Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #89
Ranked #10,245
4.01 | pDev: 12.47%
Mar 19, 2022
Mar 18, 2003
Notes: Heady with a aromatic fruity start and taste, this amber ale features hints of pear and apricot in its well-nuanced flavor. The initial impression of fruitiness concludes in a refreshing dryness that begs you to sip again. Be fore- warned, this ale is immense as it registers 12% abv.
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3.98 by tpauer from New Hampshire on Mar 19, 2022
3.6 by V1per41 from Colorado on Jun 29, 2021
3.75 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania on Feb 25, 2021
4.07 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on May 07, 2020
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4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

750 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Light brown color with a lot of orange. Nice tannish head with minimal retention and good lacing.

S---Sweet & yeasty. Full of dark fruits. Raisin, fig, brown sugar.

T---Follows the nose closely. Malty, sweet & yeasty. Raisin, pear, fig, brown sugar. Really nice flavors.

F---Thick & a touch boozy, which is par for the course with a 12% ABV beer. Full bodied & mildly carbonated.

O---High quality product from a high quality brewer.

Jun 22, 2019
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4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by q33jeff from New Jersey

February 2018
Bottle to Red Solo Cup (I fill you up...)

LOOK: murky brown, big white head.
AROMA: fruit cake, baking soda,
TASTE: yeast, brown sugar,raisin
FEEL: thick and creamy.

Apr 15, 2019
4.14 by saymike32 from New Jersey on Mar 30, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Fitzy01 from Maine

Opened the bottle after letting it set for 4 years. Very smooth and a lil boozy. Really enjoyed this one. A big change up from my usual neipas.

Mar 17, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

750ml bottle into a goblet. Bottled 8/14/18, so about 6 months old.

Hazy dark dull amber body with good streams of carbonation. Big bubbly/creamy white head leaving layers of lacing.

Belgian yeast aroma. A little sweet smelling. Faint whiff of spices.

Overall, a pleasant tasting drink. There is some warmth from the 12.0 Abv. Faintly sweet. Some hoppy bitterness. Ingredients are nicely balanced. Any spice in the aroma does not come through.

Mouth is full. Finish is smooth and slightly bitter with a faint sweet wash.

Overall, a pleasant well balanced sipper of a quad.

Feb 25, 2019
4.13 by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania on Jan 12, 2019
4 by h4ger from Connecticut on Dec 31, 2018
3.94 by JB4Beer from Delaware on Dec 29, 2018
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4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by Pashpash from Maryland

It’s like drinking magic

Nov 07, 2018
4.01 by M4CDO from Massachusetts on Oct 13, 2018
4.35 by Cliffordstamm from Pennsylvania on Sep 22, 2018
3.52 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Jul 04, 2018
4.17 by zaardvark from Massachusetts on Apr 08, 2018
2.11 by tradershmulie from Connecticut on Mar 12, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by jd2017 from Delaware

I tend to concur w/ Trey Wilson's review on taste / highlights (no need to rehash the points, agree). The selection was in a growler (mine) at a very reasonable price, might add. Enjoying.....!

However, would like to note that my sampling was from a long-delayed visit to this (local) brewery.
What I truly wanted - was not available for carryout at the time. However, will come back again - for the brewery tour.

Mar 11, 2018
4 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania on Feb 24, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stortore from Illinois

750 ml bottle into a chalice. Bottled 11/9/15/, had 6/15/17.

Pours a lighter amber color, looks like wine. Mostly clear, with a one inch foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of malt, plums, grapes, red wine, figs, dates, apples, and a strong spice- cloves, maybe? The taste also leads with the malt, then grapes, figs, plums, dates, caramel, raisins, spices. Smooth, creamy, a good medium body, well carbonated.

Really like this. It’s a little lighter than most quads, but has a very good flavor and a great aroma. Well worth a purchase.

Feb 15, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

A - Pours a slighly hazed amber with a thin white head. Light amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is pear, apricot, raisins and Belgian yeast.

T - The taste is pears, raisins, brown sugar, caramel malts, Belgian yeast and some light hops in the finish.

M - Full bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a big strong Quad. The flavors are on point but this is a slow sipper.

Feb 10, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Jim_Benz from Minnesota

I've had this in my cellar for maybe 3 years, so the hops are diminished. I don't recall caring for it much fresh, but aged? Pretty tasty, even though I'm not a huge fan of quads. After aging a bit, it pours Amber with a small creamy head that mostly dissipates in a hurry. The smell is the best part, sweet and fruity with a little malt. Tastes a little too sweet (it's a quad, after all) but good for sipping. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden, IMO. Mouth feel is a little thin, but okay for the style. Overall, pretty good.

Jan 08, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Brutaltruth from Ohio

From a 750 ml bottle from Kroger's in Athens Ohio (!?!) in a snifter.
This fantastic find, with a different label by the way, pours a luminous
deep amber with a fantastic head of egg shell foam that subsides to a
thick ring, thin subtle pool, and showcases some nice sudsy lacing.
Nose of peaches, pears, brown sugars, subtle sweet bread, subtle
booze, and touches of cherries and raisins. Flavors expand on the
nose with aplomb. Cherries and cranberries mingle with peach and apricot
notes that are simmered in strong booze and sweet breaded notes. Brown
sugars and raisins carry through the rear of the taste with stone fruits falling
on the sides with a warming brandy character that is inviting and welcome.
Subtle banana bread shows itself with warmth as well with light Belgian

Excellent mouth feel---medium carbonation that is lively, medium mouth feel,
and a sweet boozy finish with a subtle herbal hop note on the rear.

Overall, this is one fine quad that I am pleased to have found, especially
in of all places Krogers in Athens Ohio.


Oct 26, 2017
4.1 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Aug 11, 2017
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3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3
by Roguer from Connecticut

Clear, light copper colored brew, small head production. Definitely lighter than most quads.

Aroma is big and boozy, and in this case, spoiled by a large amount of oxidation. Past that, it's overbearingly strong, and bears notes of pears, honey, caramel, and oddly, hops.

Syrupy and sweet; nearly cloying; raisins, bread, brown sugar. All the hallmarks of a traditional quad are present, but buried beneath an avalanche of stale hops, caramel malt, booze, and oxidation.

Feel is much better than expected. Smooth and oily, the 12% is only felt as a touch of back-end heat.

This is a very aged bottle, which is not ideal for a first try. That said, this is a quad, and I would expect a quad to hold up well to the five year mark or beyond. That this is still incredibly boozy, and loaded with stale hops, reminds me far more of an aged American barleywine than a quad. It's nowhere near bad, but it's not at all to style.

Aug 07, 2017
4.17 by Chipotle from New York on Jul 19, 2017
3.93 by Brushkanna from New Jersey on Jun 23, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jwilcox767 from Ohio

A - dark golden honey with about an inch of head.
S - Nice yeast smell
T - Quite pleasent and very smooth. The yeast definitely has a bite, but definitely in character for this style.
M - Juicy, nice viscosity
O - Well done Belgian quad. It's one of the only beers that I have had from this brewery, but its unique enough that I'd have it again.

May 20, 2017
4.24 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on May 14, 2017
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4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by kw_pip from Vermont

Bottle, aged 7 years in cool basement. Brown sugar, raisins, malty.

May 07, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

Pours a nice amber with tinges of ruby. Minimal head and nothing in the way of lacing on my glass. Smell is strong on fruits such as pears and stone fruit, but there is a strong sweet scent too from the Candi. I also get hops on the end, which I find unusual for the style. The taste is sweet and fruity with a booziness as well. Belgian yeast and piney hops provide a curious finish to this beer. The feel is fairly heavy and there is lighter carbonation than expected.

So, not what I would call a top quad. I have to say the over use of hops may have worked against this beer. It doesn't suit the style. Glad I tried it, but definitely would not have again.

Apr 17, 2017
4.32 by brutalist from Pennsylvania on Apr 12, 2017
3.67 by ClavisAurea from New York on Apr 02, 2017
4.14 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania on Feb 15, 2017
3.78 by Timtac from New Jersey on Feb 08, 2017
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4.99/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Curt3 from New Jersey

This is a very nice beer. Pours a dark golden honey with about a one inch creamy white head. It has a pleasent yeast smell with a wonderful taste. The finish is quite pleasent and very smooth. This is probably the best beer that I have had from this brewery.

Feb 03, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by delta490 from Virginia

A little lighter in color than a traditional quad but it is a beautiful amber, deep in color and clear. Just a hint of light tan head around the glass. The aroma needs a little time to open but has nice dark fruit and candied sugar. The taste is similar but with more depth than the aroma. The body has a nice full feeling on the palate, smooth with a small tingle of carbonation

Jan 27, 2017
3.43 by BeerTest from Florida on Jan 14, 2017
4 by Peaches13 from Pennsylvania on Jan 01, 2017
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