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V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,195
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 75
Gots: 152 | FT: 2
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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Ratings: 1,195 | Reviews: 587
Photo of Sammy
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drinkable masterpiece. A work of art in great malts and hops and yeast. Tasty orange and peach flavour with faint cloves and other spices. Somewhat complex on the taste buds. Good mouthfeel. Up there with Top Belgiums I have had. Great for a freezing cold day's supper.

Photo of t0rin0
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This came from a 750ml bottle (probably the only form it comes in) and it says that it was bottled Jan 09, 2006.
It poured a coppery color and despite the fact that it foamed a lot during pouring, the head disappeared very quickly. No lacing to speak of. It smelled very belgian indeed with some fruity notes as well as a lot of malt sweetness.
The malt may have been a bit more prevalent on account of it being almost 2 years old. Tasted pretty good, again very sweet and malty with a touch of wine in there. The bitterness was present but very nicely balanced.
It had a decent amount of body to it and was very drinkable. A bit of alcohol burn was detected. I would love to have more of this except that its a bit pricey.

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of GRG1313
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep amber orange with a white head.

Nose is big assertive malt with hints of orange and banana. A sweet creamy carmel malt nose that is very inviting. Hints of sweet cafe au lait.

Huge malt, candy sugar, cafe au lait, carmel and toffee flavors. This comes close to extreme malt in my book. Complex and layered sweet malt, banana, burnt carmel and toffee with a big malty finish. Rum and whiskey characteristics with hints of hop which makes for a big malty drink but one that is well balanced.

An all around winner that's big and bold and probably great with Thai food and other bold flavored dishes. A winner.

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear amber in color with a finger high off white head that quickly died down leaving lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible in the center of the glass from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of alcohol, candi sugar and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat similar to the smell, except that there is a moderate amount of malty sweetness and some hints of spices. Flavors of alcohol are noticeable, but not overpowering.
M: It feels full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol and some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer definitely tastes like it is strong, but the alcohol is relatively well masked and makes this taste more like it's an 8% abv instead of 12% abv.

Photo of brentk56
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt orange body with a frothy Belgian head if you give it a hard pour (otherwise it fades quickly) and leaves nice lacing

Smell: Toffee, fruit (cherries and plums), balsa wood and a tinge of alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a very fruity toffee combination, with the cherry flavor being rather distinct; over time the pluminess kicks in along with the balsa wood flavors; the finish balances all of the flavors nicely with a touch of bitterness and some warming alcohol in the gullet

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but viscous without much carbonation

Drinkability: A superb beer; really a shame that it was retired; as Victory expands they appear to have focused on the 12 oz selection - while those beers are excellent, I wish they would not ignore their Belgian style beers

Thanks, BeerBeing

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Victory". Seemed to be the proper beer for cheering the Americans to victory in the Olympics. The beer pours with a bright ruby hue, abundance of carbonation with great staying power, lacing, and legging. Beers just don't look any better than this. Aside from being a bit light (Dubbel-like), the beer is ideal. Aromas of cotton candy, confectionate sugars, rich fruits, rum-like alcohols, and a surprisingly large amount of pine and floral hops. The balance in the nose is of the candied fruits, alcohols, and hops. Flavors of sweet confectionate sugar, cherries, berries, apples, figs, dates, grapes, apples and pears make for a sweetly balanced brew. A burst of perfumy, floral, herbal, and pine hops fight hard to balance the sweetness and nearly dominate at times. The taste of alcohol with the hops compete too much to appreciate the delicacy of the beer. Textures are more sweet-syrupy than malty. Heat and abrassion from the alcohol-hop blend prove too much to be the drinkable beer that it wants to be. Finishes sticky sweet, dry, and with a lingering floral note. Age will surely be kind to this beer.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (courtesy of Shaughn256): Poured a clear mild brown ale with a medium foamy slightly off-white head with great retention. Aroma of what I think is candi sugar is quite evident and well back by strong malt. Taste is also quite sweet, maybe even a tad too much for my liking with a dry hops finish. Not bad overall but just seems to be lacking complexity and yeast signature is way too discreet. Body is above average but could have been more full and bit more creamy. Interesting but I definitely had better beers from Victory.

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Would have never guessed this was a Quad from the look of the beer. The look of the beer is a nice copperish color. The head is a little fizzy and settles into a thin scattered film over top of he beer. The smell is sweet and very pleasant in my opinion. It's got a bit of a dark fruitiness on the nose. The taste of the beer is sweet and has an interesting dark fruit and brown sugar taste. The mouthfeel had a good carbonation and remains pretty smooth. Overall I liked this beer quite a bit. Really surprising.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 27 04. Significantly murky orange-caramel with a gargantuan amount of yeast and a surprisingly large head (especially considering the ABV). Atop the beer sits a dollop of ecru colored creaminess that is beginning to coat the sloping sides of the snifter with a thin sheet of delicate lace. This is an outstanding looking quadrupel.

Although the aroma can't quite keep pace with the appearance, it's still well above average. My nose registers apples and apricots swimming in their respective fruit brandies. In spite of more than three years in the bottle, this V12 continues to rev at the redline when it comes to alcohol. As long as it's masked acceptably well on the palate, all will be well.

Despite my initial fears, it tastes like this big, bad, burly ale has benefitted from its age. Not that 36 months is a long time for a quadrupel, but one never knows how any given beer will hold up over time. As far as alcohol, no worries at all... it isn't intrusive in the least.

The things that I like best about V-Twelve are its sweetness and the explosiveness of its flavor. I also like the fact that it tastes authentically Belgian, despite having been brewed in eastern Pennsylvania. It isn't easy for most U.S. brewers to do a credible job with dubbels and tripels and BSDAs, et al, but Victory has done a remarkable job with this quad.

The beer tastes like ripe chunks of orchard fruit (apricots and oranges especially), eau de vie, spices (clove and nutmeg), flower petals (roses) and a considerable helping of Belgian candi sugar. Both the sweetness and the high-octane ABV keep me sipping rather than gulping. That's okay, this is a beer that deserves to be savored.

I've just noticed the words 'Liquid Luxury...' on the gaudy label. Come to think of it, those words describe the mouthfeel better than I ever could. This sucker is so firm, yet so velvety and silky smooth that virgins will probably blush when they get a mouthful. I think I'll stop right there.

Maybe it's because I don't have access to their beer (except on my occasional trips to Ohio), but I sometimes forget just how talented to good folks at Victory are. V-Twelve is one of the few Belgian-style ales (not brewed by Allagash or Russian River) that I now think of as world-class. I can't wait to acquire a fresh bottle. In a word, this one is... superb.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a nice quad, but nothing extraordinarily complex or intriguing I didn't think. it pours a sexy amber redish orange color, maybe a little darker than that sounds, with a prominent white head that slowly settles. the nose is big on this beer, dried cherries and alcohol right away, some warmer molasses notes also trickle in above a sizable grain bill. the flavor is heavy on the dark fruits, raisins and plums join the party, but the alcohol wipes out some of the subtleties. lots of burn in the finish, which is also very sweet, caramel based, and maybe a little overdone. Belgian yeast provides lovely carbonation, but there just isn't quite enough body for me here. also the teeth rotting sugar finish is even more than the style calls for. this is an absolute must share bottle of beer, even with one friend we struggled with the last of it. a quality quad, especially if you like yours sweeter and stronger than the standard issue.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this was one hell of a big beer. Poured a deep dark brown with no real head, just a thin layer of lace around the top of the glass, which did stick tough on its way down as well. Smell was alot of alcohol, could really set you back for a second, once it warmed it had a nice dark fruity grain like smell. The taste was a bit harsh, like rocket fuel harsh, too hot for me, and I like big beers. I really feel the alcohol really drowned out any of the subtle flavors that were there, just really overwhelmed it. The feel was good, smooth, not thin or watery and not too heavy. I think the real reason this suffers again is just too much alcohol. Still a good beer though, maybe just needs to sit for a while to age.

Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I dont drink alot of Quads only on certain occasions,CHRISTmas is one of those occasions.Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep auburn color with a creamy thinner off white head that left patchy lace behind as it settled rather slowly.Aromas of raisin/prune,roasted nuts,brown sugar,and slight phenolic spice with alcohol that creeps.Flavors are like an alcohol dipped holiday fruit cake,its full of dark fruit with notes of a nutty port,a sweet cake-like flavor lingers as well.The alcohol with hit ya but it wont punch ya,a nice holiday-type flavor to it although not intended,maybe a litle early to drink this today....zzz.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, amber body with a medium-sized head that quickly fizzles out.

Smell: Boozey scent of raisins and candi sugar set against notes of toasted malts, dried orange peel, and yeast.

Taste: Toasty maltiness sweetened with a big dose of candi sugar. A sip of ethanol. Faint hint of citrus. You get plenty of raisins crammed into your mouth delivering a juicy acidity. Flash of plank wood. Peppery hints on the exceedingly warm finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Pretty high carbonation.

Drinkability: It's all kinds of decent, even with the raw, searing booziness.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, light copper color with a thick, foamy, off-white head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of yeasty, dried fruits and some mild funkiness.

T - It tasted of sweet fruits, biscuity malt, raisin and caramel. The was a molasses flavor with hints of boozy alcohol.

M - It was soft and smooth with a warm presence. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good Quad. Despite the high ABV it is not too boozy.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.41/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a clear copper topped by a frothy couple o' fingers of dusty cream-whiteness. The nose comprises light melon, tart orange, lemon zest, light white grape, a touch of pine needle, light honey, and there's a vague notion of Brett-like funkiness in there as well. The taste holds notes of rich caramel, pine resin, some sense of menthol, honey, and something akin to thick, spicy wine grapes (imagine a nice PX sherry made with chardonnay grapes or something...). It's like an overt combination of sweet and piny, with neither side knowing when to back off, always escalating and exacerbating every possible circumstance. If the world were run like this, it would consist of literal dust caught in the threads of the cosmic tapestry. The body is a stolid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, a syrupy feel, and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, I thought this was a pretty sad excuse for a quad, one that laughed in the face of a usually tasty style, making everyone involved feel all the worse for the experience.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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. The body is a surprisingly clear, very deep amber/orange with glowing highlights. Tiny bubbles rise in steady streams to the creamy white head. It's short-lived, but it probably just needs some conditioning. The aroma is malty and fruity with a very light spiciness. The body is firmly medium with a very fine carbonation that tingles the tongue before becoming creamy in the mouth. Smooth and malty! The flavor delivers a very rich, sweet, and fruity (both light and dark) malt that's well-balanced by underlying bitterness and yeasty spiciness. Some alcohol is clearly present, but it's not overbearing and should mellow with some cellaring. Rich! Supple! Excellent! 6 months of aging will do wonders for this beer. Absolutely worth seeking out. Buy it now and put it away for special occassions! It should be quite nice in time for Thanksgiving, and will make an excellent after-dinner drink shared with good friends!

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white head on top of a clear, amber-colored body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace.

S - A strong, spicy yeast aroma with notes of anise, lemon zest, clove, and black pepper. Some bready, honey malt character in the background.

T - Strong clove and thick, sweet malt up front. Things start to differentiate a bit in the middle as flavors of black pepper and anise break out from the still powerful clove flavor. The malt sweetness really peaks at the finish with lots of biscuit and honey flavor that is complimented by vanilla, pear, and (of course) more clove. The phenolic yeast flavors turn lightly smoky in the aftertaste with some black pepper and just a hint of pineapple.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This was a much more enjoyable beer than I remember it being from my last tasting; a pleasant surprise which I suspect may owe much to the fact that this bottle was just a bit over a year old when I popped the cork. The yeast character is still quite spicy with an almost, but crucially not quite, overwhelming note of clove. There are other subtle complexities in the yeast profile, such as pear and lemon, but aside from clove the other dominant flavor characteristic is anise. These are both yeast flavors that I consider desirable in a golden colored belgian ale (which V-12 more or less qualifies as), but they are a bit too strong for my taste in this brew. Still, they are much more subtle than I remember them being from my last sample and they have moved back just enough to allow other flavors to show through. Rich, thick and syrupy malt is abundantly present throughout with a nice honey and biscuit richness that reminds me of Victory's German style lagers. This malt would be cloyingly intense in almost any other beer, but here it is just what is necessary to balance the powerful yeast and huge alcohol content. Overall, this is a surprisingly drinkable and well balanced beer, though the alcohol level seems to be bordering a bit on novelty levels and I'm not convinced that it wouldn't be a better beer at 10%.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/4/09 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and some spice.

T: The taste starts out malty and bready with a strong Belgian yeast flavor that is followed by sweet flavors of caramel, spices and bananas. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, if you're in the mood for this kind of beer, this is a nice strong Belgian that is worth drinking for as long as you can handle it.

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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,195 ratings.