Category Archives: German Doppelbock

Mikkeller Raspberry Trippelbock

Brewery: Mikkeller ApS
Country: Denmark
ABV: 13%
Style: German Doppelbock
Other Notes: Brewed and bottled by Mikkeller at De Proef Brouwerij

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Trippelbock with raspberry.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.77
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 375ml bottle with a best before date of 22nd September 2016. Poured into a d’Achouffe tulip glass.
Appearance: It poured a dark brown colour with a slight red hue. It had a two finger khaki head with good retention that eventually settles to a cap and leaves nice spotty lacing.
Aroma: Strong raspberry juice and raspberry jam with cherry, grape juice and red wine with maybe a hint of chocolate.
Taste: Tart raspberry juice, grape juice, mixed berries, plum and red wine. There’s a hint of chocolate and molasses in the middle, but otherwise, its very fruit juicy.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation and a well hidden 13% abv.
Overall: Nice tart fruit aromas and taste, as well as hints of chocolate which made it seem like a dessert.

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Paulaner Salvator

Brewery: Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Country: Germany
ABV: 7.9%
Style: German Doppelbock

Brewer Description: (from website) Our brewing history begins with this beer. And the history of strong beer in Bavaria – it was the Paulaner monks, who invented this bottom-fermenting double bock. We have been brewing the Salvator for over 375 years – always according to the original recipe, which was continuously refined over the years: The head is the colour of caramel and the beer is chestnut brown, combined with a seductive flavour of chocolate to give a pleasing intensity on the palate. Hereto comes the finest Munich malt, rounded off by a light note of hops in the background. Often imitated but never duplicated: The father of all double bock beers, of which the names always end in “-ator”!

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.55
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.5

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of May 2016 and poured into a Riedel weizen glass.
Appearance: It poured a deep red amber colour with a just under two finger light tanned head that dissipated quickly leaving sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Sweet honey, caramel, overripe banana, plum and fig.
Taste: Taste was also very sweet, probably over sweet for my palate. Lots of toffee, butterscotch, caramel, grape, plum and prunes.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation.
Overall: If it was less sweet, this would have been really good. As it is, its not so sweet that I don’t want to drink it again, yet at the same time, I can’t finish a whole bottle myself due to its sweetness. Around half a bottle and I’m done. Or I just drink it really slowly. Because of this, I currently prefer both Ayinger Celebrator and Weihenstephaner Korbinian over Salvator.

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Weihenstephaner Korbinian

Brewery: Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Country: Germany
ABV: 7.4%
Style: German Doppelbock
Other Notes: 32 IBUs

Brewer Description: (from website) Our Korbinian, the full-bodied, dark Doppelbock with light brown foam, wins beer-lovers over with a balance of fruity hints of plums and figs, a dark malt aroma – reminiscent of toffee, nuts and chocolate. Its roasted flavour goes well with smoked meat and fish as well as venison and poultry. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition of the Weihenstephan hill.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.95
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 500ml bottle with a best before date of 3rd October 2015 and poured into a Riedel weizen glass.
Appearance: Poured a clear very dark brown colour with hints of ruby and a one finger chestnut coloured head that dissipated quite quickly with only light spotty lacing.
Aroma: Malty, treacle, brown sugar, milk chocolate and hints of vanilla.
Taste: Similar to its aromas, there’s malt, burnt sugar, brown sugar, caramel, chocolate and a hint of dark fruit like prune.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, velvety, mid to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: A very nice doppelbock from a great brewer. Just falls behind Celebrator in my book, but definitely something I’d drink again.

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