but matching after-taste. Some peppercorn in there.

M-low carbonation. Dry finish.

O-actually, this is an okay quad. I'm fairly impressed by it. It's definitely different from any other quad I've had, but it works in its own subtle way.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 01:04:23 | More by AdamBear
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Vixie

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice copper color leaning more towards red. Has a bit of a creamy white head, a bit more than expected considering the ABV.

Malty, caramel, toffee, and grassy notes in the smell.

Starts with a sweetness that reminds me a bit of candy, like a toffee. There's floral and grassy flavors as well, finishing with a bit of a hop bite. There's also a bit of alcohol warming at the end, but the alcohol is fairly well hidden.

Feel is ok, I think a touch thin for the style.

An interesting beer, but I think it's a stretch to call this a quad. It almost tastes more like a farmhouse beer. I would actually consider this more of a strong saison than a quad, ad the look and profile of a true quad are missing here. Still, it's a decent beer, one I felt was worth trying once.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 03:33:07 | More by Vixie
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ikantspel

California

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bomber into a duvel tulip

Bottled 5.15.13

Pours a honey brown with a small beady head

Old world fruits, White grapes, some malt and booze in the nose

Hard to describe taste, lots of citrus, slightly hoppy, corn syrup, and aftertaste of apricot

Silky smooth mouthfeel feels unreal.

Not your average quad, better than you'd expect

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 03:50:43 | More by ikantspel
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Gryphon69

Michigan

3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle
no date

A- Medium to dark Amber in color, reminds me of cider.Small white head that faded fast, no ring or lacing. Slightly hazy with a small amount of visable carbonation. Looking thru the light you can see the sediment.

S- Rich malts up front, followed on equal terms of light fruit, imparticulary pear, white grapes and apple, finish with a slight bready ness.

T- Sharp as in overpowering for the style as im not into hopped up styles. Bought this thinking it was a quad, not a quad on hops. So here we go. Can taste the fruit, alcohol, Belgian style yeasts, but it all blown up with that sharpness.

M- Medium and slightly chewy - feels decent and would be easy to drink. Carbs give off a slight fiz, but nothing overboard.

O- Guess it would have been better if I went in knowing it was a hopped up version of a Quad, I like IPAs and Black IPAs on occasion, but they are not my regular choice, because im not a hugh HOP fan. Especially mixed with my other styles. I did mark it lower just because it is not really a Quad, but I guess more like a American Quad due to the friggin dosage of hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 00:03:43 | More by Gryphon69
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Beer was poured out of a 715 mL bottle into a total tasting glass served cool

The beer has an off white head very thick and a nice somewhat hazy amber body

Very fruity smelling

Slight spearmint gum flavor sweet with a very very faint alcohol finish

Medium carbonation

Very nice drinking beer easy to put down and pick back up again very different from other Belgian quadruples on the market

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 18:10:18 | More by jneiswender
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Lederer85

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoyed this little gem I picked up in a 750 corked bottle from the local craft beer store. It has great drink-ability and a high ABV%. It has strong Belgian yeast characteristics with tastes of clove and coriander. I enjoyed it in a stemmed glass and observed a nice thick head that accented the taste perfectly. I will be comparing all Belgian strong ales I drink in the future with similar characteristics to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 23:00:54 | More by Lederer85
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fdig23

Pennsylvania

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

Bottle 12/2011 consumed 10/2013.

Appearance: Dark amber body with a medium sized khaki head.

Nose: Classic quad, if a bit restrained. Raisins, dates, and prunes, big caramel, some fresh apple and big toasty bread.

Taste: Pretty bright flavors for a big quad, lots of mushy banana, ripe red grapes, sticky caramel. It's missing that complexity that marks a great quad, but the it still tastes great.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, starts off sticky, finishes dry.

Overall: A borderline great Quad, definitely a good value. A little more complexity would go a long way.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 15:08:24 | More by fdig23
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disastermouse

Virginia

1.4/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

I'm getting very tired of American Microbreweries ruining every style they can by over-hopping it! It's a Quad. It's not supposed to taste like a friggin' IPA.

When I buy a quad, I want a quad. What I don't want is an IPA with a little more barley. Please, when will this horrible trend stop? Read my review history - I don't make a habit of crapping on a beer, but between this brewery, Sierra Nevada, and Digfish Head, pretty much every style has had it's over-hopped American version. There's nothing on this bottle that tells you they've ruined the style, but that's what they've done - ruined a perfectly good beer style by going way too hard with the hops.

Victory - please approach this style with a modicum of respect. Please?

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 01:59:11 | More by disastermouse
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.74/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brewed with "imported 2 row malts and whole flower Styrian Goldings and German Tettnang hops", 12.0% ABV

$9.99 for a corked and caged 750ml bottle @ BevCo. Pours out to a hazy light amber, forming a tall creamy and poofy off white head with excellent retention and lacing. Very tiny bubbles. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so...thankfully not overdone like many Belgian style bottle conditioned ales. The nose is exceptionally fragrant...HUGE bouquet of orange marmalade, pineapple, mango, very distant grassiness. No DMS, no off aromas. Mouthfeel is initially prickly then eases into the very silky and luxurious. Deceptively light bodied considering the ABV. The taste is like liquid orange marmalade and cloves...a firm wave of peppery alcohol in the middle, a mild bitterness in the aftertaste with more hops than you would expect for the style but still well balanced. On the lightly sweet side like a quad should be, but not overbearingly sweet. Alcohol is warming but not boozy. I don't get a distinct dark candi syrup/dark fruit flavor like most quads.

This is an exceptional beer worthy of stocking up on! This beer is one to be savored during special events. I imagine myself on Xmas eve sipping on this next to a warm fire as the rest of the world goes to bed and I drift off in my chair. Kinda like the sleepytime tea box:) Exceptional stuff. VERY highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 00:11:59 | More by Mitchster
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. No bottling date is printed.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish caramel amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of off white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A sharp, sweet, and rich malt forward aroma with lots of yeast and fruit esters. Belgian yeast with some farmhouse funk along with some hints of clove, cinnamon, and peppers. Sweet scent of Belgian candied sugars. Toasted malts with a big presence of sweet caramel along with hints of biscuit, toffee, grains, and straw. Fruit esters of bananas, pear, apple, and grapes. Dark fruit hints of fig, raisins, prunes, and cherry. Also some subtle hints of citrus orange, apricot, and pineapple. Some grassy hops in the background. Fairly boozy. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a rich, sweet, and fairly sharp and boozy caramel malt driven taste with notes of yeast and dried fruits. Belgian yeast with notes of funk and a mix of clove, pepper, and cinnamon spices. Sweet Belgian candied sugar and some molasses. Bready toasted malts with notes of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, straw, and grains. Big mix of fruit flavors with notes of bananas, pear, apple juice, and grape. Dried dark fruit notes of raisin, fig, prune, dates, and cherry. Light citrus notes of orange, pineapple, and apricot. Some hop bitterness comes towards the finish with some grassy notes. Some alcohol is tasted as expected. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Juicy, slick, and slightly syrupy. Big alcohol presence is felt as expected but things are still fairly smooth considering.

Overall: A pretty solid American take on a Quad/Belgian Strong Ale. Nice caramel and fruit notes. A little more hoppy than usual for the style but it adds a nice twist.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 07:17:25 | More by MattyG85
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silverking

Florida

3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy copper with a thin white head. Lacing is excellent.

S: caramel, bread, alcohol. There is also a vague fruity aroma.

T: caramel, bread. Warming alcohol finish.

M: medium/full bodied. Very nice. Dry and warming finish.

O: not quite a quadruple in my opinion. I would like some more dark fruit.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 01:57:28 | More by silverking
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otterbearfla

Florida

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Three finger head

Appearance: clear deep orange to amber orage

Smell: fragrant caramel molasses

Taste; deeply sweet caramel, molasses, maple, light pepper, vanilla, almost a candy

Mouth feel: smooth with sweet aftertaste

A solid Belgium ale on the sweet side.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 04:09:26 | More by otterbearfla
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jthm

Georgia

1/5  rDev -75.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I made two attempts to try this beer. Each time it was a 750ml bottle with a cork. Both times the cork broke in half. The first time I used a cork screw to try and get the remaining cork out of the bottle, the lip of the bottle burst under the slightest pressure. The second time I managed to get the cork out. The beer tasted like a stew of dirty mop water mixed with old garbage, it was honestly awful.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 11:32:14 | More by jthm
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Neorebel

New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

V-Twelve's look marries auburn and toasted orange hues, with a thin ring of off-white head. Not a bad look at all. The aroma is very fruity, with pineapple and apricot being dominant. I also quite strongly pick up what I perceive to be citrusy hops here. The taste is actually more balanced than the aroma suggests, with Belgian yeast and lots of candied fruit esters mingling with one another. The finish leaves a 'syrupy' taste in my mouth, which is borderline too much. Overall, I think this Belgian Inspired Ale is good, but can benefit a lot by resting it for a year or more.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 02:18:44 | More by Neorebel
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CASK1

Florida

3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured to a tulip.

A - Pale copper with brilliant clarity. A thin, off-white head fades quickly to a thin ring and leaves no lacing.

S - Alcohol dominates the aroma. Some caramel sweet malt aroma fills in the background. Light spicy aromas, and some dark fruit esters, but both are subdued.

T - A bit more interesting than the aroma. Toffee-like sweet malt with some raisin and dark cherry esters. Bitterness is medium and provides a surprising balance to the sweetness. Alcohol is quite evident but not "hot" and provides some complexity.

M - Medium-full body and moderate carbonation. Would like more carbonation on this one. Alcohol warmth. Dry finish from alcohol.

O - Interesting take on the style, and not quite what I expected. I would definitely like more malt complexity, and more of those Belgian yeast aromatics. This reminds me almost of a double bock.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 22:34:03 | More by CASK1
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottled On date is blank.

A- Pours an orangeish light brown color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that doesn't retain long before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and sheer wisps of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind on the glass.

S- Caramel and toasty malt plus a considerable alcohol aroma. Also some light hop tones.

T- Biscuity and sweet with a bunch of Belgian candi sugar and noticeable booze. More toasted malt and some hop bitterness to balance.

M- A bit stingy from the alcohol. Medium-low carbonation and a medium body.

O- Quite good but there are definitely better versions of the style. Pairs decently with Havarti.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 03:07:49 | More by Immortale25
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zac16125

South Carolina

3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle into a tulip
Bottled on date is blank

A: Pours a clear dark amber with just under 2 fingers width of light tan head. Head dissipates at a moderate rate and leaves only small patches of lacing.

S: Belgian yeast like aromas, nutty, caramel, toffee, a bit of spice, subtle hop aromas as well, and a bit of booze. Kind of a mix between a Quad and an American Barley Wine, but I like it.

T: Sweet, yeasty, spicy. Spice is probably the most prevalent character. The taste is more quad-ish then the aroma, as the nutty/caramel/toffee characters aren't nearly as prominent as the aroma suggested. Tasty but you can tell its not an authentic Belgian beer.

M/D: Full bodied, moderate carbonation, ABV is very well masked and drinkability is very good. It does however, lack that wonderful smoothness coupled with big carbonation that the best of the Belgian Quads miraculously pulls off.

O: This is a pretty enjoyable beer, but like most American versions it pales in comparison to the original Belgian products. Worth a try, but for nearly the same price you can get Abt 12, which is on a whole different level than is one.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 22:50:39 | More by zac16125
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle has been aged for at least one year.

The beer pours a surprisingly light and foamy white head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a dark honey color with shades of brown and dark orange. The beer smell has strong notes of honey with dark fruits and very sweet malts. The malts give off a very sweet and caramel smell. The smell also has slight notes of alcohol. The beer taste has similar fruity, sweet, and caramel notes with a slight hint of honey. The taste and smell are very reminiscent of a barley wine, more so than a quad.. The feel is fairly silky and smooth with very little carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 02:56:48 | More by HattedClassic
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kojevergas

Texas

3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I'm aching for a good quad tonight so I decided to take on a 750 of this by myself. 12% ABV confirmed - God help me waking up tomorrow. No visible bottled on date; the label has a "Bottled on" section in the lower left but there's no date printed. Hm. I believe this sat around the bottle shop where I got it; I bought it last week. So much the better; I'd prefer it aged. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've had some beers from Victory I've really taken a fancy to.

Served cold, straight from the refrigerator, and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. I like my quads a little below room temperature, but with a 750 I'm content to start cooler and see how it develops. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Note that this is, probably, my favourite style of beer - and I'm intimately familiar with good beers in the style. I may nitpick.

Yield a satisfying pop upon removal of the cork, but no beer surges upwards in the neck. Carbonation seems good.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head (or ecru for the pretentious). Slight cream. Decent thickness. Above average retention - about 3-4 minutes. The colour is not at all what I'd expect in a good beer of the style; it's a transparent orange-red. Translucent as well. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Really not looking like a good quad ought to. Both the head and colour should be better - the head darker, creamier, thicker, and with better retention; and the colour darker, nontransparent, and more delicate. Misses the mark already, but I'm hoping the taste is far better. In fact, given that this comes from Victory, I'm expecting it to surprise me with its quality.

Sm: Light cherry. Biscuit malt. Peach fruit. Lychee. Light raisin. Nuts. Where the hell are the luscious dark fruits - the very reason I drink a good quad? Noticeable floral hop character. Bright malts. Lychee is dominant - lychee? In a quad? Apricot fruit. Flowers. Sweet candi sugar. Heavily fruity - but bright. No subtlety at all here. But there's nice balance and good complexity; it's just completely wrong for the style. I'm content to abandon judging this as a quad at this point and just let it take me where it will; it's definitely in no way shape or form to style, but I can't deny that in a general sense it's quite pleasant and inviting. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Reminds me of a wheatwine, actually. I get some mango. There's no luxurious delicacy here, but it's intriguing.

T/Mf: Interesting fruity notes - orchard mango, apricot, light orange, lychee, and peach. Nice soft mouthfeel with sufficient coarseness to coax more of the lighter notes out. Some sweet cherry in the background. Body is comprised of grainy malts - not much in the way of bready malts. Some biscuit and amber malts, sure. Hop character is way too pronounced for a quad; floral in nature. It's also got (non hop derived) flowery notes, giving it a light and surprisingly refreshing taste and feel. Some bright raisin. As it warms, more and more of that lychee fruit kicks in - joined by some white plum. I wanted dark plum from this quad, but I'll take what I can get. Juicy throughout. Smooth, wet, and refreshing. Clean and enjoyable. Lacks the delicacy and fragility of superior quads, but it's nice for what it is. On the sweeter side of the sweet/bitter scale, but it's never too sweet. Alcohol is well concealed here; drinks like it's about 9.0%. Not getting any yeasty character.

Just like I noticed from the aroma, it seems more like a wheatwine than a quad (even though I don't get any actual wheat notes). I hate to rely on comparisons to other beers as a crutch, but the juicy fruit character reminds me of Marin's Star Brew.

Overall, it's a balanced beer with decent complexity but no real subtlety. I do like it, but I don't consider it a quad. Good carbonation, body, and thickness. It almost makes me want to smack my lips drinking it; fairly luscious.

Dr: It doesn't scratch my quad itch, but it is quite nice for what it is. Hides its ABV pretty well and even comes off refreshing somehow. It's a solid brew from Victory, and now that I know what to expect I'd probably get it again in the right mood. I'm confident I'll enjoy finishing this 750 alone. Very drinkable for the ABV, but you wouldn't want to quaff it. At the same time, it's far from a sipper. Just a tasty all around brew that really misses the mark of the alleged style. Style aside, I consider it a success.

B-

Serving type: bottle

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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company
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