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V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,111
Reviews: 573
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 67
Gots: 112 | 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 sprucetip
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Active, chunky with yeast, copper, thin head fades fast to film, no lacing.

SMELL Dark fruit, sweet malt, modest boozy esters, faint grassy hops. not intense, but very smooth.

TASTE Taste is way bigger than the smell. Mild hoppy bitterness and sweet malty body fade in gradually, and are joined by dark fruit and some boozy heat. Bitterness reemerges in the semi-dry finish. Rich, full and complex. Tastes like a quad.

FEEL Thick, rich, full body. Pleasantly viscous texture. Moderate warming before a dry finish.

OVERALL A sipper, as intended. but a very tasty sensory adventure.

sprucetip, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of mserene86
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i had this beer with a delirium noel. v-12 is absolutely superior hard to compare with anything else as it is in a category all its own.i will buy all the v12 i can buy!!! complicated beer. well thought out. do not wait five years. the americans make good beer too.

mserene86, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Two to three fingers of fluffly cloudlike slightly off white head comprised of varying sized bubbles... Terrific retention ultimately gives way to a rich creamy lacing... When held up to the appropriate light, a geyser of rapid swirling paced carbonation rises in the center of the tulip glass... Complex coloring... An amber coloring alternates runs the gambit from light with an orange hue to deep dark and murky with a goldenish copper hue depending to on the lighting...

S - Sweet golden raisins... Apple juice... Loaded with Belgian yeast... A faint alcoholic heat... Hints of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar... Overall rather sweet, but not overdone... Quite appealing...

T - The palette is true to the nose, but the flavors come and go rather quickly... The alcoholic warmth is never overwhelming, but it is always present and lingers as the dominate feature of the aftertaste...

M - Medium to full bodied... Creamy... Decadent and rich... Loads of fizzy assertive carbonation... Dry finish...

D - A very potent and powerful offering from the folks at Victory... A definite sipper... An excellent appearance and aroma coupled with a very good taste go a long way, however a slightly over carbonated and fizzy mouthfeel hold this American quad back from being a top tier offering... I would still recommend and welcome the chance to drink again in the future, this one just falls well short of its better known Belgian counterparts.... These 25.4 oz. bottles are not intended for one person, they pack a serious punch and leaving feeling like you were hit over the head with a hammer...

philbe311, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of jwhancher
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a cask conditioned bottle from the brewery at least 6-8 months back - tried letting it age quite a bit in my basement. Poured into a snifter glass:

A: Nice head, pours a light copper color. Some good little carb bubbles are present.

S: I got smells of berries at first, maybe currant(?). After awhile, I didn't get the berry smell but just the whiff of the 12% ABV hitting my nose.

T: Rich in malts. Very complexing: likely caramel, toffee, maybe a bit of the berries I smelled.

M: Very nice tasting, yet because of the ABV strength this beer is definitely a sipper.

D: This is one of those beers that I could drink to relax maybe once or twice a week. Not an everyday beer. I enjoy it in the colder months and wish I could find it more accessible besides just at the brewery.

jwhancher, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a 2 finger tan head that was active and showed some decent retention. After fading there was only a thin ring of foam left around the edge of the glass. No lacing. Lighter than many Quad's this beer is a deep amber color with excellent clarity and some copper tones.

Aroma is a nice combination of dark fruits and the classic yeast notes. A touch of rubber.

Actually very nice. Lots of dark fruits including dates, figs, plums and prunes. Excellent layers of malt flavor and a distinct cocoa note. Slight rubber notes. Some light spice from the yeast as well.

Fairly thick body and slightly sticky. Just a tingle of carbonation. Basically very smooth and luscious.

Very drinkable and one to enjoy over a long period of time.

Reagan1984, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of jantonius
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy, slight Amber Beer

S - Strong Smell of Alcohol with yeast and citrus.

T - Slightly sweet with citrus flavor followed by malts and bread.

M - Nice body in the middle, almost soft.

D - Scary how drinkable this beer is, considering the alcohol content.

This is a great Indian Summer beer to kick football off with.

jantonius, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of krisandajt
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 11/14/2009, brew was bottled on 2/26/2008. I was saving this one to commemorate my 100th review. Sure, I'm a bit late but what...you wanna fight about it? This beer was actually given to me by the infamous Rock 107 Chip the Beer Guy. I have to give him the credit for introducing me to the world of craft beer. Thanks Chip!

Appearance: A pop of the cork released the long kept ghosts of the bottle that have been longing to be released for well over a year. Yea...that's as poetic as I get. The pour is cloudy. The brew is a deep amber color with a nice inch + worth of fluffy white head. There's some nice retention going on, and the lacing is decent too.

Smell: Sweet. A nice mix of boozy sweetness, some yeasty/grassy/earthy tones/ and a bit of belgianny raisiny goodness. I'm liking this a lot.

Taste: The booze is quite apparent, but it's smoothly blended in to the sweet yeasty, raisiny goodness that is this brew. Everything is very smooth and balanced. Time has definitely done this brew good.

Mouthfeel: A smooth texture with decent carbonation and a light- to medium-body. Very nice.

Drinkability: Another top notch brew from Victory. Delicious and time tested. Simply put, it's good. I will absolutely be picking up a few more bottles on my next beer run.

krisandajt, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a cloudy deep ruby with a very thin white head. Nose is sweet and malty, very nice.

Taste is sweet and Belgian. Light bitterness and smooth finish. It's a bit sharp and sweet but still has a nice fruitiness to it, very good.

kingcrowing, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of taigor
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap into 8oz glass.

A - Cloudy orange color with medium head and no lacing.

S - Alcohol with malts, yeast and fruits.

T - Very sweet which is unexpected with citrus flavor followed by malts and bread. Could not detect presence of alcohol at all.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth.

D - Very drinkable and tasty.

taigor, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a maroon/light burgundy hue with rocky lid that measures tall and stays long. lacing is nice and sticky.

S - carmalized brown sugar, over-ripened dark fruits, spicy belgian yeast, caramel toffee, slight vanilla and some alcohol.

T - the taste delivers what the nose promises. explosive sweetness in the form of boozey dark fruits, caramel malts and a spiced ending.heat from the alcohol is never abrasive but seems to add yet another dimension. it's like a symphony of flavors that mesh really well and make this complex flavor work out well.

MF - full bodied and heavily carbonated. slightly sticky and a bit too hot and boozy. answer=time

D - this maybe the best American made quad that i've ever tried. at the least it's the best beer i've had by the fine Victory folks. Dare I say it's world class?? i sampled this bottle fresh, i can only imagine what some aging would do for this tasty beast.

bonsreeb85, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of ClevoPiwo
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Don't typically see this one around, but I was able to pick up a bottle when the victory rep came to town for Cleveland Beer Week.

Pours a hazy copper brown color. The head was decent, but died down pretty quickly without much lacing.

Smells malty and sweet. Notes of fruit, perhaps some toffee with a hint of peppery yeast and spices coming through.

The taste was pretty sweet throughout. Big raisin and dark fruit sweetness up front with some hints of caramel. A bit of the yeast comes through toward the middle and leaves a bit of an aftertaste that was part yeast and part lingering sweetness.

Overall, sort of one dimensional, with raisin sweetness dominating. The alcohol was pretty well hidden and the mouth feel was appropriate.

ClevoPiwo, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of BMoney575
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 10-17-09

Pours a super cloudy orange/brown color with a sizable white head that settles to a thick layer. Lacing is huge, but falls quickly.

Smell is tons of booze, tons of fermented fruit, caramelized sugar, and a nice aged quality. Complex and enjoyable.

Taste is much like the smell, but smoother. Lots of fruit flavors, sweet caramel malt, and a great boozy finish. Good, but nothing too special.

Mouthfeel is right for the style, decent carbonation to keep things light.

Drinkability is very good, considering the big flavors and big-time alcohol.

Overall, a good quad and definitely worth picking up if you have the chance.

BMoney575, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of david131
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy but luminescent orange/ brown beer with a thick and creamy off-white head.

S- Some apples, pears, brown sugar, vanilla, white bread, alcohol, and a twist of citrus. Rather nice but lacking a bit of the depth that some of the Belgian counterparts have to offer.

T- Same as the aroma but a little hotter and lacking a little bit of depth. Not bad by any means, but some things don't fit quite right.

M- Very smooth and creamy with a very nice carbonation level.

D- A nice beer, even if it doesn't stand up to some of the Belgian epics. I would definitely buy it again and see how it ages.

david131, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of mulder1010
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 ML poured into a Great Divide glass

A-- Poured a burnt orange color and got a solid one figer head. Left some nice lacing and had some decent carbonation as when I swirled the beer in the glass the head came back.

S-- Candied sugar, and a lot of yeast. Followed by dried fruits. The Sugar and yeast being most dominant. Big Alcohol smell as well.

T-- Candied sugar first, then bread, followed by a touch of carmel.

M-- Rather bread like and sweet, still very well carbonated and a little on the boozy side for me.

D-- Excellent beer but took me a good 2 hours to drink it. The warmer it got the more sugar and fruit taste it became. When it was colder it was more of the typical belgian candied sugar and bread taste. 12% is a little big for me so one is more than enough. On a cold night this will warm you up quick. Something I wanted to try while back in the US but a bit big for me. Sip this and enjoy it.

mulder1010, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

TheManiacalOne, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Fish113d
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle and poured chilled into a tulip glass, it pours a beautiful honey-amber color with two fingers of tannish spongy head and a fairly hazy body.

On first "sniff" I'm hit with a bunch of floral hops. However, on my second whiff, I get a lot more spice (pepper, coriander, and possibly even some nutmeg, as well as some wine-y grapes and alcohol phenols.

Sipping reveals a fairly sweet caramel maltiness along with a slight hoppiness. Fairly sweet plum flavors then come though along with some coriander spice and black pepper that makes my nose tickle a bit. The finish is smooth, sweet, but some alcohol burn comes slowly into play on the swallow making this VERY well-rounded in my opinion.

Chewy...what else is there to say? It is chewy, but smooth bodied. Drying finish to a point...pefect!

Drinkability-wise, I think I'd give this a 5 if I could drink it all night long. A bit too sweet and a bit too much abv to make this drinkable all night long. I'll give the big bottle a shot though! CHEERS!!!

Fish113d, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3/4 L bottle into trois pistoles chalice

A - a golden orange, copper, or amber colour for the body. the head is more or less an off white colour. the foam forms pretty well, but doesn't retain all that great. the colour is really pretty, but its too light and diaphanous for a quad. the body is diaphanous, but it is turbid enough to prevent one from seeing through it.

S - a rich sweet malty nose, with a bunch of fruits. there are bundles of apples and some dried apricot or nectarine flavours. the smell is really good, really potent and juicy. the malts keep up good pace with the fruits. the only problem i would note is that the nose is quite elusive, though potent when it does show up.

T - this is weird for a quad, in my opinion. the initial is a bit sweet, and has that normal quad savoriness. good malts and this sugar dominate the flavour until the hops and booze come, hand in hand, to ruin the party. the booze roars in my mouth, having this spicy dryness that couples with the natural spiciness of the hops to make a burning bitter dry taste. granted its not as bad as I make it sound, but it still is more than enough to completely steer off the flavour. the finish is very boozy, a dry burning that almost evens out with the innate sweetness of the malts and yeast. the aftertaste is a simple sweetness with a bit of savory yeast.

MF&D - the feel and drinkablity are quite good. the feel is a full medium, with good carbonation. the carbonation is full, but not particularly zesty or potent. nevertheless, the beer goes down easily and one really doensn't take as full a notice as one could of that 12% abv. surprisingly smooth except for the finish, or if the beer is held in mouth for a long time.

erz316, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of nickd717
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged bottle from City Beverage in Winston-Salem. Shared with some confused friends who had never seen a beer packaged in such a way. They took a break from their "triple hops brewed, great pilsner taste" Miller Lite for this beer, and I think what they experienced was an epic smackdown after which Miller Lite will just never satisfy them again. For them, it was sort of like hooking up with Megan Fox after having being stuck on a desert island with the nasty, crazy, stretch-marked Octomom for 10 years.

A - Pours a cloudy dark mahogany-brown color with a lasting off-white head.

S - Aroma is awesome with caramel, candi sugar, dark fruits, spices, and Belgian yeast.

T - Flavor is malty and somewhat sweet with caramel, fig, raisin, date, spices, candi sugar, mild hops, and alcohol. Incredibly non-boozy for a 12% beer though. This beer reminded me of St. Bernardus Abt 12, which is saying something. If I didn't know better, I might think this was brewed by Trappist monks.

M - Palate is medium-full with lively carbonation.

D - High for a 12% ABV quad. Chalk this up as a victory for Victory.

nickd717, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of vacax
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL corked and caged bottle, bottling date 25 February 2008.

Opens with a satisfying pop and foam creeps up the neck of the bottle so I pour it directly into my tulip glass. Pours a burnt orange and a fair sized tan head. Lively carbonation inside the glass, though this was not a foamer as I had initially suspected. It is also a shade lighter than most quads, so two surprises so far. Some alcohol legs and a pretty cohesive persistent head.

Nose of candi sugar, plum, raisin, and some flowery phenolic goodness. Sweet and fruity, not too malty in smell, as evidenced by the appearance. All the complexities of a good quad are evident, now time to taste.

Bittersweet up front with plenty of malty fruity plum goodness. Pleasantly sweet and phenolic, well integrated alcohol, warming but not hot. High carbonation leaves it prickling the palate, so the flavors stay fresh. It also lightens the high gravity body, increasing drinkability there as well. The carbonation in the finish really hits the back of the tongue, giving another dimension where bitter and sweet clash. Long finish, the fruity sweet malts linger, a warming appears and finally an earthiness pops up. The end result has an interestingly earthy finish, leaving me wanting another splash of sweetness on the tip of my tongue again.

I went into this with little expectations, and was pretty impressed with the end result. One of the better American versions of a quadrupel I have had. Though not so dark and malty, it is balanced and loaded with plenty of fruity and phenolic characters the best examples of the style possess. Also remarkably approachable for a 12% beer. Recommended. This is a great beer to share with friends, as it is pretty hard to share a tiny bottle that the Belgian quads usually come in. Another victory for... Victory. They do a great job of filling the gaps that most American craft brewers leave. Cheers.

vacax, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy nut brown color with a thick beige cap.

Very aromatic, the smell was the most inviting scent I've smelled in a while, probably the best part of the brew in my opinion.

The yeast and hops hit up front, the alcohol burn is well masked but still present and makes itself known as the beer washes down your throat.

Goes down smooth despite being so damn strong and a remarkably drinkable beer given the alcohol content.

donteatpoop, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of jimiv73
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

man this is strong beer and very good at that i give the guy at victory a standing o they are putting out quality beers at a great price and they are not shorting the consumer on taste or quality! this v twelvw goes along way be careful it is the monkeys bigger brother. if you like raisins and figs and a great buzz you found it

jimiv73, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of bbeane
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a snifter... Copper colored with nice finger thick head that lingers and leaves nice lacing

S- Sweet, malty smell. Fruity... maybe like plum or red grapes. Slight alcohol smell

T- Sweet fruity malt mixed flavor the whole way through, maybe a hint of raison... bit of alcohol taste in the finish

M- Medium bodied smooth beer... sweet malty flavor lingers in your mouth. Little alcohol feel in your throat when swallowed

D- Very sweet, tasty, and drinkable. May catch up with you after a couple


bbeane, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and poured into a snifter. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Purchased just before Christmas.

Appearance: The beer pours out a clear, reddish orange with a barely off-white ½" creamy head that recedes to a ring and a patch of foam on the liquid. At first sipping leaves some nice patterns of lacing but the lacing is mostly done by the end of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is dominated by malt and fruit with the faint hint of alcohol. The fruits seem to be apple or pear, some dark fruit (raisins or plums) and some traces of apricot.

Taste: The flavor is smooth, clean, malty (light caramel), spicy and fruity (some dark fruits, pear and the apricot comes though more clearly than it did in the aroma. While the alcohol can be tasted there is no real heat and it is not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied and quite smooth with carbonation that is fine and prickly. The finish is medium long, begins in sweetness and fruit but ends on a long dry note.

Drinkability: I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, but at this ABV one glass a night is fine, so be prepared to save part of it or share it with others. I'll be happy to have this again and surely would pour it for friends and relatives as a special treat.

drtth, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, crowned and corked. Poured into my chilled O'Doul's pint glass. 12% ABV beer, O'Doul's glass... I love it.
Bottled on date: Dec 9 2008.

A: Massive 3 fingers of dense jiggly tan foam atop a hazy dark golden brew. Ruby red highlights revealed against a bright light. Minimal lacing.

S: Very Belgian. Cherry, apricot, yeast, biscuit, brown sugar, alcohol. Something dark and earthy lingering in the background. Strong malt backbone.

T: Again, very Belgian. Much like the nose, though fruits less apparent. Spicy notes of clove, cinnamon, allspice, raisin take over. Maybe that's what I was smelling before.

M: Alcohol apparent throughout, but very appropriate. Carbonation is robust, but also appropriate. Thick and heavy in many ways... malt, sugar, alcohol. A very robust brew. Slick sugary finish with alcohol lingering in the throat.

D: Easily could make a meal out of this, very filling. Would be good with a hearty saucy red meat dish, or a similarly hearty sweet desert.

Overall it is a very hearty, heavy, intense beer. Would benefit from more subtle complexities, a bit of mellowing and refinement. An EXCELLENT candidate for cellaring, considering that this bottle is only 9 months old.

BeerNinja007, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of MLasoski
4.68/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 1 pint bottle poured into an ale glass.

A: The body is a medium-dark amber color and moderately hazy with a solid amount of carbonation. Looks very tasteful. A generous 2 inch head formed and leaves some lacing on the glass and has some stay to it.

S: The smell comes off as a slightly roasted malt with mild hops. Nothing more to report here, but I know there's more to come in the taste.

T: The taste is perfectly balanced between the malt, ABV, and hops. I wish I had stored this in a cellar or something because I know it would have probably tasted much better 1-2 years down the road.

M: The malts come through in the flavor the most from the beginning to the end. The ABV is slightly intimidating but you do not really notice it because of the ale's complexity. The beer goes down smoothly and I am getting more and more relaxed after each sip.

D: Cheers to Victory for making an excellent Quadrupel. I just visited their brewery and they are confident in saying they are the best craft brewery on the east coast. I'll second that unless someone wants to steer me in another direction and convince me otherwise. The V-Twelve has been added to one of my top favorites.

MLasoski, Aug 04, 2009
V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,111 ratings.