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

A corked 750ml, bottled on August 27th, 2004. Popped and poured into my trusty tulip glass. V-12 appears a hazed golden auburn color with about a finger of off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of sweet candied apples, caramel, pears, grapes, slightly spicy yeast, ripe plums. Some lingering alcohol heat, but it is rather muted overall after almost 6 years in the bottle. The taste takes a back seat to the complex nose, but it is also not to be passed by either. The ale approaches full bodied with delicate, yet somewhat lively carbonation akin to a good bottle conditioned beer. Really nice, this was worth the wait.

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

pours a hazy amber-copperish color with a good bit of thick fluffy head and lacing. has a bit of a malty flavor, nothing else really sttod out to me except the amount of alcohol which i thought was very present in the smell but not in the taste at all. i saw some other reviewers don't feel the same way, but i thought the alcohol was very well hidden and the beer was very good and very easy to drink.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this from TRT. Poured into a snifter. Color is a shade darker than copper and leaves a very fine extremely thick off white heading. Left some great lacing all throughout the tasting.

Smell and Taste are almost identical so I will review them as such. Very malty with a nie pepperiness. That good Belgian yeast is apparent in the nose and taste. Finishes with a subtle hoppiness. Kind of peppery as well.

Mouth is super smooth with a medium to full body and very rich feeling on the palate. Amazing carbonation and a clovey spicey finish.

An excellent beer I hold this up some of the very best Quads. Also veyr drinkable for 12% ABV.

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Photo of ksimons
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-cloudy dark amber with a creamy head. Carbonation bubbles are visible

S-definite alcohol smell up front, very sweet, malty

T-tastes of caramel, malts, slightly spicy aftertaste, and alcohol warming

M-lots of carbonation, medium body, a little hot

D-a little too much alcohol to make it very drinkable, but still one to try

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: copper brown, nice head and lacing

smell: sweet-caramel, fruity

taste: dark fruits, caramel and yeasty flvors

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: This is not a quad and not a very good belgian style beer. The worst of the Victory line-up that I drank at the victory party.

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Photo of lifeboyq
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a bomber into a St Bernardus goblet. Head is one inch thick a creamy white, decent lacing as it subsides. Average head retention. The nose is of light malts and sucrose with way too many high alpha hops coming through presented in citrus and pine.

There are two ways to review this beer... One against what it should be to the style and the other just as a general beer. Both, in my opinion fall short of what it should for the style and as a beer but then again, I'm biased to overly hopped beers especially when the style just isnt meant for this level of IBU. In my opinion, there is too much refined sugar used to get up the IBU which should be reduced slightly and presented more in other adjunct or malt for complexity. It is a very straight forward malt profile built on light malts. I dont mind the 'hotness' that comes through on the tongue which may be offputting to others. This is really a malty imperial tripel if there was such a thing and falls short of many in the style. However; I'd rather have this over any IPA. If you like an over hopped American Belgian that packs a lot of punch this is the beer for you. It doesnt have the complexity or balance to rival the most complex category of beer on the planet.

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

A - poured into a pint glass. Rich orangy amber, slight haze makes it mostly opaque though lots of light is admitted. Moderate cream head lingers for a bit with some lacing but not much.

S - big grassy hops, some caramel malts, musty yeast, apricot, maybe a little green apple?

T - all of the above is nicely integrated. Alky is present but not overpowering. Starts slightly sweet with the apricot, but quickly balances out into a full flavored quad. Finish is once again sweet.

M - moderate to full body. Moderate carbonation. Nicely sticky to boot.

D - Another well crafted Belgian knockoff from Victory. 12% is noticeable but doesn't impede enjoyment.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours a nice amber shade with a 2 finger cream colored head. Smell is very citric and hoppy. Tastes...like it smells, citric and hoppy. The alcohol comes through a decent bit. Feels very good, and somewhat light actually. Because of the high alcohol, one bomber of this should be enough for the night.

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

appearance - Amber color with a nice head that formed, but faded.

smell - Alcohol, toasted malts, and dark fruit.

taste - Nice malt taste with dark fruits and alcohol present.

mouthfeel - Medium bodied.

drinkability - Nice sipping beer to lay back and drink on a cold night.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on March 2, 2009. Poured into a snifter. Pours a nice orange/amber color. For some reason I expected this to be darker. Moderate head that fizzes out quickly, leaving a ring and some suds. Some nice lacing left behind after each sip. Smells sweet at first...figs, grapes, apricot? A little musty, slightly hoppy. A noticeable amount of alcohol in the nose. The taste is much the same. Fruity and sweet malt. It's a well balanced taste, and it tastes every bit of 12% abv. No bitterness to speak of. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Leaves no stick and is rather dry. It's a sipper for sure. Overall, this is very enjoyable.

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Photo of jjh19
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: I poured this from a bottle and it appeared a rich amber with some orangish hues. Tiny bubbles in the head. A good looking beer.

Smell: This Victory Belgian Quad had some very interesting fruit spiciness in the nose. One of my favorite things about the beer.

Taste: Big Belgian taste on the first sip, definite sweetness but not over the top.

Mouthfeel: Solid, full body that could have been too heavy but it wasn't. Definite finesse points.

Drinkability: Great balance. Extremely pleasant aftertaste. I recommend giving this a try.

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Photo of DmanGTR
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Jerry and Nancy for hooking me up with a (I think) relatively fresh bottle of this.

No bottling date but I assume it's an '09 bottling. Promptly gushed when I popped the cork.

A - Slightly hazy, burnt tangerine orange with lots of bubbles from the apex of the Duvel tulip forming a fluffy cream-colored 2.5" head. Small patches of lace here and there. 3.5

Sm - Lots of caramel, hint of orange peel, coriander, and muscat grapes. Reminds me of a cross between a Belgian witbier and a Dubbel. The aroma is quite satisfying and refreshing. 4.0

T - Deep moderately ripe fruits, a bit of peppery spice and sweet candi sugar. The citrus tang is less pronounced. Long and bittersweet finish with a kick of alcohol warmth. Borderline cloying sweetness. 4.0

M - Medium bodied, prickly carbonation. Finish has a touch of dryness. 4.0

D - For such a high abv beer, this is very drinkable. I'll definitely clean out this whole 750 mL by myself! 4.5

Overall - A pretty good version of a Quad. Maybe a touch sweet for the lighter mouthfeel though. The alcohol is apparent in the taste. Lacks lacing and the beer is a bit hazy. I like the yeast choice though. It gave a hint of citrusy fruitiness to it. Could use a few more years in the cellar.

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Photo of Rayek
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite chalice.

A: Hazy ruby tinged amber. A small and foamy cream head is fairly short lived, but does remain as a ring at the beer's edge. Leaves only a little lace.

S: Lots of dark fruits dominate the nose. Raisins, currants and red grapes give nice complexity. A bit of pepper and a strong whiff of alcohol round things out.

T: Raisins and dark berries are front and center with a sharp sweetness. A spicy clove and pepper bitterness comes on quick and is aided by an alcohol bite. This beer is quite spicy overall. Finishes somewhat dry with an alcohol warmth going down.

M: Medium body feels juicy. Carbonation level feels a tad high.

D: I really enjoyed this one. A very nice sipping beer for a cool evening.

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

Poured into a St. Bernardus Chalice.

Pours an amber color with a cloudy "dirty" appearance. Has a rapid fading off white head that settles into a slight lace island.

Brew smells of caramel, malts, cloves, yeasts and spices. Some dark fruits. Very complex nose.

Brew tastes of dark fruit, spice, cloves, malty, caramel, has a carbonated spice mouthfeel initially, but has a certain smoothness to it as you drink. Has a dry finish and is very pleasant tasting for a Quad.

This is a very stellar take on the style. from what I remember this is one of the easier drinking Quads I have had before. Victory continues to shine each time I drink their brews. Very Good.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Victory came to Tennessee in 2009 and somehow or another, I've never tried this brew and I'm in the process of kicking my own ass at this point... It's an amazing brew, this one is..

Into my Chimay goblet goes this wonderfully beautiful brew with its deep golden appearance and thick creamy head... Nice spotty lacing... I'm ready to get into this one...

The aromas coming off of this one are just heavenly... It's absolutely loaded with these wonderful apple-y sweet aromas mixed with dark caramel and sweet malts and those characteristic Belgian sugars... It's got me going crazy here... I've slowly become a fan of Belgians and this one may have pushed me over the edge... these aromas are incredible... there's a bright crisp hoppy aroma here as well that really makes this one shine... Best aromas off of a Belgian and maybe any beer I've ever had...

Wonderfully complex tastes of those sweet Belgian sugars and the crisp tart apples that taste like they're fresh off of a tree in an orchard in Washington State...this is wonderfully complex and delicious... Vanilla, oak, apples, sweet malts, crisp hops, a little yeast, some Belgian sugar... everything I could ask for in a Quad wrapped up in a bottle that I can acquire in West Tennessee... I'm happy as hell at this point... There's no sign of the booze either... you're kidding me at 12%ABV, right? I'd guess about 7% at the most... this isn't boozy at all... Just delicious...

I have a new Top 5 brew and it's Victory V-Twelve... It's the best Quadrupel that I've ever had and one of the best brews I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying... No doubt that this will be a staple in my fridge for years to come...

Well done, Victory!!!

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Photo of corby112
3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chestnut/amber color with visible carbonation bubbling up and a one finger creamy off white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

The Belgian yeast strain provides a sweet dark fruit aroma with hints of plum, raisin, fig and dark berry. There's also some slight maltiness and candy sugar.

Medium bodied with a stronger malt body than I expected with lots of sweetness from the dark fruit and strong alcohol presence. Hints of plum, dark cherry, grape, fig and raisin as well as some candy sugar but these flavors are overpowered by the strong alcohol flavor. ABV not well masked at all hurting this beers drinkabilitu. There is some subtle hops but this beer is too sweet and has too much of alcohol presence. Dry finish.

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Photo of fairdinkum2
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good looking beer. Poured into a tulip glass, the beer formed a golden, tan head that lasted several minutes before collapsing to a thin collar. Slightly hazy, golden amber color. Possibly one of the best looking beers of this style I've tried.

Nose of fruits and spices. Again quite attractive.

I can't say that the taste lived up to my expectations. Rather mono-dimensional. Good front palate, decent mouthfeel, but this beer finishes with a harsh alcoholic note that was almost metallic. Not particularly pleasant.

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

Thanks Dan for sending this treat along to me.
A 2007 bottle poured into a DFH snifter it produced half of a finger worth of a tan head that disappeared to almost nothing. The body of the brew was a hazy brownish red in color.

I got wonderful aromas of Belgian spices and yeast with tons of dark fruits thrown in for good luck. The flavor was a mimic of the nose but with a nice amount of sweetness from the malts balanced out with the Belgian spices. The mouthfeel was what I expected in a Quad medium to full with light carbonation.
I finished the bottle myself and left the sediment in the bottle. This was a good brew and a interesting take on a Belgian staple. I would buy it again if I find an older bottle. Thanks again Dan

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the caged bomber bottle this brew was a hazy orange-copper color with one finger of khaki-colored head. The collar retention was good and the lacing good too. The aroma was delicious! Citrus, caramel, toffee, alcohol, sweet dough and spices; an excellent blend of hops, malt and yeast elements. The flavors were parallel, equally big and enticing albeit sweet. Starting with the caramel/toffee sweetness it was punctuated by the punch of alcohol in the middle and a bitter, hoppy finish at the end. Complex but not overwhelming. Well balanced and quite drinkable for the massive 12% alcohol. The mouthfeel was creamy, the body medium and the carbonation light.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The first time I had V-Twelve, I loved it, (and it also kicked the crap out of me). Subsequent attempts to drink it made it difficult, because I felt the alcohol was way too pronounced. I'm re-visiting it again to see if things have changed.

A: Pours a deep amber/reddish brown hue into my St. Bernardus chalice, with a moderate, light tan head that leaves lots of lacing. Nice.

S: Licorice and some floral accents along with an almost astringent alcohol aroma. I guess it's not a surprise since this one is a hefty 12 % ABV.

T: Sweet, dark fruit in the front, possibly raisins with a hint of that licorice and then a spicy alcohol kick. I remember this one being nearly undrinkable due to the alcohol being so present, but this time around, it's hidden better, though that could be my ever evolving palate or the possibility that got a better bottle this time around. The alcohol is still there, but not as biting as I recall.

M: Smooth, rich and creamy, almost decadent. It's nicely carbonated and has a somewhat oily finish as well.

D: Woah, this one is a warmer for sure. It'll make your core warm up quickly. A good, strong sipper that could be a great aperitif or a night cap. But don't operate machinery or anything that requires hand to eye coordination after drinking this one. Because you won't have it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-deep orange copper color, slightly hazy, with tons of action going on inside. the head is a thick slightly off white head doesn't go away.

S-the nose is quite nice. it has a lot of sweet fruits and some belgian yeast going on. the sweetness brings candied sugar, orange, and slight notes of peach and citrus.

T-the taste is much funkier than the smell. there is quite a bit more belgian yeast going on here. the candied sugar is quite prevalent with hints of orange and peach. there is also a fair amount of dark fruits going on bringing sweet black cherries and plum. there is a hint of a caramel malt backbone towards the back and even some citrus hops to finish it off.

M-this has a full to medium body with lots of carbonation. it is slightly syrupy and brings a crisper finish

D-it has a lot happening, but it seems to work very well. the huge alcohol is also extremely well hidden and only shows up slightly towards the back.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours mostly orange with a moderate off-white head - retention is somewhat brief and settles into a thin crown. Minimal lacing. The nose reveals yeast, malts, fruits and a hint of spice. The taste follows suit - this is a sweet brew overall...malt, candied sugar, fruits, yeast and a bit of spice. Perhaps a bit vinuous as well. All in all, a very nice taste.

Unfortunately, I wasn't overly impressed with the mouthfeel. This thing was super carbonated. I made the mistake of drinking it a bit too chilled at first - between that and the carbonation, the taste was almost completely smothered. Fortunately, as it warmed and sat for a while, the taste was able to fight its way through. Prior to that, I found this beer quite a disappointment - but by the end, I'd grown to appreciate it. Personally, I'd rather they dial the carbonation back significantly - I feel like it completely distracts from the rest of the brew.

Considering the high ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden. There is a slight boozy burn, but all things considered, it's quite subdued. It took me a bit under two hours to drink the whole 750 mL.

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Photo of AlanJK63
4.73/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottled on Jan 09 05! (Purchaced from AJ's 2 days ago. What are the chances!? & yes the last one ;( I checked)
A: Pours a darker orange-amber with 1 inch light tan head that recedes fairly fast. Definately lighter than most Quads.
S: Very pleasing and fruity. Soft Belgianesque spices. Golden Brown sugar, soft caramely malts, hint of yeast and alcohol in the background that subtlety hints at a sink full of Dawn dishwashing detergent water. (marked off only ½ pt as is very subtle)
T: Follows aroma nicely. Alcohol is what? 12? kiddin. Nice mix of belgian spice, yeast, no fusels or esthers detectable in this very fine beer. Spicy, cloves, plums, raisins, mild earthy hops and soft mild caramel malt flavours. Quads do usually improve with warmth as more flavour can come through, but I like this one at a solid 47°.
M: Mild, soft, medium-full bodied. Perhaps lighter than what one would expect for this style and certainly the ABV.
D: Very well balanced. Considering the style and ABV, this is amazingly drinkable. ABV is so hidden. I've actually drunk the whole bottle, NO problem man. Overall an outstanding brew. Not perhaps World-class like the St Bernardus or Rochefort 10, but a GREAT US version! Definately find & try.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottled on Mar 2 2009.
A: Pours a semi-dark orange-amber with 1 inch light tan head that quickly recedes.
S: Very pleasant and soft belgian spice. Candi sugar, mild caramel malt, hint of yeast and alcohol in the background.
T: Follows aroma nicely. A bit more alcohol, but certainly not overpowering. Nice mix of belgian spice, yeast, candi sugar, mild earthy hops and mild caramel malt. With warming a bitter note comes through with more alcohol. Usually quads improve with warming as more flavor comes through. I'd have to say warming is--for this one--to its detriment.
M: Mild and soft feel. Medium body. Lighter than what one would expect for style and ABV. Doesn't linger much on the palate. Oily sweetness. Very mild alcohol burn comes through with warming (again, not overpowering).
D: Considering style and ABV, this is actually quite drinkable. ABV is very well hidden. Overall a solid, but not outstanding brew. Give this one a try.

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Photo of HoldensHomebrew
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer was marked "Bottled on Feb 2008" 2 year aged example. I may not have a lot of reviews on this website but I have tasted well over 3000 beers and I have to say this is one of the best High alcohol Belgian beers I have ever had.

Even at 12% there was no Fusels detectable in this fine beer. Spicy, cloves, plums, raisins in both aroma and taste. The flavour blends so well. I dare to say that this is a perfectly balanced beer. The only thing I knocked it down by half a point was the aroma was great, just not to what I would have considered a perfect aroma. I am definitely going to pick up more bottles of this finely crafted brew.

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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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