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

Review is from notes taken on 4/17/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a ruby/coppery color and it starts with a 1 and 1/2 finger creamy off-white, nearly light tan, head with decent retention; body is very clear and shows moderately strong carbonation bubbling up throughout;

Smell: A lot of graininess running strong through this one, very wet and mulchy, kind of like wet bran -- smell is very hearty and pretty robust, not overly complex, but just really good.

Taste: Really matches the nose -- lots of wet mulchy graininess that is bran and cereal-like; bit of a burnt toastiness to it as well as just a touch of chocolate malt; lastly there is a bit of an alcoholic bite to it (but at 8.5%, not to be unexpected) as well as a touch of lager yeast; as mentioned in the smell, this tastes just as hearty as it smells and it's solid and a great spring beer that is solid, not overly complex.

Mouthfeel: Body is actually a touch heavier than I would have expected, and is close to medium bodied; the carbonation is quite strong, though, and it really keeps the heavier body lively; a thin and and cottony dry coating is left on the roof of the mouth and it helps hold the cereal graininess well into the aftertaste; due to the carbonation, the gums are left tingly and the belly is left warm -- you know you're drinking this one.

Overall: This is a solid and filling beer, but the weight and the higher ABV would help me limit it a little bit, and I likely wouldn't drink more than 2 of these on any given night; a simple beer that has been done very well.

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

A - This beer pours a clear deep mahogany brown color. It has a small 1-finger light tan head that falls quickly. The leaves just a few specs of lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of rich caramel malts and dark fruits. There are also some notes of cherry, chocolate, and a touch of alcohol.

T - It starts of sweet and malty, and then intensifies. There are some big dark fruit flavors here like plum, raisin, cherry, grape, and even some notes of apple. There are also some notes of caramel, chocolate, brown sugar, and a hint of hops. The finish is pretty clean, there is just a touch of bitterness and alcohol presence.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It is rich and smooth. There is a bit of a chewy quality here as well. The finish is crisp and pretty clean.

O - This has pretty good drinkability. It goes down smooth and has nice flavor. I could drink a few of these in a sitting. Overall, I thought this was a good beer, but not one of the best of the style that I've had so far. I enjoyed it though, and I'd drink it again.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.22/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best before date of January 10, 2012, allowed to warm some before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

St.Victorious pours a deep, clear maroon. Plentiful cherry highlights shine through when the beer is backlit though. The ivory head rises to about 2.5 fingers in height, before slowing collapsing down the side of the glass. Not much is left in the way of lacing though. The nose doesn't quite hit all the marks of a great doppel, but it's still pretty good. It's an almost even blend of milk chocolate and plummy dark fruits. On my palate the beer gains a slight nuttiness, but at the expense of that creamy milk chocolate from the nose morphing into a more bitter, roasted dark chocolate (which doesn't really work for me int he context of the style). The flavor's also a touch weak and watered down. The carbonation is spot on, enough to cut through the malt, while simultaneously remaining in the background and letting those malts take center stage. The body though is way thin for the style. When I'm expecting a big malt bomb of a beer, there's a certain richness to the body that should come along here, and this beer doesn't even come close to that. I've enjoyed most of the other offerings from Victory that I've had, but St. Victorious ranks as a fairly disappointing doppelbock for me.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours crystal clear brown, very slight lacing, the smell is brown sugar, but a lot of malt in the smell and flavor as well. It is a nice German style flavor, great malt flavor, really good. There is a lot of sweetness, but for the ABV, there is a decent balance to this. It is maybe a little syrupy, but the medium-heavy body is actually pretty tolerable.

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

Been searching for this one for a while and have been on a bit of a Doppler kick anyway. Handsome amber color with scarlet highlights and thick wisy head leaving rings of lace frost, Nose has a strong malt backbone tempered with chocolate, alcohol, dark fruit, and a yeasty tang. Overall, quite strong out of the gate.

Big, chewy, crunchy malts with great staying power through to the finish. Baker's chocolate and plums make landfall, as does St. Booze. The carbonation is strong initially but backs off nicely and becomes an advantage in the aftertaste, which is terrific. Mild hopping adds to the dry character.

This one seems different from the authentic Dopplers you see from Deutchland but I think they've done a great job of keeping the flavor but giving it a unique twist. Well made and very enjoyable for me. Among my favorites of the style.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber/golden red. No head with minimal lacing. A lot of booze and caramel. Dark fruits some dates. A faint hint of bakers chocolate. Roasted malts a lot of toasted caramel malts/roasted and dried out fruits raisins and dates. A sweet and smooth caramel finish.Dry and faintly tangy but it has a sweet backing.

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

St. Victorious pours with a dark golden color, with little head. The smell is of roasted malts and bread. The taste follows suit, with a slightly sweet, malty flavor. Maybe a little tartness folowing the sweetness. This beer has a pleasantly heavy, bready feel. There's a nice warming feeling as it goes down, no doubt the alcohol. I really like this seasonal from Victory. Good stuff.

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

Poured out a very clear, dark hazelnut brown. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the glass. A nice three finger high head of tan colored lace rose up above it and hung around for a few minutes before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top of the glass. Some decent side glass lacing as well, completed it very nicely.

The aroma was rich and sweet. Lots of great earthy and grainy notes mixing in well with a good amount of caramel sugar. The flavor followed suit nicely, with the dominant flavor of caramel really taking hold. Some nice bready malts being located under that as well. The alcohol was very well hidden, and not a factor at all. Nice smooth finish with the long lingering flavor of nutty caramel on the tongue for a few minutes afterward. The feel was a nice medium-bodied ale with a good amount of carbonation and a smooth creamy feel. Awesome session ale for me, as the palate was rich and the feel great. Very refreshing.

Overall, this was definitely a nice little bock. I could have drank this one all night and it just seemed to be really well done. For fans of the style, this was definitely a good choice. I would have to recommend this one to anyone who likes a good dark German beer.

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

12 oz. Brownish amber pour, just a thin layer of white head. Does retain pretty well.

Aroma has the malt and caramel, some herbal notes, more tea than hops.

Taste also has a nice prominent malt backbone. Toffee and a toasty earthy peat. Large cocoa midway. There is a little tea and leather like quality, but it fades into a dry herbal hop and lighter roast/cocoa finish.

Well carbonated and medium bodied. A little warming, but normal for the style. I thought this was a rock solid American take on the style.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 3/1/11

Enjoy by Dec 17, 2011

Really nice-looking color. Rusty, copper-brown; depth of color but still clear. One thumb of foam dissipates quickly to patchy bubbles and a small amount of lace.

Smells of dark bread; toasty and grainy. Seems rather dry. Earthy hops round out the aroma with a touch of spice. Overtones of nuts. Swirling brings out some yeast and a bit of doughiness. The aromas comes across as subtle; the flavor is anything but. Heavy handed, malty goodness throughout. Dark bread and toasted grains. It has a reasonable hop kick but doesn't over take the malts. Mostly dry with a mild, sweet notions on the peripheries. Probably a bit closer to full than medium; the feel is thick, grainy and wont to hang around. Carbonation seemed high on the first sip but it shaped up right quick.

Overall impression: this one really hit me out of the blue. Sometimes buying a single is a good idea; this is not one of those times - wish I had another.

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