Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version) - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
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4.78/5 rDev +22.3%
16.9oz bottle from Grape and Gourmet in VB, VA into pils glass
pours a gorgeous deep mahogany with a hint of amber when held up to light. there is very little head despite adequate carbonation, and it is very close to white. Lacing is very loose and watery.
chestnuts, light milk chocolate, leather
rich malt character with a warm, boozy finish. hops very light, seems like they might potentially have been more prominent when brand new. Caramel, figs, vanilla.
Not syrupy, but not far off. Coating, creamy mouthfeel. Hides the abv well, despite my previous comment. The booziness never feels harsh, but very round and smooth.
overall, this could be the best doppelbock I can ever recall tasting. Intense malt bill without being too sweet, especially with the 9%abv. Artfully crafted, beautifully made. Utterly delicious!
10-11-2011 01:56:30 | More by Gobigvt7
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.
03-07-2011 00:00:19 | More by Dubbledown
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!
11-20-2008 23:47:13 | More by Metalmonk
4.63/5 rDev +18.4%
This is called the American version of the beer. I've never tried the German version, but I can't imagine it being much better than this one. It pours a typical doppelbock color (resembles a rootbeer), with a pure white head that lingered throughout the glass. The taste was malty and delicious, with very little aftertaste. The high alcohol content isn't noticable: I thought that this was a 6.5-7% alcohol beer, and was very surprised to discover that this had 9%. I've never had a beer this powerful that was this drinkable. I fully recommend this beer.
04-02-2007 01:26:48 | More by WMBierguy
4.6/5 rDev +17.6%
This beer brings it. I dunno what I'm missing that I think it's exceptional while the craft-beer community hasn't esteemed this to level of cult favorite.
A - Slightly darker than your lighter Brown Ales. Not as dense in body as many Brown Ales. No real head, even with an aggressive pour.
S - Maybe my bottle has some time to it, but there's no hops aroma and virtually no pronounced malt aroma. Pretty pedestrian.
T - This one makes you wanna curl up into the fetal position. It borders creaminess with drinkability. It's not a heavy beer, but definitely what most folks imagine when they think of "dark beer". It has all the chewy continental malts that you hope for in German Lagers but so seldom get. There's plenty of sweet caramel notes, though this beer is never cloying. Not only is the sweetness contained, so are the metallic bite and graininess so notorious in Lagers.
As it drinks some alcoholic heat and graininess in the finish emerge, but they're actually welcome since they're qualities that restrain this beer.
M - This spilled over into the taste review above. It masterfully balances that delicate line between heavy, burdensome body and drinkability. Really, this is a cold weather beer that never turns into liquid concrete like other beers I know.
O - The 9% ABV is hidden by some ancient spell, I suppose. The flavors are complex while approachable. It's everything the stereotypical dark German beer should be, and then some!
10-12-2011 19:42:18 | More by MONKandTUCK
4.5/5 rDev +15.1%
A- Pours a deep ruby/mahagonay with a two finger off-white head that quickly falls to a cap of at least 1/4 inch! Not great lacing, but it's there.
S- Sweet dark fruits, molasses, and a little bit of an aroma I can't quite describe. A little smokey.
T- Just like the smell, with just a hint of warmness coming through in the end. Also a little toffee and caramel. None of the ABV shows. Also, a little cocoa shows up as it warms up more.
MF- Very creamy and smooth. Medium to full bodied beer.
D- I really like this beer, hate me if you must, but I liked it more than Celebrator.
02-06-2011 01:11:33 | More by LtCracker20
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.
09-14-2007 04:38:14 | More by cokes
4.43/5 rDev +13.3%
Dull brown with a murky glow thats heavy in the middle getting slivers of dark gold at the edges and bottom. Huge topping of dark ivory foam thats loose, puffy, fluffy, and thick. Didn't sit for too long before slipping to its always present thick skim and concentrated bubbly center. Lots of great looking inky lacing coats the glass. A beautiful bock to behold!
Aroma is tenderly dark and sweet with semi tanged molasses thats deeply centered in a root beer soaked fruit bread dusted with cooked brown sugar and currants.
Taste is seemingly similar to what the smell leads ya too. A good thing here as this is quite solid in taste, flavor, and body. Smooth and luscious in a thickly coating dark maltyness that brings in a nice molasses tang thats mildly tanged and slow. Nice notes of brown sugar, dark fruity chewy things, caramel, chocolate, and a good portion of length into the finish. By far the best area of the beer. It transcends into its own as it finishes very lengthy with a stretched out dark malty coating and tiny warming.
Nearly perfect for a Doppel in body. Nice easy front with a steady medium body gaining a very complex tone into the finish as the dark malts gain in flavor, body texture, and warmth. Very easy goin' down with a great gooey little texture of smoothness. Ahhh, malts, malts, and more malts. Solidly good.
Drinkable and then some. Only a slight hint of warmth after a while begins to settle in as ya go and tends to slow it down. But for a Doppelbock, this is very solid and a showcase of the style. Import version or not. Me likey! ...yum...
05-10-2006 00:40:50 | More by tavernjef
4.43/5 rDev +13.3%
A: Pours a beautiful, rich-looking mahoghany color. A brief head subsides to a halo of big frothy bubbles.
S: Quite fruity overall with aromas of grape candy and bananas. Light phenols.
T: Again, fruity but balanced with a grainy taste and a strong caramel flavor. Fairly sweet.
M: Quite thick and full-bodied. A sticky, syrupy texture combined with light carbonation make this one soft and smooth on the palate.
D: A great beer. Maybe not quite as good as some of the doppelbocks on the BA Top 100, but as far as I'm concerned, it's at least in the ballpark. Recommended.
02-06-2008 04:27:59 | More by klewis
4.4/5 rDev +12.5%
A clear, visual bown hue with lots of maroon highlights. Decent head at the start but eventually trickles to nothing. The aroma has a light alcohol raoma. But this adds to warm an already toasty/roasty malt character.
The flavor profile is a great, complex and sweet malt. Hints of prunes and lightly burnt peahces mixed with vanilla and black cherries in the pit.
The palate was nice and warm, but not too sweet to cloy the taste buds.
07-25-2006 04:02:18 | More by scruffwhor
British Columbia (Canada)
4.38/5 rDev +12%
A: Dark reddish-brown/black, light tan head; very little retention, some lace.
S: Very malty: Bread, dark raisin, dark caramel, brown sugar
T: Very malty: Dark bread, dark raisin, brown sugar (light molasses), chocolate, nut; mild spicyness from hops is pleasant. Balanced slightly to the bitter side. Some warmth to the finish (though I wouldn't have guessed it was that strong). Taste is bordering on exceptional.
M: Full, chewy body. Carbonation is on the light side of moderate.
D: Very good, especially considering the strength.
mmmm... liquid bread!
I suspect it might be more attenuated than it was in 1609... but it's definitely fuller/chewier than a lot of its southern Bavarian counter parts.
Highly recommend it!
I've had more than 20 other doppels, and I'd put this on 4th, behind:
10-12-2006 20:51:14 | More by Derek
4.38/5 rDev +12%
16.9 fl oz brown bottle; served in a Pilsener glass.
Pours a light shade of amber with a dark hue of mahogany. Dense and creamy tan head that sits a half of an inch high and is slow to budge. A few traces of thin and spotted lacing.
Bright, vinous fruit; rather sweet with a bit of tartness. Plum, cherry, fig. Sweet molasses with a port-like alcohol profile.
Sweet molasses and a slick toffee initially joined by a wave of aged fruit soaked in port. Plum, cherry, fig, raisin. Notes of bready malts with an exciting, semi-dry spice profile: nutmeg, clove, saffron. Unusual for a Doppelbock, but the spices are balanced and work remarkably well. Almost like a Doppelbock-Winter Warmer hybrid.
Almost full in body; smooth on the palate. A nice balance of sweetness and dry qualities; never approaches slickness like other versions of the style.
A unique, dynamic Doppelbock in terms of aroma, flavors, and body. Not a Lager I could drink all night, but one of the more interesting German Doppelbocks available.
01-26-2008 21:21:22 | More by NEhophead
4.38/5 rDev +12%
The beer poured into the glass crystal clear brown with an almost tan frothy head which rose well and fell slowly to lace the glass.
The aroma was malty with a strong caramel presence. The aroma contained a slight DMS (corn) character. Also present in the aroma was a slight smoke and dark fruits, cherries most notable.
The flavor was malty with a strong presence of molasses. The flavor was rich and contained a strong caramelization and melanoidin with caramel, biscuit and dark fruits. The dark fruits were cherries and raisins and the bittering was strong enough to be noticeable and lightly spicy and enough to keep the malty flavors at bay. The flavor also contained a good chocolate presence and a light bit of roasty and smokey character.
The finish was dry with a lasting malt impression and caramel long into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium full and very nice with a low carbonation level. Probably the most interesting dopplebock I have had in a long time. The DMS in the aroma was a bit off base and the initial molasses flavor almost put me off, but all in all, a wonderful beer.
16.9 ounce bottle.
05-20-2006 00:44:48 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.35/5 rDev +11.3%
Appearance- very dark dark brown with nice tan head off the pour quickly fades away to lacing, carbonation appears very low
Smell- very sweet malty and rummy nose, raisins and very sweet toffee caramel notes, delicious nose
Taste- sweet malts and delicious sweet notes that are nicely balanced by a bit of dryness on the end, great finish and overall really enoyable balance, sweet but not to point of being to much
Mouthfeel- medium to heavy bodied, low carbonation
Drinkability/overall- really really great balance and delicious flavors, alcohol is so hidden, this is a beer i loved when i brought it in to my store the first time cuz i liked it years ago and it still is just as good to me now, still feel very confident i will continue recommending this beer to customers and visit my self again, possibly my favorite german brew
08-08-2011 22:40:31 | More by Stunner97
4.35/5 rDev +11.3%
Being from Germany, I might not judge this beer like I should, but I try to be fair.
It poured a deep, almost black, clear mahogany brown. The almost not existing head dissipates fast, with no lacing.
Smelling the beer, caramel, brown sugar, dark fruits like raisin, plum , mixed with molasses.
The taste is accordingly, caramel and molasses up front, fruits following, and a malty finish.
Overall a full bodied beer, which is very balanced and very drinkable. The 9 percent ABV will sneak up on you!
Great monastery brew! Especially since I have been there and tasted the real stuff fresh from the wooden keg.
01-28-2012 04:41:08 | More by Hopfenpeter
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!
06-23-2008 22:44:42 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
A real German Doppelbock. Perhaps the first I've had since I began reviewing beers on this website a few months back. German beers intrigue me; probably because I simply haven't sampled more than one or two. Dopplebock is one of my favorite styles, so I'm looking forward to describing this drink.
The color is a dark amber/brown with red highlights. A thin head appeared briefly. Afterwards, a thin lacing around the surface/glass edge continued until the beer was gone.
A wonderful aroma of sweet bread, dried fruit, honey, and a sugary essence provides a nice anticipation of the flavor. Malts are very discernable as well, but the alcohol--which, at 9.0% should be noticable--doesn't really make its presenced known.
One expects the flavor to match the aroma, and it sure does! Strong malts and sweet fruits dominate the flavor, while the alcohol is barely evident, until you've finished the bottle! A nuttiness is present as well; much more so than the aroma betrays.
"Very nearly chewy" is probably the best way to describe the texture of this beer. The carbonation is thankfully low, and the beer fills the palate while not becoming obstrusive to the feel. Very nice!
I hope this is a great example of a German Doppelbock. I really enjoyed this beer and look forward to trying others like it.
11-01-2006 03:55:38 | More by CWiggins
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a standard beer mug.
A-RC cola mahogany colour, not too much head, maybe a finger thick, quickly dissapates, very little lacing
S-MMM.. Smells of rich malts and candi sugar. I'm wondering if they maybe threw in some belgian sugar just to give it some uniqueness. Slight spice and chocolate linger in the background.
T-Oh so sweet and malty it is.. I can drink this and savor it for hours. In fact I did, while watching a 3 hour movie to take it all in at random minute intervals. You have to let these babies warm up to get the most out of them. Carmel, and slight smokiness, alcohol burns the tounge slightly, creamy as well.
M-Creamy and thick like skim milk, isn't too thick but still stays sticky on the lips. More chewy than carbonated.
D-This is one of my favourite beers. So far I can't say enough good things about this brewery, but unfortunately I have only had this and the helles. Both are a home run out of the park and can't be beat for the price.
04-21-2007 05:11:17 | More by blakesell
4.33/5 rDev +10.7%
Picked up this 0.5l bottle at Half Time, setting me $4.99 arrears. Have already had the German version at the Kloster, so I'm interested in comparing the two versions.
Alrighty... into a Spaten stange goes the bottle's contents... The bier is a clear, striking mahogany color, with a minimum of carbo within, as well as a thin, beige head. Bubbles are fine and tight, and cling mostly to the rim. Not much lacing to speak of, though. Aroma is full of malty caramel and toffee. Smell is A-OK! Body borders on medium, at best, though it is rather smooth across the tongue, with only light prickliness.
Flavor? Nicely sweet yet never close to being cloying. There's an abundant measure of caramel and toffee coating the tongue, and quite well at that. Anything more? Maybe a touch of roastiness and dark fruit, but the sweet malts dominate. There's only a subtle suggestion of floral hopping present here, with the malts being the item to write home about. And as it warms? More malt comes your way. Hard to find the 9% ABV, too, which is a scary thought. Flavor seems to be on par with the homeland edition, though appearance and mouthfeel are slightly behind. Overall? Solid; quite solid indeed. Prosit!!
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5
02-23-2010 23:03:35 | More by Bierman9
Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.