Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #47
Ranked #4,716
4.05 | pDev: 12.35%
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
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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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jd2017
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of stortore
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jim_Benz
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.


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Photo of Roguer
3.29/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of jwilcox767
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Curt3
4.99/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of delta490
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow . . . Just wow ! No, not the best Belgian inspired quad I've ever had, just wow because I got this for $8.75 ! Oh, and BTW . . . Not a bad take on the style. Drinks like a 12% beer for sure. Reminds me of Mad Elf without the cherries. Good beer . . . grab a bottle a catch a craft buzz

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Photo of MonkeyBread
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: lighter than traditional for a quad. Murky brown orange. Looks like a barley wine.
Smell: old musty hops, carmelized sugar, sweet orange marmelade
Taste: huge orange marmelade jelly flavor, malty sweetness like a barley wine, light fruit esthers such as apples, pears, apricots.
Mouthfeel: little under carbonated for the style.

Overall this is more of an American strong ale or American barley wine than a Belgian quad. It's a fine beer and enjoyable though so who cares.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a murky orangish amber in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint copper + golden yellow + honey colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy beige head that reduces to a medium to large sized patch of thin film covering a little more than half of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of light fruits (apricot and pear), toasted malts, and brown sugar sweetness. Light aromas of alcohol and hints of herbal + pine hops. Light aromas of spicy yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of toasted malts with a slightly stronger than moderate amount of brown sugar and candi sugar sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of light fruits (apricot and pear). Finally there are moderate flavors of spicy yeast and a light flavor of herbal + pine hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness which fades away quickly. There is a light to moderate presence of alcohol with a moderate amount of lingering malty sweetness.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with light amount of dryness and alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is definitely a big, strong beer but it is still enjoyable. The alcohol is present but not in a harsh way making it still quite enjoyable. Definitely worth grabbing and a slightly interesting take on the style - with the lighter fruit flavors rather than dark fruits.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, bottled on 09 NOV 2015. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy copper color with about an inch and a half off-white head that stayed around for a really long time. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit (plum, raisins), caramel malt, peppery spice, and some clove. Taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like plums, raisins, banana, pears, peppery spice, clove, dried fruit and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. It was also smooth and easy to drink. I thought this was good, overall. It's not my favorite quad out there but it's certainly worth trying. $7.99 a bottle.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled on 11/9/15 and enjoyed 7/9/16. 8 months of aging.

Pours a copper color with a bunch of lively carbonation waifing the aroma of cloves, others spices and fruits to my nose. A thin layer of off-white colored foam settles on top and small streaks of lacing cling to the sides of the tulip glass. Tastes of fruits, spices, and the sweetness is very prevalent. Sticky feel on the lips and a medium feel overall. This 12% quad is a sipper for sure but very enjoyable to indulge upon.

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Photo of Swp4lfe
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It was on draft at a local bar for 6$! 12% Belgian strong ale. Tasted like Weyerbacher Insanity but doesn't have that pure alcohol taste at the last drop. Pretty good beer.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 10-month-old bottle, pours a mostly clear copper-amber. There are a few floaties in there. Maybe a quarter-inch head that dissipates to a film pretty quick.

Smell is a bit of banana, then dark fruits and a bit of toffee/caramel. The tiniest hint of cloves. Taste follows, though it's not nearly as sweet as the smell set me up for. Alcohol almost completely hidden. Feel is a thickish medium, but more medium than thick. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25.4oz bottle that was bottled on 7/6/15 poured into a tulip glass. Bottle just refrigerated last night and drank tonight 24 hours later.

Look: Pours an amber color with about an inch of head. Lacing was present but not very retained at all.

Smell: Very fruity aroma of figs, dates, and raisins. Also some hints of sweetness and ready malts.

Taste: Taste is very sweet. Huge notes of fruits that were also present on the nose. Also a hint of the high ABV is present on the taste.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Solid Belgian Quad here. I think I prefer the Belgian Hoppy Quad from Victory over this one but this one is very solid as well. Glad I grabbed a bomber of this to try. I would revisit this again if brewed again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep copper in color with moderate clarity. There's a trace of thinly veiled brown in the middle of the glass. The aroma is of golden raisins and Belgian yeast. I taste plenty of light Belgian malt and some light Belgian candy sugar. The mouth is a bit warm with alcohol, highly carbonated, and chewy.

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Photo of thebeers
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

July 2014 bottle date. Pours a vibrant muddy-orange color with a tiny wisp of off-white head. Syrupy aroma of orange marmalade, molasses, maple and winter spices. The taste doesn't really align. There's a moderately high hop-bitterness, some alcohol burn and even citrusy hop flavor; it's buried behind the malts, but there's definitely some grapefruit flavor there. There's also a fair amount of banana and clove on the backend. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, with a little prickliness to the mouthfeel. Not very traditional, but tasty and complex nonetheless. Not bad.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.98/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A- Poured from a caged and corked bottle to a tulip glass. Dark, rich amber coloration with a finger length of beige head at the top.

Smell- Wow, you can smell it from the moment you uncork it. Tons of fruits, clove, cinnamon and spices.

Taste- Very, very sweet. Follows the nose with a huge, beautiful burst of fruity flavors and spices. Absolutely outstanding if you like the sweet flavors of quads, with just a slight kick of alcohol on the finish.

Feel- Medium body, slight carbonation

Overall- All I can say is wow... This has taken the spot as my new favorite beer, out of everything I have tried over my year of tasting craft offerings. The sweetness might be offputting for some, but then again, that's what comes with the style.

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Photo of gr8ful
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very nice orangish-amber color with nice beige head, and left nice lace on the glass. This beer was almost "pretty", which I acknowledge is an odd description for a beer or ale. Decent to good foam retention. Very malty per the style, possibly a little TOO sweet but not cloyingly so. The ABV is quite high and the alcohol was noticeable in the taste. I generally don't want to taste the alcohol in my beer but it was not overwhelming so I did not let it detract too much from my taste score. The biscuity flavor of the malts more than compensated for the strong alcohol presence. Not a strong hop presence at all.
Disclaimer: I'm not adept of adequately judging mouthfeel so I'm not sure if my score is accurate. As long as it doesn't give the impression of witch hazel or used motor oil in my mouth, I rate mouthfeel 4 or more.
I recommend it and will have it again.
(poured from a big bottle)

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