1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

Not Rated.
St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

538 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 538
Reviews: 375
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 73
Gots: 14 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of St. Victorious Alström Bros
Ratings: 538 | Reviews: 375 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jwolfie70
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. Thanks go out to Pimpp for the beer.

Pours an reddish amber color (which looked a little bit light to me for a doppelbock). Smell was of biscuity malt, with not a lot of hops coming through. Taste had a biscuity malt flavor, but it was relatively dry and not overly sweet. There was a distinct tanginess/spiciness to the beer that seems to come out in some dopplebocks that kept the beer from being too sweet. Not a lot of hops come through in the taste. A good beer that is worth trying if you come across it, but not my favorite of the style.

jwolfie70, Feb 21, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery

A beautiful dark red amber with ruby red highlights. A big bubbling coke-like tan head faded in time and left very little lacing on the sides.

Big caramel roasted malt nose with smoke and wood in the forefront. Background smells of dried flowers, milk chocolate and a mellow hop aroma.

Starts off with a nice roasted malt flavor and a hint of chocolate. Other flavors that balance out this tasty dopplebock are of honey, molasses, earthy wood.

The mouthfeel is thick and heavy and has an mellow warming alcohol finish.

The drinkability suffers a bit due to the alcohol that kicks in later, but its still pretty damn good and wouldn't keep me from having another.

This is a great version of an American dopplebock. Victory once again shows of their mastery of german malts.

ColForbinBC, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of mentor
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Pours a 2 finger caramel head over a slightly hazed oranged-brown liquid. Smells light noble hops. Musty and a touch grassy with oranges riding in late. Not much here.

Tastes wet sweet with minimal hops. Finish dries a bit and aromatic hop rises to take the main role. No flavors are ever intense. Caramel and a touch of coffee roast. Alcohol is well hidden. Honey and a dash of allpsice. carbonation and alcohol leave a subtle sting that comes acrross as more of a zing in the aftertaste. Hop bitterness becomes apparent as I near the bottom of the galss. It's a flat bitter that not pleasing.

Md thick body and strong carbonation.

mentor, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Biscuit033
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber with two finger head that settled to a nice layer across the beer.

S: Caramel and smoke dominate. There is definately some roasted sweet malt aromas as well.

T: Caramel and brown sugar then smoke. It is as if this a Doppelrauch. The sweet and the smoke go very well together.

M: Creamy and full with a long sweet/smoky finish.

D: The balance makes this much more drinkable than some versions of the style that can be overly sweet. At 7.6% the ABV is not too high to keep me from having a few especially here at home.

Biscuit033, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of ericj551
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Victorious pours a deep red brown with a fluffy off white head. The freshness dat reads "enjoy by Jan 22, 08. The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee, with plenty of dark raisin fruitiness. The flavor is rich and malty, not quite as sweet as the aroma. There is more of a toasted character, nice and crisp. The alcohol is almost unnoticeable, especially considering the strength.

ericj551, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of AltBock
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with a cool label that contains a drawing of a happy smiling white haired white bearded monk giving the consumer the peace sign and holding a bottle of beer in the same hand. While the monk is doing this, he's standing in a 17th century German wheat field. To the right of the drawing is the US Government warning and barcode and to the left side of the drawing is a lengthy paragraph describing the beer and the history of the doppelbock style, the brewmaster's signature, and the address of the brewery. The refund values and the Victory "V" can be found on the small neck label. Victory usually has a clearly stamped best before date, but this one was stamped wrong. It's hard to read and it looks like it's best before ?? 08.

Appearance: When poured into a standard Pilsner glass, this doppelbock is a heavly carbonated dark amber that's blended in with some cranberry red highlights. It had a wonderful massive 2 inch head of white creamy foam that took it's sweet time to recede to a point where I could actually taste the beer itself. After the head of foam finally receded, it left behind a milky white film on top of the beer, tons of white foamy rings, and a huge amount of white lace around the glass. It was a treat to see!

Smell: For a style of beer that's usually filled with dark roasted flavors in the nose, this doppelbock in the beginning had a dried floarl based aroma to it. Behind those dried flowers were a pinch of roasted malts, a dab of milk chocolate, and a small dash of roasted hops in the background. At that point I didn't care for that aroma. That was it until it really warmed up and the sweet caramel emerged. When the sweet caramel arrived, it took over as boss and kicked out that dried floarl based aroma. I'm really glad that sweet caramel came into the picture because it saved the aroma from disaster.

Taste: It started off harmlessenough with some gentle and subtle dark roasted malts, sweet caramel, wheat bread, and bitter dark chocolate. It was after the dark chocolate when the taste got aggressive with floarl/citrus hops and big daddy alcohol. I was expecting those hops to come in to that play at all. I thought they would just be a minor taste at best. Quite a surprise! So in the end, the taste basically came in purring like a kitten and in the end it came roaring out like a lion.

Mouthfeel: It was a thick and chewey not quite full bodied doppelbock that happened to have a long lingering aftertaste of roasted malts, milk chocolate, and roasted bitter hops. In was in the mouthfeel where I could feel that the beer didn't want to mask it's 8.5% ABV content.

Drinkability: It was nothing short of a great hoopy American doppelbock. Iwouldn't have thought that a hoppy doppelbock would be this good, but Victory sure changed my mind about that subject. Would I buy this one again? I would at a drop of a hat!

AltBock, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of aaronh
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown with an off-white head. Aroma heavy on carmel and toffee notes. Smells almost like perfection, but just a little boozy. tatse is more dark carmel and toffee flavors with just a touch of dark chocolate. Really no roastiness, just creamy malt with a touch of bitterness to wrap things together on the finish. Mouthfeel is very thick and pleasing for a cold-weather beer. Drinkability is good, but the alcohol detracts from the experience just a bit. If it were a bit better disguised (or if I aged the beers a bit more) it would be exquisite.

aaronh, Jan 04, 2008
Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received from DrJay as part of BC2!

Pours a hazy orange brown, nice thick off white head forms, drops slowly leaving tons of lace, great retention, a very nice looking beer. Smell is sweet and malty, lots of toffee, iron, bread, yeast, some spices and dark fruits, very clean, very malty, nice. Taste is very rich, thick caramel, biscuits, raisins, bread, iron, fruits, brown sugar, nice and caramelized, good flavour, solidly balanced finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Not world class but a nicely done doppelbock, thanks Jay!

Viggo, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was treated to this insanely tasty Doppelbock while on a trip to Philly. I was visiting Eulogy Belgian Tavern when I spotted it on the bottle list and decided to give it a try. It poured a dark woody amber with some sizable orange highlights. The foamy off-white possibly more beige head (it was very dark in there) held very well and clung to the glass leaving some nice spotty lace.

Tons of woody, earthy fruit establish themselves instantly in the nose. Sweet honey and starchy molasses. The sweetness is prominent but very different and interesting. Kind of like toasted oats and toffee; very wholesome. Candied fruit also comes through in the middle. Sweet in two different ways. Very complex and unique.

The flavor consists of very sweet clover honey and molasses in the begininng then fades into some very earthy wood notes. Buttered dark bread with apples and caramel. A hint of apricot and raisin shine through as well. Slight bits of a malty fruit/vegetable flavor and cedar. All types of wood, bread/grains, fruit, and varying levels of caramelization. Super complex and absurdly tasty. Even better than the Ayinger Celebrator in my opinion.

Heavy and earthy with moderate carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. The finish is full but crisp with a buttery lingering texture. The flavors and textures are all over the place but they still manage to tie together seamlessly; so complex. Probably the best Doppelbock I've ever had. Really an amazing beer.

letsgopens, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
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.

Gueuzedude, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12Oz bottle chilled ; best before Jan 28, 2008

A: Deep amber pour with a two finger head that recedes slowly

S: Sweet dark malts, predominantly caramel with a hint of bourbon and mild clove notes. Smells good as dessert!

T: Starts out sweet, tickling the palate nicely. There is the slightest bourbon taste that disappears quickly. The finish is a bit of a conundrum - something this sweet shouldn't be as try as it is, which i find interesting. Not as full-bodied as it starts out. Tastes a lot nicer once it starts warming up.

M: Feels smooth in the mouth and the initial carbonation dies off leaving a slightly flat mouthfeel.

D: I'm not the biggest fan of dopplebocks (yet) but this one is easy to drink many of.

DefenCorps, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of kwakwhore
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful reddish brown pour with a light tan head which leaves some lacing down the glass.
Rich malt dominates the aroma, some caramel and sweet scents as well.
Malt dominates the flavor as well, caramel, a bit of licorice, and faint hop bitterness in the finish.
Decent mouthfeel, very smooth on the palate.
Perilously easy to drink especially for the style. For such a strong beer the alcohol is not noticeable at all.
An excellent example of a doppelbock. Another typically excellent beer from Victory.

kwakwhore, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

got this one from Aprilluvsbeer as part of BC2. thanks april!

12oz bottle. that says to enjoy by Jan 22/08.

pours a beautiful deep ruby red, not quite brown, with a small dense off-white head. no lace.

aroma is delightful. lots of great caramel. hints of toffee. multi-grain bread. hint of alcohol.

taste is good. bit of roast. toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. nice light caramel sweetness. low bitterness level. hint of dark chocolate. bit of alcohol, but it's pretty well hidden. hints of dark fruit too. maybe a touch of smoke.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. great malty base. really nice doppel.

grub, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of gmcfarre
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into bowtie glass

A - Pours a dark ruby amber color with a smallish light tan head. Lacing is rather minimal.

S - Lightly roasted, caramelized sugar and grain. A hint of plum and perhaps raisin. Very little hop activity. A touch of earthy peat rounds out the smell.

T - Toasted caramel malt flavor with a strong sweetness. Raisin dark fruit flavors stand out. Alcohol is evident in a slight sharp, burning sensation but its not overpowering. Not much action on the middle of palate as it glides over your tastebuds with a slightly oil effect.

M - Medium to full-bodied (a touch lighter than normal for the style). Moderate alcohol burn as it goes down, with some residual sweetness left on the tongue. Light carbonation.

D - Hmm, not exactly what comes to mind when I think of a Dobbelbock. Almost tastes more like a Scotch Ale at times. Nevertheless, it is pretty drinkable considering the high ABV and slight alcoholic taste. Enjoy on a cold winter night with some hearty sausage or chili.

gmcfarre, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of tayner
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dark amber with small head that laced well

Smelled fresh and bright. it had a floral fragrance as well. had a slight smell of rubber bands too.

tasted slightly spicy (pepper or ginger maybe)

carbonation was good

fit the style well, but apparently just not really my style. i wouldnt decline an offer for this one, but i wouldn't seek it out either.

tayner, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of Rainintheface
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Jan. 22, '08. I'm sufficiently rehydrated after The German Beerfest and the Pats are putting Buffalo away. What's in the fridge?

A: Dark reddish amber with one finger head with minimal lacing. medium carbonation

S: brown sugar molasses, dark fruit, faint chocolate and very malty

T:dark caramels, malt sweetness, faint chocolate

T: full bodied, fairly creamy

D: awesome. very tasty. I bought a single. Next time a sixer.

Rainintheface, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of RedHaze
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by Jan 22 2008

Pours a very attractive copper tinged brown with a thick two finger head that fades slowly to a solid cap. Despite the significant foam topping this, the lacing is minimal.

Smell; sweet caramel and brown sugar up front, followed a nice toasted biscuit aroma. There's also a slight fruitiness in the background with a touch of figs or maybe dates.

Taste; the brown sugar and caramel follow through to the flavor, as well as the toasted biscuits and a little herbal hops. The fruits are more defined in the flavor with dates coming through very nicely, with a hint of raisins.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a low carbonation, giving this a nice smooth creamy feel, and the drinkability is really good. If not for the high abv I would be able to have a few of these in a row.

RedHaze, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark amber-orange. Clear. Very little head; absolutely no head.

Strong metalic aroma. Very little sweet malt. Disappointing.

Better flavor; malty and full bodied. There is good hop balance and enough carbonation to keep the sweetness in check.

This would be a good D-bock if the smell could be rectified.

smcolw, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks, John!

Best by date on this 12oz bottle is Jan 22 08 and it pours a clear deep amber-brown with a nice large head of foam that lasted right through the session as a solid 1 finger layer and it has plenty of nice lacing.

The smell is light to my nose. I'm getting some fruitiness and a bit of roasted malt.

The taste is malty and fruity with some roasty flavour and it's very smooth. Further sips in and as the beer warms, I start to taste some fig, raisin, toffee, and dark fruit as well as *some* chocolate.
Man, this is a very complex Doppelbock and all the different flavours are working very well together. 8.5%abv, eh? I know the style can get up there but it's very well hidden here. Once again, kudos to Wasatch for sending this one. It's a winner for sure.

Bitterbill, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of walshclimb
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.

walshclimb, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of hoppymeal
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.

hoppymeal, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
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.

BlindPig, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
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.

NEhophead, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of illidurit
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.

illidurit, Jul 16, 2007
St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.