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

22oz picked in Columbus OH. From the re-release series.
A sturdy mohoghanny pour, about a finger of cream colored head.

Aroma, quite malty, toffee. Herbally notes, tea, leather.

Taste, Peaty, tobacco, leather up front. Toasted malt and toffee. Pretty strong walnut. A faint anise and cocoa.

Maybe a little lighter than mid body, a nice amount of carbonation. A tad watery may be the only flaw. Drinks get easily.

Not as good as the Sticke brews from Germany, but it is close. Very well done.

Bung, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of illini4x4
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

illini4x4, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Stevie_Janowski, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
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...

TMoney2591, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
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!

barnzy78, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
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!

WoodBrew, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1.7%

imperialking, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of MeisterSmudge
4/5  rDev -1.7%

MeisterSmudge, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of Dotcubed
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big fan of the brewery, they've made some great stuff.

I bought this out west, no idea where. Maybe the Four Firkins, probably not Detroit.
Like the brewery and haven't had this style before, that i can recall.

Sam Adams glass seems like a good idea...
Funk fruit smell. Syrup. Hint of carbonation. No foam.
Plesant aroma, malt. Very ripe cherries, some tartness.

Some good results here.
Slight effervescence, dry, fruity, burnt marshmello.
Nothing what I would expect from a beer past it's prime.
Deeply complex, bitter and sweet. Fancy chocolate esque.

Good body to it. Not overly heavy.

What I would like to drink on a farm after a hard day.

Dotcubed, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice creamy 1 finger head that has good retention. A dark murky brown color with hints of reddish hue.

N: Lots of sweet malts and fruit really stand out. Almost raspberries, sour cherries, raisins, and other reddish fruits. Some almost tangy sour aromas come through as well. A little deeper comes slight chocolate malts and some roast. A touch of some hoppy aromas as well.

T: Wow, lots of different flavors. Lots of malts to start, some dark malts, roasted, toasted, chocolate, creamy, etc. Then some fruit, sour cherry, raspberry, other fruit flavors. Some cereal taste. Some hops and a pretty good bitterness as well. Earthy flavors, prolly from the hops, and some creamy roasted flavors. More slightly tangy sour fruit flavors. Quite a few flavors blended pretty nicely.

M: GOod body, some carbonation.

F: Pretty bitter on the finish, with more earthy spicy hops. Pretty dry but maintains a good malty sweetness feel and a slight syrupy feel. The sour flavors linger only long enough for the long bitterness to seem to take over and ride out the finish.

jlindros, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of baos
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint 6 Fluid ounces into Kayla's ringed pint glass.

A: Dark Ruby tinted brown with a two fingered head tan head that sticks around pretty good. Lacing on this one is some of the best I've seen lately.

S: Dark coffee bit of chocolate and vanilla liqueur maltiness.

T: Vanilla beans and dried dark fruitiness along with hop spice on the get go. This mellows into malt for a dry almost oaky finish. There is a definite oak flavor here. A tad astringent and a lot good.

M: Medium-light feel.

D: This is a good beer. I enjoy drinking the brothers Ebel's brews.

baos, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great ruby amber color beneath a nice two finger head that slowly recedes to nothing. You can barely see the bubbles in this dark ruby beer. The aroma is an awesome fruity, nutty, toasted malt extavaganza! The taste starts with a toasted plum with maybe some brown sugar. The middle mixes in some hazelnuts that move to very grainy but still pleasantly sweet. Nice mouthfeel that is grainy sweet and very well carbonated. Great integration ofthe abv. too. A session beer in flavor and palate. But the abv. makes that pretty unadvisable.

scruffwhor, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of beachbum1975
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What's with the rash of recent Alt beers for me lately? Hmm, no idea.

I grabbed this one at Jungle Jim's some time back. Because of the "HORRIFIC" ice storm in Cincinnati, I figured I'd have a few beers as it's illegal to go and drive for any reason (Good times!!!). 22 ounce brown bomber with no freshness date.

Per the label, this beer was dedicated to the two bros' uncle who was a dedicated and proud farmer out in Nebraska. Keeping in sync with the dedication, I raise my glass to you, Uncle Victor - this one's for you!

Pours a rich, highly cloudy dark brown with orange and cherry highlights. Though the initial pour didn't yield much head, the 1/16 inch, tan lingering head had good retention. This is definitely the darkest brown Alt I've had (although this is only my third alt-style beer ever!)...

The nose was a nice mix of semi-sweet malts, light floral hops and a little bitterness. It might just be me, but I almost detect a roasted chocolate malt presence, as well.

Medium to full bodied beer with medium flavor. Moderate carbonation on the mouth, as well. Nut brown flavors mixed with light chocolate malts, like the nose. Very smooth flavor and enjoyable. The slightest bit of drying, bitter hops is detected in the middle and end.

For what it's worth, I like the nut brown and almost chocolate aspects mixed together.

This is my favorite alt style beer to date. It's a relatively straight forward beer that can be sipped or sessioned.

beachbum1975, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acquired this one in a trade a while back and put it in the fridge and to be honest I had forgotten about it. Last night I decided to go ahead and open it when I reached in as I thought it was a Green Flash, boy was I happy. Twenty Two ounce bottle was served slightly chilled in a pint glass. Consumed on 08/20/2008.

Huge rich billowing head was the biggest thing to take away from this one. Really just a mammoth explosion of froth that never really would die down, or hell even calm down. Lots of cloudiness and haze in here as well, really very nice looking, easily one of the best of the style I have ever seen. Lots of carbonation was evident as well. This was really just perfect looking I have to say.

The aroma was charged. Lots of really sweet malt notes playing around in here. Just a tremendous amount of caramel and fruity tones. Figs, grapes, hell almost a wine like aroma coming off of this. Great flavor, in fact I had a hard time not going with a five here. Just an explosion of caramel, and candied sugar. Light fruit notes swirling around with almost a hint of a smoked flavor in there. Long drawn out finish was just what the doctor ordered here with a huge bomb of a bitter taste at the end that rolled up with a kettle corn like flavor that stuck with me until the end. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation, I could really never get sick of sipping on this one for the rest of my life. Truly unique and utterly exceptional in every way.

I was blown away by this overall. I think I may have found my new favorite style. One of the easiest drinking, most complex beers I have had in years. Hands down this was great.

mikesgroove, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of OHLRangers
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.

OHLRangers, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of waldoiverson
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from bomber into pint glass.

Appearance: appears somewhat viscous from pour with minimal and creamy brown head. excellent lacing with minimal carbonation apparent

Smell: caramel and brown sugar with little alcohol. smells rich and inviting.

Taste: roasted maltiness with bitterness in the finish but not much hop.

Mouthfeel: rather heavy body that coats the mouth in a good way. the appearance is backed up with the mouthfeel

Drinkability: A great beer for a cooler day, I was excited to try and consumed on a warmer day. The roasted notes and thick mouthfeel were a bit much for summer in chicago. i def. want some of these around for fall and will be putting a few away for a nice cool day of watching college football.

waldoiverson, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of mdm46410
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.

mdm46410, May 26, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, clear, ruby-oak brown color with a fuzzy light tan head that leaves nice lacing.

The smell is sweet and caramely with soft dark fruits and darkly toasted and chocolatey malts, and gentle, woody, overtones.

The flavor has some sweet caramel and light, bittersweet, cocoa along with red grape and red apple fruitiness. A mild amount of darkly toasted bread bitterness finishes with a light, fresh woody quality.

This is my first altbier so I didn't really no what to expect from the style, but this one is a well crafted, tasty, enjoyable brew.

Slynger, May 22, 2008
Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a one-time release, as far as I know, guess time will tell.

Served in a stange cylinder, around 45º. Two fingers of tan creamy foam have a creamy surface texture. Loopy drips of lacing are left around the edge after every sip. Color is a very deep reddish mahogany that light can just barely pass through.

Aroma of dried black cherry, wood, faint cocoa, and dark malts. It really creates an appeal once the bottle is opened. After sitting in the bottle for the better part of the year, much of the hop aroma that I noticed on draft has diminished. Still it's very unique and pleasant.

Robust feel that is impressively smooth with light carbonation. It rolls across the palate, evaporating quickly. Bitterness of earthy aged hops linger into a mildly dry finish. A little woody in the taste, with a big malt bill. Some light nutty character with a light sweetness that is balanced by an equally mild bitterness in the finish.

Very light feeling despite it's robust flavor profile. Easy to drink, something I could have once in a while. One bomber is the perfect serving size.

emerge077, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of BeerTruth
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SPLITGRIN for this one.

22 oz. bottle poured into a stange.

Pours a dark mahogony with a full one finger khaki colored head that leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. Smell is a musty oak and new leather scent. Hints of caramel malt and some dark fruits in the nose as well. There also seems to be a bit of pepper and spice too. Taste is very similar to the aroma. Sweet potato flavor up front with molasses on the tongue as well. A tiny bit of alcohol finds its way in the flavor but doesn't take away from the overall complexity. Leather makes another appearance in the taste with an almost almond like nuttiness in the aftertaste. Somewhat slick feel with a medium body. Warming alchol flavor towards the end. Such an interesting brew. With the few I've had of this style, this one is easily the best. Glad I had the opportunity to try this one, hopefully more breweries will attempt this style.

BeerTruth, Feb 04, 2008
Photo of beveritt
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a standard pint glass. Label depicts a family crest, Ebel, and explains that this beer is brewed in honor of thier grandfather, Victor. Very cool.

Appearance: Pours with 1/2 inch of light tan foam than settles quickly into a very thing layer and ring around the glass. Good lacing. The beer itself is a dark ruby brown with some activity.

Smell: Tons of caramel and dark, sweet molasses aroma upfront! I love it. Hints of alcohol at the end.

Taste: Caramel and roastiness at first, trails into a decent malt body and a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Good body and average carbonation. Just enough bite to help get the flavors to your taste buds.

Drinkability: I unfortunately only picked up one bomber of this while in Illinois, and am now disappointed I didn't get more. A great, flavorful beer I could drink all the time.

beveritt, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep blackish brown body yeilds a ruby glow on the edges when held to light. Head is a two finger perfect tan that leaves thick frothy lace. Nice wheat and malt balances dance with a hint of sweetness and dark fruit on the nose. As it hits the tongue you get a very rich malt backboned beer. Smokey feel is even and well balanced with slight rich sweetness. This beer drinks very easy with nice character. Mouthfeel is very thick and glazing. Meaty rich and long on the mouth which translates well into the overall taste. Nutty and burnt biscuit like notes do also develop as you enjoy this one. A success of a beer in a tough time for the brewers.

SPLITGRIN, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to autumnaldave for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is mostly malts/caramel, and some toffee/vanilla. The taste is very nice, malty, a nice little sweetness, nice touch of caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Medium body. Very drinkable, this one goes down real smooth, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dusky garnet with bright orange peel trim. It's too bad that it's overcast today because I have a sneaking suspicion that bright sunlight would make MemoriAle look even better. The golden brown sugar colored crown is firmly creamy. It has barely fallen in the several minutes since the pour, but I can see the beginnings of a wonderful lace display.

The nose is reminiscent of a balanced brown ale. Balanced, that is, between heavily toasted malt and herbal, grassy hops. I hope it opens up with warming because I really like what I'm able to appreciate at the moment. Despite the high ABV (for the style), there's no trace of alcohol.

Victor's is good beer. Solid, drinkable and well-crafted are a few other words that come to mind. As the nose suggested it would be, the flavor profile is incredibly balanced. In fact, it might even be hoppier than it is malty; definitely a change of pace for an alt.

The flavor profile consists of well-toasted brown bread (not quite pumpernickel) spread with a thin layer of melted caramel and orange marmalade, then sprinkled with cocoa powder and shredded hop leaves. I'm thinking Saaz or Tettnang. Warming brings out a bit more complexity and depth. Even though alcohol is still well-hidden, I could have come pretty close to guessing the correct ABV.

The mouthfeel is more firm than soft, due partly to the carbonation, and almost develops a light creaminess on the swallow. Although it doesn't fit my preferred profile, it fits the beer well and will be scored accordingly.

Victor's MemoriAle Altbier can't touch the excellence of the Uerige altbiers, but it's one of the best American alts that I've ever had. Only Heavyweight Stickenjab (R.I.P.) and Victory Ten Years Alt can compare. This is a worthy member of the Two Brothers Artisan Beer series and was well worth the price of admission.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of Nipitato
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.

Nipitato, Aug 07, 2007
Victor's MemoriAle Altbier from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.