V-Twelve | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian 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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 636 | Ratings: 1,392
Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.65/5  rDev -9%
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 +20%
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 -6.2%
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 +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 +18.7%
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 +4.2%
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 +12.2%
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 +4.7%
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 +4%
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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Photo of Rebulu
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh, clean, and crisp. Malty and fruity. If instructions are followed, it is not overly yeasty. At 45 degrees it is like champagne. At 65, the fruit pops without being overly sweet. I get starfruit (maybe white grape?) apricots, and hint of lemon zest. Disclaimer: have not read brewer description, that's honestly what I get.

So good to slow roll. It's a new beer in every 5 degree increment. The lack of the unpleasant yeast might even win over English BW lovers.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a golden copper color with little e head.

Smell - The smell would best be described as being sweet and malty.

Taste - Banana jumps to the front of this Belgian. Hot alcohol, pineapple, apricot, and bready notes also make an impression. All this occurs before the banana sours in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - There is a thick, clingy quality to this quad that really allows the taste to linger.

Overall - Victory rarely makes a bad beer. This one is top notch.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

750ml corked/caged bottle split between a pair of snifters. No dates or anything...but I'm guessing there's only one batch. Left about 3/4" in the bottle.

Pours hazy amber. Not much carbonation. Smell is yeasty, figgy, dark fruit.

Taste is super frickin' fruity, but not super sweet. Lots of vague bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium. A little slick. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of RobPete
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had my first one of these yesterday. It was exceptional. Especially for the cost. I am a huge fan of quads. This might not be as complex as some of the big Belgians, but still quite enjoyable. I poured it into my St. Bernardus goblet. Nice opaque dark straw color. Felt great on the tongue. Light on the carbonation. Not as much alcohol burn as one would expect from a 12% ABV. Overall, very impressive. I already picked up two more bombers

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Photo of Bisco42
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious Quad. The most outstanding, for me, was the mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable, thick, delicate but also not too over powering. The alcohol was present, but not what I expected out of a 12. For the price ($7.99 here), this Quad is absolutely going to become one of my favorites. Worth a try, if you're a fan of this style.

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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 PlatoSmash
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Very nice take on a Belgian! 12%abv doesn't taste like 12%abv which is nice. Could get you in trouble if you aren't careful! The aroma sets up heavy but the taste is smooth and the feel is nice upon the tongue. Victory is a very good brewery that continues to send quality beers. This is one of their best.

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Photo of roblowther
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

This is a fantastic quad. I'd rate it higher but it is a bit hoppier than I'd expect from the style. I'd rate it lower except the hops really compliment the flavor. This is a phenomenal take on the style. It has a great caramel earthiness up front, a slight hop twang on the finish, and just enough alcohol warmth going down to remind you to be careful. And just enough awesomeness to make you want to throw caution to the wind. Which advice will win out? Only the rest of the evening will tell.

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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 arizcards
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Picked up a 750 ml bottle from Total Wine in early June for $8.99. Bottled on 3-13-14.

Beer poured garnet with a nice white head that has some nice hang time.

Nose has strong dark fruit notes.

Taste is dark fruits spiced with black pepper. Finish is alcohol warming on all initial sips.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth from the Belgian yeast strain.

Overall this is a nice rendition of what i would consider a Belgian Quad. I suspect that laying this down for a few years would only enhance this brew.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a semi-clear copper color - very atypical for a quad. The head is two fingers high, and off-white in shade. Retention is pretty good for 12%, but the texture is rougher than others in the style. There are some streaks of lacing left on the glass.

S: The nose is appropriately big. It features both big fruits (lighter ones like cherry, rather than dark fruits) and a healthy bread-laden backbone. Also decently spicy in spurts. Victory is never afraid to hop a beer well, and I'm thankful for it: the herbal and even citrusy notes balance out the lighter malt/fruit quite well. Aromatically, it isn't much like a quad - it's more like Duvel on steroids. That's a very good thing, though.

T: It's somewhat hoppy at first. The light, herbal hop notes bring memories of Rochefort 10 (though this has a bit more black pepper and a bit less tobacco - that, and the malt construct is a whole different beast altogether). While there are some pleasant lighter fruit flavors (cherry, orange, and grapefruit), the spiciness is what dominates. Victory has restrained the yeastiness nicely, as well. It doesn't seem as bready as its Belgian counterparts, but it also achieves a level of cohesion and harmony lacking in the 'Murican ones. Combined with the mild notes of caramel malt, it creates a brew that's both reasonably complex and nicely balanced - it just isn't very quad-like, that's all.

M: The first few sips seem a touch boozy. Afterwards, they don't seem boozy at all. It's still telling me it's a strong, sipping beer (especially with the full-body warming sensation), just not a needlessly alcoholic one. Carbonation is about what I'd expect, decently powerful yet soft.

O: This would be one of the best 'Murican-made quads on the market...if it were a quad to begin with. To me, this seems closer to a big-ass grand cru or even a massive saison. Yeah, I said it. It's dry enough, spicy enough, and *just* light enough where if Victory called it an imperial saison, I wouldn't be too upset. Still, its high level of quality combined with its respectable price point makes it a winner, no matter what style it is.

3.98/5: Excellent BSPA, very worthy of cellaring

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Photo of argock
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml brown bottle into a Chimay goblet. Bottled on Sept 18 2009 on front label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Lighter than expected chestnut with a big dose of floaties but a prodigious 1-2 finger light beige head with decent retention and peaks of lacing.

S: Major fruity aroma here with fig, plums, red grapes, currants, bananas, and orange marmalade all combining with some mild herbal hopping to create a huge malt blast. The entire aroma experience is accentuated by further fruity yeast esters with a mild, phenolic, clove character

T: THe flavor also assaults with malt, first with dark fruits like red and purple grapes, figs, cherries, plums, and raisins, all dosed with a heavy dose of rum-infused honey. Hops provide some balancing herbal-based bitterness. Yeast esters play a big role with banana and some lightly sulfuric apricot and peach character as well. Bitterness is low -- this is a malt wallop all the way, and a good one too. Vinous without getting too grapey -- a masterful beer all-around. The alcohol is tame and in the background.

M: Silky smooth with nowhere the 12% detectable anywhere. Sumptuous feel overall with moderate carbonation to keep it from feeling too thick and viscous.

O: This was indeed a good one to put away -- wow -- huge dark fruit character with drinkability. Sumptuous and decadent but not over the top -- wonderful. I wish I had bought more.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy orange amber with a 1/2 off-white head that settles to a thin film and ring on top and leaves spotty lace.

The smell is of prunes, dates and raisins up front with caramel and toffee and alcohol on the finish.

The taste is of bready malt, caramel sweetness, raisins, dark cherry and a hint of booze.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise up throughout the drink down.

Overall, this is a solid American interpretation of the classic Belgian style.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750mL bottle ($20), at Forequarter, Madison, into a chalice. An anonymous-looking brown murk, with an off-white finger of head, w/ serious lacing stuck to the glass.

Smell is of must or funk, overlying a tannic red wine. A bit of Belgian tart yeast.

In the mouth it's a wonderful approximation of a Belgian beer. Cherries in alcohol. A warming liqueur sensation. On the front end it's very sweet and grainy, sugary, even. Malt sweetness, but also tropical fruit, like mango. Some hops on the back-end balances it all. Seriously complex.

Creamy and rich mouthfeel. Low on the carbonation in appearance, but so well-balanced, the syrupy consistency is most welcome. There's a surprising sharpness. Highly drinkable.

This is a definite go-to with rich food.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Henrietta, NY.

Poured into my Abandon Brewing snifter. Pours a clear dark peach color. One inch head dissipates quickly. Very small amounts of lacing.

Smells like apricots, orange, cherries, and Belgian yeast.

Similar flavor. Lots of the typical candied Belgian yeast flavors, along with apricot, orange creamsicle, maraschino cherries, cloves, and a a slight herbal grassiness, most likely from the hops.

Medium mouthfeel, very low carbonation. As the beer warms, it becomes a bit more boozy.

The best American made quad I've had. Another great one from Victory.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-opaque chestnut. Pours with almost no carbonation and a lack of head

S-fresh Macintosh apples with a hint of carmelized sugars. Medium strength

T-comes with an impressively mellow flavor of dark Belgian sugars and red apples. It's a good authentic apple flavor. It has a good subtle flavor with a slightly bitter but matching after-taste. Some peppercorn in there.

M-low carbonation. Dry finish.

O-actually, this is an okay quad. I'm fairly impressed by it. It's definitely different from any other quad I've had, but it works in its own subtle way.

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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 1,392 ratings