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


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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8667) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2005
This one was a nice surprise. Served in a 10 ounce glass at the Drafting Room, Exton (I’m not sure why this one was a 10 ounce serving). Nice deep brown hazy pour with aromas of heavy caramel malt, almonds, brown sugar, toffee, cabernet. Dense velvety palate, with great caramel/toffee malt flavor, coupled with nuts, brown sugar, cabernet, and even a dark chocolate sensation. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Pours borwn with a tan head. Smells of bananas, cherries, citrus, rasberries, and blueberries. Tastes sweet with some nice orangey notes. As the beer warms up, some chocolate and pepper notes emerge. Tarte mouthfeel with a semi sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2005
Thick bready aroma with berry-like fruitiness and grainy malts. Clear dark amber-brown with low, fine-bubbled white head that leaves a lasting cover and clings to the side of the glass. Toasted, bready and toffee-like malts with some caramelized character and moderate finishing bitterness. Refreshing medium-light body with lively effervescence. Tulip glass, just above fridge temp. Bottle (BB 101005, Bello Vino, Jul-05).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 21, 2005
Brown with a hint of orange when held to the light. Moderate light tan head. Dry aromas of chocolate, caramel and fruit cake. I’m sure a fresh mug of this would be better. A touch to much carbonation that takes away from the feel. Nutty fruitcake flavors, with pecans, raisins and toasted wheat bread. Long pleasant malt linger. A fine dunkel. I’m sure this is would be great on draft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (9482) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - SEP 17, 2005
Bottle: Dark reddish brown, thin, but lacing off-white head; distinctive malty nose, some traces of roasted malts ,molasses ,a tinge of raisins and port in the aroma; quite dry, malty, coffeeish taste, smooth mouthfeel; slight chocolatey-bitter finish. Very pleasant, a very good Bavarian Dunkel !

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TerryR (384) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Mahogany color with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of hops in the flavor. Finish is dry with a hint of cocoa. The monks have done a nice job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6832) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, . Body is medium to dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, chocolate, toasted bread), lightly hoppy (flowers, herbs). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Delightful dunkel, very clean. It’s a bit restrained and a bit too sweet, keeping it from 4+ range, but it’s very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrnkMcDermott (2921) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Sampler from bottle at <a href=http://ratebeer.com/Place/illinois/orland-par Orland Parh, Another beer at a Binny’s tasting that’s just coming out here in the states. Deep malty smell and a respectable brown body. Deep malt taste, too. Just a little bit of fruitiness, perhaps a touch of figs, caramel, etc. Really too much malt to allow any hops to wander in.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3263) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 27, 2005
Bottle date 11 10 05 $2.75 at New Beer Distributors in NYC. This looks better than it tasted. Nice large off-white head that formed over a clear brown body. Light yeast aroma that led intop a lightly sweet flavor profile that finished with a bit of sourness. Light body that bordered on watery. This really lacks the maltiness and richness that a good Dunkel should have.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2005
.5 liter best before 10/10/05 so this was pretty fresh. Very nice dark brown clear and a minimal lasting off white head. Aroma is nutty, munich malt, toasted malts, and some caramel and toffee. Flavor is also a bit nutty, big maltiness, and a hint of herbal hops in the end with just a touch of bitterness. Very balanced overall and a great example of the style.

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