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Victor's MemoriAle Altbier - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Victor's MemoriAle AltbierVictor's MemoriAle Altbier

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

74 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kidadam on 02-24-2007)
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

02-21-2012 05:04:13 | More by imperialking
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OHLRangers

Michigan

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass.

Dark reddish-brown color, with a minimal tan head. Aroma is nice, with caramal, chocolate and dark dried fruits dominant. The taste was more roasted than the smell, with a fair hop balance mainly in the background. There is a bit of an alcohol taste in the finish but it isn't overpowering. All in all a very solid beer, though I wouldn't want to drink several of them on a hot summer's night! Would like to see how this one does after being sat down for about 12-18 months.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 18:33:50 | More by OHLRangers
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Cresant

Kentucky

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 18:47:11 | More by Cresant
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Tbone

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 01:29:20 | More by Tbone
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

#12 of 15 Beers for 15 Years series
22oz bomber poured into a 25oz snifter is darker than expected - dark, dark brown and opaque topped with a bubbly ivory head that holds excellent retention and leaves good lacing on the glass. Aromas are fruity, malty, woodsy. Tastes are pleasantly complex with notes of dark fruits, plum, rich dark malt (but not roasted), apple, earthy, tobacco, tea leaf, faint anise and toffee. Mouth-feel is velvety smooth, creamy, nice carbonation allowing flavors to meld on the palate. Overall, I really enjoyed this one for its uniqueness. I wish this was a year rounder - or at least a seasonal offering. Very well crafted!

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 02:42:07 | More by barnzy78
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smmeier819

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A- nearly opaque, deep dark brown color. Dissipating light tan head, minimal lacing on glass

S- MALT!!! Faint floral hop aroma.

T- Rich, chocolaty, malt forward with noticeable hop bitterness note on the back end to balance the richness. No astringency.

M- Wow, this puppy is smooth...What is that? Velvet?

First thoughts, wow this thing is dark for an Alt which in my opinion is a style of beer that often goes overlooked here in the states. The only thing I am sitting here wondering about is if Victor's Memoriale is really an Altbier, why did I get so much yeast flocculated in the dregs of the bottle? Enough nitpicking though, this beer is delicious and deceptively strong...really creeps up on you with that last sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 23:10:51 | More by smmeier819
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mcallister

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 21:11:17 | More by mcallister
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 22:39:50 | More by WanderingFool
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sprucetip

Alaska

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks good enough in low light. Guessing mahogany, and definitely red highlights. Nothing exceptional otherwise.

Not a whole lot going on in the nose. What I get is faint and nearly benign. A little grainy and a little malty. Not much else.

Not bold or complex, but well balanced. It tastes grainy, malty sweet and has faint bitterness that mainly balances.

Low/medium carbonation, medium body, clean finish.

I haven't explored the altbier style much, so thought I'd give this one a go. It is smooth, balanced, easy drinking and has some flavor. I think it is pretty well to-style. It is definitely not complex or boundary pushing. But it is a tasty, balanced, well made beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2012 19:20:09 | More by sprucetip
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 02:53:51 | More by blitheringidiot
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2007 06:47:15 | More by jasonjlewis
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Nipitato

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Dark brown with garnet highlights - it's actually an amber hue when held up to a light. Thin off white head.

S: Strong, strong, malty toasted, roasted, and sweet caramel aroma. More characteristic of a brown ale than a clean alt. Some restrained hop aroma and some dark fruit ester aromas are also present.

T: A very strong flavor profile. Quite bitter but the malt flavor easily stands up. Malt flavor is roasted and sweet (caramel) like the aroma. Not attenuated.

MF: Medium body. Sweetness makes it a little cloying/sticky. Light carbonation with a dry finish.

D/notes: I think attenuation is the big issue here. Those strong flavor characteristics need some more alone time and a reduction in sweetness would help in terms of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 16:40:58 | More by Nipitato
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2007 20:42:05 | More by rhoadsrage
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beersdmf17

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

05-29-2014 21:52:13 | More by beersdmf17
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matjack85

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

02-03-2013 00:35:05 | More by matjack85
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sgoro

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-22-2012 01:55:04 | More by sgoro
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pathman

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-16-2013 02:21:56 | More by pathman
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

12-25-2012 19:48:29 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 20:57:32 | More by ppoitras
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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

I'm glad I have a chance to taste how this beer is supposed to taste. I left my original post below which I rated 1.5 or so. With the #12 of 15 retro release the beer is quite drinkable. Great malt character and easy to drink....love those retro releases.

Found a bottle of this in Indianapolis...no date on the bottle, so I have no idea how old it is...yeah....overprimed....smelled like fermented milk...the appearance was nice very dark with red hughes....tasted awful. Perhaps it was good when fresh....but nasty now!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 00:48:15 | More by WoodBrew
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I wanna see if we can get a count of the number of new portmanteau words coined by brewers over the years for their beers' names... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear deep garnet topped by a finger-and-a-half of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises earthy greens, toffee, tea, and a kiss of clove. The taste holds notes of light tea, dry caramel, light earthy greens, light brown sugar, minerals, and a splash of cola. The body is a light medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, this was a pretty enjoyable alt, though it did at times come to resemble a dark mild that had been mixed with a cola. Still, not a bad combination in practice...

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 14:20:02 | More by TMoney2591
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mdm46410

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a shaker. This beer poured a deep, dark, mahogany brown hue with a thin head of tan foam that quickly faded into a lasting ring. Some clingy lace was left around the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of toasted caramel, light chocolate, brown sugar, and some fruit. The flavor consisted of bittersweet chocolate, lightly bitter roasted malts, caramelized sugar, dark fruits, and a bit of alcohol. The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied with minimal carbonation. Different and a little unusual. Way over the top for the style, but that's what the brewer intended.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 23:37:24 | More by mdm46410
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2007 19:38:35 | More by BeerBelcher
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PHBoiler

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

01-15-2013 22:20:57 | More by PHBoiler
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Victor's MemoriAle Altbier from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.