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V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,172
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 75
Gots: 142 | FT: 2
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-18-2003

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-deep orange copper color, slightly hazy, with tons of action going on inside. the head is a thick slightly off white head doesn't go away.

S-the nose is quite nice. it has a lot of sweet fruits and some belgian yeast going on. the sweetness brings candied sugar, orange, and slight notes of peach and citrus.

T-the taste is much funkier than the smell. there is quite a bit more belgian yeast going on here. the candied sugar is quite prevalent with hints of orange and peach. there is also a fair amount of dark fruits going on bringing sweet black cherries and plum. there is a hint of a caramel malt backbone towards the back and even some citrus hops to finish it off.

M-this has a full to medium body with lots of carbonation. it is slightly syrupy and brings a crisper finish

D-it has a lot happening, but it seems to work very well. the huge alcohol is also extremely well hidden and only shows up slightly towards the back.

Photo of Mavajo
3.82/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours mostly orange with a moderate off-white head - retention is somewhat brief and settles into a thin crown. Minimal lacing. The nose reveals yeast, malts, fruits and a hint of spice. The taste follows suit - this is a sweet brew overall...malt, candied sugar, fruits, yeast and a bit of spice. Perhaps a bit vinuous as well. All in all, a very nice taste.

Unfortunately, I wasn't overly impressed with the mouthfeel. This thing was super carbonated. I made the mistake of drinking it a bit too chilled at first - between that and the carbonation, the taste was almost completely smothered. Fortunately, as it warmed and sat for a while, the taste was able to fight its way through. Prior to that, I found this beer quite a disappointment - but by the end, I'd grown to appreciate it. Personally, I'd rather they dial the carbonation back significantly - I feel like it completely distracts from the rest of the brew.

Considering the high ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden. There is a slight boozy burn, but all things considered, it's quite subdued. It took me a bit under two hours to drink the whole 750 mL.

Photo of AlanJK63
4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottled on Jan 09 05! (Purchaced from AJ's 2 days ago. What are the chances!? & yes the last one ;( I checked)
A: Pours a darker orange-amber with 1 inch light tan head that recedes fairly fast. Definately lighter than most Quads.
S: Very pleasing and fruity. Soft Belgianesque spices. Golden Brown sugar, soft caramely malts, hint of yeast and alcohol in the background that subtlety hints at a sink full of Dawn dishwashing detergent water. (marked off only ½ pt as is very subtle)
T: Follows aroma nicely. Alcohol is what? 12? kiddin. Nice mix of belgian spice, yeast, no fusels or esthers detectable in this very fine beer. Spicy, cloves, plums, raisins, mild earthy hops and soft mild caramel malt flavours. Quads do usually improve with warmth as more flavour can come through, but I like this one at a solid 47°.
M: Mild, soft, medium-full bodied. Perhaps lighter than what one would expect for this style and certainly the ABV.
D: Very well balanced. Considering the style and ABV, this is amazingly drinkable. ABV is so hidden. I've actually drunk the whole bottle, NO problem man. Overall an outstanding brew. Not perhaps World-class like the St Bernardus or Rochefort 10, but a GREAT US version! Definately find & try.

Photo of mwilbur
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottled on Mar 2 2009.
A: Pours a semi-dark orange-amber with 1 inch light tan head that quickly recedes.
S: Very pleasant and soft belgian spice. Candi sugar, mild caramel malt, hint of yeast and alcohol in the background.
T: Follows aroma nicely. A bit more alcohol, but certainly not overpowering. Nice mix of belgian spice, yeast, candi sugar, mild earthy hops and mild caramel malt. With warming a bitter note comes through with more alcohol. Usually quads improve with warming as more flavor comes through. I'd have to say warming is--for this one--to its detriment.
M: Mild and soft feel. Medium body. Lighter than what one would expect for style and ABV. Doesn't linger much on the palate. Oily sweetness. Very mild alcohol burn comes through with warming (again, not overpowering).
D: Considering style and ABV, this is actually quite drinkable. ABV is very well hidden. Overall a solid, but not outstanding brew. Give this one a try.

Photo of HoldensHomebrew
4.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer was marked "Bottled on Feb 2008" 2 year aged example. I may not have a lot of reviews on this website but I have tasted well over 3000 beers and I have to say this is one of the best High alcohol Belgian beers I have ever had.

Even at 12% there was no Fusels detectable in this fine beer. Spicy, cloves, plums, raisins in both aroma and taste. The flavour blends so well. I dare to say that this is a perfectly balanced beer. The only thing I knocked it down by half a point was the aroma was great, just not to what I would have considered a perfect aroma. I am definitely going to pick up more bottles of this finely crafted brew.

Photo of aubuc1
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle dated september 18, 2009 poured in to a goblet

Pours a hazy orangey amber with steady carbonation and a steady off white head.

Smell is a very nice balance of ripe fruits, spice and malt. Some honey even. Very little alcohol. Smell is delicious.

Taste is a dry, spicy, lightly malty and hoppy. Good balance. Not nearly the alcohol I expected. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is good, but the drinkability is great considering the size of the beer.

I was surprised in this beer.

Photo of scootny
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a superb beer. A thick and substantial head rises up and sits contentedly atop a surprisingly light ruddy amber fluid. Lace is decent but only that.

Nose is initially off-putting as it carries a large amount of yeast based funk grounded in a substantial malt core. Not bad just not very sophisticated at first. Swirl the glass and the funk yields a layered fruitiness with a touch of hops that pulls it out of the doldrums.

Taste is the surprise. Multifaceted with a vinous component that complicates the profile and firmly establishes this quad as one to age . Heavy yeast fruitiness rooted to a big malt backbone camouflages the abv quite well. Still, it ain't going nowhere and adds a sweet heat to the palate and puckers the finish. Hops are earthy and herbal, but in all honesty the malt parade in this one wins leaving a slightly minty presence. Finish is dry but malt lingers with light molasses and mint.

Feel is the real winner here. A slightly overactive carbonation, ( just ) gets in the way of an almost perfectly creamy sensation as you sip this one. So close to a five I almost feel guilty.

Goes down far too easily for a beer of this abv. Still, while not hidden if you pay attention you can taste the fact that this stuff is not to be taken for granted, it us quite strong.

Photo of mjl21
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased from Hi-Times. Poured into a Chimay chalice. Comes in at 12%. The bottled on area is blank.

A-The cork was a little tough to get out. When it finally was out it resulted in a tiny pop. Pours a clear copper with a one finger sandy head. The head collapses fairly quickly, but manages to cover all of the beer. Lots of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom and a few pockets of bubbles cling to the side of the glass.

S-Large amounts of candy sugar, apple, Belgian yeast, and some peppery spice. Not picking up on the 12% abv.

T-I get lots of yeast and candy sugar. There is lots of fruit, particularly apple and stone fruits. There is some noticeable booze as it goes down. As it warms the main flavor begins to be booze soaked grapes and raisins. There is a touch of bitterness.

M-Thick and oily. It has some lively carbonation.

D-A whole 750 ml bottle is way too much. Best shared with a friend. I found it to be a little too hot.

Not a bad American take on a Quad. I think some age would really eliminate some of the noticeable booze.

Photo of Yesac
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Translucent amber with a orange tint. Medium off-white/cream head.

S- Belgian yeast, bubblegum, cinnomin spice.

T- Toasted malts. candi sugar. Burn of the 12% ABV at the end. Not complex.

M- Medium bodied, slightly sitcky on the palate.

D- Not complex and boozy which made this not enjoyable.

Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color with a one-finger head into my glass. Very nice presentation so far.

Aroma is full of plum, raisin and alcohol warmth in the nose. Seems normal.

Taste is full of plum, candi sugar and raisin flavors. Grainy and full of alcohol warmth. Gives way to a middle that is more tolerable.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering plum and alcohol warmth. Tasty but a bit difficult to navigate.

Needs more aging. Not too hard to drink fresh but the alcohol will calm down over time, bringing out more flavors.

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

I poured into a snifter from a 25 ounce bottle. It is a deep orange with a medium, short lasting white head. The aroma is sweet bourbon, apples, and ripe fruit. The alcohol is up front, but not overpowering, in the flavor. It is rounded by fruity flavors, apples and pears. It finishes with a hot alcohol. It is a medium sipper. I liked this and would buy it again.

Photo of sprucetip
3.97/5  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.

Photo of mserene86
5/5  rDev +25%
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.

Photo of philbe311
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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...

Photo of jwhancher
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of jantonius
4.71/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of krisandajt
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of taigor
4.28/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of ClevoPiwo
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of BMoney575
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of david131
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of mulder1010
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,172 ratings.