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.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-18-2003

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1/5  rDev -75.1%

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1/5  rDev -75.1%

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1/5  rDev -75.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I made two attempts to try this beer. Each time it was a 750ml bottle with a cork. Both times the cork broke in half. The first time I used a cork screw to try and get the remaining cork out of the bottle, the lip of the bottle burst under the slightest pressure. The second time I managed to get the cork out. The beer tasted like a stew of dirty mop water mixed with old garbage, it was honestly awful.

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Photo of TheBigBoy
1.06/5  rDev -73.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Well, this was my 1st Quad and I am guessing Quad are not for my palate. I struggled to split my 1/3 of a 22oz-er. Way, Way, too much beer for me, this one bordered on hard alcohol in my estimation. If you like Quads, perhaps Victory has nailed the taste with this Twelve. But overall, it left me wondering how/why does anyone drink this kind of beer?

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1.21/5  rDev -69.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of disastermouse
1.43/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

I'm getting very tired of American Microbreweries ruining every style they can by over-hopping it! It's a Quad. It's not supposed to taste like a friggin' IPA.

When I buy a quad, I want a quad. What I don't want is an IPA with a little more barley. Please, when will this horrible trend stop? Read my review history - I don't make a habit of crapping on a beer, but between this brewery, Sierra Nevada, and Digfish Head, pretty much every style has had it's over-hopped American version. There's nothing on this bottle that tells you they've ruined the style, but that's what they've done - ruined a perfectly good beer style by going way too hard with the hops.

Victory - please approach this style with a modicum of respect. Please?

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1.6/5  rDev -60.1%

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1.72/5  rDev -57.1%

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2/5  rDev -50.1%

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2/5  rDev -50.1%

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2/5  rDev -50.1%

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

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2.25/5  rDev -43.9%

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2.41/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a clear copper topped by a frothy couple o' fingers of dusty cream-whiteness. The nose comprises light melon, tart orange, lemon zest, light white grape, a touch of pine needle, light honey, and there's a vague notion of Brett-like funkiness in there as well. The taste holds notes of rich caramel, pine resin, some sense of menthol, honey, and something akin to thick, spicy wine grapes (imagine a nice PX sherry made with chardonnay grapes or something...). It's like an overt combination of sweet and piny, with neither side knowing when to back off, always escalating and exacerbating every possible circumstance. If the world were run like this, it would consist of literal dust caught in the threads of the cosmic tapestry. The body is a stolid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, a syrupy feel, and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, I thought this was a pretty sad excuse for a quad, one that laughed in the face of a usually tasty style, making everyone involved feel all the worse for the experience.

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Photo of Jirin
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of ultralarry2006
2.53/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle that was bottled on August 27, 2004. Left less than a one finger head that quickly receded to just surface skim, and left pretty much no lacing. Body was an orange amber.

Smell - fruity esters of overripe bananas, rotting pears, dried fruits like dates, raisins, and plums. Equally strong are medicinal phenols and alcohol.

Taste - like the smell. Bananas, rotting pears, plums, dates, medicine, alcohol. Aftertaste of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - thin, some carbonation, dryingly sweet, astringency from alcohol.

Drinkabilty - not crazy about this beer, so it goes down with some effort. Also high abv of 12% limits this to a rare-once-in-a-while type drink.

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2.58/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.6/5  rDev -35.2%

Bottled 03 Jul 14 at40 degrees into snifter
Nose – can’t smell anything good or bad
Head small (<1 cm), off white, fizzy, virtually instantly diminishing to 1 mm partial ring
Lacing none
Body golden amber, clear – just beautiful!
Flavor begins sweet like candi sugar, no distinct flavors appear, ends sweet; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy to syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 2, Flavor 2.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 2.875. Final weighted score: 2.625.
In terms of appearance, this beer lacks any head that lasts longer than 30 seconds and produces absolutely no lacing. The golden amber color, however, is simply beautiful. I cannot detect any aroma whatsoever, but at least it doesn’t smell bad. In terms of flavor only the sweetness of candi sugar is noticeable – no caramel, no figs, no dates, no raisins, no alcohol – just sweet. No hops, no malt, no diacetyl. The palate is decent. I last had this beer in 2008 and can’t see where it’s changed. Whatever I paid for this bomber was too much for a beer that’s “meh” at best.

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Photo of Stunner97
2.7/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- dark brown to copper, very high level of carbonation off the first pour, white head extremely thin and very quickly fades, clear and see through in color, light color and appearance for the style

Smell- very malt driven nose, alot sweetness on nose, raisin, rum, not over powering nose

Taste- starts being extremely sweet and a little bit of spice on the finish keeps some dryness to the beer, finish is long, definite alcohol flavor can be noticed as well, overall sort of bland in the flavor area

Mouthfeel- high level of carbonation, extremely heavy and thick feel, very hot and warming on the finish, alcohol really flares up on mouthfeel

Drinkability- just to boozy and sweet and to heavy to be enjoyable drinkable, its not offensive really but just kind of hard to get through, just too much, wouldn't seek out again a rare miss to me by victory

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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 1,378 ratings