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Sixtus - Brauerei Forst AG

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BA SCORE
83
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32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 17.12%
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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Photo of MMansfield
1.4/5  rDev -62%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Purchased bottle from Bishop's Cellar in Halifax, NS.

Appearance: Pours a brown colour. Vigousous pour leads to a thick off white head, lots of retention.

Aroma: Heaps of diacetyl, sweet.

Taste: Sour and loaded with diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Final Statement: Massively infected beer. Not passed its expiry date either.

MMansfield, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of JLapadura
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

JLapadura, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of djtomain
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

djtomain, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of czechsaaz
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is sugary sweet. There are some fruity aromas and melanoids. But there's really not much to balance out the sweet aroma.

Deep reddish brown with a thick head that fades to a persistent small layer that leaves nice lacing as you drink the glass.

Flavor is very fruity which is kind of odd for a lager. I get lots of plums and cherry flavors. The malt component is very apparent with lots of munich type flavors and some dark roasted caramel malts. There's just enough bittering hops that it is still sweet and malty but not overly sweet. Hop flavor is non-existent which is fine for the style.

Body seems pretty light for the style. Carbonation level is good and lively.

Not a bad beer but not really a great one that I'd be dying to have again. Basically it's slightly above average.

czechsaaz, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of JoeMans
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

JoeMans, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a crystal wine glass; pours a brown color with some transparency- reminiscent of cola. Lively head at first but it soon dissipates with no lacing. The smell is not particularly attractive to me- it's hard for me to describe but I think it might be the bottom-fermenting yeast combined with the malt they used. Fortunately the taste suits me much better- sweet malts roll over the tongue and are followed by a light crisp carbonation. Nothing to write home about but definitely a drinkable beer.

I have to follow this by saying I'm generally not into lager-type beers...

Hopdaemon39, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

LJWalker, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Gusler, Dec 07, 2002
Photo of jmtpi
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jmtpi, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Naugled
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Naugled, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

spycow, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Latarnik, May 27, 2014
Photo of GiaLvo
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

GiaLvo, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of ElGordo
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

ElGordo, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of stcules
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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...

stcules, Mar 29, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

oberon, May 13, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

metter98, May 03, 2014
Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

smcolw, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of ummswimmin
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

ummswimmin, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of mmmbirra
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

mmmbirra, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of fattyre
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

fattyre, Feb 21, 2003
Photo of DrewSnyc667
4/5  rDev +8.7%

DrewSnyc667, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +8.7%

dcmchew, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

tavernjef, Feb 27, 2004
Photo of packetknife
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

packetknife, May 21, 2002
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Sixtus from Brauerei Forst AG
83 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.