V Twelve Belgian Strong Ale by Victory Brewing is an engine with some serious horsepower. Boasting an ABV of 12%, I suppose you would classify this as a Belgian quadruple… But once you get past 10, who’s counting? Either way, I’m a huge fan of powerful, high octane ales, so trying this beast was mandatory. Let’s see if it lives up to the label’s claim of “Liquid Luxury.”
V12 pours a bright ruby amber with a thick, bready head that almost looks like pizza dough. The aroma is extraordinarily fruity with raspberry, pomegranate, pear, and banana. The fruit is complemented by a light presence of clove and baking spice.
The tart fruit in the aroma is foiled by an outrageously sweet flavor profile of tropical fruit, apricot, and pear. The boozy surge of sugar is pierced by an intense hop spice and a reintroduction of tart berry flavor. Underlying this madness is a bready base that sops up some of the alcohol. The body is thick and syrupy, almost like cough medicine.
Victory’s V Twelve is a syrupy sweet diesel fuel that packs a powerful punch. This sizzurp would bring even Lil Wayne to his knees. While very boozy, V Twelve features a buffet of fruit complexity that is the perfect complement to a pungent cheese. Just be careful about breathing around open flames.
- Appearance: Ruby Amber / Thick, Bready Head
- Aroma: Raspberry, Pomegranate, Pear, Banana, Clove, Baking Spices
- Flavor: Sweet Apricot, Hop Spice, Pear, Tart Berries, Bread, Mild Bitterness
- Mouthfeel: Heavy, Syrupy
- ABV: 12%
- Score: 86