Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #95
Ranked #10,497
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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Rated: 3.98 by tpauer from New Hampshire

Mar 19, 2022
Rated: 3.6 by V1per41 from Colorado

Jun 29, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by SiepJones from Pennsylvania

Feb 25, 2021
Rated: 4.07 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

May 07, 2020
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
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.
Jun 22, 2019
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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.
Apr 15, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by saymike32 from New Jersey

Mar 30, 2019
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Rated by Fitzy01 from Maine

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
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.
Feb 25, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

Jan 12, 2019
Rated: 4 by h4ger from Connecticut

Dec 31, 2018
Rated: 3.94 by JB4Beer from Delaware

Dec 29, 2018
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Rated by Pashpash from Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
It’s like drinking magic
Nov 07, 2018
Rated: 4.01 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Oct 13, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by Cliffordstamm from Pennsylvania

Sep 22, 2018
Rated: 3.52 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jul 04, 2018
Rated: 4.17 by zaardvark from Massachusetts

Apr 08, 2018
Rated: 2.11 by tradershmulie from Connecticut

Mar 12, 2018
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Reviewed by jd2017 from Delaware

4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
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.
Mar 11, 2018
Rated: 4 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania

Feb 24, 2018
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.
Feb 15, 2018
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
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.
Feb 10, 2018
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Reviewed by Jim_Benz from Minnesota

3.81/5  rDev -5%
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.
Jan 08, 2018
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Oct 26, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Aug 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

3.29/5  rDev -18%
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.
Aug 07, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by Chipotle from New York

Jul 19, 2017
Rated: 3.93 by Brushkanna from New Jersey

Jun 23, 2017
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Reviewed by jwilcox767 from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
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.
May 20, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

May 14, 2017
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Rated by kw_pip from Vermont

4.74/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bottle, aged 7 years in cool basement. Brown sugar, raisins, malty.
May 07, 2017
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Reviewed by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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.
Apr 17, 2017
Rated: 4.32 by brutalist from Pennsylvania

Apr 12, 2017
Rated: 3.67 by ClavisAurea from New York

Apr 02, 2017
Rated: 4.14 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Feb 15, 2017
Rated: 3.78 by Timtac from New Jersey

Feb 08, 2017
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Reviewed by Curt3 from New Jersey

4.99/5  rDev +24.4%
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.
Feb 03, 2017
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Reviewed by delta490 from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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
Jan 27, 2017
Rated: 3.43 by BeerTest from Florida

Jan 14, 2017
Rated: 4 by Peaches13 from Pennsylvania

Jan 01, 2017
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