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V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company

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1,066 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,066
Reviews: 569
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 65
Gots: 98 | 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 barefootbrewer


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured a brown color with a nice head and good lacing.

S: There is a variety of aromas here - malt, raisins, fruit and spices are predominant.

T: The beer tastes malty and spicy with some bitter and floral notes. Wild yeast is noticeable.

M: The beer is medium to full bodied and creamy.

D: This is an excellent drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 20:08:39 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of cjgator3


3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged 750ml bottle poured into a chalice.

A- Pours a nice reddish brown color with a light tan head that turns into a ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is filled with dark alcohol soaked fruits as well as hints of yeast.

T- The taste features a good amount of malt with touches of spice in the middle. The finish is big and boozy with a long warming finish.

M- Light to medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- This is a sipper for sure. This is one bottle and done for me tonight.

Overall, Victory V-Twelve is a pretty solid American attempt at a Belgian Quad. I bought a bottle for immediate consumption, and a second bottle to hold on to for aging. This one should age very nicely and improve quite a bit in a couple years.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 02:03:52 | More by cjgator3
Photo of BEERchitect


4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Victory". Seemed to be the proper beer for cheering the Americans to victory in the Olympics. The beer pours with a bright ruby hue, abundance of carbonation with great staying power, lacing, and legging. Beers just don't look any better than this. Aside from being a bit light (Dubbel-like), the beer is ideal. Aromas of cotton candy, confectionate sugars, rich fruits, rum-like alcohols, and a surprisingly large amount of pine and floral hops. The balance in the nose is of the candied fruits, alcohols, and hops. Flavors of sweet confectionate sugar, cherries, berries, apples, figs, dates, grapes, apples and pears make for a sweetly balanced brew. A burst of perfumy, floral, herbal, and pine hops fight hard to balance the sweetness and nearly dominate at times. The taste of alcohol with the hops compete too much to appreciate the delicacy of the beer. Textures are more sweet-syrupy than malty. Heat and abrassion from the alcohol-hop blend prove too much to be the drinkable beer that it wants to be. Finishes sticky sweet, dry, and with a lingering floral note. Age will surely be kind to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 17:23:03 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 into a goblet. Nice copper color with a quickly fading tan head. No lacing at all. Still clear and pretty in the glass.

Aroma of ripe apple and pear and alcohol, maybe some biscuity malt in the background but mostly hot. Tastes of sweet malt and a big hop spice, changing quickly to warm alcohol and bitter hops. there is a bit of apple pie/cinnamon but overall, not a lot of complexity or depth to this one.

Surprisingly light in body...I mean not light but also not as heavy as one would expect. It has a good feel, with nice carbonation, but not like I expect from this style. Really this is a disappointment.

I would not buy this beer again, but I guess the 12% will have me buzzing by the time I am done with this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 20:48:05 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of Wetpaperbag


4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice quad color, dark copper color with a splash of warm colors. This beer gave great head...2-3 fingers worth. And it left lacing all over the inside of the glass, what a sight.

S- Dark fruits are coming through from the beer, along with a nice maltyness.

T- All the smells come though in the tastes. Great raisins flavors, as well as date and other spices.

M- Nice feel in the mouth.

D- Easy to drink, the 12% ABV is not a stinger and is hidden very well.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 22:35:59 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of tempest


4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Feb 2008.

Split a 750 bottle with friends, served in a Chimay chalice. I found this beer to be surprisingly drinkable for the 12% alcohol. In fact, for the strength, I also found the taste and aroma to be a bit muted. Still I found a wonderfully complex flavor full of mellow fruit, like plum and tangerine, with Euro hops spice around the edges. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 18:52:34 | More by tempest
Photo of charlesw

New York

4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say? It's good. Many thanks to Foxman for the chance to taste this one! So... Let's think about this a minute... What the heck is that flavor? Oddly, I've decided that the second flavor in this is beets. Before that it's rich, sweet caramel candy. Hmm. You know... I wish I had another bottle or two of this. I'd like to compare it with some other awesome quads - side by side. I mean, I'm curious! But, hey, this is really good and even though it's a limited release it's a lot easier to get than, say, westy, you know? Good stuff - wish I had a few cases of it!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 21:59:42 | More by charlesw
Photo of roadhouse


3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle with bottled on date of 02/25/08 into a snifter.

Appears a beautiful dark red-orange with a big three finger off-white head. A bit of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aromas of Belgian yeasty spice, raisins, black cherries, caramel malts, and apple.

Taste starts out sweet with flavors of raisins and caramel, then the black cherry tartness comes in with some spice and it finishes dry with a fair amount of an alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is medium-full, carbonation level is good.

Pretty good as far as American made Quads go, but I think I'd go with Three Philosophers first. The strong alcohol finish detracts from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 22:12:45 | More by roadhouse
Photo of hchinaski


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/27/07

This fine quad started out a bit uneven, but after 10min. of warming, i found the error of my ways (we just recently moved, and i am still trying to adjust to the efficiency of my new freezer).

A- nice appearance, rich full head, more than expected, lasting longer than expected.

S- NIce, spicy aroma, somewhat complex and flavorful.

T- after warming, a complex and spicy taste. Raisins are evident.

M-Not quite as smooth and creamy as i like, but not something i will spit out. Very pleasing aftertaste.

D- I drank this in an hour or so, taking my time due to the 12% tag. By the end of the last 15min. i was having ahard time limiting myself.

Drinkable, for its effects more than the taste, but not my much.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 02:33:54 | More by hchinaski
Photo of fitzy84


4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked bottle was an automatic plus in my eyes. But the beer itself stood on its own besides presentation. Murky, dark amber with little to no head or lacing. Faint dark fruits, malts, barley. Aromas lack an alcohol punch to them so this is not overpowering at all. But the taste definitely shows the beer's true colors. Very, very sweet and malty with a perceived alcohol taste that is very well balanced. Mouthfeel is a silky, crisp texture; a slow night sipping is recommended to enjoy this one. Overall, really good.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 01:28:53 | More by fitzy84
Photo of rallison


4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on August 10th, 2006, making this just shy of 2 years old.

Caramel color body with a beautiful 2 finger white head that leaves a ton of lacing. One delicious looking beer.

Caramel, candied fruits and green apple in the aroma. Decent, but the green apple is slightly off-putting.

The taste, however, redeems. Caramel integrates well with beautiful, mellow rum-soaked fruits. Alcohol is warming but never sharp. "Liquid Luxury," as stated on the label? That's actually a fair statement.

Creamy, nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Rich, but finishes with a nice amount of carbonation to clean the palate.

Highly recommended. I've always thought this was quite solid fresh; it is nice to know it ages well too.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 09:08:42 | More by rallison
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a rich amber color and a big, long-lasting head. Cloudy consistency.

S: Smelled of lighter fruits, malt and some hops. Not overhwelming, but good.

T: Malt, hops, cherries, maybe some raisins. Very complex taste. The alcohol content is a bit on the bracing side at first, but less noticable as you go along.

M: Vibrant amount of carbonation and a fairly smooth finish. A full-bodied beer.

D: If you're into quads, then give this a shot. It's one of the best American examples of a Belgian quadrupel.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 15:15:27 | More by avalon07
Photo of Keith238

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not my favorite Victory beer. Not that it's Victory's problem, I think that a Belgium quad in general, is just not my cup of tea, ahem, I mean beer.

Fruity flavors and a slight astringency of alcohol. Thick white head that dissipates with fine carbonation, champagne-like as another BA pointed out. Strong malt flavor comes through as well. All in all not a bad beer, recommended but not a must have.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 22:07:39 | More by Keith238
Photo of sml505


4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy amber brown. Nice head that disappears.

S - Fruity and sweet. Plums, peach, cherry. Alcohol.

T - Fruity start with aroma, then warm alcohol. Dry finish with dried fruit hints that follow aroma - plums, peach, cherry.

M/D - Med to heavy mf. Very fine carb somewhat champagne like. Sweet finish, but a great quad. Very complex flavors overall

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 05:35:50 | More by sml505
Photo of jasonjlewis


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Head is decent initially, but faded before I could measure it. I can create some lacing with a big stirring of the glass.. It has a nicecloudy amber/brown color.

Plums and raisins and grapefruit tones come out strongly. Nice layers of fruitiness make for a complex nose.

Nice fruitiness with hints of grapfruit raisin and plum. Some candy sugar comes through to add some more sweetness. Finishes dry.

Dry mouthfeel with a little too much carbonation. Astringency is not too bad for 12% abv.

Interesting flavors with a lot of fruitiness. I could have a couple of these as a nightcap.

Let this beer warm up. It becomes much much better and the fruitiness comes out. If not, it's overly astringent and boozy.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 01:45:22 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of paco1029384756


4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is clear copper with a bubbly white head, settling into a nice foam after a bit.

Scent is strong, with prunes and raisins with great malts and yeast.

Taste is strong as well, earthy and spicy with prunes and honey, alcohol comes in, but is pretty well hidden, though in this case it does not hinder the flavor.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp going to smoothly lending to good drinkability.

"Liquid Luxury," as stated by the bottle, is quite right. It has surely seduced my soul. A damn fine brew; strongly recommended and worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 01:10:54 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of mhewes


3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A : Pours a clear copper color with a good white head that fades away quickly

S : Fruits, floral hops, and a little bit of alcohol

T : Spicy flavor with some dark fruits like raisin. I think I detect some candi sugar also. The alcohol is present but not too bad.

M : Good carbonation, slick, medium bodied

D : It's ok but a little too boozy

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 01:51:49 | More by mhewes
Photo of Thiestru


4.85/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a large bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head diminished to a mere covering soon enough, and left no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Spicy hops, citrus, and alcohol are at the forefront, with malt being definitely in the background. You can immediately tell that this is a complex beer. Very appetizing.

Taste: Wow! After a few sips, I found myself saying aloud, 'Damn, this is a good beer.' There's a nice maltiness complimented by floral bitterness and a citrusy tang that's just fantastic. The alcohol doesn't hit you until the beer is at the back of your throat, and it warms you up in a wonderful way, not abrasive at all. You can feel the warmth spreading down into your chest; it's really excellent. With every sip I take I'm finding more nuance in the flavor. Sometimes the darker maltiness catches my attention, sometimes the tang, sometimes the hoppiness. Now I'm picking out some raisiny tones, and some fruit. All of these come together to create something uniquely succulent. I love this.

Update: I've been on this beer for a while now, so it's warmed up quite a bit. The flavor mellows a little as the temperature rises, with the malts becoming more prominent. It's a bit more balanced. I didn't think it could get much better, but it has. Love it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and warm. Just what it should be.

Drinkability: The flavor being what it is, I just want to drink a ton of this; the alcohol content being what it is, I have to force myself not to. But I will be keeping this on hand from now on.

Damn, but this is a classic beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 12:10:48 | More by Thiestru
Photo of 11thFloorBrewing


4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle to a snifter shaped wine glass.

Appearance - pours a cloudy, amber honey color with a large, cream colored head that settles to about ½ finger, good retention, small bubbles

Smell - cookies, sweet, floral almost like jasmine, alcohol

Taste - smooth, not overly sweet, some alcohol on the back of the throat, raisin, crisp apple

Mouthfeel - velvety and smooth

Drinkability - Oh you could go overboard with this quickly. High alcohol and high drinkability can be a dangerous combo, but hey you'll be smiling when you call for a cab.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 03:09:53 | More by 11thFloorBrewing
Photo of AndySR15


4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark amberish brown into a Duvel glass with a nice thick head.

S - First sniff out of the glass right after I poured I got a lot of apple. This seemed to mellow out after a while into a more rasiny spice arom with definate notes of the alcohol.

T - Very malty with a lot of rasin up front. Nice sipce in the middle and in the finish the alcohol deffinately comes out.

M - Feels kind of heavy at first but the carbonition mellows it out a bit. Coats your gums and leaves them feeling kind of numb.

D - I really enjoyed this one. I thought is was a good example of a Quad and I would love to get my hands on another.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 11:20:53 | More by AndySR15
Photo of mithrascruor


3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours an amber-brown color with light off-white lacing. A bit cloudy too.

Smell: There's a good deal of alcohol present in the aroma, but also some raisins and sugar.

Taste: Quite malty, with spices, raisins, and dates. Also a noticable alcohol flavor present, but not overbearing. A bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly more carbonation than I'd expect, but medium-bodied and generally smooth.

Drinkability: Alcohol flavor is pronounced, but better than some other similar beers.

Overall a decent Belgian-style beer, though not particularly inspiring. Nevertheless it's certainly worthwhile trying it!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 23:29:36 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of thequeen711


4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pub is less than 1 hour away from me and the trip is so worthwhile!!! I purchased a 22 oz bottle from the bottle shop at Victory took it home and Voila! instant gratification! Pours a dark amber colour with a finger or two head that disappeared quickly, leaving a light lacing. Aroma had scents of sweet fruits, and well as the taste. The 12% ABV is well hidden in this tasty quad style brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2008 18:53:31 | More by thequeen711
Photo of deepsouth


3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this beer poured a golden amber with thin patchy head and a few bubbles.

the smell is of sour fruit and a bit of malt. i also smell dates and apricots.

the alcohol is very present in the taste. it tastes like sour fruit, hops. the finish is very dry. the balance could be a bit better on this one. perhaps a bit sweeter.

the mouthfeel is nice and full and velvety.

this beer is better as it warms up, but it's not my favorite quad.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 14:58:23 | More by deepsouth
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, amber body with a medium-sized head that quickly fizzles out.

Smell: Boozey scent of raisins and candi sugar set against notes of toasted malts, dried orange peel, and yeast.

Taste: Toasty maltiness sweetened with a big dose of candi sugar. A sip of ethanol. Faint hint of citrus. You get plenty of raisins crammed into your mouth delivering a juicy acidity. Flash of plank wood. Peppery hints on the exceedingly warm finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Pretty high carbonation.

Drinkability: It's all kinds of decent, even with the raw, searing booziness.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 02:20:39 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of rye726


4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany color with a tan head. Poor lacing and retention.

Nose has a big malt profile of candy and dried fruits. Some bready alcohol tones as well. Where is the belgian spice?

Very similar with a nice malty base. Raisins, plums, caramel, and some faint Belgian spice.

Nice creamy body with good carbonation.

The 12% is well hidden in this wonderful brew. However, I'm not sure I would call it a Belgian quad. It reminds me more, in all areas, of a strong/old ale.

Bottom line is that this is a great brew. It is more English and American than Belgian, but very good. Drink at cellar temp and above.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 00:58:18 | More by rye726
V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,066 ratings.