St. Victorious | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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
Ratings:
575
Reviews:
378
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
26
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 575 |  Reviews: 378
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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Photo of TheMistler
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with little head, slightly off-white. Thin ring, the odd whisp top this pleasingly colored lager, clear ruby red.

A spicy sweet nose. Maple. Some citrus. Raisins. Fruit cakey bread notes.

Raisins, dates, dark chocolate. Slight peppery notes may be the only way that the ABV pronounces itself. Roasted quality.

Medium bodied, with a nice and appropriate level of CO2 prickliness. Tasty. With the well-hidden ABV, I could definitely see myself drinking this a bit faster than it should be consumed.

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

A- pours a coppery color with a thin cream colored head that disapates quickly with no lacing.

S- lite wiffs of caramel and malt with a slightly fruity undertone.

T- Sweeter that expected with a malty finish but no hint of the 8.5% ABV.

M- Meduim carbonation, not thick and chewy, not watery, somewhere in the middle.

D- A little too sweet for a session beer, but at 8.5% it's not trying to be one. The sweetness is the only thing that slows me down on this one.

A good one from Victory but not my favorite one.

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Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a clear, dark mahogany with tan head. It smelled like fresh barley and wheat with light lemon and copper hops. It tasted like lots of copper hops and roasted barley, with some lemon hops and bready yeast. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was very much like an Oktoberfest but stronger. It hid the alcohol well, and had decent body. The flavor was good, but wasn't as sweet or complex as I was hoping. Perhaps a couple years of age might help that? If so, this could become a very enjoyable beer.

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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 chakadrum
3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For starters, I expected this beer to smack me with some impressive. Unfortunately, drinking it just felt so plain and boring. There is nothing necessarily wrong with an average beer, but I just expect a richer deeper more impressive product.

A - virtually no head or lacing which was surprising since I poured the beer rather aggressively. Color has a nice ruby hue to it.

S - I don't really smell all that much. Maybe a little whiff of raisins?

T - A bit sweet, but I actually expected it to be sweeter. Not a domination of malts. I taste a variety of holiday-type fruits but in a very subtle nature (figs, etc). A bit of bitterness on the end which is pleasant.

M - Watery. Where is the thickness? Carbonation is good.

D - Despite it being boring to me, it has above average drinkability.

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Photo of marcpal
3.04/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the brewpub after samples of several others. Poured into a short imperial glass.

A: Copper penny red. What I found interesting was the head that started thin and ended in the same exact thinness. I mean, this thing went nowhere.

S: Intensely sweet and sugary. Liquor soaked raisins and confectioners sugar. It needed something in the way of hops to bring something to the dance. Diabetics, beware, this is going to be candy like.

T: Abundantly sweet and chocolatey. Mind numbingly sweet with a powdered sugar, cotton candy pounding sweetness. Sugar cookie of a doppelbock in every part and parcel. Was it me or was it like an Old Fezziwig on HGH.

M: Thick, chewy but not that knife and fork thickness that the greats present. Oily and virtual nil in the way of carbonation.

D: Pretty good for what the style should represent outside of the cloying sweetness.
This would be incredibly difficult to session over the course of a night but that's not what it was designed for. Not the best from Victory, had high hopes for their overseas styles.

The alcohol is not the limiting factor, its the feeling of rising blood sugar level.

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

Served on tap at the VBC on 12/12/08.

Pours a deep, clear, amber with a finger of creamy tan head (but almost off-white in color)that shrinks down into a solid, thin layer of retention, with a good flare-up that leaves some nice looking swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is nice and assertive smelling with notes of cocoa, nuts, bread, dark fruits, caramel and some fresh, floral hops in the back.

The taste is thick with bready malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and brown sugar. It's all very smooth and malty up front but there is also some welcome notes of roast and hops that punch up the back and add a little more character to the equation. Finishes with sticky remnants of dark fruit and caramel tang and even a little bitterness at times. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied with a firm carbonation up front but then smoothes out into a chewier layer that rides underneath.

Very nice. Full flavored and chewey yet still smooth on the palette, this is a well done Doppelbock from Victory. I haven't visited this since having it in the bottle a couple of years ago, so this was a nice catch-up on a good beer.

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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 biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep set shade of blood orange colour with dazzling ruby that absolutely blazes to the light. This melange makes up the entirety of the beer's appearance less perhaps the thinnest of white lace around its perimeter. Rather gorgeous by all accounts.

It is a delicate but luring bouquet, one that marries dark buttery caramel with dark sugar coated fruits. It smells filling. There is a hint of chocolate or cold coffee. Raisins and plums seem actively fermenting in sugary sweet malt serum.

The taste fully explores this combination of flavours and even introduces another component: hops. A green leafy bitterness, full of resin and sap, finds its way between notes of raisins, gingerbread, brown sugar, plums, and molasses - all of which are coated in the sticky sweet malt sugars.

The mouthfeel isn't quite as gooey and sticky as the best, but it sure is viscous. Notes of dark caramel and rum soaked raisin stay glued to the palate. Its level of carbonation is properly adjusted so as not to interfere with the delicacy of the flavours.

I like that they've stuck true to style and haven't skimped on one ounce of what makes dopplebocks so delicious: the malts! Victory certainly are victorious here. I could guzzle this down pint after pint and, fortunately or unfortunately, there seems to be no sign of the 8.5% here to stop me!

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber color with a creamy tan head; a few lacing shards spring up from the foam

Smell: Understated but distinct elements of caramel, raisins and cocoa powder

Taste: Plenty of caramel and raisin/prune flavors in the front end, with some grassy bitterness peeking through by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweet flavors are balanced by the hops as well as some cocoa

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate but creamy carbonation

Drinkablity: World class! Really enjoyed the balanced approach to the style

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Photo of sholland119
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a deep red with a thin tan head and little lacing.

S-Sweet and malty with a strong scent of sweet dark fruits.

T-Good, not great. Lots of malty sweetness but nothing to really balance it out.

M-Nice carbonation, a little bit thick.

D-Nice enough but probably too sweet to enjoy a second one.

Love Victory beers as a rule but this is not a favorite.

HV

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clouded brown with a creme head. Thickly sweet. Malts are present, but the strong sweet flavor is what dominates. Kind of one-dimensional to me. Feel is decent on the body. Carbonation has a bit of a bite. Overall it seems a bit too cloying really. It's okay at best I guess.

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

Had on tap at BSP recently.

A - red body, hints of dark orange and ruby when held up to light, topped by a khaki head

S - vaguely smokey, malt and hops are present as well

T - sort of wheaty/bready, toasted malt shows up with a piney hop kick at the end and enjoyable aftertaste

M - medium bodied with a bit of carbonation

D - pretty solid despite the ABV. Goes down fairly smoothly. Could drink several.

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

A - Deep red w/ a respectable head. No lace at all.
S - Dark fruits, malt, sugar.
T - Very sweet malt w/ dark fruits, alcohol, and some salty, smoky flavors.
M/D - The sweetness lingers in your mouth, the carbonation is low, and the alcohol presence is low for such a high ABV beer. A great doppelbock.

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

**Winter 2007-2008 Release**

A: Poured into a tall weizen glass. An absolutely gorgeous clear copper red color with a dense two-finger head of khaki-colored foam. Head quickly dissipates leaving a fine layer that completely covers the surface of the beer. Lacing is minimal and retention is average.

S: As this is a lager I'm trying to drink it cold, so there's not much going on in the smell department. Regardless, the presence of caramel malt makes itself more than apparent. Overall a slightly sweet smell.

T: Here is where this doppelbock really starts to shine. Obviously this is a malt-forward beer, but there is a little more going on here. First and foremost are the dominant roasted malts backed by a pleasant caramel flavor. There are also hints of vanilla and raisin that all blend together into an incredibly smooth taste. Hop bitterness peeks out here and there, always complimenting, never dominating, and helping to suppress cloying sweetness.

M: After a semi-vigorous pour, the carbonation was spot-on with this beer, and balanced out the sweetness nicely. Unlike many high-ABV doppels, this one doesn't feel like you're drinking syrup. Full-bodied and creamy, but never over-the-top.

D: I could and have drank 3 or so of these in a sitting. Eventually the ABV catches up with you and your palate gets fatigued by a sweetness that tends to compound over time, but for a winter beer that's meant to be enjoyed on a cold, snowy night, this one is hard to beat. I've held 6 aside to enjoy next winter, so we'll see how these fare with age.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice, reddish pour... almost looking like a raspberry iced tea or something. The head forms up decently, but is a little fizzy and dwindles in very little time.

S: This is quite a pleasant smelling brew... spicy dark fruits, bready, toffee aromas. Quite an arrangement of malty scents going on.

T: Spiciness, some notes of creamy caramel, breadiness - like a nice, dark wholegrain bread. Dark fruit flavours mingle in, particularly fig and date, and a little bitterness right on the finish.

M + D: Quite a lovely character... full bodied, rich. Not quite silky (a little on the heavy and/or slightly sticky side for that), but trying for it. A nicer feel for the style, and quite nicely done all around. This is a nice representation of the style by Victory, and I look forward to the other 4 bottles in this 6-pack!

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

Poured into a standard pint glass a hazed deep russet color with a tight 1/2 finger slight off white head that decent lasting power.Aromas of dark fruit ala raisin and prune along with some sweet caramel mainly,flavors were alot like the aromas heavy handed raisin and brown sugar with some caramel sweetness and a bit of a doughy element.A solid doppelbock very flavorful it is pretty big and warming.

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

Appearance: Dark ruby red, brilliant clarity with a off-white head

Aroma: biscuits, raisins and malt, rich aroma.

Taste: starts with big fruity malt flavor, ending with a smoky sweetness

Mouthfeel: Chewy, rich body with moderate carbonation levels

Drinkability: Good drinkability. A tad on the heavy side to be a session beer, but it is a nice rich, flavorful and malty doppelbock well worth trying, esepcially for an american version of this style.

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

Clear and copper in color with a slight beige head. Sweet and smoky in smell. Also a slight odor of lemon or tartness. Very mellow in taste. A bit of the smokiness, but not overpowering. A good beer. Not a favorite style. Decent drinkability. Would like to try again to form more of an opinion.

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Photo of tpd975
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown in color with a big billowy head. The head is a mixture of cream in caramel in color. Rather nice. It lingered and lingered and left behind several nice patterns of lace.

S: I was expecting alot of malt and I got it. Nice rich sweet malts. Tons of caramel and toffee with a hint of roasted nut.

T: Hints of dark fruit and brown sugar. Tons of malt. A bit of as well not over the top in any way.

M: Medium to full bodied.

D: Not my favorite style but drinkable nonetheless.

Overall: Not a bad brew, just not my cup of tea. This one has a solid malt character both in nose and taste. Being a hop guy I can probably not appreciate this as much as many. That being said, it's a pretty good beer, rather good for a doppelbock.

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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 575 ratings.
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