RATINGS: 973   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   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!

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3.5
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2004
750ml bottle. Darker amber, the first couple glasses were crystal clear, only getting very slightly hazy when you get to the dregs. Short lived fizzy tan head, almost like a coke. Big, sweet aroma, cherries, brown sugar, prunes, malt, and some caramel. Similar flavor, with the addition of some booze. Big body, but the carbonation was a little prickly and the alcohol was not hidden all that well. Pretty good, but I’d like to try an aged bottle to see if that carbo and alcohol mellow out at all.

3.4
DYCSoccer17 (3697) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 7, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2010 Bottle. Vinous fruity cherry aroma...slightly similar to a barleywine. Nice. Copper/amber color that is transparent with a small light tan head. Sweet, brown sugary and malty. Quite sweet, but this makes it very drinkable and hides the 12% well...dangerous beer(7/4/8/4/16)----&# bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Bottled on September 18, 2009, so it’s 15 months old. Initial aroma has fruity easters, like strawberry, caramel sweetness, floral notes, and a little ethanol. I might have detected a little Brett...transparent orange body with a relatively quickly dissipating medium off-white head. Starts relatively sweet and sugary, with plenty of malt backbone here. Becomes a little roasted and burnt in the middle. Some strange yeasty vegetal like esters round out the finish. The ethanol makes a brief appearance, but the lasting aftertaste is just a little too much for me.

3.8
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2004
bright amber color... sweeter alcohol presence... malty and smooth... hides the % very well... caramel and autumn spices...

3.7
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Brown Red Coloring. Bubbly Head... Spice and Citrus Aroma.. Thick...Plenty of Alcohol to Cure What Ales Yah... Prunes..Bread Dough.. Overall Very Good.

3.5
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Copper color with a small off white head. Sweet aroma of malt, dark fruit and candi sugar. Flavor of sweet malt initially, then Belgian candi sugar and figs. Finish was warming with a strong alcohol presence. Nice, but overly sweet right now. I’ll try another bottle in a year or two and see how it mellows. Bottled Aug. 27, 04.

3.4
badgerben (5178) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Dark amber color with no head. Nice aroma of bread and spices. The first thing that smacks your tongue is alcohol. Some slight yeastiness is present, but I couldn’t pick up much else. Maybe the alcohol was too over the top to let the rest of it out to breathe.

4.1
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2004
Bottled 8/27/04. Amber/orange color with a white head that quickly disappears. Aromas of sweet malt, brown sugar, and fruit. Flavors similar to aroma, with the fruit standing out. there is also some spice and alcohol. The alcohol is there, and noticable, but not overwhelming. Since this is only two months old, aging should improve it.

3.6
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled March 2003. Body is a hazy orange with no head. Aroma of citrusy hops and bready yeast, with a little bit of alcohol too. Tastes very sweet, bordering on cloying, with a pretty significant alcohol presence. Quite spicy and peppery, with a hint of grapefruit as well. Alcohol warmth lasts into the finish, which is a bit tart but not dry at all. Good.

4.1
JFGrind (2047) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2004
V-12 is a well rounded Belgian Strong Ale. Deep copper color, thin tan head. Strong begian candy aroma. Initial alcohol taste, but after a few sips the alcohol is drown out by spice and fruit flavors. V-12 warms you after a few ounces. 750 ml was bottled August 2004. I have a few more bottles I am planning on cellaring for a few years. It will be nice to sample the subtle changes in V-12 with time.

3.7
Quetzalcoatl (153) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2004
Bottle date 3-11-03. The aroma is full of figs, dates, sweetness and alcohol. Sticky sweet mouthfeel, very full and rich. Practically no head whatsoever, body is a cloudy off-amber. Flavor is initially very sweet, but alcohol takes over too noticeably.


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