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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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 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 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 tempest
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Hop Devil in NYC.

Basic impression was that this had a lovely and authentic belgian flavor, it was just the lightest colored and tasting dubbel I've encountered. It looked amber, but the aroma was fantastic. The smell was light, but there were delicious candied cherry and fruits and rose in there. The flavor is similar, but not as full. Still it's quite tasty and very drinkable.

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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 akorsak
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tumbler glass served at Capone's. The glass was chilled, so the ale needed some help in warming up.

A: The ale is a pale brown color, dark by no means with some lighter highlights that add a hint of brilliance to the beer. The head was small on pour and left no trails on the sides of the glass.

S: The nose, particularly when cold, was near nonexistent. As the ale warmed, a dry, spicy aroma wafted out, showing off some yeasty funkiness and a crisp earthy hop note.

T: The first impression from this beer was one simple five letter word: Orval! The funky yeast and dry earthy hop flavors immediately conjured up that great Trappist ale. The flavor had a slight barnyard funkiness to it that brought out some dry tart fruit flavors as well as some peppery zest and sugary sweetness. The finish stays earthy, leaving a lasting bitterness on the palate. The yeast, prevalent throughout the drink, dries out the body of the beer.

M: The mouthfeel is a nice blend of yeast and hops, dry and bitter with a slight tart edge.

D: Very drinkable, I wish that I could have had more than one but I did have to travel back home. This is, as weeare138 noted, most definitely a Belgian Pale Ale. The 'E' in Abbey is also missing from the beer's name.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of weeare138
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a semi-transparent light gold with an orange hue and a foamy, off-white head that slowly fades out. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of doughy yeast, fresh grain, notes of toffee, and caramel, with some light citrus notes, honey, and mild candy sugar sweetness.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a nice, mild mix going on with very light hopping.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly sweet yet balanced with gentle hopping and just the right amount of attenuation. This is a mild Belgian Ale with nice drinkability. I would actually disagree with the placing of it being labeled a "Belgian Strong Dark". IMO, this is a Belgian Pale in every way.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 cichief
3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a nice amber color, with a thick off-white head. A little haziness.

S- Some ester notes, clove, smells on the sweet side.

T- Very yeasty, with hints of clove, sweetness prevails.

M- Very low carbonation, medium body.

D- A decent example of an Abby Ale.

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

Swerved as a medium copper colored berr with nice puffy white head.
Smell is notable for yeast and some Belgian cany sugar.
Taste is suprising light, being a nice combination of fruitiness, yeast, and the candy sugar.
A very pleasant belgian beer, with a low enough alcohol content to be able to enjoy more than one.

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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 Foxman
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a coppery amber gold, slightly hazy and fairly carbonated. A finger of fluffy off-white head dwindles rapidly to mere surface traces. Lacing is thin and minimal, but there for a at least an instant.

The aroma is lightly malty and sweet, but it's the Belgian yeast effect that bears the fruit of green apple, peach, and lemon citrus, as well as the spice of clove and black pepper. It's a lovely air to behold.

Upon tasting, the malt is sweet and, well, malty, with a candy sugar and caramel pairing. The esters present firmly here as well, with clove and black pepper augmented by hops, and the green apple and peach fruitiness as expected. Another grain nudge carries toffee, and a bready dough note comes along for the ride. The finish sees residual sweetness tamped down lightly by a mildly hoppy bitterness. It's not heavy, nicely complex, and enjoyable.

Medium bodied, it's got a coating nature and a peppy glow that comes across as fun.

This was the last of four at a leisurely dinner, and it may just be the perfect way to cap the meal. The fruit and spice combo remind me of a zesty Belgian apperitif, though I'd gladly drink this on its own as well. There's no elevated ABV to sweat, though even as is it does impart a little bit of warmth. This is one I'll be looking for again. Hopefully it finds its way into bottles at some point, as I'd like to see what this yeast does in the bottle for a bit.

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

On tap at The Drafting Room in Exton, PA

Appeared a dull, hazy orange with a small head. No retention.

Smells of bread, caramel, and candy sugar.

Has a fruity, kinda citrus flavor with sugary malts. Strong bready yeast flavor.

Nice and light bodied. Crisp and easy on the palate. A very easy beer to drink. I wouldn't get tired of having this one.

One of the better beers I had in this sitting. A great late spring/early summer beer. I enjoyed this one.

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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 Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this growler up at the final victory for Heavyweight at The Drafting room in Exton, Pa.

Poured cold into a La Fin Du Monde tulip and allowed to warm slightly.

A - Medium amber w/ good clarity and a full spacious head of white. The head measures 3 fingers and falls within minutes to a ring around the glass.

S - Dry candy sugar aroma w/ gentle belgian yeast notes w/ subtle clove and pepper notes.

M - Medium to full carbonation, sweet w/ appropriate spice and a dry, lightly boozy finish.

T - The ale starts smooth and has plenty of husky graininess w/ a clove and coriander-like essence and mellows quickly w/ a wheaty malt and candy sugar sweetness. The finish is surprisingly clean w/ a hint of nuttiness from the malt.

D - Very quaffable and flavorful alternative to huge belgians. Very drinkable and has the Belgian character w/ yeast and candy sugar in a smaller ale. I am glad I got the growler, one glass was just not enough.

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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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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