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Brewed by Klosterbrauerei Ettal
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Ettal, Germany

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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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A dark beer, light and sweet and full bodied, highly fermented, very malty aroma. The slight Hpfennote rounds out the flavor and gives this drink a monastery special character. A beer in the good old custom of the monastery.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 23, 2005
07.23.05 500ml bottle. Deep copper brown pour with small but lasting beige head and fair lace. Aroma is quite mineral, rusty apple, some cashew (buttery) and peat smoke. Flavor is buttery caramel, more mineral than is appealing, and some tannic wet maple wood. Mostly light body, but lingers with an unusual coating slickness. This is a decent enough beer, but it also embodies most of what I don’t like in a many dunkels. Lingering bitterness of wet autumn leaf pile. For a malty beer, I’ll take an alt any day. And I’m not terribly excited to have spent $4.50 on a half liter bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5452) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2005
This poured a clear golden brown body with a slender, creamy head with good retention and lacing capabilities. The aroma is smokey caramel with a slight hint of apple skins. A bit thin in the body, it delivers a smokey, caramel flavor and has a slight smattering of floral hop bitterness in the finish. Not great, but better than a lot of dunkels that I’ve had.

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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Poured brown with a tan, foamy head. Smelledlike dark fruits and caramel. Tastede like burnt caramel, and some smoke. Seemed a bit watery, could have used more body and bite.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 13, 2005
Poured a clear ruby with an off-white head. Aroma of mild hops with a touch of malt, somewhat subdued. Taste is some dark fruit with a dry bitterness. I searched for coffee and chocolate flavors, but found them repressed at best. Somewhat thin.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 Tried this agian and it is a very good dunkel. Dark amber body with a large and frothy off white head. Aroma of walnuts and rich dark bread. There are also some very light caramel notes. The taste has some smoky bubblegum and a little hint of banana peels. Light and refreshing. There is also a dry finish of tree bark. Very well made and refreshing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 18, 2005
Bottle: Dark copper, light to moderate foamy light beige head, fairly nice lacing, lightly carbonated.   Light roasted malt aroma, bready, with a drop of soy.   Malty/bready start, with somewhat of an unsweetened dark pitted fruit finish.   Enjoyable body and mouthfeel.   Somewhat of a bitter, lightly burnt malt, bready finish.   Not terribley smooth, but enjoyable!


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 13, 2005
(Bottle 50 cl) Reddish brown with a small off-white head. Light malt-character and a very light, dry body with a very unusual underlying sourness. No real hoppiness, but a very short, dry finish. Very unusual Dunkel, but a very quenching one. 260505

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JUN 13, 2005
(on bottle)Looks very much like a cola, but has a very nice burnt nose. There´s some ryebread and molasses too. Very sweet beer, almost like hvidtřl and a finish ao toffee and kandis.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5174) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2005
Bottle. Ruby with a medium frothy tan head. Nose is caramel, light nuttiness, toasty malts, and some bread notes. Taste is semi-sweet with light caramel, thinned chocolate, toasty malt, dark bread, light grassy hops and some bitter fruit. Body is a little thin and seemingly overcarbonated at times. Finishes with more toasted malts, some pumpernickel bread, light grass, nuts, and cocoa.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2005
Bottle. Red brown colour with a big baige head. Sweet caramel malty straw aroma and taste, light dry. Medium to full body and a dry finish.


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