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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

531 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 70
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown with initial substantial foamy head. A malt work of art. Malty aroma and dark lager complex taste. Numbing on the tongue, dark fruit and very tasty. Very smooth and well done. Satisying, though drying aftertaste. Beers of the World. Great representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 01:52:50 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-26-2011 19:00:44 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light chestnut brown with a nice off-white/tan head. Minimal lacing as it goes down, although it was fairly chilled when I poured it.

S: Sweet malt, caramel, and toffee. Good combination and proportions.

T: Fairly sweet, but not cloying. The dominant flavors are definitely caramel and, to a lesser extent, toffee. No alcohol heat and just the slightest amount of hop bitterness.

M: No discernible alcohol presence for a beer of this size, although the mouthfeel is decidedly lacking in viscosity, which is even more surprising given the sweetness of this beer.

D: Very drinkable. The thinner mouthfeel and lack of a super-sweet taste makes this one go down pretty smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 00:00:30 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

"It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders."

--Ben Stein


Dark bronze that comes alive with a brilliant orange-red sunburst when held up to the rays slanting through my front window. Gaudy blood orange highlights are especially prominent through the bottom edge of the glass. The pale caramel colored cap is richly creamy, but isn't sticky enough to result in a lace display that is any more than merely adequate.

The nose is solid, if not quite as dark malty as I had hoped. I wonder if the beer won't be on the dry, cocoa powdery side of things rather than the sweet and chocolatey side. Leave it to Victory to include a generous amount of herbal, earthy hops; a definite plus from where I sit.

I like St. Victorious! For some reason, there's much more here than the nose even hinted at. Even though I've had dozens of doppelbocks by now, I don't recall one with exactly this flavor profile before. The thing that keeps me tipping up the glass rather than typing is the almost-Belgian amount of complexity on display. I have to believe that the yeast is at least partly responsible for the shape shifting nature of this fine lager.

As suggested by the aroma, the chocolate maltiness is more powdery and dry than it is sticky and sweet. Either one would have been fine by me. There's also a great deal of dark caramel with a splash of vanilla-bean infused coffee. Can't forget the German hops since they contribute so much to the finish. So many flavors packed into one little twelve ounce bottle!

The body/mouthfeel is the very definition of quality. I expect nothing less from Victory at this point. They're one of the few breweries that deliver in that department many more times than not. The mouthfeel is closer to medium than it is to full and is supremely smooth with no trace of stickiness or slickness; a perfect match for the balanced, tending toward dry flavor.

St. Victorious is a delicious doppelbock and is another in a long line of beautiful brews to come out of Downington. 'V' is for Victory, 'V' is for Victorious and 'V' is for Very Good. Anyone even remotely interested in the doppelbock style owes it to themselves to find a bottle (or better yet, a case) of this triumphant beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 14:32:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a very clear, dark hazelnut brown. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the glass. A nice three finger high head of tan colored lace rose up above it and hung around for a few minutes before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top of the glass. Some decent side glass lacing as well, completed it very nicely.

The aroma was rich and sweet. Lots of great earthy and grainy notes mixing in well with a good amount of caramel sugar. The flavor followed suit nicely, with the dominant flavor of caramel really taking hold. Some nice bready malts being located under that as well. The alcohol was very well hidden, and not a factor at all. Nice smooth finish with the long lingering flavor of nutty caramel on the tongue for a few minutes afterward. The feel was a nice medium-bodied ale with a good amount of carbonation and a smooth creamy feel. Awesome session ale for me, as the palate was rich and the feel great. Very refreshing.

Overall, this was definitely a nice little bock. I could have drank this one all night and it just seemed to be really well done. For fans of the style, this was definitely a good choice. I would have to recommend this one to anyone who likes a good dark German beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 01:40:10 | More by mikesgroove
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and light toffee is enjoyable though not necessarily what I was expecting from a doppelbock. Taste is also dominated by sweet caramel malt notes with light toffee notes as well. Some notes of banana bread would have complemented well this beer. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done though lacking usual ester.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 02:00:15 | More by Phyl21ca
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-brown body with a khaki-colored head.

Smell: A strong, malty aroma laden with fresh fruits, namely cherries, dates, and cooked apples. Some alcohol in the nose, as well.

Taste: Rich butterscotch maltiness upfront enveloped by a fresh fruit taste - black cherries, blood oranges, and dates. Nicely toasty, but also some slight roasted flavors peek through. Mild hop bitterness, but it ultimately finishes sweet. One of the tastiest doppelbocks I've had to date!

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, and at times both fizzy and sticky.

Drinkability: Ohhh! This beer is quite good! Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 22:55:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed deep russet color with a tight 1/2 finger slight off white head that decent lasting power.Aromas of dark fruit ala raisin and prune along with some sweet caramel mainly,flavors were alot like the aromas heavy handed raisin and brown sugar with some caramel sweetness and a bit of a doughy element.A solid doppelbock very flavorful it is pretty big and warming.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 12:33:56 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Doppelbock pours out with a nice brown colored body. The head was a tan color that was kind of fizzy. The smell of the beer had some good malty aroma with some soft yeast on the nose. The taste of the beer is pretty good. There's a softness to the taste, the flavors are mostly sweet. The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Overall not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 04:43:03 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Revisiting this one due to pleasant memories from back East. It pours a clear ruby garnet topped by a half-finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises rye bread, wheat, light cocoa, and light maple syrup. The rye really brings a good amount of breadiness to the aroma. The taste follows the nose pretty closely, with a mild touch of roasted malts thrown in to compliment the aforementioned rye breadiness. The cocoa has morphed into some slightly bitter dark chocolate as well, creating a light coffee flavor in the back. It all comes together rather nicely. The body is a svelte medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice d-bock. 'Nuff said.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2011 01:02:00 | More by TMoney2591
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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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded brown with a creme head. Thickly sweet. Malts are present, but the strong sweet flavor is what dominates. Kind of one-dimensional to me. Feel is decent on the body. Carbonation has a bit of a bite. Overall it seems a bit too cloying really. It's okay at best I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2008 18:52:31 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a brownish purple color with a short thick off-white head that fades quickly and leaves almost no lacing on the glass.

S: Heavy malty aroma of raspberry, raisin, roasted coffee and tea.

T: The taste is just as malty and sweet as the smell indicates. There’s barely any hint of hops or alcohol. There’s surprisingly little after-taste for such a sweet beer.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-full body, light-to-medium carbonation and a very clean finish.

D: This beer goes down very easily, especially if you’re partial to the fruity flavor. It’s also not as filling as I expected. The first beer that I had in this style wasn’t very good. Even if the Dopplebock hasn’t been vaulted into the status of my favorite beer types, this particular beer has redeemed my faith in the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2006 05:27:10 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Obvious decoction mash here, some many complex levels of maltiness it is crazy! Nice layer of hop bitterness to keep any kind of cloying sweetness away. The mouth feel was so creamy from the dense malt body. Tasted of freshly baked brown bread with a hint of spicy alcohol.

On of the best domestically brewed Double Bocks I have had to date.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2004 12:00:19 | More by Jason
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshly tapped and poured into an Aventinus glass.
Dark at the top, clear at the bottom, caramel colored, edging on a bright crimson...attractive creamy tan cap atop.

aroma: sweet and spicy, with notes of toffee, peppers, leather, nougat, and the slight sting of brandy.

Taste: rich, thick, and warm. Great grit in the texture, full bodied, long, sweet, considerable finish. Huge malt, tenacious cling on the palate, toasty and ultimately dry. Quite complex.

Terrifically balanced doppelbock. Not too sweet, full of flavor, the caramel never quits,...deeply delicious, roundly rewarding. Higher alcoholic content creeps up quietly, then takes command and let's no one forget it's there.

A masterfully conceived and brewed beverage. One I've had on the to-try list for many years, and am glad to know it and enjoy it at last!

One more word on the subject: Yum!

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2006 05:31:45 | More by feloniousmonk
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I tell you what there are breweries out there that claim to be world class, but Victory doesn't have to act, they are the real deal. This authentic German style Strong dark lager or Doppelbock is dead on, pours a ruby deep amber tone off white cream colored head not very thick and doesn't stick around very long leaves behind specks of lace on my imperial pint. Aroma deep plentiful layers of malts supporting a cast of other stars, the German Hallertau whole leaf hops and plum esters. Smells predominantly of fruit soaked in alcohol with caramel malts around the edges, hmm hmmmm good. Flavor is flowing with a wave of malts creating over ripened fruit notes and a touch of hop flavor bringing mild but perfect bitterness to the table, I think I'm in love. Rolls down the palate with a slick slightly syrupy texture and medium body packs a nice punch with 8.5% abv. Suprisingly incredibly smooth and drinkable, I am sold never had two doppelbocks in a row, I had two imperial pints of this with dinner tonight damn good. If this is an option I will pass on Celebrator, Salvator, or any other (insert word here)ator knockoff.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2004 06:18:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BBD of ?-22-08. Pours a reddish chestnut with 1 finger of sand colored head. Minimal lacing & zero head retention

S: Slight spicyness & a little boozeynes

T: Breadyness, brown sugar & warming alcohol up front. Caramel & a hint of coccoa follows as this warms. Finishes dry, warming with big breadyness & a hint of gingerbread cookie & fruitcake

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Drinks too easy, a nice dopple, not a great one. Lacks a few asthetics, but well worth seeking out, but a tad pricey @$11 a sixer (davidsons)

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 04:18:54 | More by russpowell
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the VBC on 12/12/08.

Pours a deep, clear, amber with a finger of creamy tan head (but almost off-white in color)that shrinks down into a solid, thin layer of retention, with a good flare-up that leaves some nice looking swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is nice and assertive smelling with notes of cocoa, nuts, bread, dark fruits, caramel and some fresh, floral hops in the back.

The taste is thick with bready malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and brown sugar. It's all very smooth and malty up front but there is also some welcome notes of roast and hops that punch up the back and add a little more character to the equation. Finishes with sticky remnants of dark fruit and caramel tang and even a little bitterness at times. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied with a firm carbonation up front but then smoothes out into a chewier layer that rides underneath.

Very nice. Full flavored and chewey yet still smooth on the palette, this is a well done Doppelbock from Victory. I haven't visited this since having it in the bottle a couple of years ago, so this was a nice catch-up on a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2008 17:38:39 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my small snifter cold
A - Deep beautiful chestnut brown lager with garnet higlights. Almost like a few drops of black coffee dissipating into medium grade maple syrup. A lovely medium tan head that diminishes into a a practically absent one that allows minimal lacing.

S - Vinous malt and sweet wood scents waft up to my nostrils. Dry graham cracker sugar like biscuit scents emanate from the the core of this bock. A pleasant almost port like scent with slightly floral hop underpinnings is detected.

T - A rush of nutty grainy and sweet date-like flavors greet the tongue. Tannic ever so faint grape skin fruitiness makes its way around the boundaries of my mouth. More nuts and woody flavors mix with sweet and somewhat sap like flavors. Subtle roastiness manages to give a sweet nutty grainlike quality along with minute hints of vegetal flavors.

M - Rich, sweet, slightly effervescent textures here. Syrupy light maple qualities just shy of cloying with tinges of bitteness.

D - A greatly drinkable lager for the substantial gravity. It is consumed best in limited quantities-a finesse beer with many strengths. Excellent for winter with warming qualities

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 17:42:04 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a ruby red/brown color with little head tospeak of. The aroma is good. It's full of burnt caramel and warm alcohol. It's rich with quite a bit of malty sweetness. The taste is good. It's smooth and full bodied with loads of malts and a nice sweet finish. It's low on CO2 which doesn't do the beer justice. I imagine it's much better than what I'm tasting right now. The mouthfeel is lacking. It goes down slow and seems a bit flat. This is a good tasting beer, but the carbonation issue needs to be addressed. Maybe I got a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 23:00:10 | More by WesWes
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

Poured a chestnut color with amber hues with a sparsely lacing white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, roasted nuts, toffee. Slightly sweet in the taste with caramel and toffee, subtle tones of raisin, nutty, bready, grassy, with a somewhat bitter finish/aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, moderately carbonated, and pretty easily drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2011 22:36:12 | More by Rifugium
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Enjoy by" Jan 5 2011:

Pours brown with ruby highlights. A thin head immediately falls to wisps.

The smell is of toffee - towards chocolate with medium-dark fruitiness. Rich malty aroma is complemented by earthy, floral notes in the back.

The taste is very malty - caramel/toffee - dark fruits - fig, prune, some dark cherry. The malt is balanced by some bread and and earthy, floralish touch. Sweetness is balanced sufficiently, while keeping a malty sweet character. Some warming alcohol shows, though not raw or masking.

It has a rich, full, silky body.

A very enjoyable, malty but with a hop touch - traditional-style doppelbock. Easy to drink despite alcohol warmth and overall richness. Complex maltiness with a hop touch in the finish....Well done!

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 15:59:16 | More by jwc215
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by date of January 2008, Sampled December 2007
A brisk pour produces a frothy, fat-one-finger thick, tan colored head that sits on top of a dark, deeply concentrated, amber colored beer. When held up to the light, the beer shows a lightly hazy, dark cranberry color. Ah, what a rich and malt aroma; concentrated, richly caramelized malt flavors mix with drier, toasted malt notes of biscuits and whole grain bread crust. This is malty enough that it is starting to pick up those malt notes that lean towards soy sauce (though definitely not this) flavors that are umami like. At times the malt has a touch of dark fruitiness to it that is reminiscent to something that is a cross between raisins and concentrated pear.

Sweet tasting, though not cloying. It is a touch lighter bodied than I was expecting, but it is rich with a full heft to it. Interesting notes of bitter cocoa and dusty browned malt come through in the middle and linger on through to the finish. Herbal hop notes play a supporting, but noticeable role here as does a hop bitterness that provides an anchoring note towards the finish. Malt, hop and carbonation notes combine in the finish to give this beer a light astringency. Dark, caramelized malt sugars provide flavors of brown sugar, hints of molasses, flavors from that slightly burnt syrupy drippings left in the pan after baking a black, holiday, sweet bread / cake.

The taste does not quite live up to the rich promise of the aroma, but it certainly gives it a go. A thoroughly enjoyable beer that is fitting my current mood / needs just right.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2007 03:23:07 | More by Gueuzedude
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-06-2011 18:54:43 | More by Rochefort10nh
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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.