Abbey Six | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by HugoGrim on 05-08-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 37
Photo of skaboom420
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of donniecuffs
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy golden/orange with less than a finger of white head. Spotty lacing. The smell was fairly lackluster; hints of yeast, biscuit, herbs, grassiness, and ever so subtle bubble gum (candi sugar?). The flavor was dominated by herbal grassiness and yeast; very little in the way of fruit and spices. Pleasantly carbonated on the palate, with a dry finish. Victory is phenomenal brewery, but this beer falls short. Needs re-engineering.

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Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden copper with a thin yellowish tinted, off-white head that held on and left decent lace.

S-Spicy, pepper with a touch of hop zing and a touch of sweetness. All of this is rather mild.

T-A lot more spiciness in the flavour profile. Quite bitey and fairly full flavoured for such a "light" beer.

M-Medium-light bodied, crisp with good lingering flavours.

D-Totally solid. A "session" abbey beer?! Crisp and sharp with a nice bite. Plenty of flavour in a rather light package, nice.

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Photo of originalsin
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Victory Night at the Shep.

Of all the Victory brews I tasted that night, this one probably took me the longest to finish--which isn't to say I disliked it.
The color was a transparent orange with a decent white head.
Smell was heavy on cloves and spice. Tasted unlike I could even begin to expect- more estery and slightly less palatable than I was hoping this Belgian single to be. The aftertaste left my mouth somewhat dry and spicy.

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Photo of Martin2D
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Amber with a large white head that fades without lacing

S - Bready, yeasty

T - Yeasty, base malts, quite a hop presence

M - Medium-high carbonation and light in body

D - Definitely a session beer. No fruity esters, just a slight Belgian twang in a basic beer.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Daughter Caitlin and I stopped into Victory on Saturday, 06JUN09 (D-Day!) after spending a hot, sunny day at the Reading WWII Weekend. Started off with a small glass of the Belgian Single, Abbey 6.

Color was a medium copper, and the liquid was haze-free. Sporadic carbo straggled towards the surface. Head was thin, fine and white, with good stick. Aroma had light malt sweetness, a suggestion of caramel, and some candyish qualities. Body was medium, and A6 was fairly smooth during quaffing.

As for flavor, it was lightly sweet and smidge toasty. A touch candyish here as well, it also evinced a bit of bubblegum. Refreshing, and easily drinkable for a 6% bier. I may have had another, but there were so many other tempting offerings here! Zum Wohl!!

look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | drink: 4


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Photo of Nickls
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured with a thin pure white bubblier looking head. Coppery color, that it is a bit more like a Belgian pale ale, etc.

S - Sweetish maltiness at first; unripe apple and grape aromas; fresh and a bit herbal. All things were a bit muted, though.

T - Tart and just a bit sour; grape flavors; a bit yeasty; and pretty refreshing

M - Thinner MF, but still had a more substantial body. Snappy carbonation

D - Good drinkability for me, refreshing brew and there were enough interesting flavors to keep me interested. No trouble with the sample.

Overall, this is mislabeled here in BA, so don't let disrupt your enjoyment of the brew (I didn't). Worth checking out.

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Photo of mhatters
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at Victory in a standard pint glass

Light copper-gold colored with a nice thick head.

Fresh breadyeast in the nose, with some coriander and orange in the background

Sweetish malty flavor, some clove and phenol hints. Spice comes through at the end, with some floral hoppiness, but not overpowering at all.

Good finish, toasty malt goodness stays with you, easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of gciccarelli
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Growler poured into Chimay goblet.

A - Transparent amber body with white fluffy head. Good head retention, but minimal lacing.

S - Clove, spice, yeast. Faint hop smell as well. Nicely balanced.

T - A very nicely balanced belgian-style beer. Malt backbone, with notes of clove and wheat. Can't notice the alcohol at all. Very impressed by the overall mix.

M - Nicely carbonated, medium body. Feels creamy.

D - A highly drinkable brew. The great taste and excellent balance combined with the lack of noticing the alcohol makes it a very enjoyable experience.

A really great brew from Victory...glad I live close enough to get it!

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Photo of DIM
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The menu at Victory describes this as an Abbey single.

a: I have to give the bartenders at Victory credit, they know how to pull a pint. This was a clear golden coppery color and it was served to me with a perfect, white creamy head.

s: Yeasty apricot and candied suagr aromas.

t: Here as well, yeasty apricot and candied sugar. This gets very dry and almost chalky at the end.

m: Creamy carbonation and a good body.

d: I iked this a lot, but that chalk at the end wore on me after a while.

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Photo of calise1122
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Holy Smokes, into a pint glass. The smell of barbeque is overwhelming and I know as the waitress is delivering the beer that I am not going to be able to get the full nose... either way, very excited.

A: Lots of carbonation here... with a dark caramel color and strong white head that settles rather quickly, but leaves nice trails of lace. I can't help but wonder what it would look like being poured into a proper glass....

S: After fighting thru the delicious smell of slow roasting pork, I get a not so strong bready yeast with some lingering spices... not strong and the smell is making it hard for me to really detect what is going on

T: Similar to the smell, you almost get the beginnings of some funky yeast.. but it is subdued. Sweet malts meet some apple spice... a nice beer

M: Carbonated, pretty light bodied and borders on being a bit watery.

D: Very light, very easy to drink. The more I sipped on it, the more complex I thought it actually was. I would like to try again in a different setting and in the proper glass. Certainly not a "knock-you-off-your-barstool" Belgium Dark Ale... but a nice one.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Holy Smoke BBQ in Putnam county NY, this one pours cloudy, medium honey amber, the head is off white and leaves scattered loose lace on the glass. Mellow nose of fruit, Belgian yeast and spicy phenolics. I picked up more spice (pepper), Belgian yeast notes and then some ginger and then heavy caramel maltyness in the finish. This one seems to fit quite well int the Belgian PALE ale world. Tasty, spicy, enjoyable offering. Went great with a bowl chili, cleansing the palate and cutting through the heat/meat/flavors. Nice sessionable Belgian. I love the style (BPA) and this one is well worth a try.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a growler of this at the Victory brewpub in Dowingtown, PA and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: Amber body that is transparent, huge light tan head with excellent retention and ok lace that sticks for a bit and then slips down the glass.
Smell: Light clove, a bit watery, but as far as non agressive goes, for some reason I rather enjoyed it.
Taste: Lots of esters (almost wheaty), banana and clove, nice mellow malt backbone.
Mouthfeel: Crisp.
Drinkability: Very good, but not too many.
Don't drink and drive.

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Photo of TonyT
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler fill at the Victory Brewery during Fall Fest.

Poured into belgian glass.

The color on this was Dark gold, slight head (had to pour very slow from the growler). Solid lacing that ends up sliding back down into the beer, this is keeping a very thin head. I would have to agree that I was also expecting a darker color, since it's a "Dark Ale"

This is a mellow beer beer, with the moderate smell of citrus and spice. Nice middle of the road taste. I think that it's balanced well. Has a thin mouthfeel and a mellow dryness.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at the Victory Brewery.

Deep golden in color, a bit on the ruddy side, with only about one to one-and-a-half fingers of head. Head was slightly off-white, dense, with moderate retention and left some lace behind.

Some light malt, faint hops, and that "spicy-fruity-yeasty" smell so common in the golden abbey brews. Very inviting.

Great balance between sweet and bitter. The malts and the hops seem to work well with neither overwhelming the other. The malts are light to almost caramel. Hops play well with the spicy fruit flavors coming off the yeast and everything balances nicely. Mouthfeel wasn't as heavy as i was anticipating and the carbonation seemed to stand out to me. Carbonation wasn't overly bubbly or anything, just noticeable. Overall impression was slightly to the dry side with a good clean finish and slight linger.

I found this very enjoyable and it sure went down easy! I wish they would bottle this one as it would be a staple for my fridge stock. It sort of reminds me of something between a saison and a triple. Very enjoyable and recommended.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden orange with a one inch head and little lacing.

S: Dark dried fruits, brown sugar, and bready yeast. There is also notes of allspice and ginger.

T: Allspice and pepper with some light fig notes.

M: Light and smooth with a long lingering spicy finish.

D: Nice easy drinking Belgian-style beer. Plenty of flavor without the over the top ABV that usually accompany abbey style beers. I like to use this as the base for my mussels.

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at BSP recently

A - poured an amber hazy body with a nice white head. Seems kind of light for a dark ale, but who knows

S - I get some banana up front along with some bready malt and yeast. Hints of clove and spice are there too

T - taste is similar to the smell. Banana flavor stands out for me a bit more, although it doesn't overtake the others

M - medium bodied with a bit of carbonation. Goes down fine

D - pretty good. Not too heavy or too high of an ABV. Would have again

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Kind of hard to see what this looks like in the dark bar setting, but it looks nice and pretty. Nose is strong citrus. Overpowering spices are there as is a yeast presence. Way over the top and no balance. Flavor is soapy, slight funk, definite yeast. Rich flavor, though a bit unbalanced. And what's up with the soap? If it weren't for that, I'd be kicking up the taste score. Feel is about standard with the liquid being a bit too slimy almost. Overall a good shot at a Belgian style. Easy to drink and gets better as it warms. Enough so to knock that flavor score back up to a 4.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, hints of green apple, yeasty, and sugary. In the taste, hints of green apple, small tartness and sweetness, and kind of yeasty. A small bite and a medium mouthfeel, with a dry green apple aftertaste. Nice representation of style, small tartness and a nice dryness.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appears a pale copper hue with a large bright white head, as it dwindles down fine even lacing is left behind with each sip. Aroma has subtle fruit and spice tones flexing it's Belgian influence. Touch of Christmas cookie maybe ginger snap action going on, it's hard to call. Herbal grassy hops shine as well among the Belgian yeast strain spicy kick and sweet cookie dough malt component. Mellow and delicate in the most quaffable sense. Flavors disperse evenly perfect balance is acheived here with every sip. Mildly spiced coriander flow with some other unknown zing going on, with more bready sustainable malt sweetness, and a great grassy fresh hop presence bringing it altogether. Mouthfeel is maybe the one drawback this beer has, a bit thin I know everything on their new system has been this way but this one is borderline carbonated water at times still excellent and carbonation is dead on with fine tiny tightly formed bubbles. Drinkability is this brews everlasting fortitude, a strong sense of I need another beer comes over me after finishing my first chalice. Thank god I snagged up a growler at mad mex during happy hora only around 12 bucks can't beat that with a stick.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Served on tap at Bocktown Bar and Grille. Hazy yellow with some head.

S. Sweet yeast and clove.

T. Much like the nose, this is a clean attempt at a belgian. Banana and wheats. Sweet malts.

M. Lighty carbonated and smooth.

D. Fairly drinkable, good tripel, would like to find it again.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this ontap at the Publick House in Boston. A real rare find, and I was delighted to get a chance to try.

It's NOT a belgian dark ale. If anything, it's a Belgian Strong PA.

Hazy light amber with a puffy cloud of a head.

Bready belgian yeast in the aroma. Light fruits (pear, apple) and some spicy clove and hefe-type spices.

Funky earthy yeast and a good sweetness at first, then rich earthy malt and almost wheat flavors. Tart fruit (the pear, apple, fig, etc) are pronounced when the carbonation opens up my taste buds.

Great light flavor, very complex, and a good enough sipper. I am so glad I got to try such a unique brew as this. Great job Victory...wanna bottle it? :)

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Abbey Six from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 41 ratings