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V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,063
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 joeskirkie

New Jersey

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

I've been saving this one for a while. No particular reason.

Anyways a slow pour from the 750 mL bottle into my Westmalle chalice yields a cloudy amber body topped barley with a thin white head.

Smells of pale malts with some kind of fruit rind, perhaps apple or orange skin.

Tastes sweet, like a hint of candied apple followed quickly by a spicy yeast and carbonation.

It's very bubbly and lively in my mouth.
I do really enjoy this one. I do start to feel the 12% about halfway through though, not that I'm complaining.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 21:26:29 | More by joeskirkie
Photo of russpowell


4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle bottled aug 10 06, a baby. Pours amber/caramel with efferevesence & a rocky 3 fingers deep offwhite head. Good head retention & okay lacing

S: Phenols & appleskins up front. Alcohol, almonds & honey notes& booze

T: Fruittyness up front then apricot. Oaky dryness & candy sugar & a little cherry follow. Port/Maderia (sic) notes also there, a;ong with a faint tangerine flavor. Warming comes through 1/2 way through the bottle along with brown sugar & a little honey. Finishes dry with hints of pralines & a little more apple skin, leather & oakyness

MF: Syruppy with enough carbonation to keep this interesting. Starts getting sticky as it warms

Not a session ale, but interesting to keep you going back. This bottle is just a little young, but a nice quad = to a lot from belgium I've had

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 04:46:24 | More by russpowell
Photo of mmmbeer


4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL cork-n-cage, bottled on 1/9/06 and sampled on 11/23 (just found my notes for this beer today). It pours a lightly-hazed garnet with high carbonation and a modest head that leaves light lacing. The aroma is grainy, with phenolic cloves and medicinals, fruits (peach, nectarine, grape), herbs (chamomile?), and a lightly musty character. It is quite fruity on the palate, with pear, honeydew, melon rind, banana?, and green/yellow apples. In addition, there are phenols, a touch of cork, and light hops that impart a mild bitterness. Toward the end it becomes a touch too sweet, but quite nice on the whole. It is lightly drying with a medium body and a champagne-esque effervescence, leaving a medium finish. Overall a refined, quite drinkable Belgian that belies its 12%, as I had no problem finishing the bottle myself.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 23:10:30 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of Beaver13


3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, caged and corked - dated 8/10/06. Pours a golden copper with a big dense fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass. Bottle conditioned with lots of yeasties at the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma is musty yeast, bready dough, pears, and some cola-like spices.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts, followed by some peppery yeasty spices, a little pear and apple and a bit of alcohol with a bitter almost tar-like finish. Normally I don't care for the sweetness and alcohol, but this is well done and balanced well. The mouthfeel is medium to full and creamy with ample but not harsh carbonation. It's a little on the syrupy side.

Overall, a well done Belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 06:22:14 | More by Beaver13
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

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

I got an 05 via trade - thanks to akorsak! - with a recommendation to cellar till about 4 years old for best enjoyment. So much to my surprise I found an 06 on my beer run last night. 2 bottles came home, one to go with the 05, the other to go with me and a glass to relax and enjoy!

A - Nice rich amber with a billowy white head that kept going on forever. Steady bubbles in this through the full drink.

S - Lots of ripe fruit, belgian candi surgars and caramel. An intriguing aroma, but different than my last quads.

T - Ripe fruit, rich candy sweetness but not cloying. A swirl of caramel, a swirl of belgian yeast. Very tasty.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth. I kept looking at the bottle saying 12% ABV and not believing it was that strong.

D - went down incredibly easy. A very pleasant brew as winter is setting in!

I look forward to drinking one of these at the 4 year mark. A very nice US brewed quad! enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 16:42:51 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of nortmand


3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours rich gold-red with a big fluffy white head.

Huge spicy, fruit esters in the nose. Ripe bananas, candied plums and you can actually smell the alcohol. Very sweet and fruity smelling.

Extremely sweet flavor, almost seems underattenuated. The fruit esters are there, but are accompanied by a more prominent clove oil flavor. Leaves some tangy hop bite in the back of the throat. Long, slow alcoholic burn.

Fairly full bodied, but a bit slick. This beer is a conundrum. Like many American Belgian style brews, it is really too much. The yeast didn't seem to fully do it's job, plus the brewer just went balls to the wall with gravity and as a result the beer is sweet, overtly alcoholic and a bit messy around the edges. On the other hand, it follows the trend of Victory making extremely drinkable beers, and despite the problems I had with it, I had and enjoyed seconds from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 15:43:59 | More by nortmand
Photo of doubleipa


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

Bottling date is August 27, 2004 and it has been cellared since then. Absolutely zero head, but a nice dark amber color. Aroma was wonderful: heavy malt, bread, moderate yeast, dark cherry, clove. What a great feel on the palate. More carbonation feel than I had expected based on zero head. 12% alcohol - sure couldn't tell. This was very, very easy drinking. Not a dark tasting as Chimay, but really incredibly good. I think I 'll let my other bottles age a bit longer and see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 15:06:57 | More by doubleipa
Photo of mmcave


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

Another Sam's buy. Poured heavily into a Chimay chalice.
Head is first joint thickness, lots of tiny, tight white bubbles with good retention. Body is a musty brownish, red, rust color. Some strong esters here, banana, cloves, apple, pears, not many or really any dark fruit, like expected, this smells more like a tripel to me. Smells of bread, sticky sweet pale malt, the alcohol is subdued in the smell for a 12 abv. The taste is a lot like the scent, sweet sticky malt, slight apply bitterness, the alcohol is a bit more present in the flavor than the sent. The mouth feel is soft and round, but the alcohol and slight bitterness of the hops give the beer quite a bit more weight. To me this is not a quad in any way other than it's strength. If I want a tripel I'll grad something else, as to quads I'll stick to my st. Bernardus 12. Not that this is not a tasty brew, but I like my quads a little different. All the same give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 05:37:47 | More by mmcave
Photo of Budlum


3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This ale opens with one serious pop from the corked and caged bottle. I actually had to use some channel lock pliers to extract the cork.

The pour produces a solid three fingers of foamy, tan head. The body is a glowing red and orange displaying a lot of carbonation. Head retention and lacing are excellent.

The nose is immediately fruit-laden with plums and pineapples. A big, sweet malty smell follows accompanied by a cinnamon spice with anise. Hops are also present in a grassy component at the end of each sniff.

The flavors of this ale are very strong and not exactly soft in presentation. A quick prune and pear flavor is quickly squelched by a huge malt presence. The yeast adds some oak flavors before a lightly hopped and very alcohol laden finish. The high alcohol content is apparent throughout each sip by a warming sense in both the mouth and stomach. Definitely not balanced in presentation until it warms significantly.

Mouthfeel is very spicy and dry. The big alcohol content seems to mess with the mouth presence.

Drinkability is pretty good. The complexity of this beer makes for an enjoyable experience but the high ABV always demands respect.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2006 02:59:20 | More by Budlum
Photo of JasonA


3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottled on Mar 29, 05

Looks good from the pour. Light translucent copper with aboverage head. Good for a quad. Head settle's but stays.

Dont get the smell. Smells like alchohol and yeast. Not what I was expecting.

Taste is somewhat vague and a bit alcoholy for my taste. Quite a bite. Initial taset is good, but disapaites rather quickly. Very much can taste the 12abv.

Mouthfeel is ok. Would like some more character and carbonation like some other quads.

Overall a nice beer. I think i would rather move forward from this beer than come back to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 16:52:01 | More by JasonA
Photo of Golden2wenty1


3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared courtesy of expatsteve, 750 from Riley's here in Madison.

Pour: smoldering, fiery orange/amber, crystal clear, under a finger or two of white foam.

Nose: bretty smack in the nose as the bottle is cracked, mellows as it warms. Lemon-grass yeast, golden syrup, honey and more yeast.

Taste: light citrus, yeasty base, tropical fruits emerge with warming and second pour with some dregs, sugar sweet finish, bretty funk, almost minty hop flourish, vanilla note and a quite dry finish.

Feel: syrupy smooth, dry booze thins it out, nice, balanced crispness/

Drinkability/Overall: Not gonna lie, a little harsh at first, but blossoms as it warms and gets some dregs. Sweetens up and gains a lot more character. A unique experiment for Victory, not always successful but clearly well-made.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2006 23:11:29 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of Malted


3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Coppery brown with a thick head that sticks around for a bit. If I didn’t know I had just poured a powerful Belgian-type quadruple in my glass I would assume I was about to enjoy an American pale ale based on looks alone.

Smell: No longer fooled by the looks alone, my nose knows this is no pale ale, strong smell of alcohol and also a big nose of spiciness.

Taste: Not as complex as I hoped for. This is an alcohol taste but it is muted and you do not feel the alcohol until it warms the lips and the back of the throat (not to mention the quicker than expected feeling of intoxication). The spiciness comes forward on the taste as well but not as much as the nose hinted at. There is also a sweetness that really eases this one down the gullet.

Drink ability: Surprisingly smooth and enjoyable for the alcohol content. The 12% is hidden in the spices and the mild taste of alcohol does not hint at the depths of the 24 proof elixir.

Overall: A very enjoyable beer, but little beyond its high alcohol content sets it apart in my mind. If I were to design a stealth session beer, it would be much like this one. In any case, I would gladly buy and enjoy another one.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 01:32:43 | More by Malted
Photo of hoppymeal


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

Pours copper and slightly cloudy, fairly active head fades back pretty quickly. Smell is a rich sugary sweetness of honey and caramel, there is a little alcohol evident in the aroma. Taste is more complex with some breadiness, caramel, a lemon and grass like flavor, and some pepperiness that blends well with the alcohol warmth in the finish. Mouthfeel is belgian-like, fairly active and crisp effervescence with some peppery spiciness that mixes with the warming alcohol. Alcohol is well balanced for its strength. Fairly enjoyable beer that I might not run right out for but would definitely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 22:15:41 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of Westsidethreat


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dated March 29, 2005 (consumed 17 1/2 months after bottling)

A: Sort of a dull cayenne, murky and mysterious. Bottle is very carbonated....a nice, sticky, oatmeal colored 2 finger head. Its lasting all the way to the last drop.

S: Marmalade, strawberry, peach, golden raisins, loads of candy sugar, hint of cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: Up front sweet maltiness, like crystalized apricot. Moves to subtle maple syrup, orange liquer and rum raisin. Very fruity and sweet, but not cloying and annoying. Little bit of background hops with just a touch of bitterness for personality. Finishes brown sugar coated lemon.

M: Full bodied, slightly sticky yet smooth.

D: Great. Probably could use another 12-16 months to really shine. Gorgeous flavor none the less.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2006 02:05:18 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of fartingdog


3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice auburn color, thinnish head. Nice aroma. Not very robust, a bit thin on the tongue and somewhat lacking in the flavor dept, tho there is a slight fruitiness to the flavor, and a bit of alcohol warming on the back of the throat. It's a bit thin on the mouth for a quad- very deceptive for the strength. More of an easy drinker than a sip 'n savor. Overall a good beer, but not a great example of the style. I don't think I would go out of my way for this one, as there are much better American quads just as, if not more readily, available.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 03:53:55 | More by fartingdog
Photo of nicefix


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

Poured a dark golden color with a nice head which faded quickly but left some lace. Smells of fruity alcohol. First impression was an alcohol punch with fruity taste. At first I wasn't too fond of this brew because of the heavy alcohol, but half way through my first glass I started to get used to it. Sweet prunes and plums, lots of carbonation with a warming alcohol finish.

Actually pretty nice, I enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 15:31:32 | More by nicefix
Photo of bwyker

New York

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle (with a bottling date of January 9, 2006 stamped on the front) into a chalice.

Poured a heavily hazed amber, with a moderate head of foam that quickly receded to just a thin layer on the surface. The settled foam did, however, stick around for a while. Slight lacing left behind. The smell is an irony richness, with a sweet fruit mist and a hint of alcohol. Fermenting plums maybe. The taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Sweetness from the malts complimented with fruit and an alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a dry finish. At 12%, I don’t think it’s wise to have too many; however, I got through the 750 mls pretty quickly.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 06:14:24 | More by bwyker
Photo of Phocion


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

Poured into a Rochefort goblet. Thick copper color with an attractive thin white lacing for a head.

Nose is rich and complex. Malty, fruity, yeasty, and spicy. Strong hints of orange and caramel, along with a high alcohol presence.

Sweet malts and strong yeast presence at first. Somewhat spicy with a bit of orange as well. Alcohol becomes more and more evident as it gets warmer. Sweet, spicy, and sour, but with very little bitterness to speak of.

This is definitely a heavier-bodied beer. Strong alcohol presence and overwhelming sweetness hurt the drinkability, however. This is a very rich and flavorful brew, though the balance is not quite what I was hoping for. Nonetheless, it's one of the better "Belgian-style" brews I've tried, and would definitely recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 19:37:31 | More by Phocion
Photo of TheBungyo


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

2003 vintage
Thanks to Melbatoast for the trade.

Body is colored like autumn leaves. A nice fluffy pillow of a head adorns the top. Nose is like a cherry pie straight out of the oven. There's also a bit of caramel syrup and a pleasant earthiness. Taste is of caramel, cherries, candy apple, and smooth unsweetened cream. Mouth is immensely thick and pleasurable. I greatly enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2006 05:21:05 | More by TheBungyo
Photo of cokes


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

Apricot bronze under a thick, lacy beige spume.
Scented of fruit cake-- heavy on figs and dates-- peppercorns, and caramel syrup.
Upfront, it's all fruit, with emphasis on pears and dates, as the yeast kicks in kiwi and fried plantains, along with a thwack of peppercorn. Finishes with the mellow burn of congac and traces of leafy hops.
Medium bodied with modest but enduring CO2. Basic in some ways, but nice regardless. And drinkable far beyond its 12%.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 00:12:44 | More by cokes
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For some reason I was under the impression that this was supposed to be a saison. But with the first sip I knew my impressions were wrong.

Pours a rich and vibrant bronze in color. Thick white head that never really went away. Nose is very sweet with lots of caramel and toffee.

Full flavor and very sweet. Lots of candy and Belgian sugars going on in there. Some slight bitterness. Thick malty base. Bits of dark fruit-particularly prunes. Full mouthfeel with some alcohol burn, but not nearly what I would expect for a 12% ABV. Had this one cellaring for a while. Wish I had cracked it open sooner.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 01:40:18 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of OStrungT


4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy rusty brown color. It sports a thick, fluffy yellowish white head, that fades very slowly, leaving many laces. The bottom of the glass has a very small amount of sediment.

This beer has a slightly sour aroma. It smells spicy, with some earthy yeast aroma present. It is very slightly citrus like, with just a hint of grain.

This beer smells almost exactly like it smells. Spicy upfront, with some alcohol flavor present. It tastes slightly yeasty also.

This beer is full bodied, but yet it is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a spicy mouthfeel. The alcohol warms slightly as it goes down.

I think this beer might make a decent session beer. The flavor is not overly aggressive, but the alcohol content is high, making putting back too many a problem.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 03:47:02 | More by OStrungT
Photo of RBorsato


3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Orange-ish bronze with a low light tan head and low to no carbonation. Malty, spicy, fruity, alcohol aroma and flavors; a bit sweet. Spicy phenol alcohol flavors dominate with black pepper on the forefront; a strong alcohol style dubbel. Full-medium bodied with a strong warming alcohol finish.

Aging certainly hasn't seemed to help tame this one... maybe try it fresher ?!?

Per Label: "Bottle Conditioned" & "V-Series"

Per VBC website:
Malts: Imported German malts
Hops: Styrian Goldings & Tettnanger whole flowers
ABV: over 12.0%

Bottled: 03/11/03 ('2002' on cork)
Tasted: 04/05/06

($6.99 / 25.4 oz. tall brown wine-like bottle, corked and caged)

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 16:19:02 | More by RBorsato
Photo of kirok1999


4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz caged bomber dated August 04.

Appearance- Coppery gold with a creamy head that laces nicely. Carbonation bubbles vigorously from the bottle and glass. Chunks of sediment try to settle but hang like fruit in jello. The bottle recommends not drinking the last of the lees but just try to let them settle! They won't.

Smell- Fruit and candy nicely balanced with a hop presence.

Taste- Sweet candy and raisins, cherries, slight chocolate and caramel. The hops come through nicely to balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is great, the brew is thick and chewey.

Drinkability- One bomber is enough at 12%. Very smooth and creamy and a fantastic after dinner drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2006 00:50:35 | More by kirok1999
Photo of akorsak


3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a bottle of V-12 dated from March 2005 and served in a wine glass.

Appearance: The ale has a bright orange color and a nice ring of lace.

Smell: The ale gives off incredibly sweet fruity malt flavors and a solid hop background that does not overpower the malts.

Taste: I've had this beer fresh and there is a certain hotness in the beer. With one year under its belt, the malts have taken over and smoothed out the hop strength, leaving a malty sweet flavor that packs a wallop.

Mouthfeel: The malts have strengthened with time while the hops have diminished, resulting in a true malt bomb that will not disappoint.

Drinkability: At 12%, this is not a beer for the faint of heart. Enjoy it as a digestif.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2006 01:15:34 | More by akorsak
V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,063 ratings.