St. Victorious | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a blind beer from the fridge.... This one came courtesy of nlmartin in the Blind Beers #4 BIF... The beer is consumed and reviewed blind-- without any knowledge of the style or brewery.

Poured into my New Belgium Globe glass.

Pours a rusty brownish red... Light beige head of less than 1 finger settled quickly and left little lacing... I'm totally unsure of the style from the looks of it-- but I'm guessing over 8% ABV due to the poor head and retention...

Smells like swiss miss hot cocoa... and some fruits? Hard to pinpoint what it is exactly... A hint of roasty, almost-but-not-quite coffee comes into play. The fruit note reminds me slightly of Nyquil-- but like a mix of the red and the green together. I suppose "medicinal" is probably a flaw in most cases, but it isn't a complete turn-off... Still having a hard time figuring out the style-- perhaps a Scotch Ale of some sort?

Ok.... Taste says this is a lager. Actually, the finish says lager. It is crisp and clean, no hints of esters or other "yeasty" notes... So I'll cross off Scottish Ale from the would-be suspects... Well, if my guess on the ABV is correct, and it is a lager, then I don't have too many options, right?
The taste is dry. Really dry. Bitter, dry, powdery cocoa... No notes of dark fruit, but there is a roasty quality that I would compare to cheap coffee. The finish is crisp and clean-- and VERY dry. No real hop notes-- unless they are responsible for a VERY slight earthy quality I seem to find just before the swallow.

Think of the most cloyingly sweet beer you've ever had-- this beer is that beer's polar opposite. This is so dry I feel like I need water.

In any case, I'm betting this is some sort of bock. Probably an American attempt at the style. The body is medium/full with low carbonation... Not bad. It has a little gritty character that keeps it from scoring really high for me.

Overall-- this isn't bad, but it isn't really one I'd pick up again. It drinks pretty easily.

Reveals bottle to be... Victory- St. Victorious Dopplebock...

Hmmm... Ok. So this is another in the long line of Victory beers that haven't "wowed" me. This is decent though, so it definitely deserves a C+/B-, which is respectable. I have another bottle of this kicking around somewhere-- so I suppose I'll revisit this one and edit the review if I deem fitting.

A-3.5, S-3, T-3.5, M-3, D-3.5

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Photo of billab914
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my brand new Three Floyd's glass. It poured a very nice looking, deep mahogany color. It started with a full and fizzy half inch head to it, but settled to a thin and spotty layer shortly after.

The aroma is not surprisingly very malty with toffee and caramel playing a prominent roll. Just a hint of a roasty, coffee like flavor comes through, as well as some fruity, cherry notes.

The toffee and caramel flavors are there throughout the flavor as well. It starts with more of the sweet, malty flavors to it, and as it finishes I get some balancing bitterness to it. Like the aroma, I get just a bit of a roasty, coffee like flavor to it as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate, but sharp. It's crisp and clean in the finish, making for a pretty easy drinking beer. Drinkability was good, I enjoyed the flavors a lot. A good version of the style, and a good beer overall.

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

A- Dark hue with nice head. Clean and opulent.
S- Boozey, sweet, acidic, citrus, bready malt.
T- Fantastic melange of rich malts and german hops! Cherry tartness, chocolate notes. Bready, Rich and complex!
M- Very nice mouthfeel and the best carbonation I've ever had! Fireworks I tell you...
D- 8.5%? Where?

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

Pours a deep ruby red with a beautiful creamy head. The head is dense and doesn't diminish. Smells a bit rich and malty, booze, sweet and yet tart cherries. Chocolate is predominately upfront and is the first notable flavor. This is followed by some sweet and tart cherries. Hops are barely noticeable, but the finish is a bit dry. Thick rich chewy malts, chocolate, and a light tart cherry are the most notable flavors.

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

St. Victorious pours a very deep copper color. It's clear and has gorgeous crimson highlights when held to light. It's topped with an off-white head that rises to a finger or so in depth. It recedes quickly, leaving very little lace in its wake.

I like the nose. It's relatively simple and straight forward. It's a little malty up front, but doesn't smell sweet. Chocolate malts have a nice cocoa aroma throughout. It has an herbal quality to it that I can't quite put my finger on. Perhaps it stems from hops, which are much more apparent than I expected. They smell like noble hops and have an earthy scent to them. Alcohol is blended extremely well.

The flavor is very impressive. The malt base consists of cocoa and light caramel. The caramel seems to add just a touch of sweetness. Noble hops are in the mix and have an herbal and grassy flavor. They have a lively flavor and really do spruce things up. Yeast has a surprisingly strong presence, and a nice flavor. It has an interesting, very positive effect. I like it a lot. Alcohol is masked extremely well. I wouldn't have guessed this is anywhere near 8% territory. Finishes earthy and dry, with just a hint of cocoa.

St. Victorious has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is relatively light, but a little more body wouldn't be a bad thing. Feels smooth nonetheless. Drinkability is excellent. This is one tasty Doppelbock that goes down so easily. A 12 oz. is honestly not enough.

St. Victorious is a really impressive release from Victory Brewing Company. It's an excellent take on the Doppelbock style, and could easily be confused with an authentic German Doppelbock. It has a ton of flavor and really delivers in just about every way. I wouldn't mind a little more body, but I can't complain. Excellent stuff! Seek it out.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Revisiting this one due to pleasant memories from back East. It pours a clear ruby garnet topped by a half-finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises rye bread, wheat, light cocoa, and light maple syrup. The rye really brings a good amount of breadiness to the aroma. The taste follows the nose pretty closely, with a mild touch of roasted malts thrown in to compliment the aforementioned rye breadiness. The cocoa has morphed into some slightly bitter dark chocolate as well, creating a light coffee flavor in the back. It all comes together rather nicely. The body is a svelte medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice d-bock. 'Nuff said.

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

Enjoy by Jan 10 2012, the label says.

A - Deep crimson mahogany body with a small tan head. The two don't seem compatible, but the beer is a lovely color.

S - toffee, dark fruits, earthy notes. hints of lemon.

T - Tart fruit sweetness up front, vanilla and toffee malt on the back with a dry finish. Interesting and complex.

M - fairly robust, but not heavy. dry.

D - Quite drinkable. Tasty, and interesting, and not preventative in any way.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner. Caramel brow, creamy head with great retention. Smell burned caramel, roasted barley and some floral notes from hops. Taste sweet and malty up front, caramel, vanilla, the roasted barley showing through and merging with a nice bitterness in the finish. Incredibly drinkable for the alcohol, a great beer.

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

On-tap at Busy Bee served in a tulip glass a deep crisp amber with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is burnt caramel malts and a hint of alcohol. The taste is caramel malts and dried fruits in front of Earthy hops giving way to a lingering dried fruit finish. The beer is medium bodied with mild alcohol presence. This is a unique and enjoyable Dopplebock, one I could certainly see myself ordering again.

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

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass (AC/DC themed, if you must know)

a: pours a deep dark ruby color with a thick two finger head that slowly settles into a thin lacing.

s: rich aroma. notes of sweet toasted malts, caramel and ripe fruit. i can already tell this is gonna be a deliciously malty dopplebock.

t: deliciously malty. great malt complexity. notes of caramel, toasted malts (bready character) and a very subtle crispiness (hops?). very very good. probably one of the best US made dopplebocks i've had. even rivals weihenstephan korbanian (my fav)

m&d: smooth mouthfeel; good drinkability.

again, this is probably the best US made dopplebock i've had. i keep seeing people mentioning Troeggenator dopplebock....the troegs' bock is good, but it just doesn't have the same german character that this one does. well done.

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Photo of rwillh
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Amber. It looks like a double bock. About one finger head.

Smell: Malt, Chocolate, Spice. Not all that strong of a smell for a double bock

Taste: Awesome. One of the best double bocks I've had. Its Malty, and sweet, but not overly sweet. Hints of chocolate and spice, maybe some caramel and coffee too. "Liquid Bread" is not a bad description

Mouthfeel: Very full/chewy, which is what I am looking for in a doubhle bock.

Drinkability: Alcohol hidden well, could definitely have more than one in a sitting. Not something you are going to polish off 4-5 in one go, but that's not the idea.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-: semi-cloudy amber/mohagany, 1 finger head, patchy lacing

S: malt, hint of nuts, chocolate, spice, bread.

T: big malt sweet spice middle with hint of bitter in finish.

M: med/heavy, smooth, good carbonation, went down smooth!

D: I have had a few Victory beers and I have LOVED them, this did not fail me. Wonderful brew and if you love Dopplebocks, treat yourself and give this feast a try. The alcohol is well-hidden and the delightful PA made-German style beer will warm your spirit.

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Photo of Brad007
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a mild burgundy color with a one-finger head into my glass. Beautiful colors are always a good thing.

Sweet, possibly chewy malt greets the nose. The smell of spring is in the air, is it not? A slight alcoholic edge is present as well.

Thick, chewy malt dazzles the tongue with a slight hint of plum. Lots of alcohol warmth as well.

Good overall mouthfeel. The alcohol kind of overwhelms the palate though.

A decent example at best.

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Photo of BB1313
3.15/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoy by Dec. 17, 2011. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a nice trasparent brown with a vibrant red tone, nice color. Nice head, but disappears quickly along with the lacing. Nice nose, lots of caramel, chocolate, malts, and breads up front. The taste is almost metallic or tinny. It took me by surprise, although the flavors came together somewhat the more you drink. Once again, lots of caramel and chocolate. There's also a slight nuttiness as well. Alcohol is noticeable, slightly warm, finishes dry for the most part. Fizzy mouthfeel, but smooth enough. To me, this could be a really great beer, but something didn't connect with me in the flavor department.

There's something holding me back from really enjoying this beer, but I definitely respect it.

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Photo of far333
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany colored with a low head of light brown foam. Low aroma of lightly roasted malt and marshmallow, some nutty notes. Rich and complex flavors of cocoa and coffee, plus caramel and slight woody notes, some root beer, marshmallow. Full and even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, slight warming of the cheeks. Very tasty, great beer, and very drinkable despite the strength.

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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 cbutova
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Crimson red body with a foamy white head that gets to be about two fingers. Retention is pretty good. A few small spots of lace from a small ring.

S- Really not much going on to me. I get some toasty nutty malt and dark, somewhat medicinal fruit. Somewhat grainy and a tiny bit roasty.

T- Toasted nutty malt profile with a dark fruit overtone. A bit of roast malt blends in with a general grainy feel. Just a tiny bit of alcoholic flavor. Fair sweets and caramel.

MF- Body is a bit light for me. It has a somewhat watery feel with high carbonation and a fair warmth from the high ABV. Some bitters.

DB- Flavorful but it is strong and a bit medicinal to me. It feels a bit out of balance and just doesn't drink smoothly in my personal opinion. Not bad but there are other style examples I would drink before this.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the bottle, the beer pours a brown, cloudy color with a thin to medium cap of foam. The appearance isn't bad, but isn't the beers strongest suit. The aroma is where the goodness begins. Sweet malty grains envelop the nostrils in waves. The malt and grain on the palate produce a moist and pleasing mouthfeel. Sweetness rises but is then replaced by dry bitter hops as the beer moves toward the back. The hops provide ample balance to the blast of malt. Neither the malt nor the hops becomes overwhelming, making this brew highly drinkable. The complexity of the malt is the real show here.

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Photo of goblue3509
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown cola like color that is clear with a slight tan head which gives way to ver little lacing. The aroma is of caramel malt, chocolate, and dark fruits. The taste has a caramel and breadiness back bone with hints of the dark fruits and a slight chocolate flavor. The mouthfeel is medium carbonation. The drinkability is good it is complex enough to keep your interest and an easy enough drink to not deter you. The alochol is very well hidden as well.

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

This is my fourth one out of a six pack (over a few days!) and the BA guys have their reviews right on the mark. Dark, raisin, chocolate with a hint of sweetness. Extremely drinkable (fantastic with zah) and a great malty head. I feel it, but I'm having a hard time figuring out where the alcohol is. Wow, I'm going to have to get another 6'er of these.

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

a- Very nice deep amber brownish color. Almost non-existent head that disappeared very quickly.

s- rich malts, chocolate, cherry, smoky and not a lot of hops.

t- very smooth and malty. a bit alcoholic.

m- a bit heavy but very smooth. decent carbonation.

d- I was very surprised by this beer. Not my typical brew but I really enjoyed it. I don't know that i'd love 2 in a row but this one was really good.

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Photo of MookDawg
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle decanted into a Celebrator .3l glass

A - crystal clear, deep carmel color, reddish highlights, 1/2" tan head, dissipated within a minute. Carbonation keeps lightly bubbling up, with constant thin ring around the top edge.

S - dark fruits, alcohol, sweet malt, and dark sugars. Not as aromatic as I think doppelbocks should be.

T - hints of alcohol, sweet malt, and fruits. A little burnt/carmelized aftertaste.

M - chewy, a little syrupy, but smooth.

Overall - A decent doppelbock, but not the greatest. I think more time in the bottle will allow it to balance some of the harsher alcoholic notes out and let the malt sing.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany brown with nice clarity and a thin tan head that doesn't stick around. The aroma is deeply malty and authentic, with notes of molasses and turbinado sugar, multigrain bread, slight smoke, herbal hops and alcohol. The flavor is similar with sugary malt upfront (notes of caramel, molasses, turbinado sugar) along with some toasted bread, dark fruits, herbal hops, a hint of smoke and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth and drinkability is very good. Very tasty American dopplebock, certainly one of the best domestic interpretations.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a tulip-shaped glass at My Place in Newtown, Conn.

A: Deep, ruby amber in color with a thin, whispy head of off-white foam which disipated and left a ring of carbonation quite rapidly. Carbonation looks good and there's a bit of a chilled haze to the brew.

S: Very fruity, malty, bready aroma with some expected yeasty and wheat German malt mustiness. Bits of apple, pear and berries sneak over the somewhat alcoholic and low bitter aromas.

T: Sweet, bready, delicate and fruity malt sweetness combine with a bit of an alcoholic and low bitter hop bite. The linked proteins and tannins are a bit to chew on, but add a fruity, sweet, malty dimension to this complex dopplebock.

M: Sweet, full-bodied and a little sticky malt mouthfeel leads into an herbal, caramel, bittersweet finish with some grassy, earthy hops noted in the aftertaste.

D: A big, potent doppelbock to put down all night; in fact, you're better off sampling and moving on. The sweetness might be enough to deter novice palates not acclimated to the rich, lager style. Otherwise, I can't complain too much, save perhaps its balance and compromised hop balance.

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


Pours a brownish red color, small off-white head with good retention.

Smells of cherries and dark sugary malts.

Taste is like toasted grains with a bit of sweetness like chocolate. Mild hop flavor in the aftertaste avoids being bitter.

Full mouth with very low carbonation.

Strength makes it hard to drink a lot of it, but what you do drink goes down easily and enjoyably. Very good and would definitely have again.

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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 574 ratings.
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