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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

523 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 523
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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Loco_Joe

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-10-2014 16:50:08 | More by Loco_Joe
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mobyfann

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid around $11 for a 6 pack in Maryland...

The beer pours a clear chocolate colored base, with minimal head retention and lacing on the glass. The aroma is bold with sweet caramel and roasted malts.

The beer is creative and almost true to pure style, it's starts off slightly syrupy and transforms into a blast of malts and settles on a sweet aftertaste... it's a great sequence in consummate and dry enough to let it stick to your palette, what a gem! Is this a double bock at 8.5%? Very easy going down the hatch and an ideal session beer for its style... so impressed!

Final Thought: Remarkably modest in it's presentation, this beer knocks your socks off!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 22:48:26 | More by mobyfann
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mdvatab

Indiana

4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint.
Best by 12/17/2011

Aroma: Sweet molasses, carmelized sugar, black cherry, & vanilla.

Appearance: 1.5 finger of light tan foamy head gradually settles to 1 finger. Beautifully clear, reddish-amber body.

Flavor: Rich, chewy caramel supported by a hoppy balance. Manages to achieve a rich, malty sweetness without being cloying. Dried black cherry with herbal hop in the background. Reminiscent of iced tea on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Medium-full delicious body.

Overall: EXTREMELY tasty! Complexity of aroma, substantial body, maltiness w/ balance, and it begs you to have another sip. Definitely one of my new favorites. Thanks for the trade, Curious Monk!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 02:38:35 | More by mdvatab
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep reddish-copper with big carbo-bubble head that settles very fast.

something in the nose is very enticing. at first (oddly) like beef jerky. then it's more like dark dried fruit. earthy malt sense.

oh this is much more than i imagained. again, getting this interesting (in a good way!) beef broth sense. then the fruity-alcohol esters kick in nicely. this is pretty impressive. i didn't expect such a hard-hitter. can't say the alcohol is the answer. very well hidden. but has that same viscous sense as, say, a DFH raison d'etre. there is heft. my o my, another swallow and i get tangy marinated-in-vodka berries. alot going on here, unfolding as it warms up slightly. perfect for watching the Olympics.

mouthfeel simply supports the whole, completing it. and making this stealthy doppelbock a very drinkable, daring session brew. a great brew to be stuck with during and after two blizzards. inadvertent monastery?

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 00:33:59 | More by mempath
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No drink by date on the bottle. A generous pour led to a two finger, rich, light brown head that leaves a good amount of sticky lace and excellent retention. Color is a dark reddish brown.

Aroma is some light alcohol with garlic and pepper. The smell is earthy and slightly buttery.

Taste is a nice blend of malts and hops with an obvious lean toward the malt. I detect some warming alcohol presence as well.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy and exerts its tanginess as it warms up. Excellent beer here.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 16:10:50 | More by abcsofbeer
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mquinn919

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-14-2013 01:35:51 | More by mquinn919
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ToddT

Pennsylvania

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

A- pours a coppery color with a thin cream colored head that disapates quickly with no lacing.

S- lite wiffs of caramel and malt with a slightly fruity undertone.

T- Sweeter that expected with a malty finish but no hint of the 8.5% ABV.

M- Meduim carbonation, not thick and chewy, not watery, somewhere in the middle.

D- A little too sweet for a session beer, but at 8.5% it's not trying to be one. The sweetness is the only thing that slows me down on this one.

A good one from Victory but not my favorite one.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 04:51:33 | More by ToddT
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

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

WOW thats a lot of malt! This beer pours a dark amber color with a strange haze in it. The smell is overpowering, and its simply all malt, no hops or spices. The taste is the same. In fact, if I didn't know any better I would have to say this is simply a malt beverage (although the 8.5% abv proves different). Pretty syrup-like consistancy as well, but the little bit of carbonation ensures that the taste doesn't get to old on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2006 18:13:30 | More by Toddv29424
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kiddynamite920

Pennsylvania

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

A: Pours a dark, ruddy brown. Head is nice and tight and frothy, just a bit off-white. Deep, dark and complex looking.

S: Good sweet caramel malt aroma, bit of a kick of alcohol. Noticing some cherries, some honey and a bit of a bready aroma. Very complex malt profile, and haven't even gotten to the hops yet. I think I may be confusing some of the hotness with the hops present. I know Victory loves their hops, and wouldn't skimp even on a doppelbock. Good bitter hops that balance the malt sweetness very nicely. Super complex aroma.

T: Sweet malts and burnt sugar, some caramel. More of a burnt, bitter sugar though. Very hoppy for a doppelbock, but the hops only hit in the middle. You are hit with a delicate sweetness first, hops follow and a thick sugary sweetness remains on the back of the tongue after swallowing. Definitely has nice lager characteristics. Hops are kept at a low enough level for the bready malts to shine. Still has a good wet grain type flavor that I find in most lagers. Very flavorful.

M: I would venture to say that this beer is borderline chewy. The initial sip presents itself with a plain lager mouthfeel, but after swallowing you begin to notice how well it coats the mouth. The beer is quite thick. Well crafted Doppelbock.

D: I am enjoying sipping on this beer while watching a movie, but I could see putting a few of these back and regretting it. The alcohol is hidden very well so beware. Almost the same experience as with Troeganator, but I find this beer has so much more complexity to offer. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 03:40:04 | More by kiddynamite920
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mjc410

Vermont

3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The pour into my Mahr's Der Weisse Bock glass, not even terribly hard, raises a towering 1.5 inch head that settles visibly. It's a medium-light tan, and leaves virtually no lacing. Below, the body is a lovely deep ruby-brown. The nose is a bit acidic and malty, but not as much as expected. There's also a normal, grainy lager scent. The taste is sweet and malty, with an obvious alcoholic kick. Despite being a lager, it has a bit of a berry flavor to it. Even with the alcohol coming through as it does, the taste works for me. Not great, but good. The mouth is on the thick side, close to being syrupy, but in a good way. The carbonation is perfect. A workable DB, but not among Vic'ry's best.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 19:23:05 | More by mjc410
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dbalsock

Vermont

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was sooo good.

Appearance: Dark dark brown with a slight tan head.

Smell: Rich malts, molasses, brown sugar, alcohol and sweet bread all hit the nose, but leave any sense of hops behind (if they were even there to begin with).

Taste: Molasses and brown sugar are intense on the palate, but a hint of alcohol evens it out. It kinda tastes like an amazing brownsugar bread-pudding.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth on the palate with almost no bitterness, just enough to make me think about it. Very light, subdued alcohol with carbonation that is a little too heavy.

Drinkability: I found this very easy to drink. There's nothing harsh about it, and nothing unpleasant. The carbonation is a little heavy, but that's all that keeps it from being perfect.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 17:21:23 | More by dbalsock
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tayner

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 10:17:56 | More by tayner
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Jesse13713

Ohio

2.65/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - There isn't much head here. The brew pours a very pleasing light brown and ambery red color. It also leaves a pleasant film on the glass and looks consistent with average carbonation.

Smell - It's a bit malty and nutty, but not much going on here. A slight hint of wheat and barley as well.

Taste - It is quite alcoholic and fairly nutty. However, at the same time, it can be very smooth despite being so alcoholic. It is more reminiscent of a nutbrown ale rather than a doppelbock. I would start to taste dark fruits but was then overcome by the taste of alcohol; so much so that at one point the taste reminded me of vodka.

Mouthfeel- A good balance of malts and dark fruits. Tasted very alcoholic at first but then balanced out more as I got used to the taste.

Drinkability - Not very drinkable. I would not drink it frequently and it was a little difficult to get through the whole thing because of how alcoholic it tasted. The nut and fruit tastes were very subtle and I would have preferred the alcohol not overcome them.

St. Victorious has a lot of good things going for it. It has a complex mixture of wheat and dark fruit hints to it. However, I was quite disappointed that these tastes weren't balanced well with the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 15:27:03 | More by Jesse13713
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99bottles

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance: On tap at the brewpub, this is served in a tall and slender pint, and has the most beautiful dark garnet body. Atop the beer a tight yellowish-tan head fades to a persistent lace. Beautiful.

Smell: This smells absolutely divine. A full nose of plum and fruit, smooth, rich malts beyond anything I've ever smelled before. Candied sugars and syrup. A sharp malted phenolic twinge prickles the nose.

Taste: This is outstanding. I don't even particularly like the dopplebock style, but this is so good that I ended up taking a six pack home. The rich smells are laid down gently in the taste; smooth candied plums and raisins, some soft carmel, a bit of orange, with a smoothness that is transcendent. What's more, this ends with a bit of a smokey note. This is balanced impeccably. The hops are tight and hide behind all the malted flavor, yet they are there to add structure and to make this so smooth. The complexity is different than say a Celebrator, it's less intense and less viscous, yet equally flavorful. Quite an accomplishment.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: I've never had such a malty beer that drank so lightly. This is amazing, considering that it's up around 9%. This is the antithesis of cloying. This is so nice, with just enough carbonation to keep it on the tip of the tounge, that it is just utterly drinkable, even for a style I've never found drinkable. This is great. This is incredible. I'm interested to see if the bottles are just as nice. I would think so. Make the pilgramage before it's too late.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2005 00:17:51 | More by 99bottles
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gmcfarre

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 22:40:09 | More by gmcfarre
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doppelmeup

North Carolina

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark reddish brown colored brew. Half inch of white head that disspated fairly quickly leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.

Aroma of sweet malt, some brown sugar. Very much a doppelbock aroma, but not overpowering.

Great tasting beer. Similar to smell. Sweet malt, brown sugar, Surprisingly some hints of smoke.

Excellent mouthfeel. Not too thick, but plenty of body. One of the better doppelbocks I've had.

This is going down really well. Very drinkable. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 21:44:05 | More by doppelmeup
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Yellolab2010

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-07-2014 23:20:59 | More by Yellolab2010
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Dan3279

Ohio

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

Poured the 12oz bottle into into a snifter glass to find a deep, dark, clear amber body that had a small tan head that left no lacing. The aroma had a great malty sweetness to it with hints of caramel. I thought that the taste was great, you pick up everything from the aroma but its kicked it up several notches. There are some great malty flavors and the sweetness of caramel and toffee. There also seem to be some bread notes along with small hints of chocolate and dried fruits. The mouth feel was solid, its was an easy beer to drink and I could easily enjoy several of these in one sitting. Also you would never guess that the ABV is at 8.5%, it is hidden so well.

Overall this is a great beer and a solid doppelbock. I will defiantly be on the look out for this one again and I would recommend it for anyone who loves doppelbocks & German beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 00:08:27 | More by Dan3279
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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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Biscuit033

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: growler

01-23-2008 23:51:55 | More by Biscuit033
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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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RyanPS

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-16-2011 00:29:05 | More by RyanPS
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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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TheMistler

District of Columbia

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

Poured with little head, slightly off-white. Thin ring, the odd whisp top this pleasingly colored lager, clear ruby red.

A spicy sweet nose. Maple. Some citrus. Raisins. Fruit cakey bread notes.

Raisins, dates, dark chocolate. Slight peppery notes may be the only way that the ABV pronounces itself. Roasted quality.

Medium bodied, with a nice and appropriate level of CO2 prickliness. Tasty. With the well-hidden ABV, I could definitely see myself drinking this a bit faster than it should be consumed.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 18:46:02 | More by TheMistler
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ajdemma

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-19-2013 18:37:54 | More by ajdemma
St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.