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V-Twelve - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,157
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 70
Gots: 125 | 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 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.

techdiver, Jun 30, 2007
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.

mikesgroove, Jun 09, 2007
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.

tgbljb, Jun 09, 2007
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.

letsgopens, Jun 01, 2007
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.

rowew, May 31, 2007
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.

BobThomas, May 23, 2007
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!

sterstar1, May 16, 2007
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.

Tyrawlings, May 14, 2007
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.

BeerTruth, May 02, 2007
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.

Mebuzzard, Mar 27, 2007
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.

dgfair, Mar 24, 2007
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.

uberabr, Mar 15, 2007
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.

SacoDeToro, Mar 09, 2007
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.


GratefulBeerGuy, Mar 06, 2007
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.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 26, 2007
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.

Schwarzbart, Feb 18, 2007
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.

belgbeerdrinker, Jan 29, 2007
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.

shivtim, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from a bottle I bought while in PA and shared at our beer tasting club. Pours brown/orange with a tan/yellow head. Odiforous spicy alcohol nose. effervescent. Taste has a lot of fruity alcohol. Fruitiness is dense and thick. some fermenting bananas and spicy yeasty flavors. Alcohol violently evaporates off my tongue. mouthfeel has a cottony chewiness. a fine and dandy offering from Victory, but in terms of the style it doesn't blow me away or anything.

aforbes10, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of joeskirkie
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been saving this one for a while. No particular reason.

Anyways a slow pour from the 750 mL bottle into my Westmalle chalice yields a cloudy amber body topped barley with a thin white head.

Smells of pale malts with some kind of fruit rind, perhaps apple or orange skin.

Tastes sweet, like a hint of candied apple followed quickly by a spicy yeast and carbonation.

It's very bubbly and lively in my mouth.
I do really enjoy this one. I do start to feel the 12% about halfway through though, not that I'm complaining.

joeskirkie, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle bottled aug 10 06, a baby. Pours amber/caramel with efferevesence & a rocky 3 fingers deep offwhite head. Good head retention & okay lacing

S: Phenols & appleskins up front. Alcohol, almonds & honey notes& booze

T: Fruittyness up front then apricot. Oaky dryness & candy sugar & a little cherry follow. Port/Maderia (sic) notes also there, a;ong with a faint tangerine flavor. Warming comes through 1/2 way through the bottle along with brown sugar & a little honey. Finishes dry with hints of pralines & a little more apple skin, leather & oakyness

MF: Syruppy with enough carbonation to keep this interesting. Starts getting sticky as it warms

Not a session ale, but interesting to keep you going back. This bottle is just a little young, but a nice quad = to a lot from belgium I've had

russpowell, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL cork-n-cage, bottled on 1/9/06 and sampled on 11/23 (just found my notes for this beer today). It pours a lightly-hazed garnet with high carbonation and a modest head that leaves light lacing. The aroma is grainy, with phenolic cloves and medicinals, fruits (peach, nectarine, grape), herbs (chamomile?), and a lightly musty character. It is quite fruity on the palate, with pear, honeydew, melon rind, banana?, and green/yellow apples. In addition, there are phenols, a touch of cork, and light hops that impart a mild bitterness. Toward the end it becomes a touch too sweet, but quite nice on the whole. It is lightly drying with a medium body and a champagne-esque effervescence, leaving a medium finish. Overall a refined, quite drinkable Belgian that belies its 12%, as I had no problem finishing the bottle myself.

mmmbeer, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of Beaver13
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, caged and corked - dated 8/10/06. Pours a golden copper with a big dense fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass. Bottle conditioned with lots of yeasties at the bottom of the bottle.

The aroma is musty yeast, bready dough, pears, and some cola-like spices.

The flavor is sweet sugary malts, followed by some peppery yeasty spices, a little pear and apple and a bit of alcohol with a bitter almost tar-like finish. Normally I don't care for the sweetness and alcohol, but this is well done and balanced well. The mouthfeel is medium to full and creamy with ample but not harsh carbonation. It's a little on the syrupy side.

Overall, a well done Belgian ale.

Beaver13, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got an 05 via trade - thanks to akorsak! - with a recommendation to cellar till about 4 years old for best enjoyment. So much to my surprise I found an 06 on my beer run last night. 2 bottles came home, one to go with the 05, the other to go with me and a glass to relax and enjoy!

A - Nice rich amber with a billowy white head that kept going on forever. Steady bubbles in this through the full drink.

S - Lots of ripe fruit, belgian candi surgars and caramel. An intriguing aroma, but different than my last quads.

T - Ripe fruit, rich candy sweetness but not cloying. A swirl of caramel, a swirl of belgian yeast. Very tasty.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth. I kept looking at the bottle saying 12% ABV and not believing it was that strong.

D - went down incredibly easy. A very pleasant brew as winter is setting in!

I look forward to drinking one of these at the 4 year mark. A very nice US brewed quad! enjoy!

barleywinebrewer, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of nortmand
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours rich gold-red with a big fluffy white head.

Huge spicy, fruit esters in the nose. Ripe bananas, candied plums and you can actually smell the alcohol. Very sweet and fruity smelling.

Extremely sweet flavor, almost seems underattenuated. The fruit esters are there, but are accompanied by a more prominent clove oil flavor. Leaves some tangy hop bite in the back of the throat. Long, slow alcoholic burn.

Fairly full bodied, but a bit slick. This beer is a conundrum. Like many American Belgian style brews, it is really too much. The yeast didn't seem to fully do it's job, plus the brewer just went balls to the wall with gravity and as a result the beer is sweet, overtly alcoholic and a bit messy around the edges. On the other hand, it follows the trend of Victory making extremely drinkable beers, and despite the problems I had with it, I had and enjoyed seconds from this beer.

nortmand, Nov 20, 2006
V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,157 ratings.