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Sixtus - Brauerei Forst AG

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 17.3%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brauerei Forst AG visit their website
Italy

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2002)
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown (ruby red highlights) with a nice creamy light brown head which leaves sporadic lace. Nice malt aroma with light roastiness and light alcohol. Nice maltiness: coffeeish and chocolately with a dessert-like finish. Not overly sweet. Medium-full bodied with a dry warming alcohol finish.

This is more of a Traditional Bock than a Doppelbock but it is good !!

Per M.J.: O.G. 1067 / 16.8 Plato. Almost all Munich malt

Best Before: 5/21/03 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 02/03/03 & 10/07/04

(11.2 oz / 330 ml bottle)

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2003 11:45:33 | More by RBorsato
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smithmd4

New York

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

02-08-2012 17:11:41 | More by smithmd4
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Dark brown in color and very clear with a nice, creamy head that laced well and left some cool-looking pits on the surface.

Smell – Cowabunga! Talk about nailing down the style. This nose is super rich and thick, full of heavily-toasted malts and caramel. Nothing more, nothing less.

Taste – This Doppelbock has the consistency of cold molasses. There are actually some molasses flavors in there, but the big, thick, chewy toasted malts dominate. The caramel is huge as well. This one is very sweet and also full of plums and dates.

Mouthfeel – Full, thick, and creamy in the mouth. This one is so sweet it’s sticky as it glides past your teeth.

Drinkability – I just had their lager and thought it was horrible. I can’t believe they pulled off this very difficult style. Very drinkable and will definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2004 02:19:30 | More by RoyalT
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pbrian

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Italian(!) doppelbock. Rich, creamy, bready, and malty. It starts out a little sweet, with chocolate and coffee undertones but finishes dry. So smooth it literally vanishes once it hits your mouth.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2002 06:21:34 | More by pbrian
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Bunnyhop

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown-red, clear doppelbock with a large rocky tan head. The smell is sweet, malty, and sherrylike. The taste is sweet and malty, with a pepperiness, and a slight oakey finish. The flavors are reminiscent of a sherry or a madiera. It is firm and oily in my mouth. I was surprised to see that this is from Italy, not what I would traditionally expect in an Italian beer, but it is a dopplebock. I really like this beer alot (yummy!).

(source: RealBeer Tour)

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2003 17:31:13 | More by Bunnyhop
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Chaz

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut-amber in color, with a tan head of short duration and minimal lacing. Nose is compelling; roasted-burnt malts, hints of a tangy/oily texture (reminiscent of E.K.U. 28) but no overt hop notes. Fairly treacly at first sip, with pronounced aromatic qualities (over-cooked dark malts?) and alcohol. Warming, even at first sip. Smooth and creamy texture, which gives a sensation of being lighter-bodied which is a nice change of pace for a doppelbock. Lingering bitterness is pleasantly aggressive, showing good interaction between roasted/bittering malts and a restrained hop use. The alcohol content is not overly significant here (not stated on the bottle) but this is stronger stuff that could make for a dangerous session beer. While the finish is dry, there are more than a few dark fruits sneaking into the aromatics (yes, I know, esters in lagers are a bad thing, unless we’re talking Sammichlaus and the like.) While I paid far too much for this single bottle it’s the only other Italian Doppelbock (other than the very-good Moretti Dopplemalto) that I’ve seen in import to the U.S., and I was tempted enough to pay the seemingly outrageous price for this one. I’m glad I did, but next time I’ll buy larger quantities!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2004 17:10:28 | More by Chaz
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packetknife

Idaho

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Italia?? You're kidding. The sensuality that goes with Ferrari and Ducati just doesn't put "beer" in my head. ;-)

Dark reddish-brown with a tan/beige head. Bread on the nose, a tad of liquor. It has a sharp edge to it on the tongue. A bit dry. And tobacco/snuff, just barely but it was the first time I experienced that.

Smooth and drinkable. Light bitter aftertaste and (don't laugh) some sweetness when I smacked my tongue on the roof of my mouth.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2002 17:40:57 | More by packetknife
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ark57

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This reddish-brown beer has a creamy head and a malty aroma with some fruitiness to it. The body is medium to full. It has some fruit notes as well as anuttiness to it. The mellow maltiness finishes with an alcohol spiciness. I wouldn't have thought there would be such a good Doppelbock coming from Italy.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2004 13:23:31 | More by ark57
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark garnet in color with a strong glowing ruby tone within, delicately placed tannish head sits thin on top, reduces to a small collar around the edge and a broken whispy haze hovers, very minimal spotty glaring lace sticks. Aroma is quite full of dark plum and some sweetened molasses with some notes of anise. Taste has some deep tones swimming around in sweetly rendered malts lending plum and molasses, bits of chocolate make an appearance in some of the late lingering along with a small surge of sticky biting hops. The plum wears off as it warms and becomes more full of molasses and dark toffee; some spicyness fills the nose within the belches. Feel is favorable medium in body with a decent lighter slick, creamy feel and lightly gripping carbonation. A very nice showing with this brew, a pleasant surprise for sure eh.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2004 19:06:59 | More by tavernjef
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fattyre

Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear dark brown/red color with a large rocky tan head. The smell is of sweet malt with hints of sherry. The taste is similar to the smell with sweet sherry mixed with a pepperiness from the alcohol and a very mild underlying hoppiness and a firm almost oily body. This is a full rounded body pleasant doppel bock that I find quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2003 16:08:40 | More by fattyre
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DrewSnyc667

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.1%

04-07-2013 22:15:58 | More by DrewSnyc667
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dcmchew

Romania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

01-14-2014 00:05:14 | More by dcmchew
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mmmbirra

Italy

3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice transparent deep amber beer, with a tan head that leaves tan lacing on the glass on its way down.

The aroma is rich and malty, with a good deal of dark fruit and behind it a little nuttiness.

Sixtus is slightly sweet, but compared to some other dopplebocks feels relatively dry. Its nice firm bitterness in the back end creates a dry finish. A very small, unexpected, and not so welcome part of the flavor and aroma must be from the corn. Still, a very enjoyable, smooth, easy-drinking doppelbock(6.5%.)

A great value here in Italy when you can find it. I pay € 1.05 a bottle.

Miles ahead of anything else they produce, and while perhaps not quite up there with the likes of Celebrator or Andechs Doppelbock it's a fine simple and straightforward example of the style.

By the way: Yes, it's Italian, but it comes from the Trentino Alto-Adige(Sudtirol) region that was part of Austria until after WW1. Very Germanic culture up there.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 17:19:37 | More by mmmbirra
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a long vacation in Beer-Third-World Italy, this was a happy respite. Finally, a beer that could at least be recommended.

Pours a reddish brown with a small haze. Nice beige-white head that leaves a single lace ring per sip.

Dark sweet chocolate aroma; slight cream and sugary caramels smells complete the profile.

Very sweet, rich and thick. Semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Full bodied with proper carbonation levels. the aftertaste has some balancing hop, but the predominate flavor is sweetness.

Not exactly quaffable, but this would be a very nice brew to curl up next to a fire on a cold spring day.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 00:55:22 | More by smcolw
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Sixtus at Barbuto in New York City. I thoroughly recommend visiting this gem of a restaurant in The City.

The server properly poured this beer into a Peroni glass. Weird glass, almost a perfect tall cylinder with a taper in the middle.

There were a couple fingers of head on the pour. I immediately breathed in all of the dopplebock flavors. They were a little more muted than expected for a dopple. You get raisins, caramel, and some malt.

It tastes good. I really enjoy coming to dopplebocks of this quality in the fall, and this one really hit the spot. I recommend this, relatively easy to find beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 00:09:05 | More by ummswimmin
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metter98

New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of molasses are present in the nose along with notes of dark fruits and hints of caramel malts.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is rather malty but also has a rather high amount of malty sweetness. Hints of brown bread are also noticeable.
M: It feels somewhat more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink compared to other beers in the style—it still feels like it has some body but doesn't feel like it quickly fills you up. Usually I find it hard to have multiple doppelbocks in one sitting but this is a beer that I could knock back more than one of in a single night.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2014 03:40:58 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becker a clear deep bronze with a sticky one finger white crown that held pretty well.Aromas of sweet caramel and brown sugar mainly with a hint of dark fruit,not a real strong aroma for the style.Dark fruit,chocolate,and brown sugar flavors but not real strong and assertive,it's on the lighter side but tastes good.Dare I say a more quaffable doppelbock...well maybe not with a 6.5%ABV but it's not a big alcoholic sweet beer either.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 18:14:30 | More by oberon
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stcules

Italy

3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Classic mahogany colour, with a good foam, persistent and compact. Smell of malt, hints of liquorice and chickory. The flavour is quite particular, but good. The taste is malt, lightly toasted. The body is medium, and the taste is well balanced. After all, a pleasant beer, maybe a little boring after a while...

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2003 12:16:44 | More by stcules
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ElGordo

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with a creamy head that disperses pretty quickly. Smells of sweet roasted malt and molasses with a hint of caramel. Lovely rich mouthfeel, nice and thick like you'd expect from the color. More molasses on the tongue, with deep roasted malt flavor. Further hints of maple syrup, caramel, and mocha. Molasses and mocha linger. A beautiful beer, nice, rich, and complex.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 01:33:25 | More by ElGordo
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-06-2012 16:51:01 | More by LJWalker
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Gusler

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is how I enter all beers into my master database that now contains some 5105 beers
Rating Date: 12/06/02
Place: Phoenix, Arizona - Home
Name: Sixtus Dopplebock
Country of Origin: Italy
Style: Dopplebock
Brewery: Forst
ABV: 4.50
Color: A transpicuous deep garnet color
Head: Impressive In size
Texture: Frothy
Lace: Thick sticky sheets that cover the glass completely
Nose: Malt, caramel, and molasses like tones, sweet
Front: Cloyingly sweet
Top: Skeletal in mouth feel
Carbonation: Minimal
Hops: Pleasing to the palate
Aftertaste: Dry
Overall Impression: Drinkable, and a good beer overall, but nothing to write home about.
5 Point Scale: 3.5
100 Point Scale: 70
Additional Notes: None

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2002 15:26:13 | More by Gusler
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jmtpi

France

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

08-25-2013 22:13:32 | More by jmtpi
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Naugled

New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-19-2012 15:09:56 | More by Naugled
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

05-27-2014 22:30:59 | More by Latarnik
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GiaLvo

Italy

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

06-22-2014 21:01:50 | More by GiaLvo
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Sixtus from Brauerei Forst AG
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