St. Victorious | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

376 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 claytri
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a translucent amber with a dab of offwhite lace. The aroma was of rich caramel malt. The taste was of caramel malt with a bit of alcohol burn and a medicinal finish. The feel was medium and wet. This was a pleasant enough beer, just nothing that really made it stand out from the pack.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark ruby colored beer with a little head that sticks around for a little and then dissapates into a patchy form on top. The smell is interesting and hard to place. I get a smoky quality, like tobacco, and possibly a faint sweetness backed by a little boozy twinge.

Malty indeed, but with a medium body and high carbonation. The combination of the three create a different mouthfeel, one that is boozy and spritzy and very dry. The taste is unique. That smokiness in the aroma comes out in the taste as well, but in a way that is almost weird. Like maybe that flavor is a little off to me. The hops are there as well, hitting a little in the front of the taste, and then again in a bigger way in the finish. The booziness comes out more and more while it warms up, becoming slightly more than just a zest of it. It adds another dimension to the brew however, and it's actually a pretty enjoyable boozy taste.

Overall, this isn't my favorite from Victory, but it feels old school and for that I respect it. Also not my favorite style admittedly, but other doppelbocks that I've had are not like this. Definitely one to try for those of you into the style. You won't regret its uniqueness.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the glass crystal clear deep amber with a tannish head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was strongly malty with a moderate alcohol presence. Some chocolate malt character was notable and dark fruits, prunes mostly, but some raisins, existed in the aroma. The aroma also contained a light smoky presence and complexity.

The flavor was malty with a smoky character (can this be right?). The flavor was dark caramel and fairly strong smoked sausage character as if the beer contained some rauchmalt. The smoke was not high enough to be a rauchbier, but was strong enough to really detract from the character of a dopplebock. Some dark fruits, again, more prunes than raisins, were present and in the background.

The finish was dry with a lasting dry smoke character coupled with an underlying chocolate into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly low carbonation. The warming after consumption was only slight. I expected this to be a much different beer and the smoke was completely not what was expected and did not contribute complexity to anything other than the aroma.

12 ounce bottle. Enjoy by Jul 27, 06. Thanks BeerBeing!

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Photo of Boto
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a dark brown color. Not much head to speak of. Aroma has a rich malty sweetness to it, with mayge a hint of fruitiness. The taste is very malty and sweet, with a hint of caramel to it. There is a good hop balance. A very good Bock! Maybe not up to some of the better ones, but still very drinkable.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz best by 8/1/05, thanks to geoff..

pours a beautiful brown with red highlights.. no head, but bubbly around the edges. perfect viscosity.

aroma is explosive.. malty and real hoppy with cherry hints and alcohol evident. barleywine-ish for sure with extra sweet.

tastes crazy.. malty but smoky.. barbecue with lots of vegetable flavor.. finishes hoppy and smooth with a mild bitterness and carbonated crisp. tobacco detected as well. truly lives up to its brown color with a delicious charred flavor all around.

for such a complex beer, very drinkable

only negative is a lack of any sweetness in the taste. for 8.5%, very mellow. great accompaniment to a simple meat dish. will seek this out in the future, would like to try it on tap.

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

The beer pours a ruby red/brown color with little head tospeak of. The aroma is good. It's full of burnt caramel and warm alcohol. It's rich with quite a bit of malty sweetness. The taste is good. It's smooth and full bodied with loads of malts and a nice sweet finish. It's low on CO2 which doesn't do the beer justice. I imagine it's much better than what I'm tasting right now. The mouthfeel is lacking. It goes down slow and seems a bit flat. This is a good tasting beer, but the carbonation issue needs to be addressed. Maybe I got a bad bottle.

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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 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 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 OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with ruby hues when held to the light. Nice tan foamy head that is gone instantly. Some decent bubbles in this one as well.

I expected more depth in the scent, but I'm fine with what I got. Some boozy, fruity, malty aromas.

Very nice. Not a very complex beer - Good rich malt with some booze-soaked fruit, some brown sweet bread. Nice malty finish. Decent, but not one that sets itself from the pack of German versions, or even some domestics. The carbonation in this one keeps it drinkable, and in some way masks some limitations. Overall, I'd have this again, but it wouldn't be the first I'd reach for when I have an itch to drink this style.

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Photo of jwolfie70
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. Thanks go out to Pimpp for the beer.

Pours an reddish amber color (which looked a little bit light to me for a doppelbock). Smell was of biscuity malt, with not a lot of hops coming through. Taste had a biscuity malt flavor, but it was relatively dry and not overly sweet. There was a distinct tanginess/spiciness to the beer that seems to come out in some dopplebocks that kept the beer from being too sweet. Not a lot of hops come through in the taste. A good beer that is worth trying if you come across it, but not my favorite of the style.

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

First had: on tap at Blind Tiger, NYC, NY

Poured a chestnut color with amber hues with a sparsely lacing white head. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, roasted nuts, toffee. Slightly sweet in the taste with caramel and toffee, subtle tones of raisin, nutty, bready, grassy, with a somewhat bitter finish/aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, moderately carbonated, and pretty easily drinkable.

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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.


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Photo of jjayjaye
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear deep ruby color with almost no head and no lacing present.

The smell is an earthen malty aroma. Also the yeast give it a roasted and smoky nose

The mouth has a medium bodied feel. A ting from the hop and carbonation.

The flavor is a malty roasted caramel and it finishes on the dry side.

I'm not a big one for this style, but i'd call it drinkable. The 8.5% is hidden in the mouth but there is a nice warming characteristic on the way down.

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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 jpro
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at Closed for Business...

A: Ultra crystal clear amber-red; cream head fades quickly, leaving no lace or retention.

S: Rich caramel malts and bready. Nice and malty!

T: Richly malty with sweet caramel and toffee; perhaps some figs, too; a light dash of earthy hops round things out.

M: Medium-full body and moderate carbonation; pretty crisp, despite the sweetness.

D: A little too sweet for me - definitely a nice change of pace, though.

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

Picked up a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Good looking deep amber hue with a finger thick off white head. Visibly effervescent. Good clarity.

S: Mild toasty malt aroma with just traceable grape scents as well. No hop aroma.

T: Rich thick toasty malt flavor dominates. Bitter flavor prominent on the back end. Lingering finish.

MF: Medium body with a thick filling mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Smooth - not harsh.

D: This is a good thick dopplebock. Good complex and well balanced flavor.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich ruby brown color with a medium size creamy beige head. The aroma is very malty with some dark fruits. The taste is very malty with hints of toasted malts and sweet hints of raisons and plums peeking through.
Drinks smooth and creamy, clean with some lingering alcohol in the finish.
Tastes very good... and potent.

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Photo of BCMan
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured up a deep ruby red. Little foam formed with a heavy pour and it all faded with right away to nothing. The nose is subtle and sweet. The flavor is not as strong as I would have expected. Sweet with a smooth mouthfeel. The taste doesn't linger but it warms a bit after swallowing. This seasonal seems to a bit less than it's billed to be but is still pretty good. Not the best from Victory but definetly worth a try. I would reccommend it.

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Photo of Zorro
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 Oz bottle thanks to Imstillthegman.

Poured in to my glass I am rewarded by a clear strikingly crimson colored beer. Back light only intensifies the color and shows a brilliant maroon colored beer with a tan head.

Smell is good clean and malty. A bit grassy in aroma you can smell a fair bit of Nobel hop in this one. Not nearly as good smelling as it looks.

Taste is a little sweet and grassy with a malty after taste. On the dry side for a Doppelbock this lacks complexity.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK beer but not anywhere near the best of its style. Not a beer I can really recommend.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner short style glass at Roscoe's Pizza Takoma Park.

A sticky caramel and toffee like head is presented with tiny uniform bubbles and succinct. Body is a cloudy brown and orange, sort of dull. While drinking the beer gives a good solid puck. There is no lacing on this whatsoever.

Nose has a malt stickiness and toffee classic to the style, some mild hints of chocolate and banana, but sort of clean and wet smelling. There is also a faint anise smell here too.

Taste brings a light bodied and very wet malt. Light toffee aromas in the mid palate which also mix with a sort of wodden like character, almost teak like. Texture though is very wet for such a doppelbock which I expect to be bolder and thicker.

Overall pretty solid and enjoyable, but lacking in body and fullness in the feel otherwise.

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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 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 phisig137
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by July 27, 2006. Pours a dark brown with red highlights. Head appears and fades quickly, leaving just a ring around the glass.

Smells great, malty complexity, caramel, grainy, and sweet.

Flavor is different. Good malt complexity, and slightly roasty. Caramel shines through on the finish. No hops to be seen. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, and drinkability is high.

This is a solidly good brew all around, but for being a dopplebock... I think it's a little off. It's just missing that thick, syrupy sweetness that I look for and love in a dopple bock. It's good, but those crazy germans just know what thier doing... we still have a lot to learn over here.

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St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
4.06 out of 5 based on 570 ratings.
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