St. Victorious | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

St. VictoriousSt. Victorious
576 Ratings
St. VictoriousSt. Victorious

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

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

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Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a ruby red with a creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is very subdued - some sweet and smoky malts.

The flavor is sweet and sugary candy and some dark fruits followed by a grassy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full with nice carbonation.

Overall, a decent beer, but nothing too special. I'd go with Fort Collins' Rauchator over this any day.

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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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Photo of MmmIPA
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear ruby body with a nice one finger tan head.The head looks a bit soapy.

Smell is some carmel and some fruit from the hops maybe.Maybe some plums.

Taste is carmel and some booze it seams.The taste is very sweet.The taste is a bit warming also

The mouthful is bit thin and the carbonation is very easy on the palate also.

This is a ok beer from a great brewery.Ive had the style before but none like this.I dont know if I would have this again.

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Photo of oelergud
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear mahogany and ruby body. Big tan head of tiny to large bubbles. Good retention and decent lace.
Nice caramel sweet scent with abit of smoke. Floral, grass and grain notes.
Honey, malt, caramel and spice. Delicious flavor with just enough hops. Great aftertaste of dry hops and spiced malts.
Medium mouthfeel and good coating. Dry finish.
Highly drinkable though high abv, then again, this IS a dopplebock and a good one at that.


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Photo of Marty
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber/brown with a reluctant head that materialized slowly after a stiff pour, but dissipated more quickly than I'd have liked. Not a terribly CO2riffic beer, and not particularly aromatic, but those are my only complaints. The malts in this beer are very complex. I taste molasses, roasted somethingorother, and a little tangy apple. Very drinkable for such a strong brew. Springtime is finally here!

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Photo of soupyman10
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nose is medium strength, malty sweetness, some roasted scent, but fairly mild for a doppelbock. Taste is much better. Strong and sweet, with lots of spiciness. Some breadiness, Alcohol taste is almost non-existant, impressive given the fairly high ABV. Some interesting ESB-like saltiness, although not drying like in some ESBs. Also a lot of fruity goodness; maybe grapes or peaches or something that I can't quite put my finger on. A tasty doppelbock, although a little all over the place - great taste, but just okay smell and feel. Definitely one to try though, all around.

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Photo of guinnessfan
2.81/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My 100th review. Figured it to be a small victory. So... St.Victorious here I come. Heard/read a lot of hype behing this beer.
12 oz fresh bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Nice clear dark brown, with a reddish hue. Little head recedes into nothingness instantly. No lacing, no retention...Nothing.

S: Virtually nothing. Very little sweet malt. Very unimpressive.

T: Sweet and cloying. Somewhat boozy and astringent. Not nearly as good as expected. Not really complex.

M: Full bodied, syrupy, but no carbonation.

D: Drinkable, but I really don't want to. Not one of the better doppels, IMO. I was really let down by this one. Normally, I like Victory beers better than this.

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Photo of flexabull
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/brown color, clear, and with a nice sturdy looking head.

Beer smells, bright, bread like, and a bit dusty.

Flavors are full and quite tasty. Nutty, creamy, and cereal like. Finish is crisp, with a nice bit of zip from the alcohol and carbonation.

Mouthfeel is very good. This beer really sits well in your mouth, and coats your taste buds with nice full flavors.

Drinkability is good. A very nicel, and well done Doppelbock.

Thanks for the bottle nlmartin!

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Photo of mjc410
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The pour into my Mahr's Der Weisse Bock glass, not even terribly hard, raises a towering 1.5 inch head that settles visibly. It's a medium-light tan, and leaves virtually no lacing. Below, the body is a lovely deep ruby-brown. The nose is a bit acidic and malty, but not as much as expected. There's also a normal, grainy lager scent. The taste is sweet and malty, with an obvious alcoholic kick. Despite being a lager, it has a bit of a berry flavor to it. Even with the alcohol coming through as it does, the taste works for me. Not great, but good. The mouth is on the thick side, close to being syrupy, but in a good way. The carbonation is perfect. A workable DB, but not among Vic'ry's best.

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Photo of Damian
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA

Poured a clear, dark mahogany with a small, fizzy, light chestnut head that quickly faded to a thin ring of lace.

Aroma was rich, sweet and alcohol-rich. Caramel malts were apparent along with a rummy alcohol kick and an underlying buttery quality.

The taste was caramel sweet and bready up front with German malts and a slightly oaky and nutty quality mid-palate. As the beer warmed, fruity notes and some vanilla became detectable as well. On the back end, the sweet and and spicy alcohol hit rather hard, but was never overwhelming. The semi-dry, lingering finished contained notes of oak and possibly some smoke.

Mouthfeel was fairly thin but outrageously frothy and creamy. At times I felt like the carbonation was a bit excessive.

Overall, this was a rather good dopplebock. At 8.5% ABV, the alcohol definitely made its presence known, yet the hearty flavors never let it get out of control.

I would recommend pairing this with some smoked meats, dark greens and sweet potatoes on a cold evening.

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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 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 techdiver
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy reddish brown with a decent two finger head that dissipates moderately.

Malt most evident to the nose with caramel and toffee notes.

Taste echoes the nose. Smooth and enjoyable, but still a notch below my favorite so far - Korbinian.

Medium bodied with little carbonation to the mouth.

Drinkability is good as there is nothing at all unpleasant about his brew, just not as impressive as the above mentioned.

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

12oz. bottle poured a dark brownish red color with a thin slightly off white head that leaves a few specks of lace. Smell has some dark fruity notes along with a candy like sugar scent. Taste is very malty with some toasted and dark roasted flavors. The feel is light/medium with a slight tingle of carbonation. This is a pretty solid easy to drink brew and has a well hidden 8.5% ABV.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bitterbill for the brew.

Enjoy by 22/08

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown/ruby color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tannish head, not much lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, and caramel. The taste is sweet/malty and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, the last three brew's I've had have been Doppelbock's, this is a very good beer, but nothing compared to the last two I've had, sorry Victory. Recommended though.

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

First bock of the bock season, served chilled in a guinness pint glass. Pours translucent brown with amber highlights and tan head. Good retention and nice lace.

Grainy malt with some caramel and dried fruits mixed in. Roast, toasty goodness with a nutty sweet finish. Full bodied and easy drinking. Well worth a few.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A pour to a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. "Enjoy by" date is smeared but reads "XXX 22 08" - at least the 08 tells me it's fresh...thanks to RoyMunson & todd1 for both sending a bottle.

A: Amber/mahogany, clear with tons of carbonation. About 1/2 finger of dusty tan head which is constantly replenished by the fizzing streams of tiny bubbles. Very fizzy head at first, which dwindles towards athin film.

S: Malty and full of "lager-smelling" yeast - grainy and slightly metallic. Has a twang of sourness melded with some caramel sweetness, along with a hint of fruit and raisins and a mild toasted nuttiness.

T: Sweet malty grain, molten caramel, butterscotch and toasted nuts. Just enough bittering hops to round off the sugary malts. There's also a not-so-subtle smoky malt flavor that I seemed to find in just about every other sip - odd.

M: A considerable carbonated fizz which holds a warmth and velvety quality in its ample ABV. Some sticky sweetness on the lips with a clinging toasted nut, mild hop bitterness on the tongue. Very nice medium/full body.

D: In a word: tasty. This doppelbock is drinkable and well-balanced, certainly would be welcome again.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz. bottle the color of iced tea with a one finger brownish head that settles into a thick, creamy collar. Lively carbonation, but not overly fizzy. Aroma is of sweet, bready malt. Taste is sweet, bready, thick & almost chewy. Mouthfeel is quite substantial, almost stout-like. It compares closely to the Sam Adams Double Bock, but this beer has a quiet hop prescence in the background & on the finish that makes it much more balanced than the almost syrupy sweet SADB. The alcohol is much better hidden in the SVDB as well. All in all, one of my favorite beers from one of my favorite brewers! I've got to make the 30-minute drive to Downingtown to sample this on tap before they stop production for the season. Get it while you can!!!

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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 jcdiflorio
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped on cap.

Clear,mahogony with reddish hues 2" tan head dissapated a bit quick leaving a constant creamy coating, a bit of spotty lacing.

Sweet candied malty aroma,roasty,burnt toffee,fruity with hints of raisins. Good,clean,inviting aroma.

A good carmell taste sweet with booziness nicely creeping up. Piney,dark fruit,roasty some burnt tastes.Very well balanced,clean,syrupy finish with some nice booziness not overpowering,just present. Very enjoyable

Medium to thick mouthfeel,not as thick as a lot of doubblebocks i've had. some chewyness and a bit cloying. A very enjoyable and very drinkable double bock. Went down easily,smooth a bit boozy,but not overpowering.
Would reccomend this one and would love to try again. Slightly burnt the roof of my mouth earlier, could have effected my taste a slight bit.

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Photo of rowew
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, bald monk giving the peace sign on the label. Nice description, as well as a best by date in 2008 listed on the label.

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish brown with a great offwhite head. Nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Aroma is a bit odd - a bit of cooked vegetable and roasted malt, some caramel, and just a bit of sweetness.

Taste: Medium to thick bodied, lots of flavor subtleties going on here. Heavy on the malt flavors, bready, some caramel and toffee.

Overall impression: Hmm.. this one is interesting - plenty going on here, but I'm not sure if I like the total package. Glad to have tried it though, and happy to see it on the shelves in Colorado, even if it is for a pretty steep price.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty good looking ruby colour with a thick bubbly head that dissolves rather quickly and leaves minimal marks on the glass.

The aroma is, well...I'm just not really picking up anything dominant in the aroma. It's just kind of there and a whole lot of nothing. A real strong whiff brings in a hint of malt and smokiness but that's about it. There's nothing bad about it, but rather it's very very thin.

The flavour brings out the faint aromas much more : smoky malt is again the dominant feature here (although it is far from overpowering in any way...a good thing). There's some caramel sweetness in the front and middle of each sip. Some dark fruit notes come through at the finish of each sip as well, along with an ever so slight hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and not as hearty as I was expecting.

I had heard plenty of good things about this one and as such was eager to try it, but I think it fell a bit flat. Nothing inherently wrong anywhere, just too bland and you have too reach too much to get anything out of the aroma. This is a slightly above average doppelbock that you might enjoy more than I did, but I can certainly think of plenty of others within the style that I'd rather sample again before this one...

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Photo of DogFood11
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz fresh bottle brought back from Minneapolis. Ruby red filtered body. Carbonation clings to the side of the glass. Head fades to an outer ring.

One of the more balanced dopple's I've had to date. Meaning it didn't have the "sometimes" overpowering sweetness and cloying aspect that on occasion I run across. Of course this still hits some of the style points in that there is a dark fruit presence and some rich malted characteristics lending to caramel in the finish. While not as complex as most it stands out as one of the most drinkable double bocks in recent memory. A bit bready and at times I swear I could pickup some lighter fruits like Bananna.

Notes: It was very good and an interesting take on the style. Victory brewing is a kick ass brewery.

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

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a carameled amber coloration. The head was a short lived light tan coloration.

Smell: The beer has a caramel toffee smell dominating the nose. The smell has a very minor smell of chocolate and light toasting. Spicey alcohol and floral tones play in the background.

Taste: The beer has a major sweet caramel malty sweetness. This combines well with fruity tones of the beer. The alcohol is well incorporated and helps to reign in the sweetness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied. The carbonation seems to be a bit low but not problematic. The flavors ride a long time in my mouth. This is a dam tasty beer and I will look forward to drinking again.

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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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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 576 ratings
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