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V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 76
Gots: 148 | 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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Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, this is the first time i've ever needed a corkscrew for a bottle of beer! Pours a dark rusty orangish/amber color with a MASSIVE head of foam (pour this one slowly, folks) . Aroma is fruity, sugary, and candy sweet. Taste is reminiscient of sweet hard apple cider, with some maltiness and a definite alcohol bitterness. This is obviously one potent brew! Has a sparkly, bubbly medium mothfeel to it with alcohol burn on the swallow. Great beer, a little strong on the alcohol prescense, but maybe that's a good thing, since you'll know from the first taste that is one is to be sipped and savored slowly and respectfully. I've been wanting to try this for a long time and now that I read that it's being discontinued, i'll have to grab another couple of bombers to save for a special occasion. Hopefully, there's still a few left!

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 Bitterbill
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle(bottled on Aug 27th 2004) a ruby semi *clear* gold with a very nice head of foam that diminishes slowly but never leaves the scene.

The smell was immediately apparent right after I removed the stubborn cork....a whoosh of mixed fruits including bananas and plums. Oh, and there's a bit of a sour smell there as well. Could be good. ;^)

The taste is very fruity as well. Tons of plum with some banana and some citrus and also, a sweetness that smacks of caramel. In the far background, I sense a bit of clove. Wow. This son of a gun is so complex and wonderfully harmonious with its flavours. And dang, the 12% abv is there but is pretty well hidden. Why was this beer retired??? Thank goodness I have 3 more bottles.

*Clear as in I'm drinking from the first 3rd of the bottle. What is left in the bottle is looking a bit more cloudy.

Btw, I've had this one a couple of times in the past(+2 years ago) and the bottling dates weren't a year and a half from when I tried them like this one(much less) so the aging done by Liquid Solutions or whomever has definitely paid off big time, imho!

Bottom line: If you see some around your neck of the woods....grab 'em!

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

Bottled 29 Mar 05 Pours a golden copper color, some carbonation, huge head, nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. Scents of hops, citrus, and malts. A very nice taste of grapes, apples, and spices, but sweet with a nice tangy finish. Alcohol content is hiddern very well. Medium body. At 12% ABV very drinkable. Retired? Did I get some of the last batch? If so, not sure If I can get anymore, but it was very enjoyable while it lasted.

Photo of DogFood11
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

sticky lacing, huge head, nice label, yep I'm interested. High alcohol cuts down the retention. Creamy copper looking body.

tropical fruit aroma, belgian yeast, some citrus cleans up. Its a quad with wheels so to speak. Warming is massive and this brew is definately night capper material. Toffee and ever so slightly candied caramel. Alcohol serves as the balancing agent along with the underlying dried firewood. Holy drunken sauceface. After consuming this product I feel like I could ....ummm...could ummmm awww hell my ADD kicked in just in time to screw up a review. basically its too rough on the palate for me but whatever. Its a kick ass beer...average for the selections I've had.

Carbonation is a bit overkill. fizzy and annoying. like frickin pop rocks on the palate.

Photo of deBeers
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle conditioned and bottled on August of 2004.

Yum...this beer pours a murky (yet not hazy) deep heady copper color with a huge white/beige head. Great rentension as well...as it would take me a few minutes to let the head settle to make it drinkable. A bit sweet on the palate but a slightly sour finish helped remedy this.

Smells and tastes of bold spices and possibly some fruity esters. I didn't take notes but I did enjoy this with some hot n' sour soup and then proceeded to go snowboarding. Watch out! I drank this bottle to the dome...luckily I shared a few sips w/about 4-5 people or I would've be one intoxicated snowboarding fool.

Anyhow, this is a great American made Belgian and I highly recommend trying it if you can get your hands on it!

edit: Do not drink this whole beer. It will give you a hangover even if nothing else is imbibed. It's best the bomber is poured to a group of people to taste. Happy beering!

Photo of SteveO1231
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky copper color, leaving a nice little ring of off white bubbles along the rim. Nice carbonation, little lacing.

Very nice sweet maltiness, fruity aroma of cranberries, apples, grapes combined with a sour yeast smell.

Very sweet malt flavor and a fruitiness like cider. Fruity flavors of apple, grapes, and berries. Kind of a sharp alcohol bite in the finish and a yeasty sourness in the finish.

Very nice beer, a little sweet but the sour finish balances it well, very easy going down, the ABV will put a hurtin' on you.


Photo of hustlemuscle
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with my brother in law over Thanksgiving dinner.
Pours a lovely apricot, with a mammoth head and busy carbonation. Cloudy. Fruity and medicinal, this one tastes better than it smells. Fruity and mellow, with typical Belgian yeastiness and mellow hops. Very smooth, with just a slight kick. The alchohol is very mild. Super drinkable, even more so as it warms. A damn shame we won't see this one again.

My bottle was dated March 2005.

Photo of tweeder263
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled aug 27 2004. Poured out an amber thick brew with a 1 finger head. Smells of malt sweetness and alcohol. Taste is pretty sweet with some hoppage lingering with a smooth alcohol burn to it.Pretty strong stuff.Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.All in all a pretty wild brew a lil too strong for more than a once a month thing. I see it says here that this is a retired brew ,, not sure ive seen it recently in the stores ill have to lookinto it

Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i finished this bottle and passed out...COLD!!!

appearance: very dark reddish brown. nice head, but i turned my back and it was gone...wtf? not much lacing to speak of.

smell: sweet citrus and alcohol. nice hint of hops.

taste: not bad. and definitely not what i was expecting. VERY citrusy which was complimented nicely by the whoosh of alcohol that followed. there was definitely some sugar cane in there somewhere as well. smelled like it tasted more or less. victory's definitely not trying to pull one over on ya here.

mouthfeel: more on the heavy side. i bit malty/hoppy.

drinkability: one 750 and i was done for. maybe i drank it too fast. who knows? all i know is that i got so smashed i accompanied a buddy of mine on a beer run where we partook in a 6 pack of miller lite tallboys. the nite started off so good... what hapened???

Photo of rajendra82
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via a trade from BA Px2GrafX, this 750 ml. bomber had a bottled on date of March 29, 2005. The beer was protected by a cork and a wire cage, which made me wonder as usual about whether a flat oxidized beer was in the bottle as a result of carbonation loss. Well the cork pullers had extricated the top out halfway, when it blew clear out, and the beer started gushing out, so clearly the cork had held.

The body was clear reddish orange in color, with a very aggressive carbonation, and an easily formed, large, foamy off-white head. The head did not last at the original volume for a long time, but it never did fade away completely. The aroma was very distinctly Belgian, with a liberal dose orange peel, candy sugar, and white pepper, riding on wave after wave of perfumey alcohol. A restrained hop flavor was also evident via the nose.

The taste was just perfect for the style, with the overabundance of malt delivering a mélange of ripe fruit flavors. Oranges, Pears, Bananas, Cherries, and Apricots were the primary fruits, which were equally matched by a strong peppery and prickly alcohol. Also evident was a herbal hop bitterness proclaiming the American origins of the bottle. The mouthfeel was light and airy, and the aftertaste very warm in the mouth and belly.

Although this beer was a little hot, it was a surprisingly drinkable concoction. I am definitely going to sit on the second bomber for a while though. This will be even better when the flavors meld better.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Victory as a 750 wire-top in March 05', cellared 8 months until Thanksgiving 05'.

Poured a clear, crisp, bright brassy orange, some ruddiness, very striking. Nose was epervescent, lively, crisp. Spices and subtle yeast, a moderate creaminess to the scent, warm. Head was nicely alive and mixed, a 1/4" of cream colored foam that edged stubbornly.

The initial tongue picks up on the spiciness in the nose. Refreshing, alive on the tongue, hints of ginger, soft pepper, perhaps a wisp of some aromatics like cinnamon or allspice. Malts are solid, complex, a nice base. Its dry & crisp, almost a champagne like quality to the overall body in its mouthfeel. This is a beer that reveals more as you savor.

The tastes intertwine on the pallete, producing a pleasing mouthfeel. The edges soften, tones subsides, a subtle richness in the body (malts) is more noticable. It finished dry & sharp, but not too much, on the throat as all the spices, yeast & malt echo off together. A subtle, soft mouth warming echo is left.

I saved this for a holiday meal, and enjoyed it immensely with some Smoked Duck in Apricot-Orange Sauce I did that day. It was 20 degrees out, and the V-Twelve made for a wonderful meal that brought my dulled senses back. I am sad to see its retired, but will enjoy the memory.

Photo of HugoGrim
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation was a 750 ML bottle which I poured into a standard pint glass. The label states: "This is a bottle conditioned ale. Bottled on Aug 27 04".

Body stands a very nice deep orangish red color, with a small cream head. The head disappeared almost immediately, however left excellent lacing down the glass. Looking into the glass you can see tons of carbonation bubbles exploding to the top.

The scent was that of apples and alcohol, with a slight maltyness.

The flavor hit me immediately. Much sweeter than I expected. I instantly taste syrupy apples, malts, hops, alcohol, and even hints of something floral. For a 12% ale it sure masks the alcohol, you can tell it's there but not overpowering or overbearing in the least. Much more of the alcohol comes through in the scent then does in the flavor. As I continued to drink this it seems almost too sweet. The apple flavor is very nice, but I would have liked a bit more of the hops to come trough. The label does speak of bottle conditioning causing continued fermentation which continues to change the ale... I'm no expert, but as this particular sample was bottled over a year ago possibly it's in-your-face apple flavor is a result of this.

The feel was probably (just slightly) the best part of this brew. Crisp and carbonated, yet smooth.

The drinkability rating suffers due to the sweetness I mentioned earlier. The first pint was much better than the second. This is definitely not something I could sit down and drink a couple of, well the ABV might have something to do with that also.

I am planning a trip to Victory soon, so if I'm able to get my hands on a fresher bottle I will pick it up and give this another go. All in all an excellent beer.

Photo of BillyB
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange/copper with a thick rocky off-white to tan head.
An interesting combination of sweet and sour berry aromas and an alcohol aroma as well.
Sweet, slightly syrupy mouthfeel contrasted with a sharp carbonic bite. Pleasant lingering hop aftertaste. Alcohol creeps up on you as oppossed to slapping you right in the face.
Overall very nice interpretation of the style.

Photo of Billolick
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rare treat to try this gem on tap at the Blind Tiger in lower NYC. This beer thankfully was left over from last weeks allways special , "very special Keg" fest at the Tiger. Poured murky mahogony with a slight, but tight tan head. This is a large, bold and strong brew. Notes of vanilla, light raisins. sweet fruity notes, some spice all rolled into a smooth high quality sipper/night capper. Get some and enjoy!

Photo of stof0048
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Has a nice golden red look, almost an amber. Pours with a thin head that disappears after a few minutes. Lacing isn't very prominent.

S: Hoppy, copperish, malty, some fruity tones

T: A somewhat malty, slightly hoppy flavor. Definite alcohol present (obvious that this would be the case given the content). Balances well with the flavor. Leaves a bit of a bitter, candied fruit tast on the palate.

M: Slides over the tongue with carbonation. A bit of a light feel on the tongue, but goes down with a nice little warm tingle.

D: This is definitely a great beer. Don't know that I could do more than one in a night due to ABV but most definitely something I'm gonna have to clear out from the local distributor seeing as how this puppy's gone forever.

Photo of jonnylieberman
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Number 6 from a case of 12 -- corked 750 ml

Looks: A beautiful deep orange even in a thin tumbler. Mountainous, rocky head that lasts. Exquisite lacing -- Quite attractive all around.

Smell: Very deep, very seductive. Lots of complex sugars make the aroma intriguing. The darkest berries, such as Boysen and Black are all over the place. Toffee is there -- cooked sugar. Quite nice.

Taste: Sweet. Loads of unfermentables are left over in this one and there are seemingly everywhere at once. Dextrin city, and never cloying. An Excellent after-beer beer, as this one is a closer. At 12% abv, the alcohol -- rather than say hops -- cuts the sweet just about perfectly. Just enough heat. Maybe slightly solvent. Tiny bitterness, and that's fine for the style.

Mouthfeel: Decadence. Thick and full and perfectly fizzed and... just the best. This is why we drink beer.

Overall: A treat of a beer. I recommend doing nothing but smelling V12 for a few minutes before you even bother with taking a drink. Savor this fine American interpretation of a great style. Just watch out for the 12% because it will put you on the floor. Victory!

Photo of Derek
2.97/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Orange-brown, some head/lace, no retention.

S: Spicy raisins and sherry.

T: Spicy, prunes, strong/warming alcohol in the aftertaste.

M: Moderate body, high carbonation.

D: This is boardering on the line of being a malt liquor. The alcohol is readily apparant.

Thanks Len!

Photo of jmz62565
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a dark reddish amber,but the heads a little small,one finger.I did have to pour a little carefully as not to get yeast in my glass,so take that small head into account.This has a deep rich malty spice filled aroma.
the taste is fantastic.This is a very malty flavored beer.There is a little alcohol warmth at the end that glows in your stomach.this has a full heavy m/f that totally dominates your mouth.
I'm a sad that this has been retired because this is another great beer by Victory.

Photo of EStreet20
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep ressish golden color, like mahogany wood witha a huge foamy off white head. The lace begins forming as the head begins to dissipate.

S - A beautiful, candy fruit aroma. Some grapes with an alcohol hint and candy sugar.

T - Definitely an alcoholic flavor in there along with some candied sweetness. Some maltiness at the end keeps it nicely balanced. There's a slighthoppiness in there along with a touch of spiciness. Very nice.

M - Holy bubbles!!! Definitely more carbonated than any other quad I've tried and Iike it. I don't necessarily know if it's a good thing or a bad thing for other fans of the style but generally when a beer has an unexpected characteristic I find it as a plus (as long as it's not offensive obviously) so I definitely liek the mouthfeel on this one.

D - This one definitely leaves you wanting more on each sip. A highly drinkable quad. I'll grab another one of these to share with friends sometime if I can still find it.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle of V-12 has been in my cellar for 3 years. The reason I know is the cork said 2002 on it when I popped it off. In all that time it has not lost any of its character.

The beer poured a hazy mahogney color with a frothy tan head on top. The foam fadded rather quickly leaving a thick ring around the surface and a few spots of lace on the side of the glass. Above the beer floated a fruity aroma of grapes and raisins, with some clove, alcohol and sugar candy mixed in.

Each sip of this full bodied beer leaves a nice firm carbonated tingle on the palate. The flavor begins fruity with some grape and raisin notes. Towards the middle some clove and allspice tastes move in and it finished with some alcohol and a slight medicine flavor. There's a sweet caramel malt taste in the background holding it all together.

For a 3 year old beer this one is wonderful. The flavor, carbonation and alcohol all presented themselves with each sip. I think this beer would do well cellared for even 5 or more years.

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

750 ml bottle, corked and caged, bottled on date March, 29, 2005

Slightly cloudy, rich deep mahogany red with a huge tan head. Tons of healthy looking bubble strings in there.

Malty, musty, thick and wet in the nose. Dark fruit, spice and a woody quality. Beautiful. Mouth watering.

Sweet and alcoholic, plum, grape and raisen. Rich and vinous with a lasting sugary sweetness and a warming alcohol that bubbles right to the beer center of my brain.

Lively carbonation, slick and oily at the same time. Full in the mouth and thickening after the swallow. Very gratifying feel.

A big, big beer. Brings to mind St. Bernardus Abbot 12. Full-grown, no holding back beer. Probably not for the inexperienced, although my 4-foot-9 wife, who is only recently a craft beer drinker, loved it. Try some.

Photo of Brian700
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this one pours a reddish brown with minimal head.

The aroma is of dark fruit and alcohol.

The taste follows the nose mostly. I get a lot of darker variety fruits like figs, dates, and such. There is some sweet malt with a good amount of alcohol presence as well. Its a very good tasting beer overall.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with light to medium carbonation.

I would say this is a great drinkable beer for a quadruple. I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of FirstMan
4.82/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On my first visit to the Linwood Grill in Boston, BeerPanther, Knuckles and I were lucky enough to experience this little bit of perfection.

I should note here that what we were drinking had been cellared for over a year - and man, did that do good things.

Folks, this is what good beer tastes like. Just a fantastic beer.

Caramel coloring and a beautiful frothy head that lingers down into a splotchy thin layer across the top. Nice lacing that wicks up the side of the glass after each sip.

I think I probably kept my nose in the glass for about 10 minutes before actually sipping this. What a variety of flavors. I could swear this is Belgian. Plums, raisins, candy, bread - I was picking up new levels and layers with each sniff.

What happened in the nose happened two or three times over in the taste. Like a really really good-tasting roller coaster. Aside from the variety of amazingly balanced flavors listed above, what really got me was how long a back-end this thing had. Again, I was just sitting there noticing the evolving flavors for at least a full minute between sips.

If this beer was a woman, I would be arrested for stalking. I need me another taste.

Photo of BrewMaster
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased on 7/30/05 at Whole Foods in Pasadena for $8.49.

Appearance: Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a 25 oz crystal sniffer glass. Bottle says "Bottled March 29 05." Slightly cloudy reddish orange color with a creamy light tan head. Good retention and lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet fruity malt aroma with light yeasty scent. Slight graham cracker scent with a bit of floral scent.

Taste: Convuluted sweet fruit flavor topped with dry and tart maltiness. Lots of spice including nutmeg, pepper, and sage along with light citrus flavors. A phenolic starchiness gives the beer more body but takes away from the nice maltiness. This beer finishes with a sweet aftertaste and a lasting alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and medium bodied. Though syrupy it actually has a watery ending. Lingering and cloying syrup feel.

Drinkability: I guess this one just ain't for me. Something seems out of whack and uncomfortable about this beer. The malt profile is nice and spicy and fruity yeat flavors are great too. But the syrupy sweetness and weird mouthfeel just overpower the good things. They're on the right track with this one, but I think it could still use some work. At this point though, I wish I'd had my 8 bucks back.

V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,187 ratings.