V-Twelve | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Curt3
4.99/5  rDev +24.1%
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%
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 GOBLIN
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: lighter than traditional for a quad. Murky brown orange. Looks like a barley wine.
Smell: old musty hops, carmelized sugar, sweet orange marmelade
Taste: huge orange marmelade jelly flavor, malty sweetness like a barley wine, light fruit esthers such as apples, pears, apricots.
Mouthfeel: little under carbonated for the style.

Overall this is more of an American strong ale or American barley wine than a Belgian quad. It's a fine beer and enjoyable though so who cares.

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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 gr8ful
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very nice orangish-amber color with nice beige head, and left nice lace on the glass. This beer was almost "pretty", which I acknowledge is an odd description for a beer or ale. Decent to good foam retention. Very malty per the style, possibly a little TOO sweet but not cloyingly so. The ABV is quite high and the alcohol was noticeable in the taste. I generally don't want to taste the alcohol in my beer but it was not overwhelming so I did not let it detract too much from my taste score. The biscuity flavor of the malts more than compensated for the strong alcohol presence. Not a strong hop presence at all.
Disclaimer: I'm not adept of adequately judging mouthfeel so I'm not sure if my score is accurate. As long as it doesn't give the impression of witch hazel or used motor oil in my mouth, I rate mouthfeel 4 or more.
I recommend it and will have it again.
(poured from a big bottle)

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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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