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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Photo of paulys55
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Atlas1
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Adam in Pennsylvania for sending me this one. We get Victory in TX, but not the Victorious for some reason.

Pours a pretty ruby amber color with a nice tan head that faded a bit quick. Some lace, but not much. Still, this is a beautiful color. The nose is rich with malts and dark fruit with a hint of earthen spice. It's one of those great dopplebock aroma that warms your insides without even taking a sip. The taste appropriately follows suit, delivering a nice balance of sweet malt and dry hops. Some vanilla, some fig, some dark cherry. But also very bready, with some banana thrown in for good measure. Mouthfeel is creamy and firm.

I love dopplebocks, and this is another fine one on the market. Victory, I've always felt, does solid brews. A few really fine ones, and some solid session beers, but nothing bad. This is one of their finer outings, in my opinion. The high ABV (8.50%) is masked well in the flavor, but it kicks in fairly fast, letting you know it's there. Truly enjoyable.

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Photo of santoslhalper
4.67/5  rDev +15%
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 Higravity
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to getting some of this years beer. Nice heavy deep red with a tan hued head. Smells of sweet malt and a touch of breadiness with a grassy hop background. The taste is very full, sweet clean malt with a touch of noble hops to steady the fare. The mouthfeel is nice and thick with helps the flavor really stick in the mouth, a good beer and worth checking out, but not a trip by itself.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Thanks to thebeerninja for hooking me up.

Huge creamy tan head, that faces to a solid ring over a ruby mahongay body. Minimal lacing. Smell is malty malt on malted malt: just like a d-b should be. Hints of pepper and ginger. More of the same in the taste, with a fascinating sour note that grows on you. Hops fill in the whole background, bringing long slightly acidic bitterness to the finish. Good round mouthfeel, that along with the smell comprises the best feature of this beer. At 8.5% it's a bit on the strong end of the d-b range, but the taste masks it well, making for a pretty quaffable brew. I can hardly wait until this beer and the other Victory offerings are available in Colorado. I will have more of this.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

AAAhhh, now this is what a domestic Doppelbock ought taste like! Heck, it is what a domestic doppelbock ought *be* like.

It pours a rich ruddy brown with a delicate and bubbly head. The smell is grainy malts, perhaps a touch of dark fruit but nothing special. It smells very very grainy.

The taste follows the smell in the most wonderful way possible. Ahhhh, this beer is like biting into a full, rich piece of good german bread. The darker fruit flavours I get in other doppelbocks are almost completely absent here and instead there is just layer after beautiful layer of bready goodness. There is also a touch of something in the background -- almost like rauchmalz, but that would be totally crazy. Mmmm, yeah, however they do it, this is what I am talking about. Very balanced as well. I am used to Doppelbocks being fairly sweet, but there are enough hops in the background to keep this guy under control. Or, perhaps it is the bready-ness of this brew. Bread isn't really 'sweet' is it?

It's in the mouthfeel where this baby really starts to shine. So round and delicious, obviously a product of decoction mashing. Really a wonderful beer to have in your mouth.

Thank you so much for letting me lock my lips on this beauty MuenchenerKindle! This was not only a truly delicious doppelbock, but also very unlike other doppelbocks I've ever had. There were notes of celebrator in it (a compliment indeed), but it definately went its own direction.

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Photo of Number3red
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Served in a sample cup at the Michael Jackson Beer tasting held at RFD's.

Appearance: A slightly murky cherry red/burgundy colored liquid topped by a light tan head that dissipated to a small ring of foam. No real lacing of note was left.

Smell: Aromas of prunes, cherries, assorted fruits, and caramelized malts beckon you, sirenlike, to sip upon their goodness.

Taste: Mesmerized by the siren-song of the nose, a hearty quaff gives you sweet and dark caramel malt flavors with a hint of smokiness lingering in the background.

Mouthfeel: Solid medium body. Nice and crisp.

Drinkability: A lovely and contemplative beer. One to quaff while poring over the Old Testament or maybe Homer, I'd say. I'd have no problems drinking a decent amount of this stuff.

Marginalia: In a total beer geek moment, and I blame Randall th' Enamel Animal for this, I was able to pick out the rauch malts used in this. It's such a small amount of rauch that you'd be hard pressed to taste it if you didn't know beforehand. I "blame" Randall for this since all the other taste receptors in my mouth were still reeling from Randallized 120 Minute IPA. The only thing that I could taste with assured clarity was smoke.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with ruby hues. Has a small, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Has a strong smell of sweet and caramel malts reminiscent of most doppelbocks.

Taste: Slightly bitter up front. Gains a strong maltiness as it develops. Has a slight alcohol edge to it as well. Pretty typical doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: For a doppelbock, a little light-bodied but still pretty good.

Drinkability: A pretty decent doppelbock. Certainly not as good as its German incarnations but a decent interpretation. I'd certainly have it again.

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Photo of djcira
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of foxyaardvark27
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tapman
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red/violet in color, densely packed dark eggshell head. Filtered.

Smells like dutch chocolate, chocolate malted milkshake, hearty german bread. Hops are very minty.

Tastes just like the nose. No detectable alcohol at 58 F. I guess the only thing I could say is that I miss that raisiny taste in a brew like this, though most of the others ones have it so it is a nice change of pace.

Velvety smooth. Carbonation is just right. Good combination of drinkability and chewiness.

A fantastic example of the style from a consistently good brewery.

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Photo of gafferjohn
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of blitz134
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half inch of light tan head on top of a dark caramel, red hued body. Head reduced quickly to only a skim layer of bubbles. Head retention and some lacing would really help the appearance out.

Toasted malts and and some light dinner roll bread form the base. A good bit of spice characteristics, probably from the yeast. A little clean grassy, floral hopping. Aroma is nice, but not as good as some of the top of the style.

Flavor is nice and full. Lots of dinner roll maltiness forming the base again. A little toastiness and nuttiness and some hints at chocolate. Clean grassy hopping again. Simple, but up front. No hints at the alcohol level.

Solid mouthfeel. I've never described any dopple as chewy, and I won't with this one either. But it coats the mouth well with its medium body; finishes a touch dry. Has a nice carbonation level to make it refeshing.

A solid brew that is too easy to drink. At 8.5% this could be really dangerous. Been wanting to try it for a while, I'd pick this up and drink it often if it was around.

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

Ruby red pour with tiny off white head..recedes quickly

Aroma: Dark toasty malts

Taste is of dark and toasted malts..the flavor is a bit muted. Not much of the dark fruit presence, even though there is some background of raisins

Mouthfeel is medium, goes down well, and is very drinkable for the ABV.

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

Pours a nice crystal clear mahogony red with a thin beige cap of head, little retention, no real lacing. Nose is delicious--big and nutty and bready, caramel, slight bit of smokiness. Taste is sweet molasses, doughy malt, hazelnut, slightly toasty malt, caramel, and actually a slight bit of spicey hops coming through on the finish. Medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation and a nice chewy feel. This is a pretty nice doppelbock, more balanced and less sweet than some others I've had, but ultimately this just isn't a style I love.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes

A - clear dark caramel brown with some red highlights. Small white head, no lacing.

S - strong bready malts, hints of caramel and a bit of alcohol sting.

T - sweet malts. Toast. Some mild hint of cherries. Long warming alcohol finish.

M - medium bodied. Low carb.

D - decent beer. Fairly drinkable dispite it's high abv. Paired very nicely with some pizza.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby colored beer with a little head that sticks around for a little and then dissapates into a patchy form on top. The smell is interesting and hard to place. I get a smoky quality, like tobacco, and possibly a faint sweetness backed by a little boozy twinge.

Malty indeed, but with a medium body and high carbonation. The combination of the three create a different mouthfeel, one that is boozy and spritzy and very dry. The taste is unique. That smokiness in the aroma comes out in the taste as well, but in a way that is almost weird. Like maybe that flavor is a little off to me. The hops are there as well, hitting a little in the front of the taste, and then again in a bigger way in the finish. The booziness comes out more and more while it warms up, becoming slightly more than just a zest of it. It adds another dimension to the brew however, and it's actually a pretty enjoyable boozy taste.

Overall, this isn't my favorite from Victory, but it feels old school and for that I respect it. Also not my favorite style admittedly, but other doppelbocks that I've had are not like this. Definitely one to try for those of you into the style. You won't regret its uniqueness.

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Photo of balinor
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Rudgers73
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really good looking beer. Thick frothy tan head that takes a while to settle to a 1/4 inch foam. Dark amber, almost like a belgian dubbel. There isn't much carbonation, maybe due to the thick style or the large ABV. It smells thick with malt and it sort of has that amber-lager-hop smell at the end. The taste wasn't quite what I had expected. I think it tastes more like a bock with a lot of alcohol. It doesn't have that deep, bold, rich sweetness that I enjoy in a doppelbock like Ayinger's Celebrator. It is a well put together beer, but it needs more depth.

First Victory beer I've had that I didn't feel was a great representation of the style. That's alright, 5 out of 6 so far is much better than most breweries.

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Photo of jmalex
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's hard to believe I've never had this beer. I'm really looking forward to trying this one from brewery that's so good at lagers.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Hopback Amber glass a very clear reddish brown. The head is extremely small and settles out at a very thin collar.

SMELL: Runs the gamut from bready to toffee to chocolate to candied raisins. Very deep with a moderate alcohol heat. I could smell this all day.

TASTE: Much emptier than I expected. Some dark caramels and roasty chocolates are here, but it's mainly a sweeter bready-based lager. Dunkel lager, sure. But I wouldn't go as far as doppelbock for this one. That said, it really tastes good.

MOUTHFEEL: The biggest detractor in my opinion. This is medium bodied at best and quite crisp. The carbonation is medium and fine, but I would've preferred a great deal more chewiness out of this.

DRINKABILITY: Quite good actually. While not the typical beefy thick doppelbock many know and love, this helps the beer be quite a bit easier to drink.

So it isn't the type of doppelbock I'm accustomed to, but that shouldn't stop anyone from trying this beer. It's a drier, more drinkable example, and well worth the purchase.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.87/5  rDev +20%
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 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 claytri
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a translucent amber with a dab of offwhite lace. The aroma was of rich caramel malt. The taste was of caramel malt with a bit of alcohol burn and a medicinal finish. The feel was medium and wet. This was a pleasant enough beer, just nothing that really made it stand out from the pack.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.62/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - There isn't much head here. The brew pours a very pleasing light brown and ambery red color. It also leaves a pleasant film on the glass and looks consistent with average carbonation.

Smell - It's a bit malty and nutty, but not much going on here. A slight hint of wheat and barley as well.

Taste - It is quite alcoholic and fairly nutty. However, at the same time, it can be very smooth despite being so alcoholic. It is more reminiscent of a nutbrown ale rather than a doppelbock. I would start to taste dark fruits but was then overcome by the taste of alcohol; so much so that at one point the taste reminded me of vodka.

Mouthfeel- A good balance of malts and dark fruits. Tasted very alcoholic at first but then balanced out more as I got used to the taste.

Drinkability - Not very drinkable. I would not drink it frequently and it was a little difficult to get through the whole thing because of how alcoholic it tasted. The nut and fruit tastes were very subtle and I would have preferred the alcohol not overcome them.

St. Victorious has a lot of good things going for it. It has a complex mixture of wheat and dark fruit hints to it. However, I was quite disappointed that these tastes weren't balanced well with the alcohol.

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