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:
103
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 575 |  Reviews: 378
Photo of Sammy
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown with initial substantial foamy head. A malt work of art. Malty aroma and dark lager complex taste. Numbing on the tongue, dark fruit and very tasty. Very smooth and well done. Satisying, though drying aftertaste. Beers of the World. Great representation of the style.

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Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

this is exactly what i like in the style, nearly textbook for me, on tap in a huge tall glass at the brewery in downingtown, a pleasure to have this one at the source! rich deep amber to copper red in color, perfectly clear, holding over an inch of khaki colored head, creamy and lacy. the aroma here is subtle on the smoke, i expected a bit more of it, but it has a layered kilned malt earthy toasted property, a long boil caramelized sugar character, and some decadent bready notes, all wrapped up by a hearty german lager yeast strain, cool and patient. the beer seems more fall than spring to me, with quite a bit more of the smoke showing up than it did in the nose, a strong almost brassy minerality, fall forest vibes, almost woody, real mature on the yeast side of things, and sweet in the right places with maple and honey notes here and there with the malt sugars. it has the exact right sweetness level, body heft, and finish trajectory, and its oh so good on a hangover! this is one i had not seen before from these guys, and it was definitely my favorite from our visit to the brewery. a really solid example of the style, sturdy and rich. delicious!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Doppelbock pours out with a nice brown colored body. The head was a tan color that was kind of fizzy. The smell of the beer had some good malty aroma with some soft yeast on the nose. The taste of the beer is pretty good. There's a softness to the taste, the flavors are mostly sweet. The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Overall not a bad brew.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a creamy tan head; a few lacing shards spring up from the foam

Smell: Understated but distinct elements of caramel, raisins and cocoa powder

Taste: Plenty of caramel and raisin/prune flavors in the front end, with some grassy bitterness peeking through by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet flavors are balanced by the hops as well as some cocoa

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate but creamy carbonation

Drinkablity: World class! Really enjoyed the balanced approach to the style

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and light toffee is enjoyable though not necessarily what I was expecting from a doppelbock. Taste is also dominated by sweet caramel malt notes with light toffee notes as well. Some notes of banana bread would have complemented well this beer. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done though lacking usual ester.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light chestnut brown with a nice off-white/tan head. Minimal lacing as it goes down, although it was fairly chilled when I poured it.

S: Sweet malt, caramel, and toffee. Good combination and proportions.

T: Fairly sweet, but not cloying. The dominant flavors are definitely caramel and, to a lesser extent, toffee. No alcohol heat and just the slightest amount of hop bitterness.

M: No discernible alcohol presence for a beer of this size, although the mouthfeel is decidedly lacking in viscosity, which is even more surprising given the sweetness of this beer.

D: Very drinkable. The thinner mouthfeel and lack of a super-sweet taste makes this one go down pretty smoothly.

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Photo of oberon
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed deep russet color with a tight 1/2 finger slight off white head that decent lasting power.Aromas of dark fruit ala raisin and prune along with some sweet caramel mainly,flavors were alot like the aromas heavy handed raisin and brown sugar with some caramel sweetness and a bit of a doughy element.A solid doppelbock very flavorful it is pretty big and warming.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smoother and rounder than many, it's just that edge that gives St. Victorious enough of an edge to put it at the top of its class. It pours a beautiful crimson-chestnut with glowing orange highlights at the base and a creamy yellowed-paper head. The retention is quite good, and holds admirably considering its strength. The lacing is somewhat limited, but that's common for the style; and when tasted side by side with a competing brand, it was quite obvious that the St. Victorious dominated. The nose is rich with soft creamy caramel, a waft of juicy dark fruit, toasty malts, and just the essence of some floral hops. In the mouth it's delicately crisp and then malty smooth across the palate with a dextrinous medium body and fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. The flavor is very much as the aroma suggests, but with a wider breadth of character that includes a fuller Vienna/Munich maltiness, a judicious amount of alcohol, and a touch of what seems like Beechwood smokiness. The bitterness is restrained as might be expected; and it finishes dry with a light wash of drying alcohol and some lingering bready, and very subtly smoky, malt. Quite nice indeed! In fact, ....world class! This ranks right up there with Paulaner Salvator and Ayinger's Fortunator/Celebrator.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a brownish purple color with a short thick off-white head that fades quickly and leaves almost no lacing on the glass.

S: Heavy malty aroma of raspberry, raisin, roasted coffee and tea.

T: The taste is just as malty and sweet as the smell indicates. There’s barely any hint of hops or alcohol. There’s surprisingly little after-taste for such a sweet beer.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-full body, light-to-medium carbonation and a very clean finish.

D: This beer goes down very easily, especially if you’re partial to the fruity flavor. It’s also not as filling as I expected. The first beer that I had in this style wasn’t very good. Even if the Dopplebock hasn’t been vaulted into the status of my favorite beer types, this particular beer has redeemed my faith in the style.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the VBC on 12/12/08.

Pours a deep, clear, amber with a finger of creamy tan head (but almost off-white in color)that shrinks down into a solid, thin layer of retention, with a good flare-up that leaves some nice looking swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is nice and assertive smelling with notes of cocoa, nuts, bread, dark fruits, caramel and some fresh, floral hops in the back.

The taste is thick with bready malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and brown sugar. It's all very smooth and malty up front but there is also some welcome notes of roast and hops that punch up the back and add a little more character to the equation. Finishes with sticky remnants of dark fruit and caramel tang and even a little bitterness at times. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied with a firm carbonation up front but then smoothes out into a chewier layer that rides underneath.

Very nice. Full flavored and chewey yet still smooth on the palette, this is a well done Doppelbock from Victory. I haven't visited this since having it in the bottle a couple of years ago, so this was a nice catch-up on a good beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

Poured a chestnut color with amber hues with a sparsely lacing white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, roasted nuts, toffee. Slightly sweet in the taste with caramel and toffee, subtle tones of raisin, nutty, bready, grassy, with a somewhat bitter finish/aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, moderately carbonated, and pretty easily drinkable.

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Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my brand new Three Floyd's glass. It poured a very nice looking, deep mahogany color. It started with a full and fizzy half inch head to it, but settled to a thin and spotty layer shortly after.

The aroma is not surprisingly very malty with toffee and caramel playing a prominent roll. Just a hint of a roasty, coffee like flavor comes through, as well as some fruity, cherry notes.

The toffee and caramel flavors are there throughout the flavor as well. It starts with more of the sweet, malty flavors to it, and as it finishes I get some balancing bitterness to it. Like the aroma, I get just a bit of a roasty, coffee like flavor to it as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate, but sharp. It's crisp and clean in the finish, making for a pretty easy drinking beer. Drinkability was good, I enjoyed the flavors a lot. A good version of the style, and a good beer overall.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-brown body with a khaki-colored head.

Smell: A strong, malty aroma laden with fresh fruits, namely cherries, dates, and cooked apples. Some alcohol in the nose, as well.

Taste: Rich butterscotch maltiness upfront enveloped by a fresh fruit taste - black cherries, blood oranges, and dates. Nicely toasty, but also some slight roasted flavors peek through. Mild hop bitterness, but it ultimately finishes sweet. One of the tastiest doppelbocks I've had to date!

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, and at times both fizzy and sticky.

Drinkability: Ohhh! This beer is quite good! Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BBD of ?-22-08. Pours a reddish chestnut with 1 finger of sand colored head. Minimal lacing & zero head retention

S: Slight spicyness & a little boozeynes

T: Breadyness, brown sugar & warming alcohol up front. Caramel & a hint of coccoa follows as this warms. Finishes dry, warming with big breadyness & a hint of gingerbread cookie & fruitcake

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation.

Drinks too easy, a nice dopple, not a great one. Lacks a few asthetics, but well worth seeking out, but a tad pricey @$11 a sixer (davidsons)

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"It is inevitable that some defeat will enter even the most victorious life. The human spirit is never finished when it is defeated... it is finished when it surrenders."

--Ben Stein


Dark bronze that comes alive with a brilliant orange-red sunburst when held up to the rays slanting through my front window. Gaudy blood orange highlights are especially prominent through the bottom edge of the glass. The pale caramel colored cap is richly creamy, but isn't sticky enough to result in a lace display that is any more than merely adequate.

The nose is solid, if not quite as dark malty as I had hoped. I wonder if the beer won't be on the dry, cocoa powdery side of things rather than the sweet and chocolatey side. Leave it to Victory to include a generous amount of herbal, earthy hops; a definite plus from where I sit.

I like St. Victorious! For some reason, there's much more here than the nose even hinted at. Even though I've had dozens of doppelbocks by now, I don't recall one with exactly this flavor profile before. The thing that keeps me tipping up the glass rather than typing is the almost-Belgian amount of complexity on display. I have to believe that the yeast is at least partly responsible for the shape shifting nature of this fine lager.

As suggested by the aroma, the chocolate maltiness is more powdery and dry than it is sticky and sweet. Either one would have been fine by me. There's also a great deal of dark caramel with a splash of vanilla-bean infused coffee. Can't forget the German hops since they contribute so much to the finish. So many flavors packed into one little twelve ounce bottle!

The body/mouthfeel is the very definition of quality. I expect nothing less from Victory at this point. They're one of the few breweries that deliver in that department many more times than not. The mouthfeel is closer to medium than it is to full and is supremely smooth with no trace of stickiness or slickness; a perfect match for the balanced, tending toward dry flavor.

St. Victorious is a delicious doppelbock and is another in a long line of beautiful brews to come out of Downington. 'V' is for Victory, 'V' is for Victorious and 'V' is for Very Good. Anyone even remotely interested in the doppelbock style owes it to themselves to find a bottle (or better yet, a case) of this triumphant beer.

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Photo of smcolw
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark amber-orange. Clear. Very little head; absolutely no head.

Strong metalic aroma. Very little sweet malt. Disappointing.

Better flavor; malty and full bodied. There is good hop balance and enough carbonation to keep the sweetness in check.

This would be a good D-bock if the smell could be rectified.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a very clear, dark hazelnut brown. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the glass. A nice three finger high head of tan colored lace rose up above it and hung around for a few minutes before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top of the glass. Some decent side glass lacing as well, completed it very nicely.

The aroma was rich and sweet. Lots of great earthy and grainy notes mixing in well with a good amount of caramel sugar. The flavor followed suit nicely, with the dominant flavor of caramel really taking hold. Some nice bready malts being located under that as well. The alcohol was very well hidden, and not a factor at all. Nice smooth finish with the long lingering flavor of nutty caramel on the tongue for a few minutes afterward. The feel was a nice medium-bodied ale with a good amount of carbonation and a smooth creamy feel. Awesome session ale for me, as the palate was rich and the feel great. Very refreshing.

Overall, this was definitely a nice little bock. I could have drank this one all night and it just seemed to be really well done. For fans of the style, this was definitely a good choice. I would have to recommend this one to anyone who likes a good dark German beer.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my small snifter cold
A - Deep beautiful chestnut brown lager with garnet higlights. Almost like a few drops of black coffee dissipating into medium grade maple syrup. A lovely medium tan head that diminishes into a a practically absent one that allows minimal lacing.

S - Vinous malt and sweet wood scents waft up to my nostrils. Dry graham cracker sugar like biscuit scents emanate from the the core of this bock. A pleasant almost port like scent with slightly floral hop underpinnings is detected.

T - A rush of nutty grainy and sweet date-like flavors greet the tongue. Tannic ever so faint grape skin fruitiness makes its way around the boundaries of my mouth. More nuts and woody flavors mix with sweet and somewhat sap like flavors. Subtle roastiness manages to give a sweet nutty grainlike quality along with minute hints of vegetal flavors.

M - Rich, sweet, slightly effervescent textures here. Syrupy light maple qualities just shy of cloying with tinges of bitteness.

D - A greatly drinkable lager for the substantial gravity. It is consumed best in limited quantities-a finesse beer with many strengths. Excellent for winter with warming qualities

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Photo of Jason
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Obvious decoction mash here, some many complex levels of maltiness it is crazy! Nice layer of hop bitterness to keep any kind of cloying sweetness away. The mouth feel was so creamy from the dense malt body. Tasted of freshly baked brown bread with a hint of spicy alcohol.

On of the best domestically brewed Double Bocks I have had to date.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of woodychandler
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This started out by pouring with a huge, deep brown head that just dwindled away to nothing, not even wisps. The color was a clear russet-brown/
mahogany. The nose was very malty with an underlying molasses/tar scent. I should point out that this last was not off-putting, just present. It had a really thick mouthfeel with a caramel sweetness on the tongue. The finish was a blend of sweet flavors - caramel, toffee, molasses. Warming, it became even richer, more toffee-like. A very interesting beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Revisiting this one due to pleasant memories from back East. It pours a clear ruby garnet topped by a half-finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises rye bread, wheat, light cocoa, and light maple syrup. The rye really brings a good amount of breadiness to the aroma. The taste follows the nose pretty closely, with a mild touch of roasted malts thrown in to compliment the aforementioned rye breadiness. The cocoa has morphed into some slightly bitter dark chocolate as well, creating a light coffee flavor in the back. It all comes together rather nicely. The body is a svelte medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice d-bock. 'Nuff said.

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