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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

(view ratings)
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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monkeybutler

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with a small head, moderate carbonation and little lacing.

Smell is malty, with hints of fruit and alcohol.

Taste is also malty, but with subtle hop notes and crisp fruity flavors. Can't quite put my finger on it, but there's a tiny bit of banana, some apple, and some grape.

The mouthfeel is crisp in the beginning, but manages to hang around in the end. Very nice in the mouth.

The drinkability is good. There's nothing too offensive.

I couldn't give this beer higher scores, because it was too sluggish and ale-like in many regards. It works though.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2006 23:27:13 | More by monkeybutler
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deejaydan

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours deep mahagony with ruby hues. Head and head retention are slightly disappointing. Aroma is bready and slightly vinous. Taste is good, but I find a twang in there that is distracting. Could be from overroasted malts. Sticky and slightly sweet on mouthfeel. Light enough to drink and be dangerous.

Another solid brew from Victory.

Thanks to FoolCircle and SS'05.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 02:27:18 | More by deejaydan
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GClarkage

California

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/08/05- Received via trade with Santoslhalper.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by date stamped on the bottle. Poured into my dimpled mug.

Appearance- Off brown chocolaty colored pour. Small 1/4 inch head with specks of light lace here and there.

Smell- Sweet toffee malt with maybe some dates and raisins as well.

Taste- Very nice sweet and maybe a bit tangy roasted malt with a touch of brown sugar for that sticky taste. Dates and maybe some prune action going on as well.

Mouthfeel- A bit thick and definitely sticky. Heavier mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Quite a nice doppelbock. Right up there with my two favorites (Celebrator and Weltenburger). Would have again if it was out here. Thanks for the sample Santos!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 04:50:41 | More by GClarkage
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This started out by pouring with a huge, deep brown head that just dwindled away to nothing, not even wisps. The color was a clear russet-brown/
mahogany. The nose was very malty with an underlying molasses/tar scent. I should point out that this last was not off-putting, just present. It had a really thick mouthfeel with a caramel sweetness on the tongue. The finish was a blend of sweet flavors - caramel, toffee, molasses. Warming, it became even richer, more toffee-like. A very interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 23:59:37 | More by woodychandler
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eclectic

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown with minimal head.. a sweet malted yeasty bread aroma.. medium bodied... initially dry and malty, finishes with a hoppiness that doesn’t seem to flow with the rest of the flavors..

Not what I was expecting for the style.. which in this case is a bad thing.. hard to say much else about it since it was so lackluster.. would try it again but am in no rush to do so.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2005 20:19:11 | More by eclectic
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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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ikats

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours rich, dark ruby color with minimal tan head which dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is powerful and is apparent as soon as you pour it. Its sweet and toasty bouquet is so pleasant that I start thinking that some company should capture it in an air freshener. The flavor is sweet and rich. The beer goes down easy. May be too easy, as reviewing it proves to be a challenge since I just want to enjoy it without thinking about the technical mambo jumbo. Somewhat high alcohol content blends perfectly into the drink and packs a nice punch. As the beer goes down your throat you are left with sweet warmth wanting more. This would be perfect on a chilly night. Enjoyed from bottle in a quietness of my home. Best before August 2005 (drank May 2005).

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2005 15:39:03 | More by ikats
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bigbubba

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a cloudy brown with yellowish highlights. The head was small and short lived. The smell is good, very sweet and malty. There is a alcohol smell and a sort of musky or woody smell. There is lots of flavor. It is sweet and malty, and very fruity. There is a slight bitterness that keeps the sweetness from overpowering. The mouthfeel is thick and round with a warm feeling even though it is cold. The alcohol is very evident. The drinkability is good. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2005 23:22:58 | More by bigbubba
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Davo for this sample.
Pours a mahogany brown with gold and red highlights. Obvious carbonation does not really play into self into a big head retnetion but rather bubbles up into a thin tan head.
Aroma of dark citrus fruits and caramel, almost like a make your own ice cream Sundae, the fruit and caramel seem so fresh and alive. Hints of estery alcohol and even a bit a bit of bready yeat make there way through the sweetness as it opens a bit. A faint hint of nuttiness and some roasted malt also emerge upon closer inspection.
Flavors of caramel dominate with some underlying complex fruit and nuttiness interwoven into the flavors. Highly complex, some rye bread notes come across mid palate as well as a light dusting of some earthy hops.
Mouthfeel is rich, thick and palate coating. Doesn't have as pure or crisp feel as some of this style but what it lacks in style adherence it more than makes up for in the complex taste and sensuous coating and work out it gives the tastebuds.
Drinkability is very high. Really went down easy (sort of like Davo) with the only disappointment that I did not have an another to immediately follow it with. Really well-made and complex beer can only imagine how smooth easy and dangerously inebriating this one would be on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 11:17:08 | More by CRJMellor
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BCMan

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured up a deep ruby red. Little foam formed with a heavy pour and it all faded with right away to nothing. The nose is subtle and sweet. The flavor is not as strong as I would have expected. Sweet with a smooth mouthfeel. The taste doesn't linger but it warms a bit after swallowing. This seasonal seems to a bit less than it's billed to be but is still pretty good. Not the best from Victory but definetly worth a try. I would reccommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2005 00:22:19 | More by BCMan
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a deep amber color. Nice head but it disipated quickly. Strong hoppy aroma with a definate hint of caramel. Caramel smell carried over to the taste. A little sweet and high in alcohol to drink more than one or two in a sitting. Overall a beer that i would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2005 00:14:19 | More by beermanbrian
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from bottle with use by date of Aug 1, 2005. I am glad to see Victory bottling this beer this year. Poured a beautiful deep copper color with large head. Was not initially impressed with first taste, but it began to grow on me as the glass disappeared. Nice finish. will definitely enjoy again

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 02:27:18 | More by tgbljb
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one was dark brown in color with an unusually large head that was lightly browned and showed terrific retention.

Smell – The malts here are really big. They are heavily-toasted and taste more like a Dark Belgian Ale than a DP. There are some refined raw sugars in here as well.

Taste – This one is big and malty, again more like a Belgian than a German Doppelbock bier. The sweetness is like brown or raw sugar and very granular and smooth.

Mouthfeel – This Victory offering is somewhere between medium and full-bodied. It is evenly balanced between malts and sugars.

Drinkability – This is a great-tasting beer that is a bit off-style from an authentic German Doppelbock. I enjoyed it very much though and will definitely seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2005 02:29:30 | More by RoyalT
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Todd

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. Deep and brilliant ruby hued pour with a thin lace. Soft fruity/leaf aroma and complex dark malts in the nose. Carbonation is a bit lively, creaming up the palate a bit. Thick mouthfeel, with loads of malty character with complex flavors of raisin, grape, ebbing blends of caramel and chocolate, and a slight steely/grain note. Sharpish citric-like bitterness strikes from under the malt, then retreats leaving a slightly herbal character on the palate. Wonderfully rich burnt caramel, toffee, and grape flavors become very pronounced as the beer warms. Touch of spicy alcohol. Sweet bready lingers.

Awesome American stab at the style!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2005 02:25:15 | More by Todd
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PSUDREW

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, brown soda color, with a little bit of aged-bone colored head. Nose reminds me of a abv-heavy, sweet, roasted nutty-ness. Tatse boastes an interesting mix of nutty-ness, wine-quality, solid malt, sweet taste, with a spicy/sweet hop finish. Not the most complex dopple i have had, but, surely a solid competitior, that mixes well on several occasions.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2005 06:30:49 | More by PSUDREW
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz best by 8/1/05, thanks to geoff..

pours a beautiful brown with red highlights.. no head, but bubbly around the edges. perfect viscosity.

aroma is explosive.. malty and real hoppy with cherry hints and alcohol evident. barleywine-ish for sure with extra sweet.

tastes crazy.. malty but smoky.. barbecue with lots of vegetable flavor.. finishes hoppy and smooth with a mild bitterness and carbonated crisp. tobacco detected as well. truly lives up to its brown color with a delicious charred flavor all around.

for such a complex beer, very drinkable

only negative is a lack of any sweetness in the taste. for 8.5%, very mellow. great accompaniment to a simple meat dish. will seek this out in the future, would like to try it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 15:35:29 | More by goodbyeohio
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle dated best before Aug 1 2005. Pours a clear medium copper-brown color with a beigish-tan head that dissipates rather promptly. Deep, vinous toffee and roasted malt profile with some underlying dark berry and plummy fruitiness. Hops do play a role in the aroma, but are overtaken by the aggressive maltiness. Very rich and flavorful. Further vinous fruitiness shows in the flavor and some toasty malt comes through nicely. Light husky astringency in the finish. Alcohol shows through the hefty mouthfeel, but not overwhelming. A very nice doppelbock (better even than some German ones) from the brewers at Victory.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2005 08:54:47 | More by crookedhalo
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santoslhalper

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a sliky smooth reddish brown with a thin off-white that almost completely dissapears. The clarity is dead-on.

Smell: The smell is of sweet and rich malts combined with a nice alcohol presence that rounds the whole thing off.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This beer is a full on barrage of malts onto the taste buds. The sweet, creamy, gooey goodness of malts clings to your mouth with joy, as the alcohol warms you the whole way down to your toes. The mouthfeel is smooth a lucious.

Drinkability and Overall: A wonderful doppelbock for sure. Smooth and creamy, full of complexity and balance, yet it has enough kick to cure even the heaviest of beer drinkers need for a strong brew. This a warming beer that is one of the best from Victory. I managed to get the only case my local distributor got in, and that was one hour after they got it. Talk about lucky! Well, God bless Victory for making this truly remarkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2005 05:15:21 | More by santoslhalper
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oxmasterscream

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep ruby color. Gorgeous. A slow and steady stream of bubbles travel upward toward a tiny head, which should be a bit larger.
Smells of toasty malt, floral hops and caramelized sugar. Some apple-like aromas in there as well.
Tastes of sweetened cereal, toasted malt, spicy noble hops. Sometimes bready. Really clean and dry in the finish, maybe a bit too much for my liking. Not as complex as the best dopplebock I've had but still good.
Mouth is full, thick, smooth and chewy yet riddled with carbonation.
A nice enjoyable dopplebock. Pretty authentic tasting stuff. Just lacking some of the complexity of the real deal from across the pond.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 12:13:54 | More by oxmasterscream
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Erix

Vermont

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle filled pint glass
Appearance: This is a nice, dark glass of beer here. Not the pitch black of a porter, but a mahogany darkness highlighted by hints of red. Decent head from the pour, which subsided to an off white skin with a foamy ring around the glass.
Smell: The sweet smell of malt hit me as soon as the bottle was opened. Comes across mostly as dark fruit, with a nice softness to it. I like it.
Taste: Very tasty! Doppelbocks are not my usual style, so I'm having a little trouble picking out flavors. Of course malt dominates, giving a very rounded taste. Plum, and maybe carmel? It ends with a spiciness that I suspect comes from the alcohol. Good stuff.
Mouthfeel: Incredibly creamy and smooth, with a little bit of alcohol warming. Less than I expected from a beer this strong though.
Drinkability: I am pouring this stuff into my mouth at a dangerous rate, and would gladly continue to do so for the rest of the night, if I did not have to work tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2005 03:31:35 | More by Erix
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy, delicious and malty with an opaque dark reddish brown color.. excellent Belgian lace throughout the glass and very chocolaty as well as that kick of alocohol. Mouthfell is smooth and velevety but be warned this Doppelbock will hit you hard due to the ABV..very drinkable but very dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 16:30:38 | More by bierman2000
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frank4sail

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average for this brewery is a huge disappointment. I love all of their brews, but this was a shock to my system. This is the only beer from victory that i have drank and did not want another. 8.5% ABV but is boring in its complexity. I guess I like a bolder taste in a beer this strong. Also it seemed to settle too fast with ahint of under-carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2002 16:43:34 | More by frank4sail
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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.