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V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,187
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 75
Gots: 148 | 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 weezyfart
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured hard into a wide-mouthed glass. Little to no lacing after the minute or two that the head needed to settle. The smell is largely reminiscent of banana and sweet malt. The mouthfeel is quite viscous and the palate again shows the banana and malty goodness, but finishes with some bittery hopiness that helps mask some of the alcohol. Long finish on this one, but I'd have to say that I would almost catergorize this as a barleywine or strong ale instead of a Quad.

Photo of DIM
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Slightly cloudy medium copper in color with yellow orange highlights. Pours with a big creamy white head.

s: This one is difficult to decipher. The alcohol permeates everything I can find here. Some biscuity yeasts, vanilla, and raisins.

t: This begins drying the mouth upon first contact. Semi-sweet raisins, pepper, cloves, and a slightly sour yeast flavor at the end. The alcohol blankets everything, almost suffocates it in fact. Some time in the cellar could make a very good beer great.

m: Very good cabonation, though it might be a tad fizzy. Nice and thick, a bit syrupy.

d: A very fine American quad. I look forward to more of these.

Photo of garbercury
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Vintage wine and beer for the selection, another Quad in my repotoire.

A---Red/amber with an orange hue. Cloudy...Was a little surprised by the lack of head and lacing.

S---Flowery bouquet. You can smell the alchool in this one

T---Um yeah, back to the alcohol, pretty strong stuff, thus the 12 huh? I do like the flavor, fruits and has a that quality flavor of a Quad, not bad for philly, not bad at all.

M--nice silky mouthfeel.

D---Well, a couple of these and you are quite buzzed. Worth drinking.

Photo of tjkurz
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Go this as a gift in a 25 oz bottle. Beautiful dark copper/orange with substance and a significant head that dimishes to a nice lace. Can briefly taste carmel/maltiness fruit with a strong alchohol finish along with a decent hop bitterness. Feels warm and creamy in mouth but not flat - awesome. The booziness makes its drinkability questionable - I'm only on my first glass and feeling it pretty good.

Photo of srrn
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fine example of the style, pours a murkey garnet with off white head. Great lacing. Smell is typical of the style, cherries, plums and that funky earthiness. Taste is the same with a near perfect mouthfeel. I'd like to be able to drink more than one but I felt the effects of this one pretty quickly, it's really easy to drink one. I will put this in rotation with St Bernardus abt12, Three Philosophers etc, if I can find it again. A solid offering from a great brewery.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked

A-Slightly murky burnt orange body. Thin but everlasting and lacing white head was very tightly packed. Carbonation is very evident.

S-Awesome peppery and spicy Belgian yeast strain. Very fruity and sweet in the nose. This aroma make you want to take a drink.

T&M-This is my kind of beer. A wonderful belgian balance between sweet adjunct sugars and spicy, powerful yeast. A bit of chalkiness lends a hand in the crisp and dry finish. Hops are definitely present but very balanced. The sweetness coats the side of the mouth and leaves a wonderful aftertaste of cane sugar and spices. The high ABV is not so much found in the taste, but it is a little hot in the mouthfeel at times.

D-I really like this beer and what they have done to balance it. It is surely not an everyday beer, but it is very easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into the tulip...

A - Murky caramel with pronounced off white head that reduces to about 1/4 inch quickly. Lacing thick and coating.

S - Banana and ripe fruits, alcohol. Big, ripe smell.

T & M - Gigantic almost overwhelming experience for the mouth. Medium carbonation , ripe fruits and a dry, bitter experience at the end. The bitter is almost TOO bitter and borders sour. Good through most the taste, though. A sensory overload experience.

D - This is the second time I have tried this beer - although I like it, I liked it better the first time. Big beer - a sipper to be sure.

Photo of likestoswallow
2.85/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

750ml bottle from Bevmo. Pours a nice cloudy copper color with a short lived off white head. Observed minimal lacing. The aroma was strong with spices, malts, alcohol and dried plums. The flavor was dominated by a distinct, and distracting, hard alcohol taste. Other flavors in the background were caramel, malts, and toffee. I am unable to evaluate the hops as the alcohol taste keeps getting in the way. The mouthfeel is full and satisfying. The finish is long with a big alcohol burn. Overall: Too strong for me, I poured this one down the drain. I can not rule out that I got an isolated bad bottle--may re-evaluate again sometime in the future. Not recommended.

Photo of atsprings
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a deep amber almost brown with a nice lasting frothy head. The aroma was of burnt caramel, dried fruits, molasses and some spice. The taste was a complex blend of brown sugar, fruit, caramel and spice. A strong alcohol presence exists as well, but is not too overpowering. The beer is not anywhere as syrupy as I have experienced with the style. This one is an extreme sipper, however. I am glad to have tried this one.

Photo of dgallina
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle marked bottled-on 19th 2007.

Pours cloudy copper with fierce carbonation, a finger of rich tan foam, and sheets of lace. The aroma features caramel malts, damp earth, yeast, orange fruit, coriander and pepper spice notes. The flavor is quite peppery, with fruity cherry and carmel notes that become increasingly medicinal and sour as you drink. Doesn't seem particularly alcoholic at first, but turns quite boozy after a few swallows. Extremely smooth, creamy, and dense body. Looks and feels great, but could use more complexity of flavor and alcohol balance.

Photo of t0rin0
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This came from a 750ml bottle (probably the only form it comes in) and it says that it was bottled Jan 09, 2006.
It poured a coppery color and despite the fact that it foamed a lot during pouring, the head disappeared very quickly. No lacing to speak of. It smelled very belgian indeed with some fruity notes as well as a lot of malt sweetness.
The malt may have been a bit more prevalent on account of it being almost 2 years old. Tasted pretty good, again very sweet and malty with a touch of wine in there. The bitterness was present but very nicely balanced.
It had a decent amount of body to it and was very drinkable. A bit of alcohol burn was detected. I would love to have more of this except that its a bit pricey.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with little head or lacing. The first thing that hits you in the smell is the aroma off alcohol, followed by Belgian yeast smells of banana and clove. A bready smell is there as well as some sweetness. The taste is super smooth, which is especially nice given the 12% abv. It is winey, bready, and has a long malt sweetness. The finish exhibits banana and spice as well. Quite nice. Mouthfeel is smooth and integrated. Unbelievably drinkable for the high alcohol. Very pleasant.

Photo of klewis
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one.
Bottled 4/19/07

A: Pours a dark amber with a small and brief head. No lacing, but it's got some legs.

S: Some nice aromas of raisins and honey, but also a not so nice smell cheap white zinfindel and booze.

T: Quite sweet with a spicy taste and dark fruit flavors. A bit of alcohol in the end and a subtle hop bitterness.

M: Full-bodied and syrupy. Moderate carbonation. Lots of heat.

D: Quite similar to Rochefort or St. Bernardus. I don't find this one particularly outstanding, but it's very good for an American brewed quad. Perhaps some more age would do this well.

Photo of dfillius
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Red and cloudy. One finger of fine head, active carbonation.

Smell: Granny Smith apple cider, slight sour aroma like a lambic.

Taste: Caramel apple w/slight alcohol finish; kind of like a brandy aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Smooth, comfortable

Photo of softcough
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful 750 ml cork finished bottle.

Well, I have to admit, this is one of my all time favorites. It may not be for everyone, but it sure is for me.

Pours beautifully with gorgeous deep amber color. Aromas are powerful with noticeable alcohol but it is well intertwined with rich fruit.

Taste is loaded with plum, nectarine and all kinds of other fruit as well as some well integrated candyish notes to balance the alcohol.

If you haven't had it, I would definitely give it a try.

Photo of Floydster
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

25.9 ounce bottle from Cooke's for only $6.50

More into a Russian River goblet

Pours a deep brown color with a very large head comparable to St. Bernardus

This one packs a major punch at 12% but still could drink a lot of it based on taste and weight

Raisins and plums dominate the smell and taste

Fantastic beer, cannot wait to have more

Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I started to read my first review of this beer and I noticed my comments about no head...then I looked at my glass and realized this had a decent head...so, here's the new review.

The previously stated head dies off within five minutes. No lace. Cloudy orange in color.

Sweet, candy sugar smell. No notable hop aromas.

Warming alcohol, heavily malted. Not as sweet as the aromas would suggest. A touch of hop provides some balance. Full bodied as suspected; the carbonation is moderate and appropriate.

This is not a regular drinking beer, although it is easy to taste. For one person, I find the 22 oz bottle to be too much of a good thing.

Photo of tbill6
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes, this is on tap at Victory right now.
Appearance is a deep amber that looks so inviting.
Excellent scent especially since Victory went smoke free.
The taste is outstanding. Sweet fruity flavors with a slight bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is slightly fizzy and smooth at the same time.
I only wish it wasn't 12% alcohol or I would be drinking this all night. Did I mention I rode my bike to the brewery? Yeah, I live that close.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 27 04. Significantly murky orange-caramel with a gargantuan amount of yeast and a surprisingly large head (especially considering the ABV). Atop the beer sits a dollop of ecru colored creaminess that is beginning to coat the sloping sides of the snifter with a thin sheet of delicate lace. This is an outstanding looking quadrupel.

Although the aroma can't quite keep pace with the appearance, it's still well above average. My nose registers apples and apricots swimming in their respective fruit brandies. In spite of more than three years in the bottle, this V12 continues to rev at the redline when it comes to alcohol. As long as it's masked acceptably well on the palate, all will be well.

Despite my initial fears, it tastes like this big, bad, burly ale has benefitted from its age. Not that 36 months is a long time for a quadrupel, but one never knows how any given beer will hold up over time. As far as alcohol, no worries at all... it isn't intrusive in the least.

The things that I like best about V-Twelve are its sweetness and the explosiveness of its flavor. I also like the fact that it tastes authentically Belgian, despite having been brewed in eastern Pennsylvania. It isn't easy for most U.S. brewers to do a credible job with dubbels and tripels and BSDAs, et al, but Victory has done a remarkable job with this quad.

The beer tastes like ripe chunks of orchard fruit (apricots and oranges especially), eau de vie, spices (clove and nutmeg), flower petals (roses) and a considerable helping of Belgian candi sugar. Both the sweetness and the high-octane ABV keep me sipping rather than gulping. That's okay, this is a beer that deserves to be savored.

I've just noticed the words 'Liquid Luxury...' on the gaudy label. Come to think of it, those words describe the mouthfeel better than I ever could. This sucker is so firm, yet so velvety and silky smooth that virgins will probably blush when they get a mouthful. I think I'll stop right there.

Maybe it's because I don't have access to their beer (except on my occasional trips to Ohio), but I sometimes forget just how talented to good folks at Victory are. V-Twelve is one of the few Belgian-style ales (not brewed by Allagash or Russian River) that I now think of as world-class. I can't wait to acquire a fresh bottle. In a word, this one is... superb.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the corked 750ml bottle into a snifter. Dark bronze in color with a nice off white head. Not much lacing is involved but the head stays around for quite a bit.

Aromas are fruity and yeasty.

Plenty of bubblegum in the flavor profile. Yeast and some fruity hops add some depth and dimension in the aroma.

A decent beer overall. A bit sweet for my liking but a great effort from Victory. I generally like Victory beers and this one is no slouch. Give it a shot, although I probably will not attempt a second effort.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pretty clear medium dark orange-amber in the glass with a white head made up of tiny bubbles. Head melts quickly but surface coating and ring of white lasts and lasts as tiny bubbles continually rise to replenish it.

Aroma is wonderfully full of sweet malt, dark fruits, light fruits and spices. Aroma may be the most balanced combination I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

Taste is immediately sweet..very sweet. At first I didn't think I would be able to finish this one at all. Sweet candied belguim malt with a mixture of both light and dark fruits, then a bit....only a bit..of bitter hops to add more balance. Finish is mostly alcohol. I can definitely tell it is in there.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and full with lots of tiny carbonation biting on your tongue. Aftertaste is mostly the bitter citrus peel hops (for drying) and alcohol.

Not so shabby...kind of nice.

Photo of Slatetank
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing his birthday ale w/ me.
Poured cold froma a corked and caged 750ml bottled on Aug 10, 06
A - A honey amber color w/ full 3 finger cream head that settles to a 1 finger head and leaves lots of stickage.

S - A sweet aroma of cereal, fruit, citrus and a hint of metallic odor. There is a light spicy scent with a dark sugar aroma.

M & T - Warm and intense - a lot of boozy brandy-like warmth. Spicy and peppery, full of body and strength with an intense creamy oak taste.

Hops and spicy yeast come out in the taste as soon as the big malt viscousness lets it's grip loosen. Slight date and nut flavor is noted in subtle undertones.

D - A lot of sweetness like crystallized or candy sugar. Nice spice - a bit malty, but well made and beautiful spice in the yeast gives it a drinkability that is fierce + above average, but shows the high abv in it's taste. I would definitely advise splitting this big belgian style ale.

Photo of rodrot
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, dark amber color with a huge head of foam that threatens to overflow onto the kitchen counter. Looks very lively and Belgian. Aroma was very spicy and fruity with notes of caramel and honey in the nose. Taste was also quite spicy and fruity with lots of caramel malt, yeasty flavors, molasses and warming alcohol. The alcohol was very evident in fact and hurt the drinkability slightly. Mouthfeel was medium-full in the palate. The beer finishes with a good bit of peppery spices in the back of the throat. Overall, a very nice interpretation of the style that would probably benefit from some aging. I'm continually amazed how well American brewers are crafting Belgian style beers.

Photo of blackie
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled Jan 09, 2006

a: Foam rushes up the neck of the bottle as soon as the cork pops, but in my old age I've learned to keep a glass handy for such an occurrence. A two finger off white head sits atop the beer. Receding only partially to leave a nice cap. Sparse lacing is left on the walls of the glass. The beer is a deep, tarnished copper brown in color.

s: First up is the enticing aroma of complex grains, primarily pale and sugary, with a gentle note of ethanol. Great blend of fruits that is hard to pin down. Both aged papery and green hop aromas provide the perfect compliment to the sweet malts.

m: Carbonation borders medium and high, but comes across very gently and smooth. The body is a nice medium and seems to defy its true weight, coming across very cleanly. Might be the carbonation that gives this effect.

t: Hmmm. I expected a bit more complexity of character, but it's still a good one. Could have something to do with the age. Varied fruits, pretty subtle with a moderate-high sweetness. Calimyrna figs, pale dates, and a nice blend of complex grains. Low, aged hop flavor and a nice finish with a subtle bitterness and lingering fruity sugars.

d: 12%? Ridiculously easy, but still a sipper for sure.

from zrrbrrt in a bombing/ No BS Beta combo

Photo of ArrogantB
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-amber with golden tints, rocky white head is soon gone with the wind leaving a mottled white surface. It smells Belgian. The taste is thick, sweet, fruity, and delicious, wow! The alcohol is not really detectable overtly but the thickness and sweetness make me sure it is strong. This is an excellent beer and possibly the best I have had from Victory.

V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,187 ratings.