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 VMWhelan
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very nice looking deep red. Not much head and what there was dissipated rather quickly. Left some nice lacing around the edges.

Smells great. I first noticed the cherries, then some chocolate. Also noticed some mint which was interesting.

Was expecting this to have a nice chocolate cherry profile from the smell, but it did not. Instead I picked up more earthy tastes. Tastes very toasty, almost smoky. Burnt toast and a bit like burning wood and peat. Also picked up some tobacco notes, like a nice cigar. Alcohol is noticeable but not prominent.

Mouthfeel was thick, chewy and syrupy. Low carbonation.

This was very filling giving it a lower drinkability. Would be hard to drink of lot of.

Overall this was a good looking, great smelling beer with some very complex flavors. Only downfall was how filling it was, because I'd love to have had another right away.

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Photo of tapman
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red/violet in color, densely packed dark eggshell head. Filtered.

Smells like dutch chocolate, chocolate malted milkshake, hearty german bread. Hops are very minty.

Tastes just like the nose. No detectable alcohol at 58 F. I guess the only thing I could say is that I miss that raisiny taste in a brew like this, though most of the others ones have it so it is a nice change of pace.

Velvety smooth. Carbonation is just right. Good combination of drinkability and chewiness.

A fantastic example of the style from a consistently good brewery.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caramel colored body with tan, biscuit like, froth on top. Murky... very murky with butterscotch similarities. Many carbonated streams filter their way through the liquid to display a crazy amount of activity. Lacing doesn't have enough mettle to hold itself up along the edges of the glass leaving a clean slate behind itself.

Hoo... very sweet with hints of alcohol. Almost boozy. Caramels... grape character... and alcoholic apples. I'm a huge fan of this. Smells fantastic, never fights me or fades away. Definitely an apple outflow.

Flavor Profile
Opens caramels, sickly sweet that I have fallen in love with as I drink. Strong opening flavors actually allow a transition into that apple flavor I was detecting on the nose. It is more wine-like now. Gives an idea of grapes and granny smith apples. Finish is somewhat bitter that tart fruits leave you with. Hints of alcohol all over the place.

Oral Sensations
Full bodied with a sticky nature. Chunky... flavorful beyond normal. Crisp middle that makes me appreciate the carbonation level. Due to its very gravity it flicks itself all over the place and hides leaving little notes around my orifice.

This is a meal in a glass. So filling, so flavorful, and so sweet. Something uber-malted... but it reminds me of some barley wines I've had in past, as well. I have no idea the style. It drinks great, I'll enjoy the full twelve ounce all by myself tonight.

Reveals.... Victory St. Victorious... Wow.. Dopplebock? Really? This shocks me. I guess it makes some sense, but I'm still shocked.

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Photo of claspada
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aromas are mainly like fresh baked goods with some darker kilned malts and a hint of nuts/dark fruits mixed in. Some hopping but not really noticable over all that malt

The taste is also loaded with lightly toasted bready malt, with hints of nuts, caramel and dark fruit. The finish is crisp and slightly bitter with just a touch of alcohol. This beer is sweet, yet fairly dry with a chunky medium full body and moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer is quite drinkable, maybe a but too much so for the ABV. One of my favorites from Victory.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with ruby hues. Has a small, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Has a strong smell of sweet and caramel malts reminiscent of most doppelbocks.

Taste: Slightly bitter up front. Gains a strong maltiness as it develops. Has a slight alcohol edge to it as well. Pretty typical doppelbock.

Mouthfeel: For a doppelbock, a little light-bodied but still pretty good.

Drinkability: A pretty decent doppelbock. Certainly not as good as its German incarnations but a decent interpretation. I'd certainly have it again.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: dark amber color; not much head
S: sweet, bready, caramel
T: although billed as a doppelbock you might find that this beer gets inspiration from barleywine-style ales (though lighter in alcohol than they tend to be); bitter with dominant high notes
M: thick, smooth, bubbly; I've had few that feel so nice

Definitely worth drinking

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

Very nice deep amber red color. Little building of head, which disappears fast and does not lace.
Good smell which hints fruits, caramel and alcohol.
Great taste of fruity flavors like plum and caramel, coffee undertones which is followed by a bittersweet hop.
the mouthfeel is syrupy with very little carbonation.
Overall exactly what you expect from a nice Doppelbock.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 400mL Radeburger Seidel.

Appearance: Pours a bright, copper color with a small brownish head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lace behind.

Smell: Grape, figs, and caramel malt with an alcohol backbone.

Taste: Begins with a sweet grape flavor, finishing with sweet caramel malt and molasses and mild bittersweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a sticky finish.

Drinkability: A good doppelbock. Not quite as good as the "real" German ones, but a good, faithful interpreation.

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

Reviewed from my notes on 8/21

A - A clear dark caramel colored with little to no head.

S - A mixture of molasses and sour fruits.

T - Caramel, bitter coffee, and a slight touch of dark chocolate.

M - A nice level of carbonation and slightly chewy.

D - A real enjoyable beer. Would recommend to drink it during the late summer through the fall.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid around $11 for a 6 pack in Maryland...

The beer pours a clear chocolate colored base, with minimal head retention and lacing on the glass. The aroma is bold with sweet caramel and roasted malts.

The beer is creative and almost true to pure style, it's starts off slightly syrupy and transforms into a blast of malts and settles on a sweet aftertaste... it's a great sequence in consummate and dry enough to let it stick to your palette, what a gem! Is this a double bock at 8.5%? Very easy going down the hatch and an ideal session beer for its style... so impressed!

Final Thought: Remarkably modest in it's presentation, this beer knocks your socks off!

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Photo of Teleweizen2
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes

A - clear dark caramel brown with some red highlights. Small white head, no lacing.

S - strong bready malts, hints of caramel and a bit of alcohol sting.

T - sweet malts. Toast. Some mild hint of cherries. Long warming alcohol finish.

M - medium bodied. Low carb.

D - decent beer. Fairly drinkable dispite it's high abv. Paired very nicely with some pizza.

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

Another hot afternoon. Enjoying an early day out of the office and figured why not...Poured into a pint glass.

A--Not much carbonation, actually just about zilch. No lacing.

S--hints of caramel and toffee. Fruit, oranges maybe?

T--Even with little carbonation in the appearance, tasty brew. Reminds me of a high end dopplebock like celebrator, enjoyable for certain.

M--Smooth and refreshing to the palate.

D--High ABV, so this is one I would probably sip on more than anything else. Great for the style and nice in terms of price.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a clean, tall hefeweizen glass. Fresh til 2011.

One of the most beautiful colors in a beer I have ever seen. Fiery, autumnal, deep blood orange. Half point off for the fly-by-night head. Lots of initial bubbling too that all but vanished.

Aroma is moderately subdued. Vinous notes and some yeast.

Pretty darn close to the true German style as far as taste. Once again, vinous/fruity sweetness, mild yeasty spice, tiny touch of earthy hop. 8.5%?

Really smooth. Not nearly as fuller-bodied as say Celebrator, for instance. But close. Nice, subtle lip-smacking malty finish. Where's the 8.5%?

Rediscovering how tasty and delightful Victory's version of a doppelbock is. I can see grabbing a sixer of this.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A-Pours a deep rustic reddish brown with a 1 finger off white head that quickly settles down. Not much visible lacing left behind. The color hue is very appealing though.

S-Lots of bread, caramel, toffee, toasted malts. Maybe a hint of dark fruits and candied sugar.

T-Lots of up front sweetness with heavy bread and caramel flavors predominating. Leads to some toffee and dark fruitness in the middle with some brown sugar in there also. Finish is battle for balance between the malt sweetness and hop bitterness from the noble hops-the sweetness wins out, but this is not a bad thing.

M-Viscous and full bodied lager here. A little chewy. Really is just like liquid bread. Carbonation a touch on the high side, but finishes with a crispness despite the full body.

D-Two of these is really no problem. A great full bodied lager for the spring time. Despite the 8% ABV, there really isn't much evidence of alcohol in the taste or mouthfeel. I plan on picking up a case of this every spring while I'm in PA.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
2.7/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Carl's Tavern in Wilkins Township, PA.

Poured into a shaker: a ruby-brown, barely translucent body with half-a-finger of smooth tan head, no lacing. Head falls & leaves me trace, had to drop the rating after a while.

Smell is sweet but restrained caramel malt. Good but not much there.

Taste is mild caramel as well, but coupled with a strong boozy taste, pretty sharp, with some spicy, raisiny character & a round, toasty flavor. Good stuff happening, but can't compete with the alcohol, which overwhelms it from the get-go & just grows, getting less & less drinkable.

Medium-bodied, too sharp & dry for my liking. A little sticky in the aftertaste.

Thought this was going to be decent, but after a while I really couldn't find enough good stuff to redeem the big booze & flat malts in this one. Very unbalanced, not into it. I'd give it another chance, but this was not a great experience.

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

thanks wedge421 for this beer, check him out on youtube/beergeeknation for his video beer reviews.

A: nice reddish brown color thin head off white nice lacing on the glass

S: brown sugar, chocolate and dark fruits smells rich malt

T: malty sweetness, brown sugar with some chocolate and dark fruit

M: Med mouth good carbonation

D: pretty drinkable I would most often stop at 1 of these however

overall: pretty good brew from victory nothing really outstanding but I do like it.

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

Pours a nice medium brown color, with a decent light brown head. Nice malty aroma, with burnt brown sugar, caramel and toffee. Toasty malt flavors, along with raisins, toffee and caramel. A very nice beer, with a bit of warming alcohol on the finish. One I could drink quite a few of.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium brown color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of caramel malt and light toffee is enjoyable though not necessarily what I was expecting from a doppelbock. Taste is also dominated by sweet caramel malt notes with light toffee notes as well. Some notes of banana bread would have complemented well this beer. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done though lacking usual ester.

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Photo of bierenutz
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap as a guest beer at FFF on DLD.
A-Dark amber brown color with a small amount of head and lacing.
S-Roasted malts, dark fruits, molasses and toffee.
T-Mocha toffee flavored with an earthy malty aftertaste.
M-Medium bodied, but a little thinner than I was expecting and minimal carbonation.
D-Overall, this was a good beer. My expectations were probably higher than my experience, but good overall.

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Photo of jsh420
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ DLD

pours dark amber with a 1 finger head that faded and left no lacing

smells of brown sugar dark fruit malts

taste is good - sweet brown sugar, rich dark fruit, nutty malts - good amount of earthy hops to balance sweet malts

mouthfeel - medium body with low carbonation that gives you that smooth creamy feel

drinkability - it wasnt the best beer i tried at DLD but it hit the spot on that cool cloudy day

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, "enjoy by" Dec 18 2010, served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear red/brown with a beige head that totally thinned out after a few minutes.

S - toffee, chocolate and dark fruits, rich, roasted malt.

T - malty sweet, caramel/toffee/dark fruits are balanced with hoppy earthiness, there's a bit of alcohol warming on the finish.

F - medium/full bodied with mild carbonation.

D - easy drinking, a fine example of the style.

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Photo of jwc215
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Enjoy by" Jan 5 2011:

Pours brown with ruby highlights. A thin head immediately falls to wisps.

The smell is of toffee - towards chocolate with medium-dark fruitiness. Rich malty aroma is complemented by earthy, floral notes in the back.

The taste is very malty - caramel/toffee - dark fruits - fig, prune, some dark cherry. The malt is balanced by some bread and and earthy, floralish touch. Sweetness is balanced sufficiently, while keeping a malty sweet character. Some warming alcohol shows, though not raw or masking.

It has a rich, full, silky body.

A very enjoyable, malty but with a hop touch - traditional-style doppelbock. Easy to drink despite alcohol warmth and overall richness. Complex maltiness with a hop touch in the finish....Well done!

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, caramel brown in color, 1/4 inch head, low carbonation

Smell: caramel, chocolate, and toasted malt

Taste: caramel, toasted malt, some bitter coffee, and with a touch of chocolate

Mouthfeel: very sweet with a bitter middle, medium-light body, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very good and complex for the style. A nice bitter aspect. I could have a couple. One of Victory's better brews.

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

Poured a deep opaque brown that when held to the light turned copper. slight light tan head that faded to a dense ring around the glass. Left nice lacing as well.
Smell was deep sweet maltiness also pick up a note of toasted bread
Taste was less sweet as the nose but still malt dominated taste was very similar to a malt shake for good reason, pick up a hint of herbal hops in the end of the sip.
Mouthfeel is full and chewy with just enough carbonation to make it bite just a bit on the tongue
Drinkability this just reminds me why I love doppelbocks I could sit here all day and drink this absolutely wonderful brew no hint whatsoever of 8.5% and the fact that two or three and I'd be on the floor.

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

12oz bottle, very fresh

Pours a wonderful light brown color with a small off white head that disappears very quickly. Malt forward to the nose right away, a gentle sweetness and mild smokey note, some red apple, cherry and caramel as well. Very nice. A chewy malt bomb that does not cloy the throat, a very balanced sweetness that drinks so well for the style. Victory does it right.

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