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St. Victorious - Victory Brewing Company

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St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

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524 Ratings

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Ratings: 524
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.

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Photo of dbalsock


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
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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
Photo of 99bottles


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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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-07-2014 23:20:59 | More by Yellolab2010
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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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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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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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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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-16-2011 00:29:05 | More by RyanPS
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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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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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3.5/5  rDev -14%

10-19-2013 18:37:54 | More by ajdemma
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this at the Beer & Pop Warehouse in Erie, Pa., and just had to buy the case for $42. Poured into my SA glass at fridge temp. A hard pour produces red hued brew, the color of a ripened peach. Head color is fawn, but the size is small (to be expected for a beer this big). A small amount of lacing left on a swirl, but no big lacing.

The nose is malty as expected, but with an unexpected hop twang in the background. Toffee and cocoa are the malt aromas I'm picking up.

The taste is led by the malty goodness, and like the nose, there's plenty of toffee, caramel and cocoa in there, along with some biscuit flavor. Very complex. German noble hops provide an earthy twang way in the background, perhaps to add to the complexity. If all monks had during Lent was St. Victorious, they'd be living high on the hog ... great flavor. Mouthfeel is a shade over medium. Carbonation is low, adding to the mouthfeel. Hard to give this big boy top marks for drinkability at this strength. A couple of these will probably have you doing a Victory dance. Not a session brew, but I bet some will try to make it into a session brew. It certainly has all the makings.

Victory is one of my favorite craft brewers. All the beers I've had from them are SOLID. This one is no different. If you like doppelbocks, seek this out. If you don't like doppelbocks, seek it out anyway ... you'll be glad you did.

Na Zdravje!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 20:02:54 | More by cooncat
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is simply a great beer. I was given a six pack as a gift and loved every one of those beers.

I tend to drink a lot of IPA's and DIPA's so this was a pleasant change of pace. The appearance of the beer throws you, it looks like it should be much more bitter than it is. It carries a solid, but not over powering essence of malty goodness.

I haven't actually seen this for sale in MA, but it has caused me to try other dopplebocks that are available, like Troegs. If you can get your hands on it, pick it up, you won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 00:40:39 | More by mirish72
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-14-2011 20:12:57 | More by ububru
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice very dark red. Darker than Paulaner's Salvator, which is the other Doppelbock I've had lately. Small head disappeared quickly, but I may not have poured it very well.

Typical syrupy-sweet maltiness, but with a little smokiness underneath.

The smokiness also comes through in the taste, which is an interesting detail. Assertive bitterness in the finish. I may taste a bit of fruitiness as well. There's a lot going on in this beer.

This is a really great doppelbock. Perhaps my 2nd favorite.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 01:18:48 | More by chOAKbarrell
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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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-08-2011 16:25:27 | More by tubbnik
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New Jersey

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

A: Pours a deep ruby red with a cask-like big-bubbled foamy head with little lacing.

S: Rich malt and a bit of booze.

T: Caramel, malt, and warm booze. Not much complexity over the tongue, although the caramel does linger quite a while in the aftertaste.

M: Full-bodied and warming, just as you want in a double bock.

D: I'm having this on a cold winter's evening as snow, sleet, and freezing rain pound on the window. Aside from a roaring fire, I can't think of anything else I'd rather have right now.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 02:43:53 | More by speter
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

01-20-2014 02:49:24 | More by AndersonGT
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

07-28-2013 01:34:57 | More by Buster
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

01-17-2012 00:24:51 | More by Sparger
St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 524 ratings.