V-Twelve | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

1,370 Ratings

Brewed by:
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.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-18-2003

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Thanks to Trxxpaxxs for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF 6. It pours a clear copper topped by a frothy couple o' fingers of dusty cream-whiteness. The nose comprises light melon, tart orange, lemon zest, light white grape, a touch of pine needle, light honey, and there's a vague notion of Brett-like funkiness in there as well. The taste holds notes of rich caramel, pine resin, some sense of menthol, honey, and something akin to thick, spicy wine grapes (imagine a nice PX sherry made with chardonnay grapes or something...). It's like an overt combination of sweet and piny, with neither side knowing when to back off, always escalating and exacerbating every possible circumstance. If the world were run like this, it would consist of literal dust caught in the threads of the cosmic tapestry. The body is a stolid medium, with a very light moderate carbonation, a syrupy feel, and a sorta/kinda dry finish. Overall, I thought this was a pretty sad excuse for a quad, one that laughed in the face of a usually tasty style, making everyone involved feel all the worse for the experience.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 25.4oz corked and caged bottle into a globe glass.

Appearance: a amber copper color with a baby fingers worth of white head that fades and leaves little lacing.

Smells: a sweet yeast with candied notes of grapefruit and sort of tobacco smell.

Tastes: there is a dark fruit flavor that blends with a enjoyable Belgian style yeast that leaves a unique and memorable taste that is hard for me to put my finger on.

Mouthfeel: the 12% is kind of prevalent, but from a Quad I expect it and the carbonation was actually quite active as I drink it as the head didn't insist that at all.

Overall: this is a flavorful brew with a sweetness that most will enjoy. I like the unique yeast taste this has and I recommend trying it if you haven't already. I am curious to see how a few bottles age because they are great with 8 months on them.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a growler of this Quad chilling in my fridge for some time (waiting for a significant special event, which never happened). So I'll be having a beastly 64 ounces solo over the next 2 days.

Poured from a growler into a large snifter. Allow to warm to ample temperatures during tasting.

(Appearance) Explosive head in the first few pours, great color and quality. Color is that of a dark red-orange hue with deep copper tones, with a mild haze throughout. Moderate carbonation. Looks mighty fine for a quad. 4.5

(Smell) Dark roasted belgian candy sugars, fruit tones, caramel and some spice are the dominant aromas in this beer. Moderate earthy hop tones are there in spirit. The beer has an expected boozy character, fine for the style. Milder than I'd have liked in aroma, but there's plenty to take in at this stage. 3.5

(Taste) A toasty caramel and fruit introduction paired with some deep grains. Spices on the end are reminiscent of milder white ales; hints of bitter orange peel and coriander lie in the background. Mild bitterness most likely refers back to these qualities. Amongst other culprits lie cloves, banana and other fruits, like black grapes and pear. Overall, a decent quality quad. This one has its own unique qualities and is worthy of a try. 4

(Mouthfeel) Medium-heavy body. There's (not surprisingly) a mild alcohol presence to be found in this intensely high ABV brew. Texture is mild with less carbonation than I had anticipated, making this beer go down quite easy. Mild sticky mouthfeel imparts a mild dry tone to the finish. It could be pricklier. 3

(Overall) Another nice take on a Quadrupel with its own unique qualities. This one swings slightly more to the spice and caramel side, a combination that fits well with the festivities of winter seasons, and with that would be a worthy candidate for aging for several years, seeing how the body rounds out. For a $15 growler fill, I simply cannot be disappointed, and it was a worthy experience. Get it if you see it. 4

Victory Brewing Company's
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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 1,370 ratings
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