Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Belgian Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #43
Ranked #4,415
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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Reviews: 637 | Ratings: 1,393
Reviews by Kiserian:
Photo of Kiserian
4.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good flavor. Light and fruity like others have said. I didnt taste any banana. Very drinkable with no alcohol taste, but with 12% abv it sneaks up on you pretty quick. At $7.99 a bottle its a great deal.

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Photo of jancona
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Liquid luxury - as advertised! Let it warm up to truly enjoy.
Very little foam/lacing. Smell is a mix of molasses, banana bread, sweet dates, and brown sugar. Taste follows with a nice caramel malt finish. Feel is a bit slick - could use more carbonation.
Overall an excellent offering from Victory! I didn't share...

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden orange in color, with a massive, coarse white head, which fades only slowly. Dense Belgian-type lacing adorns the glass walls. Abundant, fine carbonation drifts lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Dense notes of caramel and spicy, vinous alcohol, green apple rind, candied fruit and wood, dominate the aroma.

Taste: Begins with somewhat over-the-top pungent, earthy hops, soon followed by sweet dark caramel, candied dark fruits, bitter apple rind, and an omnipresent, sweet, vinous, and warming alcohol. As the taste progresses, spicy notes rise to ascendency, with cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg dominant. Finishes with a long, lingering note of dark caramel and sweet alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Very soft, full, velvety, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: An extraordinarily complex, deep, and rich Quadrupel, invoking thoughts of holiday dinners. Certainly, this beer is worthy of the most elegant occasion.

Presentation: Packaged in a 750 ml Belgian-style brown glass bomber, sealed with a cork and cage, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Chide
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Great beer. I think that it is Victory's best.

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Photo of 1ale_man
4.81/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just had this in parking lot at work with a good friend. In a styro cup no less! If it is any better in any kind of glass, I'm in deep trouble. It was absolutely great! Smooth, no alcohol taste or burn. Caramel and figs. Will buy again to drink and to cellar.

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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 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 ThisWangsChung
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a semi-clear copper color - very atypical for a quad. The head is two fingers high, and off-white in shade. Retention is pretty good for 12%, but the texture is rougher than others in the style. There are some streaks of lacing left on the glass.

S: The nose is appropriately big. It features both big fruits (lighter ones like cherry, rather than dark fruits) and a healthy bread-laden backbone. Also decently spicy in spurts. Victory is never afraid to hop a beer well, and I'm thankful for it: the herbal and even citrusy notes balance out the lighter malt/fruit quite well. Aromatically, it isn't much like a quad - it's more like Duvel on steroids. That's a very good thing, though.

T: It's somewhat hoppy at first. The light, herbal hop notes bring memories of Rochefort 10 (though this has a bit more black pepper and a bit less tobacco - that, and the malt construct is a whole different beast altogether). While there are some pleasant lighter fruit flavors (cherry, orange, and grapefruit), the spiciness is what dominates. Victory has restrained the yeastiness nicely, as well. It doesn't seem as bready as its Belgian counterparts, but it also achieves a level of cohesion and harmony lacking in the 'Murican ones. Combined with the mild notes of caramel malt, it creates a brew that's both reasonably complex and nicely balanced - it just isn't very quad-like, that's all.

M: The first few sips seem a touch boozy. Afterwards, they don't seem boozy at all. It's still telling me it's a strong, sipping beer (especially with the full-body warming sensation), just not a needlessly alcoholic one. Carbonation is about what I'd expect, decently powerful yet soft.

O: This would be one of the best 'Murican-made quads on the market...if it were a quad to begin with. To me, this seems closer to a big-ass grand cru or even a massive saison. Yeah, I said it. It's dry enough, spicy enough, and *just* light enough where if Victory called it an imperial saison, I wouldn't be too upset. Still, its high level of quality combined with its respectable price point makes it a winner, no matter what style it is.

3.98/5: Excellent BSPA, very worthy of cellaring

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pretty clear medium dark orange-amber in the glass with a white head made up of tiny bubbles. Head melts quickly but surface coating and ring of white lasts and lasts as tiny bubbles continually rise to replenish it.

Aroma is wonderfully full of sweet malt, dark fruits, light fruits and spices. Aroma may be the most balanced combination I've ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

Taste is immediately sweet..very sweet. At first I didn't think I would be able to finish this one at all. Sweet candied belguim malt with a mixture of both light and dark fruits, then a bit....only a bit..of bitter hops to add more balance. Finish is mostly alcohol. I can definitely tell it is in there.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and full with lots of tiny carbonation biting on your tongue. Aftertaste is mostly the bitter citrus peel hops (for drying) and alcohol.

Not so shabby...kind of nice.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in late July 2007, this bottle's got a little over a year on it.

A: It pours a rather deep garnet/crimson with a relatively short-lived foamy head. Not a lot of lacing to report, either. Decent, but not overly impressive.

S: Initially, the aroma was quite weak and uninviting. Once reaching room temp the nose really intensifies with loads of rich fruit--primarily apple. Spice and a candied breadiness, as well.

T&M: Strong candied fruit--this is perhaps the fruitiest quad I've had yet. Candied sugar, some spice, and some alcohol. A tad bit boozy at its current age, but still not enough to make it undrinkable by any means. The mouthfeel is lovely--a fine carbonation, medium feel, and good coating.

D: It's still a tad bit boozy and at 12% just one goblet has got me buzzing a bit. Flavor is lovely and I can only imagine how good this beer could taste with another year on it. Still, it's really filling and strong--definitely one to sip slowly whilst avoiding over-indulgence.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: very nice head; darkish red amber; and army of carb beads
S: sweet malty smell; not remarkable
T: Without knowing this was a quadruppel I identified this as a trippel; as advertised, it has a very high alcohol content; bitter and hoppy; the spicing is not complex but its main flavor feature hits hard and deep; there is a bit of lemon
M: silky, with abundant hops
D: very inviting, but in limited quatities

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of waldowin
4.54/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle stamped August, 2004.

Pours a clear caramel, with hints of gold at the edges. A white head forms slowly, and fades after a few minutes. There's some carbonation in this yet!

Smells of golden raisins, rums, peaches, candy, and oranges. Wonderful!

Taste is of sweet, sweet malts. Malts, malts, malts, malts malts! Raisins, rum, cherries, peaches, and honey. The alcohol shows up at the very end as a slight astringent, neatly off-setting the malts. Hops? What hops? This stuff is liquid gold.

Mouthfeel is sweet and sticky and syrupy. Could use a little more carbonation, but after two years in the bottle, you take what you can get.

I rate drinkability purely as a "How much could you drink, and are inclined to?" ABV plays a huge role in this. In *spite* of its 12% ABV, I'm absolutely making a go at a 750mL by myself. Share? Hah! Sharing is for that Duvel in my cabinet, or that Angelique. This stuff is aalll mine.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, corked and caged.

Poured into a huge vase like glass, whole bomber.

Stunning orange in color, hazy and clouded. No lace.

Smell is ripe with citrus and a lively yeast lending hints of fruit of a darker nature.

Taste follows the nose through a stunningly citrusy fruity experience. Noble hops (saaz?) add a the gentle citric twinge of hop. The yeast provides the plum like notes. A bit of caramel and roasted edge to the malt, almost stout like roasted character but alot lighter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly dry finish.

This is a huge beer and also a very tasty one. A nice Quad for sure and worth seeking out.

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Photo of Mtnbeerman
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Phocion
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Rochefort goblet. Thick copper color with an attractive thin white lacing for a head.

Nose is rich and complex. Malty, fruity, yeasty, and spicy. Strong hints of orange and caramel, along with a high alcohol presence.

Sweet malts and strong yeast presence at first. Somewhat spicy with a bit of orange as well. Alcohol becomes more and more evident as it gets warmer. Sweet, spicy, and sour, but with very little bitterness to speak of.

This is definitely a heavier-bodied beer. Strong alcohol presence and overwhelming sweetness hurt the drinkability, however. This is a very rich and flavorful brew, though the balance is not quite what I was hoping for. Nonetheless, it's one of the better "Belgian-style" brews I've tried, and would definitely recommend it.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle at the Ugly Oyster Drafthaus, Reading Pa:

Served a deep, clear copper-ish color with a very nice off white head that was light, but big and well retained. A thin cap was retained as well throughout the beer.

Big dark fruit aroma, wheat or yeast but overall, a nice balance between the sweet and malt. A hint of alcohol was noticeable as the beer warmed.

Taste is really good, follows the nose really well and some spices are noted as well. The alcohol is present but not overpowering and really well balanced.

Medium body, good carbonation, smooth and very easy to drink. The beer did have an oily or slick aftertaste to it. Overall an excellent beer and maybe one of the best quads I have had.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a golden copper color with little e head.

Smell - The smell would best be described as being sweet and malty.

Taste - Banana jumps to the front of this Belgian. Hot alcohol, pineapple, apricot, and bready notes also make an impression. All this occurs before the banana sours in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - There is a thick, clingy quality to this quad that really allows the taste to linger.

Overall - Victory rarely makes a bad beer. This one is top notch.

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Photo of cam12
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Oxymoron
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

How many numbers are on a clock? Well that depends. Twelve pours a coppery color with red hues throughout. A mostly clear beer but a bad pour left a bit of sediment on the bottom. Good foam that quickly rings around the edges but never goes away. Limited lacing.

The smell is sooo much like a quadrupel. Big phenolic nose and Belgium malts make up a big aroma overall. This beer is a bit more spicer then any other quad that I have had. Some spicey notes with apple and berry notes mixed in. Other fruits like red grapes and pineapple also are noticeable.

The taste is big. A complex malt taste is mostly dominate but the big phenols comes in a close second. The malt has a mostly Belgium basic taste with touches of toffee added in. There is a big sweetness with clear candi mostly. It tries to mask some of the phenolic tastes but only makes a small dent. The spicey flavors continue with coriander being most noticeable. Though the fruit flavors are lacking per the nose.

A big body with size 12 shoes. A syrupy texture and a warm phenolic taste that finishes and hangs around limits the taste overall. I think this is a great beer but good use more time to sit and mellow out more.

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Photo of craigdb
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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