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 Sammy
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
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 GRG1313
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
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 -2.2%
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 t0rin0
4.02/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +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 +1.5%
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 brentk56
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
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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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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 +7.5%
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 nickfl
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white head on top of a clear, amber-colored body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace.

S - A strong, spicy yeast aroma with notes of anise, lemon zest, clove, and black pepper. Some bready, honey malt character in the background.

T - Strong clove and thick, sweet malt up front. Things start to differentiate a bit in the middle as flavors of black pepper and anise break out from the still powerful clove flavor. The malt sweetness really peaks at the finish with lots of biscuit and honey flavor that is complimented by vanilla, pear, and (of course) more clove. The phenolic yeast flavors turn lightly smoky in the aftertaste with some black pepper and just a hint of pineapple.

M - A thick, syrupy body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - This was a much more enjoyable beer than I remember it being from my last tasting; a pleasant surprise which I suspect may owe much to the fact that this bottle was just a bit over a year old when I popped the cork. The yeast character is still quite spicy with an almost, but crucially not quite, overwhelming note of clove. There are other subtle complexities in the yeast profile, such as pear and lemon, but aside from clove the other dominant flavor characteristic is anise. These are both yeast flavors that I consider desirable in a golden colored belgian ale (which V-12 more or less qualifies as), but they are a bit too strong for my taste in this brew. Still, they are much more subtle than I remember them being from my last sample and they have moved back just enough to allow other flavors to show through. Rich, thick and syrupy malt is abundantly present throughout with a nice honey and biscuit richness that reminds me of Victory's German style lagers. This malt would be cloyingly intense in almost any other beer, but here it is just what is necessary to balance the powerful yeast and huge alcohol content. Overall, this is a surprisingly drinkable and well balanced beer, though the alcohol level seems to be bordering a bit on novelty levels and I'm not convinced that it wouldn't be a better beer at 10%.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I dont drink alot of Quads only on certain occasions,CHRISTmas is one of those occasions.Poured into an oversized wine glass a deep auburn color with a creamy thinner off white head that left patchy lace behind as it settled rather slowly.Aromas of raisin/prune,roasted nuts,brown sugar,and slight phenolic spice with alcohol that creeps.Flavors are like an alcohol dipped holiday fruit cake,its full of dark fruit with notes of a nutty port,a sweet cake-like flavor lingers as well.The alcohol with hit ya but it wont punch ya,a nice holiday-type flavor to it although not intended,maybe a litle early to drink this today....zzz.

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Photo of jlindros
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jay for sharing this one.

It has a fizzy 1/2 finger head on the pour, which fades at a medium pace over crystal clear orange wheat color. It's very clear and light, which is a little unnerving for a strong quad... hopefully the taste is better.

The nose has some nice strong Belgian malts with some sweetness, light candi sugar, red malts, toasty, light grassy hops with a little spice to them. It has a touch of booze in the nose as well.

The taste has a lot more Belgian strong dark malts, a little boozy and hot, could use some time to mellow. Sweet and chewy malt flavors, with a Belgian yeast flavor bringing a little fruit as well. Some light raisin and plum. Then some light hops as well, a little spicy, herbal and grassy hops that bring a bit of bitterness. It finishes sweet with more boozy tastes and warmth, and some lingering Belgian sweet malts, with a little candi sugar. It's boozy and has the fruit and Belgian flavors that it should have, but missing some of the heavy malts, candi sugar, and body a good quad should have.

Mouth is slightly heavier bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

Overall pretty good. A little boozy but typical for 12%. Great Belgian tastes and aromas, pretty well done.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(2 tastings; the 2nd in April 2013). Plenty of wild yeast aromatics noted in 2013.

Pours a slightly hazy red-amber with a moderate off-white head that hold up well.

Medium body, a bit syrupy; excellent carbonation.

Sweet and fruity aroma.

Complex, but with more hop balance than expected in a quad.

Strong and boozy, but lacking the expected qualities of a outstanding quad. This seemed more like a farmhouse ale than a Belgian quad to me, although it is strong. Disappointing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap 10/4/09 at Pitcher's Pub in Cumberland, RI, served in an over-sized wine glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color, with a large light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, caramelized malts, some fruit and some spice.

T: The taste starts out malty and bready with a strong Belgian yeast flavor that is followed by sweet flavors of caramel, spices and bananas. The hops presence is mild but complementary and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, strong kick, good representation of style, if you're in the mood for this kind of beer, this is a nice strong Belgian that is worth drinking for as long as you can handle it.

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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 Rifugium
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

One of the first non-European quadrupels I'd ever had. A darker amber beer, slightly hazed, with a finger or so of white head that dissipates to a fine layer, leaving a bit of lace behind. Aroma strong with sweet malts, caramel, brown sugar, yeast, and dried fruits. Similar in the taste, sweet malts, candi sugar and brown sugar, raisins and figs, yeasty, woody, with an obvious alcohol sensation. On the heavier side of medium-bodied, and quite drinkable, within reason.

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Photo of mactrail
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge and hot like a barley wine.

Appearance in the glass is beautiful, with red amber color. Rich but not too sweet, hot with alcohol. At first taste, floral flavors. Malt is all over the place. Great spicy aroma. Warms down the throat. Hard to detect much Belgian style, so I would call it an overamped Barley Wine. Extremely sippable, if you like the hot alcohol taste with your malt. Makes me think of a rich, sweet rum.

Had a tulip glass at Barley's in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, amber body with a medium-sized head that quickly fizzles out.

Smell: Boozey scent of raisins and candi sugar set against notes of toasted malts, dried orange peel, and yeast.

Taste: Toasty maltiness sweetened with a big dose of candi sugar. A sip of ethanol. Faint hint of citrus. You get plenty of raisins crammed into your mouth delivering a juicy acidity. Flash of plank wood. Peppery hints on the exceedingly warm finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Pretty high carbonation.

Drinkability: It's all kinds of decent, even with the raw, searing booziness.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled August 27 04. Significantly murky orange-caramel with a gargantuan amount of yeast and a surprisingly large head (especially considering the ABV). Atop the beer sits a dollop of ecru colored creaminess that is beginning to coat the sloping sides of the snifter with a thin sheet of delicate lace. This is an outstanding looking quadrupel.

Although the aroma can't quite keep pace with the appearance, it's still well above average. My nose registers apples and apricots swimming in their respective fruit brandies. In spite of more than three years in the bottle, this V12 continues to rev at the redline when it comes to alcohol. As long as it's masked acceptably well on the palate, all will be well.

Despite my initial fears, it tastes like this big, bad, burly ale has benefitted from its age. Not that 36 months is a long time for a quadrupel, but one never knows how any given beer will hold up over time. As far as alcohol, no worries at all... it isn't intrusive in the least.

The things that I like best about V-Twelve are its sweetness and the explosiveness of its flavor. I also like the fact that it tastes authentically Belgian, despite having been brewed in eastern Pennsylvania. It isn't easy for most U.S. brewers to do a credible job with dubbels and tripels and BSDAs, et al, but Victory has done a remarkable job with this quad.

The beer tastes like ripe chunks of orchard fruit (apricots and oranges especially), eau de vie, spices (clove and nutmeg), flower petals (roses) and a considerable helping of Belgian candi sugar. Both the sweetness and the high-octane ABV keep me sipping rather than gulping. That's okay, this is a beer that deserves to be savored.

I've just noticed the words 'Liquid Luxury...' on the gaudy label. Come to think of it, those words describe the mouthfeel better than I ever could. This sucker is so firm, yet so velvety and silky smooth that virgins will probably blush when they get a mouthful. I think I'll stop right there.

Maybe it's because I don't have access to their beer (except on my occasional trips to Ohio), but I sometimes forget just how talented to good folks at Victory are. V-Twelve is one of the few Belgian-style ales (not brewed by Allagash or Russian River) that I now think of as world-class. I can't wait to acquire a fresh bottle. In a word, this one is... superb.

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Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into my CBS snifter. Murky caramel in color with a thin white head barely covering the top of the beer.

The aroma shows the Belgian yeast spice to it right off the bat. I get a good amount of lighter, crisp fruits to it but there is also a bit of a sweeter, richer dark fruit component. The spice and crisp fruits dominate a little though.

The taste follows through with more of the tart, lighter fruits. I get some apple and grape flavors mixing with the Belgian yeast spice. There is a bit of darker fruits to it as well with some fig and raisin flavors present.

The mouthfeel is leaning towards the heavier side with carbonation being a little above average. Overall, it's a pretty good beer. The tart, crisp fruits did seem a little overdone at times for the style. Pretty enjoyable beer to sip on this evening though.

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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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