Scarlet Moon | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Kegatron on 08-30-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of schmitter
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Rustico - Alexandria. Served in a stange.

Pours a deep ruddy brown without much of a head at all. A good swirl rouses up a single-finger head with some off white to tan coloring, though that refuses to stick around for very long. The nose brings some nice banana and clove along with some roasted malt and a tad bit of smoke.

The taste acts in the same manner, as the German yeast characteristics sit well alongside a bit of roasted malt, and then the smoke and slight meaty characteristics really don't come forward until the finish. The finish is fairly dry and leaves a nice smoky taste covering my palate. Drinks quite well as this is really well done and the whole beer experience follows a nice progression from weizen to rauchbier.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

had it at barcade. Indicated as 7.4%abv smoked wiezenbock. although its appears it was misnamed as the scarlet sunrise...

Not particularly smoke overpowering. Nose of smoke blends with a burnt clove quality. Banana and meatiness. Palate is a tad gritty husk tight on the tongue. All the nose attributes mix pretty evenly. Has that quintessential weizenbock quality of marzipan and the smoke gives it a hint brown sugar sweet. Great brew.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at UJ's on the Manatawny last weekend. Was not familiar with this beer, but it seemed pretty popular, so thought I'd give it a try. I'm glad I did.

The beer pours a hazy honey color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is quite intriguing on this one, consisting of smoke, bacon and bologna, but with some underlying clove and nutmeg. I almost shouted out "Deutschland Uber Alles" after taking the first sip. Gott en Himmel this is one fine beer; I could swear I was drinking an intensely spiced weizen in Bavaria. Wow. This beer is front loaded with spice, which then dovetails into a dry wheaty finish. Not since I lived in Germany many long years ago can I recall getting this particular flavor profile. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light, especially considering the abv. Drinkability is also pretty good, though the huge amount of spice is a bit of a distraction.

A very impressive beer from Victory. Glad I had an opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.39/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the Victory Brewpub in Downingtown, PA.
Appearance: The body was a cloudy yellow toped with a super sized head, super retention and great lacing.
Smell: Good malt aroma, but odd beefy notes
Taste: Smokey with a BBQ twist.
Mouthfeel: Smooth.
Drinkability: Fine.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.51/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a pint of this from the brewery itself.

A: Pours a cloudy, golden body with a white head with nice retention and lacing along the sides of the glass until the finish.

S: Kind of a sweet, banana ester smell. No smokiness evident.

T: A sweet, banana ester taste with a slight smokiness in the aftertaste. A pretty, evident beer.

M: A smooth beer that was also refreshing.

D: A nice combination of mouthfeel and taste that was fairly balanced. I was expecting a bit more smokiness to it, but it was still pretty good overall.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on-tap at the brewpub.

Served as a deep reddish colored beer with moderate off-white head.

Smell reminds of sitting in front of a wood fire talking over good times with my friends.

Taste is complex. There is the 'fire taste from the malt' combined with lots of sweet summer fruit combined with some banana flavors.

The flavors balance perfectly at the finish.

What a great beer. More breweries should try making this style of beer. I hope Victory does more of this style.

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Photo of Rudgers73
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love this beer!

Nice pale orange with a frothy head. Looks a little hazy poured into a 14 oz oversized wine glass. The smell is that of a wheat beer, Belgian-style, with an incredibly smooth and interesting smoked meat smell. The flavor is almost dry at the beginning with soft pear, delicate hops and clove yeast. Right at the end there is a wonderfully balanced and rich smokiness. Each sip has this same 2-faced character until you get towards the end of the glass and it starts to melt together. Such and interesting beer, such good flavor, I could drink this all night.

Can't wait to see it in bottles.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an awesome smokey aroma that really sticks out. It's complimented with pale and Munich malts. The taste is good. It has a smooth malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes with a dry smokey taste. This is a very well brewed rauchbier. It's light, yet quite smokey. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. I'm huge on rauchbiers anyway. This one doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the tap room

A: Hazy pale orange with an average head and good lacing

S: Smokey bacon, cloves, and sweet fruit

T: Apples, brown sugar, smokey meat, cloves and a bit of banana.

M: Medium body, creamy and a long smoky finish.

D: This was a pretty easy drinking beer, not overly smoked, with nice balance. I think having this with a meal with do the beer more justice

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pale orange with a large dense hite head and nice retention and lacing.

S: Cured meat smokiness, fruits (apple and banana), and cloves.

T: Apples, brown sugar, bacon and cured meat, cloves and a bit of banana.

M: Medium body, creamy and a long smoky finish.

D: There are a lot of flavors here. It reminds me of good bacon wrapped around a crisp Granny Smith aplle sprinkled with sugar and spices. I really like this beer. I have no problem drinking a few of these.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the VBC on 8/29/08.

Pours a deep, hazy, burnt orange with a 1/2 finger of brite-white head. Thin, creamy retention that holds strong, leaving some good looking lace behind. The aroma is very smoky up front but that gives way to some prominent fruity orange character that really stands out. There is also some refreshing wheat character that props up the smell as well.

The taste is smoked malts that are much more subtle than they were in the aroma profile, with that orange character and other citric flavors really coming out this time. There is also some additional notes of spice, wheat, and malt sweetness. Finishes sweet and fairly dry in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation and overall pretty easygoing feel.

Wow, this was really unique! Billed as a "Rauchweizenbock" this did indeed possess the smoky nature of a Rauchbier married to the fruit, wheat, and heavier feel of a Weizenbock. This was really tasty and drank pretty well considering the complex nature and beefier body. I love the fact that we're seeing all of these cool, new beers on tap at the brewery!

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Scarlet Moon from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 13 ratings