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 sterstar1
5/5  rDev +24.4%
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!

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Photo of mserene86
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

i had this beer with a delirium noel. v-12 is absolutely superior hard to compare with anything else as it is in a category all its own.i will buy all the v12 i can buy!!! complicated beer. well thought out. do not wait five years. the americans make good beer too.

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Photo of basscram
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my St. Bernardus Goblet. The Belgians are mad because I've poured a light colored American belgian style quad into it. Kidding aside, Color is a light copper like color, lots of carbonation uprising from the depths and it looks brilliant! Cannot see through.

Smell is malty and smells of sweet candy is all I can gather and I can sense from the smell that this beer is going to be boozy.

Taste, A few sips and your pretty warm from the 12% abv. It has a candy taste as well, which of course is really sweet,

Mouthfeel is thin, not thick like you would expect if the beer was candyish like I describe this.

Overall this quad is awesome and I got it for 7.50 for the bottle!!! Gotta be dumb not to pick it up for that price.

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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 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 kegerator
4.97/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I would have given it all 5's but I really would have liked some head to speak of on this one.
poured out beautiful medium amber color with no head but a littel white rim around the edge.
smell was complex, I got pear, sugar, caramel, some spice(clove maybe?), very very nice. I was extremely intrigued at this point.
taste: amazing, first hits with a licoricesque/spice then boom hear comes the caramel/sugar sweetness and a nice warmth on the way down from the alcohol.
mouthfeel was dead on sticky sweet, yet smooth
very drinkable, i went right out and got the last one they had and am letting it age for the winter...we'll see what happnes to this one over a bit more time, although it was bottled in march of 03 so it has already had some time to age

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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 scottoale
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Caged corked 750ml bottle, bottled on Mar.29,05. Popped open and poured slowly into 16oz glass mug. Beautiful deep copper color with atomic carbonation bubbles forming an incredible frothy inch and a half, slightly off-white head. Unbelievable head retention, awesome carbo bubble show!

First off the nose is a robust, awesome malt aroma, so good it makes me shiver. Sweet smelling malt and nothing but....very, very pleasant!

Taste is exactly like the smell, incredible...malty, bubbly bliss with superb slightly sweet, into a polished smooth balanced finish. I love this stuff. The alcohol is undetectable in the flavor, but warms you pleasantly as it's loaded at 12percent ABV.

Into the mouth it is velvety smooth and really makes your tastebuds tingle. The carbonation is unlike any other I've ever expirienced, like the label says "Liquid Luxury" almost an understatement.

If there ever was one, this is "the champagne of bottled beers" very little pun intended. As listed on this site as retired, all I can say is sorry to those who have not had the pleasure because I can't recommend trying this fine ale enough! Awesome job Victory!!!

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Photo of HoldensHomebrew
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer was marked "Bottled on Feb 2008" 2 year aged example. I may not have a lot of reviews on this website but I have tasted well over 3000 beers and I have to say this is one of the best High alcohol Belgian beers I have ever had.

Even at 12% there was no Fusels detectable in this fine beer. Spicy, cloves, plums, raisins in both aroma and taste. The flavour blends so well. I dare to say that this is a perfectly balanced beer. The only thing I knocked it down by half a point was the aroma was great, just not to what I would have considered a perfect aroma. I am definitely going to pick up more bottles of this finely crafted brew.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had been eyeing this bottle for a while, and finally bought it after a nice 11 hour shift at work. Pours a brilliant copper broown color, with lots of carbonation visible. Head is small, but resilient. Smells fruity and earthy, like a fine belgian ale, with strong wiffs of alcohol. Taste is absolutely intense. Fula dn rich, lots of carbonationa and alcohol to leave your lips and mouth tingling. Funky and sweet, with well calculated hops that blend in and enhance the alcohol in the beer. An absolute ride of a beer, big and ballsy, what I expect from Victory.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Victory came to Tennessee in 2009 and somehow or another, I've never tried this brew and I'm in the process of kicking my own ass at this point... It's an amazing brew, this one is..

Into my Chimay goblet goes this wonderfully beautiful brew with its deep golden appearance and thick creamy head... Nice spotty lacing... I'm ready to get into this one...

The aromas coming off of this one are just heavenly... It's absolutely loaded with these wonderful apple-y sweet aromas mixed with dark caramel and sweet malts and those characteristic Belgian sugars... It's got me going crazy here... I've slowly become a fan of Belgians and this one may have pushed me over the edge... these aromas are incredible... there's a bright crisp hoppy aroma here as well that really makes this one shine... Best aromas off of a Belgian and maybe any beer I've ever had...

Wonderfully complex tastes of those sweet Belgian sugars and the crisp tart apples that taste like they're fresh off of a tree in an orchard in Washington State...this is wonderfully complex and delicious... Vanilla, oak, apples, sweet malts, crisp hops, a little yeast, some Belgian sugar... everything I could ask for in a Quad wrapped up in a bottle that I can acquire in West Tennessee... I'm happy as hell at this point... There's no sign of the booze either... you're kidding me at 12%ABV, right? I'd guess about 7% at the most... this isn't boozy at all... Just delicious...

I have a new Top 5 brew and it's Victory V-Twelve... It's the best Quadrupel that I've ever had and one of the best brews I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying... No doubt that this will be a staple in my fridge for years to come...

Well done, Victory!!!

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Photo of Thiestru
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a large bottle into a pint-sized pub glass.

Appearance: Clear copper color with a one-finger white head. The head diminished to a mere covering soon enough, and left no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Spicy hops, citrus, and alcohol are at the forefront, with malt being definitely in the background. You can immediately tell that this is a complex beer. Very appetizing.

Taste: Wow! After a few sips, I found myself saying aloud, 'Damn, this is a good beer.' There's a nice maltiness complimented by floral bitterness and a citrusy tang that's just fantastic. The alcohol doesn't hit you until the beer is at the back of your throat, and it warms you up in a wonderful way, not abrasive at all. You can feel the warmth spreading down into your chest; it's really excellent. With every sip I take I'm finding more nuance in the flavor. Sometimes the darker maltiness catches my attention, sometimes the tang, sometimes the hoppiness. Now I'm picking out some raisiny tones, and some fruit. All of these come together to create something uniquely succulent. I love this.

Update: I've been on this beer for a while now, so it's warmed up quite a bit. The flavor mellows a little as the temperature rises, with the malts becoming more prominent. It's a bit more balanced. I didn't think it could get much better, but it has. Love it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and warm. Just what it should be.

Drinkability: The flavor being what it is, I just want to drink a ton of this; the alcohol content being what it is, I have to force myself not to. But I will be keeping this on hand from now on.

Damn, but this is a classic beer.

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Photo of doubleipa
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottling date is August 27, 2004 and it has been cellared since then. Absolutely zero head, but a nice dark amber color. Aroma was wonderful: heavy malt, bread, moderate yeast, dark cherry, clove. What a great feel on the palate. More carbonation feel than I had expected based on zero head. 12% alcohol - sure couldn't tell. This was very, very easy drinking. Not a dark tasting as Chimay, but really incredibly good. I think I 'll let my other bottles age a bit longer and see what happens.

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Photo of Tolnik
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this reddish brown coloration Belgian-inspired ale into a pint glass. When first poured it came with a nice amount of foam that reduced to wisps of lacing. The aroma is that of fruits and sweet hop aromas. The taste follows suit but then turns to apricot, hops, slight hints of colander. Well balanced as any victory brew has been to me so far!

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Photo of FirstMan
4.82/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On my first visit to the Linwood Grill in Boston, BeerPanther, Knuckles and I were lucky enough to experience this little bit of perfection.

I should note here that what we were drinking had been cellared for over a year - and man, did that do good things.

Folks, this is what good beer tastes like. Just a fantastic beer.

Caramel coloring and a beautiful frothy head that lingers down into a splotchy thin layer across the top. Nice lacing that wicks up the side of the glass after each sip.

I think I probably kept my nose in the glass for about 10 minutes before actually sipping this. What a variety of flavors. I could swear this is Belgian. Plums, raisins, candy, bread - I was picking up new levels and layers with each sniff.

What happened in the nose happened two or three times over in the taste. Like a really really good-tasting roller coaster. Aside from the variety of amazingly balanced flavors listed above, what really got me was how long a back-end this thing had. Again, I was just sitting there noticing the evolving flavors for at least a full minute between sips.

If this beer was a woman, I would be arrested for stalking. I need me another taste.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.81/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just had this in parking lot at work with a good friend. In a styro cup no less! If it is any better in any kind of glass, I'm in deep trouble. It was absolutely great! Smooth, no alcohol taste or burn. Caramel and figs. Will buy again to drink and to cellar.

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Photo of cnally
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh, Victory. I had a victorious day personally, so this is an appropriate brand.

The appearance is a slightly transparent brown with red tints. A nice shimmery off white head sits with pride.

Aroma is subtle with some plum, oaky malt, hints of sherry.

The flavor is stunning. Balances between a rowdy bitterness, peppery and menacing, and a smooth fruity tannin laced dark malt. We are talking about some dark cherries, grapes, plum. Dark and seductive. Absolutely deep.

Mouthfeel is silky and smooth. Amazingly low carbonation but enough of a body to get you where you need to go.

Love it. Absolutely love it. Can't say enough about the blast of deep fruity, and frankly red wine flavors going on here. This beer holds its own against any European quad I have ever drank.

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Photo of kindestcut
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, this beer kicked my butt...but in a good way.

The V-12 poured a beautiful, dark orange-brown. The head was healthy but not huge. The beer just looked "pretty."

The aroma was beginning to reach my nose before I leaned down to smell it. this was a very aromatic beer...and delicious, too. I could detect a sweet and spicy aroma dominated by brown sugar...it's the malt speaking.

The flavor was just amazing...spicy with a hint of coriander...sweet to a fault perhaps but still delicious. The one thing that struck me (literally) was the alcohol. Yes, this beer is 12%. However, the alcohol is not dominant. It is, however, dominant in effect. However, the flavor is such that the tastiness makes it so very drinkable.

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Photo of bradcochran1234
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW!!!! Victory always comes through. And this wonderful Quad is is coming through balls to the wall. Get your prime rib ready cause this is gonna complement.
A- Caramel with mild sediment floating. Don't get scared by the sediment, it loves you too. Starts with one finger of head but quickly dissipates.
S-Well well well caramel, there you are again. And here come your friends candy and yeast!
T-Caramel is pullin' all first stops here. Quickly, the caramel, is followed by some great brown shuga, and then it happens...CHERRY!!! Thank you!
Mouthfeel- Sticking around for a minute. Starts semi sweet to sweet. Mid's out with some Belgium feel. Ends a little sticky or viscous if you will.
O- Easily a storeable beer. I would say a late 4yr would be prime. Just a great addittion to all the great beers these guys come up with.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: dark golden/amber, almost orange; hazy cloudy body; thick, fluffy, 2.5 finger head that dissipates slowly, leaving a thin foamy lacing that eventually froths out completely

S: complex and robust; sweet fruits up front, with apricot, orange, and pear notes; followed by maltiness, with toasty, bready yeast aromas; spicy, tart hops finish out the aroma experience

T: fruit and alcohol up front, with sweet, bitter cherry flavors; sweetness balanced with medium, bitter hop notes; Belgian yeast breadiness and spice adds dryness, warmth and balance

M: medium carbonation; full body; alcohol adds warming sensation; dry and refreshing finish

O: instant favorite; flavors hit the nose on opening, and lasts until bottle is emptied; definitely not a sessioner; enjoy it sipping every few minutes, letting it warm to room temp

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Photo of Kiserian
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good flavor. Light and fruity like others have said. I didnt taste any banana. Very drinkable with no alcohol taste, but with 12% abv it sneaks up on you pretty quick. At $7.99 a bottle its a great deal.

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Photo of aaronh
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ok. It's December the 12th. I just finished working a 12-hour day. I have 12 hours of OT thus far this week. And I'm working the next 12 consecutive days. So a co-worker asks me what I'm doing to celebrate 12-12 (the power of 12 is a running joke at the plant, as most shop personnel work five 12 hour days every week). That's when it hits me: V-12.

I pour about 12 ounces of this anticipated beer (been in the stash since April) into my glass. Deep amber liquids casts a slight warmth of red, topped by a cream colored head. It is rare to see a beer this beautiful. A nice spicy nose greets me, with strong coriander and a subtle fruitiness. Hints of yeast round out the basic but enticing aroma. The first sip reveals a very nice fruitiness. Pear notes first, but then a subtle over-ripened plum flavor kicks in. These fruit flavors start out strong and remain so, but then more of a honeyed note slips in. All is balanced by a bitterness of hops, but it is very light and offers an even subtler component to the flavor. The finish is long, and offers an encore of all the flavors once again.

The mouthfeel is very well done as well. The body has very little weight to it, but it has character. It adds to the experience with the fine carbonation and slightly syrupy caresses. Drinakbility is scary. There is no way this is 12% ABV! I've had 8% beers that were much heavier with alcohol-relates esters. I expect to finish this bottle in short order.

I really like this beer. This is one I should have bought a case of in the spring. Victory makes many solid beers, and this is definitely one of them. I will be checking out the rest of the future V series offerings. If you have any of this, feel special. If you see any, buy it without hesitation. Fantastic stuff.

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

A beautiful 750 ml cork finished bottle.

Well, I have to admit, this is one of my all time favorites. It may not be for everyone, but it sure is for me.

Pours beautifully with gorgeous deep amber color. Aromas are powerful with noticeable alcohol but it is well intertwined with rich fruit.

Taste is loaded with plum, nectarine and all kinds of other fruit as well as some well integrated candyish notes to balance the alcohol.

If you haven't had it, I would definitely give it a try.

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Photo of roblowther
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

This is a fantastic quad. I'd rate it higher but it is a bit hoppier than I'd expect from the style. I'd rate it lower except the hops really compliment the flavor. This is a phenomenal take on the style. It has a great caramel earthiness up front, a slight hop twang on the finish, and just enough alcohol warmth going down to remind you to be careful. And just enough awesomeness to make you want to throw caution to the wind. Which advice will win out? Only the rest of the evening will tell.

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