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V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,195
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 75
Gots: 152 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,195 | Reviews: 587
Photo of sjohansen
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I got a pretty good work-out taking the cork out of this one. The benefit is I worked up quite a thirst that needed quenching. Poured with a nice 2 finger head that dissipates quickly, turning into an off white film and eventually a wispy cloud. This tops what amounts to an interesting cloudy amber-dark cherry color. Small spots lace the snifter as I drink.

At first, peppery alcohol in the nose, and what I can only identify as pungent yeast (bottle conditioned, I’ll be more careful with the next pour; note: I was more careful, and the nose was clear of that “off” scent I couldn’t place.) As it warms I get hints of rock candy or charms lollipops. Overall, even after the second pour, not real impressed by the nose.

Sweet fruit on the front of the tongue, and spicy/bitter sensation on the back. Get a little candy apple as it warms and the bitterness fades a bit. In the second glass, I get much more peppery fruit.

Mouthfeel is great. Good carbonation, different tastes pop on different parts of the tongue. After a couple gentle swirls to release some of the aromas, it turns to sweet silk.

Definitely powerful. The alcohol is hidden nicely enough to make this drinkable, but it is definitely present. I think it’s great. Unless this is your entire night, find someone to split the bottle with. If it is your entire night… hey, it was mine and I don’t judge.

Photo of watchnerd
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma just barely above average in presence; really need to take a good strong whiff to get the scent, mostly of malts. Head and lace are minimal to non-existent, while the color is an unremarkable murky tan. Flavor is good at masking the high alcohol, which as a nice warming effect, but lacks complexity. Mouthfeel is about average. A decent beer, and one of the most quaffable for such high ABV, but I’m a bit surprised at the super high scoring...

Photo of SilentSabre
3.41/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad quad, but a quad none the less. Big, assertive alcohol and a bit difficult to drink, IMO. Poured a bronze orange colour with a fizzy off white head that vanished in about 25 seconds.
This might be the nicests smelling quad I have ever encountered, though. Lots of candied fruit smells and heavy, yeasty dough-like nuances. Taste is pretty sweet with plenty of fruit and bread dough, and then a really aggressive alcohol punch. Par for the course in the way of quads. A good example of a style that really isn't for me. I have a couple of 750's of this aging and I'll be curious to see what this is like in 2 or 3 years.

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

Aged bottle,it was bottled in 06 and I got it for my birthday last year from the brewery.I opened it last night with my buddys John and Brian.

Honey colored looking body with some yeast in it.Small white head that falls to no lacing at all.

The only notes that I smelled where fruit, but they where very pleasent.

Syrpy,sweet and very fruity.

Thick,syrpy mouthful with alcohol burn.

I would have again but this beer does indeed to spend sometime in the cellar.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aged bottle 2002.
Pours a cloudy orange-ish color with a small white head. In the aroma, huge alcohol and big citrus, corriander. In the taste, a sweet maltiness, alcohol, and corriander. A smooth alcohol mouthfeel and a dry, corriander alcohol aftertaste. Ages very well, smooth with big alcohol, somewhat like a huge saison, or Belgian pale, more than a quad.

Photo of Biscuit033
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml C&C

A: Very light in color for a quad. Light amber with hints of orange Small head with good retention. There are plenty of nice small to medium sized bubbles working their way from the base of the wine glass.

S: Malts, fruits like fresh cranberry, raisins, dates, and prunes, as well as toffee and caramel.

T: Heavy malts, dried darks fruits of the nose, and dried cranberries, hints of cherry and chocolate, that is warmed by strong but not overpowerinf alcohol.

M: Full, creamy and long bitter and alcoholic finish.

D: Very good take on the style and something I would order again and again as dessert (insteady of whiskey or brandy). Very nice sipper.

Photo of ballenc
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brown-orange/amber with two fingers of tan/off-white head that quickly recedes leaving no lacing at all.

Initial nose of Belgian yeast - bready (distinctive) followed by sweet dried fruit aroma of figs and apricots. Strong alcohol aroma with a finish of sweet maltiness.

Taste mimics the smell with a strong alcohol punch (12% ABV is not subtle).

Thick and strong on the tongue and a bit on the sugary side with some alcohol hotness that mellows out to a better balance as this brew warms in the glass. Seems more like a barleywine than a Belgian quad.

Overall a decent, drinkable beer that's a bit stronger than what I prefer for a Belgian style brew.

Photo of jamie2dope
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Victory is a brewery that constantly comes out with quality products. This is one of them that I have not tried. Pours a nice strawberry coloration, with a white heading that is just a bit bigger than a lacing that lasts throughout. Smell is full of sweet fruit, namely strawberry, grape, melon and pomegranate. There is also a sweet honey characteristic in the aroma, probably a result of the alcohol. Taste is juicy full of fruit such as those mentioned above. Starts off very fruity and ends on a slight dry note. Either way, it is bursting at the seams with fruity flavors. Mouthfeel is heavy, but not necessarily viscous or syrupy, more slick I would say. Carbonation is just right on this one in that it is apparent, but below the sweet alcohol, balancing everything out nicely. This is an exceptional example of an American made Quadruple. Even better than some of the Belgian examples I have tasted. I would be happy to see this brew in stores all year round. This brewery is victorious again.

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.

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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,195 ratings.