bartlebier (3250) - Belchium im Biersgau, - JAN 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle, with helpful flip-top bottle (thankfully).
Unique Doppelbock that pours a solid reddish-brown with a good head. Immediate fumes of its powers are released, some spice, nut not much else in the way of aroma. Medium mouthfeel, dry and slightly sticky palate. Taste is an interesting blend of typical and idiosyncratic Doppelbock notes: roasted malts, marzipan, caramelised fruit, wayward esters, decent hop bitterness somewhere in the mix. Somewhat reminiscent of Gulden Draak, with drier malts and more hops. The alcoholic burn is unmistakebly there though, and at 8.1% I found this quite a heady sipper, not smooth drinking at all (compared to some 9-10 ABV trappists and IPAs) - which is where the helpful flip-top comes in handy.
- May have to revisit later in the season.
Ttheilen (528) - USA - MAY 26, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.
ForlornHope (370) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours amber-red with a pillowy off-white head that diminishes a bit. Aroma is bready, yeasty, with notes of marzipan and leafy hop. The taste is initially sweet, then a good balance of gentle bitterness follows. The malt is rich and fruity, with fruity backtastes and more leafy hop and marzipan to follow. The carbonation is gentle and each sip is more satisfying. For the strength, this is very drinkable. Nice.
johndoughty (4801) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle.Reddish appearance with swing top bottle top opening.Powerful but not overpowering.First tried this one years ago before my ratebeer days and unlike a lot of thinks its a good now as it was then. Highly recommended.
Fules (489) - Gyöngyös, HUNGARY - MAY 3, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hatalmas, bézs habja percekig tart. Színe félbarna. Illata nem túl intenzív és csak a karamellt érzem benne haloványan. Az íze csodás, édeskés, karamelles-barnacukros, nagyon enyhe komlós keserűvel. Utóízében picit felerősödik a keserű, az édeskés ízek pedik tompulnak, ezzel egy kiegyensúlyozott epilógust hagy maga után. Az erejét végig érezni, de nem alkoholos az íze. Testes, nehéz sör.
Cristobal37 (706) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 2, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big sweet aroma of slightly boozy caramel. Syrupy but smooth. Really clean domimated by a nutty sweetness and booze which is delighting. Doppelbock in the vein of Salvator, but a bit smoother. Kinda one dimensional but a really great example of the style.
Piw (751) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - APR 1, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2l Flasche. Klar und dunkelbraun mit großer Schaumkrone. Röstaromen. Malzig. Erfrischend. Durchschnittlicher Körper. Leicht süß im Geschmack. Alkoholgehalt ist gur versteckt.
massingasetta (616) - München, GERMANY - MAR 25, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
For a doppelbock this is a really good and refreshing brew. The creamy head and has notes of sweetness and even light hints of fruit. A good beer and an impressive bottle in the large version.
anstei (977) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - FEB 21, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, courtesy of SinH4. Pours dark brown with a fine low foam. Some ripe apricot, but mostly lots of caramel and sweet chocolate. Less sweet than my deScription might imply, but still hefty. Low but lingering finish.
King_Alex_II (1095) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 20, 2016
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper red color, foam layer. Sugar sweet nose. The taste is sticky, sweet, oily and a little alcoholic. Calm sweet aftertaste.
Ritzn (209) - Bavaria, GERMANY - FEB 19, 2016
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amazing. Rich and well-rounded body. It doesn’t have that much malty sweetness, only a little. But still everything fits together really well. Roast, dried fruit, chocolate and a very little hint of coffee in the finish. There is also a note, that I would mostly describe as cactus, which sounds really unfriendly, but it is not :)
Overall one of my favourites.