Bazelet, Double Bock - Golan Brewery
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Reviews by biegaman:
3.86/5 rDev +5.8%
The brewery's name, Golan, makes me think of Golem, the Frankenstein-like creature of Jewish folklore. Indeed, this dark ruddy-brown beer is intimidating; it has a complexion that looks as though it were made of clay and a tall, statuesque head that's hard as a rock. Funny enough, the beer's name, Bazelet, is similar to Bezalel, the rabbi who created the most popular golem narrative.
This smells like the monster it figured to be. Scents of figs, dark bread, pomegranate molasses, raisins and almonds open things off, and combine to give some purview of its strength and the scope of its maltiness. Although these are the kinds of flavours expected of this style of German lager, it occurs to me that they are also, appropriately, classic tastes of the Mediterranean.
The palate offers more toasted pumpernickel crusts, fig jam, bruised plums, red grapes, pomegranate molasses, and a bit of cardamon-like spice. Flavour wise, it's a generous beer. Its malt bill is rather broad-shouldered and has caramelized sweetness as well as melanoidin toastiness. It's smooth and clean; there's no roast or astringency. No real indication of the 8% either.
There's thinly sliced brown bread - and then there's big, toasted, New York-style pumpernickel bagels. Doppelbocks, as a style in general, are best described as the latter but this one especially fits the bill (and I'm not just saying this because of the Jewish connection). It is a hefty beer with a rich, tastefully sweet and toasty maltiness that practically sticks to your gums.
I can't read Hebrew and thus can't understand a single thing the brewery has to say about this product. Still, it's quite obvious to me that, whatever they've done, they did it right. This is a good example of a doppelbock and a very nice beer altogether. A solid first impression of Golan Brewery and Israel's craft scene on the whole. Thanks for the souvenir, Evelyn!
03-18-2014 22:42:42 | More by biegaman
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3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
By best friend brought me a mixed four pack from his last trip to Israel and this is the last of the 4 bottles left. Its Channukah, so I figured I would review it. 330 ML bottle into a Crate and Barrel Snifter. Bottle date 1/05/12.
A - The beer pours a near black color, with hints of red on the edges. The pour yielded a nice finger high beige color, frothy head that lingered for a little bit, settling to the edges.
S – I'm getting huge dark stone fruits, roasted malts and slight caramel tones. This is a very sweet smelling beer.
T - Very nice. The beer start out fairly sweet with big caramel and prune like flavors. Nice bready yeast notes round out the finish. The finish is sweet and savory with very thick caramel coating.
M - Nicely carbonated with a creamy mouthfeel. Very sillky and smooth.
O – Wow, what a surprise. This is a pretty tasty Doppelbock from an Israeli brewery. Kinda nuts thinking about a Jewish brewery brewing a decent example of a German style beer. L'chaim.
12-09-2012 23:38:34 | More by dubinsky
Bazelet, Double Bock from Golan Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.