St. Victorious | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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
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#2,873
Reviews:
378
Ratings:
577
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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Ratings: 577 |  Reviews: 378
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 edchicma
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber with a nice pillow head with good lacing. Smell is light..mainly malt with a grassy undertone. Taste is roundly malty with a nice touch of hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy...light "bite" on the finish. Easy on the drinkabilty scale, especially considering the abv.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, enjoy by Jan 22 08. Thanks for the enjoy by date! Dark amber in color, with some reddish edges. Thick foamy tan head, disappears quickly. Rich caramel and toffee aroma. This is all about the malt. A bit of fruit in there as well. Dark caramel, some dark ripe fruit, and very smooth. A good amount of sweetness, but enough earthy hops to balance well. This is so smooth, very easy to drink. Nice medium body with lower carbonation. Very nicely done.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear deep ruby color with almost no head and no lacing present.

The smell is an earthen malty aroma. Also the yeast give it a roasted and smoky nose

The mouth has a medium bodied feel. A ting from the hop and carbonation.

The flavor is a malty roasted caramel and it finishes on the dry side.

I'm not a big one for this style, but i'd call it drinkable. The 8.5% is hidden in the mouth but there is a nice warming characteristic on the way down.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Poured a clear ruby/amber color with a thin kahki colored head that dies down not long after pour. Very little lace retention throughout tasting. Smell is malty and somewhat nutty with a hint of brown sugar. I'm normally a hophead, but boy does this have some amazing flavors. Delicious malty chocolate flavors with a subtle raisiny undertone. Lacking bitter/hoppy character, but that's ok with this brew...(I can't believe I said that). This beer becomes even more delicious as the temperature rises a bit. I can't believe how drinkable this is for an 8.5%...I'm still in shock. This may have sparked an interest in me to begin searching outside the "hop-box" into real bocks...

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz dark brown bottle. Freshness date stamped on label.
Pours a ruby-hued mahogany color with a big, but fast fading beige white head and very little lacing.
A really sweet roasted malty smell is noticed upon first pour. A minor whiff of lemony citrus peel and chocolate lingers in the background. The 8.5%abv is well disguised.
Creme Brulee and the taste of bready rye bread are upfront. Sweet butterscotch and dark rum flavors wander in and last throughout. A light taste of milk chocolate and coffee with cream and sugar and roll in. Unlike the German style Dopplebock-style, this one provides some sharp, counterbalancing citrusy hop bitterness, as well as the underlying metallic tang. I like it!
The rich malty body is nearly creamy. Call me crazy, but a flavor very reminiscent of Kaula is noticed.

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

Poured a deep reddish amber color with a thick inch high off white head. smelled malty and a little fruity, like oranges. tastes big on bready malt at first, next onto a sweet and sour, slightly dry finish. a little residual hop bitterness can be tasted in between sips. mouthfeel is smooth, not much carbonation in here. this one goes down easy, i can't even taste the rather high ABV, it's very well covered by the malt. this is the kind of beer that can get you in trouble, nice taste, no hints of alcohol, and a fairly high ABV. it's rather good none the less.

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Photo of mcallister
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice looking DB. Molten ruby and clear up to light, or a caramel shade when not. Head is off white and fades quickly with very little lace.

I love the nose of Dopplebocks and this one is better than many. Thick lush caramel, toffee aromas with hints of milk chocolate, and a slight floral earthy ness. Sweet and malty-astic.

This is a damn good beer. Thick, juicy, resiny, and complex. Finish is almost forever. Chock full of toffee, melted sugary caramel, milk chocolate bar, and the slightest figgy cookie finish. Man that mouth is big bold and never ending. A floral bitterness, with earthy undertones also nestles around the tongue on the long finish.

The mouthfeel is so damned big and bold it would be hard to drink this vastly but a great beer nonetheless and worth trying anytime.

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Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a ruby red/brown color with little head tospeak of. The aroma is good. It's full of burnt caramel and warm alcohol. It's rich with quite a bit of malty sweetness. The taste is good. It's smooth and full bodied with loads of malts and a nice sweet finish. It's low on CO2 which doesn't do the beer justice. I imagine it's much better than what I'm tasting right now. The mouthfeel is lacking. It goes down slow and seems a bit flat. This is a good tasting beer, but the carbonation issue needs to be addressed. Maybe I got a bad bottle.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It is doppelbock o'clock...after a long day of tasting beers, this beer, which I had originally intended to try first, comes last. It poured a dark copper color. with a relatively large white head that quickly faded to a small white lace. Aroma had some nice toasted grains, and a definite honey presence to make things a bit sweeter. There was also the tiniest suggestion of fruit in there too, maybe rasberries. The honey came through nicely on the taste, with the fruit whispering its presence as well. What I liekd the most was that although the malt was there, it was not overpowering on the taste buds like some of the last doppelbocks I have tried. The body of this beer was thick and syrupy, not quite smooth per say, but not offensive on the palate. One or two would be perfect for me. This is probably the best I have tried of the style with the exception of Thomas Hooker's Liberator offering. An impressive beer to say the least.

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Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, dark chestnut with more intense reddish highlights under illumination. The foam was light brown and didn't form an overly thick cap with a vigourous pour, but did exhibit short-lived lacing throughout. Malty aroma, lots of breadiness with some toffee and a hint of cocoa. Dried fruits (prunes and raisins) melded nicely with light alcohol. Mild bitterness made itself apparent at the back of the palate. Very malty, but not overly sweet. Notes of bread crust, toasted grain, and caramel on the malt side, with plum and raisin rounding out the fruitiness. Alcohol warmth and flavour became integrated in the finish. Medium bodied, actually lighter than I expected, with carbonation that started crisp yet quickly became creamy. Good texture with just a little dryness. I really liked this - very malty without the cloying sweetness that can appear. Too bad it's only a seasonal, but at least I can get it.

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Photo of nase
3.26/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle Enjoy by 1.22.08

Tasting against an aged S'muttanator. Quite light against the S'muttanator which enhances drinkability for me. Feels considerably thinner. Same medicine-type aftertaste. Typical of doppelbocks?

App - 3, Smell - 3, Taste -3.5 , Mouth - 3, Drink - 4

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Photo of dbalsock
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was sooo good.

Appearance: Dark dark brown with a slight tan head.

Smell: Rich malts, molasses, brown sugar, alcohol and sweet bread all hit the nose, but leave any sense of hops behind (if they were even there to begin with).

Taste: Molasses and brown sugar are intense on the palate, but a hint of alcohol evens it out. It kinda tastes like an amazing brownsugar bread-pudding.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth on the palate with almost no bitterness, just enough to make me think about it. Very light, subdued alcohol with carbonation that is a little too heavy.

Drinkability: I found this very easy to drink. There's nothing harsh about it, and nothing unpleasant. The carbonation is a little heavy, but that's all that keeps it from being perfect.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear bronze-ish amber with a decent light brown ringed head and nice active carbonation. Nice big malty aroma ... Munich malts ? Nice rich malt flavors ... robust. Full-medium bodied and creamy.

Expensive and good but not totally justified in my mind... partially justified maybe :-)

Per label: "German malts and Double Decoction brewing"

Per VBC website:
Malts: 2 row German malt, including Beech smoked malt
Hops: German whole flowers
Alcohol by volume: 7.6%

'06' version ('6002' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 12/17/06

($10.99 / 6-pack)

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

No drink by date on the bottle. A generous pour led to a two finger, rich, light brown head that leaves a good amount of sticky lace and excellent retention. Color is a dark reddish brown.

Aroma is some light alcohol with garlic and pepper. The smell is earthy and slightly buttery.

Taste is a nice blend of malts and hops with an obvious lean toward the malt. I detect some warming alcohol presence as well.

The mouthfeel is medium to heavy and exerts its tanginess as it warms up. Excellent beer here.

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Photo of SwillBilly
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, ruby bordering on brown hue with a rather small tan head the faded quickly. A small wispy lacing is left on top of the beer.

Smell: Big, sweet and malty with hints of dark, ripe fruit, caramel and chocolate.

Taste: Malty sweet with hints of brown sugar, chocolate, molasses, caramel and dark fruits. A slight hop twang and roasted malts with just a touch of vanilla make for a rather dry finish with the roasted malts lingering on the tongue long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and chewy, full bodied and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: St. Victorious is a very nice sipper. Malty sweet with dark fruits, chocolate, and brown sugar with a nice roasty malt finish. Alcohol is well hidden in the flavor profile but you can feel its warming effects. A great beer to sip next to a fire on cold night. A really nice dopplebock and one I will definitely buy again. Another fine beer from the folks at Victory. Highly recommended.

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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 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 battlekow
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty typical doppelbock appearance: thick, murky brown with a minimum of head. I've come to associate this kind of look with spicy notes of alcohol, but I don't get any from St. Victorious. I do get the expected raisiny notes, but it's all pretty mellow. The taste, however, explodes in your mouth, primarily with chocolate, which surprised me a bit. This beer really tastes great. As with the smell, the alcohol is laying very low. Expectedly gooey mouthfeel. I'm not a huge doppelbock fan, but this one is fantastic.

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark ruby in color, gemlike against the light. Low carbonation, low head, but lots of lacing.

S: Sweet, raisiny malt scents, like candy. Brown sugar, too, makes itself apparent. Delicious-smelling.

T: Candy-sweet plums, raisins and brown sugar, with just a hint of balancing hops floating over the top. A very well-rounded flavor, with a surprising feel that seems to have a lot in common with a dark Belgian. Chewy, metamorphic, and delicious.

M: Nice, subtle effervescence. Soft and velvety on the tongue and palate.

D: Good, slow sipper, really nice characteristics that develop as one drinks.

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Photo of Toddv29424
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW thats a lot of malt! This beer pours a dark amber color with a strange haze in it. The smell is overpowering, and its simply all malt, no hops or spices. The taste is the same. In fact, if I didn't know any better I would have to say this is simply a malt beverage (although the 8.5% abv proves different). Pretty syrup-like consistancy as well, but the little bit of carbonation ensures that the taste doesn't get to old on the tongue.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz., best by 7/27/06, sampled 8/14 in a pilsner glass. It pours a clear dark mahogany with medium carbonation that rises slowly up to a thin, almost fizzy, yellowed head that leaves little lacing. It's fairly aromatic, with notes of molasses, sweet grains, rich dark malts, raisins, and perhaps dates. The flavor is rich, with a big molasses presence, sweet and dark malts, toasted or caramel malts, a mild spiciness, green hops, and a faint smoky taste. It is medium to thick with lively carbonation yet manages to remain quite smooth, leaving a medium finish. This is a big, hearty beer that is pretty easy to drink and tastes quite nice.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12oz longneck bottle into my tulip glass a deep, dark garnet hue that borders on brown. A half inch of khaki head rises up and quickly falls. Aromas of dark, rich bread along with dark fruit scents. A touch roasty with a hint of smoke hidden in there as well. Raisins, brown sugar, and a touch of hops. Quite the deep aroma here.

First sip brings a big, rich, fairly sweet bready maltiness upfront. Dark fruits, raisins, cocoa and a faint smokiness in the background that sets this one apart from other dopplebocks I have sampled. Hops are there as well. Overall, I found this to be a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is nice with plenty of chewy malt character. Goes down quite easily and hits the spot. A tasty dopplebock to be had here from Victory. This is one that I'd like to have again sometime. Thanks to FoolCircle for the opportunity.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber with a smallish head that melts to a ring of edge lacing...not sticky at all.
Aromas are sweet toasted malt, a little bread-i-ness, raisens and a few other dark fruits.
Taste is sweet raisins or mincemeat with sort of a rum like alcohol warmth and flavoring...faint but there. Finishes to a biscuit-like crispness and drying.
Mouthfeel is surprisingly tingly and sharp from the tiny carbonation and I suspect a hop I can't discern in either the aroma or taste. Mouthfeel is unfortunately a little weak and thin for style to my mind.

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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 577 ratings
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