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.

Added by Bierman9 on 03-18-2003

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Photo of alleykatking
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from cagged and corked 750ml.

A- Pours a semi-hazy amberish/orange color. Half finger light tan head dies down rather quickly. No real lacing just some soapy lacing that dies back into the beer.

S- Rich toffee malts mixed with a sugary sweetness. Darker fruits and light Belgian yeasts in the middle with some light spicing to it. The alcohol is actually quite light for the ABV and heads more into a sweetness in the ending of the nose.

T- Rich sweet malts in the front of this with sugary sweetness. Darker fruits come into play next wrapped in a toffee sweetness with light alcohol. Belgian yeast with a slight spicing to it. Also, the alcohol in this comes through in the end but not overly so. This also has some light sugary sweetness in the very end.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Sugary malts left on the palate with some light sweet alcohol in the afertaste. Flavors were put together so well in parts but start to fall about in the ending it seems like. Clean flavors throughout the beer. Drying on the palate more and more with each sip.

D- This beer has a higher ABV but is still pretty drinkable. The end of the bottle was a little rough but overall a good keeper. I wish this beer would be a little less sweet but we can't have it all now can we...haha.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, long, and enjoyable take on a quad.

Presentation: 750ml brown corked bottle. Predominantly warm range label with burgundy and orange embroidery, the name of the brew in yellow with Victory branding, and some bragging attributes such as "liquid luxury" heading a brief description. Back label offers a generic, grandiose, and somewhat void description from the brewmaster, alongside cellaring and serving notes. Shows bottling date (Sept 18 2009), being a bottle conditioned brew, and Alc. by Vol. (12%) Served on a snifter.

A - Faintly hazy deep amber pour, nice bubbly head that fades quickly leaving persistent memory ring, and minimal lacing.

S - Fruity caramel coated in a boozy sense. Slightly medicinal with a fresh peachy scent in the back, and a combo of hoppy touches under the Belgium yeast. Subtle, rich and distinct...

T - Fruity sugar... Generous with the unfermented sugars, which coat nicely the malt and hop bill. Dark fruits, and light touches of tropical flavors over a coating Belgium sense, a bit yeasty and spicy, before it comes back to the sugary range. Richly malty too in the backbone, which shows its presence as the brew lingers on...

M - Medium-full body, leaning to the fuller side of a quad given the boozy presence, which never blocks the enjoyment but is a big player in the profile. Good carbonation for a quad, which is generous for a brew, and has a tingly touch in the finish, that never compromises a smooth experience throughout.

D - A sipper to enjoy slowly for sure. It has a nice long range and hefty sense without being overwhelming to provide a very enjoyable experience.

Notes: I keep on being surprised by some of this big bottles form Victory, I like the brewery, but the large offerings are on another level. This reminds me of some sensations as I was approaching Quads a while back and in particular US ones. I like it, but under the unfermented sugar and the Belgium yeast I feel there is a closeted barleywine... A nice one, mind you, and I'm going to try to get hold of this brew again. I think that it is a rather rich and stimulating take on a quad, but the barleywine is there for me too, albeit rather well dressed up.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Sept 18 2009. Sampled on June 3, 2010. It is served at about 47-48 degrees but warmed up even more as I savored the offering. It pours a cloudy amber-copper with a very thick but puffy beige head. The multi=faceted aroma includes malts, wheat, grains, and yeast. There is a strong bitterness in the flavor and some wheat which culminates in a sinus-clearing hoppy finale. Quite a decent brew.

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Photo of Axic10
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle on March 22, 2010. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with two fingers of foam that settles to about one finger of foam and maintains nicely.

Smell: Candied fruits, plum, toffee, slight alcohol and a very nice Belgian yeast.

Taste: Candied fruits, sugar, toffee and Belgian yeast. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and very complex.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable beer. Not exactly a St. Bernadus, but for a local brew, very good. I will be drinking this again.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 750 ml bottle a nice copper color, with a good inch or so of creamy white head. Aromas of caramel, Belgian spices, raisins and granny smith apples. Very boozy, with flavors of apple cider, caramel, Belgian yeast and spices. This is a big, alcoholic beer, tough to get through in a single setting.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Twelve poured a dark amber color, with a medium sized head. It had a great smell, of hops and other flavors. It had a sharp taste, the alchool was a bit strong in it, but there was a combintion of complex flavors and hops. It was by no means a light beer, but not too difficult to drink. The only promblem might have been the strong alchool flavor. Overall fantastic beer, a must try, I would love to get another bottle and let it age.

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

750ml bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

A - A nice golden brown with a nice 1/3" head.

S - I get hints of grapes and apples.

T - For 12% ABV, the alcohol is hidden very well. Sweetness isn't overly done and the overall taste is very well balanced with a slight alcohol aftertaste.

M - A bit thick as far as viscosity. Carbonation dances on the tongue for a bit.

D - This is definitely a sipping beer. One might get a little overwhelmed if trying to drink this like one of the regular store bought beers. I felt the alcohol warmth after one serving.

Summary - This a very nice beer, be sure to share with friends. It gets a bit heavy for me after a serving and can get overwhelming if one drinks it too quickly. Again, this is definitely a sipping beer. I will be trying some other Victory beers after trying this one.

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

Clear orange brown. Huge off white head. Big ol' clumpy lacing.

Sweet and orangey, a light scent of malt. Orange may also be apricot or pineapple.

Taste is the same but a definite malty bran presence. Alcohol and even some Hoppy floral essence.

Thin mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Bittersweet finish.

Thin body and even taste. Totally drinkable.

I'm a little intrigued by victory brewing but still uncertain. This beer doesn't do anything to improve or disprove my opinion.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Wonderful rust orange, with a thick cream-colored head.

S- Dark fruits, yeast, with a blend of spice and Belgian sugar.

T- Taste of dark of prunes hits you right in beginning. The prunes turn into a hint of molasses with a delicious segue of ripe peach before it finishes with a canadian whiskey-like butteriness. And finally the taste culminates with the subtle mixture of alcohol and the resin of european hops. The aftertaste that lingers is one of molasses and hops.

M- High carbonation blends well with its slight syrupy thickness. The alcohol leaves a nice warmth in the back of your throat.

D-Dangerously drinkable. You feel the alcohol, but it definitely does not taste like a typical Belgian Quad so beware.

One of the best beers I have had, really something special.

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Photo of ZedMikey
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into tulips...

Appearance - A lovely red with yeasty floaties.

Smell - The ABV comes through on the nose of this one.

Taste - Wonderful! This is a great example of the quadrupel style. Nice rich Belgian flavor.

Mouthfeel - Typical rich, thick quadrupel mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Considering the 12% ABV, this is a decently drinkable beer.

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Photo of chefkevlar
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass, hazy brownish red color with two fingers or so of tan head

S: Very sweet on the nose, with some spice and heat from the alcohol. Also picking up some citrus

T: There's some caramel and stone fruit (apricot/peach) on the palate. There is also some spice (pepper, clove) A definate sweetness is present, as well as some heat from the alcohol, although the high alcohol is remarkably well hidden by the robust flavor

M: Good, full body, with decent carbonation that linger in your mouth for a few seconds

D: This is a very well made beer with a great flavor profile. That being said, I have a 750 bottle and no one else will drink any, so one will probably be enough

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +4.7%
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 +6.5%
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 -14.5%
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 -15.7%
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 -10.2%
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 -0.2%
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 +0.2%
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 +6.5%
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 +1.7%
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 +1.5%
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 +1.5%
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%
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 +7.2%
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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V-Twelve from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 1,378 ratings