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V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,131
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 67
Gots: 119 | FT: 2
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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Photo of crookedhalo
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/11/2003. Oddly, cork dated 2002. Pours a pale copper with a fizzy off-white head that dies down quickly. Aromas of toasty malts and candi sugar, some further biscuity suggestions, light fruitiness and fusel alcohols. Well, if this doesn't warm you up on a cold winter's night, you may well be cold-blooded. Malty, sweet and thick; chockful of fruity esters and alcohol notes, undercurrents of clove, cocoa and sulfites. Warming and numbing to the esophagus. A year and a half in the cellar has mellowed the carbonation pretty good. I remembered it being a little too spritzy for the style. It's better in the warmer stages of the beer, and the brewers at Victory recommend decanting carefully as to leave the yeast behind. Good job guys!

crookedhalo, Dec 30, 2004
Photo of Sammy
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Sammy, Dec 26, 2004
Photo of benmiliron
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one on a trade with Pisskynights. Brandon's the man.

Reddish amber in color. Smells of sweetness/candiness, very floral as well. Lovely smell. Taste is just what you'd want a quad to taste like - nearly sugar (but not quite) sweetness with a heavy dose of malt and bubbliness.... so good. No sharpness, no overly aged mellowness, just an excellent strong belgian-style beer here. Reminiscent of DFH Raison.

At 12%, it's not one to drink solo (though I am). Get a friend and share a bottle. Excellent brew, as always from the Victory folks.

benmiliron, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of winomark
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

WIth the pop of the cork, she opens. Pours a light amber with slight reddish tones and a soft light tan head. Slightly sour, geuzish nose. Unexpected, but nice, intriguing nose. Slightly musty, with candy and estery palate. Alcohol slightly warms the finish. Flavorful mouthfeel, but not too heavy. Again, the alcohol adds warmth and viscosity. A very interesting brew. Not sure how to catagorize it. Drinkable, even with the high ABV. Glad I got to try this one. Inticing and inviting. Definately worth a try if you find it.

winomark, Nov 25, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on August 27, 2004.

Nice burgandy tone. Clear. CO2 bubbles accelerate rapidly to the voluptuous crown of white foam on top. The head has great retention and leaves bountiful lace. Aroma blends candy tones, sweet-bread, doughy yeastiness and lemon pepper. The taste is reminiscent of some of the finer Beligian style brews I've had. Sweet candy tones and yeast dominate the profile....and nicely so. Raisin, fig and rum soaked cedar come into play as well. The heat from this 12% bad boy is really held in check on the palate and interplays nicely with everything else that is going on. I'm catching some fruits as well: melon (maybe watermelon), cantelope, etc. The mouthfeel is close to silk. The beer kind of melts away in the mouth like cotton candy. Superb. This is one beautiful beer.

Bighuge, Nov 23, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with fruity Belgian yeast esters. The taste is great. It has an extremely smooth and rich malty flavor that goes down easy and warms on the finish. It has a complex malt palate along with hops in the aftertaste; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good Belgian ale. It has awesome flavor and aroma; a great drinker.

WesWes, Oct 29, 2004
Photo of clvand0
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle. Pours an amber color with a moderate head that dies off quickly. The aroma was dark fruits, sweetness, caramel, and alcohol. Promising aroma there. The flavor is dominated by a sweet fruityness that I really enjoyed. Caramel malts and some other sweet malts. Very strong alcohol in the taste. It could use some age to let that mellow, but it's still a wonderful beer.

clvand0, Oct 28, 2004
Photo of emericanchaos
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

04 Vintage. Rosey red with some browns, carbonated well and very heady. Head doesn't last long.

Smells of a bouquet of fruits. Terribley difficult to nail down exactly which but apples and pears surely come to mind along with a syrupy sweetness. Extremely pleasant.

Beautiful in the mouth. All the smells come to the foreground with a strange cloying bitterness that lingers throughout. Bitterness seems to be from carbonation though.

Easily swished around though a slight burning is present. Carbonation again is the culprit as this beer is very young.

Not something to make a night of at 12% ABV. Easily drinkable even this young as far as flavor goes but the high alchohol content will catch up to you, especially if you're not used to drinking.

My girlfriend and I picked this up at the brewery while celebrating our anniversary. We each had half of the bottle and by the time we were finished she was getting tingely and light headed. Great beer for special occasions.

Also, i've had previous vintages that were aged longer. my favorite being an 02 that aged over a year. The bitterness i mentioned above was not present and the fruityness was much much stronger. Leave this in the cellar to mature and it will be much more satisfying especially if you're saving it for a special occassion. Victory says it should survive a cellar for about 5 years.

emericanchaos, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of nomad
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage

A luminous light copper color with crimson backing, it has frothy but thin white head, having a minor sheen of ocassional lacing.

Smells of a light fruitiness, short of being similar to a cordial, and indistinct of a certain fruit. Smooth and gently inviting in its mysterious estery way.

Taste is malty and smooth with a cushy luscious fell. A red apple-like fruitiness is well-restrained as the hops and alcohol finish nicely in a dry but quiet way. Quiet demure but classy, holding back any large or off flavors in favor a sleek and constrained flavor that is, well, mysteriously fruity. Seems like a strong mesh of a big sweet wort and a characterful yeast.

Impressive after only 12 months of cellaring.

nomad, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of AbePhroman
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally found a bottle of this at a local store. Was thrilled when I got hoem to try it. It took me about 5 minutes to get the cork out, lol. It was in there tight.

Poured a dark amber with a golden head that fizzed fast and settled quickly. Immediately hints of spices in the aroma like alot of other quads. Obviously tastes like cloves to me, same as a previous reviewer stated. Alcohol is present in the taste but not so much as to detract from the enjoyment of this sipping beer. I like this alot compared to other domestic quads.

AbePhroman, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this beer on a visit to their brewery. This beer poured an orangey amber color. Moderate head which slowly dissipated. Smell reminded me of wine. I also detected the aroma of spices such as cloves and a faint wheat scent. Tasting this beer is definitely an experience. It is very sweet and fruity. It is reminiscent of warm cider or gingerbread because of its spiciness. The whole effect covers the tongue like a nice winter coat. Don't get me wrong, this a wonderful beer, but it is not for the faint of heart. In fact, be prepared to take a nap after this one!

tomthumbsblues, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of sideshowrob
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was from the 2003 vintage, was imbibed about 18 months after bottleing. Cord had dried out to crumbs , but bottle was still carbonated and the cork poped with a fizz. Assuming the beer survived it's journey as the brewers intended.

Brew poured a rich muddy-amber into a challice. Nice color, some carbonation (and a bit of cork from the opening). Nice smell - fairly sweet, some malt backbone. A nice nuttyness to it. Taste was very pleasent and extremely smooth, very much like an extremely good belgian brown. Some nutty and vanilia notes in the tasteing. Mouthfeel and drinkability were good, after its time in the bottle the beer was very, very smooth and could have easliy been quaffed, had I not had a deep respect for a $10 bottle of brew!

sideshowrob, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March 22, 2003. Aroma is a bit appley, a bit of alcohol and maybe a pinch of vanilla? Hazy apricot amber colored beer is active with streams of tiny bubbles floating to the top even as the glass nears half full. Nice thick yellowish tan colored head fades to a patchy film after a few minutes. Big strong beer warms the stomach. Very smooth texture and light on the tongue for such a strong beer. Mellow flavor a bit of fruit up front that becomes bitter and alcoholic towards the end. Soft and mellow, but still has that big beer kick. I wish I had a fresh version to compare.

Picked up a bottle in Feb. 2005 to celebrate the upcoming Eagles Super Bowl championship, which didn't happen. Turns out the bottle was from 5/15/03. Looks the same, smells the same. Flavor seems very balanced with some light fruity esters, a bit of malt, some yeasty goodness, and a pinch of alcohol. Light, soft and fizzy feel.

HappyHourHero, Sep 02, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy medium amber color with one finger of head. There is minimal lacing. The smell is sweet and malty with a hint of alcohol as well. The taste is also fairly sweet and malty with some white grape in there too, but there's lots and lots of alcohol burning through. Too much of an alcohol flavor present. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and heavy. The drinkability suffers due to the unhidden alcohol. This has been aging for a while, and it looks like it could use a few more years.

SheepNutz, Aug 14, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright ruby color with light amber highlights. A thin white head appears about a quarter inch high, with barely any lace.

Smell: Dark fruits along with grapes, and fig hit the nose the hardest. Following these wonderful smells there is some caramel, a little coriander, and candy sugar.

Taste: Dark fruits dominate the taste of this beer. There are figs, tons of grape, and some sugary sweetness. This is followed by a nice subtle malt flavor showing off some caramel, and creamy tones. This beer finishes with a nice alcohol kick, more fruits and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: For so much alcohol this beer has a relative light body which is well rounded by the great flavor.

Drinkability: Maybe I'm just getting used to big beers but truly this one masks the alcohol amazingly. Easy to drink!

bigbeerdrinka, Jul 17, 2004
Photo of marc77
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/11/03. Despite the gushing bottle, pouring yields a modest one fingered head cream white with respectable retention. Sparse lace. Black licorice with notions of candied almonds and marzipan upfront in aroma, along with persistent hot, solvent twanged fusels. Mellows slightly and deepens in complexity as it breathes, with ginger snap and dark toffee hints arising. Enticing, but noticeably alcoholic aromawise. In flavor, perceived incipiently is an nutty, but boozy impression of bourbon soaked brittle and whiskey macerated dried dates. Subtleties surface after a deliberation as the beer oxidizes. These include hints of herbal, clove themed phenols, bubblegum esters and ripe fig undertones, all wrapped in an ethanol laden, middling quality liquor blanket. Distinct malt and / or sugar derived character is subdued, with deep, but integral dark caramel notes provided by both caramalt and perhaps dark candi sugar. Moderate in body, with a viscosity that is both ethanol and dextrin induced. Surprisingly, the carbonation level is perfect. Usually a gushing bottle is noticeably overcarbed. Finishes with a searing ethanol snap yielding to drying, albeit slightly astringent bitterness. Quite the intense brew, and is overtly boozy even after over a year of cellaring. Certainly not short on flavor. Tasty, but brambly.

marc77, Jul 06, 2004
Photo of cbl2
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:

Light brown with an amazing head that leaves a nice lace on the glass.

Smell:

Herbal and fruity with yeasty character. Hints of alcohol.
Taste/Mouthfeel:

Yeast, sugar and insane amounts of alcohol. Well balanced, but you definitely need to sip this one.

cbl2, Jun 29, 2004
Photo of kindestcut
4.83/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, this beer kicked my butt...but in a good way.

The V-12 poured a beautiful, dark orange-brown. The head was healthy but not huge. The beer just looked "pretty."

The aroma was beginning to reach my nose before I leaned down to smell it. this was a very aromatic beer...and delicious, too. I could detect a sweet and spicy aroma dominated by brown sugar...it's the malt speaking.

The flavor was just amazing...spicy with a hint of coriander...sweet to a fault perhaps but still delicious. The one thing that struck me (literally) was the alcohol. Yes, this beer is 12%. However, the alcohol is not dominant. It is, however, dominant in effect. However, the flavor is such that the tastiness makes it so very drinkable.

kindestcut, May 18, 2004
Photo of kegerator
4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I would have given it all 5's but I really would have liked some head to speak of on this one.
poured out beautiful medium amber color with no head but a littel white rim around the edge.
smell was complex, I got pear, sugar, caramel, some spice(clove maybe?), very very nice. I was extremely intrigued at this point.
taste: amazing, first hits with a licoricesque/spice then boom hear comes the caramel/sugar sweetness and a nice warmth on the way down from the alcohol.
mouthfeel was dead on sticky sweet, yet smooth
very drinkable, i went right out and got the last one they had and am letting it age for the winter...we'll see what happnes to this one over a bit more time, although it was bottled in march of 03 so it has already had some time to age

kegerator, May 06, 2004
Photo of ark57
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a copper with a nice, soft head. It is perfumy/flowery spice in aroma. The body is gig and the palate seems slick. It has some fruity esters and a touch of alochol. It finishes dry and spicy. A very nice beer. I'm glad that I cellared some. I can't wait to see what it will be like.

ark57, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of PSUDREW
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

MMM..mmm the 2002 edition. Nice beer, you need to work this brew, but this is a nice, solid victory brew. Pours a nice, solid dark amber color. It has a semi-creamy head, and a nice solid lacing all the way down. It has a sweet, fruity, and sublty complex malty flavor to it. While there is a balanced hop after-taste, I feel the over whelming flavor is a sweet fruity malt.The hops are there, but it is a more barely-wine style belgian condiment to the malt then anything else. It its a well-blanced all around good beer, and, despite the strong taste to it, has a nice depth and balance then most others. well played indeed.

PSUDREW, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of koolkat
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet a nice light amber color but it had bits of floaties in it probably from my pouring and unsettling some yeast sediment on the bottom.

Decently carbonated beer with a nice mouth tingle either from some carbonation or the decent alcohol content of this brew. A nice belgian style without the medicinaly phenolic overtones. There are nice roasted malt undertones as well as a subtle cherry or fruityness that is very slight.

A nice brew yet again from the folks at Victory this one being my last straight from the brewery as I am now stuck in missouri and away from all the great NE beers.

koolkat, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of Crosling
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chestnut with a dense white head that is mostly diminishing but does leave a solid spider web lace all over the glass.

Snickerdoodle cookies, pears, mellow floral hops, and apricots up front, melted candy in the mid-palate and cherries, apples and red licorice on the finish.

Very smooth but still heavy in the mouth. This is amazingly complex and a phenomenal ale.

Crosling, Feb 13, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Milestone - Beer review #200
2003 edition
Pours a deep orange and amber hued nectar. Big white head creeps down slowly leaving minor lace residue on the chalice.
Aroma is amazing ! Heavy grapefruit, green apple, melon and orange with some sweet darker malts in the background.
Flavor is incredibly sweet citrus. Can tell this is heavily hopped but this is one citrusy puppy. Biscuit and darker malts come out as the beer warms and opens up. Phenomenal taste, incredibly unique.
Mouthfeel is wonderful only reason it doesn't get a 5.0 is that it is a touch too sweet, the pucker factor is high.
Drinkability is very high for a 12% ABV beer, no way this 12%, just too tasty and refreshing to that high. This is lethal, probably shouldn't be legal that is so refreshing and such high ABV.
Thanks to beerluvr for this beauty.

CRJMellor, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of Boto
4.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2002 750ml bottle: High expectations for this beer. A good "POP" from the cork when it was pulled. It pours a slightly orangish color. Some head, but it dissapates quickly. Sweet nose of caramel, fruit and yeast. Taste is sweet, with fruits, as well as some caramel. A hint of sourness. The first taste was very good, and it got better from there. A fabulous brew. A great way to watch the snow fall!

Boto, Dec 14, 2003
V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.