St. Victorious | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

377 Reviews
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 righthereisay
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Decided to try this for the 1st round of the divisional playoffs. It went well with the Cardinals/Falcons game.

Nice dark color. Very nice dark flavor. Full bodied, which was a surprise, based on the alcohol content.

I cannot taste the alcohol (compared to other brews, such as Brooklyn Chocolate)

I consider this beer a great Winter treat. I may purchase again. Would like to see it in a Victory variety pack.

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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 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 ZeroSignal
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with freshness date, poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Dark amber pour with a good finger's worth of light brown head and a nice lace.

S - Notes of toasted bread crust and golden malts. Light fruity aroma.

T&M - Deliciously bready with both a crustiness and a bit of cereal. Big malt bill with lot's of toasty bits. Fuller bodied with a big feel. Sweetness comes through with a good dose of caramel. Some of the sweetness sticks around at in the finish, and makes me think of toffee.

O - What a delicious beer. Lot's of malty goodness and pretty much everything I think a Doppelbock is supposed to be, and executed brilliantly.

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Photo of larryi86
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A fairly clear brown with a hint of red and a nice one finger head

S- Caramel malts, hint of toasted malts, dark fruits

T- Sweet, complex, very close to the nose. Earthy, toasted finish with a hint of bitterness, I feel that it goes well with with the sweetness.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- This is a really good beer, and I am very happy I picked it up. I am very impressed by the complexity, can't wait to get more.

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

This beer came to me a brown/copper/amber color that was clear. The head was a cream/light tan color that was not that dense and lasting. Semi-decent carbonation was felt on the tongue. I did not really notice a lace. The aromas that came from the glass were of dark rich malts, dandelions, and some dark fruits (plum, raison) It has a solid rich flavor that was really good. I tasted caramel, dark malts, light cocoa, dark sweet fruits, roasted nut, light earth and some bitter hops (which was not overbearing, rather enjoyable.) This beer is not over powering in any departments, all smells and flavors are well balanced. It left a great feeling in 3 senses; my mouth, nose and even eyes were all pleased. Another score for VICTORY.

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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 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 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 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 Jason
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Obvious decoction mash here, some many complex levels of maltiness it is crazy! Nice layer of hop bitterness to keep any kind of cloying sweetness away. The mouth feel was so creamy from the dense malt body. Tasted of freshly baked brown bread with a hint of spicy alcohol.

On of the best domestically brewed Double Bocks I have had to date.

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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 bierman2000
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy, delicious and malty with an opaque dark reddish brown color.. excellent Belgian lace throughout the glass and very chocolaty as well as that kick of alocohol. Mouthfell is smooth and velevety but be warned this Doppelbock will hit you hard due to the ABV..very drinkable but very dangerous.

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

Appearance: pours a clear dark copper color with a nice two finger head. The head lasts a while. Some spotty lacing develops. Slow rising carbonation bubbles are visible.

Smell: caramel candy and brown sugar sweetness.

Taste: nice malt backbone. Tons of caramel with some ripe fruits and mild bitterness. A brief hint of smokiness does hit the tongue during the swallow, but is short lived. Some alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: basically smooth, leaning towards syrupy. Long aftertaste as caramel and sweetness linger on the tongue. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: very easy drinking for the style. Must pick up a six pack or try on tap. Great beer.

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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 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 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 corby112
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark amber/ chestnut brown color with thin tan head hthat settles into thin lace. Nice roasted chocolate, malty aroma. Roasted malty flavor that lasts throughout, with hints of chocolate, caramel, chestnut and licorice. Very well-balanced and quaffable with a bitter sweet dry hoppy finish.

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

Fuel & Fiddle Pitt. PA.

Pours an amber hued nutty brown, beige head didn't stay long but left a neat ring.

smells of butterscotch, maybe maple, raisin, little citrus spice

Flavor is really complex. similar to aroma. wonderful balance of intricate malt and hop possibilities. Warm alcohol.

Smooth mouth feel. Hop undertone keeps away any sticky mouthfeel. Creamy and dense but not overly so.

Proves to be an excellent accompaniment to a meal or a great desert . I wouldn't go further than two solely due to the abv ...

Overall mmm...

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Photo of stewart124
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany color with an off-white head that hangs around for a bit. Smells of dark malts and spices. Slight hints of cinnamon come to mind as well as plums and raisins. Strong tastes of old aged malts and bits of hops hit the palate followed by a warming alcohol feel that warms the stomach and brings a smile. Delcious tastes of fruits such as plums and rum raisins bring this beer to a nice complexity. Very nice brew.

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

This beer pours rich, dark ruby color with minimal tan head which dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is powerful and is apparent as soon as you pour it. Its sweet and toasty bouquet is so pleasant that I start thinking that some company should capture it in an air freshener. The flavor is sweet and rich. The beer goes down easy. May be too easy, as reviewing it proves to be a challenge since I just want to enjoy it without thinking about the technical mambo jumbo. Somewhat high alcohol content blends perfectly into the drink and packs a nice punch. As the beer goes down your throat you are left with sweet warmth wanting more. This would be perfect on a chilly night. Enjoyed from bottle in a quietness of my home. Best before August 2005 (drank May 2005).

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

Deep brown with an off-white head. Aroma heavy on carmel and toffee notes. Smells almost like perfection, but just a little boozy. tatse is more dark carmel and toffee flavors with just a touch of dark chocolate. Really no roastiness, just creamy malt with a touch of bitterness to wrap things together on the finish. Mouthfeel is very thick and pleasing for a cold-weather beer. Drinkability is good, but the alcohol detracts from the experience just a bit. If it were a bit better disguised (or if I aged the beers a bit more) it would be exquisite.

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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 571 ratings.
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