MartinT (7746) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2005 (Young): Sweet peaches forever burning in alcoholic Hades...Sleeping pears cannot withstand the hot onslaught...Not bad, but a simple number from Victory...
(2 1/2 year-old 2003 bottle): Not much appears to have changed in the course of 2 and a half years...The same peaches are burning in the hot alcohol...Maybe the sweetness has increased a bit, taking it near to Stille Nacht territory, and thus cloying due to its low carbonation (for a Belgian style) and thick body... Both experiences yielded the same points for me as well, so my impression of it hasn’t changed at all apparently...Not quite "very good" to my tastes, but I’m sure some will enjoy sipping this to get through the coldest winters...
CapFlu (4475) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) Little head with a deep copper body. Caramel and barleywine taste. Surprisingly off...
argo0 (11349) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottled 3/11/03): Clear copper body with minimal head. Aroma is bubblegum, orange, caramel. Taste is orange, bubblegum sweet, finishing with an orangy alcohol warming/burn. Full body, sticky. Improves as it warms. For now, put me in the unimpressed camp, though it's possible this beer will improve with age.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark amber colour, with a thin persistant head. . . nutty orange flavour with a good amount of spice. Very nice, but a little more harshness on the tongue than the V10. . . good hops coming through in the end.
Blake (396) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on July 16th, 2003 - Day 16 of Blake's Beer Month™
I've been slacking a bit on Blake's Beer Month - not because of a lack of beers, but just because I haven't really been in the mood for any of the beers in my fridge - mostly stouts & porters left. But anyways, I broke out the V12, shared some of it with valcanan and then proceeded to drink a good amount - and, wow! was I surprised. I really enjoyed this beer - it's got a great look to it - a nice amber coloring with a large head that diminshes quickly but leaves behind a hint of lacing and a nice amount of carbonation. The aroma and flavor are what get you though - the aroma is very citrusy with a bit of flowers - very nice, very sweet, very good. The taste is great though - very nice sweet taste with a lot of hops and a good amount of alcohol. You can really tell the alcohol is there, but it doesn't overpower the flavors, nor does it hide behind the aroma. This was just a great brew - kudos to the Victory Brewing Company - the Golden Monkey wasn't a favorite of mine, but this V12 is magnificent! It finishes perfectly with a slight bitterness, but mostly alcohol and hops. Keep up the great work!
valcanan (12) - Apple Valley, California, USA - JUL 17, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A golden amber color with a good intital head on it. Slightly citrus and spicy aroma.
jsquire (3398) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty red orange color with a floral alcohol nose. Sweet, candied sugar with a strong hop balance. Dark sweetness finished off with a bitter balance. Good american interpretation of a good Belgian beer.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
nice citrus aroma, orange in color; bad lacing; spicier than anticipated with strong alcohol punch---which I like!!
Jayb0 (1001) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2008 Rose colored. No head other than a ring around the inside of the glass. Sweet fruit, berry aroma. Syrupy, slightly fizzy w flavors of dried apricot, pear, candy and malt finish. Alcohol incredibly well hidden.
Update: 1/25/08 : opened a 2002 bottle and it was excellent. Aging well.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Spiced baked apple nose with some rum poured over it. Strong spiciness and alcohol at first sip softens to sweet fruit. Yeasty breadiness yields to more malts at the finish. Rich and thick all around with a strong alcoholic personality. This will warm you up on a cold Winter's night!