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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

504 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 372
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%


Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Limited seasonal draft only release. Doppelbock brewed w/ smoked 2-row German malt from Bamberg.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002)
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drtth

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lighly chilled and poured into Duvel glass and allowed to warm to room temperature over the course of the tasting. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Clear dark brown with reddish undertones. The fine bubbles in the 1/4" light tan head quickly thin leaving a small rim around the glass, a thin layer of foam on the surface and virtually no lacing. Eventually even the surface foam fades away.

Smell: The aroma is of rich sweet malt with brown sugar, a faint bitter roast smell, a trace of dark fruits and a trace of alcohol.

Taste: Begins with dark semi-sweet malt and quickly shifts to brown sugar or dark caramel sweet malt and traces of dark fruit followed by a hint of bitterness. This is very complex.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with faint light carbonation and a long, dry and slightly bitter finish.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability but this is a beer for sipping and savoring so one a night is just right.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 01:39:21 | More by drtth
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rwillh

Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Amber. It looks like a double bock. About one finger head.

Smell: Malt, Chocolate, Spice. Not all that strong of a smell for a double bock

Taste: Awesome. One of the best double bocks I've had. Its Malty, and sweet, but not overly sweet. Hints of chocolate and spice, maybe some caramel and coffee too. "Liquid Bread" is not a bad description

Mouthfeel: Very full/chewy, which is what I am looking for in a doubhle bock.

Drinkability: Alcohol hidden well, could definitely have more than one in a sitting. Not something you are going to polish off 4-5 in one go, but that's not the idea.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 02:04:34 | More by rwillh
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin tan head on a lightly cloudy amber body with some orange hues.
S- Caramel and a hint of toffee malts, some dark fruits are in there as well, cherries, hints of sugar, and light dry grass hops.
T- Sweet caramel malts with hint of toffee (like in the aroma). Flavors of cherries and another dark fruit come in also, along with some dry grass hops that leave a nice size bitterness on mid tongue. Alcohol also warms up back of throat a little bit.
M- Medium body with medium/low carbonation.
D- I think this may be the best doppelbock I have had. It just feels like the perfect balance between sweetness yet still enough hops and the fruit flavor. Just a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 07:00:50 | More by BlindPig
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smoother and rounder than many, it's just that edge that gives St. Victorious enough of an edge to put it at the top of its class. It pours a beautiful crimson-chestnut with glowing orange highlights at the base and a creamy yellowed-paper head. The retention is quite good, and holds admirably considering its strength. The lacing is somewhat limited, but that's common for the style; and when tasted side by side with a competing brand, it was quite obvious that the St. Victorious dominated. The nose is rich with soft creamy caramel, a waft of juicy dark fruit, toasty malts, and just the essence of some floral hops. In the mouth it's delicately crisp and then malty smooth across the palate with a dextrinous medium body and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. The flavor is very much as the aroma suggests, but with a wider breadth of character that includes a fuller Vienna/Munich maltiness, a judicious amount of alcohol, and a touch of what seems like Beechwood smokiness. The bitterness is restrained as might be expected; and it finishes dry with a light wash of drying alcohol and some lingering bready, and very subtly smoky, malt. Quite nice indeed! In fact, ....world class! This ranks right up there with Paulaner Salvator and Ayinger's Fortunator/Celebrator.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 13:13:26 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle with a very colorful but classically styled Victory label which is styled along similar lines to the St. Boisterous which I tried last night. Dark purple background with a cheery Father Xmas like chap sporting a Monk style hair job and an under proportioned hand clenching a bottle which is raised with a classic V sign. Lots of blurb to the left describe the background to this brew and references the German Doppelbock style which it trades as. No strength listed but it has an ‘Enjoy By July 27 06’ Date.

Appearance: Looks the business, right from the first pour to the last sip which I sucked out of the glass. Shimmering body is perfectly pellucid with a crystal clarity that defines the mahogany body with a ruby sparkle. Medium conditioning level with a resilient presence which supports the tan colored head which stays around for the drink and leaves a light splodgenessabounds lacing which slides back into the mire with ease.

Nose: Rich odors of brown Brogues freshly polished with Kiwi Shoe Wax, new leather school satchels and dubbin soaked hiking boots all mixed in with some sweet malts, a bready middle and some caramel with a spicy Edinburgh toffee in the back end. Wow, it’s not often that a beer inspires me to immediately think of new phrases to describe such aromas, but this one does. Hard to slip into descriptive clichés for this one. Oooohh this is good stuff.

Taste: Deeper than the nose, the tastes seem to retain a fantastic composure given the intriguing aromas and complex presentation. The tanned hides and polished leather which I got from the nose runs through the middle of the brew as well. The malts are the headlining act here, toasted caramel and toffee with a Brandysnap finish. Deliciously sinful.

Mouthfeel: Excellent feel, just strong enough to support the laden malt middle yet still impart a light feel that lends an airy texture and continues to draw the drinker back for more. Some alcohol is barely detectable, it’s easy to forget that it is here though, way too easy in fact.

Drinkability: Gorgeously put together, supreme balance, just perfect all around, devastatingly drinkable. Get me a Case!

Overall: Whereas the earlier bottle of the sister brew, St. Boisterous seemed to lack carbonation, the St. Victorious was an awesome highly polished all-round performer, much better than I recall my first taste of this during my first ever visit to the Victory Brewery tap two years ago. Recommended.

A Churchillian V-fingered salute to the main man, BigHuge for this beauty. I’d be picking this up by the Six-Pack if I could.

Music: Splodgenessabounds, ‘Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please’

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 06:45:12 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a creamy tan head; a few lacing shards spring up from the foam

Smell: Understated but distinct elements of caramel, raisins and cocoa powder

Taste: Plenty of caramel and raisin/prune flavors in the front end, with some grassy bitterness peeking through by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet flavors are balanced by the hops as well as some cocoa

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate but creamy carbonation

Drinkablity: World class! Really enjoyed the balanced approach to the style

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2008 02:05:03 | More by brentk56
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with a thick fluffy off white head that remains throughout most of the beer.

The scent was of roasted caramel malt, nice fruit presence.

The taste was of very strong malt, caramel, toffee, bread, sweet fruit, and light notes of alcohol.

Full body, smooth and soft, low to moderate carbonation.

This was an excellent presentation of the style, very flavorful and easy to drink. I will have to add this to one of my favorites from Vicotry.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2012 13:59:01 | More by BeerCon5
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Deep red in color with orange hues and perfect clarity. Poured with a rich, off-white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap that left a thick ring and sheets of sticky lacings around the edge of the glass. Smoked and dark grain aromas with sweet fruit fruit in the background. Medium bodied, slighty syrupy feel at first, followed by tight, slightly aggressive carbonation. Dark and slighly charred malt flavors up front followed by chocolate malt with dark fruit flavors beneath. Herbal hop bitterness toward the end followed by smoky, tobacco-like flavors and sweetripe fruit. Fabulous flavors and aromas make this an amazing dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 01:18:47 | More by IronLover
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My second favorite Victory brew after HopDevil, this beer is outstanding. Drinking it fresh on tap in one of the 0.5L German style glasses in the spring is an awesome experience. The beer is so beautifully malty it almost makes me shed a tear. Then I realize its only available for the spring and definately not where I live currently (Indiana) and I acutally do shed a tear. This beer is overwhelmingly smooth. The malty goodness is not too sweet, not too dry, just right in my humble opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2003 20:32:23 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an imperial pint at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. The color was a dark amber, with a wispy white head. The smell was a strong sweet malt. The taste started with a strong malt sweetness and then the low-alpha hops grew into the taste a bit, and the alcohol was almost unnoticable. Mouthfeel was nice and thick. As for drinkability, I definitely wanted quite a few more of these.

Thank you to Victory for sending this gem of a beer over to Western PA. A dopplebock that stands up with Salvator and Celebrator as amongst the best in style. Quite good, and as long as it's around, this will be one of the beers I'll naturally gravitate towards.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2004 22:46:35 | More by beergeek279
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, finally I get to sample this beauty...

A rich, darkened amber brew was poured before me, thanks to Kerry at Victory... The head was thin on top and left little more than faint memories throughout the glass-full... A strong malt aroma with hints of cherries perhaps, not to mention a faint aroma of hops, and a light smokiness. Smooth but not all too creamy, this dopplebock is a chewy, malty brew, which is never a bad thing... Some reviews say the St. Victorious may not be as good as versions past. I really cannot comment on that as this is my first go-around with this gem. All I can say is, I enjoy it... ALL of it...

Prosit!

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2005 12:17:45 | More by goindownsouth
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wedge

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chestnut color with crimson highlights and a modest, creamy tan head. The aroma is great: toasted caramel, sweet toffee, distant dark fruits - rich and creamy. Deliciously malty upfront - complex, layered malts - toasted then sweet then doughy with an unexpected hoppy finish. A little fruity alcohol. Full, balanced, and enjoyable.

I'm glad I found some of this in my area, a very tasty doppelbock. Goes well with all the rain outside.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 20:54:04 | More by wedge
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A classic doppel that rates with the best of the best.

Pours a nice clear auburn color...nose has some dark fruits...cocoa...very inviting.

Flavor is rich and malty....some dark fruits (plums) and cocoa...toasted malt impressions as well...

Body is on the low side of full....smooth...some nice warming characteristics but it is not harsh at all....very smooth...

Overall a hell of a doppel...reminds me some of Celebrator in that it is not a huge in your face brew....subtle...smooth...tasty...nicely done....

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 04:09:45 | More by ZAP
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from BeerBeing as part of UTBIF. Thanks for the opportunity. Enjoy by Jul 27 06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" orangey tan head above the clear burgundy brew. Dense head lasts nicely, with ample lace. Aroma is vinous with malty sweetness and dark fruits. Taste is hearty grain, with light fruitiness mixed in, light alcohol flavor at the close to accompany the ample warmth. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Could easily be a dangerous brew to have many of in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 21:09:18 | More by ppoitras
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techdiver

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a decent two finger head that dissipates moderately.

Malt most evident to the nose with caramel and toffee notes.

Taste echoes the nose. Smooth and enjoyable, but still a notch below my favorite so far - Korbinian.

Medium bodied with little carbonation to the mouth.

Drinkability is good as there is nothing at all unpleasant about his brew, just not as impressive as the above mentioned.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 03:36:50 | More by techdiver
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oelergud

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany and ruby body. Big tan head of tiny to large bubbles. Good retention and decent lace.
Nice caramel sweet scent with abit of smoke. Floral, grass and grain notes.
Honey, malt, caramel and spice. Delicious flavor with just enough hops. Great aftertaste of dry hops and spiced malts.
Medium mouthfeel and good coating. Dry finish.
Highly drinkable though high abv, then again, this IS a dopplebock and a good one at that.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2007 02:08:16 | More by oelergud
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a mug.
Enjoy by 01.22.2008.

Deep amber with a glowing mahogany hue. Half-inch of creamy tan head that settles as a thin, intact sheet. Spots of dimpled lacing.

Sweet molasses and toffee with a generous hint of nutmeg and brown sugar. Hints of milk chocolate and sweet cream; warm, cutting alcohol.

Caramel and tofee sweetness with a mix of nutmeg, allspice, and brown sugar spice. As the rich, malty sweetness subsides, a clean toasted biscuit flavor presents itself. Notes of fig, raisin, and plum with a lingering, warming alcohol presence.

Full bodied; slick, yet airy. Rich and creamy texture on the palate.

A well balanced, full flavored Doppelbock. Tremendous flavor profile; one of the best American Doppelbock's I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 23:45:35 | More by NEhophead
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umtox

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark hazy amber with little head.

Smell was good - of spice, molasses, and caramel - but faint

Taste very good - one of the best domestic dopplebocks. All the standard flavors are there for this style - just a cut above the rest. Lots of malt and spice.

A developing complexity and lingering finish. Big body.

I could have several of these.

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 13:52:25 | More by umtox
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a clear ruby/mahogany color. It poured with a large, short lived, light tan colored head.

s: warm dark fruits with just a hint of milk chocolate, sweet grains, and a little perfumed hops.

t: Sweet up frony with flavors of dark fruits and subdued chocolate. The finish stays sweet with the addition of some perfumed hops that aren't really bitter.

m: Full bodied with lush, gentle carbonation.

d: A great American doppelbock from Victory. Loved this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 11:37:56 | More by DIM
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stingrayvr6

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner. Caramel brow, creamy head with great retention. Smell burned caramel, roasted barley and some floral notes from hops. Taste sweet and malty up front, caramel, vanilla, the roasted barley showing through and merging with a nice bitterness in the finish. Incredibly drinkable for the alcohol, a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 05:39:12 | More by stingrayvr6
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ZeroSignal

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with freshness date, poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Dark amber pour with a good finger's worth of light brown head and a nice lace.

S - Notes of toasted bread crust and golden malts. Light fruity aroma.

T&M - Deliciously bready with both a crustiness and a bit of cereal. Big malt bill with lot's of toasty bits. Fuller bodied with a big feel. Sweetness comes through with a good dose of caramel. Some of the sweetness sticks around at in the finish, and makes me think of toffee.

O - What a delicious beer. Lot's of malty goodness and pretty much everything I think a Doppelbock is supposed to be, and executed brilliantly.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 01:48:39 | More by ZeroSignal
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear, deep mahogany. Thin cap of light brown head. Lacing is pretty full. Really nice aroma. Baked bread aroma. And yeastiness. And sweet malts. Nice blend on the nose. On the palate, cinamon bread come forth quickly. A little molasses. Rich malts. Doughiness. Lots of good things going on. Smooth in the mouth and flavor. Medium-full body. Silky feel. Great Dopple.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 03:56:01 | More by Bighuge
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righthereisay

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to try this for the 1st round of the divisional playoffs. It went well with the Cardinals/Falcons game.

Nice dark color. Very nice dark flavor. Full bodied, which was a surprise, based on the alcohol content.

I cannot taste the alcohol (compared to other brews, such as Brooklyn Chocolate)

I consider this beer a great Winter treat. I may purchase again. Would like to see it in a Victory variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 21:58:59 | More by righthereisay
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-a clear dark ruby red color with a slightly dirtied white colored head that is thin leaving no lace and dissipates quickly.

S-the smell is solid and brings big caramel malts with earth tones. there is also notes of bready malts and dark plum in there with a touch of citrus hops at the finish.

T/M-the taste is right on spot! it brings a nice caramel malt with notes of bready malt. some dark fruits, mostly plum and a hint of raisin come in. extremely smooth and well carbonated with quite a rich body. the finish is crisp accompanied by some nice citrus hops and a touch of bitterness.

D-very tasty and right on spot for a doppelbock. I keep liking this style more and more b/c it is so smooth with great earthy malts and a nice level of sweetness. fantastic rendition of the style!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 00:12:27 | More by cpetrone84
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came to me a brown/copper/amber color that was clear. The head was a cream/light tan color that was not that dense and lasting. Semi-decent carbonation was felt on the tongue. I did not really notice a lace. The aromas that came from the glass were of dark rich malts, dandelions, and some dark fruits (plum, raison) It has a solid rich flavor that was really good. I tasted caramel, dark malts, light cocoa, dark sweet fruits, roasted nut, light earth and some bitter hops (which was not overbearing, rather enjoyable.) This beer is not over powering in any departments, all smells and flavors are well balanced. It left a great feeling in 3 senses; my mouth, nose and even eyes were all pleased. Another score for VICTORY.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2003 09:22:47 | More by Jarod
St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.