Wednesday, February 1, 2012

VICTORY BREWING INVADES NoCAL, RELEASES KILLER BEER

Hey, all of a sudden beers from Pennsylvania’s VICTORY BREWING are all over the shelves here in Northern California, and I couldn’t be happier. No, we’re not getting their full lineup, not even close, but some of us were able to scout out bottles of V-TWELVE, their quadrupel that came out early last year. I can’t quite figure it out – is this an anniversary beer? Or named as such because it’s 12% alcohol? Both? What can you tell me, folks?
 

While this is typically the sort of head-rattling beer you split with a pal or two, I polished it off in an evening on my own. Slowly. My VICTORY V-TWELVE was bottled on 12-20-2010, so unwittingly, I aged it for a year. Hmm, did I lay it down long enough? Who cares! It has some really unique characteristics for a quad. It comes on sweet like candy, which is no surprise. Yet the grains are really strong, and I can taste deep, rich wheat malts – far more than you might in a Belgian equivalent. Dominant flavor is probably butterscotch. A grainy, sweet quad – how about that. And I still felt like a million bucks the next morning. Impressive stuff across the board. 7.5/10.

1 comment:

Mark said...

Victory ran a "V-series" of Belgian style beers a while back. The numbers are the ABV, not the anniversary. There was a V-9 and V10, but I don't think they make them anymore (apparently the recipe for V10 caused all sorts of problems and they could never quite get it right). V-Saison is now called Helios and V-Twelve retained its original codename. I think there were others, but I can't remember what they were...

V-Twelve is one of my favorites though. It always struck me as more of a Barleywine than a Quad, though it's really its own thing...