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: 637 | Ratings: 1,393
Photo of Wonka
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alc. 12% by Vol.
Bottle conditioned
Bottled on Mar 11 03
750 ML
Enjoyed at 65 degrees

Clear, orange-red color with a nice white head at pour; the head is almost soap bubbly at the fringes with micronized bubbles at the center; sturdier head than I expected for a quadrupel

Nice caramel layering and coy alcohol nature; there’s a pleasant body and the mouthfeel is luscious; alcohol cuts a direct line to the nose with a smooth sweetness trailing; sweet rum, fig come through at the palate and there is a malty entrance with a hop and slight alcohol bump to form a smooth clean finish; not dry; a nice balance carries through in the aftertaste

Beautiful, pleasant surprise from Victory. This is a keeper.

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

Bottled August 27, 2004, Sampled January 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear deep copper color, it is topped by a thin pale brown head that has trouble sticking around along through all of the alcohol. The aroma is sharp and spicy with notes of apples, rum, brandy, and alcohol. The aroma fades pretty quickly as my nose get used to the aromas. The taste is surprisingly light and clean for a beer of this strength. There is a definite fruity sweetness that reminds me of plums, raisins, and perhaps some red grapes. The fruitiness is the dominant characteristic though. This definitely tastes a bit like brandy, what with the general fruitiness and the alcohol in the finish. This has a really nice fruitiness to it, there is none of the spiciness that one usually associates with lots of the Belgian yeast strains. Instead this has a concentrated fruitiness to it.

Actually I am quite disappointed in this beer, it is not quite Belgian enough, not quite enough complexity. This is a nice tasting beer, it is just a bit simplistic, though I should give it some credit for being so smooth and drinkable despite the 12% alcohol. This is definitely not something that I can finish a full 750 of though, so be warned this should be shared with friends.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

one person thinks this is a strong ale, the label says quadrupel. what about a quadrupelwine? that would be my best description of this wholly unique brew.

this beer pours candy apple red with a hearty lace ring, minimal carbonation and head. its scent is of cherries, cough syrup and barleywine.. butterscotch and vanilla. overall, a sweet sweet scent.

this beer is good for sipping, and carries a deep sugar taste with malts and a alcohol warming. the aftertaste is a purely sour citrus flavor. seems to be a blend of a barleywine style with a three-phils type 4x.

tasted side by side with old horizontal just to reaffirm my taste suspicions. confirmed. similar, but v-12 lacks the bite and bitterness. what a great beer and it will surely age well. grab a few and throw them in the cellar (but get one to drink now!)

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Photo of soulfly967
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering was bottled on 24 August 2004. Poured a nice reddish amberish color with a slight head that vanished as fast as it came and left no lacing at all. The smell is of candy, fruits, and some alcohol. The taste is excellent. Fruit sweetness, a touch of alcohol and finishes with some lingering sweetness and a touch of hops spicyness. The mouthfeel was very nice. Smooth, nicely carbonated, but a touch thin, but still good. I would drink this one again, after it ages a bit.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.17/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from a 750ml bottle on 12/29/04. Date bottled was August 27, 2004. Pours out a fairly clear amber color with a slight tan fizzy head that disappears quickly. No lace was left on the glass. Aroma was a light fruitiness mixed with sweet malts and a touch of spice. Unfortunately the alcohol was very evident in the aroma and came to dominate as it warmed. Sweet malt, a light spiciness and ripe fruits seem to be battling with the huge alcohol here in the taste. At first the strong alcohol was noticeable but as it warmed the alcohol makes this one pretty hard to finish. It didn’t seem like it was an off bottle, just that the alcohol was way to dominate. Mouthfeel was a little thinner than I would expect with a big warmth due to the alcohol. Drinkability was ok but hindered by the alcohol. I will probably give this one another chance in the future.

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Photo of skybluewater
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly light apple juice color, no lace to speak of. Smells of bready malts and bananas. Taste is lovely, bready and spicy, with some banana and other flavors (which are beyond my ability to identify, but like though). Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, and is a bit too fizzy for my tastes, although that recedes as the beer warms. As the bottle states, this is sheer liquid luxury.

Overall, this is a very nice quadrupel. Very warming and soothing on a cold, blustery winter's night. Quite drinkable, in fact, considering the high ABV. This one really hit the spot.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/11/2003. Oddly, cork dated 2002. Pours a pale copper with a fizzy off-white head that dies down quickly. Aromas of toasty malts and candi sugar, some further biscuity suggestions, light fruitiness and fusel alcohols. Well, if this doesn't warm you up on a cold winter's night, you may well be cold-blooded. Malty, sweet and thick; chockful of fruity esters and alcohol notes, undercurrents of clove, cocoa and sulfites. Warming and numbing to the esophagus. A year and a half in the cellar has mellowed the carbonation pretty good. I remembered it being a little too spritzy for the style. It's better in the warmer stages of the beer, and the brewers at Victory recommend decanting carefully as to leave the yeast behind. Good job guys!

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

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

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Photo of benmiliron
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one on a trade with Pisskynights. Brandon's the man.

Reddish amber in color. Smells of sweetness/candiness, very floral as well. Lovely smell. Taste is just what you'd want a quad to taste like - nearly sugar (but not quite) sweetness with a heavy dose of malt and bubbliness.... so good. No sharpness, no overly aged mellowness, just an excellent strong belgian-style beer here. Reminiscent of DFH Raison.

At 12%, it's not one to drink solo (though I am). Get a friend and share a bottle. Excellent brew, as always from the Victory folks.

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Photo of winomark
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

WIth the pop of the cork, she opens. Pours a light amber with slight reddish tones and a soft light tan head. Slightly sour, geuzish nose. Unexpected, but nice, intriguing nose. Slightly musty, with candy and estery palate. Alcohol slightly warms the finish. Flavorful mouthfeel, but not too heavy. Again, the alcohol adds warmth and viscosity. A very interesting brew. Not sure how to catagorize it. Drinkable, even with the high ABV. Glad I got to try this one. Inticing and inviting. Definately worth a try if you find it.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on August 27, 2004.

Nice burgandy tone. Clear. CO2 bubbles accelerate rapidly to the voluptuous crown of white foam on top. The head has great retention and leaves bountiful lace. Aroma blends candy tones, sweet-bread, doughy yeastiness and lemon pepper. The taste is reminiscent of some of the finer Beligian style brews I've had. Sweet candy tones and yeast dominate the profile....and nicely so. Raisin, fig and rum soaked cedar come into play as well. The heat from this 12% bad boy is really held in check on the palate and interplays nicely with everything else that is going on. I'm catching some fruits as well: melon (maybe watermelon), cantelope, etc. The mouthfeel is close to silk. The beer kind of melts away in the mouth like cotton candy. Superb. This is one beautiful beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with fruity Belgian yeast esters. The taste is great. It has an extremely smooth and rich malty flavor that goes down easy and warms on the finish. It has a complex malt palate along with hops in the aftertaste; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good Belgian ale. It has awesome flavor and aroma; a great drinker.

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Photo of clvand0
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle. Pours an amber color with a moderate head that dies off quickly. The aroma was dark fruits, sweetness, caramel, and alcohol. Promising aroma there. The flavor is dominated by a sweet fruityness that I really enjoyed. Caramel malts and some other sweet malts. Very strong alcohol in the taste. It could use some age to let that mellow, but it's still a wonderful beer.

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Photo of emericanchaos
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

04 Vintage. Rosey red with some browns, carbonated well and very heady. Head doesn't last long.

Smells of a bouquet of fruits. Terribley difficult to nail down exactly which but apples and pears surely come to mind along with a syrupy sweetness. Extremely pleasant.

Beautiful in the mouth. All the smells come to the foreground with a strange cloying bitterness that lingers throughout. Bitterness seems to be from carbonation though.

Easily swished around though a slight burning is present. Carbonation again is the culprit as this beer is very young.

Not something to make a night of at 12% ABV. Easily drinkable even this young as far as flavor goes but the high alchohol content will catch up to you, especially if you're not used to drinking.

My girlfriend and I picked this up at the brewery while celebrating our anniversary. We each had half of the bottle and by the time we were finished she was getting tingely and light headed. Great beer for special occasions.

Also, i've had previous vintages that were aged longer. my favorite being an 02 that aged over a year. The bitterness i mentioned above was not present and the fruityness was much much stronger. Leave this in the cellar to mature and it will be much more satisfying especially if you're saving it for a special occassion. Victory says it should survive a cellar for about 5 years.

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Photo of nomad
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2003 vintage

A luminous light copper color with crimson backing, it has frothy but thin white head, having a minor sheen of ocassional lacing.

Smells of a light fruitiness, short of being similar to a cordial, and indistinct of a certain fruit. Smooth and gently inviting in its mysterious estery way.

Taste is malty and smooth with a cushy luscious fell. A red apple-like fruitiness is well-restrained as the hops and alcohol finish nicely in a dry but quiet way. Quiet demure but classy, holding back any large or off flavors in favor a sleek and constrained flavor that is, well, mysteriously fruity. Seems like a strong mesh of a big sweet wort and a characterful yeast.

Impressive after only 12 months of cellaring.

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

Finally found a bottle of this at a local store. Was thrilled when I got hoem to try it. It took me about 5 minutes to get the cork out, lol. It was in there tight.

Poured a dark amber with a golden head that fizzed fast and settled quickly. Immediately hints of spices in the aroma like alot of other quads. Obviously tastes like cloves to me, same as a previous reviewer stated. Alcohol is present in the taste but not so much as to detract from the enjoyment of this sipping beer. I like this alot compared to other domestic quads.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of this beer on a visit to their brewery. This beer poured an orangey amber color. Moderate head which slowly dissipated. Smell reminded me of wine. I also detected the aroma of spices such as cloves and a faint wheat scent. Tasting this beer is definitely an experience. It is very sweet and fruity. It is reminiscent of warm cider or gingerbread because of its spiciness. The whole effect covers the tongue like a nice winter coat. Don't get me wrong, this a wonderful beer, but it is not for the faint of heart. In fact, be prepared to take a nap after this one!

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Photo of sideshowrob
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer was from the 2003 vintage, was imbibed about 18 months after bottleing. Cord had dried out to crumbs , but bottle was still carbonated and the cork poped with a fizz. Assuming the beer survived it's journey as the brewers intended.

Brew poured a rich muddy-amber into a challice. Nice color, some carbonation (and a bit of cork from the opening). Nice smell - fairly sweet, some malt backbone. A nice nuttyness to it. Taste was very pleasent and extremely smooth, very much like an extremely good belgian brown. Some nutty and vanilia notes in the tasteing. Mouthfeel and drinkability were good, after its time in the bottle the beer was very, very smooth and could have easliy been quaffed, had I not had a deep respect for a $10 bottle of brew!

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March 22, 2003. Aroma is a bit appley, a bit of alcohol and maybe a pinch of vanilla? Hazy apricot amber colored beer is active with streams of tiny bubbles floating to the top even as the glass nears half full. Nice thick yellowish tan colored head fades to a patchy film after a few minutes. Big strong beer warms the stomach. Very smooth texture and light on the tongue for such a strong beer. Mellow flavor a bit of fruit up front that becomes bitter and alcoholic towards the end. Soft and mellow, but still has that big beer kick. I wish I had a fresh version to compare.

Picked up a bottle in Feb. 2005 to celebrate the upcoming Eagles Super Bowl championship, which didn't happen. Turns out the bottle was from 5/15/03. Looks the same, smells the same. Flavor seems very balanced with some light fruity esters, a bit of malt, some yeasty goodness, and a pinch of alcohol. Light, soft and fizzy feel.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy medium amber color with one finger of head. There is minimal lacing. The smell is sweet and malty with a hint of alcohol as well. The taste is also fairly sweet and malty with some white grape in there too, but there's lots and lots of alcohol burning through. Too much of an alcohol flavor present. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and heavy. The drinkability suffers due to the unhidden alcohol. This has been aging for a while, and it looks like it could use a few more years.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright ruby color with light amber highlights. A thin white head appears about a quarter inch high, with barely any lace.

Smell: Dark fruits along with grapes, and fig hit the nose the hardest. Following these wonderful smells there is some caramel, a little coriander, and candy sugar.

Taste: Dark fruits dominate the taste of this beer. There are figs, tons of grape, and some sugary sweetness. This is followed by a nice subtle malt flavor showing off some caramel, and creamy tones. This beer finishes with a nice alcohol kick, more fruits and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: For so much alcohol this beer has a relative light body which is well rounded by the great flavor.

Drinkability: Maybe I'm just getting used to big beers but truly this one masks the alcohol amazingly. Easy to drink!

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Photo of marc77
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/11/03. Despite the gushing bottle, pouring yields a modest one fingered head cream white with respectable retention. Sparse lace. Black licorice with notions of candied almonds and marzipan upfront in aroma, along with persistent hot, solvent twanged fusels. Mellows slightly and deepens in complexity as it breathes, with ginger snap and dark toffee hints arising. Enticing, but noticeably alcoholic aromawise. In flavor, perceived incipiently is an nutty, but boozy impression of bourbon soaked brittle and whiskey macerated dried dates. Subtleties surface after a deliberation as the beer oxidizes. These include hints of herbal, clove themed phenols, bubblegum esters and ripe fig undertones, all wrapped in an ethanol laden, middling quality liquor blanket. Distinct malt and / or sugar derived character is subdued, with deep, but integral dark caramel notes provided by both caramalt and perhaps dark candi sugar. Moderate in body, with a viscosity that is both ethanol and dextrin induced. Surprisingly, the carbonation level is perfect. Usually a gushing bottle is noticeably overcarbed. Finishes with a searing ethanol snap yielding to drying, albeit slightly astringent bitterness. Quite the intense brew, and is overtly boozy even after over a year of cellaring. Certainly not short on flavor. Tasty, but brambly.

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Photo of cbl2
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Light brown with an amazing head that leaves a nice lace on the glass.


Herbal and fruity with yeasty character. Hints of alcohol.

Yeast, sugar and insane amounts of alcohol. Well balanced, but you definitely need to sip this one.

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Photo of kindestcut
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Man, this beer kicked my butt...but in a good way.

The V-12 poured a beautiful, dark orange-brown. The head was healthy but not huge. The beer just looked "pretty."

The aroma was beginning to reach my nose before I leaned down to smell it. this was a very aromatic beer...and delicious, too. I could detect a sweet and spicy aroma dominated by brown sugar...it's the malt speaking.

The flavor was just amazing...spicy with a hint of coriander...sweet to a fault perhaps but still delicious. The one thing that struck me (literally) was the alcohol. Yes, this beer is 12%. However, the alcohol is not dominant. It is, however, dominant in effect. However, the flavor is such that the tastiness makes it so very drinkable.

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Photo of kegerator
4.97/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I would have given it all 5's but I really would have liked some head to speak of on this one.
poured out beautiful medium amber color with no head but a littel white rim around the edge.
smell was complex, I got pear, sugar, caramel, some spice(clove maybe?), very very nice. I was extremely intrigued at this point.
taste: amazing, first hits with a licoricesque/spice then boom hear comes the caramel/sugar sweetness and a nice warmth on the way down from the alcohol.
mouthfeel was dead on sticky sweet, yet smooth
very drinkable, i went right out and got the last one they had and am letting it age for the winter...we'll see what happnes to this one over a bit more time, although it was bottled in march of 03 so it has already had some time to age

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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 1,393 ratings