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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   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. Heíd 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(írauchí)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.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, - AUG 28, 2012
A long-lasting, dense beige head covers the clearish copper hue. Attractive beechwood smoke nose, pretty fullsome and fitting the gently candied, fruity, caramelly, chocolatey even. Frankly, all those flavours fit the smoke to a T. It is perhaps a bit sweet, but then again, a dubbel base with 8% alcohol should not be expected to be as drinkable as a marzen. Warming up, its fruitiness evolves towards orange, adding a gentle complexity, both in the fruit and spice registry. Well, it seems that Iím finding this better than most, but I guess itís no surprise for a smokehead. Pleasant carbonation, actively cleansing the tongue and helped in doing so by a soft leafy bitterness. Good stuff and original.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
the smoke is done well. up front, but not overbearing in the aroma or flavor. but it seems the dubbel that is the foundation of this beer is a bot lacking and thin for the abv. really like the smoke aspect, but the base beer just ok."

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikehaack (3) - villa park, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2014 does not count
A murky golden brown pour with a light head that fades quickly to lacing. Lightly sweet malts and a solid smokiness to a soft easy finish. Enjoyable, Bottle from 09/27/2011

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5000) - New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2014
Hereís a nice old bottle (bottled on SEPT 27 2011), so letís consider this a review for historical purposes. Corked and caged. Nose is fruity with light meaty smoke, but thatís clearly tailed off by half; still has a nice barleywine air about it, and the smoke is still present. Dark ruby pour is much darker without holding it up to the light, head is rich and creamy tan. Taste semi-sweet, smooth, thin malt with medium smoke and light-medium fruit, stronger caramel. Smoke is probably best rendered in the finish and aftertaste. Low bitterness, not at all tangy or infected, soft medium-full body still has plenty of carbonation otherwise and hides its alcohol really well (Iíd have guessed this was a normal 5.0-5.5%abv Rauchbier). Some lovely prune elements on the very bottom, and nice Dubbelish swirl with a hint of brown sugar and yeast. Still not sure a Dubbel works with smoked malt, or at least not like this.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StefanSD (2150) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 28, 2014
750ml bomber from Picadilly. Pours a murky brown color with a large sudsy beige head that has good retention. The Aroma is soft with smoked malts and some misplaced fruits. The taste features that classic Bamberg smoked malt flavor intermixed with pears, apricots and bitter nuts. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: Decent smoked beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (5805) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 2, 2014
[5226-20130412] 750mL bottle. Plastic and smoky old permanent markers aroma. Hazy, dark amber orange body with a quick foamy white head. More permanent marker and smoky sweet vegetal base flavour. Full body. Really interesting, super smoky and has that unique permanent marker throwback to my childhood. (6/3/7/3/14) 3.3

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (10834) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is smoked, roasted malt, chocolate. Flavour is smoked, roasted malt, cholate, caramel. Medium body. OK/Nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2804) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Reddish brown pour with a cream-colored head. Aroma of smoke, dark fruit, and caramel. Mostly sweet malt flavor with dark fruit and caramel, some bread and hint of smoke flavor. Gets sweeter as beer warms. Nice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7752) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle 750ml @ Geokkjer
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, smoke, caramel, dried fruits, brown sugar. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long warm and fruity finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
yngwie (13693) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle, 75cl corked. It pours an unclear, dark reddish brown body under a small, light beige head. Some lacings. Smoked, ham-like aroma with some dried fruits and hints of chocolate. Bonfire notes. A tad too fruit/dried fruity this one. The same goes for the flavor, which is nice, but too fruity. Brown sugar and ham, some wood smoke. Medium body, semi-dry and quite softly carbonated. Lasting finish. Well, shouldnít complain I guess, but itís not my favorite smoked in any way. 131116

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Geokkjer (5887) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, some smoked notes, grains and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malt with some smoked notes, tar, dried fruits and tar. Medium body, average carbonation.


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