Victor's MemoriAle Altbier - Two Brothers Brewing Company
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4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
It was a hot August day at the North Aurora Beer Fest yesterday, and about a dozen brewers were showing their wares. Points to the local Miller guys for showing up, even though they were outclassed. The Two Brothers rep (Jim and Jason were busy doing demolition in the new digs for their expanded brewery) was very proud that he snagged the second-to-last keg of Victor's Memoriale Altbier for this fest.
The beer poured a cola-brown color with a tan, long-lasting head. Great biscuity malt aroma and flavor, with just enough hops and roast grain bitterness to balance. The dryness helped offset the weight that must have gone along with all that malt, making it an easy drinker out in the summer heat and sun. No idea that it was nearly 8% ABV until I looked at the stats on the beer here before I posted. Maybe if there's enough of an outcry we can get Jason to brew this one again like we did with Cane & Ebel.
08-05-2007 21:15:12 | More by MillRat
3.8/5 rDev -6.6%
Label explains that this alt is brewed in memory of their grandfather who was a dairy farmer.
Bomber bottle pour of deep mahogany eggplant topped with an ivory khaki splotchy cap that instantly settles to a collar with a coating.
Nose appears with a light toasted caramel and red grape aroma, but seems to be lacking a malt front.
First swigs: Toasted malt with some grain breakfast cereal aspects of Wheaties. Light buttery caramel. Some rock candy sugar aspects, perhaps from some unfermented sugar? Finish of walnut shell finally wraps up the show.
Feel is brisk and bitter fast finish with a ton of tea bag like astringency and raw unbridled oatmeal.
Last swigs: A porter meets altbier, but an altbier in the end. Now if I could only remember where this bottle came from? Clocking in at 7.8% ABV is impressive.
07-26-2007 02:53:51 | More by blitheringidiot
4/5 rDev -1.7%
A 22 oz bottle from a trade with Autumnaldave.
A: The altbier is a dark cola color, deep brown with an orange highlight or two when light shines through. The head is nearing two fingers on pour and laces nicely in the glass.
S: A strong malty body emerges from the ale, providing a biscuity nose that has a subtle tart element and some dark alefruits lingering around.
T: The body is thick and dripping with malts. The flavors are biscuity with a great deal of grainy bread. The strength of the malts creates a dry, near tart mouthfeel that fosters some raisin and brown sugar flavors. The finish kicks up a bitter hop flavor that gives a nice flourish on the way down before deferring to the raisins as a lingering taste.
M: A solid malt body that holds its strength throughout and a big hop finish, the mouthfeel is grainy and full.
D: The full mouthfeel and higher abv leave me content with the one bomber that I have. The bier is quite good however, a must-see for fans of the alt style.
07-01-2007 01:35:41 | More by akorsak
3.65/5 rDev -10.3%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear burgundy brew. Head holds well, with ample lacing. Aroma is lightly of dark malty and fruitiness. Taste starts with fruity roastiness, goes a bit dry in the middle, and closes with hints of hoppiness. As it warms, the nuttiness comes out and balances the fruit well. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both okay, but this one just doesn't come together well for me. The late arrival nuttiness helps though.
06-27-2007 20:57:32 | More by ppoitras
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
As far as Altbiier goes this is one of the better ones i have had. Probably the darkest Alt Ive ever seen but i dont think it detracts in any way. There is some nice lace remaining on the sides of the glass. And the foam itself is quite dark.
The nose is mostly roasted malts with some hints of cherry and pine resin. Very nicely done. This is an Alt with a lot of complexity. Reminds me of an imperial stout to some degree with its depth and complexity.
The taste is molasses and more dark malts with a somewhat nutty finish. Reminds me of hazelnuts and almonds. Unfortunately its not too drinkable with this high ABV and resultant sticky sweetness. Still one of the better Alts Ive tried. Very Good !!!
06-23-2007 22:27:49 | More by rousee
3.83/5 rDev -5.9%
Victor's MemoriAle pours a dark mahogany color with a small, thin light tan head on top. The beer almost looks black in the glass. On top, the head dissolves quickly to a foamy ring around the beer leaving only a few spots of lace on the glass.
The aroma is malty with notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar and a touch of raisin fruityness. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is slightly chewy with a moderate fizz on the middle of the tongue. The flavor is mainly malt. It begins with caramel and roast malt with some chocolate and brown sugar mixed in. In the middle dark fruit notes of raisin take over, before the hops announce themselves with some bitter nutty notes of pistachio. Once gone a caramel-raisin flavor lingers on the palate.
This is a tasty, well balanced beer. Reminds me of a Belgian Dubble. I thought the appearance was a bit flat and mouthfeel a little thin. Otherwise a great brew.
06-07-2007 22:39:50 | More by WanderingFool
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
pours a clear yet almost opaque dark brown color with less than a finger whispiy light tan head that fades quickly to surface. Nice lacing observed.
The smell has creamy, mild roast malt, chocolate and cola characteristics.
The mouth feel is medium bodied with a nice hop characteristic and a tingle from the carbonation.
The flavor is malty and sweet with subtle milky cream notes.
Drinkability - very nice; a new style for me. I'll be out on the hunt for the next opportunity for this. The 7.8% is hidden from the
05-22-2007 23:16:37 | More by jjayjaye
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
22 oz bottle pours a clear and radiant ruby brown body with a 2 cm beige head. Good retention and lots of spotty lacing.
Aroma features chocolate, McIntosh apples, floral hops and a hint of roast.
Mouthfeel has a satiny crisp carbonation and medium body.
Taste is caramel and chocolate, dark fruits, fruity red apples, walnuts, and spicy and floral hops. Some doppelbock character here. Alcohol is hidden well. Very Germanic all the way through.
One of the best alts I've had. Very well done!
05-21-2007 12:54:40 | More by merlin48
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Pours a hazy brown, some red highlights, thin tan head, nice lacing, settles to a ring. Smell is malty, toffee, bread, some iron, dark fruits, minor roast, yeast, neat. Taste is very malty, roast, toffee, some fruits, bread, bit of chocolate, solid bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, low carbonation, alcohol is well hidden, shows itself as some fruitiness. Nice shot at doing an 8% altbier, this works pretty well. Doesn't come across as too big for the style.
05-21-2007 00:31:10 | More by Viggo
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
Served in a pint glass at Sheffield's 5/18/07.
A: Served a dark black with a 1/2 finger cap of tan-colored foam.
S: Nice aromas of toasted malt, rye bread, caramel, toffee, and cola nut.
T: Flavors of toasted malt, chocolate, black cherry, cola, caramel apples, mild roast coffee, rye tang, and slightly bitter hops.
M: Smooth, sweet, with a bitter zing.
D: This is a very refreshing beer.
05-20-2007 15:37:05 | More by GbVDave
4.72/5 rDev +16%
Deep, transparent chestnut brown capped by a short but lively head. Spotty lacing but steady streams of bubbles follow.
Mild malt sweetness in the nose, prunes followed by a scent reminiscent of piles of raked leaves. Soft nuttiness kicks in as it warms up with still more sweetness (maple syrup?).
Oh, that's exceptional! Warm malty tones with exquisite, refined sweetness that reminds me of the Italian liqueur, Nocello (a walnut drink). The best qualities of my favorite brown ales are highlighted here with the unmistakable German characteristics of a great doppelbock. The alcohol isn't detectable in the slightest way and dark fruit and bread notes sing through the finish. Love it.
Mouthfeel is super with just the right level of carbonation and thickness to balance each other out. As previously noted, ABV isn't apparent making this a deadly drinkable beer. The Ebels appear to be the real deal; if they were to focus solely on the beers that make up their seasonal/artisan roster I have little doubt they could become a phenomenon.
05-01-2007 19:35:50 | More by malcontent
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
Quite dark brown with a deceent head, but one that dissipates quickly. There are aromas of rye, an undefined graininess, mint, and some sweet maltiness toward the end. Really nice flavors here with lightly toasted grain, some bitter hops in the background, and some nice bubblegum flavors on the finish. The mouthfeel has good body, but its a little grainy and perhaps a tad heavy for the style. Very drinkable, just delicious. In the U.S., just rivaled by the 10 year alt from Victory.
04-24-2007 21:03:59 | More by Georgiabeer
3.03/5 rDev -25.6%
I like altbier's, and I really like other Two Brother's beers I've tried, so I was really excited when I heard about this one. It was pretty good, but I couldn't help feeling a little disappointed by this beer.
It pours a coffee brown with a very minimal head (less than a cm). Aroma is light, pleasant, and toffee-ish. Flavor is slightly sour and heavily caramel-y...more like a bock than I expected. The sourness seems slightly off to me, and I must say that the mouthfeel is over-carbonated, which is odd given the small amount of head when I poured it. This beer is also sticky in your mouth, which in my opinion is consistent with the style. Still, I must say i was a bit disappointed with the flavor of this beer.
04-22-2007 19:38:35 | More by BeerBelcher
3.78/5 rDev -7.1%
Decent initial head with GREAT lacing.
Smell is faint of mainly chocolate malts and a faint hoppiness. Nice, but a little faint.
Taste is very chocolate malty with a hop balance. low bitterness, but nice balance. The alcohol is blended in very well.
Mouthfeel is a little thin, but this beer is fairly easy to drink. It's worth a try.
04-21-2007 06:47:15 | More by jasonjlewis
3.88/5 rDev -4.7%
Beautiful shade of cola. Has the cherry hints and all but a much nicer off white head that leaves some sticky lace behind and.
Dark bread full of spicey aromas. Even hints of cola in the nose. Nose however doesn't have much more than that going on. There are some dates with a bit of raisin. Nice aroma but lacking in overall complexity.
Nice alt. Very drinkable. Smooth as a whistle and not as chewy as I like my alts. Again there is the cola, with a tobacco hint. Some dates as well as prune. Dark yeasy breads. Lacking depth of mouthfeel but has a finesse too it that is unmatched.
04-08-2007 21:11:17 | More by mcallister
4.22/5 rDev +3.7%
This one pours a nice medium to dark brown. Purists would say it's too dark; they would probably also call this a dopplesticke, as it is rather strong. I didn't get much a head with my pour, but what foam was generated seem to last, leaving some thick lace. The body is just about right, medium, with a smooth as satin mouthfeel. The malt flavor seems predominant with burnt caramel and hints of chocolate and coffee (just little bits though). The bitterness at the finish is solid and nicely assertive. Overall, one of the Two Brothers best offerings so far.
04-01-2007 04:22:21 | More by marcobrau
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a stange. No date. The body was an iced down cola color with red highlights. The first pour produced very little off-white head. The second (and third) produced a huge fizzy head that left sticky lace.
Smell was toasty, sweet malts. A totally unique aroma-- almost like a clean wet dog and cherries. Cream of wheat, A pleasant sourness appeared. Very interesting.
Taste was sweet up front, with a tangy finish. Black cherries. Very well hidden alcohol. Understated, yet present hops. Rich, interesting flavors.
Mouthfeel was smooth with a slightly oily feel. Medium carbonation. I have really enjoyed every Two Brothers beer I have tried. Good stuff.
03-29-2007 18:47:11 | More by Cresant
4.68/5 rDev +15%
I do love alts. But I tend to like them on the smaller side. But Cain and Ebel haven't let me down yet.
And they certainly deliver on this one. It manages to have a lot going on while remaining quite quaffable, which to me is what alts should be all about.
It is fairly dry, kicking off with an acidic chocolate tingle on the tongue with a strong earthy blast of noble hops. The finish is light and powdery and just a tad bit sweet.
Every time I take a sip, I notice something different. Strongly acidic black patent, chhocolate, earthy hops, sweet malts, so good. One sip it is like a good German pilsner, and at another like a robust english porter, and at the next like the doppelsticke it is.
A great, great beer.
03-25-2007 04:07:54 | More by shbobdb
4.2/5 rDev +3.2%
Mahogany. Perfectly clear mahogany. Brilliant looking. Bubbly beige head leaves nice rings of lace. Nice whiff of malt and hops. Toffee blends with a little nougat like maltiness and caramel on the nose with a backdrop of slight minty hops. Good nose. The taste up front is that of toffee and nuts and caramel and nougat. Even with the 34 IBUs, this is a malt dominated beer. And that's not a bad thing either. The hops add balance to this beer and a little dryness to the finish. Somewhat velvety mouthfeel. Medium-full body. At 7.8% a/v, this is quite a hefty alt. Sticke like in strength and texture. Not quite as good as Uerige, but this stuff is pretty damn good.
03-20-2007 02:33:46 | More by Bighuge
4.53/5 rDev +11.3%
Recently picked up this 22oz bomber. Always like to find a new treat from Two Brothers, the artisnal series has produced some really good brews. This one pours into my glass a extremely dark brown with some dark red hues. A nice half inch of foam tops the brew. Wonderful clarity as well. Aromas explode from the glass big spicy, roasty dark bready malts. Chocolate, roasted nuts and a touch of coffee come through as well.
First sip brings a spicy, dark bread maltiness upfront that's nice and roasted as well. Chocolate flavors move in along with a hint of bitter coffee as well. Somewhat nutty, it flows down with a nice herbal, noble hop bitterness. Light hints of dark fruits are there as well. Wonderfully balanced with a great flavor...this is a damn fine brew!
Mouthfeel is great. Wonderful medium body and smooth carbonation. This one goes down incredibly easy and is quite refreshing. An intensely tasty, big altbier...I could get myself into trouble drinking this one I imagine. I'm sitting here kicking myself for only buying one bottle, it's time to go pick up some more. One of the best altbiers I have ever sampled. Cheers to the memory of Victor and everyone at Two Brothers...keep 'em coming!
03-20-2007 00:12:18 | More by orbitalr0x
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
This serving was poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves less than a one finger head that quickly recedes into a foam ring at the edge, and not much lacing. Body is a deep brown with purpley highlights. Nice looking.
Smell - hearty maltbread and spicy alcohol. Seemingly straightforward and simple.
Taste - as promised by the nose. Very hearty maltbread. Some black pepper. Also, some alcohol spiciness. Very simple, but delicious and hearty.
Mouthfeeel - medium to full bodied, slightly semi-dry.
Drinkability - this is a very good beer, very hearty, very solid. High abv limits the sessionability.
03-15-2007 19:44:20 | More by ultralarry2006
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
Appearance: deep mahogany, brilliantly clear; thin ivory head.
Smell: Very slight sweet malt aroma; no hop aroma whatsoever.
Taste: Roast and chocolate malts dominate, with hints of coffee and licorice; very clean with minimal esters; slight alcohol burn; no hop taste or bitterness up front, but blunt bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Rather full, especially for an Altbier.
Drinkability: Hides its alcohol well; at 7.8% ABV, I can easily drink the 22 oz. bomber in one sitting.
Overall: I'm thrilled to see an American craft brewer attempting a Sticke Altbier. While I've only had a few other varietals (and I'm using Zum Uerige as the standard), this seems a bit too malty to fit the style. A more pronounced noble hop presence along with a slightly thinner body would put this in the same league as anything from Duesseldorf. Style guidelines aside, the beer is delicious. I would almost categorize it as an ale equivalent of a Doppelbock. It's not going to displace Zum Uerige Sticke in my cellar, but a wonderful offering in its own right.
03-13-2007 01:42:27 | More by Windigstadt
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
Pours a very dark amber with crimson highlights when held to the light.
Light tan, moderately sized head leaves some lacing on the glass.
The nose is quite minimal.
The taste is not complex, but very cohesive and well balanced. The mild hops (34 IBU) and toasted cereal malts do not compete for attention.
Definitely richer than any real German Alt, but kind of like an uber-alt thats bigger in all dimensions but retains the relative balance among the flavor components.
The mouthfeel may be its best attribute, wonderfully soft and full.
A very drinkable brew that belies its 7.8% abv
03-08-2007 01:29:20 | More by Tbone
3.75/5 rDev -7.9%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a dark brown body with a thin head of tan foam that fades to a ring after a bit. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.
S- The soft notes of dry dark roasted malt has hints of light toasted malt in the background. The aroma is nice but pretty soft.
T- The smooth dark toasted malt flavor has hints of chocolate malt and a note of prunes in the background. The finish is a very light dry spice note that might be from hops followed by a soft bitterness from hops. There is a light biscuit malt note and a soft nougat note that comes through when it warms and each add a nice bit of depth.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat in the finish.
D- This beer has a smooth but light flavor. Even though it has a nice malt quality there isn't much depth.
03-05-2007 20:42:05 | More by rhoadsrage
Victor's MemoriAle Altbier from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.