Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice American Belgian. Bright organish in color. The aroma was a spicey blend of fruit and malt. The taste displayed the same. Quite nice but with a strong ABV is makes it hard to handle by yourself.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2002 Vintage corked 750ml.
Initial pour quite fizzy and sounding like the ocean. Nice amber colored and clear but with no head. Seems highly carbonated. Spicy fruity aroma with noticible alcohol. Very sharp mouthfeel and a warming effect from alcohol.Flavor is malty and fruity with a hint of caramel. Overall not a bad offering. Just a bit too fizzy for the style in my opinion. Also little retention in this one.
Kinz (3378) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Medium copper with a fizzy, fading head. Aroma of brandy, heady alcohol, and some malts. Flavors initially fruity, peach, perhaps some pear, grape, fading into a big malt sweetness and a bit of bitter hops on the finish for balance. Probably my favorite of the Victory attempts at a big Belgian brew.
JorisPPattyn (8120) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - NOV 2, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - OCT 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BrianO (138) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
egajdzis (5456) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
Holdwine (1097) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
crazyvin (2017) - New York, USA - OCT 1, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.