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V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company

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1,132 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,132
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 69
Gots: 121 | 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 doubleipa
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

doubleipa, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

mmcave, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of Budlum
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Budlum, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of JasonA
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

JasonA, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Golden2wenty1, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of Malted
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Malted, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of hoppymeal
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

hoppymeal, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Westsidethreat, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of fartingdog
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

fartingdog, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of nicefix
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

nicefix, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of bwyker
3.93/5  rDev -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.

bwyker, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of Phocion
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Phocion, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

TheBungyo, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of cokes
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
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%.

cokes, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

MuddyFeet, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

OStrungT, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of RBorsato
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
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)

RBorsato, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of kirok1999
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

kirok1999, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

akorsak, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a good quad. Not any better or any worse than I was expecting. Pours to a hazy dark blonde color with a massive foamy head. Looks very interesting. Carbonation is good.

The smell is very good as well. Some dark candi sugar,`molasses, and anise. Very spicy and sweet. Interesting. The flavor is just as interesting, though with a huge fig flavor. Very strong. The alcohol is huge, though I've had less strong beers that tasted much more astringent.

The body is full, as is the flavor. This beer goes big in all aspects, yet doesn't overdo it like some American brewers of quadruple. Not huge on the drinkability on the other hand. Still a good beer.

neonbrown82, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of Lnedrive14
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a March 05 bottle.

Pours more like a tripel than a quad - dark gold, a bit hazy. A really pretty beer, but not at all what one would expect. Taste, I think, also resembles more of the tripel style. Not quite as full-bodied or complex as I expect from quads. Lacked those strong malt, clove, and caramel flavors.

Not at all a bad brew, and fairly cheap for a beer of the style. Definitely pick one up if you see it, but be prepared for a somewhat different experience than you might expect.

Lnedrive14, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of ultralarry2006
2.53/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle that was bottled on August 27, 2004. Left less than a one finger head that quickly receded to just surface skim, and left pretty much no lacing. Body was an orange amber.

Smell - fruity esters of overripe bananas, rotting pears, dried fruits like dates, raisins, and plums. Equally strong are medicinal phenols and alcohol.

Taste - like the smell. Bananas, rotting pears, plums, dates, medicine, alcohol. Aftertaste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - thin, some carbonation, dryingly sweet, astringency from alcohol.

Drinkabilty - not crazy about this beer, so it goes down with some effort. Also high abv of 12% limits this to a rare-once-in-a-while type drink.

ultralarry2006, May 30, 2006
Photo of waldowin
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle stamped August, 2004.

Pours a clear caramel, with hints of gold at the edges. A white head forms slowly, and fades after a few minutes. There's some carbonation in this yet!

Smells of golden raisins, rums, peaches, candy, and oranges. Wonderful!

Taste is of sweet, sweet malts. Malts, malts, malts, malts malts! Raisins, rum, cherries, peaches, and honey. The alcohol shows up at the very end as a slight astringent, neatly off-setting the malts. Hops? What hops? This stuff is liquid gold.

Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky and syrupy. Could use a little more carbonation, but after two years in the bottle, you take what you can get.

I rate drinkability purely as a "How much could you drink, and are inclined to?" ABV plays a huge role in this. In *spite* of its 12% ABV, I'm absolutely making a go at a 750mL by myself. Share? Hah! Sharing is for that Duvel in my cabinet, or that Angelique. This stuff is aalll mine.

waldowin, May 27, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with a "born on" date of May 29, 2005, tasted almost a year to the day later. $8.99 at LaBodega in Riverside, CA. (although their supply is now long gone).

OK, so this is a quad. But it's not like any quad (except in terms of ABV) that I've had from Belgium (Rochefort being my favorite of the style, although St. Bernardus is no slouch either). This looks and tastes much more like a really big, really powerful heavy tripel- all Brach's orange slices with some spices thrown in. Don't get me wrong, that's not bad by itself, but it wasn't what I expected.

Tasty spicy citrus, the alcohol is fairly well hidden (but not perfectly hidden)- this is a pet peeve of mine when the beer tastes like rocket fuel- this one doesn't. Rich, full mouthfeel, it's a well made beer, but it doesn't grab me and make my head spin as I fall in love with it. It's pretty good, glad it made the trip from the east coast for me to try, but it's probably one I'll pass on to try something else next time.

Dukeofearl, May 27, 2006
Photo of gotbeer
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This review was from a bottle of the 2006 batch.

The appearance is deep orange copper with a nice head that fades as you drink it without much lacing.

The smell is of overly ripe fruits and some solvent alcohols.

The taste is sweet with pears and other ripe fruit flavors. There is some noticable alcohol, and a little hop taste at the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty soft and decent.

The drinkablitity of this brew has to be a little low due to it's ABV (12%). It's an above averge beer in my tastes, but not remarkable. I could have a couple, but it's not a staple. Another solid offering though, from a great brewery.

gotbeer, May 21, 2006
V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,132 ratings.