V-Twelve | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

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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Photo of bradcochran1234
4.77/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW!!!! Victory always comes through. And this wonderful Quad is is coming through balls to the wall. Get your prime rib ready cause this is gonna complement.
A- Caramel with mild sediment floating. Don't get scared by the sediment, it loves you too. Starts with one finger of head but quickly dissipates.
S-Well well well caramel, there you are again. And here come your friends candy and yeast!
T-Caramel is pullin' all first stops here. Quickly, the caramel, is followed by some great brown shuga, and then it happens...CHERRY!!! Thank you!
Mouthfeel- Sticking around for a minute. Starts semi sweet to sweet. Mid's out with some Belgium feel. Ends a little sticky or viscous if you will.
O- Easily a storeable beer. I would say a late 4yr would be prime. Just a great addittion to all the great beers these guys come up with.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- AOH

A- light copper with amber tones. A frothy but unfoamy head. Spiderweb lacing left on the mug.

S- white grapes and apple in the nose. a very yeasty malt that is sour butit isnt overpowering. it is..perfect actually. Great smell.

T- a yeasty sour apple with grape flavors as well. This has the tastiest apple i have had.

M- heavy bodied yet it has the feel of a light belgian. Yeasty as well.

D- a sipper most def. however, it drinks and goes down like a harvest fest seasonal.

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Photo of drpimento
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let the bottle set out a little bit from the fridge. Upon opening with a nice little "pop", noticed an immediate whiff of caramel malt. Poured with a foamy, spritzy, light tan head that mostly settled down pretty quick to a ring around the inside of the glass and a small island. Color is a clear medium amber. Nose is as said plus a little fig, fresh nutmeats, tree bark. Flavor is similar to aroma, but mainly dominated by the caramel malt with a little bitterness in the background. Body is ok and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor plus with alcohol warmth. Actually had expected a bit more out of this. Not a session.

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Photo of peacebone116
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother-in-law for bringing this bad boy over to compliment a wonderful brunch.

Poured from 750-ml bottle into festival tasting glass.

A: Cloudy copper with light small head and lace at the leg of the glass.

N: Yeasty apple cider with a hint of white grapes.

T/M: Apple juice and spicy coriander and lots of esters. Definite candied sugar and dates. Kind of dry body with lots of carbonation. Alcohol is evident but it does not overpower the fruitiness of the beer. It goes really smooth and easy.

I really do not have much experience with this style of beer, so style-wise, I am not sure how this compares. However, I must say that this is quite a tasty beer. Lots of flavors and textures with this beer...another great brew from Victory!

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Photo of babaracas
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jeez, a huge pain to get the cork out of this one, then finally with barely a hiss... for a second was worried it would be flat, but it's ok. Pours a clear burnt orange with a mist of big floaties, half inch of clingy foam. Smell: brown sugar, pear in syrup, red delicious apple skin, peppery, boozy. Taste: sugary black plum flesh, peppery, spicy hopping, slight plum skin tartness, soft pear. Alcohol via the peppery component, but more more in control here than the nose. Despite the seemingly lowish carbonation, it's medium bodied with a soft luxurious feel. Peppery, fruity, boozy. Good, not great. Bottled Feb 24, 2011.

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Photo of Stunner97
2.7/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- dark brown to copper, very high level of carbonation off the first pour, white head extremely thin and very quickly fades, clear and see through in color, light color and appearance for the style

Smell- very malt driven nose, alot sweetness on nose, raisin, rum, not over powering nose

Taste- starts being extremely sweet and a little bit of spice on the finish keeps some dryness to the beer, finish is long, definite alcohol flavor can be noticed as well, overall sort of bland in the flavor area

Mouthfeel- high level of carbonation, extremely heavy and thick feel, very hot and warming on the finish, alcohol really flares up on mouthfeel

Drinkability- just to boozy and sweet and to heavy to be enjoyable drinkable, its not offensive really but just kind of hard to get through, just too much, wouldn't seek out again a rare miss to me by victory

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Photo of FatJesus
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a cork and caged 750 bottle into a New Belgium globe. Born on date is April 4, 2011. Very fresh should probably get one to cellar.

Pours amber with a nice off white one inch head that dissipates quickly leaving little lacing. Nice bit of carbonation coming through. Smells of burnt candi sugar, dates or figs some spiceness with some hint of the 12 abv in the back.

First drink you get a nice malty flow followed by what I smelled, the sweetness of candi sugar, dates and a nice warming of the alcohol but just enough to let you know it's there. Very nice indeed. As it warms the malts come out more with aliitle bit of hoppiness in the back maybe pine.only getting better.

Mouthfeel is actually very light enough carbonation to awaken the senses and finishes dry I guess from the hops i tasted later on.

Over all well worth the 9.99 price tag on it. I might get a few to cellar over many years to see how it changes year to year. Good investment.

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Photo of GreenJetta912
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just finished a Hop Wallop 22oz so I'll have to drink at least 8 oz of water first to clense the pallet. Now that that is out of the way, it's time to get this thing open. I'm not used to the cork-top. I'll be sharing this beer with my fellow beer geek neighbor, Nick. I've had one of these before and I recommend finding a buddy who appreciates good beer to share it with. The alcohol in this 750mL (i think thats 25.6oz) bottle is equal to a six pack of typical fizzy yellow beer.I am also sad to say I don't have a good goblet, snifter, or tulip glass so I had to use a pint glass which sucks, because this beer deserves to be enjoyed in a goblet, but as a broke college kid, I don't own one.

Amber color with slight red tones but the lighting in here sucks. A vigorous pour will produce a decent 2 finger head that quickly dissipates.

The nose is actually not too pungent. Not as boozy here as most 12% ales. Definite belgian yeast charcter and some maltyness here too.

The middle is fantastic. This is what a belgian quad should taste like in my opinion. I am shocked at the almost complete absence of boozy flavor. Great belgian flavor. Lots of alcohol. I'm in love.

This ale leaves you with a little bit of that belgian yeast but primarily with a malty mouthfeel and finish. This is definitely a warmer. After a few sips you begin to feel a bit cozy.

Overall a great purchase. A lot of consumer utility for only $10 a bottle. Thanks to Scooter's pub in Mt. Pleasant, PA for having legit beer in a town full of fizzy, yellow beer drinkers.

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

From a growler into a snifter. Thanks to slatetank for the "mystery beer review" opportunity.

This brew pours a perfectly clear amber color, somewhat looking brown or red in appearance with a finger of creamy yellowish tan head that quickly recedes to a thin lacing atop the brew. It coats the glassware with stringy leggings of lace. A light swirl releases few bubbles from suspension that hang close the edge of the glass. The swirl erases the leggings of lace and forms a few spotty patches.

The aroma of this brew is immediately identifiable as a Belgian yeast. A scent of clove is quite prominent with spicy almost peppery characteristics. Alcohol hits the nose with a slight tingle mingled with green apples and pears. There is a light caramel note to the nose. As the brew warms, there is a light vinegar note mixed with a scent that is somewhat like black tea. Very interesting and enjoyable.

The taste is quite spicy with belgian yeast characteristics. The alcohol level is readily noticeable with a heat that hits the throat and warms the mouth on down to the stomach. There are slight peppery notes mixed with apple, pear, vinegar and mild caramel malt. This brew is moderately sweet initially but it gives way to quite a bold alcohol character that is very warming. some hoppy characteristics come out as the brew warms that are at times a bit floral and the malt has a toasty appeal which initially seems out of place but really grows on me with each sip I take.

This is a medium bodied brew with a very light level of carbonation. Having an entire growler full of this is overkill, it needs to be shared because the alcohol really packs a wallop. Having drank a glass of this straight out of the fridge made me miss a lot of what this brew had to offer. Letting it warm up and open in my glass revealed quite a bit of depth that was enjoyable. Thanks again for the opportunity Matt.

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Photo of mactrail
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge and hot like a barley wine.

Appearance in the glass is beautiful, with red amber color. Rich but not too sweet, hot with alcohol. At first taste, floral flavors. Malt is all over the place. Great spicy aroma. Warms down the throat. Hard to detect much Belgian style, so I would call it an overamped Barley Wine. Extremely sippable, if you like the hot alcohol taste with your malt. Makes me think of a rich, sweet rum.

Had a tulip glass at Barley's in downtown Greenville, South Carolina.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Forgot how nice V-12 is. Fab fluffy foam forms easily with a center pour. Soon, there's little left atop it's warm, vermilion hue. Errant flecks of yeast in suspension. Lamp alcohol creeps out of the snifter and, combined with a lightly-sweet, sauteed Bartlett pear aroma, creates an intoxicating floral bouquet. Toasty malt and musky ethyl/yeast pheromones linger not too lower below.

The malt (with alcohol) sweetness takes on a peculiar, light, caramelized, honey-barbecue flavor and faint wood-smoky, toasty quality. Very tasty. Its body flows petite and slick-smooth across the tongue. Subtle syrupy-citrus fruit sweetness and a plush warmth fill the mouth, with extended decay. Those fruity, floral aromatic traits reemerge palatially late, climbing up the back of the tongue after the liquid retreats down the esophagus. Uhhh.

Quite Belgian. Good job on that. I'm gonna err on the side of caution/respect-for-real-Belgian-shit with praising what they did here. But what a lovely, quaffable, stunning (as in tranquilizer dart) brew.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Huh who knew this would be my 600th review?

A - A nice slight dark amber, definitely lighter than expected with a solid inch of head. Surprising mild sticky lace is a good sign.

S - Not really boozy just heavy yeast with a bready body. Thick pungent raisins and dark fruits are abundant. Smells heavy.

T - Here goes. Man I really don't even like the style. Guess I am stalling. OK here the actual flavor. Starts off with a candied sugar slightly burnt but mostly sweet, then a mild bit of yeast which is subdued by big of raisin bread. Surprisingly it finishes bitter with an unexpected hop presence.

M - Drinks surprisingly medium bodied. Found myself holding back after half the glass since the ABV does catch up.

Overall wow I can say this is the best (and highest ABV) Quad I ever had, and I remember drain pouring a Weyerbacher quad since the ABV was so cloying!

I knew there was a reason I got this again. My palate has definitely changed over these two years and this high octane Belgium really hits the spot. Prost!

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Photo of LittleOtts
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear Copper color, with low head retention, slight carbonation is visible
S- Boozy right off figs and caramelized sugar are what I picked up the heaviest.
T- Explosion of dark fruits and spices, fig, raisin, corriander. The alcohol is there but not overbearing.
M- Full body like a good bock it has a clean dry finish and doesn't sit on your palate.
D- Med. More than one bomber and I'd be a zombie! It's booziness is masked by the spices. It's a great beer!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Fairly clear light brown color. The head was impressive on this beer. About a finger of brownish head. Some lacing which is kind of weird for the style. There was quite a bit of visible carbonation upon the first pour.

S: Nice sweetness tempered by the bready nature of the malt. It really nailed that narrow space that is where quads lie. Some esters as well. Probably the weak point of this beer.

T: One of the best balanced quads I have had as of late. I find they are either too sweet or just lack that Belgian character. This is sweet without being cloying. There is also quite a bit of malt complexity going on here which is something I think the Belgians have forgotten about in mass produced examples. It is bready. Finishes clean.

M: A joy on your tongue. Perfect carbonation. It feels at home.

D: The best American quad I have ever had hands down. The carbonation is spot on which is something the American examples really have a hard time nailing down. Hard to blame them though the Belgians do have a few hundred years head start. I really would no change anything about this beer. My gripe with some of the recent Belgians I have tried is all you get is that residual candi sugar chewed through taste. This really is beyond that and is sweet without giving me diabetes. I westy 12 St B V-12 blind might be a good idea. Kudos Victory. Often slept on but not by me.

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

I plowed through one of these on an afternoon. Not a bad beer at all. Looks like a 2009. the conditioning was fine. I think the balance was pretty good, too. Don't know what possessed me to buy this. I'm trying to reduce the inventory, looks like a pleasurable task.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, date is missing but quite certain it is an '08 vintage. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours copper/amber with little bits of sediment, large fluffy off-white head that retains very well, leaving clumps of lacing and holding a good cap. Lighter colored than what I anticipated.

Aroma is very fruity, raisins, apples, pears, overripe bananas, creamed corn?, spices, caramel, brown sugar, and a strong bread and yeast. Very good strength.

Flavor is caramel, brown sugar, fruits such as green apples, pears, banana, some bubblegum, yeast & bread. Hints of alcohol but quite minimal for 12% ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat sticky & oily, medium carbonation.

Very good BSA (Quad?), but not my favorite in the style. Something is just a little off on this one which doesn't ruin the beer by any means as this is still quite enjoyable, just distracts a bit. I dunno. Good, but not great.

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Photo of bum732
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Loads of dark fruit, strongest smell is overripened bananas, figs and raisins, lots of earthiness, mushrooms almost, some clove spice.

L: Cloudy burnt orange, light tan head that dissipates, slightly disappointing.

T: Spicy sweet banana like malt with some rich caramel and toffee notes. Medium-low spicy bitterness with some alcohol. Finishes quite sweet with touch of spiciness and more rich caramel.

M: Medium-full bod, medium-high carbonation.

Really solid quad, enjoyed all the banana notes, almost like banana fosters as compared to traditional hefe banana notes. All in all, very good and one of the better quads in the US.

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Photo of impending
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

this is not a quad

750ml into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous clear reddish copper, outstanding tone. With an aggressive pour a minor dense yellowish cream colored head, little lacing.

Big rich aroma of a strong pale, a cornucopia of light skinned sweet summer fruits, flora and significant hops. The scent is complex, layered.

Flavor is big, too big. Alcohol kicks in strong and early, the other flavors are perceived momentarily before being crushed by the alcohol. Aftertaste is of hops and alcohol. Full bodied viscous mouthfeel. Improves significantly with warmth.

lots of sugars, indigestion is a possibility
this wishes it were a Malheur 10°

cheers
jd

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sunset burnt honey orange color with a tight white head. Simply a beautiful glass of beer.
The aroma does not disappoint expectations given by the visual. Sweet malt, orange, peach, pear, apricot raisin, touches of caramel, spice and grain all harmoniously create an impressive nose for this beer.
The bubbles strike first with a seemingly dry character from the high level of carbonation, then the beer becomes very sweet mid palate with fig, raisin, and more residual sugar accompanied by some tobacco and nuttiness with hay and bread. All of these flavors lead to a bubble and somewhat dry, spicy and warming boozy finish.
It is highly drinkable, great Belgian inspired yeast notes and sweet bread and fruity flavors. I loved it.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a wonderfully clear honey-amber. Tiniest, teensiest, nigh imperceptible bit of haze in the ale. A short head, and even shorter retention. Lightly carbonated. Likely sweet and high in ABV. Yup, 12% ABV. This bottle was $7.99/750ml so it's a little pricey but not too bad.

Aromas are barleywine-ish: Sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, ripe pineapple, and an apple pie quality - sweet with a hint of cinnamon. I also get orange soda. Notice all the sweet aromas...

Flavor is enormous: Amazingly, the label calls this "Belgian inspired"...Beeradvocate is calling it a Quad. Not sure I agree. I get more of a barleywine that uses Belgian style yeast. If that's the definition of a Quad, then I guess this is it. Alcohol is very warming. Anyway, back to the flavor: It's loaded with sweet malt right off the bat. Many will find this too sweet and rich. Carbonation gets caught trying to steal second and is gone in a flash. Middle is filled with caramel malt and a bready flavor, like whole wheat waffles. The yeast prfile in here is baffling: it's bitter like hops and that flavor melds with the hops to make an almost seemless transition that carries through the finish and beyond. I wouldn't call this a homerun. It's like a double with an error. The flavor is too all over the map for me. It wants to be one beer, but is crafted more like another. The ABV is nice and that makes it worth it, but I have had many better at the same price (e.g. Bernardus 12)...

What I like most: The nice color and robust aromas.

What I like least: The confused flavor profile.

Verdict: Not my fave from Victory, and a little too unique for me.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.12/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a duvel tulip

A: Apricot in color (slightly a reddish amber). Pretty light for a quad that I typically like. Small tan head that poured about a half of a finger worth. Little lacing left on the glass.

S: Pretty surgery, more then most of the quads i have smelt. Slightly spicy that counters the small amount of dark fruits. Some other fruits such as cherry, banana and some pear are in there. Belgian yeastyness present in the beer.

T: Going along with the nose, dark fruits play with the palate but not as strong as i would like. Semi spiceyness along with strong Belgian yeast notes. Fairly sweet.

M: Fairly full bodied beer, not as carbonated as i would like to see in a quad. Alcohol fairly well hidden.

D: Fairly good quad, certainly not the best in show. Would love it to be darker with a bigger dark fruit character like it trappist counter parts.

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Photo of haddon
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pulled this bomber out of the cellar after 1 1/2 years. pours a cloudy apricot color with large carbonated head that releases bubbles everywhere.

wow, the smells are deep and rich. caramel apple, figs, molasses & brown sugar. there is sweet fresh fruit with a sour note just underneath.

the taste is a little imbalanced. hot on the palate from the alcohol. raisins, brandy & bread pudding. very sweet and I'm not getting hardly any hop notes. almost all malts... sweet & hot.

medium body with lots of carbonation

very interesting beer that is kind of all over the place. not sure if it is from the aging or it tastes like this fresh as well. don't think I'll call this drinkable. gonna have a hard time drinking the whole bomber because of the sweet and heat. hmm... that would be a cool name for a homebrew.

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Photo of seand
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear bubbly light reddish amber, with a small layer of light tan head. Doesn't leave too much lacing.

S: Incredibly huge fruit note. Besides the fruit, there's cloves and other spices, along with just a touch of something almost anise-like. Just a giant aroma. It's not boozy, but the depth alcohol does make it a little spirit-like.

T: Starts lightly sweet and very smooth, becoming quite balanced, but with depth and complexity. Not much hint that this is such a high ABV until the aftertaste. It seems to actually grow in intensity for a couple seconds after swallowing, a big long aftertaste with lots of fruits and a bit of a boozy bourbon-like note.

M: Full body, sticky, smooth, syrupy, low to medium carbonation.

D: Drinks very well, but watch out for that ABV.

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Photo of bernie879
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring into an ommie goblet, an unexpected orangish, copper ale flowed into the glass with plenty of sweet aroma filling the air. I am not to experienced with quads, but this is the lightest I've ever seen one. Barely any head foremed over the ale.

As mentioned there was a strong, pleasing sugary sweetness. Phenols were definatly present closer to the clove side of range. Also seemed to pick up some slight cherry notes and a sort of dry brett note, but I this seems confusing as I wouldn't expect brett to be in this.

The oddity of the beer continues as the first sip is taken as there is a dry spicyness to the mouthfeel, yet a fuller bodied feel. Many aspects of the aroma also come through on the palate, with the addition of a light vanilla bourbon note, which is very fitting.

Overall, this was not what I was expecting when I picked this up. I wanted a sweet , dark, strong belgian quad and instead I got a m,edium colored, spicy ale. That said I am really enjoying this beer and this is coming from someone who has been rather dissapointed with Victoy's offerings. It is certaintly a plus that for a 12% beer, the alcohol is masked extrodinarily well; one glass down, I am suprisingly and happily subduded.

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Photo of WhyBeNormal
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big, complex malts with light & darker fruity esters balanced with phenolic Belgian yeast spiciness. Its ~12% ABV give it a pretty warm & full mouthfeel, and it impressively manages to make the ethanol presence work with the sweet malts. Many other beers in this alcohol range can be too hot and boozy. Very very good stuff.

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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.02 out of 5 based on 1,367 ratings.
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