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RATINGS: 922   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!


4.4
   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 (2026) - 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 (1281) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - SEP 17, 2003
750 ml. brown bottle. 2002 on the cork. Poured out a deep mahagony color, with no head to speak of. Smells like brandy more than it does a beer. Very low carbonation. Aromas of sweet, sticky malts, and Belgian yeast. Alcohol aroma very strong as well. Slight solventy character to this beer. Sticky mouthfeel to it, coats the tongue with a syrup-like consistency. Fusel alcohols present in the taste as well. This stuff will make for a duesy of a hangover. Finishes sweet, cloying even. Not a great beer in my book.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Rocky slightly beige-ish head. Diminishes at a moderate rate. Fairly furious carbonation. Deep ruby notes in color with a light brown. Characteristic BSA aroma, alcohol, esters, bananas, etc. Somewhat vinous mouthfeel, a film seems to stay in the mouth, not as dry and crisp as I'd like for a Belgian Strong. A little bready, also.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Brown to amber color, tan to of white medium sized foam collar. Initially kind of rough smelling, all fusels and cardboard, but eventually it blows off revealing some spice and fruit, and A*L*C*O*H*O*L. The taste follows the same pattern, initially off- putting and harsh but it gets better with each sip, eventually becoming borderline elegant around the time it's gone, with a nice plummy/spicy aftertaste. Weirdbeer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - SEP 3, 2003
I finally get to try the V12, it pours a clear amber color with a thin, off-white head. It has a big aroma of alcohol, malts, fruits, and spices. The beer has a medium body with lots of carbonation and sparkling, crisp mouthfeel. The flavor is very fruity and malty, with a long, sweet, fruity finish with just a hint of the 12% ABV. Liquid luxury for sure, this is quite a special ale. Big, bold, and not overly alcoholic tasting for its ABV, an excellent Belgian strong ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2004 Smell is sweet yet noticably yeasty. Golden copper color with a thin bubbly head, which went away quickly. Mouthfeel is crisp, yet ends somewhat smoothly. There is a nice spice that compliments the fuity sweetness. With the overall warmth to this it does indeed make it a pleasurable finisher to the night.


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