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V-Twelve | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Bierman9 on 03-18-2003

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Photo of Furlinator
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.06/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Vixie
3.62/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer many times and am a big fan, bought quite a few to stick in the basement and wanted to do a full review to see if it can hold its rating. Great looking beer with an outstanding smell. Very tasty, and remarkably easy to drink for something that weighs in at 12%, big bonus points there. Victory hit a home run on this one. Outstanding beer that presents a very good value. I am sure I will buy again.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of Gryphon69
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
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

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Photo of Lederer85
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.

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Photo of fdig23
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.

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Photo of disastermouse
1.43/5  rDev -64.4%
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?

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Photo of Mitchster
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!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of silverking
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of otterbearfla
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.

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Photo of jthm
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.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of CASK1
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
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.

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Photo of zac16125
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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.


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Photo of PaulD
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I went straight from work to my favorite purveyor of brew offerings (vacation time )and after choosing my favorite mix a six and picking up my wife's favorite crap beer Coors light, I perused the craft beer isles looking for something different.I have had many great offerings from Victory before so I picked it up and alas what jumped out at mews not the Belgium style ale ( which I love ) but the 12% abv ( again vacation time).
I really enjoyed this brew allot - not like anything I have had before - start off sweet then the hops hit with a dry finish. A very well done beer! Cheers - drink slowly..

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Photo of jhutch31
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shard a bottle of this with a friend last Friday night. To try and drink one of these on your own is asking for trouble. We were both a little fuzzy when we finished it, even after splitting this guy in half.

Appearance: Pours a very beautiful amber/ reddish hue. Polished, looking beer with little to no haze. Lots of bubbley champagne like head thate quiclkly recedes to light lacing in the glass.

Smell: Theres a lot in the smell. Different fruits and spices. For me, it was hard to pick out one, but you can definately get a blend of citrus notes, strong spices and a strong smell of alcohol.

Taste: Again, another blend of citrus and spice with rather hot finish. You can really taste the 12% ABV in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Again, a little hot on the palate. Sort of a champagne like bubbleyness and tingling from the carbonation and a light to medium body type of finish.

Overall: Definately a beer to enjoy amongst friends in small quantities for an after dinner digestive or for celebration. Not something I would drink to unwind at the end of a long day. I enjoyed it.

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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
90 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.