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V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Reviews: 608
Hads: 1,292
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 18.41%
Wants: 104
Gots: 217 | FT: 3
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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. i suspect some time in the cellar would help this out a bit, but for some reason, i only ever seem to have it fresh...

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Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle. No bottled on date given. Served at cellar temp.

Partly cloudy brilliant orange-red body. Lighter than I was expecting. Small, spittle-y, off-white head. Not a ton of lacing. Big fruit aromas up front. A melange of tropical fruit, sweet citrus (mandarin oranges), treacle, and Juicy Fruit gum. Some vinous, almost tannic notes as well. I can definitely whiff some booze on this, but is kind of nice.

Fruity sweetness and toasted grain off the bat. Tropical fruit, candied pears, and banana rum fill in. Sweet, but not cloying. Herbal, spicy, peppery bitterness weaves in and out, providing some balance. Might be due to the alcohol. Notes of caramel, sweet bread, and honey come out mid-palate. Rummy fruits into a warming finish. Post-banana bitterness spreads, peppered by the peppery, spicy alcohol. Yeasty too. Full-bodied, with a subdued, smooth, bottle-conditioned feel. A very nice sipper.

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Photo of BWED
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bomber of this at the Wegman's right down the street from the brewery... don't ask me why. Poured into a tulip. Bottled on 8/10/2012. Reviewed 2/20/2013.

A- Golden rust, slightly hazy, with a bubbly 1/4" yellow-white head. Retains well with beautiful lacing.

S- Caramel, biscuit, slight citrus - lemon, and some boozy dark fruit.

T- Sweet, a little brown sugar, and a mellow hop finish.

M- Thick, and the warming from alcohol only intensifies with a temperature rise. Definitely a sipping/sharing beer.

O- This was a solid choice. It's nothing spectacular, but it is one of Victory's better brews.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear amber, one finger head and some carbonation.

S-Malt, tad bit of darker fruits along with some bread.

T-Malty, too malty. Bread and some darker fruits. Too much malt throws of the the balance.

M-Medium bodied, ok amounts of carbonation.

O-This bottle had some aged on it, still good though. But it didn't seem all together. Maybe I'll give it another go fresh. But very meh.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled On: Aug 11 2012; Consumed Feb 4 2013

A: Pours a copper mahogany color with 2+ fingers worth of sticky off white head that retains forever and leaves some nice lacing

S: Very aromatic. Belgian yeast comes through at the front, lending notes of fruit and spices. Also get a lightly sweet maltiness and booze soaked raisins

T: Follows the nose. Belgian yeast and booze soaked raisins/figs/dates come through along with a sweet maltiness. Gets drier towards the end due to the alcohol. Finishes very clean given the flavors and for a 12% quad. Only a light sweetness barely lingers for a few seconds

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nicely done American quad with good complexity and depth. Not as many layers as some of the European counterparts, but still up there in terms of quality. Fairly damn cheap for what it is, too ($6 for a 750 of 12% American quad). Nicely done, Victory

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 Ml poured into a tulip
Bottled on April 4th 2011 (22 months old)

A- Pours mostly clear and a brilliant orange color. A quarter finger of an off white head. Surprisingly little alcohol legs.

S- Very intense dark fruits. Figs, raisins and plums all bursting out of this beer. A candied sugar sweetness to back it up. This beer is almost like smelling grapejuice, crazy but this smells closer to a red wine then beer. Amazing stuff.

T- A massive grape at first. A pop of carbonation and a sugary sweetness to back it all up. A massive and sweet load of dark fruits. A bit too sweet. This beer does remind me of grape juice. A syrupy and velvety backbone of breaddy malts. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- A velvet feel. A very warming sensation. Very sweet but little aftertaste. Very nice on the tongue.

O- This is a nice quad. I dont say this often but this beer is just a bit too sweet. I can see this beer doing well aged in a wine barrel. Keep in mind my bottle is almost 2 years old.

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Photo of hungarianwax
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow. Great lacing. Head smaller than expected.

S: Strong banana scent. Ample spice. Fruit and yeast abundant

T: Banana again up front. Hops noticeable. Malt rolls in smooth.Strong spice.

M: Good carbonation, gritty but pleasant.

Overall 4
In style 4.25

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Photo of basscram
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my St. Bernardus Goblet. The Belgians are mad because I've poured a light colored American belgian style quad into it. Kidding aside, Color is a light copper like color, lots of carbonation uprising from the depths and it looks brilliant! Cannot see through.

Smell is malty and smells of sweet candy is all I can gather and I can sense from the smell that this beer is going to be boozy.

Taste, A few sips and your pretty warm from the 12% abv. It has a candy taste as well, which of course is really sweet,

Mouthfeel is thin, not thick like you would expect if the beer was candyish like I describe this.

Overall this quad is awesome and I got it for 7.50 for the bottle!!! Gotta be dumb not to pick it up for that price.

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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
90 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.