St. Victorious | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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

Pours with one half inch of foamy tan head lasting for about 30 seconds giving way to a very thin layer that stays for the entirety drink. The body is a deep, rich brown dominated by red. Not quite as dark as expected for the style.

This brew is very sweet and rich on the nose dominated by a rush of good hoppiness. Earthy with plenty of dried sweet fruits and candied walnuts. The hop aroma is very fresh and sweet for this style of beer.

The initial flavor of big maltiness is followed by a mellow hop flavor. The typically bready quality of doppelbocks is not missing here. The hops are always present but never become too overbearing. The sweetness is comparable to a quality Vermont maple syrup. Alcohol content is barely noticeable.

The mouthfeel is a little heavy but certainly not beyond DB standards. A little too sweet for a session brew. This is certainly not the best DB available but a worthy domestic representation of the style.

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

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear deep amber with a tannish head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was strongly malty with a moderate alcohol presence. Some chocolate malt character was notable and dark fruits, prunes mostly, but some raisins, existed in the aroma. The aroma also contained a light smoky presence and complexity.

The flavor was malty with a smoky character (can this be right?). The flavor was dark caramel and fairly strong smoked sausage character as if the beer contained some rauchmalt. The smoke was not high enough to be a rauchbier, but was strong enough to really detract from the character of a dopplebock. Some dark fruits, again, more prunes than raisins, were present and in the background.

The finish was dry with a lasting dry smoke character coupled with an underlying chocolate into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly low carbonation. The warming after consumption was only slight. I expected this to be a much different beer and the smoke was completely not what was expected and did not contribute complexity to anything other than the aroma.

12 ounce bottle. Enjoy by Jul 27, 06. Thanks BeerBeing!

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Photo of palffyfan
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Amber red, quite transparent, forms head pretty easily.

Smell - Fruity notes dominate along with some malty tones. Smell is unique but quite faint.

Taste - Rich malty taste, with some grainy background. Feels like a very full beer, with abundant flavors. Although the flavor might not be the best out there, the beer certainly packs a punch and is worth a try.

Drinkability - Definately worth drinking, but this is not a beer to enjoy with friends on a casual occasion (I think its more sophisticated than that).

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Photo of MeLikeBeer
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown, almost orange with a substantial half-inch, tan head. The thick sustains itself for almost my entire tasting.

Smells fruity and malty, with an overwhelming sweetness to it.

Caramel/Toffee/Molasses lay siege to my tastebuds, a overall hoppiness keeps this brew from crossing the line into sweetness. Malty as well.

Goes down smooth with little aftertaste. This is a great dopplebock.

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

Awesome DB – weakest part was the pour, a nice clear mahogany brown – but a frail head that died easily.

Good aroma of chocolate and hints of coffee, rich malt notes. The quaff confirmed the malty backbone of the deep roasted barley, great hints of chocolate throughout the glass.

Initial hoppy fizz in the mouth, moves towards the malt, then back to a carbonated hop finish. Very robust and tangy. Oh, the 8.5% is well hidden, and not noticeable until after the bottle, when you stand to go get another!

Cheers to BeerBeing for the chance.

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

12oz bottle from BeerBeing as part of UTBIF. Thanks for the opportunity. Enjoy by Jul 27 06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" orangey tan head above the clear burgundy brew. Dense head lasts nicely, with ample lace. Aroma is vinous with malty sweetness and dark fruits. Taste is hearty grain, with light fruitiness mixed in, light alcohol flavor at the close to accompany the ample warmth. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both excellent. Could easily be a dangerous brew to have many of in the fridge.

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

Poured into a tall flute glass. I like the monk's smile!

A: Pours a dark copper with ruby hues. Nice one and a half finger cream colored frothy head that has great retention. Nice spider web lace on the sides.
S: Sweet aromas of caramel and butterscotch with a dark fruit like background. Slightly smokey too...
T & M: Tastes of dark fruit malt flush through the mouth with a sweetness that follows up nicely. Smooth and creamy throughout the mouth. Sweet, almost sugary aftertaste at the back of the mouth thats coupled with a dryness on the front of the tongue. Pretty nice carbonation up front. Gets slighty buttery as it warms up.
D: Definately a highly drinkable beer. Victory has many fantastic examples of styles and this hits the mark as well. great tasting doppelbock.

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Photo of villainchiwwin
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

dark brown with a tinge of ruby, thick orangish-beige head that dwindled, little to no lacing.
big ol' malty smell - brown sugar, roasted nuttiness, and some dark fruit (prunes and dates).
chewy yet smooth and creamy texture with a hit of crispness after; full-bodied malt tonic--roasty hazelnut, moderately sweet chocolate, molasses (bready), similar dark fruits as suggested in the nose, and even a very slight hint of plum at the front before well-balanced hop bitterness comes forward with slight astringency as the brew is allowed to warm. semi-dry, lengthy finish.
this is a proper dopple with some massive character and refined subtleties, giving those germans a run for their money.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a tall steamed glass. The tan head stood up tall and slowly faded to nothing. The liquid is a very dark brow that when held to light emits wonderful flu recent red tones.

The smell is of sweet malt with hints of chocolate. No alcohol present very nice.

Taste is strong of sweet and smooth milk chocolate, no alcohol and notes of licorice, and caramel. mm mm good, Yummy!

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Coating just a bit of light carbonation.

Drinkability is very high. This is not a cone but a very good doppelbock that has its own style and taste. This is a keeper. MK

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Photo of rokoch27
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours sweet, syrupy, dark amber with the underplayed malt aroma of a rich lager. Warming malt flavors slide in with a hint of spice, but presents as a nice, chewy doppelbock. Smooth like molassas; Victory knows how to make a good lager and I'll certainly be looking for this one next winter!

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Photo of joedon
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with garnet highlights. Ivory head that sticks to the sides. Not much aroma; very light malt-caramel.

Big flavor. Strong dark malt taste with caramel, fruit, burnt sugar in the background.Finishes with a hint of sourness.

Excellent body and carbonation. Very drinkable. Not as big as Salvator or Celbrator but a nice dopplebock.

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Photo of waughbrew
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty rustish red with a small beige head. Honey-smoked ham and caramel-coated chocolate in the nose with an intimate aroma too from the fresh hoppaging. The flavor starts the same and then just kinda deflates. It certainly doesn't carry through like I was hoping that it would. Leaves the mouth a little skanky. Too bitter? I think so. Too bland in the end? I think so. This is a decent beer, but not what I expect from a doppelbok. Give me more flavor.

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

On tap at Linwood 5/2/06. Served in a pint glass.

This is a very good dopplebock. It pours a nice brown with a thin head. It smells of dark malt. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy, with the tastes of chocolate and dried fruit coming through. Definitely something I would drink again.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Dark reddish brown colored brew. Half inch of white head that disspated fairly quickly leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.

Aroma of sweet malt, some brown sugar. Very much a doppelbock aroma, but not overpowering.

Great tasting beer. Similar to smell. Sweet malt, brown sugar, Surprisingly some hints of smoke.

Excellent mouthfeel. Not too thick, but plenty of body. One of the better doppelbocks I've had.

This is going down really well. Very drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce bottle with a very colorful but classically styled Victory label which is styled along similar lines to the St. Boisterous which I tried last night. Dark purple background with a cheery Father Xmas like chap sporting a Monk style hair job and an under proportioned hand clenching a bottle which is raised with a classic V sign. Lots of blurb to the left describe the background to this brew and references the German Doppelbock style which it trades as. No strength listed but it has an ‘Enjoy By July 27 06’ Date.

Appearance: Looks the business, right from the first pour to the last sip which I sucked out of the glass. Shimmering body is perfectly pellucid with a crystal clarity that defines the mahogany body with a ruby sparkle. Medium conditioning level with a resilient presence which supports the tan colored head which stays around for the drink and leaves a light splodgenessabounds lacing which slides back into the mire with ease.

Nose: Rich odors of brown Brogues freshly polished with Kiwi Shoe Wax, new leather school satchels and dubbin soaked hiking boots all mixed in with some sweet malts, a bready middle and some caramel with a spicy Edinburgh toffee in the back end. Wow, it’s not often that a beer inspires me to immediately think of new phrases to describe such aromas, but this one does. Hard to slip into descriptive clichés for this one. Oooohh this is good stuff.

Taste: Deeper than the nose, the tastes seem to retain a fantastic composure given the intriguing aromas and complex presentation. The tanned hides and polished leather which I got from the nose runs through the middle of the brew as well. The malts are the headlining act here, toasted caramel and toffee with a Brandysnap finish. Deliciously sinful.

Mouthfeel: Excellent feel, just strong enough to support the laden malt middle yet still impart a light feel that lends an airy texture and continues to draw the drinker back for more. Some alcohol is barely detectable, it’s easy to forget that it is here though, way too easy in fact.

Drinkability: Gorgeously put together, supreme balance, just perfect all around, devastatingly drinkable. Get me a Case!

Overall: Whereas the earlier bottle of the sister brew, St. Boisterous seemed to lack carbonation, the St. Victorious was an awesome highly polished all-round performer, much better than I recall my first taste of this during my first ever visit to the Victory Brewery tap two years ago. Recommended.

A Churchillian V-fingered salute to the main man, BigHuge for this beauty. I’d be picking this up by the Six-Pack if I could.

Music: Splodgenessabounds, ‘Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please’

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

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: The beer is a brownish purple color with a short thick off-white head that fades quickly and leaves almost no lacing on the glass.

S: Heavy malty aroma of raspberry, raisin, roasted coffee and tea.

T: The taste is just as malty and sweet as the smell indicates. There’s barely any hint of hops or alcohol. There’s surprisingly little after-taste for such a sweet beer.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-full body, light-to-medium carbonation and a very clean finish.

D: This beer goes down very easily, especially if you’re partial to the fruity flavor. It’s also not as filling as I expected. The first beer that I had in this style wasn’t very good. Even if the Dopplebock hasn’t been vaulted into the status of my favorite beer types, this particular beer has redeemed my faith in the style.

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

Bottle states drink by Jul 27 06. No problem. Love the fat monk on the label.

A - dark, dark brown, like a very dark brown ale. Mahogony with hints of ruby red. Perfectly clear. Virtually no head, but what is there lies like a ring around the edge of the glass, slightly off-white to light tan. A little bit of lacing, but not a lot.

S - very bready, malty. Aroma of baked bread, grains, yeast. Slighty sweet aroma of sugar, malt. Very little hop aroma, maybe a little bit of earthiness in there.

T - sweet malt chocolatiness, almost a little cotton candy-ish. Some nutty flavors. Slight tanginess. Pronounced bitterness balances out the malt sweetness pretty well. Hop flavor is slightly spicy and earthy.

M - medium bodied, a little thick in your mouth, sticky. Carbonation is on the medium to medium low side.

D - highly tasty brew, on the filling side due to the body and sweetness. Good example of the doppelbock style.

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

On-tap at the Blue Nile.

Dark brown body with no head, served in a Westmalle chalice. Smells delicious with dark fruity malts. Taste is rich with licorice and chocolate followed by the fruit. Creamy and somewhat thick mouthfeel and very drinkable. A very fine beer.

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

A classic doppel that rates with the best of the best.

Pours a nice clear auburn color...nose has some dark fruits...cocoa...very inviting.

Flavor is rich and malty....some dark fruits (plums) and cocoa...toasted malt impressions as well...

Body is on the low side of full....smooth...some nice warming characteristics but it is not harsh at all....very smooth...

Overall a hell of a doppel...reminds me some of Celebrator in that it is not a huge in your face brew....subtle...smooth...tasty...nicely done....

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

Color is deep red-brown with glowing orange highlights and a nice cream-tan color head. Aroma is darkly sweet and spicey. Alcohol sharpness, vanilla, cream, bark and maple. Taste comes on like a thick wave in slow motion. Light fruits, cream, spice, toasted and full malts. Real yummy. Heavy chewy deliciousness in the mouth and goes down real easy for is thickness. Slight alcoholic bite gives a nice kick to it.

Thanks again Victory.

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

Pours a deep chestnut color with crimson highlights and a modest, creamy tan head. The aroma is great: toasted caramel, sweet toffee, distant dark fruits - rich and creamy. Deliciously malty upfront - complex, layered malts - toasted then sweet then doughy with an unexpected hoppy finish. A little fruity alcohol. Full, balanced, and enjoyable.

I'm glad I found some of this in my area, a very tasty doppelbock. Goes well with all the rain outside.

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

This poured to a dark brown and ruby with a minor head.

The smell is of nice and deep dark malts. The taste has a good amount of chocolate on top of the malts, and almost a bit of wheat flavor. Hops are pronounced in the fininsh. The mouthfeel is full, and drinkability is good.

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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 Zorro
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 Oz bottle thanks to Imstillthegman.

Poured in to my glass I am rewarded by a clear strikingly crimson colored beer. Back light only intensifies the color and shows a brilliant maroon colored beer with a tan head.

Smell is good clean and malty. A bit grassy in aroma you can smell a fair bit of Nobel hop in this one. Not nearly as good smelling as it looks.

Taste is a little sweet and grassy with a malty after taste. On the dry side for a Doppelbock this lacks complexity.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but not anywhere near the best of its style. Not a beer I can really recommend.

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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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