Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij

Style: Doppelbock
Copenhagen, Denmark


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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
This Bock from Mikkeller is called Frelser. Means Savior in Danish. The name is a subtle reference to all Bocks Mother: Salvator. Originally the monks brewed Salvator because they needed a very strong and rich beer during Lent. Do not drink this beer instead of a meal, it contains 11% alcohol.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10584) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Bottle @ home. Incredibly deep black appearance with a brown head. Sweet and a delicious Bock, dark malty nose. Sweet dark Bock thats stronger than your typical Doppelbock. Great Bock flavor thats darker, stronger, and more alcoholic than its companions. Very interesting and pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2011
In short: An overly boozy, very roasted and aggressive strong dark lager beer of some kind
How: Bottle 750ml. Consumed a little over one year after it was first bottled, 1.5 year before expiration date.
The look: Clear dark ruby-mahogany body topped by a beige ring of foam
In long: Nose is vinous, some raisins and some barley candies. Taste has a lot of burnt caramel, some prunes, raisins, nail polish, rubber, chalk. Very astringent. I was surprised at the roasted level of this beer and it didnt fit the style well with plenty of burnt caramel and burnt brown sugar in lieu of a rich caramelized body. Body wasnt rich enough and alcohol was annoyingly apparent with a higher alcohol/fusel sensation. I drank a full bottle a few hours after drinking a superior example of the same style (Cheval Blanc Triple Bock) so it made Frelser even more disappointing. Drinking a full bottle felt very loonnnnnnggg. From the good ratings it seems that just about everybody but me enjoys this beer. But I stand by my opinion, because the best life advice is to be yourself(*).
(*) Not responsible if said advice leads to an monotonous boring life

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Sampled at superbowl 45 party. Very dark brown with tan head. Sweet and big malty licorice and nutty vegetal. Tasty, but not amazing. Does a great job of hiding the abv though...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6905) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 20, 2011
Draught @ Pikkulintu, Helsinki

Pours light brown with a small head. Taste is heavily malty, alcohol warms nicely. Not your usual German dobblebock.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (11386) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 18, 2011
Draught at Pikkulintu, Helsinki, Finland.
Dark reddish brown colour with small tan head. Dark caramel malt, bread and fruits in aroma. Malty flavour with bitterish hops, bread and some sweetness. Sticky. Not quite like German Doppelbock.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (3157) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Pretty decent, not quite in the German (preferred) style. Small goblet at Old Toad from draft. Appearance is quite stunning. Very dark, slight reddish hue, beautiful dark head, thick lacing. Sweet dark fruit in the nose, a bit of booze and a medicine note. Palate is oily with raisins, plums, a bit of alcohol, very sticky, sweet, great mouthfeel. Not too sweet (a bit of hops at end).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VertBaconStrips (2380) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - JAN 3, 2011
11%.... 750ml ..... :) watching the Canada v US World Junior q.finals. 1-0 CAN early. Pours out a dark be2-0er with a big ass mound of foamy medium brown fuzz and plenty o lacing. This is going to be a mess.... Only 1/5th in and buzzed. How poorly will the iPhone spell check treat me in 45mins? AAAAAAAHHH my dislike of bocks wont come into play here as the first whiff is pampered with plenty of sweet citrus hops. 3-0. Man, this is a slow review! Fragrant and a bit pungent, papaya or something tropical, oranges, grapes, very faint herbal, plums, light spice, mellow molasses, bit of roast, chocolate - thats pretty much everything ever. Tasty stuff - maybe this isnt that far off from a mellow barley wine now that its warmed. Citrus/ roast / pine overall taste. Very balanced with new and different flavors on every sip. Citrus, pine, roast, just enough sweetness, faint alcohol, fucking 4-0!!! Soft molasses, bitter chocolate, 4-1- oooooooooo. More chocolate noticed but it is in no way a big flavor. Caramel, licorice, more molasses, excellent. Good carbonation, creamy at the same time, barely a hint of the 11% lurking in the dark. Fruity and dark, this is a great beer - a beer that I was putting off drinking. Excellent and highly drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14380) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2011
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark brown with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of molasses, carmel, toasted malt and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of molasses, toffee, carmel, earthiness and toasted malt with a smooth dry lingering molasses finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (7433) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Draft @ RnH Mikkeller event. Dark pour with almost no head. Dark malts, some fruits, with a dry finish. A little boozy in the nose that doesnt turn over into flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2010
Extreme dark brown body with a thick brown cap, yummy rich smelling malt, sweet and chocolaty. Alcohol is mild in the nose this aroma is making me drool. Yum yum taste. So thick so smooth.chocolate arglamvreeee. There is a bitter kick off coffee with some ash. Yum so good..getting drunkeryum yum yuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmmm..drooooooool. brown sugar......fig.... head swimmingtasty smooth yum. Great beer and it knocks you on your ass.

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