St. Victorious | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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
Reviews:
377
Ratings:
571
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
13.33%
 
 
Wants:
99
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24
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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I tell you what there are breweries out there that claim to be world class, but Victory doesn't have to act, they are the real deal. This authentic German style Strong dark lager or Doppelbock is dead on, pours a ruby deep amber tone off white cream colored head not very thick and doesn't stick around very long leaves behind specks of lace on my imperial pint. Aroma deep plentiful layers of malts supporting a cast of other stars, the German Hallertau whole leaf hops and plum esters. Smells predominantly of fruit soaked in alcohol with caramel malts around the edges, hmm hmmmm good. Flavor is flowing with a wave of malts creating over ripened fruit notes and a touch of hop flavor bringing mild but perfect bitterness to the table, I think I'm in love. Rolls down the palate with a slick slightly syrupy texture and medium body packs a nice punch with 8.5% abv. Suprisingly incredibly smooth and drinkable, I am sold never had two doppelbocks in a row, I had two imperial pints of this with dinner tonight damn good. If this is an option I will pass on Celebrator, Salvator, or any other (insert word here)ator knockoff.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid around $11 for a 6 pack in Maryland...

The beer pours a clear chocolate colored base, with minimal head retention and lacing on the glass. The aroma is bold with sweet caramel and roasted malts.

The beer is creative and almost true to pure style, it's starts off slightly syrupy and transforms into a blast of malts and settles on a sweet aftertaste... it's a great sequence in consummate and dry enough to let it stick to your palette, what a gem! Is this a double bock at 8.5%? Very easy going down the hatch and an ideal session beer for its style... so impressed!

Final Thought: Remarkably modest in it's presentation, this beer knocks your socks off!

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Photo of mempath
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep reddish-copper with big carbo-bubble head that settles very fast.

something in the nose is very enticing. at first (oddly) like beef jerky. then it's more like dark dried fruit. earthy malt sense.

oh this is much more than i imagained. again, getting this interesting (in a good way!) beef broth sense. then the fruity-alcohol esters kick in nicely. this is pretty impressive. i didn't expect such a hard-hitter. can't say the alcohol is the answer. very well hidden. but has that same viscous sense as, say, a DFH raison d'etre. there is heft. my o my, another swallow and i get tangy marinated-in-vodka berries. alot going on here, unfolding as it warms up slightly. perfect for watching the Olympics.

mouthfeel simply supports the whole, completing it. and making this stealthy doppelbock a very drinkable, daring session brew. a great brew to be stuck with during and after two blizzards. inadvertent monastery?

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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Photo of maybrick
4.64/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm quite honored to report the first three people to have this brew publicly were Brew Masters Ron Barchet, bill Covaleski, and myself.

We had it tonight (1/31/2005) and I just can't get over what the new brewhouse is doing!

Upon the pour and rasing it to the light I found it to be a dark ruby color. Head retention is great and translates well to mouthfeel. In all honesty - you know the expression "like a party in your pants?" Well this is like that except it's in your mouth. My goodeness! The malt profile is like ripened plums with a bit of smoke and then like a carmel candy. I love this stuff!

It has attenuated greatly and is SO smooth that thre isn't a detecable alchol burn even though it weighs in at 8.4 ABV!

I highly remomend this brew!

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a sliky smooth reddish brown with a thin off-white that almost completely dissapears. The clarity is dead-on.

Smell: The smell is of sweet and rich malts combined with a nice alcohol presence that rounds the whole thing off.

Taste and Mouthfeel: This beer is a full on barrage of malts onto the taste buds. The sweet, creamy, gooey goodness of malts clings to your mouth with joy, as the alcohol warms you the whole way down to your toes. The mouthfeel is smooth a lucious.

Drinkability and Overall: A wonderful doppelbock for sure. Smooth and creamy, full of complexity and balance, yet it has enough kick to cure even the heaviest of beer drinkers need for a strong brew. This a warming beer that is one of the best from Victory. I managed to get the only case my local distributor got in, and that was one hour after they got it. Talk about lucky! Well, God bless Victory for making this truly remarkable beer.

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Photo of Jaynuze
4.68/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dull amber with very little foam. The head evaporates almost immediately after pouring. The nose is strong with a malty spiciness and hints of caramel.

As it washes over the palette, it leaves a very malty flavor with a touch of earthiness and light citrus cut by a sweet hint of alcohol. Like a good Doppelbock, the alcohol taste does not overpower the flavors of the beer but actually enhances them. Drinker be warned; at 8.5% ABV one might find it a bit difficult to grab the third or fourth bottle from the fridge!

This beer has a wonderfully "wholesome" mouthfeel ... almost creamy. It is a joy to drink, especially during those last few weeks before Spring's arrival.

Make sure to pick up more than one six pack when you see this beauty in the store! No matter how many you buy, you'll wish you had more. Arguably one of the finest German styled beers brewed by an American brewery. Prost!!

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Photo of pheurton
4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1/2 gallon growler: glowing burnt crimson with a creamy beige head that retreats to a small collar, but leaves little patches of lace on the glass. caramel-dipped candy apple aroma with a touch of noble hops. relatively low carbonation results in a creamy and full mouthfeel. layers upon layers of malt complexity are mind boggling. i taste toasted munich malts, all kinds of fruit, and a caramel backbone. light earthy hops come in at the end to keep things toned down just enough. the drinkability is amazing, considering the style and ABV. the first quaffable doppelbock i've ever had. just fantastic stuff.

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Photo of obrendano
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WHAT A BEER! Got this in a random mix and match 6 pack grab

A - at first was a little disappointed as the head on this was thin while pouring, until at the last second a light tan creamy foam filled the top of the glass. the head was thick and sticky all throughout the drink. beer is a clear dark ruby.

S - initial smells of brown sugar and citrus, clean dark malt. some fruit skin comes through with more smells.

T - SCORE. this quickly has become one of the best tasting beers I've come across. complex mix of raw citrus and sugar, toffee, touches of the high alcohol content, and a nice toasty flavor under it all akin to English ales

M - creamy and sticky, not too light, not too heavy, goes down nice and smooth

D - there really is no reason to skip over this one, highly recommended and a nice surprise

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Photo of dahlen22
4.73/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is awesome. Dark red color with a malty aroma. The taste reveals raisins, toffee and plenty of malts. There is a slight hoppiness at the end. The 8.50% is very deceptive as this beer is extremely drinkable. This is one of the best American doppelbocks that I have ever had and I highly recommend it. Cheers!!

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Photo of nomad
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1/2 gallon growler

Gorgeous deep ruby with fine carbonation supporting a wispy head. Fairly consistent lacing is moderate and slick. Starts with a thick foamy head but settles away to nothing. The color is most impressive, shining transparent and gem-like.

Smells like a fruit cordial, along the lines of maraschino cherries wrapped in a thin caramel sauce and a nice drop of alcohol. Opens to Munich malts, among others, with a wonderfully grainy accent. Builds a creamy and nutty sense that gently melds into the fruity, malty core. Classy and almost liqueur-like on the nose.

Like its smell, it comes across with a first flavor of a cherry cordial that is actually only faintly sweet, leading to an even better flavor of figs' skin, meat, pit, and all. Next come roasty notes turning to musty/earthy notes with a soft, mellow noble hops deftly blended in. Like a good doppel should, it has rough and sizable malt rippling through the whole profile. Mellow but full of bockness, it slowly develops a smooth sense of grainy, earthy flavors of molasses. Has the definition of a nutty finish from first to last pint.

Yet as fruity, roasty, and quietly dark as it tastes, St. Victorious is in sum none of the above. It has a serene, creamy, and smooth approach that expresses a deep sophistication hard to find in others of the style.

Full bodied but slick, it slides back way too easy. At the brewpub, at home, this beer's mouthfeel greatly helps its dangerous drinkability. I could write about its mouthfeel as much as its flavor - smooth, big, yet silky. Exquisite. God bless the man who figured out the decoction brewing method.

I've been waiting eight months to quaff this beauty, anticipating its release since the first day I became a Philly resident. Take a trip to the brewery to taste the care and love that exudes through this creation.

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Photo of chrismann65
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I had this on tap @ The Austin Untapped fest .! Wow; This is a Doppelbock brewed w/ smoked 2-row German malt from Bamberg. !!! What a nice smoke, smell with a med. mouth feel . I just love how dark roast brew keeps going & going !! with a long finish .!!
Great beer with BBQ...!!! If you get a chance try this great brew.!!!

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Photo of YamBag
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 is a great year for St. Victorious. Love the balance and nice hop finish. Had on tap at victory, pours a nice rich amber color with a tan head. The taste is complex with a clean soft finish. Like a good German lager the smell is very clean. Best version of St. V in a long time.

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Photo of Ol_Lefty
4.86/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Imagine a cross between shiner and guiness and you get this amazing beer

Color is a deep brown with a slightly earthy sweet smell. The taste is a sweet raisin and toasted malt rich flavor, with traces of citrus behind the two main flavors and a nice heavy but smooth finish

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Photo of letsgopens
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was treated to this insanely tasty Doppelbock while on a trip to Philly. I was visiting Eulogy Belgian Tavern when I spotted it on the bottle list and decided to give it a try. It poured a dark woody amber with some sizable orange highlights. The foamy off-white possibly more beige head (it was very dark in there) held very well and clung to the glass leaving some nice spotty lace.

Tons of woody, earthy fruit establish themselves instantly in the nose. Sweet honey and starchy molasses. The sweetness is prominent but very different and interesting. Kind of like toasted oats and toffee; very wholesome. Candied fruit also comes through in the middle. Sweet in two different ways. Very complex and unique.

The flavor consists of very sweet clover honey and molasses in the begininng then fades into some very earthy wood notes. Buttered dark bread with apples and caramel. A hint of apricot and raisin shine through as well. Slight bits of a malty fruit/vegetable flavor and cedar. All types of wood, bread/grains, fruit, and varying levels of caramelization. Super complex and absurdly tasty. Even better than the Ayinger Celebrator in my opinion.

Heavy and earthy with moderate carbonation and a slick mouthfeel. The finish is full but crisp with a buttery lingering texture. The flavors and textures are all over the place but they still manage to tie together seamlessly; so complex. Probably the best Doppelbock I've ever had. Really an amazing beer.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into shaker pint.
Best by 12/17/2011

Aroma: Sweet molasses, carmelized sugar, black cherry, & vanilla.

Appearance: 1.5 finger of light tan foamy head gradually settles to 1 finger. Beautifully clear, reddish-amber body.

Flavor: Rich, chewy caramel supported by a hoppy balance. Manages to achieve a rich, malty sweetness without being cloying. Dried black cherry with herbal hop in the background. Reminiscent of iced tea on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation. Medium-full delicious body.

Overall: EXTREMELY tasty! Complexity of aroma, substantial body, maltiness w/ balance, and it begs you to have another sip. Definitely one of my new favorites. Thanks for the trade, Curious Monk!

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Photo of BillyB
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Victory.
Pours a deep, dark, ruby red with a thick tan head but the head disappears quickly.
Smells of sweet beechwood smoked malt, dried fruit; plums, raisins, wine. Also, caramel, molasses. Hint of whole flower german hops.
The taste is of strong immense malt. Sweet and smokey. Slight toffe/caramel character. Very rich, very complex taste. Chocolate, cherry, bready yet tangy.
Mouthfeel is velvety smooth with slight alcohol warmth. A bit sticky.
Simply excellent.

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Photo of kegerator
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

another outstanding beer from Victory. I sampled this from a Growler my bro brought down for me...
poured out a deep mahogany color with hints of copper and ruby with a 1/2 inch head that dwindled to a slight film and ring. lacing was minimal.
smell was big malt sweetness with hints of candied sugar, cherry and caramel.
Taste is about the same as the aroma with a slightly dry finish and a nice alcohol bite.
this was an exceptional beer from an exceptional brewery.

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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
90 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.
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