St. Victorious | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

Style: German 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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Ranking:
#5,395
Reviews:
378
Ratings:
577
pDev:
10.59%
 
 
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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 BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of RBorsato
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear bronze-ish amber with a decent light brown ringed head and nice active carbonation. Nice big malty aroma ... Munich malts ? Nice rich malt flavors ... robust. Full-medium bodied and creamy.

Expensive and good but not totally justified in my mind... partially justified maybe :-)

Per label: "German malts and Double Decoction brewing"

Per VBC website:
Malts: 2 row German malt, including Beech smoked malt
Hops: German whole flowers
Alcohol by volume: 7.6%

'06' version ('6002' lasered on bottom)
Tasted: 12/17/06

($10.99 / 6-pack)

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Photo of afsdan
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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 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 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 BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rfgetz
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby, purply brown color, very clear, minimal head and lacing. Somewhat true to style, the nose is rich malt, yet not as sweet as some doppelbocks. Taste follows scent, pretty much rich bready and nutty malts (but not as rich as it could be), but a dark berry taste lingers in the the background. Nice medium body on this, decent carbonation level after the lack of head. A good beer with some nice flavors to it but lacks complexity and punch i get from other beers of the style.

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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 Gueuzedude
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by date of January 2008, Sampled December 2007
A brisk pour produces a frothy, fat-one-finger thick, tan colored head that sits on top of a dark, deeply concentrated, amber colored beer. When held up to the light, the beer shows a lightly hazy, dark cranberry color. Ah, what a rich and malt aroma; concentrated, richly caramelized malt flavors mix with drier, toasted malt notes of biscuits and whole grain bread crust. This is malty enough that it is starting to pick up those malt notes that lean towards soy sauce (though definitely not this) flavors that are umami like. At times the malt has a touch of dark fruitiness to it that is reminiscent to something that is a cross between raisins and concentrated pear.

Sweet tasting, though not cloying. It is a touch lighter bodied than I was expecting, but it is rich with a full heft to it. Interesting notes of bitter cocoa and dusty browned malt come through in the middle and linger on through to the finish. Herbal hop notes play a supporting, but noticeable role here as does a hop bitterness that provides an anchoring note towards the finish. Malt, hop and carbonation notes combine in the finish to give this beer a light astringency. Dark, caramelized malt sugars provide flavors of brown sugar, hints of molasses, flavors from that slightly burnt syrupy drippings left in the pan after baking a black, holiday, sweet bread / cake.

The taste does not quite live up to the rich promise of the aroma, but it certainly gives it a go. A thoroughly enjoyable beer that is fitting my current mood / needs just right.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

ACBF pour

A-Pours dark brown with a thin, tan head.

S-Fruity yeasty aroma with a brown breadiness and some caramel. Light grassy hoppiness.

T-Dark bread and fruitcake with caramel. Toffee and some apples. Light bitterness from the hops but no specific flavor.

M-Medium bodied. Softer bubbles. Alcohol hidden well. A bit creamy.

O-I've wanted to try this beer for some time. It turned out to be a tasty beer. This is one I would like to reexamine at some point.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of waddellc2
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of DefenCorps
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12Oz bottle chilled ; best before Jan 28, 2008

A: Deep amber pour with a two finger head that recedes slowly

S: Sweet dark malts, predominantly caramel with a hint of bourbon and mild clove notes. Smells good as dessert!

T: Starts out sweet, tickling the palate nicely. There is the slightest bourbon taste that disappears quickly. The finish is a bit of a conundrum - something this sweet shouldn't be as try as it is, which i find interesting. Not as full-bodied as it starts out. Tastes a lot nicer once it starts warming up.

M: Feels smooth in the mouth and the initial carbonation dies off leaving a slightly flat mouthfeel.

D: I'm not the biggest fan of dopplebocks (yet) but this one is easy to drink many of.

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

on tap at the brewery

A beautiful dark red amber with ruby red highlights. A big bubbling coke-like tan head faded in time and left very little lacing on the sides.

Big caramel roasted malt nose with smoke and wood in the forefront. Background smells of dried flowers, milk chocolate and a mellow hop aroma.

Starts off with a nice roasted malt flavor and a hint of chocolate. Other flavors that balance out this tasty dopplebock are of honey, molasses, earthy wood.

The mouthfeel is thick and heavy and has an mellow warming alcohol finish.

The drinkability suffers a bit due to the alcohol that kicks in later, but its still pretty damn good and wouldn't keep me from having another.

This is a great version of an American dopplebock. Victory once again shows of their mastery of german malts.

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Photo of weeare138
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Ortino's Northside...
Appears a dark brown with a red hue and a light tan head. Very dense and unsure of the visible carbonation.
Smell is of cocoa powder, smoked peat, caramel, molasses, black plums, and roasted nuts.
Taste is equally as enjoyable as the aromas.
Mouthfeel is right on. Chewy, warming, sweet, and balanced with a quick finish.

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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 stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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

Served on-tap in a Sam Adams 12 oz glass at the Brass Rail Deli.

A: The bock is a deep ruby red color that borders on out-and-out brown. The full depth renders it opaque. A finger of foamy off-white head lasted through the first third of the glass.

S: The aroma is big and strong, especially after the Weihenstephaner helles beer I just had. Dark malts, big and sweet with dark fruit, dominate, alongside a light smoke note. The maltiness is not harsh or syrupy.

T: The maltiness is strong but I find the mild smoke to be the nicest aspect of the lager. Malts are dark and full, grainy with a warming toasted finish. Nuttiness also peaks through, livening up the cereals. Cutting through both aspects is the smoke, light but meaty enough to stand out. Its cured elements, out of place at first, quickly settle in and seem natural, augmenting the sweet fullness of the malts.

M: While not a malt bomb, the lager doesn't shy away from its character. The grains are strong and bold but not harsh. The smoke is a standout element.

D: A rather pleasant beer that I've gone too long since having.

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Photo of cbutova
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Crimson red body with a foamy white head that gets to be about two fingers. Retention is pretty good. A few small spots of lace from a small ring.

S- Really not much going on to me. I get some toasty nutty malt and dark, somewhat medicinal fruit. Somewhat grainy and a tiny bit roasty.

T- Toasted nutty malt profile with a dark fruit overtone. A bit of roast malt blends in with a general grainy feel. Just a tiny bit of alcoholic flavor. Fair sweets and caramel.

MF- Body is a bit light for me. It has a somewhat watery feel with high carbonation and a fair warmth from the high ABV. Some bitters.

DB- Flavorful but it is strong and a bit medicinal to me. It feels a bit out of balance and just doesn't drink smoothly in my personal opinion. Not bad but there are other style examples I would drink before this.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: a little on the dark side, I think; seems clear although it's so dark, I can't really see through it. Large amount of head in the pour that sustains and laces

S: I can distinguish a smokiness above another less distinguishable smell, reminds me of house when I am brewing. Light plum perhaps lying underneath.

T/M: this one is a little sweeter than I expected. It is a doppelbock and should have that sweeter front, but this one seems a little much. Getting past that, I get the roasted malt characteristics that might have led to the smokey notes. The taste is leather/tobacco under the malty beginning. The beer has a big body, and is smooth while being well carbonated.

O: as I read the style description, this one fits on that dark end, tending towards stout. There isn't much bitterness in the flavor, but the beer does balance out better in the end.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -1.5%

St. Victorious from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 577 ratings