V-Twelve | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

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
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#4,213
Reviews:
634
Ratings:
1,378
pDev:
12.47%
Bros Score:
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Photo of dvmin98
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zaardvark
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tradershmulie
2.11/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of jd2017
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I tend to concur w/ Trey Wilson's review on taste / highlights (no need to rehash the points, agree). The selection was in a growler (mine) at a very reasonable price, might add. Enjoying.....!

However, would like to note that my sampling was from a long-delayed visit to this (local) brewery.
What I truly wanted - was not available for carryout at the time. However, will come back again - for the brewery tour.

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Photo of sposter4
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stortore
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a chalice. Bottled 11/9/15/, had 6/15/17.

Pours a lighter amber color, looks like wine. Mostly clear, with a one inch foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of malt, plums, grapes, red wine, figs, dates, apples, and a strong spice- cloves, maybe? The taste also leads with the malt, then grapes, figs, plums, dates, caramel, raisins, spices. Smooth, creamy, a good medium body, well carbonated.

Really like this. It’s a little lighter than most quads, but has a very good flavor and a great aroma. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slighly hazed amber with a thin white head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is pear, apricot, raisins and Belgian yeast.

T - The taste is pears, raisins, brown sugar, caramel malts, Belgian yeast and some light hops in the finish.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a big strong Quad. The flavors are on point but this is a slow sipper.

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Photo of Jim_Benz
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've had this in my cellar for maybe 3 years, so the hops are diminished. I don't recall caring for it much fresh, but aged? Pretty tasty, even though I'm not a huge fan of quads. After aging a bit, it pours Amber with a small creamy head that mostly dissipates in a hurry. The smell is the best part, sweet and fruity with a little malt. Tastes a little too sweet (it's a quad, after all) but good for sipping. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden, IMO. Mouth feel is a little thin, but okay for the style. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle from Kroger's in Athens Ohio (!?!) in a snifter.
This fantastic find, with a different label by the way, pours a luminous
deep amber with a fantastic head of egg shell foam that subsides to a
thick ring, thin subtle pool, and showcases some nice sudsy lacing.
Nose of peaches, pears, brown sugars, subtle sweet bread, subtle
booze, and touches of cherries and raisins. Flavors expand on the
nose with aplomb. Cherries and cranberries mingle with peach and apricot
notes that are simmered in strong booze and sweet breaded notes. Brown
sugars and raisins carry through the rear of the taste with stone fruits falling
on the sides with a warming brandy character that is inviting and welcome.
Subtle banana bread shows itself with warmth as well with light Belgian
spices.

Excellent mouth feel---medium carbonation that is lively, medium mouth feel,
and a sweet boozy finish with a subtle herbal hop note on the rear.

Overall, this is one fine quad that I am pleased to have found, especially
in of all places Krogers in Athens Ohio.

Cheers

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Clear, light copper colored brew, small head production. Definitely lighter than most quads.

Aroma is big and boozy, and in this case, spoiled by a large amount of oxidation. Past that, it's overbearingly strong, and bears notes of pears, honey, caramel, and oddly, hops.

Syrupy and sweet; nearly cloying; raisins, bread, brown sugar. All the hallmarks of a traditional quad are present, but buried beneath an avalanche of stale hops, caramel malt, booze, and oxidation.

Feel is much better than expected. Smooth and oily, the 12% is only felt as a touch of back-end heat.

This is a very aged bottle, which is not ideal for a first try. That said, this is a quad, and I would expect a quad to hold up well to the five year mark or beyond. That this is still incredibly boozy, and loaded with stale hops, reminds me far more of an aged American barleywine than a quad. It's nowhere near bad, but it's not at all to style.

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Photo of Chipotle
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jwilcox767
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark golden honey with about an inch of head.
S - Nice yeast smell
T - Quite pleasent and very smooth. The yeast definitely has a bite, but definitely in character for this style.
M - Juicy, nice viscosity
O - Well done Belgian quad. It's one of the only beers that I have had from this brewery, but its unique enough that I'd have it again.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kw_pip
4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle, aged 7 years in cool basement. Brown sugar, raisins, malty.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber with tinges of ruby. Minimal head and nothing in the way of lacing on my glass. Smell is strong on fruits such as pears and stone fruit, but there is a strong sweet scent too from the Candi. I also get hops on the end, which I find unusual for the style. The taste is sweet and fruity with a booziness as well. Belgian yeast and piney hops provide a curious finish to this beer. The feel is fairly heavy and there is lighter carbonation than expected.

So, not what I would call a top quad. I have to say the over use of hops may have worked against this beer. It doesn't suit the style. Glad I tried it, but definitely would not have again.

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Photo of brutalist
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timtac
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Curt3
4.99/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a very nice beer. Pours a dark golden honey with about a one inch creamy white head. It has a pleasent yeast smell with a wonderful taste. The finish is quite pleasent and very smooth. This is probably the best beer that I have had from this brewery.

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Photo of delta490
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little lighter in color than a traditional quad but it is a beautiful amber, deep in color and clear. Just a hint of light tan head around the glass. The aroma needs a little time to open but has nice dark fruit and candied sugar. The taste is similar but with more depth than the aroma. The body has a nice full feeling on the palate, smooth with a small tingle of carbonation

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Photo of Peaches13
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GOBLIN
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow . . . Just wow ! No, not the best Belgian inspired quad I've ever had, just wow because I got this for $8.75 ! Oh, and BTW . . . Not a bad take on the style. Drinks like a 12% beer for sure. Reminds me of Mad Elf without the cherries. Good beer . . . grab a bottle a catch a craft buzz

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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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