St. Victorious | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

St. VictoriousSt. Victorious
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4.06/5
576 Ratings
St. VictoriousSt. Victorious
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
Ranking:
#2,800
Reviews:
378
Ratings:
576
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
107
Gots:
26
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Ratings: 576 |  Reviews: 378
Photo of beer2day
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a strong red tint. Two-finger head with faint retention. Very fine carbonation. Decent lacing.

Very sweet nose. Very. Fruity, perhaps muscadines. Nice.

Hits very sweet, quickly turning roasty and finishing almost smoky. Picking up almonds in the finish.

Not as chewy as some doppels, but a very nice smoothness to it.

A little much for a warm spring day, but very nice on a cool spring night.

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Photo of drcarver
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Medium brown color with a small quickly fading light brown head. The body was clear and flat (no carbonation)

A - Roasted malt aromas finishing with a bit of molasses

F - sweet burnt flavors and slightly salt. Long aftertaste that hangs in the nose.

M - Full bodied and bubbly (despite no visible carbonation). Syrupy.

D - Doesn't go down smooth, but you don't choke it down either.

A food note - don't pair with grains. They turn the beer sour.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Imperial pint glass. Appears a deep chestnut color with about an inch of lingering ecru foam. No lacing to speak of. The nose is filled with notes of sweet malt, chocolate, and fruits such as plums and figs. Tastes of bready caramelized malts/grain, very light touch of smoke and coffee, mild cocoa powder, and plums. Tasty stuff! Just about full bodied with medium carbonation and some warming alcohol. Take your time with this one and enjoy.

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Photo of MunchkinDrinker
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy deep mahogany with a dark cream colored head that comes up out of nowhere. Not much lacing.

S - Bready with some subdued overripe dark fruit. Some odd sweetness and spiciness.

T/M - The sweetness from the smell doesn't come through. Very strong steely malt flavor with a pleasant frothy/chalky mouthfeel, like what you'd expect out of a quad. Bready, the frutiness from the aroma doesn't come through either, though the general spiciness does.

D - Though the alcohol is masked, I just don't think this is that quaffable.

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

a: deep brown-amber colored lager with orange coming out around the edges, small wisps of carbonation produced upon pouring soon disappear to leave only a thin ring around my glass

s: rich with malty doppelbock aromas - dark tree fruits and toasty munich malt dominant with a sweet/sour thing going on, apple, hardwood and an interestingly smoky peat aroma, root spice, mild herbal hops, the malt depth makes it

m: carbonation on the low side, body full without being thick

t: a slight letdown after the aroma, with much of the complexity found on the nose not coming through, still, there's a nice toasty munich malt body, notes of dark tree fruit and apple, a brushing of butter on the tongue after swallowing, and a mild, pleasant herbal bitterness in the finish

d: lager-easy, especially for an 8.5 percent beer

single from Norm's, Vienna, VA - best by Dec 02, 2009

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Photo of mirish72
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is simply a great beer. I was given a six pack as a gift and loved every one of those beers.

I tend to drink a lot of IPA's and DIPA's so this was a pleasant change of pace. The appearance of the beer throws you, it looks like it should be much more bitter than it is. It carries a solid, but not over powering essence of malty goodness.

I haven't actually seen this for sale in MA, but it has caused me to try other dopplebocks that are available, like Troegs. If you can get your hands on it, pick it up, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Enjoy by Dec 2009 date on label. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.15.

A: Solid deep mahogany hue with 1-2 finger, dense off-white/tangerine head with good retention and lacing.

S: Mild but enjoyable with leather, musty maltiness, and herbal hops aromas

T: Full-flavored without being overly sweet. Spicy hops play a big role in the interesting flavor. Bigtime caramel maltiness with a touch of cocoa and yeastiness adds to a good flavor profile. Alcohol is there but not overbearing.

M: Very sneaky smooth with medium-full body and medium carbonation and semi-sweet malty and herbal hops aftertaste

D: A highly drinkable dopplebock which is widely available and great quality as everything Victory produces.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best used date of Dec. 2 2009.

Pours a nice red/amber color with one finger of head that disappears instantly.

Smells like sweet caramel and brown sugar. Also dried fruit and figs.

This is a tasty Doppelbock. Nice and sweet. Big and complex. I'm loving the flavor mix.
I taste molasses, brown sugar, and a touch of roastedness.
Verywell balanced out.

Good mouthfeel. Nice and chewy. Great alcohol warmth but not too overwhelming.

This is another great example from Victory!

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Photo of ballewblake
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into my NB Sniffer.

Tiny tan head on initial pour that vanished almost instantly. Dark purple body lets a little light in. Lacing doesn't last long. Nose has lots of coffee and chocolate in it. Wow, very tasty, chocolate and coffee notes on the tongue with some alcohol heat. Great mouthfeel, carbonation is there and in force. Love this one, thanks to Adam (PEBKAC) for the brew.

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

Lighly chilled and poured into Duvel glass and allowed to warm to room temperature over the course of the tasting. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Clear dark brown with reddish undertones. The fine bubbles in the 1/4" light tan head quickly thin leaving a small rim around the glass, a thin layer of foam on the surface and virtually no lacing. Eventually even the surface foam fades away.

Smell: The aroma is of rich sweet malt with brown sugar, a faint bitter roast smell, a trace of dark fruits and a trace of alcohol.

Taste: Begins with dark semi-sweet malt and quickly shifts to brown sugar or dark caramel sweet malt and traces of dark fruit followed by a hint of bitterness. This is very complex.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with faint light carbonation and a long, dry and slightly bitter finish.

Drinkability: Very good drinkability but this is a beer for sipping and savoring so one a night is just right.

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Photo of SuperWhite92
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark but transparent brown- obviously not bottle conditioned. Good carbonation with an off-white head that fades quickly. Smells sweet, maybe a little bready or something along those lines. Smell is also a little smokey perhaps? Taste is superb. Plenty of malts, plenty of substance, hints of smoke, some fruitiness, and a well balanced spice note. Mouthfeel is thick, exactly what I want and surpassing my expectations for the style. Very impressed with this offering- Victory does a great set of brews and this is one of my favorites. Too bad they refuse to distribute it here...

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Photo of Jimbo87
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Clear dark copper with ephemeral pale copper head. Great malt nose. Taste is buttery bread and caramel malt. I find the taste to be pretty simple.

Medium body, carbonation on the lower side I'd say. I'd say this is drinkable, but I personally can't drink multiple sweet beers in a row, so when I finished this I didn't want a second. This was my first doppelbock and I didn't like it as much as I'd hoped. I'll try it again if I can.

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Photo of jamesdantes13
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown-red, almost ruby, with a white head.

Bread, fruit, and malt in the nose with a bit of astringent in the back (alcohol).

Creamy and nicely carbonated; breadly and caramel malt flavors dominate with hints of fruit and bitterness in the background. Finishes warm from the alcohol.
Alcohol is very present, but it's not hard to drink (or I am just used to high ABV beers).

My first doppelbock and it didn't disappoint. Hopefully I can get a hold of more for comparison.

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Photo of Lambstrong
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown almost amberish in color. White head, little head retention.

Aroma: Sweet caramel aroma with a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Beautiful sweet malty taste with plenty of caramel. Slight toasted malt aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Less carbonation which fits this style of beer. The beer rolls of the tongue wonderfully.

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Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Firefly in Washington DC.

Pours a clear chocolate brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts with medicinal hops and chocolate flavors that poke through every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet caramel malts kick things off, followedy by slightly bitter hop flavors that carry through the end of the sip. Chocolate flavors are a bit stronger than I would've gathered from the aroma, but they complement the malt flavors very well.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness for the style, with medium carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my bottle and I thought about buying a sixer at the store nearby.

Overall this isn't quite world-class, but it's one of the better U.S. micro-brewed doppelbocks I've had, if not THE best. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of HitokiriNate85
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

A - Poured a nice dark amber with a brown hue. Forms a nice tan head that fads within the first minute to a think covering. Pretty moderate carbonation with lots of lazy streams in the center. If I was a monk, this would give to contemplate while I enjoyed a glass.

S - Not too strong of a smell. Some nice malts with some bready notes. Definitely subdued. It's not really a bad thing, but it's not standout, either.

T - Mmm. Immediately getting way more out of the taste than the smell. There's a nice, big malt kick with some spiciness and some alcohol on the tongue. Definitely getting a nice bready note mixed in with the malt, too. This still needs to warm up some, but I'm already getting a lot out of it. As it starts to warm more, I'm getting more of a spicy note out of it. The bready, spicy notes are really great and what I love about this style. Delicious.

MF - Even with the carbonation, I still get a really nice, full feel. Leaves a smooth coating. Like I mentioned before, there's that tinge of alcohol on the tongue, which I consider a plus here.

D - It goes down fantastically well for the ABV. I'd have no problems having a few of these while relaxing with a book, or any other stationary activity. Also, considering the style, I'd say $10 is definitely a good price for a six pack, especially here in PA.

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

A: A really clear dark red/amber color with ample foam tan head. The head quickly disipates.

S: Some faint aromas of caramel and bread malts, a touch of dark fruits. Not too much going on, but as it warms, becomes a tad stronger.

T: Taste was extremely well balance, was not sure what would happen as the smell was not strong. Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, faint spice and some dried fruit such as raisins.

M: A smooth and creamy full-bodied beer.

D: Definitely a good beer to try. 8.5% ABV, but a really nice dessert beer.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice dark amber with a small head and aggressive lacing
S- yeast, sugar, malt, wheat, booze
T- sugar, malt, booze, wheat
M - a touch of hops, very sweet, the malt is def the focus
D- nice, I could def taste that it was a higher abv

a very complex beer, it reminded me of a samilclaus.. but i actually preferred this over samiclaus

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

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: A clear, deep mahogany, crystal clear in fact, with a relatively fast-fading tan head. Lacing doesn't stick around for long, and a steady stream of average-sized carbonation rises slowly from the bottom center of the cervoise. The head and lacing don't give you too much to write home about, but the color and clarity are really nice.

Aroma: Light fruits and bready, roasted malts dominate, fairly well in balance, though fairly faint as well.

Taste: A really nice balance between sweet, roasted malts, heavier, dryer toasted notes, and nice, authentic-tasting fruits. Caramel, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, lighter fruits, a faint, underlying bitterness and a fainter-still tartness, toast, hints of chocolate, slight spices and pleasant phenols. It's not dry, but it's not sweet, just very wholesome, bready, roasty, fruity, and tasty.

Mouthfeel: The perfect amount of carbonation in a nice, thick body, resulting in a slightly crunchy, smooth, creamy mouthfeel, chewy in the right places but delicate and soft in the others. It's full, but not too full - a very nice balance.

Drinkability: A real winner of a brew, IMO, and one of Victory's finest. The alcohol's up there, but it's well masked and made up for by a fine assortment of flavors and an absolutely fantastic mouthfeel. I might be picking up a sixer of this next winter - seems like an excellent malty "go to" winter brew.

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

A - pours a clear nut brown with no foam, only a ring of bubbles around the glass

S - caramel malts and spices, some molasses

T - sweet malt, cloves, spices and hints of smoke

M/D - easy drinking light bodied beer. For me though, not one that I would reach to time after time, the spices in it keep me from enjoying more than one

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

a: This was a clear ruby/mahogany color. It poured with a large, short lived, light tan colored head.

s: warm dark fruits with just a hint of milk chocolate, sweet grains, and a little perfumed hops.

t: Sweet up frony with flavors of dark fruits and subdued chocolate. The finish stays sweet with the addition of some perfumed hops that aren't really bitter.

m: Full bodied with lush, gentle carbonation.

d: A great American doppelbock from Victory. Loved this one.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured into a mason jar. Hearty in color with an amber hue. Small off white head sticks for a while.

S. Bready and chocolatey. Sweet pumpernickel smell. A fantabulous splendor to behold.

T. Very malty, with a noble hop. Caramel malt and toasted grains . Slight solvent alcohal character, but balances very well with the roasted malt flavors.

M. On the light to medium side of "Full Bodied". Smooth and flavorful.

D. Warming and filling. Great for the cold winter months. Very strong but also very welcome. Solid brew from Victory here.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This saintly beer pours an dark acorn hued brown with a toffee colored head that slowly fades. Smells lightly yeasty and biscuity. Rich malt aroma of nuts, molasses, and caramel.

Very smooth feel that glides along the tongue with understated carbonation. The taste is full and malty. The sweetness held in check by a barely noticeable level of hops. Bready flavors come through in full force with a nutty undercurrent. Delicious even if it doesn't reach the height of complexity found in the best from Germany.

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Photo of umtox
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark hazy amber with little head.

Smell was good - of spice, molasses, and caramel - but faint

Taste very good - one of the best domestic dopplebocks. All the standard flavors are there for this style - just a cut above the rest. Lots of malt and spice.

A developing complexity and lingering finish. Big body.

I could have several of these.

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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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