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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Ratings: 575 |  Reviews: 378
Photo of bonkers
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. It is deep caramel in color with a thin white head. The aroma is sweet, and bready. The beeer is malt forward, sweet and filling. Full bodied and filling. A solid offering, but a notch below others of the style.

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Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer with a quickly fading head.Aroma is mostly caramel with subtle fruits.Taste is also caramel with some bread and fruit.Overall a decent beer that is nothing spectacular but something that you would probably buy more than just once!!

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Photo of YamBag
4.83/5  rDev +19%
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 BeerImmediately
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Growler fill from the brew pub. Poured into an English style stout glass at about 50 degrees.

Minimal tan head over top of a transparent, yet dark orange/brown body.

Rich caramel malt aroma, with fresh wheat bread, molasses, and deep, rich fruits.

Delicious mesh of flavors - raisins, dark bread, molasses, and a touch of banana creme pie.

Mouthfeel is fantastic - rich and smooth, with a lightly burnt finish.

Might be too drinkable for the ABV - damn those great brewers at Victory.

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

Pours a ruby, purply brown color, very clear, minimal head and lacing. Somewhat true to style, the nose is rich malt, yet not as sweet as some doppelbocks. Taste follows scent, pretty much rich bready and nutty malts (but not as rich as it could be), but a dark berry taste lingers in the the background. Nice medium body on this, decent carbonation level after the lack of head. A good beer with some nice flavors to it but lacks complexity and punch i get from other beers of the style.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label says "Enjoy by Dec 2 09" and boy, did I squeak right in under the deadline. Pours a deep garnet color with dense, slow-moving bubbles and a small off-white head. Looks pretty viscous; tilting the glass creates long snaky splashes of lace. Looks pretty damn magical from here.

Aroma is one very, very marvelous thing: malty, and on the very sweet side of malty, with Twizzlers, Slo-Poke (or, if you prefer, "caramel"), toffee, various dark berries and Concord grape all intertwined.

Flavor is also rather sweet, fruity and candy-like, pretty much all malt up front...and luckily never cloying, unless you can't stand even a smidgen of sweetness in your beer. Big juicy dark berries and grape/raisin, dark bread (pumpernickel), milk chocolate or watery chocolate milk, and just the right amount of alcohol warmth pushing it all through.

Body is just a little thin, although the carbonation is dialed down, just present enough to keep a smooth, gliding, slick texture caressing the tongue.

Super-enjoyable, very much on the desserty side of things. Chalk St. Victorious up as another victory for Victory.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well it's Thanksgiving I poured this into my pilsner glass and began to tell a funny story. The bitch about it was I knocked over my glass of St.Victorious and shattered my BA pilsner glass.Damn it was a sad sight.

I then poured it into my BA mug. Look is very murky like a muddy water type maybe a little more ruby then brown.The look of it was very flat no retention,heading,lacing anything that would indicate that this was alive.

Smell was all malt. A little doughiness peaks it's head through. A metallic aroma is apparent towards the end. A little disturbing.

Well this just shocked the hell out of me.Taste was sublime. Heavy roasted malts that are followed up with an intensley sweet caramel maltiness and very rich I might add.

Mouth again is very rich on the palate and just super smooth.MEdium to full bodied but it does sit flat on the palate but after a few swooshes around the mouth it does have some good carbonation.

Drink is very good for a high ABV very unnoticable. Nicely done.

I have a feeling this six pack I bought is very old. I've walked past this numerous times in the aisle all in about a year. I don't know if this was shaken about or just fizzed out. Still it did impress me if you do want a great tasting lager excuse me doppelbock this is a malt lover's dream.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After trying just about every Victory beer on the market (sans on tap at the brewery), this is the latest offering I've had the pleasure to sample... A crisp, sweet-tasting, spritzy depiction of the style with a noticeable pepperish bite... Alcohol was difficult to detect despite the 8.5% ABV...
Good stuff but certainly not the brewery's best offering...

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Photo of organicbrewer
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Deep Ruby. Brilliantly clear. two finger tan head. nice.

S-Toasted malts. Some caramel but mostly toasty chewy malts. No hop aroma. very clean.

T-Rich malts. Lots of munich and toastiness. Alcohol sweetness. Just enough hop bitterness to keep the beer from being cloying. No hop flavor.

M-Medium full bodied. Chewy. Enough carbonation to keep you going back for more

D-The beer isn't hot but it doesn't hide its alcohol either. between that and the body of the beer it would be hard to drink many of these, but one was perfect for tonight.

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Photo of oceanman
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

amber brown color, smallish head. smells of caramel malty goodness. similar palate plus black cherry and a trace of spicy hops. pleasant levels of sweetness and carbonation. slightly thinner body than expected. surprisingly refreshing and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Grape and Gourmet

A- brown with ruby red hues throughout. looks like a light red plum color. Lacing left from the head but it runs off quickly.

S- sweet molassses, dark fruit and plum. Slight hop scent and sweet malts.

T- a dry dark fruit hop flavor. Not as carbonated as it looked or smelled. The sweetness is just right as well to complement the malt and hop.

M- dry and yet refreshing. It wets the whistle so to say and coats the mouth with a slight film of dark fruit.

D- i could throw this back in 10 min but i would feel it right away. You dont even know this bad boy is high in ABV.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a seethru brownish red with constant tan head from carbonation and slight lace patches. A biscuity and roasted malt smell along with caramel (and possibly butterscotch or something like that) with very minor bitter hops. Dry and bready are the first things that come to my mind as I sip this. Medium-to-full bodied, slightly smooth and chewey, has a drying effect that is complemented with some mild sweet caramel and bitter chocolate malt as well as the hops giving off some slight fruit flavors like grape. Sticky on the sides and also a bit of toffee tucked into the sweetness I notice as I drink this; smooth as it warms. ABV complements beer by giving it that strong streak w/o overpowering beer. A complex brew that is great to sip on.

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Photo of goatgoat
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks PEBKAC for the opportunity.

Pours a clear amber with dark honey tones. A gentle pour brings forth no head to speak of.

Aroma is honeyed, bready, sweet malt. A little toasted character. An overtone of spice, clove and cinnamon, and an alcoholic edge.

Flavor has a strong, chewy sweetness which is joined by a nice earthy, spicy character. An alcoholic warmth that begins nicely, but becomes a bit overwhelming near the end of the bottle.

Fairly heavy body with a nice gentle combination.

I'm still gaining my malt chops and this is definitely a step in the right direction. Complex but approachable flavor.

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

Served on-tap in a Sam Adams 12 oz glass at the Brass Rail Deli.

A: The bock is a deep ruby red color that borders on out-and-out brown. The full depth renders it opaque. A finger of foamy off-white head lasted through the first third of the glass.

S: The aroma is big and strong, especially after the Weihenstephaner helles beer I just had. Dark malts, big and sweet with dark fruit, dominate, alongside a light smoke note. The maltiness is not harsh or syrupy.

T: The maltiness is strong but I find the mild smoke to be the nicest aspect of the lager. Malts are dark and full, grainy with a warming toasted finish. Nuttiness also peaks through, livening up the cereals. Cutting through both aspects is the smoke, light but meaty enough to stand out. Its cured elements, out of place at first, quickly settle in and seem natural, augmenting the sweet fullness of the malts.

M: While not a malt bomb, the lager doesn't shy away from its character. The grains are strong and bold but not harsh. The smoke is a standout element.

D: A rather pleasant beer that I've gone too long since having.

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Photo of beer2day
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a strong red tint. Two-finger head with faint retention. Very fine carbonation. Decent lacing.

Very sweet nose. Very. Fruity, perhaps muscadines. Nice.

Hits very sweet, quickly turning roasty and finishing almost smoky. Picking up almonds in the finish.

Not as chewy as some doppels, but a very nice smoothness to it.

A little much for a warm spring day, but very nice on a cool spring night.

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Photo of drcarver
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium brown color with a small quickly fading light brown head. The body was clear and flat (no carbonation)

A - Roasted malt aromas finishing with a bit of molasses

F - sweet burnt flavors and slightly salt. Long aftertaste that hangs in the nose.

M - Full bodied and bubbly (despite no visible carbonation). Syrupy.

D - Doesn't go down smooth, but you don't choke it down either.

A food note - don't pair with grains. They turn the beer sour.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Imperial pint glass. Appears a deep chestnut color with about an inch of lingering ecru foam. No lacing to speak of. The nose is filled with notes of sweet malt, chocolate, and fruits such as plums and figs. Tastes of bready caramelized malts/grain, very light touch of smoke and coffee, mild cocoa powder, and plums. Tasty stuff! Just about full bodied with medium carbonation and some warming alcohol. Take your time with this one and enjoy.

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy deep mahogany with a dark cream colored head that comes up out of nowhere. Not much lacing.

S - Bready with some subdued overripe dark fruit. Some odd sweetness and spiciness.

T/M - The sweetness from the smell doesn't come through. Very strong steely malt flavor with a pleasant frothy/chalky mouthfeel, like what you'd expect out of a quad. Bready, the frutiness from the aroma doesn't come through either, though the general spiciness does.

D - Though the alcohol is masked, I just don't think this is that quaffable.

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

a: deep brown-amber colored lager with orange coming out around the edges, small wisps of carbonation produced upon pouring soon disappear to leave only a thin ring around my glass

s: rich with malty doppelbock aromas - dark tree fruits and toasty munich malt dominant with a sweet/sour thing going on, apple, hardwood and an interestingly smoky peat aroma, root spice, mild herbal hops, the malt depth makes it

m: carbonation on the low side, body full without being thick

t: a slight letdown after the aroma, with much of the complexity found on the nose not coming through, still, there's a nice toasty munich malt body, notes of dark tree fruit and apple, a brushing of butter on the tongue after swallowing, and a mild, pleasant herbal bitterness in the finish

d: lager-easy, especially for an 8.5 percent beer

single from Norm's, Vienna, VA - best by Dec 02, 2009

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Photo of mirish72
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is simply a great beer. I was given a six pack as a gift and loved every one of those beers.

I tend to drink a lot of IPA's and DIPA's so this was a pleasant change of pace. The appearance of the beer throws you, it looks like it should be much more bitter than it is. It carries a solid, but not over powering essence of malty goodness.

I haven't actually seen this for sale in MA, but it has caused me to try other dopplebocks that are available, like Troegs. If you can get your hands on it, pick it up, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by Dec 2009 date on label. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.15.

A: Solid deep mahogany hue with 1-2 finger, dense off-white/tangerine head with good retention and lacing.

S: Mild but enjoyable with leather, musty maltiness, and herbal hops aromas

T: Full-flavored without being overly sweet. Spicy hops play a big role in the interesting flavor. Bigtime caramel maltiness with a touch of cocoa and yeastiness adds to a good flavor profile. Alcohol is there but not overbearing.

M: Very sneaky smooth with medium-full body and medium carbonation and semi-sweet malty and herbal hops aftertaste

D: A highly drinkable dopplebock which is widely available and great quality as everything Victory produces.

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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 BigMike
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best used date of Dec. 2 2009.

Pours a nice red/amber color with one finger of head that disappears instantly.

Smells like sweet caramel and brown sugar. Also dried fruit and figs.

This is a tasty Doppelbock. Nice and sweet. Big and complex. I'm loving the flavor mix.
I taste molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of roastedness.
Verywell balanced out.

Good mouthfeel. Nice and chewy. Great alcohol warmth but not too overwhelming.

This is another great example from Victory!

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Photo of ballewblake
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my NB Sniffer.

Tiny tan head on initial pour that vanished almost instantly. Dark purple body lets a little light in. Lacing doesn't last long. Nose has lots of coffee and chocolate in it. Wow, very tasty, chocolate and coffee notes on the tongue with some alcohol heat. Great mouthfeel, carbonation is there and in force. Love this one, thanks to Adam (PEBKAC) for the brew.

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Photo of drtth
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lighly chilled and poured into Duvel glass and allowed to warm to room temperature over the course of the tasting. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Clear dark brown with reddish undertones. The fine bubbles in the 1/4" light tan head quickly thin leaving a small rim around the glass, a thin layer of foam on the surface and virtually no lacing. Eventually even the surface foam fades away.

Smell: The aroma is of rich sweet malt with brown sugar, a faint bitter roast smell, a trace of dark fruits and a trace of alcohol.

Taste: Begins with dark semi-sweet malt and quickly shifts to brown sugar or dark caramel sweet malt and traces of dark fruit followed by a hint of bitterness. This is very complex.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with faint light carbonation and a long, dry and slightly bitter finish.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability but this is a beer for sipping and savoring so one a night is just right.

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