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

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very good

240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-12-2006)
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Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

akttr, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown/garnet with a brown head into my glass. I like the color here better. Seems closer too.

Sweet and spicy with plum, molasses and raisin in the nose. A lot more complex.

More flavor here. Well-rounded. Plum, spice and alcohol heat. You'd think it was extreme but it's mellow.

Ditto for the mouthfeel. Well-defined.

I prefer this over the previous example that I had. There's more alcohol and it has a "fuller" feeling.

Brad007, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of bobv
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

bobv, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is dark brown with tints of ruby and caramel. Initially, I tilted the glass while pouring. However, very little head developed so I poured it straight. About a finger of buttery, tan head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a thin skim and bubbly ring around the edge.

Smell: Lots o’ fruitiness. Raisin, raspberry, dark cherry (that kind of syrupy, chocolate-covered version), red licorice (cherry or strawberry flavored), plum, a little apple, a little molasses, and maybe brown sugar. I assume sweet caramel is in there, too, but I really cannot pick it out; there is so much other stuff going on and the fruit burst is distracting.

Taste: The fruitiness is taken down a notch but still dominates: raisin, plum, dark cherry (the syrupy kind), red licorice, and a little green apple tartness. The ABV is noticeable with a little boozy edge, but it is not too distracting. Elements of toasted caramel and a little cocoa are also noticeable in the flavor, as well as the molasses.

Drinkability: It’s doppelbock — albeit very fruity. Frankly, it is a kick in the teeth the Trix Rabbit would be envious of.

TheQuietMan22, May 31, 2012
Photo of VaterRoss
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into Sierra Nevada tumbler,

Dark ruby/brown with a tiny beige head; both are to style. Smell is very sweet with some bready/grainy notes barely coming past the sweet. Tastes like sweet liquid bread, one of the maltiest beers I have ever had. This one is so sweet that it approaches cloying, wayyy too sweet. There are some light liquorice notes and delicate hops but a late taste of overripe fruit kills this. The sweetness and relatively low carbs almost give the beer a syrupy consistency.

Way too sweet, though it does avoid the other main pitfall of doppelbocks, the dreaded soy sauce taste. Not something I would get again, Spaten and Paulaner make a better doppel.

VaterRoss, May 15, 2012
Photo of Domingo
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It appears that the version of this beer exported to the US is 9%, while the German version is only 7%. Never had that version, but I'm not too shocked. Big beers aren't too big over there after all.
Interesting that they seem to be going with the flow and catering to our bigger taste tendencies over here.
Deep mahogany brown. For a beer this potent, the head is readily available and sticks around as a full layer and then a sheen. A slight jostle of the glass reveals that it's still there for the life of the beer.
The flavor profile is definitely bold and sweet. Beers don't get a whole lot more malty than this. Everything from dark breads and chocolate to a hint of honey from the yeast all the way to molasses, figs, dates, maple, and brandy. The hops are surprisingly evident even when cool, and provide a little bit of herbal bitterness on the back of the palate. It's a full-on malt assault with a good hop profile...so it should be just as good as the likes of the Andechser, Ayinger, and Weihenstephaner doppelbocks, right? Not quite as it's a hair on the boozy side and the sweetness is just a little out of control. I imagine the "normal" 7% version is probably better in that regard and might be why comparisons to the all-time greats are often made.
Not quite one of my absolute favorites, but a really good one. I can imagine fans of big Scotch ales, old ales, or barleywines getting a kick out of it.
Good beer I'm happy to finally see in my area. Yet another stop in Bavaria I need to make. I'm curious what their local version is all about.

Domingo, May 07, 2012
Photo of goosewhisperer
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a-dark brown with a tan head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

s-roasted malts, sweet, figgy, dates.

t-sweet malts up front with a lingering finish. Beer is fairly simple, but is really tasty. Finishes nicely on the palate.

m-creamy, and full. Carbonation does well with the mouth feel.

o-a nice beer to sit back and sip on. Cannot believe they have been brewing since 1330, unreal.

goosewhisperer, May 06, 2012
Photo of SLeffler27
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fills a pilsner glass with a dark garnet to brown beer with lots of carbonation clinging to the glass. A fizzy, beige head slowly blooms to half an inch and leaves little lacing.

Toasted malt with dark chocolate and some dark spices, similar to spiced rum.
Has a flavor of dark chocolate, is moderately sweet, with some hot buttered rum. Malted milk balls and crisp flavors are throughout. The finish is subtle and long.

This is a smooth, full-bodied beer that is almost creamy with soft carbonation and alcohol as expected.

A relaxing beer that pairs well with Groundhog Day. This one is comfortable like flannel warm out of the dryer.

SLeffler27, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Spider889
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On draft at Winking Lizard Lizardville on 1/17/12.

Apparently this beer is aged in a blend of whiskey and pinot noir barrels.

Dark brown with a tall frothy head. Nice homeycomb of lace is left behind.

Smells immediatly of fresh figs and dates.

The flavor is a tad sour actually Red wine with strong oak flavors that add a whopping dryness to the brew. Fig and date are the only thing that clue you into the style. Black raisin can also be found but this beer is just way too sweet.

Dry feel with lingering sweetness. Boozy.

Overall this was interesting, but also out of my comfort zone from normal drinking. Not a true doppelbock.

Spider889, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of koo10t
3/5  rDev -23.3%

koo10t, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Kahlerbock, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -23.3%

jfcaa193, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of RyanLigeia
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brownish red color thats appears to be somewhat clear when held to the light with a thin head that disappears fast.
Smells of molasses, caramel, maybe raisins.
Taste is the same as smell but the taste is more full than youd expect from the smell. Some booze in there as well but I never would have guessed 9%.
The mouthfeel is syrupy in a good way for this beer with mild to low carbination but the booze gives it a slight "bight".
Overall it was worth the $4 or whatever it cost, I know it wasnt too pricey. Not the best doppelbock Ive had but it holds its own for sure.

RyanLigeia, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Hopfenpeter, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of HoistinBrews
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

HoistinBrews, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin head on a murky maroon and brown body. Rich molasses and dark fruit, mostly with a fresh melted carmel note. Flavor is more like a Wild ale with a musty dark fruit note with caramel and syrupy background. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Overall reminds me of a wild ale too much but still a good beer.

kylehay2004, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with one finger of white foam on an opaque, dark brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Dark caramel, sour cherry, and brown sugar.

T - Brown, sour malt up front. Some caramel and brown sugar in the middle with vanilla and cinnamon in the finish.

M - A medium thick body, average carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Comes across more like a Flemish red than a bock, but it is balanced and enjoyable.

nickfl, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
2.45/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I like doppelbocks. I like Celebrator and Maximator a lot. Sam Adams is pretty good. I like Korbinian well enough. Spaten, one or two others. The style seems like a nice one. But this one tasted like balsamic vinegar mixed with something sweet. So did the Samichlaus doppelbock I tried after that to a somewhat lesser extent. Both were sour and vinegary. Do not like. Couldn't get through a 4 oz taster. I wonder what makes these two come out like this.

BrownNut, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of dprophet
4/5  rDev +2.3%

dprophet, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Cougar990
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Cougar990, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +2.3%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of johnnybelgians
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

johnnybelgians, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of Marc33
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Marc33, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of josefnewsong
5/5  rDev +27.9%

josefnewsong, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +2.3%

JAHMUR, Nov 29, 2011
Ettaler Curator Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
88 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.