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:
105
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 575 |  Reviews: 378
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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Photo of Seaba
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of craigdb
3.54/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jarod
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came to me a brown/copper/amber color that was clear. The head was a cream/light tan color that was not that dense and lasting. Semi-decent carbonation was felt on the tongue. I did not really notice a lace. The aromas that came from the glass were of dark rich malts, dandelions, and some dark fruits (plum, raison) It has a solid rich flavor that was really good. I tasted caramel, dark malts, light cocoa, dark sweet fruits, roasted nut, light earth and some bitter hops (which was not overbearing, rather enjoyable.) This beer is not over powering in any departments, all smells and flavors are well balanced. It left a great feeling in 3 senses; my mouth, nose and even eyes were all pleased. Another score for VICTORY.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Good looking deep amber hue with a finger thick off white head. Visibly effervescent. Good clarity.

S: Mild toasty malt aroma with just traceable grape scents as well. No hop aroma.

T: Rich thick toasty malt flavor dominates. Bitter flavor prominent on the back end. Lingering finish.

MF: Medium body with a thick filling mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Smooth - not harsh.

D: This is a good thick dopplebock. Good complex and well balanced flavor.

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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 Loco_Joe
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Buster
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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Photo of mquinn919
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Redwood21
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This is the color i wish all beer was, just because it is soooo nice. Its a nice dark amber brown red type thing. The head was nice, but could have lasted a little longer.

S: sweet caramel and malts almost a coffee toffee aroma, very faint.

T: The thing that suprised me was the hop bitterness it cuts the sweetness from the caramel flavor there is also some obvious alcohol here.

M: its creamy and if you roll it around your mouth enough it will foam like crazy. Its got a nice smooth feeling
D: 8.5% is a bit high for a more than one beer, beer. its good a little strong in the alcohol not the best doppelbock, but good

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