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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Reviews: 627 | Ratings: 1,364
Photo of tekstr1der
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hmm, almost like a "plain" quad, whatever that is. Pours a very pretty hazy copper with nice white top. Head doesn't retain like the typical quad though. Aromas are fairly simple - malt, yeast ester, a touch of saison. Flavors are similar with some of the alcohol coming through, very sweet in a malty-syrupy way mid sip, leaving a bit of a bite at the finish. Fairly clean despite the sweet and alcohol. Not bad, but I was pretty excited given the low price and high reviews.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a snifter.
Pours a light amber with foamy head with great retention.
Aromas are sweet and spicy.
Taste is inspired by a Blegian quad, but not entirely that of a quad. Spice and sweetness are there but lacking in raisin and more complexity. This beer hides its 12% ABV quite well.
Mouthfeel was good.
Overall this beer was tasty and nicely inspired by a quad, though not exactly a quad itself.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear and vibrant copper/amber color, the lacing is thick but for a Quad, that's not much head on this.

S - Caramel roast, toffee, figs, bready, overall - the nose is on the light side.

T - Roasted caramel toffee malt from start to finish with a pronounced booziness on the first sip. Toasted candy sugar, pears, and a little bit of apricot but very subtle, some Belgian spice on the back end.

M - Thick, heavy, full bodied, lip smacking sticky, very slick, carbonation is very gentle and perfect. Leaves a thick coating of sweet toasted malt in the mouth with some light fruit buried in to help balance the sweetness.

O - A solid beer but I'd probably reach for something from Belgium before this one.

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

25 oz bomber poured into a pint glass bottle date 5.1.15
pours red/orange with a thick off white head
left a decent amount of lace on the glass
smell is of strong alcohol malty and yeasty to start then slight fruit/sweet as it warmed
taste-sweet strong alcohol and malty
feel is carbonated but smooth enough to drink despite the 12% abv
overall solid a little too sweet to drink more than one especially with the 25.4 oz bottle

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

Another excellent brew from Victory. Yeast, malt, spices great flavors. Great mouth feel. A bit of alcohol, but not what you might expect from 12% ABV. Overall an enjoyable drink. Need more.

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Photo of jeffdillon
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On the shelf at the local Grocery Store, This is a treat. Pours a nice reddish amber with an quickly dissipating head, a little lace, fruity / spicy aroma, and a rich, sweet flavor that continues to reward as the temp comes up to about 50. I like it!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking this at 8 months old from a chalice. L: It pours brilliant reddish amber under a thin foam cap. S: It has mild aromas with malt, alcohol and faint hops. T: Rich malt flavors combine with Belgian yeast notes of over ripe fruit and alcohol to comprise the palate. F: Medium to medium full body and medium to medium low carbonation. Very slight warming. O: You have to read the bottle to know that it has 12.0% abv. A very smooth, well made quad.

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Photo of rjd722
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Victory in Downingtown, PA. On the menu it's the only bottled beer listed, but I was lucky enough to catch it on tap; the bartender said it essentially never is available. Nice copper color with minimal head and little lace. Somewhat sour grape scent with hints of clove. Strong bitter feel, rides all the way through from start to finish.

Great Quad offering from one of PA's best!

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a fading head.
Nose shows raisins, brown sugar, golden syrup and Belgian spicy notes.
Flavours include bready malt, brown sugar, golden syrup, sultanas and some very soft booze.

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Photo of TH28
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. 3/11/15 bottle date. Appearance: Dark golden, with a hint of orange. Slight haze and white foam cap that dissipated quickly. Aroma: fruit forward Belgian yeast, mainly apple and pear, with some grape notes. Moderate intensity. Taste: Really rich caramel malt and candu sugar dominate, with slight Belgian yeast fruitiness on the back end, mainly pear. Mouthfeel: Medium body with some viscosity, and low carbonation. Alcohol warmth is present, but not harsh. Finish: Very sweet maltiness on the finish, with alcohol warmth. Overall: Considering this clocks in at 12%, it’s really smooth. Very rich maltiness and a nice balance against the fruitiness of the Belgian yeast.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bottle of 2005 vintage. The cork came out of this beer and it had a thundering boom. This beer is still really held onto carbonation. Nice malts and dark fruits nose and flavor. No booze is apparent. Really stellar Quad. Impressive beer from Victory.

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Photo of TopherBreski
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slow pours almost orange but settles at an amber. Beautiful malts, oats, and fruit aroma. There's a bit of a bitter taste and you can also tell its way alcohol heavy (12%) but you can also taste the excellent ingredients used.

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look: A dark straw/golden color. Moderate head, maybe 1cm, which lingers well.

Smell/Taste: to avoid repetition, the smell and taste are basically cloying and malty, with a little bit of hops to take the edge off at the end. The alcohol sting is definitely noticable.

Feel: A little too "thick" could've been more carbonated.

Overall: a VERY drinkable Quad, compared to others. Felt more like a malt, to be honest. If you need to be completely gone (at 12% IBV, drinking this thing is roughly equivalent to 5-6 shots of whiskey), and have to do it with beer, this is the way to go. Affordable too.

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Photo of jp32
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice. It looks and tastes milder or "smaller" than a quad should be. Nice flavor in the long run though. I couldnt say anything bad about it, but I'm probably not running out to by more due to shear amazingness either.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Chimay chalice.
A - 4 - Pours a honey / apple juice color, not quite as dark as I was expected for a quad, looks more like a tripel to me. Formed a half finger of lightly tan / white head. Extremely low head potential and retention, no lacing.
S - 4 - Nutmeg, allspice, clove, lots of yeast, strong hop profile and distinct tart green apple. Once again, this has tripel written all over it, not quad.
T - 3.5 - Tasty...until the finish. Tart apple, aforementioned spices and that unmistakable bubble-gummy Belgian yeast flavor, once again, tastes like a very strong tripel. Would be a fine beer until the end of the flavor development which lowers the score substantially. After the nice initial flavors, you're hit which a heavy dose of medicinal and alcohol flavor, ends up tasting like strong over the counter cough syrup and really detracts from the otherwise pleasant flavors of this brew.
F - 4 - Decent mouthfeel.
O - 3.25 - It's OKAY for a tripel, but I don't think it could be considered a quad by any stretch, just my opinion though.

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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 fscottkey
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.50] *Crystal* clear reddish color. I am amazed how clear it is. Pours with a scant 1/4 finger of white head. The bottle lists the ABV (12%). The bottle says, "Bottled on: " 07/03/2014.

S: [3.50] Caramel, banana esters, Belgian yeast.

T: [3.75] Follows the nose. Belgian yeast up front. Banana esters in the middle. There is caramel throughout the entire sip due to the strong malt backbone. There is a tiny alcohol bite at the end - but noting bracing for 12%.

M: [4.00] There is noticeable carbonation. It is not negative - but it is present. There is a tingle from the carbonation and then there is a slight bite from the alcohol on the finish.

O: [3.75] I typically dislike Belgian styles. This one is one of the best I have had. The malty backbone really helps meld all of the flavors together.

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Photo of jancona
4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Liquid luxury - as advertised! Let it warm up to truly enjoy.
Very little foam/lacing. Smell is a mix of molasses, banana bread, sweet dates, and brown sugar. Taste follows with a nice caramel malt finish. Feel is a bit slick - could use more carbonation.
Overall an excellent offering from Victory! I didn't share...

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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 fulcrumbs
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If you are looking for a quadruple... the best around for the price. Not a huge fan of quadruple ales... feels like more of a wine vs. beer... but have had a couple of these... and as always... share with a friend. Drink a whole bomber on your own... and pay the price...!

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden orange in color, with a massive, coarse white head, which fades only slowly. Dense Belgian-type lacing adorns the glass walls. Abundant, fine carbonation drifts lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Dense notes of caramel and spicy, vinous alcohol, green apple rind, candied fruit and wood, dominate the aroma.

Taste: Begins with somewhat over-the-top pungent, earthy hops, soon followed by sweet dark caramel, candied dark fruits, bitter apple rind, and an omnipresent, sweet, vinous, and warming alcohol. As the taste progresses, spicy notes rise to ascendency, with cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg dominant. Finishes with a long, lingering note of dark caramel and sweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Very soft, full, velvety, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An extraordinarily complex, deep, and rich Quadrupel, invoking thoughts of holiday dinners. Certainly, this beer is worthy of the most elegant occasion.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750 ml Belgian-style brown glass bomber, sealed with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gavroche tulip. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a half finger off-white head with good retention and thick lacing. Aroma of apple and pear, overripe tropical fruit, apricot, bready and candi malt, white wine. Flavor is similar mixed fruit, dominated by light and dark stone fruit, fig, banana, clove, bready and caramel malt, finishes with bready, almost rye grain with residual semi-sweet mixed fruit and light caramel; light hop bitterness. Medium to heavy bodied with pleasant creaminess. This is a nice domestic take on a quad, rich and complex. The hops were a bit of a surprise, but this is a half-year old bottle and they may have faded a bit, which is fine, because their presence, like some of the other flavors, is deftly integrated into the whole. Very nice. Victory seems to be poorly distributed to Washington now, and I was lucky to pick up this bottle from a store I know handles beer well. Glad I got the last bottle. If I see it again, I will cellar some, this has potential for a few years of interesting change.

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Photo of fx20736
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wired and corked 750 ml bottle. Received as a gift. Poured into a goblet at cellar temp.

Look:Beautiful golden tinged amber with a thinnish off white head. No lacing.

Smell: Raisin-y, winey, malty.

Taste: raisins, white grape skins. A touch of bitterness like orange peel.

Feel: soft but full

Overall: solid, decent beer.

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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,364 ratings.
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