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V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,164
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 70
Gots: 131 | FT: 3
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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:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-18-2003)
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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
4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

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

A gift from my wife purchased at Bauer Liquors in Boston, MA.

A: Bronze brown. Opaque with visible yeast. Thin, ringed buff head.

S: Pretty clean German malt aroma. Boozy - nearing towards solvent like. Clove aroma with some fruity notes as well.

T: A sweet malt bomb with a big taste - sugary . Quite boozy. Dark fruit esters and slight clove phenols add character. Something is missing here. I think a better balance between strong brown sugary malt taste and the spicy phenols would be the preferred solution

MF: Slick/smooth medium full mouthfeel. Alcohol warming.

D: Strong alcohol taste does not get in the way of this good tasting quad. Great paired with a sharp cheddar cheese.

Photo of treehugger02010
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this 750 ml bottle from Capone's Restaurant in Norristown, Pa, and poured twice into a 25 ounce "pint" glass.
Appearance: A brown body with a huge huge huge dark eggshell head. I have never encounted the what I am going to say before, so interpert it as you will, but I thought it was odd. The huge head, had amazing retention, but left no lacing.
Smell: A sweet buttery smell, sour, but not tart, you can identify right away that this is a Quadrupel. In fact, my jaded nose couldn't place the familiar aroma, so I had my girlfriend waft it, and she said it smelled like Weyerbacher Quad, right on Babygirl, right on.
Taste: Similar to the smell, boozy, sweet and anomous fruit, very tasty for a Belgium Quad.
Mouthfeel: Smooth as a Marty's bottom (Marty is my girlfriend's nephew, and I said I'd give her a specific shout out, so that's that), anyways it was very smooth.
Drinkability: I steward at a Faculty Club, and one of the patrons has some sort of work with Victory. He has brought a bunch of the other members to try this and they all loved it, even though they arn't crafties. I can see why, this is a very drinkable 4th.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of Riggsy
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. Corked & Caged. Bottled Jan 6, 2006. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a surprisingly clear copper color. Huge white fluffy head,

Aromas of biscuity malt, fruity esters, and earthiness.

Tastes of semi-sweet malt and green apple at first sip. Other fruits take over as the brew warms, peach most familiar. Finishes dry and a little hot from alcohol but not offensive.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied but crisp and dry. Well carbonated.

Well done brew. I don't have alot of experience with the quads but this would appear to be a good example of the style.

Photo of CWiggins
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one has been staring me in the face for a month when I enter the beer department at Sam's Quik Stop in Durham. The labeling sure is attractive, and I'm a sucker for anything with a Belgian slant, so here goes!

I poured this beer rather aggressively into a Delirium Tremens glass. (Aren't those pink elephant just the living end?!) The ecru head was probably exaggerated due to my heavy pouring–it was at least two fingers high–and the color was amber. Not dark, not golden, just pure amber.

I took a few big sniffs to attain a good sense of the aroma; it's mainly of apple and peach, with some dark malts and sweet bread thrown in just to tempt the sniffer. Upon the first taste, one notices the brown sugary sweetness common in this style. This initial sting of fruity flavor mellows into a dark, complex labyrinth of sweet malts, mature fruit, caramel, and alcohol. I just want to take a drink and slowly let the taste ripen on my tongue, taking in all the wonderful flavors it has to offer.

The texture is not too lean and not too thick. It's more creamy than fizzy, and the way it just sort of coats your tongue is incredible. I hope I can finish this bottle, as the alcohol–which isn't intended to be hidden–is already making its presence known!

Photo of czechsaaz
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Long time ago I carted a case of this home from Philly to L.A. in my luggage. (Silly PA case law.) So I'm not tasting this blind but it's been at least 3 years since I drank the last one from that case.

Lots of yeast aroma. Sort of bread smelling but also with lots of fermentation character of fruit, I get apricot and maybe peach. Strong base malt aroma that seems mostly like Pilsner malt. No noticeable hop aroma.

Deep amber and very clear. Poured with a nice off-white head that faded quickly to a small rim around the glass and a thin island of foam in the middle. Very lively rising carbonation around the edge of the glass feeds the rim of foam.

Big amounts of sweet malt flavor up front. Then there's a lot more of the yeast effect. lots of esters that I pick out as red apple, peach and plum. As it warmed up I got good caramel flavor, probably from some crystal malt, and a toasty flavor. There's some hop bitterness for balance but it is definitely a strong malt profile beer.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied but the high carbonation level keeps it from being really thick. There's no noticeable alcohol which is surprising given a 12% ABV. Hiding that much strength is pretty impressive.

Big strong beer and very nice sipper. Doesn't have a lot of the finesse of a lot of strong-belgian ales but is still a pretty nice effort.

Photo of techdiver
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First pour out of the bottle shows a relatively clear deep amber with a solid one thumb head that dissipates slowly. Second pour was cloudy with bits suspended and solid one finger head.

Nose of sweet malt, caramel,raisins and dates.

Taste is complex with evidence of sweet malt, caramel, raisin, plum and alcohol. The alcohol is fairly well hidden, but you can't really expect to hide 12% entirely.

Good mouthfeel, feels surprisingly light with gentle coating and good carbonation.

Amazingly drinkable for what it is, a quad. From memory it's every bit as sensational as the V-Grand Cru was as a BSDA.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, this was one hell of a big beer. Poured a deep dark brown with no real head, just a thin layer of lace around the top of the glass, which did stick tough on its way down as well. Smell was alot of alcohol, could really set you back for a second, once it warmed it had a nice dark fruity grain like smell. The taste was a bit harsh, like rocket fuel harsh, too hot for me, and I like big beers. I really feel the alcohol really drowned out any of the subtle flavors that were there, just really overwhelmed it. The feel was good, smooth, not thin or watery and not too heavy. I think the real reason this suffers again is just too much alcohol. Still a good beer though, maybe just needs to sit for a while to age.

Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled August 27, 2004.
This is a bottle of beer with a history.
I gave this as a gift several years ago to fellow BA mtanji with the stipulation that we would share it when his son and my sons graduated from high school. That event occured last Thursday and on Friday evening I received a call inviting my wife and I over to his house to share this fine aged beer.
After sharing several selections from his most recent beer-of -the-month club delivery, we proceeded to open the 750ml caged bottle.
It poured as a deep ruby color beer with very nice white puffy head.
The smell is excellent with strong dark fruit notes abounding.
The taste is more fruitiness with a mild alcohol warmness in the mouth. It reminds me of the last time I had a nice after dinner cognac. Very pleasing.
This beer went down way too easy. Too easy to drink, but the warming feeling is very pleasant. I still have a bottle with the same bottling date. I wonder what it will be like at college graduation.

Photo of letsgopens
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This interesting quadrupel pours a bright cloudy orange amber with a very dense pleasing head that holds intensely and leaves nice lace.

The aroma is predominantly fruity and sweet with a slightly acidic sourness in the finish. Citrus, apple; an abundance of that great and familiar fruit/yeast Belgian aroma.

The taste is surprising. An eye-opening twang greats you immediately. Fruity and complex with yeasty qualities. Apple cider, citrus, prune, a bit of vanilla, and other assorted spices. The sweet tangy finish posses a real pleasing alcoholic warmth. Although the flavor was unique (in a good way), I couldn't help but feel like this beer was lacking that characteristic bitterness reminiscent of many similar Belgian Ales.

The mouthfeel is tangy and bitey with a good bit of fruit based acidity. Very formidable, and a bit harsher than many quads. But a nice warmth and soft carbonation.

Overall a good beer experience but if you are looking for a quadrupel, go with Rochefort 10 or Three Philosophers. Worth a try.

Photo of rowew
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 750, corked and caged. Lots of descriptive text, bottled on date is clearly marked.

Appearance: Nice pop and a bit of smoke as the cork comes out. Reddish gold and clear, lots of small bubbles. Good medium sized head with great retention.

Smell: Lots of malt, with some spicy belgian yeast.

Taste: Malty with the same belgian yeast characteristics from the aroma. Some candy sugar in there as well.

Overall impression: This is a decent belgian offering - not my favorite I've had, but certainly enjoyable, and a decent value from Victory.

Photo of BobThomas
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 750mL bottle into a chalice.

Pours a translucent dark amber color with a fluffy white head. The head shrunk to an average lacing after a bit.

Smell is complex with sweet malts, fruits some bananas and currants maybe, bread, earthiness, something vegetal, and a lot of alcohol.

I can't get anything nearly as complex in the flavor. Up front I can get the a little of the fruit middle is all bready, and the finish seems a bit off with a sour boozy funk. However, the lingering numbing and fruit is nice.

Photo of sterstar1
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer definitely falls within my top three favorite beers. I love the beer itself and the price is reasonable at $8 for a 750. It pours into my wide-mouth Chimay glass with a beautiful rosey color and not too much head. It smells sweet with some fruity tones. The taste is wonderful. Sweet and fruity at first and then ballanced out very nicely. Pick this one if you get a chance. Very drinkable!

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. Bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A: Cloudy amber in color with orange hues. Dense off white head pours tthree fingers thick. Good retention. Thin sticky lacing clings to the glass.

S: Bready malts. Peach. Banana clove. White pepper. Raw earth and alcohol.

T: The brew starts off with a pear like flavor and is immediately overwhelmed by sweet bread like malts. Flavors of peach and banana clove make their presence felt and are followed by a hot white pepper burn. Raw earth and flavors of apple are followed by a dry, warming alcohol bite.

M: Crisp and slightly slick. Moderate carbonation. Warm and dry.

D: A solid representation of the style. Very clean and quite complex. Alcohol is present but not as intense as the 12.00 % would imply. Recommended.

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

750 ML bottle poured into a tulip glass with the bottled on date being Aug 10 '06.

Pours a fairly clear burnt orange with an off-white bubble filled head. Lacing is here and there throughout tasting, but not much of it. The aroma starts off with a nice floral burst. Along with that comes the powerful fruity sweetness that dominates; apple, peach, pears. A tiny hint of toffee malt odor peaks as well. Flavor of this beer is very complex. The taste has a buttery alcohol flavor to it. Spiced orange peels tickle the tounge as well. As this beer warms, a caramel apple flavor seems to appear along with a tiny bit of smokey pepper. Carbonation makes the mouthfeel a bit rough, lots of continuous bubbles. Drinkability is scary good, 12% abv, you sure? Probably should have shared this with someone, definitely my only review of the night. Another win for Victory! wow, how lame...my bad.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice orange/amber body and large white head. Some chunking developed.
Smells of yeast, biscuit, some banana and sour apple. alcohol is detectable
Taste is good, but not quite put together. the carbonation interupts the yeast and malt flavors. Raisin and persimmon try to come through, but don't make it. Again carbonation too much. Feels filmy, cannot get a fresh feel for it. Maybe I should have aged it or something.
the 22 oz bomber was a bit much. moving on to some more solid brews seems right.

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

25.4 oz. bottle poured into my Chimay chalice

A - Amber colored with a nice ruby hue to it. A little over an inch of foam that sticks around for a while and leaves nice lacing on the glass as it dissipates slowly.

S - Decent floral hoppy aroma comes through first, which is a little surprising for a belgian ale. Followed quickly by your typical belgian sweet fruitiness...fig, pineapple, apricot, plum, all balanced by a nice underlying toffee aroma.

T - Nice peppery coriander flavor with delicious fruit underneath. A little grape, apple, and pear. A surprising hot bitterness that is very welcome. Complex and very nice, but a little too much alcohol taste to make it exceptional.

M - Creamy, bubbly, and full without being thick. On par with some of the better Belgian ales.

D - It's a sipper at 12%, but a delicious sipper nonetheless. It gets better as it warms, really aiding the drinkabilty. A great offering from Victory, and one of the top American-made Belgian-style dark ales.

Photo of uberabr
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy glowing amber with golden-red hues. Vanilla colored head is huge and bubbly, and settles to a one-finger creamy froth leaving decent lace. Smell is fruity and floral, with a fresh spicey hop. Orange blossoms, red apples, and lemon juice complement a bouquet of cherries, ginger, butter and cinnamon. Extremely complex and equally well rounded.

Taste goes from a buttery cream to a bouquet of fruity esters- melon, peach, and banana. Strawberry? Pineapple? Loads of sweet sugar, lemon cake? A slight citrusy ethanol twang in the aftertaste but overall the booze taste is very mild for such a potent brew. Highly drinkable. A very impressive Belgian brew for an American company.

Photo of SacoDeToro
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy amber with a decent off-white head.

The aroma of the beer was fruity with notes of alcohol and solvent.

The flavor of the beer was sweet and lightly malty with some biscuit flavors. There were flavors of the light dried fruits: apricots, white raisins, and some apple. The hops were in the background and had a floral character.

The mouthfeel was good and the carbonation was fine.

Overall, this beer was very unimpressive. It can't hold a candle to the likes of Rochefort, Westy, or St. Bernardus for that matter. There wasn't much depth to this beer. I think Victory is capable of being right on the mark with beers like Prima Pils, but like Hop Wallop, this one fell pretty short of being good.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Liquid Luxury"...how can you pass that up?? bottled on 8/10/06 consumed on 3/5/07.

First off, I would like to share the reaction of a friend of mine who I gave a small sample to...he said, and I quote: "MAN, it's like La Fin Du Monde on CRACK!!" He wasn't too far off.

AP: Pours out a wonderful Pale golden Amber color with big carbonation and many tiny streaming bubbles creating a fluffy-white head that dissipated slowly with a very active center "eye" with a scattered covering.

Smell: Sugary malt, Sour and spicey with an aromatic zesty and herbal hop whiff. The smell is right on for the style.

Flavor & feel: Big, thick, syruppy full bodied feel with a classic lively bite that dances on the palate. Caramalized malty sweetness upfront, not overpowering with a spicey and very fruity complex hop flavor with an earthy and rather dry-leafy hop effect fin. This one gives the best the run for it's money. The balance of big sweet malty flavors and a big and complex hop is really fantastic.

DA: Not exactly La fin Du Monde opn Crack, but it gives you a pretty good idea for what your in for. Even at 12 % this one is really easy to drink.


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

Poured into my duvel chalice.
Beer poured a golden color with a huge rocky head. The head was at least 3 inches in depth and took the longest time to recede a couple of inches to pour some more of the beer. There was a constant one inch head the entire time I was drinking it.
The smell is yeasty with some fruit and alcohol in the nose. I also found what I'm thinking is a "bubble gum" smell in the nose.
Taste is really good. The yeasty smell comes through in the taste as well as the aforementioned bubble gum. I'm also getting some lemon zest. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy going. Decent amount of carbonation.
Although the taste kind of masks the alchohol, make no mistake it is every bit of 12%. I drank this entire bomber by myself in under an hour and it hit me like a ton of bricks. It's so easy drinking that you never notice the alcohol. But you feel it when your done.
Nice brew, that I'll definitely partake of again.

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

Appearance: A nice frothy head and a brilliant orange-amber color.
Smell: A sweet fruity aroma similar to grapes.
Taste: Full of spicy taste, sweet grape taste and the 12% alcohol gives off some heat. I would like to see what it taste like after a couple years.
Mouthfeel: Medium-Full bodied.
Drinkability: Good, but dangerous.

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: amber with white head that retains very well, nice carbonation activity
s: fruity and caramel smells
t: great taste - fruity, sweet (but not overly so at all)
m: moderate body, very smooth especially for the abv with great carbonation
d: unbelievably easy to drink at this abv. definitely look forward to my next encounter with one of these

one of the top 2 quad styles brewed in the us that i can think of - glad victory finally tapped the colorado beer market.

Photo of shivtim
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to aforbes10.
Pours a hazy orange with red tints. Lots of bubbles. Looks festive. Nose is sweet ethanol and hints of malts. Not bad. Taste is very sweet, with slight hop bitterness, and alcohol at the end. I can taste 11 of the V's; not sure where the 12th one went. Mouth is super foamy. Way too foamy! It's like a bubble party in my mouth. Drinkability is average. Reminds me more of a new barleywine than a Quadrupel. Not bad at all though.

V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,164 ratings.