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RATINGS: 917   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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So simple in its creation, so magnificent in its maturity, this wonderful ale begins with Nature's most humble offerings, water, malted grains and hops. Our soulful yeast breathes life and depth into each brew. The steady hand of time orchestrates this alchemy into the splendid ale before you. Cheers!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JorisPPattyn (8031) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2004 Foxy amber, slight cold haze; yellowish foam fast reduced to rim and less. Leafy, fruity nose with crystal malts, raisins. Quite complex, really. Rich, madeirisated-like taste without oxydised notes; alcohol and fusels, raisins, slight aroma of hops. Sweet without any cloying. Finish is again very wine-like, grapey, raisins, complex. Definite alcoholburn, slight slickness but not yet viscous, very low carbonation. WOW. This is one hell of a beer - the more as it is impossible to tell exactly why. It is too big to be called subtle as the Grand Cru is. It’s vinous and complex as a vintage port.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 20, 2003
Icetea colored body, medium brown with orange & ruby highlights. Head is white and frothy, reducing to about 2.5cm. Smells of sweet flowery hops, yeast, grapes and alcohol- however, very mild. Taste is massive malt, with powerful flavors of caramel, grapes, alcohol and brown sugar. Feels medium thick in the mouth. Aftertaste is also strong, ending sweet. This is a big beer definately worth a try. Sampled from 750ml bottle purchased at Norm's Beers in Vienna, VA by my lovely girlfriend, Amy.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2003
Clear red appearance with barely any head. Good belgium style beer. Has sweetness, is fruity, and surprisely easy drinking(and dangerous) for 12%. A little pricy and hard to come by though, which doesn't help but makes it more eventful when you crack one open.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2003
Poured a ruby amber color with a very small head, and left no lacing. Had a fruity sweet aroma, with a strong presence of alcohol. It had a fruity, alcohol taste, as well as some candy sugar that had a sharp dry finish (I guess as a result of the alcohol). But considering, this was an excellent brew to drink. Thanks to BrianO for sharing!

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holdwine (1082) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2003
I great ale to say the least. Small persisting lacy head on top of a golden caramel color. Gotta love the yeast. The sweetness of the malt is alluring. Only two problems: 1. the cork took its sweet time getting out of the bottle . 2. The alcohol - this ale does put the hammer down. Because the bottle is so big, the ale warmed over the length of the session, adding layers of compexity. Wow.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2003
My 200th rating, and what could be a better subject to examine in large quantity than quality beer? Close to nothing! Women; possibly a close contender?

I have to thank Jeremy for sending this V12 down to me a few months ago, he is an exceptional RateBeeriean!
Vintage 2002: It has been resting in my closet / beer cellar for a few months and I felt it was finally ripe for consumption. I’m sharing this one with my beautiful girlfriend who happens to be standing beside me as I type this, Hi! The cork was a pain in the ass to extract.

The appearance is amazing, VERY Effervescent, a beautiful mahogany / cherry colored brew, with a large off white creamy head. The aroma is malty and sweet. Actually has hints of ripened black cherries, in both the aroma and flavor. I am still in wonder by the constant stream of tiny bubbles that rise from the bottom of the glass. The flavor is a joyous occasion. Alcohol, brandy, slight notes of cask aging, although I don’t think it ever was, an oak or cherry wood presence. Caramel, maybe a toffee presence, caramel malts to no end; Fruity, plums, black cherries, honeysuckles, AMAZING!
I have fallen in love with #200….This is the reason I began this such for brewing perfection.
The palate is almost like a Barley Wine, medium consistency, yet sweet and sticky. The finish is sweet alcohol and plums, warming and blissful.

Victory V12 is a pure triumph!

ReRate: 1 hour later-- Just finishing up the 750ml bottle, the finally is as implausible as the inauguration, I must again mention that this is undoubtedly a World Class Beer! Near Perfection enclosed into a bottle! Bella Bella!
W T Hell? Now that I am reading others rating they are very similar in description to mine, but much shorter, it’s nice to see some general consensus among flavor and aroma, but the head on this bottle was exceptionally vibrant! Amazing!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crazyvin (1990) - New York, USA - OCT 1, 2003
I could certainly taste the alcohol in this one! I diffinitally could sense a nice malty presance in sweet alcoholic taste. The thin head was disappointing, but still a great brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - SEP 29, 2003
Very lacy. seemed to have a thin layer of foam which lasted til the end. Slightly sweet malty flavor which leaves a good after taste. Alchohol well maskted.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 19, 2003
Clear light amber coloured beer with a small head.Alcohol and a sweet fruity-soapy aroma. Sweet alcohol tasting beer with tiny hints of fruit and spice. Not overly complex.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heykevin (1277) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - SEP 17, 2003
Attractive head on a luminescent golden body. Strong alchoholic aroma, but also lots of esters and yeast spice (like coriander). Very thick on the tongue, flavor is alcohol drenched, a touch of liquorice with a sweetish finish. Quite pleasant.


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