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Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version) - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version)Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version)

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BA SCORE
88
very good

238 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-12-2006)
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Reviews by RoyalT:
Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance – This is a nice, shiny brown in color with some orangish hues. The head is a gorgeous whitish-brown and very dark and beautiful.

Smell – The malts are raw and unadulterated as they should be and there’s a bit of spicing to this bad boy. There’s some dark fruity sweetness here as well but this one is all about the malt as it should be.

Taste – This is a heavy-hitter. The raw molasses and heavy spicing fill the palate with explosive flavors and the dark fruits, which are rich but not overly sweet, hit the taste buds before the liquid even gets to the lips. The wonderful malt flavor is right on style and the spices, though a bit unique for a DB, provide a welcome compliment.

Mouthfeel – This is just shy of medium-bodied though you may want to call it that and of course flat with some lingering bitterness.

Drinkability – This is one of the best DBs that I’ve had here in the US. A lot of people don’t understand how this style should be, it’s relatively thin and lacks complexity, but if you want a lesson buy this beer. This sample has some big spicing that, while thoroughly enjoyed, I don’t remember the character in Bavaria. Other than that, this is a classic example of the style.

RoyalT, Sep 03, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured a deep dark brown with some reddish hue with fluffy off-white one finger head,first thing that stuck out to me in the nose was the smokiness that goes along with the dark fruit and brown sugar and caramel sweetness the alcohol whafted a little but its not strong.Sweet up front quite sweet in fact raisins and caramel with some dark brown sugar as well a little bit of an alcohol burn going down.I notice just a slight spiciness and earthy note in the finish,its a smooth,slick doppelbock glides down easily if you like big malty sweet beers to me this would be a good winter sipper to take the chill off I ll be looking for this again come December I think.

oberon, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of Marc33
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Marc33, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of generallee
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1 pint .9oz bottle into a dimpled mug. The abv is listed at 9% and there is no freshness date.

Appearance: It has a dark brown, almost black body with deep reddish highlights. On top it has a small one finger tall tan head which quickly fades to a ring of foam around the edge of with a thin film covering. Buy the end there was no head at all and lacing was nil.

Smell: Deep malty sweetness dominates the nose. There are hints of burnt caramel, dark brown sugar and herbal earthy hops.

Taste/Palate: It has a firm full body with a heavy slick texture and light carbonation. This gives it a coating effect with its deep rich malty sweetness. For me it seems a bit too sweet but complex as well. It has notes of deep caramelized sugar, bread crust, light toast, brown sugar, raison and lots of prune notes. It finishes with lots of residual sweetness then a short herbal/leafy/earthy bitterness which struggles to add some sense of balance.

Notes: For me it was a bit on the sweet side and yet it full of complexity which I do like.

generallee, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a clear dark chestnut body with a generous beige head that hangs around forever. Solid patchy lacing. Aroma is toffee, fruitcake, and brown sugar. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste is malty waves of toffee, brown sugar, and a hint of chocolate. Notes of port and what seems like fruity hops add a nice complexity. Very little hop bitterness. Alcohol is hidden quite well. Not as heavy as anticipated and much more drinkable. A very nice German doppelbock.

merlin48, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

Purchased at Stateline with Robert's recommendation. Proust! Pours with a thin head. Almost black in color. Very sweet nose. Malty and sweet in flavor with some fruit in it. Very drinkable with the ABV. Smooth mouthfeel. A good dopple which I will be purchasing again.

Cheers.

SkinnyElvis, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of ohmybock
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%

When this beer first arrived in the States in 2006, I bought some and thought it had an unusual, spicy character...almost like a weizenbock.

I haven't had it since then until now in June 2008. (I wiped out my old review and replaced it with this one.) This new bottle tastes much more like a traditional doppelbock than what I found back then. I'm not sure if the difference is with me or with this bottle. Whatever the case, I like this bottle quite a bit better. This brew (still) pours with almost no head, but the aroma is nice. It smells sweet with a dark, dried, fruit aroma. The taste further expands on the aroma. The body is quite heavy, and there's very little carbonation. There's a slight spiciness, but otherwise it tastes of long-boiled toffee/melanoidin malts and dark stewed fruit. This beer definitely has "that special German bock character" which rarely seems to find its way into bock beers produced in other countries. It has that lovely dark, malty flavor, but without a roasted character which you sometimes find in other inferior non-German bock beers. This Curator is the real deal. Add some more carbonation and this d-bock might be one of my all-time favorite bocks.

ohmybock, Apr 13, 2006
Photo of SinutabRamirez
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

SinutabRamirez, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +2.3%

undated larger bottle served in large glass goblet.

A - a dark, clear mahogany brown with excellent reddish-orange highlightSmall head of limited duration.

Aroma: The nose is mainly roasted malts with hints of dark fruits and a dose of spiciness. After a little warming, the higher ABV starts to become more apparent -- it was more or less completely hidden when cold -- and more spice notes appear.

Curator Dopplebock is very flavorful. It tastes like it smells, for the most part, although there's a richness to the roasted malt flavor that exceeds the expectation built on aroma. The high ABV is partly hidden and hicely integrated with the other flavor components.
Sweet, well-roasted barley is the dominant flavor, withenough minor spicy, floral and brandy notes to make for a satisfying level of complexity. Too sweet, at first, but a more bitter ant earthy toasted malt flavor soon takes over.

The mouthfeel is medium-full with an impressive smoothness.

O - I stopped at this Kloster about 4 years ago, but was unable to sample the beer there because it was a Sunday. Glad to have thechance some years later, even if now getting a bottle rather than a fresh draft. Well, this bottled beer is good but slightly disappointing; I still want to make a return visit to sample the beers on tap at the source. You should too: the monastery is wonderful. Meanwhile, this brew does taste like it is actually from a recipe from Benedictine monks in 1609.

chinchill, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of navband
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

navband, Friday at 08:18 PM
Photo of 05Harley
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%

No bottle dating.

Purchased @ Tulley's, Wells, Maine

Price - $4.10/bomber

Appearance: Dark ruby color with some fines in suspension. Remnants of a creamy head in the form of a ring around the glass that comes back to life after each sip. Some dotted lacing.

Smell: Raisins, black licorice, cherries, brown sugar and a hint of smoke.

Taste: Molasses and burnt malt with an underlying flavor of cherries. Alcohol is noticeable but not offensive. It sort of adds to the flavor in a positive way.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with little to no carbonation. It goes down smooth and finishes with a dry feel.

Drinkability: These go down surprisingly fast, especially for 9.0%. It's not too sweet or bitter so I can put these down one after another with ease. A beer I enjoy on a regular basis.

05Harley, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

This beer is the typical dark brown of a doppel with red highlights. It develops an eggshell-colored head just over a finger tall that fades off a bit quickly but not too much, leaving a pretty thick foam that deposits spotty lacing as it recedes.
The smell offers up the dark fruits I expect along with the typical molasses note, with more of a raisin than anything and a sugary but not cloying sweetness. There's a touch of cocoa and roast here as well. Just enough hops to balance add a b it of a floral note and possibly a ghost of spiciness.
The flavor's a bit lighter than I expected; everything from the nose is here, but with less force. It ends up being a bit too mellow for the style.
The feel is likewise light; this could use just a touch more thickness and body. Otherwise it's pretty smooth.

Brenden, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of clevelandhops
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

clevelandhops, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of DruC4
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

DruC4, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
4.7/5  rDev +20.2%

Pours a ruby-tinted brown, with very little head, and little dabs of lace here and there. Rolls around in the glass with an almost syrupy patience.

Nose is semi-sweet and vinous; dark berry, lots of fig, cocoa. A slight bit of alcohol helps give it an edge. The marriage of toasted malt sweetness and succulent dark fruits is outstanding in depth and balance.

Big flavor here, with superb balance. Juicy, succulent fig is the highlight, followed by dark berry, light nut husk, molasses and a gooey yet subtle layer of chocolate syrup. Very grape-y throughout, and yet again the word "juicy" comes to mind. Grape bubblegum, grape juice, red wine, many variations on the mighty purple fruit are right here in this righteous doppelbock. And I can't forget the big bready doughy pumpernickel vibe. Earthy, almost woody finish, but far from dry, with tartness creeping in but ultimately keeping the whistle wet and glazed; has an almost holiday-like feel. Germany's equivalent of those big holiday Belgians? Sort of.

Slick and soft in the mouth...buttery, lightly syrupy, just the right balance of carbonation. Remarkably smooth.

Curator might be the biggest ABV German beer I've ever had. That won't make any beer an automatic winner, but in this case the higher alcohol highlights a recipe that's apparently generous with the ingredients. And wouldn't you know, with all that flavor I hardly noticed the alcohol, which is merely a bit player in the flavor. Big malts rule here; its complexity and depth make this a must-try for any fan of German beers, no matter the style. Das ist ein zehr gutes bier!

Metalmonk, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of cokes
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%

Dark, tawny brown with ruby highlights, it pours with a meager tracing of beige lace.
The nose is an veritable collage of malt, with roastiness, charred pork fat, cinnamon, nutmeg, hazelnut, liquorice, and sherry-esque booze traits.
Upon entering the mouth, roastedness takes control, full of burnt grain, and burnt meat flavors. These linger as a spiciness wells up towing notions of anise, mace, and a peppery rye-like quality. Back into the molten malt bath, it sweetens with fig, and hazelnut, and carob. Turns vinic on the outset, with vapors of sherry and marsala.
Moderate in the mouth, and only lightly carbonated. The sweet-bent of this brew, while wine-like and notably potent, is quaffable rather than cloying or gummy.
This is a delicious dopplebock, and carries enough uniqueness to make it a must find, even if your not a normal fan of the style. Though I am, and found this absolutely entrancing.

cokes, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%

The real Mccoy of a German beer. Licorice, some roast barley, mollasses, caramel and chocolate malt. Well balanced, very smooth drink, despite slightly noticeable but not obstrucive alcohol. Picked up in Orlando, thanks to the store's website alerted me to look out for it.

Sammy, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%

The bottle shows a black and white depiction of the Ettal abbey. I wikipedia'd this place, and the history behind it is nice, and the beer is actually brewed in the monastery. That's prety cool since doppelbocks were first brewed my German monks to drink while fasting during lent.

A - Dark brown beer with a blood red glow when held to the light. Deep, dark, and crimson. A three finger head rose over the edges of my snifter, but the head reduces quickly to a nice collar and leaves a good amount of lace in it's wake.

S - Heavy chocolate cake aroma reminds me of chocolate cake batter. Super sweet and cakey with some really yeast-focused aromas. Smells like a megaton malt bomb.

T - Again, chocolate cake batter and loads of doughy yeast, but this time with some nice transparent hops to support the sugar.

M - Full bodied, sugary sweet, and a bit cloying before some nice hop bitterness and alcohol heat step in to keep the sweetness in check. It actually finishes on the dry side and leaves a dusty feeling on my palate along with an inviting and warming alcohol glow.

D - This one is a little too sweet, and not quite complex enough IMO. It's a good dessert beer though.

pmcadamis, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%

On tap at the Devil's Den in Philly. From notes.

Appearance: Delivered with the expected dark chestnut body capped by a frothy head of light tan foam. It's hard to tell if it's clear or not as the beer is dark and the bar is dark. The head holds quite well and leaves some thin lacing about the glass.

Aroma: The nose displays a toasty and caramelish malt. Clean. Subtly spicy (seemingly more from yeast or hops than alcohol).

Mouthfeel: It's full and creamy across the palate with a full body and very fine, median carbonation.

Flavor: The flavor is far more rich and malty than the nose suggest, and it's caramelish with a thin strand of delicate cocoa and perhaps a bit of butterscotch. Some dark fruit is present as well, but it's more on the caramelish with underlying chocolate side. It's very straightforward rich malt, and there are no hints of roastiness or smokiness or any dark malt acidity to interupt its smooth passage. In fact, there are barely any hop flavors either, excepting the spiciness, which may be coming from alcohol and /or yeast, or a combination of both. Some floral, and perhaps grassy hops do dance about in the background but they are minor in comparison to the dark maltiness. It's bitterness is also restrained, allowing the malt to shine, but it remains superbly balanced and never appears sweetish, only richly malty. Very cleanly fermented. Very nicely rounded. The alcohol is very well-cloaked and it never appears 'hot'.

Drinkability: One of the best doppelbocks I've tasted. Some go too strong, some go too complex, some are just too thin... this is very direct and very drinkable without becoming strong or heavy on the palate. Worth seeking out!

NeroFiddled, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of Dubbledown
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Freely poured into a 14.9 oz nonic.Quarter inch crown of creamy brown. First smell just water and yeast. Mouthefeel rich and luxurious, slighty oily with good weight. Great big malt-chocolate taste that slides down the sides of the throat turning from almost milk chocolate to black bitter baking chocolate followed by strong flavor of liquid malt. Next comes dark cherries, currants and other dark fruits I can't identify.There is just the right amount of bitter hop taste to let the flavor evaporate on your palate correctly.

To me, this is a near perfect example of the dark Doppelbock. It's 28 degrees outside, overcast with no wind. Everything is in stasis. Spring is still two weeks away and this beer takes all the flavors of the winter holidays and brews them into a near liquid meal that will sustain us until its warm and time for an IPA.

Grade A Purchased at Stony's - $4.99 ea.

Dubbledown, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%

16.9oz bottle
Purchased for $3.99

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with a light tan head that quickly forms into a thin ring around

S- The aroma is a lot of sweet toasty malt, brown sugar and caramel.

T- The taste starts off very smooth and malty with a good amount of sweet malt and caramel with dark fruit and brown sugar.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty decent dopplebock that is worth a try. However, there are plenty of better dopplebocks out there.

cjgator3, Apr 24, 2009
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

cliff1066, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%

(purchased at Brawleys in Charlotte, NC) Pours ruby/chestnut with a 1/2" of tan head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Licorice, breadyness, & booze as it warms

T: Licorice, cinamon & breadyness up front. Brown sugar & doughyness show up as this warms along with some black currant. Finishes with pecans, boozey dryness & breadyness

MF: Chewy, medium bodied with low carbonation

Drank very easy for the abv. A solid dopplebock, I will say I enjoyed the 7.0 abv German version just as much, if not more

russpowell, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of dgallina
2.55/5  rDev -34.8%

1 pint, 9 fluid ounce brown bottle without freshness dating. Poured clear mahogany with no head or lace whatsoever. Sugary molasses, caramel, a touch of burnt toast, clove, and alcohol in the nose. Very clean, but nearly empty of flavor; slightly sweet syrupy malts up front with hot fusel alcohol finish. Almost still oily and syrupy body. Not a beer I'll revisit. The aroma is OK, but the flavor is almost entirely missing apart from the over-strong alcohol.

dgallina, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%

First off, drink this one warm - cold it is way too harsh, and the alcohol is overwhelming.

It's an ok doppel. Strong caramel, toffee, and alcohol presence. I felt it lacked carbonation and malt. It had the body of a barleywine, which I felt was offputting for the style.

Not a bad price though, and certainly a beer worth a try.

Lnedrive14, May 30, 2006
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Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
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