Brewed by Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Style: Doppelbock
Andechs, Germany


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RATINGS: 897   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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This is it! The powerful, full-bodied, strong beer which is Andechs’s trademark. Brewed in the traditional Triple Mash procedure and available throughout the year, not just during the "Starkbierzeit"!

When the evening passes into dusk and the day draws to a close, time goes a little slower. Just the right time for a glass of Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel. Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel – mouthcoating, velvety, strong This world famous bock from Bavaria’s Holy Mountain is not meant to be rushed, but savoured slowly. As solid as a rock, Andechser Doppelbock Dunkel presides over the evening meal with a colour reminiscent of dark copper with nuances of fiery red. Its clear gleaming look harmonises with its firm, fine pored head. Also the aroma delights the connoisseur: soft roasted accents and a nuance of dried fruit carrying a vein of caramel. This Doppelbock Dunkel from Bavaria’s Holy Mountain presents a pleasant effervescence. And then there’s the unmistakable flavour: mouthcoating and velvety, strong and yet pleasantly malty – a powerful, robust body. At the same time, it develops an easily recognisable sweetness, embraced in roasted cocoa and a light, bitter hoppiness. Concluding with a powerful punch, this Doppelbock departs with a lingering aftertaste of quality plain chocolate. A strong Doppelbock that embodies the centuries old Benedictine brewing tradition, sip by delicious sip (original extract: 18.5%, abv: over 7.1%).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taboada (116) - Compostela (Galiza), - MAR 11, 2014
500 mml tasted on 11/03/2014. Caramel brown colour with one finger head. Sweet caramel and cola taste. Next one please!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
minutemat (883) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2014
500ml bottle @ the 2nd Shrewsbury Bottle Share, courtesy of me, bought at Berlin Bier Shop. Pours a chestnut brown, sweet & sticky with prominent dried fruits. Didn’t really get into this to be honest, despite this being one of Blackhaddock’s all time favourites!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (2711) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Paid $3.49 for a 16.9 oz. bottle @ Carl’s Meat Market, Kittery. I was REALLY excited to see this because until recently, it was not available in the U.S. What a great price! Dark cloudy amber color with light retention that shows spider web lace in a dimpled mug. Nose of tons of bready malt. Hints of dark fruit, (prunes and raisins)

Flavor is sweet lightly toasted malts, nuttiness, somewhat grainy caramels with a touch of chocolate, a good amount of dried fruits, and a light bitterness from a European hop variety. Light earthy hop. The hop notes is needed to balance the sweetness. The other notable flavor is the amount of yeast. Almost has a Belgian yeast essence to it. Thick body with a bold flavor. Light creamy mouthfeel from the carbonation.

I’m really happy to have finally have tried this. Maybe one day I will travel to Germany. But until then I’m glad I can now find this here in the U.S. Beautiful brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sturmthis (220) - USA - MAR 5, 2014
On draft. Dark brown color with one finger head. Sweet taste. A really good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
njnut (156) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Poured into stein from 500ml bottle. A reddy brown with off white head. Mild carbonation. Aroma is malty with caramel and raisins. Taste is roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits. Interesting and complex. Slightly bitter in the finish. Maybe even a bit bit nutty. Mouthfeel is dry and warming. Sweet and alcoholic but in not way over bearing. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gegwilson (621) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle from the Dram Shop, Sheffield. Ruby with a tan head. Quite sweet and malty. Notes of red fruit, caramel, raisin and some fairly evident alcohol. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClarkVV (3856) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Draught at Bronwyn, November 2013
Probably the last thing I was expecting to see at this (then) new German restaurant in Union Square. A little background. This beer was never distributed in the U.S. until very recently and back in the day (talking 2004-2007 era), there were no German traders on the site, so it was very difficult to have this without traveling there. And wow was it rated highly by just about everyone.
So long story short, here I am 8 years later and finally get to try this much sought after beer.
Deep ruby-mahogany liquid is clear with a small but fairly well-retained layer of light beige foam atop it.
Prunes, raisins, red wine, touches of bananas, lightly salted caramel, vanilla...I could probably go on for a while here. Sweet, but not cloyingly so, a touch sour but simply from the reserved melanoidins and ever-so vinous and dry on the finish. Eminently sniffable with a good strength to it. No flaws or alcohol.
Flavor is...good lord, this is why this stuff was so highly regarded! Aside from the perfect maltiness, rich but well-attenuated, very nice depth (plums, wine, caramel, vanilla, etc...) and kiss of hop spiciness, there is something so endearing and unique about their yeast character. Difficult to describe, but my best attempt is think of a Westy 8 blended with, say, Celebrator. It’s certainly got black pepper phenols, plum and red currant-like fruitiness and even a touch of very light banana ester. Soft mouthfeel with light but ample carbonation. No flaws noted. Love the abv too. Pretty close to perfect.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerbarella (322) - - FEB 21, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours clear dark red-brown with a brownish head. Roasty, sweet malt aroma and taste. Slightly bitter palate. Not sweet enough for my taste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
beeracoon (414) - - FEB 21, 2014
Clear, caramel-browm colour. High brown head. Great sweet and roasty aroma with notes of chocolate,.caramel and coffee. Wonderful oaky taste and a lasting roasty palate. One of the best Dunkelbocks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wactuary (6) - USA - FEB 16, 2014 does not count
Wonderful doppelbock. Rich malty full bodied beer. Alcohol warmth and sweetness but doesn’t overpower. Aroma is of mild molasses like notes. Color is a deep mahogany. Flavor is complex with Brown bread, lingering alcohol sweetness and slight hop bitterness just to balance and keep it from cloying. Body is medium full. Finish is moderately dry. Lingering hop and alcohol persist in the finish.

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