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V-Twelve | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Heady with a aromatic fruity start and taste, this amber ale features hints of pear and apricot in its well-nuanced flavor. The initial impression of fruitiness concludes in a refreshing dryness that begs you to sip again. Be fore- warned, this ale is immense as it registers 12% abv.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-18-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
622
Ratings:
1,335
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.44%
 
 
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106
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227
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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky orangish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint copper + golden yellow + honey colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film covering a little more than half of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of light fruits (apricot and pear), toasted malts, and brown sugar sweetness. Light aromas of alcohol and hints of herbal + pine hops. Light aromas of spicy yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of toasted malts with a slightly stronger than moderate amount of brown sugar and candi sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of light fruits (apricot and pear). Finally there are moderate flavors of spicy yeast and a light flavor of herbal + pine hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades away quickly. There is a light to moderate presence of alcohol with a moderate amount of lingering malty sweetness.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amount of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is definitely a big, strong beer but it is still enjoyable. The alcohol is present but not in a harsh way making it still quite enjoyable. Definitely worth grabbing and a slightly interesting take on the style - with the lighter fruit flavors rather than dark fruits.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on 09 NOV 2015. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy copper color with about an inch and a half off-white head that stayed around for a really long time. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit (plum, raisins), caramel malt, peppery spice, and some clove. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like plums, raisins, banana, pears, peppery spice, clove, dried fruit and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. It was also smooth and easy to drink. I thought this was good, overall. It's not my favorite quad out there but it's certainly worth trying. $7.99 a bottle.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 11/9/15 and enjoyed 7/9/16. 8 months of aging.

Pours a copper color with a bunch of lively carbonation waifing the aroma of cloves, others spices and fruits to my nose. A thin layer of off-white colored foam settles on top and small streaks of lacing cling to the sides of the tulip glass. Tastes of fruits, spices, and the sweetness is very prevalent. Sticky feel on the lips and a medium feel overall. This 12% quad is a sipper for sure but very enjoyable to indulge upon.

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Photo of Swp4lfe
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It was on draft at a local bar for 6$! 12% Belgian strong ale. Tasted like Weyerbacher Insanity but doesn't have that pure alcohol taste at the last drop. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 10-month-old bottle, pours a mostly clear copper-amber. There are a few floaties in there. Maybe a quarter-inch head that dissipates to a film pretty quick.

Smell is a bit of banana, then dark fruits and a bit of toffee/caramel. The tiniest hint of cloves. Taste follows, though it's not nearly as sweet as the smell set me up for. Alcohol almost completely hidden. Feel is a thickish medium, but more medium than thick. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle that was bottled on 7/6/15 poured into a tulip glass. Bottle just refrigerated last night and drank tonight 24 hours later.

Look: Pours an amber color with about an inch of head. Lacing was present but not very retained at all.

Smell: Very fruity aroma of figs, dates, and raisins. Also some hints of sweetness and ready malts.

Taste: Taste is very sweet. Huge notes of fruits that were also present on the nose. Also a hint of the high ABV is present on the taste.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Solid Belgian Quad here. I think I prefer the Belgian Hoppy Quad from Victory over this one but this one is very solid as well. Glad I grabbed a bomber of this to try. I would revisit this again if brewed again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper in color with moderate clarity. There's a trace of thinly veiled brown in the middle of the glass. The aroma is of golden raisins and Belgian yeast. I taste plenty of light Belgian malt and some light Belgian candy sugar. The mouth is a bit warm with alcohol, highly carbonated, and chewy.

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Photo of thebeers
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2014 bottle date. Pours a vibrant muddy-orange color with a tiny wisp of off-white head. Syrupy aroma of orange marmalade, molasses, maple and winter spices. The taste doesn't really align. There's a moderately high hop-bitterness, some alcohol burn and even citrusy hop flavor; it's buried behind the malts, but there's definitely some grapefruit flavor there. There's also a fair amount of banana and clove on the backend. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, with a little prickliness to the mouthfeel. Not very traditional, but tasty and complex nonetheless. Not bad.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.98/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Poured from a caged and corked bottle to a tulip glass. Dark, rich amber coloration with a finger length of beige head at the top.

Smell- Wow, you can smell it from the moment you uncork it. Tons of fruits, clove, cinnamon and spices.

Taste- Very, very sweet. Follows the nose with a huge, beautiful burst of fruity flavors and spices. Absolutely outstanding if you like the sweet flavors of quads, with just a slight kick of alcohol on the finish.

Feel- Medium body, slight carbonation

Overall- All I can say is wow... This has taken the spot as my new favorite beer, out of everything I have tried over my year of tasting craft offerings. The sweetness might be offputting for some, but then again, that's what comes with the style.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

4-2-16 - Poured from a caged and corked 750ml bottle into a chalice glass. Dark straw color with just a slight head. Smooth and tasty with great aromas. Not as strong as other quads I had, but with great subtle tastes. So good.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.96/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer pours a rich amber with a classically large head. The aroma is redolent of figs and dates, with accompanying banana, clove, cinnamon, and a fair amount of alcohol. The flavor is semi-sweet, with notes of fig, date, chocolate, banana, brown sugar, pecans, nutmeg, clove, burnt orange, and lavender. The mouthfeel is full and thick. Overall this is a superb beer. I would not have guessed it was a quad, but is is awesome in any style.

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Photo of kbrokhoff
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I'll keep this review short and sweet. Bought a 25.4 oz bottle at a Hudson, NH Market Basket of all places. Bottled On date was 28 AUG 2015. Split this bottle over two consecutive days. Color is pure copper with a clear appearance, but upon closer inspection the beer reveals itself to be unfiltered. First day drank the beer out of a Chimay goblet; second day out of a stemmed tulip-like glass. What really stands out about this beer is its mouthfeel. Booziness/alcohol is strong in the taste, but there are huge hints of apple juice before the alcohol conquers. Lacing is incredible. My low rating on the Smell is due to its subtlety, although there's an apple faintness. "Liquid Luxury in the form of a Belgian-Style Quad" - those words capture this beer almost perfectly.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

1pt. 9.4oz. - caged and corked brown bottle - no bottled on date printed on label

Victory V-Twelve filled my snifter with an amber color and produced an off-white 1-finger bubbly head. The head had good staying power and nice lacing was formed. The nose was sweet, malty and fruity. The taste started out fruity with hints of apricot and pear followed by malt and flavors of sweet caramel. There is just enough hop presence to balance the Quad. The finish is a little dry, mildly sweet, and there is a nice warming from the alcohol. Mouth feel is smooth, and crisp with a high-medium body.

Victory has produced a nice [American] Quad that goes down easily for such a high [12%] abv.

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Photo of gcamparone
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter. Thanks Andrew for getting this for my birthday.

Pours pretty flat with an amber hazy body, very little head or lacing, leaves nothing behind.

Aromas are sweet with toffee and caramel, some hoppy pine,booze, but sweetness is definitely there. On the tongue is sweet malt, toffee, caramel, a little belgium fruityness, light spices, piney hops. Mouthfeel is slightly watery for 12% and low carbonation.

Meh.. alright, definitely drinkable and easy to drink if you want to put down a 12% beer quick. Would have preferred more flavor.

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Photo of Brittian
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Lets face it, this beer is more about the AVB. It is extremely cheap for a 12%er, and really quite good for the price and purpose. The spice it gives is sublime!

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Photo of hman43
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours amber in color with a slightly off white head.

Smell: The aromas present are raisins, plums, noticeable alcohol, bread, pepper, and spices.

Taste: The tastes are high on the sweet flavors of fruit and the malts. The fruits are more plums than raisins, bread, spices, a hint of caramel, and alcohol.

Feel: There is significant alcohol warming, but not enough to create a burn. it has a heavy feel to it and is somewhat dry.

Overall: This is a highly malty and fruity heavy drinking beer that is rich with complex flavors and aromas.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/18...pours slightly reddish amber with white clingy foam. Settles down. Yeasty malt nose, slightly fruity. Taste is a fruit forward juice burst, and then a whopping alcohol pop. Berries, cherries. Boozy. Really tasty for a 12 abv.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pleasant amber with white head with good residual. Smells strongly of Belgian yeast, phenols, some banana, dark fruits, molasses and caramel. Tastes very sweet malts forward, caramel/molasses, pear, mid to late note are a bit spicy and slightly sticky finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, pleasantly sticky with just a hint of carbonation – pleasant clean finish.
Overall, very pleasant, Belgian style beer – nice, sweet and enjoyable. Different notes accentuated compared to Belgian quad equivalent – but rather enjoyable and at a great price point.

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Photo of BWood
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Orange copper with nice head that does down to small foam around the edge.

S: Belgium yeast with some dried fruit.

T: good quad taste with nice complexity. Not as good as the traditional top quads but a strong showing. I really enjoyed this.

F: smooth through with heat after. Easy drinker.

O: glad I took a chance and grabbed this. I will rebuy

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hmm, almost like a "plain" quad, whatever that is. Pours a very pretty hazy copper with nice white top. Head doesn't retain like the typical quad though. Aromas are fairly simple - malt, yeast ester, a touch of saison. Flavors are similar with some of the alcohol coming through, very sweet in a malty-syrupy way mid sip, leaving a bit of a bite at the finish. Fairly clean despite the sweet and alcohol. Not bad, but I was pretty excited given the low price and high reviews.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a light amber with foamy head with great retention.
Aromas are sweet and spicy.
Taste is inspired by a Blegian quad, but not entirely that of a quad. Spice and sweetness are there but lacking in raisin and more complexity. This beer hides its 12% ABV quite well.
Mouthfeel was good.
Overall this beer was tasty and nicely inspired by a quad, though not exactly a quad itself.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear and vibrant copper/amber color, the lacing is thick but for a Quad, that's not much head on this.

S - Caramel roast, toffee, figs, bready, overall - the nose is on the light side.

T - Roasted caramel toffee malt from start to finish with a pronounced booziness on the first sip. Toasted candy sugar, pears, and a little bit of apricot but very subtle, some Belgian spice on the back end.

M - Thick, heavy, full bodied, lip smacking sticky, very slick, carbonation is very gentle and perfect. Leaves a thick coating of sweet toasted malt in the mouth with some light fruit buried in to help balance the sweetness.

O - A solid beer but I'd probably reach for something from Belgium before this one.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 oz bomber poured into a pint glass bottle date 5.1.15
pours red/orange with a thick off white head
left a decent amount of lace on the glass
smell is of strong alcohol malty and yeasty to start then slight fruit/sweet as it warmed
taste-sweet strong alcohol and malty
feel is carbonated but smooth enough to drink despite the 12% abv
overall solid a little too sweet to drink more than one especially with the 25.4 oz bottle

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 7/3/14.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, dark fruit, spice, brown sugar, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, brown sugar, dark fruit, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid aromas and flavors and is holding up very well at over a year old at this point.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Barracudas
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is very well made with a good aroma and a great taste, it even packs a very powerful punch with a high ABV of 12%. I would highly recommended it!

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