St. Victorious | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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St. VictoriousSt. Victorious
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Limited seasonal draft only release. Doppelbock brewed w/ smoked 2-row German malt from Bamberg.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
575
Reviews:
378
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
Wants:
106
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jwhancher
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Went to the brewery last week and had my growler filled with this.

A: Ruby red, excellent carbonation. Nice head.

S: Raisins & syrup, caramel. Nice malty notes.

T: Sweet, malty tasting. Nutty. As with smell, I taste syrup. Fig? Bready.

M: Very nice. Excellent carbonation. Not overly sweet. Full bodied.

D: Very good! I never prided myself on being a doppelbock fan, but this beer could have me looking for other beers of the same category.

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Photo of bozebus17
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beertruth for the sample!

Pours a dark copper/red with a thin cream colored head that leaves a small layer but doesn't hang on real long.

Smells of sweet caramel with some roasted notes. Not as strong of a nose as I expected.

Taste is full of big sweet caramel malt. This is met well by nice roasted flavors. There is hardly any bitterness to think of. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is big and creamy, like this beer should be. It goes down quite easily, really tasty stuff.

Overall this is a fantastic brew. I will definitely have to seek it out next winter. It is smooth and delicious, unbelievably so considering the 8.5% ABV. This beer gives me something of a warm feeling, I can picture drinking it by a fire on a cold winter's night.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.

Clear,mahogony with reddish hues 2" tan head dissapated a bit quick leaving a constant creamy coating, a bit of spotty lacing.

Sweet candied malty aroma,roasty,burnt toffee,fruity with hints of raisins. Good,clean,inviting aroma.

A good carmell taste sweet with booziness nicely creeping up. Piney,dark fruit,roasty some burnt tastes.Very well balanced,clean,syrupy finish with some nice booziness not overpowering,just present. Very enjoyable

Medium to thick mouthfeel,not as thick as a lot of doubblebocks i've had. some chewyness and a bit cloying. A very enjoyable and very drinkable double bock. Went down easily,smooth a bit boozy,but not overpowering.
Would reccomend this one and would love to try again. Slightly burnt the roof of my mouth earlier, could have effected my taste a slight bit.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, "enjoy by" Dec 18 2010, served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear red/brown with a beige head that totally thinned out after a few minutes.

S - toffee, chocolate and dark fruits, rich, roasted malt.

T - malty sweet, caramel/toffee/dark fruits are balanced with hoppy earthiness, there's a bit of alcohol warming on the finish.

F - medium/full bodied with mild carbonation.

D - easy drinking, a fine example of the style.

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Photo of Marty
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/brown with a reluctant head that materialized slowly after a stiff pour, but dissipated more quickly than I'd have liked. Not a terribly CO2riffic beer, and not particularly aromatic, but those are my only complaints. The malts in this beer are very complex. I taste molasses, roasted somethingorother, and a little tangy apple. Very drinkable for such a strong brew. Springtime is finally here!

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Firefly in Washington DC.

Pours a clear chocolate brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with medicinal hops and chocolate flavors that poke through every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malts kick things off, followedy by slightly bitter hop flavors that carry through the end of the sip. Chocolate flavors are a bit stronger than I would've gathered from the aroma, but they complement the malt flavors very well.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness for the style, with medium carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my bottle and I thought about buying a sixer at the store nearby.

Overall this isn't quite world-class, but it's one of the better U.S. micro-brewed doppelbocks I've had, if not THE best. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of bamadog
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 4/17/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a ruby/coppery color and it starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger creamy off-white, nearly light tan, head with decent retention; body is very clear and shows moderately strong carbonation bubbling up throughout;

Smell: A lot of graininess running strong through this one, very wet and mulchy, kind of like wet bran -- smell is very hearty and pretty robust, not overly complex, but just really good.

Taste: Really matches the nose -- lots of wet mulchy graininess that is bran and cereal-like; bit of a burnt toastiness to it as well as just a touch of chocolate malt; lastly there is a bit of an alcoholic bite to it (but at 8.5%, not to be unexpected) as well as a touch of lager yeast; as mentioned in the smell, this tastes just as hearty as it smells and it's solid and a great spring beer that is solid, not overly complex.

Mouthfeel: Body is actually a touch heavier than I would have expected, and is close to medium bodied; the carbonation is quite strong, though, and it really keeps the heavier body lively; a thin and and cottony dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth and it helps hold the cereal graininess well into the aftertaste; due to the carbonation, the gums are left tingly and the belly is left warm -- you know you're drinking this one.

Overall: This is a solid and filling beer, but the weight and the higher ABV would help me limit it a little bit, and I likely wouldn't drink more than 2 of these on any given night; a simple beer that has been done very well.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd always had this in bottles and thought it was so-so, but I recently had it on tap at home and it really changed my opinion of this beer. Fantastic dark ruby-brown color, rich malty aroma. Taste is heavy on the dark fruits, rich malty profile. Somewhat bready, nice and chewy. Reminds me a bit of Celebrator. Sweet, but not too much so. Quite drinkable. A fine example of the style.

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Photo of stirgy
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Victory at the Philly gathering. This really is a gorgeous strong lager. Poured a very clear amber-reddish color and was topped off with a small head of syrupy cream foam. Thick and sweet malt nose, with cordial-like fermented fruit. The taste is full of flavor and complete with malty sweet and syrupy fruit and even some hot cinnamon spiciness. Very smooth and full bodied. Small orange rind bitterness comes through in the finish and remains in the back of the throat. Well made.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, ruby bordering on brown hue with a rather small tan head the faded quickly. A small wispy lacing is left on top of the beer.

Smell: Big, sweet and malty with hints of dark, ripe fruit, caramel and chocolate.

Taste: Malty sweet with hints of brown sugar, chocolate, molasses, caramel and dark fruits. A slight hop twang and roasted malts with just a touch of vanilla make for a rather dry finish with the roasted malts lingering on the tongue long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and chewy, full bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: St. Victorious is a very nice sipper. Malty sweet with dark fruits, chocolate, and brown sugar with a nice roasty malt finish. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor profile but you can feel its warming effects. A great beer to sip next to a fire on cold night. A really nice dopplebock and one I will definitely buy again. Another fine beer from the folks at Victory. Highly recommended.

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Photo of walshclimb
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark red amber with thin, light tan, bubbly head and lots of small bubbles moving up through the body. The smell is complex malt with light bread and slightly nutty aroma. The initial flavor is moderate sweet malt nicely balanced with hop bitterness that finishes a little acidic and moderately bitter with a little salty right at the end. Nice complex malt layering. The mouthfeel is medium to full-bodied with slightly oily texture and lively carbonation. This is a tasty beer for cool evenings or an air-conditioned summer day. The complex flavor is interesting and well-balanced, and I would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of Finn
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby red, brilliant clarity with a off-white head

Aroma: biscuits, raisins and malt, rich aroma.

Taste: starts with big fruity malt flavor, ending with a smoky sweetness

Mouthfeel: Chewy, rich body with moderate carbonation levels

Drinkability: Good drinkability. A tad on the heavy side to be a session beer, but it is a nice rich, flavorful and malty doppelbock well worth trying, esepcially for an american version of this style.

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Photo of cooncat
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.
Recommended!

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of Dan3279
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of ski271
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Dark mahogany with a small, creamy, off-white head that quickly diminishes to a faint film, and leaves light wisps of lacing. Smell is of super rich malts with some dark fruit, toffee a some light estery alcohol. Taste is wonderfully malty and complex. Fairly sweet but not cloying, as there’s just enough hops to cancel some of it out on the finish. It has a medium-full body, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Another very good beer from Victory that’s definitely worth trying.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

St. Victorious pours with a dark golden color, with little head. The smell is of roasted malts and bread. The taste follows suit, with a slightly sweet, malty flavor. Maybe a little tartness folowing the sweetness. This beer has a pleasantly heavy, bready feel. There's a nice warming feeling as it goes down, no doubt the alcohol. I really like this seasonal from Victory. Good stuff.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown/glowing ruby-like color- tan/caramel colored beer. Small head, not much retention either. Very ordinary looking, nothing stands out.

S- Immediately hit with a whiff of fruits and sweet caramel malt up front. Some grainy qualities but overall its entirely sweet.

T- Tofee, malt, chewy hazlenut, faint grape/black cherry. Very candy-like and tasty. No hop presence at all and a slight burn from the alcohol.

M- Chewy, sticky, and medium bodied.

D- I could polish off a few of these in a sitting, easily. Very enjoyable. Would purchase again.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a cloudy brown with yellowish highlights. The head was small and short lived. The smell is good, very sweet and malty. There is a alcohol smell and a sort of musky or woody smell. There is lots of flavor. It is sweet and malty, and very fruity. There is a slight bitterness that keeps the sweetness from overpowering. The mouthfeel is thick and round with a warm feeling even though it is cold. The alcohol is very evident. The drinkability is good. A very nice beer.

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Photo of ericj551
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

St. Victorious pours a deep red brown with a fluffy off white head. The freshness dat reads "enjoy by Jan 22, 08. The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee, with plenty of dark raisin fruitiness. The flavor is rich and malty, not quite as sweet as the aroma. There is more of a toasted character, nice and crisp. The alcohol is almost unnoticeable, especially considering the strength.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

This brew is a deep amber color with a one finger thick tan colored head that leaves minimal lacing and a thin, wispy layer is left behind.

Smells of roasted malts, toffee, caramel, sweet dark fruit - raisins and maybe cherry.

Tastes of rich, roasted malts and dark fruits - caramel, toffee, raisins and cherries. There is also a faint spicyness that is somewhat earthy and herbal.

Smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

In spite of the abv, I enjoyed several of these - sweet, but not overly so. A nice sessionable brew.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, deep ruby color. Gorgeous. A slow and steady stream of bubbles travel upward toward a tiny head, which should be a bit larger.
Smells of toasty malt, floral hops and caramelized sugar. Some apple-like aromas in there as well.
Tastes of sweetened cereal, toasted malt, spicy noble hops. Sometimes bready. Really clean and dry in the finish, maybe a bit too much for my liking. Not as complex as the best dopplebock I've had but still good.
Mouth is full, thick, smooth and chewy yet riddled with carbonation.
A nice enjoyable dopplebock. Pretty authentic tasting stuff. Just lacking some of the complexity of the real deal from across the pond.

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Photo of dfried
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer had a great appearance, deep brown, almost black, but with crimson around the edges. Slight carmely colored head. The smell was malty and good but didn't have everything the taste did. The taste was malty, chocolaty and carmely, at first but quite smooth, with an extended finish of all types of deep, almost tart fruity flavors with enough alcohol kick to make them enjoyable. You definitely notice a slight hop presence as well. It had a great body for a doppelbock, not too thick and malty, pretty easy to drink.

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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 575 ratings.
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