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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

529 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 374
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.81%
Wants: 71
Gots: 10 | 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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walshclimb

Nevada

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark red amber with thin, light tan, bubbly head and lots of small bubbles moving up through the body. The smell is complex malt with light bread and slightly nutty aroma. The initial flavor is moderate sweet malt nicely balanced with hop bitterness that finishes a little acidic and moderately bitter with a little salty right at the end. Nice complex malt layering. The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with slightly oily texture and lively carbonation. This is a tasty beer for cool evenings or an air-conditioned summer day. The complex flavor is interesting and well-balanced, and I would definitely purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 18:20:17 | More by walshclimb
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with dark copper hues, clear, a small light tan head quickly fades away. Nice sugary maltiness in the aroma, sweet sugary, buttery caramel, some good cola sweetness and raisins, a little smokiness in the aroma as well as some grassiness. Somewhat peaty smokiness in the taste both up front and in the finish, a flash of the sweet sugary malts in the middle, followed by a decent sized grassy bitterness before moving to the somewhat smoky finish. Light to medium in body, mouthfeel is not overly heavy and the beer is not overly rich, a little stronger on the hops side than I expected from a doppel wit a decently dry and somewhat spicy finish, but this keeps it refreshing and the light to medium body makes it highly drinkable. The alcohol is barely evident. Very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2007 02:23:34 | More by hoppymeal
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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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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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illidurit

California

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

Poured into a nonic, this dark amber beer is cloudy and forms a modest 1 finger head of tan suds. Dissipates quickly into nothingness, no lacing.

Smells of toffee and booze primarily.

Lots of toastiness in this one. Brown sugar, toffee, and caramel provide the sweetness, roasty malt evens it out a bit. No alcohol in the taste.

Kinda low on carbonation and a tad thin bodied for the style. Kinda sticky in the mouth.

Pretty sweet and rich drink, perfect for winter. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 23:03:25 | More by illidurit
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertruth for this bottle.

Pours a dark brown in color. Not thick like a poert or stout but thinner like a dense bock. Fairly flat in appearance. Nose is malty and peaty with a bit of heat from the alcohol.

Flavor is actually fairly simple. Heavy on the malts. Nice roasted character to it. Some toffee too. Picking out some fruits, particularly overripe cherries. A rather nice burn from the alcohol too. Pleasant and soothing actually. Heavy and full mouthfeel. It would coat the cheeks but the alcohol evaporates nciely and thins it out. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 23:28:51 | More by MuddyFeet
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bozebus17

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beertruth for the sample!

Pours a dark copper/red with a thin cream colored head that leaves a small layer but doesn't hang on real long.

Smells of sweet caramel with some roasted notes. Not as strong of a nose as I expected.

Taste is full of big sweet caramel malt. This is met well by nice roasted flavors. There is hardly any bitterness to think of. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is big and creamy, like this beer should be. It goes down quite easily, really tasty stuff.

Overall this is a fantastic brew. I will definitely have to seek it out next winter. It is smooth and delicious, unbelievably so considering the 8.5% ABV. This beer gives me something of a warm feeling, I can picture drinking it by a fire on a cold winter's night.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2007 02:08:52 | More by bozebus17
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BassAssassin

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep ruby in color, with a thick tan head that lasts forever.

S: Light malt aromas with a very faint tea like hop presence. Not bad, but not what I was expecting from a doppelbock.

T: Malt flavor is dominant, as it should be. It tastes very similar to brown sugar. Hints of dried fruits and a very subtle smokiness are present also. A pleasant spiciness really balances everything out. Finishes with a tea like hop bitterness that is not unpleasant, but quite unexpected. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Smooth, round mouthfeel. Medium bodied. A bit thinner than I would have imagined.

D: This is a good beer and quite drinkable. However, I believe there are better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 01:44:03 | More by BassAssassin
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pavandal

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a hazy brown into my mug. A slight head formed after I poured, but it dissipated quickly to an oily film on top.

This has a great bouquet of smells. I detected a sweet, malty caramel smell along with a hint of grapes. It had a slight chocolate smell in the finish.

This is an awesome dopplebock. Not very carbonated, it has a caramel like body, with a soft grape bite and a very slight coffee finish. It is lightly hopped, as the style is supposed to be. It has a sweet sugary finish. Delicious!

This is a great dopplebock. There are many flavors in this, and it's not as thick as other DBs i've tried, which is good because I'd love to have another. Watch out though, at 8.5% ABV, it could catch up to yah if you're driving!

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 02:19:24 | More by pavandal
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown in color with a slight head. Somewhat hazy. Low aroma-somewhat metallic and sharp. Malty enough flavor but has a real homebrew like wang to it. Somewhat nutty taste. Ok body. Overall I am not very impressed. I prefer the helles/maibock from Victory. Rather average for me to be honest

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 20:53:34 | More by lackenhauser
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blitz134

California

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half inch of light tan head on top of a dark caramel, red hued body. Head reduced quickly to only a skim layer of bubbles. Head retention and some lacing would really help the appearance out.

Toasted malts and and some light dinner roll bread form the base. A good bit of spice characteristics, probably from the yeast. A little clean grassy, floral hopping. Aroma is nice, but not as good as some of the top of the style.

Flavor is nice and full. Lots of dinner roll maltiness forming the base again. A little toastiness and nuttiness and some hints at chocolate. Clean grassy hopping again. Simple, but up front. No hints at the alcohol level.

Solid mouthfeel. I've never described any dopple as chewy, and I won't with this one either. But it coats the mouth well with its medium body; finishes a touch dry. Has a nice carbonation level to make it refeshing.

A solid brew that is too easy to drink. At 8.5% this could be really dangerous. Been wanting to try it for a while, I'd pick this up and drink it often if it was around.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 02:00:47 | More by blitz134
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shertz

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Pint glass. No date on bottle.

A- Amber red with little head, less than 1 finger. No lacing while drinking.

S- Sugary, pleasant fruity smell, possible grapefruit. Very nice.

T- Sugar and malts with alcohol not noticeable at all. Refreshing.

M- Rather thick and syrup like. Slides down nicely.

D- I can not tell that this beer is an 8.5% through taste. However, you will not be able to drink many with this ABV. It goes down well and is a very nice beer. Will drink many again.
Cheers,
Scott

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 23:18:33 | More by shertz
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penguinjive7

New York

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

Pours a dark mahogany with couple fingers of off-white head. Smell is of dark malts with a hint of brown sugar. Taste is definitely dark malts with a hint of sweetness in the finish but not much more to speak of. The mouthfeel was nice and balances throughout.
This is a fairly drinkable brew. I gave it a solid four because it is no doubt a nice brew, but I think it lacks complexity and would expect a bit more from a doppelbock from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 15:27:30 | More by penguinjive7
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riversider76

New York

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

Pours a ruby brown, with a thin tan head. Decent retention, and lacing. Smell is of dark fruits,and malts. Body is medium,with carbionation. Taste is of sweet dark fruit,with a nice hop balance in the finish. The alchol is there big time. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2007 22:27:26 | More by riversider76
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HugoGrim

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Victory brewery in Downingtown, PA.

Deep ruby color. Nice head which remained around quite a long time, and left behind some good lace.

Aroma is that of cranberry juice, red wine, and other dark fruits.

Flavor is brilliantly complex. Acidic, spiced, roasted coffee, raisins, grapes, and piny hops. Malt to spare. Another excellent beer from Victory.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2007 23:08:47 | More by HugoGrim
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ski271

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Dark mahogany with a small, creamy, off-white head that quickly diminishes to a faint film, and leaves light wisps of lacing. Smell is of super rich malts with some dark fruit, toffee a some light estery alcohol. Taste is wonderfully malty and complex. Fairly sweet but not cloying, as there’s just enough hops to cancel some of it out on the finish. It has a medium-full body, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Another very good beer from Victory that’s definitely worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2007 19:39:42 | More by ski271
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a nice treat. In the way of doppelbocks, it's a few notches above average. The pour was very nice, indeed, looking like something you'd see in an ad. A lovely red bronze colour with a voluminous, sticky sand coloured head that remained for several minutes. This looked great. Smell fairly average for the style with some caramelised sugar, very faint dark fruit hiding way in the back, some toasted grain; your average doppelbock. Taste was nice and flavourful without being too strong. Very enjoyable and almost thirst quenching. Quite a statement for a brew that's 8,5%, eh? There's a "non-threatening", but certainly noticeable hop bitterness on the finish. I think that balances things out quite nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant, but nothing extraordinary. Considering the style and abv, I think the drinkability of this one is fantastic! My only regret is that I have but one. Many thanks to Aprilluvsbeer for tossing this in on a trade.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2007 03:59:06 | More by SilentSabre
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a ruby red with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is very subdued - some sweet and smoky malts.

The flavor is sweet and sugary candy and some dark fruits followed by a grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full with nice carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer, but nothing too special. I'd go with Fort Collins' Rauchator over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 21:40:22 | More by Beaver13
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Redwood21

Virginia

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

A: This is the color i wish all beer was, just because it is soooo nice. Its a nice dark amber brown red type thing. The head was nice, but could have lasted a little longer.

S: sweet caramel and malts almost a coffee toffee aroma, very faint.

T: The thing that suprised me was the hop bitterness it cuts the sweetness from the caramel flavor there is also some obvious alcohol here.

M: its creamy and if you roll it around your mouth enough it will foam like crazy. Its got a nice smooth feeling
D: 8.5% is a bit high for a more than one beer, beer. its good a little strong in the alcohol not the best doppelbock, but good

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 03:38:06 | More by Redwood21
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MmmIPA

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear ruby body with a nice one finger tan head.The head looks a bit soapy.

Smell is some carmel and some fruit from the hops maybe.Maybe some plums.

Taste is carmel and some booze it seams.The taste is very sweet.The taste is a bit warming also

The mouthful is bit thin and the carbonation is very easy on the palate also.

This is a ok beer from a great brewery.Ive had the style before but none like this.I dont know if I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 01:25:39 | More by MmmIPA
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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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Marty

Maine

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

Pours a dark amber/brown with a reluctant head that materialized slowly after a stiff pour, but dissipated more quickly than I'd have liked. Not a terribly CO2riffic beer, and not particularly aromatic, but those are my only complaints. The malts in this beer are very complex. I taste molasses, roasted somethingorother, and a little tangy apple. Very drinkable for such a strong brew. Springtime is finally here!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 03:35:01 | More by Marty
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nose is medium strength, malty sweetness, some roasted scent, but fairly mild for a doppelbock. Taste is much better. Strong and sweet, with lots of spiciness. Some breadiness, Alcohol taste is almost non-existant, impressive given the fairly high ABV. Some interesting ESB-like saltiness, although not drying like in some ESBs. Also a lot of fruity goodness; maybe grapes or peaches or something that I can't quite put my finger on. A tasty doppelbock, although a little all over the place - great taste, but just okay smell and feel. Definitely one to try though, all around.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 01:51:01 | More by soupyman10
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guinnessfan

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My 100th review. Figured it to be a small victory. So... St.Victorious here I come. Heard/read a lot of hype behing this beer.
12 oz fresh bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Nice clear dark brown, with a reddish hue. Little head recedes into nothingness instantly. No lacing, no retention...Nothing.

S: Virtually nothing. Very little sweet malt. Very unimpressive.

T: Sweet and cloying. Somewhat boozy and astringent. Not nearly as good as expected. Not really complex.

M: Full bodied, syrupy, but no carbonation.

D: Drinkable, but I really don't want to. Not one of the better doppels, IMO. I was really let down by this one. Normally, I like Victory beers better than this.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 13:12:45 | More by guinnessfan
St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.