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 Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, corked and caged.

Poured into a huge vase like glass, whole bomber.

Stunning orange in color, hazy and clouded. No lace.

Smell is ripe with citrus and a lively yeast lending hints of fruit of a darker nature.

Taste follows the nose through a stunningly citrusy fruity experience. Noble hops (saaz?) add a the gentle citric twinge of hop. The yeast provides the plum like notes. A bit of caramel and roasted edge to the malt, almost stout like roasted character but alot lighter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly dry finish.

This is a huge beer and also a very tasty one. A nice Quad for sure and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Kraken
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes,

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Cork on this one was very difficult to remove. Moderate pour yields one finger of off white head that fizzles out very rapidly. Moderate lace. Color is a moderately dark brown.

Nose- a bit of nuttiness, some light hoppy notes, a fair amount of pepper.

Palate- Very nice, lots of caramel, some toffee notes, very smooth. Pleasant bitters in the finish. Hints of dark fruits. A bit hot, slightly cloying, very dry. Excellent.

Mouthfeel- Very dry.

Drinkability- Moderate, this is a strong brew at 12%

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Photo of Hoppington
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pleasant and potent Abbey Style offering from Victory. Strong and sweet, with banana bread, rum, molasses and spice notes. Certainly pleasant and a fine choice for snifter sipping beer drinkers. A good winter ale that evokes the vision of sitting in front of a fire place in a leather chair on a cold snowy day.

I would drink it again in the winter.

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Photo of roscoehnj
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Somewhat cloudy appearance, amber brown orange.

Dark candy nose, with a strong dose of orange peel. Not as complex as the style should be.

Tastes similar to the smell. Lots of orange peel and dried fruit. Not horrible but I expect more from Victory and from a quad. I am happy with simplicity from other styles but believe a quad has to have a certain complexity absent in the Twelve. For a 12 abv it masks the alcohol reasonably well. I got through the bomber but kind of wished it was a 12 ouncer so I could move on to something more interesting or tastier.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

V-12 pours a cloudy burnt orange with a thin creamy light khaki colored head. The etching on my Chimay chalice helps to maintain a small mound of foam in the center of the beer. The scent is very fruity, sweet and slightly boozy. Orange peal and overipened pear create and interesting mix with what seems to be cardamon and allspice.

The taste does not replicate the complexities of the nose. Less fruity and less sweet than I would have anticipated. There is some additional depth present through a somewhat funky hay quality that seems out of place in a quad and better suited to a saison. The initial fruit flavors described above are muted and brief passing listlessly towards the aforementioned dry hay finish. Less rich and lighter bodied, too. The carbonation is full in all its Belgianesque beauty, but the liquid seems slightly thinner than I would have hoped. The alcohol is hidden in a drying finish, but the warming effect on the throat cannot be dismissed. This doesn't play out as a traditional quad, but is a good beer nonetheless. Yet, nowhere near the best of Belgium. I prefer Victory's German inspired styles better.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Quadrupel pours a bright, clear copper with red highlights, topped by a smooth almond head that drops to a thin blanket in a Bornem chalice.

A light floral aroma is quickly followed by a more prominent caramel malt and a touch of whiskey.

Fumes of alcohol dominate a highly acidic concoction. This is followed by a fairly well-balanced, but slightly tilted to the malty spectrum and less complex flavor than had been hoped for. As V-Twelve warms more mellow flavors of plum come into play.

Fizzy carbonation and a dry, full body is no match for the strong notes of alcohol.

Victory's offering is worthy of a second glass, only this time with a full meal.

Date consumed: 10 August 2008

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Photo of gabeerfan
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy coppery-orange with a nice light tan head.
Lots of fruit and spice in the aroma. Oranges, cherries, light lemon peel. A little cloviness and other spices, a little earthy hop aroma and alcohol. Very reminiscent of fruit cake.
Tastes a lot like fruit cake in a glass. Brandied cherries, vanilla, candied orange and lemon peel, cloves, cinnamon, slight earthy hop flavor. Alcohol is not hidden, but not overwhelming either.
Medium-thick mouthfeel. A little syrupy, but not cloying at all.
Drinkable in the flavor sense, but at 12%, it's a sipper.
I've been looking forward to trying this beer for a while. I may to seek out several bottles and see about aging this some.

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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 beerthulhu
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium copper-amber color with a nice 2 finger creamy white head. Visible carbonation was medium to high.

S: very fruity and yeasty with spices and bread and apricots, pears, and dry oranges.

T: The initial flavor was sweet and fruity with a nice spiciness of apples, coriander, candi-sugar, and caramel apples. The palate was bready with a spicy alcohol bite in the swallow but otherwise was pretty well hidden up until then.

M: medium bodied with great carbonation bring out the fruity nature of the drink and spicing. Texture was smooth on the swallow with a nice alcohol warming.

D: Highly enjoyable drink, good drinkability.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory V12 is a clear and very sparkling copper ale with a foamy yellowish off-white head that exhibits good retention. The aroma is sweet like caramel, fruity like cherries, and spicy. It is big bodied and smooth with a syrupy finish. The flavor is big and very complex. It starts sweet and fruity and then turns resiny and oaky. It then turns a bit medicinal, like cough drops, until the alcohol takes over for a firey finish. This is serious business, but I don't see what makes it Belgian. It's more along the lines of an American Strong Ale.
(rated Jul 8, 2008)

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Photo of ccrida
3.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle (bottled on Oct 5 2007) that I've cellared for about a year, poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, V-12 is a clear, still amber with a thin egg-shell collar, a bit cider like, but redder. Not what I look for in a quad, too light and basically no head.

Smell is slightly sweet, sour citrus, a bit off. Not too good, from cellar to room temp, it never improved, just a bit boozy.

Taste is better, a nice fruitiness, but still with a that sour citrus note that doesn't really work. Not a terrible beer, but a sub-par quad for sure. Really my gripe with both the aroma and taste is the citrus flavor dominating any esters or depth.

Mouthfeel is still and sticky, medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok, this isn't the greatest quad, really without any esters, it just a sugary BSPA that's not even that good for one of those. A bummer, I'd been sitting on it for so long, a gift from a close friend, I wish it was better. The ABV is well hidden, but also rather bruising. The label claims it can run for 5 years, and by the numbers (12% quad) I'd make the same guess, but at a little over 1 year old, it doesn't seem to be holding up well. That said, it could be in a lull phase and turn-around with more time, but it's my only bottle in the cellar, and not one I care to restock.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into red wine glass.

A - Orangish/cola colored, quite clear. The bottle recommends NOT pouring the sediment into the beer. Quarter inch of white head forms and subsides quickly, no lace.

S - Great aroma. Prototypical chalky and phenolic aromas from the yeast are one of the first things to jump out; smells like a true Belgian. Huge malt presence spanning figs, prunes, raisins, and currants. Vanilla is present also with a hint of the big ABV.

T - Vanilla is one of the first flavors to hit the palate, with a definite fig and prune presence as well. Flavor peaks mid palate with a hit of sweet/sour currant juice. Sweetness begins dying off and the phenolic aspects kick in. There is a quick medicinal bitterness followed by a moderate taste of alcohol.

M - At first I pegged this beer as medium bodied with high carbonation. However, after a few pours in my wine glass, the carbonation has (thankfully) diminished. Now the body is medium to full with a moderate carbonation. I really wish Belgians and Belgian-style ales would tone down the carbonation as it adds an unneccessary crispness to these huge beers.

D - A good drinking quad. Most significantly the reduction of CO2 really helped me enjoy this beer. Otherwise, it's got a great amount of flavor and the alcohol is hidden well and not over the top. Though it might not have been my choice of beers to down 750ml of, I have thoroughly enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with an off-white head. Yeast and fruit dominate the nose. Taste is mostly apricot and apples. Sugary-sweet malt with caramel in the finish. Slow alcohol burn in the finish. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel. A good, strong beer that doesn't go overboard.

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Photo of RunDWP
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow! I am surprised by all the raves because I found this under whelming. My bottle dated Feb. 2008, but I wouldn't think it would really affect the quality of a quad.

The brew seemed dominated by a zippy, clove spiciness. Nothing wrong with that, but that was about it. It was very yeast dominated, with no real detectable malt or hops, and really didn't have the balance or complexity of a great brew. Oddly enough, had an aroma of yeasty bread dough, and the spiciness didn't come through in the aroma. A bit aggressive on the carbonation, and with the spiciness, carbonation, and the alcohol, a bit harsh on the tongue. Poured a hazy burnt orange in the glass, with a little fizzy head, indicative of the high carbonation and low malt.

I've like the other Victory brews I've tried, and this one wasn't bad, but not up to the high standards they usually meet.

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

Many thanks to csmiley for the bottle.

Bottled on 7.27.07

Appearance: It's very hazy and golden brown in color. A few particles are swimming about. Sitting atop is a vanilla colored head that's about two fingers deep. Active carbonation seems to sustain for it quite a while. A nice sticky coat of lace lined the glass.

Smell: It's fruity and sweet up front. Apple and peach seem to be the primary fruit aromas. There's some dark fruit scents at the secondary level that consists of plum and raisin. Smells a little spicy, but I can't quite identify the individual spices here. A touch of Belgian yeast is noted. Alcohol is prevalent. At 12%, it's difficult to hide it all.

Taste: Apple, peach, and a little orange kick it off. It is sweet and sugary. There's some very light raisin and plum flavors that emerge, but they're a distant second to the other fruit flavors. A blend of spices add some really nice depth. It's mostly clove, but there's a little pepper and nutmeg in there, as well. Belgian yeast is noted, but it's relatively subtle. The alcohol is not so subtle. It's definitely there, but for 12%, it's certainly bearable. It's impossible to totally mask that, but Victory did a nice job.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a very silky smooth feel. Carbonation is very active, but it doesn't negate the smooth feel a bit. Very impressive. Drinkability is good, but is limited to a degree by the high abv. But, it goes down very easy for such a big beer. Way too easy, in fact.

Victory's got an impressive Quad here. It's big and badass, but somehow comes across as just a deep and flavorful beer. It doesn't have any glaring flaws. I certainly have no reservations recommending it. Thanks, Chris.

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Photo of erikm25
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours a massive orange and clear copper tone. Vibrant and lively with some subtle amber tinting. The head is pearly white with great retention. Lacing clings around the glass like clouds to a Bob Ross painting.

S: Smells of dark sweetened fruits and peppery spices. Almost like a jar of cherries topped with ground pepper, coriander, and fresh flowers. Figs baked into gingerbread. Malts make an appearance. Just a scent of alcohol in the nose which is to be expected with this ABV.

T: Complex with tropical fruitiness and spiciness. Both light fruits (like pears) and dark fruits (like raisins) make for a very good coupling. Malts are also apparent and give this a nice thick rounding sweetness. There are raisins, bananas, and plums topped off with cinnamon and a Cajun like spice finish. Alcohol is more present in the taste as this warms.

M: Full medium with good carbonation.

D: Heavy on peppers and rich complexity. Hits the tongue very nicely and prickles all around. While it drinks pretty easily one should proceed with extreme caution. Glad I picked it up and would recommend at least one good go around.

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Photo of brewone
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was really looking forward to this beer, but had not heard any buzz prior to opening the bottle. Pours a beautiful copper color with a lasting head. Clarity is wonderful.

The aroma is spicy and has malt notes, but overall the aroma is a little weak. Maybe its my nose...

Flavor is black pepper over and over. Get some pear and fig in the middle and malt flavor is ever present, but never in the foreground. There is some clovey essence in the beer, but for the most part it is black pepper, which I"m not overly fond of.

Mouthfeel is definitely bubbly and had a relatively dry finish for a such a big beer. Residual sweetness is low, but body is middle of the road.

Drinkability is low. Why? Because this beer is so strong, there is no way you could drink more than one and even you need to be sharing it. One 750mL bottle will definitely keep you home or wherever it is you drink it. I'm not a black pepper fan, and this beer is all about black pepper. Not my favorite, but a well brewed beer nonetheless.

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Photo of cleeze
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now I was quite pleased to find this at Tully's. I'm always a sucker for something new.

The appearance was a lovely coppery amber. Poured a nice frothy head which disappeared quickly. Little lacing but not much. I was expecting more lace with the 12%abv

Smell was a little sweet. Maybe a little candied something on the nose. Deffinatly a booze aroma to it. Not overpowering but you can deffinalty detect it.

Taste is wonderful. Sweet and malty and a little fruity for a quad. Light spice too. Great mix and balance between the sweet fruity taste and the spice.

Very smooth for 12% i gotta say that. Drinkability is high. This brew could creep right up on you

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in late July 2007, this bottle's got a little over a year on it.

A: It pours a rather deep garnet/crimson with a relatively short-lived foamy head. Not a lot of lacing to report, either. Decent, but not overly impressive.

S: Initially, the aroma was quite weak and uninviting. Once reaching room temp the nose really intensifies with loads of rich fruit--primarily apple. Spice and a candied breadiness, as well.

T&M: Strong candied fruit--this is perhaps the fruitiest quad I've had yet. Candied sugar, some spice, and some alcohol. A tad bit boozy at its current age, but still not enough to make it undrinkable by any means. The mouthfeel is lovely--a fine carbonation, medium feel, and good coating.

D: It's still a tad bit boozy and at 12% just one goblet has got me buzzing a bit. Flavor is lovely and I can only imagine how good this beer could taste with another year on it. Still, it's really filling and strong--definitely one to sip slowly whilst avoiding over-indulgence.

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Photo of treyrab
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split this one last night with jac5084 at Zenos. Poured into a chalice...

A: Pours a crystal clear dark amber with red hues. The head starts out phenomenal with a nice two finger head that quickly dissipates and doesn't lace.

S: Smells like a quad should. Tons of banana, clove, dark fruits (raisins, dates and plums) with some alcohol.

T: The taste is rather sweet, but not cloyingly so. Tons of banana, clove and a lot of spice.

Overall, this is a great American Quad. Not quite up there with Southampton Abbot 12 as far as American quads go, and not on par with the Belgians, but this is a great representation of the style.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle served in a snifter. The beer was a dark amber color with a small white head. It had an aroma of cotton candy. A more complex taste consisting of candy, fruit, and some late hops. It got better as it warmed. Now that Victory is here in Maine, I will be looking for this beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Nice clear amber color. Raisin/caramel/alcohol nose. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet mix of raisin and alcohol with a bit of hop, finishes sweet, not cloying. Smooth and one to definitely savor with the very high ABV. $8.75 for a caged 750ml bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

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Photo of joezak5
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; clear brownish coppery orange, thick two finger white head, little retention but decent sipping lacing.

Smell: Sugary and winey with dark fruit notes, slight pepper on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with nice smooth mouthfeel, muted carbonation.

Taste: Peppery malt with some sweet dark fruits, peppery warmth on the finish.

Drinkability: I found this an easy drinking example of the style... perhaps too easy... not something I'd actively search out as I didn't find it overly complext, but definitely something to try once.

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Photo of JayQue
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a smallish head that dies out fast. Minimal lacing. Strong smell of Belgian
candi sugar, fresh fruit - pears and apples.

Taste is very good. More Belgian candi sugar,fruits and a good dollop of warming alcohol. I don't know if it is the function of taste or mouthfeel but the flavors do not linger on the tongue. The initial blast is great, but this beer lacks the complexities/ lingering flavors that some Belgians provide.

The mouthfeel is rich, but once again, does ont hold the flavors or provide additional aftertastes.

Drinkability is about right for a Belgian. Splitting the bomber with someone else is about the right amount of this beer.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep clear apricot/copper color. Poured a two finger off-white head that slowly gave way to a skim. Lacing quickly washed down the side of the glass.

S: Spicy hops, citrus, and alcohol up front. Malt and some dark fruits in the background. Very complex.

T: Big roasted malts complimented by hop bitterness. Citrusy tang then the alcohol hits you. Gentle warming all the way down. Dark fruits and raisins come more to the forefront as it warms (along with alcohol aroma).

M: Big, silky smooth and warm.

D: Flavor being what it is and 12% ABV dictate a nice sipping beer to sink into; won't drink a lot, but love every minute.

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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,370 ratings.
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