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V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,098
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 66
Gots: 109 | FT: 2
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-18-2003)
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walleye

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +5%

thanks goes to weeare138 for this.bottle mar. 29th 05.poured a amber copper with a big light kahki colred head. aroma with the corked popped got a big whiff of brown sugar, when the nose went to the glass got honey, grains , hops some tartness leaning to sour, alcoho, fuzzy fruit. flavor the alcohol kind of took over but not over powering than along came the sweetness than hops and a hint of apple. good beer

04-05-2006 01:11:42 | More by walleye
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a hazy red/orange/brown, big loose white head, dies pretty quick, some lacing though. Smell is all apples, some caramel and citrus, alcohol, and a little yeast. Taste is apples and caramel, wheat, citrus, sweet through the middle, alcohol/apple finish, little bit of chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with high carbonation. Not bad, was expecting a little bit more from it, but a capable USA Belgian ale. Thanks DrJay!

04-01-2006 01:20:02 | More by Viggo
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%

Burnt orange colour with a rocky, dark cream head. Aroma of caramel followed by apple skins, bready yeast, and alcohol spiciness. Crackery malt flavour with a bit of caramel apple fruitiness. Alcohol is quite warm, but not harsh. Fizzy carbonation with a medium body. Fairly dry. This has probably mellowed a bit, but still quite tasty.

03-26-2006 20:21:05 | More by DrJay
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev -20.4%

This quad pours from the bottle with a very thick, long lasting, bubbly head. It has a kind of maple syrup-y light brown hue. At first taste, the malts are overpowering, a veritable malt explosion. Then it has a buttery smooth flavor and goes down quite easy. But overall not a very impressive ale. Tasty, but not as drinkable as i would have thought.

03-14-2006 03:56:24 | More by sinstaineddemon
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%

It pours a hazy, orangey amber, like lemony iced tea. Rivules of carbonation rise to three fingers of tight beige head, which stays around for some while. Filigrees of lacing etch the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a veritable melange of sweet malt, tangy yeast, soft spices, and apple and pineapple. As well, a touch of caramel duets with a strain of alcohol.

Upon sipping, there is a gust of honey-sweet malt, almost syrupy, along with a segue of mandarin orange, pineapple, and green apple. A mellow spiciness shares the middle with a yeasty tang, dusky, almost meaty earthiness, and a vapor trail of alcohol. The finish trades from residual malt sweetness to a low-key lingering bitterness. It's a rich blend of fruity, savory, and malty, along with a yeast-driven heartiness.

Medium bodied, it's fluffy and flowing and syrupy slick. The palate is well pleased, and enlivened by carbonation.

It's big, and it's got a lot going on, but to be trendy, it's all good. The fruity aspects provide a nice foil for the hefty ABV. And that ABV places a real limit on how much you might want to drink, but what you drink is sweet, damned tasty, and nicely warming. I'd imagine it's not necessarily everyone's cup of tea, but I thoroughly enjoyed it...the whole bottle. Shame on me, but I've no regrets (though see me in the morning for an update!)

03-08-2006 17:56:35 | More by Foxman
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Ego

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -6%

bottled 01/09/06 (so this is not retired eh?)

eyes...
even on a relatively carefull pour the head is big and fluffy, white soap bubbles stack up a good 2 fingers high in my ommegang chalice, dulled brown with amber highlights in the hue, active carbonation marches upward inside the brew. The uber head retreats fairly quickly but holds nicely feed from the aforementioned carbonation... a good looking brew.

nose...
slightly moldy dry bannanas, apples, pears, mild candy sugar and perhaps a little nutmeg, the alcohol peeks outa hair, not bad. later on down the bottle I get a hint of black pepper as well and faint hops.

taste etc...
sweet and malty with lots of carbonation. The carbonation might be a bit much for some but I am enjoying it in this particular case.. it makes the beer easeir to drink at this ABV. Speaking of the ABV, it is not noticed in the flavor, just some residual warming/almost burn in the tummy. The flavor is most assuredly straight forward, the carbonation can be distracting while you are trying to break this one down on taste..

verdict?
not the most complicated quad to pass these lips, but not a bitch I would kick out of bed either. Tasty enough but not in the same league as it's belgian counterparts. A solid effort though, I'll throw one in the cellar for a couple of years and see what shakes loose...

03-08-2006 03:32:30 | More by Ego
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Oxymoron

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

How many numbers are on a clock? Well that depends. Twelve pours a coppery color with red hues throughout. A mostly clear beer but a bad pour left a bit of sediment on the bottom. Good foam that quickly rings around the edges but never goes away. Limited lacing.

The smell is sooo much like a quadrupel. Big phenolic nose and Belgium malts make up a big aroma overall. This beer is a bit more spicer then any other quad that I have had. Some spicey notes with apple and berry notes mixed in. Other fruits like red grapes and pineapple also are noticeable.

The taste is big. A complex malt taste is mostly dominate but the big phenols comes in a close second. The malt has a mostly Belgium basic taste with touches of toffee added in. There is a big sweetness with clear candi mostly. It tries to mask some of the phenolic tastes but only makes a small dent. The spicey flavors continue with coriander being most noticeable. Though the fruit flavors are lacking per the nose.

A big body with size 12 shoes. A syrupy texture and a warm phenolic taste that finishes and hangs around limits the taste overall. I think this is a great beer but good use more time to sit and mellow out more.

02-26-2006 03:32:18 | More by Oxymoron
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AlexJ

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +18.9%

This beauty pours out a bright copper penny dark orange with a dense head of tan merrangue that retains and laces nicely in the Val Dieu goblet. A sudsy ring and light veil remains til' the end.

Aroma is massive and intense, brimming with insane amounts of malt and candi sugar sweetness softened by various levels of fruit including pear, cocoa-dusted berries, near-rotton red grapes, melon, and tropical fruit. There's musty yeast, damp cellar notes, wildflower honey, and traces of minerality. Rich, complex nose will rival any Belgian-made Quad.

Flavor is incredible and so complex. Toffee malts and tons of candi sugar pave the way for a tidal wave of fruit notes;pear, pinapple, red berries, musty grape, stewed peaches, and deeply candied orange peel. The yeast contributes a pleasantly musty, damp concrete note with drying traces of minerality. Noble tasting hops round out a very long, generous finish that is just lip-smacking good.

Body is naturally big, slick, and syrupy, with a very creamy mouthfeel and smooth texture. The 12% abv is only noticable once the bottle is finished, and I begin to slide off of the couch. This was consumed immediately after drinking St. Bernardus Abt 12 on a fresh tap and it was a very nice follow up. The best big V beer from Victory I've had so far.

02-12-2006 20:55:18 | More by AlexJ
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.72/5  rDev +17.4%

This is the best American quadrupel that I have had. I'm not sure why this is "retired" here on BA; the beer is still available... what gives? Anyway, V-12 pours with a huge, orange-tinged head, with the beer itself being a deep ruby brown, almost clear. The aroma is all sweetness, with huge sweet malt notes and tons of burnt brown sugar and overripe fruits. Smells like dessert. Taste is huge. There's a ton of sugar in this beer, and it comes out in the residual sweetness of the brew. There's also an orange-peel like tang to the finish of V-12 that adds some complexity to what is otherwise a sugar-bomb. Probably due to all those residual sugars, this beer rolls over the tongue easily and with some tight carbonation that settles in the back of the throat. Drinkability is enhanced by small servings, as this beer is 12% alcohol (a stat that comes out in the finish, but not the inital taste of the beer).

This phenomenal beer is made more phenomenal with the appropriate food pairings. It's a bit much to drink just by itself at times (and definitely too much to drink a whole bottle by yourself!), but served alongside certain desserts it's AMAZING. Try this with waffles from Liege or any other dessert which features carmelized sugar. You will not be disappointed.

I'm not sure what the "retired" status of this beer means; if Victory is no longer making it and the supplies that are out there is all we're going to get, I would say that you should pick up a bottle if you get the chance. Hell, pick up a few, as I'm sure they'd cellar well. You won't regret it.

02-09-2006 04:28:52 | More by geexploitation
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scottoale

California

4.9/5  rDev +21.9%

Caged corked 750ml bottle, bottled on Mar.29,05. Popped open and poured slowly into 16oz glass mug. Beautiful deep copper color with atomic carbonation bubbles forming an incredible frothy inch and a half, slightly off-white head. Unbelievable head retention, awesome carbo bubble show!

First off the nose is a robust, awesome malt aroma, so good it makes me shiver. Sweet smelling malt and nothing but....very, very pleasant!

Taste is exactly like the smell, incredible...malty, bubbly bliss with superb slightly sweet, into a polished smooth balanced finish. I love this stuff. The alcohol is undetectable in the flavor, but warms you pleasantly as it's loaded at 12percent ABV.

Into the mouth it is velvety smooth and really makes your tastebuds tingle. The carbonation is unlike any other I've ever expirienced, like the label says "Liquid Luxury" almost an understatement.

If there ever was one, this is "the champagne of bottled beers" very little pun intended. As listed on this site as retired, all I can say is sorry to those who have not had the pleasure because I can't recommend trying this fine ale enough! Awesome job Victory!!!

02-05-2006 03:47:50 | More by scottoale
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Bottle (courtesy of Shaughn256): Poured a clear mild brown ale with a medium foamy slightly off-white head with great retention. Aroma of what I think is candi sugar is quite evident and well back by strong malt. Taste is also quite sweet, maybe even a tad too much for my liking with a dry hops finish. Not bad overall but just seems to be lacking complexity and yeast signature is way too discreet. Body is above average but could have been more full and bit more creamy. Interesting but I definitely had better beers from Victory.

02-03-2006 17:01:42 | More by Phyl21ca
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CJfromPhilly

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

750ml bottle, this is the first time i've ever needed a corkscrew for a bottle of beer! Pours a dark rusty orangish/amber color with a MASSIVE head of foam (pour this one slowly, folks) . Aroma is fruity, sugary, and candy sweet. Taste is reminiscient of sweet hard apple cider, with some maltiness and a definite alcohol bitterness. This is obviously one potent brew! Has a sparkly, bubbly medium mothfeel to it with alcohol burn on the swallow. Great beer, a little strong on the alcohol prescense, but maybe that's a good thing, since you'll know from the first taste that is one is to be sipped and savored slowly and respectfully. I've been wanting to try this for a long time and now that I read that it's being discontinued, i'll have to grab another couple of bombers to save for a special occasion. Hopefully, there's still a few left!

01-30-2006 21:22:03 | More by CJfromPhilly
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +17.4%

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt orange body with a frothy Belgian head if you give it a hard pour (otherwise it fades quickly) and leaves nice lacing

Smell: Toffee, fruit (cherries and plums), balsa wood and a tinge of alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a very fruity toffee combination, with the cherry flavor being rather distinct; over time the pluminess kicks in along with the balsa wood flavors; the finish balances all of the flavors nicely with a touch of bitterness and some warming alcohol in the gullet

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but viscous without much carbonation

Drinkability: A superb beer; really a shame that it was retired; as Victory expands they appear to have focused on the 12 oz selection - while those beers are excellent, I wish they would not ignore their Belgian style beers

Thanks, BeerBeing

01-21-2006 23:21:30 | More by brentk56
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.58/5  rDev +13.9%

Poured from bottle(bottled on Aug 27th 2004) a ruby semi *clear* gold with a very nice head of foam that diminishes slowly but never leaves the scene.

The smell was immediately apparent right after I removed the stubborn cork....a whoosh of mixed fruits including bananas and plums. Oh, and there's a bit of a sour smell there as well. Could be good. ;^)

The taste is very fruity as well. Tons of plum with some banana and some citrus and also, a sweetness that smacks of caramel. In the far background, I sense a bit of clove. Wow. This son of a gun is so complex and wonderfully harmonious with its flavours. And dang, the 12% abv is there but is pretty well hidden. Why was this beer retired??? Thank goodness I have 3 more bottles.

*Clear as in I'm drinking from the first 3rd of the bottle. What is left in the bottle is looking a bit more cloudy.

Btw, I've had this one a couple of times in the past(+2 years ago) and the bottling dates weren't a year and a half from when I tried them like this one(much less) so the aging done by Liquid Solutions or whomever has definitely paid off big time, imho!

Bottom line: If you see some around your neck of the woods....grab 'em!

01-18-2006 00:55:47 | More by Bitterbill
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottled 29 Mar 05 Pours a golden copper color, some carbonation, huge head, nice sticky lacing throughout the drink. Scents of hops, citrus, and malts. A very nice taste of grapes, apples, and spices, but sweet with a nice tangy finish. Alcohol content is hiddern very well. Medium body. At 12% ABV very drinkable. Retired? Did I get some of the last batch? If so, not sure If I can get anymore, but it was very enjoyable while it lasted.

01-16-2006 23:21:38 | More by Wasatch
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DogFood11

California

3.15/5  rDev -21.6%

sticky lacing, huge head, nice label, yep I'm interested. High alcohol cuts down the retention. Creamy copper looking body.

tropical fruit aroma, belgian yeast, some citrus cleans up. Its a quad with wheels so to speak. Warming is massive and this brew is definately night capper material. Toffee and ever so slightly candied caramel. Alcohol serves as the balancing agent along with the underlying dried firewood. Holy drunken sauceface. After consuming this product I feel like I could ....ummm...could ummmm awww hell my ADD kicked in just in time to screw up a review. basically its too rough on the palate for me but whatever. Its a kick ass beer...average for the selections I've had.

Carbonation is a bit overkill. fizzy and annoying. like frickin pop rocks on the palate.

01-15-2006 07:31:59 | More by DogFood11
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deBeers

California

3.68/5  rDev -8.5%

Bottle conditioned and bottled on August of 2004.

Yum...this beer pours a murky (yet not hazy) deep heady copper color with a huge white/beige head. Great rentension as well...as it would take me a few minutes to let the head settle to make it drinkable. A bit sweet on the palate but a slightly sour finish helped remedy this.

Smells and tastes of bold spices and possibly some fruity esters. I didn't take notes but I did enjoy this with some hot n' sour soup and then proceeded to go snowboarding. Watch out! I drank this bottle to the dome...luckily I shared a few sips w/about 4-5 people or I would've be one intoxicated snowboarding fool.

Anyhow, this is a great American made Belgian and I highly recommend trying it if you can get your hands on it!

edit: Do not drink this whole beer. It will give you a hangover even if nothing else is imbibed. It's best the bomber is poured to a group of people to taste. Happy beering!

01-05-2006 07:13:13 | More by deBeers
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +15.7%

Pours a murky copper color, leaving a nice little ring of off white bubbles along the rim. Nice carbonation, little lacing.

Very nice sweet maltiness, fruity aroma of cranberries, apples, grapes combined with a sour yeast smell.

Very sweet malt flavor and a fruitiness like cider. Fruity flavors of apple, grapes, and berries. Kind of a sharp alcohol bite in the finish and a yeasty sourness in the finish.

Very nice beer, a little sweet but the sour finish balances it well, very easy going down, the ABV will put a hurtin' on you.

Cheers!

12-26-2005 04:25:04 | More by SteveO1231
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hustlemuscle

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%

Shared with my brother in law over Thanksgiving dinner.
Pours a lovely apricot, with a mammoth head and busy carbonation. Cloudy. Fruity and medicinal, this one tastes better than it smells. Fruity and mellow, with typical Belgian yeastiness and mellow hops. Very smooth, with just a slight kick. The alchohol is very mild. Super drinkable, even more so as it warms. A damn shame we won't see this one again.

My bottle was dated March 2005.

12-21-2005 03:56:09 | More by hustlemuscle
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tweeder263

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%

bottled aug 27 2004. Poured out an amber thick brew with a 1 finger head. Smells of malt sweetness and alcohol. Taste is pretty sweet with some hoppage lingering with a smooth alcohol burn to it.Pretty strong stuff.Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.All in all a pretty wild brew a lil too strong for more than a once a month thing. I see it says here that this is a retired brew ,, not sure ive seen it recently in the stores ill have to lookinto it

12-18-2005 02:54:48 | More by tweeder263
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bitterdestroyer

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -16.7%

i finished this bottle and passed out...COLD!!!

appearance: very dark reddish brown. nice head, but i turned my back and it was gone...wtf? not much lacing to speak of.

smell: sweet citrus and alcohol. nice hint of hops.

taste: not bad. and definitely not what i was expecting. VERY citrusy which was complimented nicely by the whoosh of alcohol that followed. there was definitely some sugar cane in there somewhere as well. smelled like it tasted more or less. victory's definitely not trying to pull one over on ya here.

mouthfeel: more on the heavy side. i bit malty/hoppy.

drinkability: one 750 and i was done for. maybe i drank it too fast. who knows? all i know is that i got so smashed i accompanied a buddy of mine on a beer run where we partook in a 6 pack of miller lite tallboys. the nite started off so good... what hapened???

12-14-2005 20:53:46 | More by bitterdestroyer
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rajendra82

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +14.4%

Acquired via a trade from BA Px2GrafX, this 750 ml. bomber had a bottled on date of March 29, 2005. The beer was protected by a cork and a wire cage, which made me wonder as usual about whether a flat oxidized beer was in the bottle as a result of carbonation loss. Well the cork pullers had extricated the top out halfway, when it blew clear out, and the beer started gushing out, so clearly the cork had held.

The body was clear reddish orange in color, with a very aggressive carbonation, and an easily formed, large, foamy off-white head. The head did not last at the original volume for a long time, but it never did fade away completely. The aroma was very distinctly Belgian, with a liberal dose orange peel, candy sugar, and white pepper, riding on wave after wave of perfumey alcohol. A restrained hop flavor was also evident via the nose.

The taste was just perfect for the style, with the overabundance of malt delivering a mélange of ripe fruit flavors. Oranges, Pears, Bananas, Cherries, and Apricots were the primary fruits, which were equally matched by a strong peppery and prickly alcohol. Also evident was a herbal hop bitterness proclaiming the American origins of the bottle. The mouthfeel was light and airy, and the aftertaste very warm in the mouth and belly.

Although this beer was a little hot, it was a surprisingly drinkable concoction. I am definitely going to sit on the second bomber for a while though. This will be even better when the flavors meld better.

11-27-2005 05:53:28 | More by rajendra82
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BuckSpin

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%

Purchased at Victory as a 750 wire-top in March 05', cellared 8 months until Thanksgiving 05'.

Poured a clear, crisp, bright brassy orange, some ruddiness, very striking. Nose was epervescent, lively, crisp. Spices and subtle yeast, a moderate creaminess to the scent, warm. Head was nicely alive and mixed, a 1/4" of cream colored foam that edged stubbornly.

The initial tongue picks up on the spiciness in the nose. Refreshing, alive on the tongue, hints of ginger, soft pepper, perhaps a wisp of some aromatics like cinnamon or allspice. Malts are solid, complex, a nice base. Its dry & crisp, almost a champagne like quality to the overall body in its mouthfeel. This is a beer that reveals more as you savor.

The tastes intertwine on the pallete, producing a pleasing mouthfeel. The edges soften, tones subsides, a subtle richness in the body (malts) is more noticable. It finished dry & sharp, but not too much, on the throat as all the spices, yeast & malt echo off together. A subtle, soft mouth warming echo is left.

I saved this for a holiday meal, and enjoyed it immensely with some Smoked Duck in Apricot-Orange Sauce I did that day. It was 20 degrees out, and the V-Twelve made for a wonderful meal that brought my dulled senses back. I am sad to see its retired, but will enjoy the memory.

11-27-2005 00:59:19 | More by BuckSpin
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HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +4%

Presentation was a 750 ML bottle which I poured into a standard pint glass. The label states: "This is a bottle conditioned ale. Bottled on Aug 27 04".

Body stands a very nice deep orangish red color, with a small cream head. The head disappeared almost immediately, however left excellent lacing down the glass. Looking into the glass you can see tons of carbonation bubbles exploding to the top.

The scent was that of apples and alcohol, with a slight maltyness.

The flavor hit me immediately. Much sweeter than I expected. I instantly taste syrupy apples, malts, hops, alcohol, and even hints of something floral. For a 12% ale it sure masks the alcohol, you can tell it's there but not overpowering or overbearing in the least. Much more of the alcohol comes through in the scent then does in the flavor. As I continued to drink this it seems almost too sweet. The apple flavor is very nice, but I would have liked a bit more of the hops to come trough. The label does speak of bottle conditioning causing continued fermentation which continues to change the ale... I'm no expert, but as this particular sample was bottled over a year ago possibly it's in-your-face apple flavor is a result of this.

The feel was probably (just slightly) the best part of this brew. Crisp and carbonated, yet smooth.

The drinkability rating suffers due to the sweetness I mentioned earlier. The first pint was much better than the second. This is definitely not something I could sit down and drink a couple of, well the ABV might have something to do with that also.

I am planning a trip to Victory soon, so if I'm able to get my hands on a fresher bottle I will pick it up and give this another go. All in all an excellent beer.

11-26-2005 13:25:57 | More by HugoGrim
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BillyB

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a nice orange/copper with a thick rocky off-white to tan head.
An interesting combination of sweet and sour berry aromas and an alcohol aroma as well.
Sweet, slightly syrupy mouthfeel contrasted with a sharp carbonic bite. Pleasant lingering hop aftertaste. Alcohol creeps up on you as oppossed to slapping you right in the face.
Overall very nice interpretation of the style.

11-25-2005 19:14:40 | More by BillyB
V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,098 ratings.