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Captivator Doppelbock - Tree Brewing

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54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 99
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 15.49%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bobsy on 03-29-2010

Captivator has a sweet aroma, with hints of toffee, light caramel and hazelnut. A deep brown reddish hue with a clean smooth finish.
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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: Slight cream head over mahagony liquid.

S: Faint cherry and caramel.

T: Caramel malts mostly with some cherry.

M: Thin to medium viscosity and low carbonation.

O: An average doppelbock with decent drinkability.

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Photo of leaddog
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark mahogany with a finger width of beige, bubbly head.

Smell - Caramel, toffee, slight nuttiness (hazelnut), slight vanilla.

Taste - Very nice and rich caramel and toffee flavours. Nice supporting role by the hazelnut flavour. Finishes with a return to the sweet caramel and toffee.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - A good Doppelbock representation by Tree Brewing. The sweet flavours are quite nice, and I appreciate the supporting role played by the hazelnut - a very nice touch. One of the better Tree offerings out there.

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Photo of Rutager
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a nice deep amber-red with a finger of off-white head.

Smell. Brown sugar and fruit cocktail syrup with a little booze.

Taste. Caramel, a little booze, maybe a little raisin and melons. Sweet with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-light carbonation.

Overall. I liked it okay. Probably won't buy again, but worth trying.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kjyost for this bottle.
Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A -Medium copper/brown colour with the slightest translucence and one finger of khaki coloured head that quickly disappeared.

S - Sweet caramel, brown sugar, toffee, molasses.

T - Very sweet. Dark caramel, toffee, brown sugar. Some faint dark fruit notes are present as well as a noticeable alcohol bite. At times there is an unpleasant metallic taste present but it is os barely distracting.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of BasementBer
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad this one has made it to our shelves in this neck of the north.

A: Malty brown with a soft off white head. Mild head retention.

S: very sweet notes of brown sugar and bourbon-esque sharpness.

T: Sweet and heavy. Mild burn in the finish from the abv.

M: Nice coating on the tongue and has a good crisp feeling, slight boozy burn in the throat but could be far worse.

D: The size of the bottle for this one is a bit of an ask, i would prefer a standard bottle for such heft in the abv.

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Photo of kjyost
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bomber from Spring 2011 purchased fresh at the MLCC, served at ~5C into a tulip.

A - Deep ruby red and clear. Light tan head that descends too quickly, although rings lightly, leaving no lacing.
S - A rich nose as the beer warms, thick malt that is dominated by dried fruit aromas of dates, figs and raisins. A bit of light sweetness on the body.
T/M - A similar taste to the nose. Thick and viscous body with dried fruit dominating. A light warming alcohol comes across the palate later, lingering in the finish. Little bitterness nor hop presence noted. Lots of residual sweetness in the body plays well with the fruit flavours
O - An enjoyable malty beer. Not my normal sipping beer, but a welcome change from my normal styles.

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Photo of spree92
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the spring 2011 release. Thanks to LazyL for sending this my way.

A deep red mahogany with an inch espresso color head. Small amount of toffee malts and fruity yeast on the nose. The taste is tart fruit, grapes and figs, alcohol is also noticeable. No trace of hops. The mouth feel is full but light and easy to drink. Glad I tried another beer from a west coast Canadian brewer.

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Photo of marty21
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red/brown with 1.5 fingers worth of tan head. Settles to a solid cap but hardly leaves any lacing.

S: Caramel malt, light fruits along with brown sugar which adds a sweetness to the aroma.

T: Caramel and toffee with some toasted malt. It also has light fruits with a faint taste of biscuit near the end. It’s sweet but not to the point where it’s overpowering. You don’t taste any alcohol at all.

M: Light carbonation with a medium body. Very creamy in the mouth.

O: I enjoy most beers from Tree and this is no exception. I’m also not as familiar with this style but I really enjoyed drinking this one. This was the first time I saw this in the MLCC but I think I’ll probably pick up a couple more bottles before they’re all gone.

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Photo of beerandi
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle poured into a dimpled mug.

Appearance - Dark ruby but still nice and clear. Pretty small maple coloured head that diminished fairly quickly. A number of people list good lacing, but it just didn't happen in this mug. Very little carbonation.

Aroma - Pleasant toffee/caramel/nutty notes underlined by a fruity sweetness. I couldn't detect much hops on the nose. A slight perfume/herby note though.

Mouthfeel - A very slick drink. Not quite oily, but very viscous. One step past creamy. Easy drinking.

Taste - A fairly sweet taste. I get a confection sweetness up front like bubble gum but a nice subtle undertone or raisan/fig sweetness with a little reduced brown sugar or caramel. Very nice. The flavor doesn't last super long and although it has a high alc% (8%) I didn't find the beer very acidic.

Overall - I didn't know what to expect and really liked this beer. The sweetness was upfront (I'm more of a bitter stout fan right now). However, I found the beer quite enjoyable and as a dark beer fan, this will serve as an excellent patio hot day beer for the upcoming summer.

Some people didn't love this beer and I won't say it is in my "love" category; but I really like it.


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Photo of chickenm
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber color with a thin tan head. Light aroma of sweet caramel. Flavour of caramel malt, brown sugar, maple, and nuts. Medium-bodied, good smooth mouthfeel. Not bad, the alcohol limits the drinkability a bit, but this is a decent doppelbock.

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Photo of bobsy
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich mahogany pour with a small tan head that soon dropped to a film, but left some good lace. Good bready nose (which is essential for me in this style), with a strong fruit and nut aroma. Some chocolate, a bit of booze and pepper. Spot on. Bready, raisiny flavour. Some nut, dark fruit, booze. Very solid, but not as good as the aroma. Medium body, with some dryness and warmth in the finish.

Nicely made. Not in the top tier, but a very drinkable Canadian effort.

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Photo of QuestionableScum
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into dimpled mug.

Beer is brown copper colour with beige head that dissipates fairly quickly, decent lacing though.

Smell- Bready, caramel malts and toffee. Also some roasted malts in the background

Taste- Bready caramel malts at first, with some alchohol and then some roasty nutty malts afterwards. Alchohol is present but not offputing. There is also a definite toffee note, along with the caramelly malt flavour. Maybe a little bit of hops, but hard to tell as it could be just the bitterness of the alchohol

Mouthfeel- Thin mouthfeel and a little bit flat. The mouthfeel is not bad, it is just not very good either. It does coat the mouth though, which is a plus.

Drinkability- Drinkability is quite good, although I imagine the maltiness and the abv of the beer could make it not the best session beer.

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Photo of IllNate
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear ruby red, excellent color. Loads of off white head.

S - Reminds me of starburst strawberry, quite surprising aroma. Caramel malt and a bit of nuttyness.

T - Very malty, lots of caramel and bready malt, bit of fruitiness, although not as distinguishable as in the aroma. A flushing alcohol affect follows, meaning it's well hidden.

M - Mouthful is good, but not outstanding.

D - Dangerously good.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice one, courtesy of my western neighbours. Pours dark brown with reddish hues and a lasting off-white head. Malty aromas, rcher than the taste. A very decent drinkable brown ale, not the best of the style but still worth having on this hot summer night.A tad better than average mouthfeel.

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Photo of Shadman
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent looking clear reddish brown. Tan head was too fizzy and gunshy to rate this higher on it's looks.

Aroma nice, but not overly pronounced. Might have more to do with the smell of oil based paint in my house than anything. Nice roasted malts with some nutty aftertones. Wiff of alcohol vapours.

Nutty toasted malts and a slight booziness come to mind right away. Kinda flat and watery for a few seconds. Hop bitterness follwed by a second wave of roasted nut malt. Finished slightly astringent due to the alcohol not being masked as well as it could.

Medium body with some nice slickness to the feel.

Servicable Dobblebock.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Alibi Room in Vancouver on 03 July. Served in an oversized snifter. Dark brownish red color. Only a thin head floated on the top of the glass. Smell was of dried cherries and a hint of smoke. Flavor was borderline excellent. Had a wonderful raisin flavor, with a boozy rum essence on the tongue, followed by a large wallop of malt on the aftertaste. Tasted better than any doppelbock I have had in a long time. Mouthfeel was thick but smooth. The drinkability was also very well made, as the 8% was not really noticeable behind the great flavors and the silky body. Probably the best beer I had the whole trip in WA and BC. I am glad that I was able to try this brewery. I also picked up a bomber of their DIPA for a friend because I want to spread the word about Tree Brewing.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pour a clear deep dark red, two fingers of soapy tanned head that retained very nicely and laced okay

S - sweet nutty malts, maybe a little spicy hops, and a caramel sweetness

T - malts mix of roasted, sweet, and nutty, the rich sweetness of toffee and caramel is there, with a mix of slightly bitterness (probably part hop and part 8% abv) and sweetness on finish

M - fairly smooth and carbonated, nothing mind blowing but nice

D - i haven't had many bock's, but this is drinkable beer. The 8% abv not so noticeable with the rich flavours which is always a plus. Very worthy offering.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle - perhaps a tad out of season, but hey, whatevs.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat soapy beige head, which leaves an irregular layered ring pattern of painted lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of lightly-roasted biscuity caramel malt, hard toffee, some vaguely sweet oily nuttiness, a bit of musty leafiness, muddled black fruit, and a soft alcohol edge. The taste is big on the biscuit and bready caramel malt, with a lesser adherence to some bitter hazelnut notes - a la the bottle label, I admit - more rock toffee, fading dark fruit, a spicy leafiness, and an enveloping, mildly edgy booziness.

The carbonation is moderate, just a lolling frothiness for the most part, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, generally smooth, and just a tad prickly (from hop or alcohol, it's just too hard to tell!). It finishes off-dry, the sweet boozy Toffifay essence almost (almost) offset by that still heady biscuit graininess.

A tasty and fairly drinkable doppelbock, one displaying a heck of a lot more specific attributes that make me conjure up ideas of an Imperial ESB, including the well-integrated and elevated ABV. Probably still more appropriate a few months ago, when the last of the niggling snow patches had yet to melt, but I'm happy to enjoy it just fine right now, everything being green and pungently summery.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice Dopplebock from Tree and another success for them in trying something new.

Typicaly doppelbock mahogany colouring, and a malty, somewhat spicy smell. I think I can pick-up a bit of gingerbread in there, and definitely toffee, raisins and yeast.

Sweet, malty taste with a bit of alcohol in it. Brown sugar, bread, and toffee. No hop profile.

Good drinking, the alcohol prominence does make this a bit of a slow drinking brew though.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I am used to tasting BC Dopplebocks and thinking that a year in the cellar would take off the slightly sweet boozy finish ( ie. Phillips Instigator. Hermannator and the now retired GI Xmas Dopplebock). This is by far the easiest drinking DB fresh out of the bottle as it has all the right tastes but toned down enough to make finishing a bomber scarily easy for one person. Aging this beer might actually smooth things out too far though the alcohol shows show in Captivator on the finish. All in all a nice addition to the Tree lineup which added to Double Hophead shows them to be pushing their linits.

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Photo of elricorico
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A little darker than medium brown, with a finger of beige head, which fell to a thin cap after a couple of minutes. Some visible carbonation, and the body is fairly clear.

Very caramel heavy aroma, sweet and pleasant. Not much more to say than that.

Sweet caramel is right up front again, however there seems to be more to the flavour than there was to the aroma. A toasted malt flavour dominates the back half of the tongue, then the finish has a bit of alcohol warmth.

Medium bodied with a fairly light carbonation. Has a way of filling up the mouth without feeling heavy. Pretty good.

This may be my favourite of the Tree seasonals I've had. Certainly worth trying out.

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Photo of pugdogbeer
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I loved the lower carbonation and smoothness of this big beer. Poured only a small head of foam but a lot of lacing down the side of the glass.

The taste was rich, buttery almost caramel. Very smooth going down with a very polite aftertaste that lingered.

Exceptionally drinkable and very enjoyable doppelbock.

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of this 650 ml bottle, this doppelbock pours a deep, deep copper red-brown with a creamy looking light tan head that reduces to a limited ring but leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is full of rich chocolate and dark fruit candied sugar and caramel.

Taste is predominantly fruity up front with lots of candied dark fruits and toffee coming through, the chocolate and roasted malt flavours feature more on the finish with a nice warming presence of alcohol as well. Really rich in flavour but, also, nicely balanced (ie. not too sweet). I do, also, get some nice marachino cherry flavours like Derek picked out below.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a good, not over the top, touch of carbonation and a creamy, spicy finish that goes down very smooth.

Drinkability-wise, this is tough to call because it is a big, rich beer that has an easily detectable alcohol presence. At the same time, it goes down so smooth and balanced that it is easier to drink than you would think. Overall, an awesome example of the style from Tree.

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Photo of lumikuuro
4.92/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

650ml bottle.

Appearance: Glorious clear mahogany with a thick but small beige head when poured aggressively, receding to a ring and leaving strips of lacing.

Aroma: Malty, gentle sweetness. Caramel, toffee, fudge. Some chocolate. Raisiny dark fruit and some hazelnut. Some aged cheese; this is exceptionally rewarding as it is reminiscent of the intensity of Bavarian dark lagers and dopplebocks.

Taste: Dark malts, gently vinous raisin, blended caramel/toffee/fudge, background chocolate, balanced hazelnut (more than in the aroma), hint aged cheese (less than in the aroma), soft spicy hop leading to a gentle bittersweet finish. Slight biscuit. Much less sweet than expected as Tree Brewing seem to have a problem keeping that in check, but this beer is beautifully balanced, and the 8% abv is very well hidden. Just a hint of it comes through. This beer is delicious.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick and oily as, say, Ayinger Celebrator; but fairly full bodied and chewy while infusing a Pacific northwest crispness to the finish. It only gets a 4.5 because it lacks the extreme full body of Ayinger.

Drinkability: This is a remarkable representation of the style, as close as you're going to get to it outside of Bavaria. An absolute gem from a very hit and miss brewery. I will be having this one again.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep caramel with amber & ruby highlights, light tan head, some retention & lace.

S: Fruit bread with a light spicing, nuts, caramel & sherry... great aroma.

T: Fruit bread, spice, marachino cherries, nut, pumpernickel rye bread, light cherry, modest bitterness, hint of alcohol warmth.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body is smooth.

D: A good drinker with a light alcohol warmth.

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Captivator Doppelbock from Tree Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.