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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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In 1987, when we arrived in Bamberg, Germany for the first time, St. Otto was not there to greet two thirsty travelers in a rented Fiat. He’d been dead for 848 years but we were alive, and our recent visit to the Belgian brewery of Orval only fanned the flames of our desire for fermented pleasures. the smoked malt(’rauch’)beers of this lovely town where St. Otto was once bishop were our siren song, luring us into deep, exotic flavors that we never before imagined in beer. Three decades later we wondered what smoked malt might add to a Belgian-style dubbel ale. Here it is, an Otto revival of sorts. We hope it helps rejuvenate some of our brain cells that were martyred in Bamberg so long ago.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phikus01 (103) - New York, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Smoked cherry raisin chocolate malts throughout. Don’t think smokeed ales are anyone’s go to beer but this was interesting. I drank it all myself with a half rack of ribs. Probably not a better way to drink it food wise.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
atlrizzob (179) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours a deep amber. Smell is smoky with a note of applejuice. Taste is smoke with a malty ash aftertaste. 2.8 mainly because the unique style, but kind of unpleasant to drink, more so than the other smoked beer I have tasted. Probably just didn’t suit my taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a straight forward brown color with a small tan head. The nose is mostly dark malt with a hint of smoke on the back end. The flavor follows suit with slight earthy notes, a hint of wood, and a little malt sweetness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A little more smoke presence would do wonders for this brew, but it’s still pretty decent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2668) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt. The beer is light brown with a half inch of tan head that leaves sparse lacing. The aroma is smoke, peat, campfire. Just what one would expect from a beer of this ilk. Good flavor. A notch below the authentic examples of the style, particularly Aecht Schlenkerla, who reigns supreme. That said, this is a fine rauchbier from an American brewery, albeit one that is about as close to Germany as possible...maybe there’s something to that. Medium bodied, with a lasting smokiness on the palate. Recommended. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-12-2011

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy red-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, smoke, vanilla, and some spices. T - Starts off with a mix of sweet caramel and darker malts with some dark fruits, and some spices. Through the middle, the smoke comes through with some more Belgian yeast flavors including some more spices and some dark fruits. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts, smoke, dark fruits, Belgian yeast, spices, and a hint of booze. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, smokey, and warming finish. D - Very drinkable. Good complexity and balance. The smoke on top of the dubbel is a nice touch.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beerenberger (1538) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Smoke and a hint of wood in the nose. Pours a cloudy tea color with an off-white mostly diminishing head. Taste is a combination smoke and sweetness. Hints of honey combined with a woody smokiness provides a smooth bodied and soft carbonation beer. Overall, very drinkable but not one that I would want to one after the other. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1855) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle from the BA Buffalo Bottleshare. Pours dark mahogany shade amber with small foamy off white head. Bready and smoke in the nose. Taste contiurs with the smoke adds slight toffee and biscuit. Full body but drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2012
My Bottom Line:
Beechwood smoke and light bread evolve in a dryish mouthfeel, leading to a peppery ending.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the hazy red.
-Carbonation feels natural, which is perfect for this type of refined flavor profile.
-Drinkability is quite high despite this brew’s strength.
-Body is lean and clean.

Bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pushkinwow (2101) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2012
750ml bottle. Hazy ruby amber with a dark biege head. Peat and smoke, some memories of montreal smoked meat, smoked malts, bit of nuttiness, some brown sugar. Moderate carbonation and body, light bitterness, becomes nice and dry with a pleasant smoke ending.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
rejtable (1434) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2012
Doesn’t work for me. Pours pale brown with an initial head hat fades to nothing and no lacing. Aromas of campfire, some sour, maybe some background brown bread. Tastes are similar. Light body with medium carbonation.


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