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RATINGS: 449   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
From the tradition started by the monks of St. Francis of Paula in 1634 comes this warming beer of rich heritage. A dark, rich lager of sublime complexity and character, St. Victorious is created from multiple German malts. Laborious decoction mashing yields the choicest elements of the malt. Long, cold aging mellows the strong temperament of this subtle beer. Celebrate the end of winter with a warming draft of St. Victorious Doppelbock!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2011
12oz bottle. Ruddish brown color with a thick small bubble head. a sweet, spicy malt aroma. Thick mouthfeel. Sweet toffee taste with a long sweet aftertaste. Alcohol fairly well hidden. Not one that is big on sweet beers but this was good if not very memorable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3983) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Ruby red pour with small offwhite head. Aroma of caramel, smoke. Dough, maple syrup, some caramel and brown sugar. Light hop note. Some raisins and dried fruits. Flavor is lightly smokey, slight bitterness offsetting the caramel and toffee sweetness. Some fruitiness. But finishes on a brown sugar note. Somewhat full bodied. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2584) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Bottle. Moderate cereal and caramel for the malt,light orange for the hops, light dough for the yeast with hints of date and brown sugar. Head is average size, creamy, slightly off-white with fair lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color slightly hazy red/brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, and finishes lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, creamy almost syrupy, with a lively carbonation. This is a pretty good, well balanced Doppelbock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (5190) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 29, 2011
12oz bottle in a stem glass. Pours ruby/amber with a thin, beige head. Aroma of cereal and nuts with a little roasted malts and not much hops. Flavor about the same, very malty. Smooth texture. A decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Dark, very red brown with a thin light beige head. Aroma is full of nuts and cherries, with some caramel and plums. Very malt-forward. Toasty taste with caramel and toffee, and some cherries and honey. A little bit boozy. Palate is full, on the heavier side of medium. Good brew, maybe just a hair too much booze considering the ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4567) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Pours a very pretty ruby copper with one finger of light tan head. Nose is rich and dextrinous with lots of toasted grain and mild notes of spice. Flavor is similar, a bit more of a bite than I would expect. Some alcohol, still lots of toasted grain. Palate has a tad bit of astringency.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rando7 (777) - Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Bottle pour gives fairly clear reddish-brown color with thin tan head. Strong dark fruit aroma. Taste malty with some caramel, raisins, bread, toffee. Alcohol well hidden. Palate on the thin side bordering on watery, minimal carbonation. Mild dull fairly long hoppy finish. A very drinkable doppelbock but it’s somewhat lacking in flavor and mouth feel. Not a bad flavor but I just wanted more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Enjoyed from a 12oz bottle in a pub glass. The beer pours a surprisingly light medium amber color, with a moderate slightly off-white head. The nose shows more pilsner malt character than one would expect, conversely lacking the depth of Munich and Vienna malt notes typical of great examples of the style. The flavor also seems to lack from an aggressive enough hand with German character malt, showing a strong malt character and sweetness, but lacking the refined and seemingly unending depth of flavor notable in beers like Ayinger Celebrator. Carbonation and mouthfeel are enjoyable. The finish leaves a lingering note of bready malt. Overall, something of a disappointment from a usually excellent brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
12oz bottle from Lush Wine and Spirits. Pours a clear, very pretty amber-ruby colored body with a finger-width, frothy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is really nice. Sweeter caramels with a touch of smoke, dark fruits and cherries, nuts, grassy hops, maple, a light honey-bread, and a touch of toast. Flavor is similar. Rich and lightly toasted caramels, a soft cocoa, grassy hops, smoke, nuts, raisins, dark fruits, maple, bread, a hint of roast, and some toffee. Finishes dry with a light-medium hop bitterness, roast, a touch of smoke, and a nice dark fruity caramel to balance. Lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, clean, medium body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a very impressive doppelbock. Extremely well balanced and easy drinking. Solid, rich caramel maltiness with no cloying sweetness, a touch of bready toast and toffee, a pleasant dark fruitiness, some smoke and roast, and a nice hop presence to dry things out. Loved this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Found some old ratings on paper that I never posted. Dark brown pour that is clear with no haze and little head. aroma is strong alcohol but sweet with apple and nuts. Flavor is nutty alcohol. Hints of pomegranate and raisin. Rough tingle on the palate.

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