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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Photo of Sammy
4.72/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drinkable masterpiece. A work of art in great malts and hops and yeast. Tasty orange and peach flavour with faint cloves and other spices. Somewhat complex on the taste buds. Good mouthfeel. Up there with Top Belgiums I have had. Great for a freezing cold day's supper.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
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 StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a nice quad, but nothing extraordinarily complex or intriguing I didn't think. it pours a sexy amber redish orange color, maybe a little darker than that sounds, with a prominent white head that slowly settles. the nose is big on this beer, dried cherries and alcohol right away, some warmer molasses notes also trickle in above a sizable grain bill. the flavor is heavy on the dark fruits, raisins and plums join the party, but the alcohol wipes out some of the subtleties. lots of burn in the finish, which is also very sweet, caramel based, and maybe a little overdone. Belgian yeast provides lovely carbonation, but there just isn't quite enough body for me here. also the teeth rotting sugar finish is even more than the style calls for. this is an absolute must share bottle of beer, even with one friend we struggled with the last of it. a quality quad, especially if you like yours sweeter and stronger than the standard issue. i suspect some time in the cellar would help this out a bit, but for some reason, i only ever seem to have it fresh...

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Photo of GRG1313
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep amber orange with a white head.

Nose is big assertive malt with hints of orange and banana. A sweet creamy carmel malt nose that is very inviting. Hints of sweet cafe au lait.

Huge malt, candy sugar, cafe au lait, carmel and toffee flavors. This comes close to extreme malt in my book. Complex and layered sweet malt, banana, burnt carmel and toffee with a big malty finish. Rum and whiskey characteristics with hints of hop which makes for a big malty drink but one that is well balanced.

An all around winner that's big and bold and probably great with Thai food and other bold flavored dishes. A winner.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Would have never guessed this was a Quad from the look of the beer. The look of the beer is a nice copperish color. The head is a little fizzy and settles into a thin scattered film over top of he beer. The smell is sweet and very pleasant in my opinion. It's got a bit of a dark fruitiness on the nose. The taste of the beer is sweet and has an interesting dark fruit and brown sugar taste. The mouthfeel had a good carbonation and remains pretty smooth. Overall I liked this beer quite a bit. Really surprising.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This came from a 750ml bottle (probably the only form it comes in) and it says that it was bottled Jan 09, 2006.
It poured a coppery color and despite the fact that it foamed a lot during pouring, the head disappeared very quickly. No lacing to speak of. It smelled very belgian indeed with some fruity notes as well as a lot of malt sweetness.
The malt may have been a bit more prevalent on account of it being almost 2 years old. Tasted pretty good, again very sweet and malty with a touch of wine in there. The bitterness was present but very nicely balanced.
It had a decent amount of body to it and was very drinkable. A bit of alcohol burn was detected. I would love to have more of this except that its a bit pricey.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer poured clear amber in color with a finger high off white head that quickly died down leaving lacy patterns of bubbles floating on the surface of the glass. A light amount of carbonation is visible in the center of the glass from the rising bubbles.
S: There are aromas of alcohol, candi sugar and dark fruits in the nose.
T: The taste is somewhat similar to the smell, except that there is a moderate amount of malty sweetness and some hints of spices. Flavors of alcohol are noticeable, but not overpowering.
M: It feels full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some warming from the alcohol and some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer definitely tastes like it is strong, but the alcohol is relatively well masked and makes this taste more like it's an 8% abv instead of 12% abv.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Victory". Seemed to be the proper beer for cheering the Americans to victory in the Olympics. The beer pours with a bright ruby hue, abundance of carbonation with great staying power, lacing, and legging. Beers just don't look any better than this. Aside from being a bit light (Dubbel-like), the beer is ideal. Aromas of cotton candy, confectionate sugars, rich fruits, rum-like alcohols, and a surprisingly large amount of pine and floral hops. The balance in the nose is of the candied fruits, alcohols, and hops. Flavors of sweet confectionate sugar, cherries, berries, apples, figs, dates, grapes, apples and pears make for a sweetly balanced brew. A burst of perfumy, floral, herbal, and pine hops fight hard to balance the sweetness and nearly dominate at times. The taste of alcohol with the hops compete too much to appreciate the delicacy of the beer. Textures are more sweet-syrupy than malty. Heat and abrassion from the alcohol-hop blend prove too much to be the drinkable beer that it wants to be. Finishes sticky sweet, dry, and with a lingering floral note. Age will surely be kind to this beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I'm aching for a good quad tonight so I decided to take on a 750 of this by myself. 12% ABV confirmed - God help me waking up tomorrow. No visible bottled on date; the label has a "Bottled on" section in the lower left but there's no date printed. Hm. I believe this sat around the bottle shop where I got it; I bought it last week. So much the better; I'd prefer it aged. 750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I've had some beers from Victory I've really taken a fancy to.

Served cold, straight from the refrigerator, and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. I like my quads a little below room temperature, but with a 750 I'm content to start cooler and see how it develops. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Note that this is, probably, my favourite style of beer - and I'm intimately familiar with good beers in the style. I may nitpick.

Yield a satisfying pop upon removal of the cork, but no beer surges upwards in the neck. Carbonation seems good.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head (or ecru for the pretentious). Slight cream. Decent thickness. Above average retention - about 3-4 minutes. The colour is not at all what I'd expect in a good beer of the style; it's a transparent orange-red. Translucent as well. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Really not looking like a good quad ought to. Both the head and colour should be better - the head darker, creamier, thicker, and with better retention; and the colour darker, nontransparent, and more delicate. Misses the mark already, but I'm hoping the taste is far better. In fact, given that this comes from Victory, I'm expecting it to surprise me with its quality.

Sm: Light cherry. Biscuit malt. Peach fruit. Lychee. Light raisin. Nuts. Where the hell are the luscious dark fruits - the very reason I drink a good quad? Noticeable floral hop character. Bright malts. Lychee is dominant - lychee? In a quad? Apricot fruit. Flowers. Sweet candi sugar. Heavily fruity - but bright. No subtlety at all here. But there's nice balance and good complexity; it's just completely wrong for the style. I'm content to abandon judging this as a quad at this point and just let it take me where it will; it's definitely in no way shape or form to style, but I can't deny that in a general sense it's quite pleasant and inviting. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Reminds me of a wheatwine, actually. I get some mango. There's no luxurious delicacy here, but it's intriguing.

T/Mf: Interesting fruity notes - orchard mango, apricot, light orange, lychee, and peach. Nice soft mouthfeel with sufficient coarseness to coax more of the lighter notes out. Some sweet cherry in the background. Body is comprised of grainy malts - not much in the way of bready malts. Some biscuit and amber malts, sure. Hop character is way too pronounced for a quad; floral in nature. It's also got (non hop derived) flowery notes, giving it a light and surprisingly refreshing taste and feel. Some bright raisin. As it warms, more and more of that lychee fruit kicks in - joined by some white plum. I wanted dark plum from this quad, but I'll take what I can get. Juicy throughout. Smooth, wet, and refreshing. Clean and enjoyable. Lacks the delicacy and fragility of superior quads, but it's nice for what it is. On the sweeter side of the sweet/bitter scale, but it's never too sweet. Alcohol is well concealed here; drinks like it's about 9.0%. Not getting any yeasty character.

Just like I noticed from the aroma, it seems more like a wheatwine than a quad (even though I don't get any actual wheat notes). I hate to rely on comparisons to other beers as a crutch, but the juicy fruit character reminds me of Marin's Star Brew.

Overall, it's a balanced beer with decent complexity but no real subtlety. I do like it, but I don't consider it a quad. Good carbonation, body, and thickness. It almost makes me want to smack my lips drinking it; fairly luscious.

Dr: It doesn't scratch my quad itch, but it is quite nice for what it is. Hides its ABV pretty well and even comes off refreshing somehow. It's a solid brew from Victory, and now that I know what to expect I'd probably get it again in the right mood. I'm confident I'll enjoy finishing this 750 alone. Very drinkable for the ABV, but you wouldn't want to quaff it. At the same time, it's far from a sipper. Just a tasty all around brew that really misses the mark of the alleged style. Style aside, I consider it a success.


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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, light copper color with a thick, foamy, off-white head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of yeasty, dried fruits and some mild funkiness.

T - It tasted of sweet fruits, biscuity malt, raisin and caramel. The was a molasses flavor with hints of boozy alcohol.

M - It was soft and smooth with a warm presence. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a pretty good Quad. Despite the high ABV it is not too boozy.

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

750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled on 3/13/2014. Pours slightly cloudy orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy/peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, apricot, pear, apple, light banana, clove, black pepper, caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance, robustness, and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from carbonation and yeast spiciness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible quadrupel style! All around awesome complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brentk56
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt orange body with a frothy Belgian head if you give it a hard pour (otherwise it fades quickly) and leaves nice lacing

Smell: Toffee, fruit (cherries and plums), balsa wood and a tinge of alcohol

Taste: Starts out with a very fruity toffee combination, with the cherry flavor being rather distinct; over time the pluminess kicks in along with the balsa wood flavors; the finish balances all of the flavors nicely with a touch of bitterness and some warming alcohol in the gullet

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but viscous without much carbonation

Drinkability: A superb beer; really a shame that it was retired; as Victory expands they appear to have focused on the 12 oz selection - while those beers are excellent, I wish they would not ignore their Belgian style beers

Thanks, BeerBeing

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3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (courtesy of Shaughn256): Poured a clear mild brown ale with a medium foamy slightly off-white head with great retention. Aroma of what I think is candi sugar is quite evident and well back by strong malt. Taste is also quite sweet, maybe even a tad too much for my liking with a dry hops finish. Not bad overall but just seems to be lacking complexity and yeast signature is way too discreet. Body is above average but could have been more full and bit more creamy. Interesting but I definitely had better beers from Victory.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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 NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked & caged. The year is on printed on the cork. The body is a surprisingly clear, very deep amber/orange with glowing highlights. Tiny bubbles rise in steady streams to the creamy white head. It's short-lived, but it probably just needs some conditioning. The aroma is malty and fruity with a very light spiciness. The body is firmly medium with a very fine carbonation that tingles the tongue before becoming creamy in the mouth. Smooth and malty! The flavor delivers a very rich, sweet, and fruity (both light and dark) malt that's well-balanced by underlying bitterness and yeasty spiciness. Some alcohol is clearly present, but it's not overbearing and should mellow with some cellaring. Rich! Supple! Excellent! 6 months of aging will do wonders for this beer. Absolutely worth seeking out. Buy it now and put it away for special occassions! It should be quite nice in time for Thanksgiving, and will make an excellent after-dinner drink shared with good friends!

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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