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Captivator Doppelbock - Tree Brewing

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86
very good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tree Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Captivator has a sweet aroma, with hints of toffee, light caramel and hazelnut. A deep brown reddish hue with a clean smooth finish.

(Beer added by: bobsy on 03-29-2010)
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Given the deep russet tone and some very flashy, becoming highlights, Captivator Doppelbock can definitely be said to be photogenic. This despite that, due to the dark tone, it's only halfway clear and can appear almost murky at off angles. This also despite that its head is so thin as to appear only as mist and its lacing lasts only temporarily.

The brewer tells us to look out for "hints of toffee, light caramel and hazelnut" in the aroma, but what sticks out to my nose is an assortment of dried fruits. There's also an overwhelming impression of freshly-grated cinnamon.It smells like a Christmas cake. It's instantly enticing and made even more lively by a rash of spicy alcohol vapors.

It took only a sip or two to conclude that this beer is missing something, and that that 'something' is definitely mouthfeel. It is paper-thin and laminated in a harsh, solvent-y, somewhat burning alcohol spice. There is no impression of attenuation - as if the grain refused to part with its flavor - as it displays little caramelization and no melanoidins.

The beer, despite lacking a toasty, rich full-bodied flavor, still manages a taste that is packed with roasted nuts (brazil nuts, pecan) as well as interweaving notes of dried cherries, dates, and golden raisin. There is also the aforementioned hints of toffee and caramel, although they are thin and lack the usual accompaniment of rich, toasty malts.

Captivator is a good recipe that's only been partially executed; the brewer at Tree has proven himself capable enough, but I think he needs to work on his lagering and decoction mashing. The amount of malt tasted versus alcohol - it's like trying to put out a fire with a squirt gun. With a few changes, this could be on par with the other excellent Tree offerings. Until then, I have no interest in acquiring another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 19:50:16 | More by biegaman
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-27-2012 03:00:24 | More by ThinkAgain
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep red with a shortlived tan head that's compact but long lasting. Not much, if any lace sticks to the glass. The aroma is of plums, molasses and christmas cake. Malts are king in the taste. Stewed fruit and caramel soaked bread mix with a hot dark rum character. The mouthfeel is slightly viscous, rather full bodied, whil also low in carbonation for a lager. The finish is sweet and pretty boozy.

This is good Doppebock. Expansive malts, a showcase. the ABV isnt that well hidden though. Still worth a try, especially for Bock lovers.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 04:41:22 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle
8.0% ABV

This is part of the Tree Brewing feature at the LCBO for May 2012. I tried this beer after purchasing from the King and Spadina lCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent dark brown colour with a this white head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruits, bread and yeast. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mild carbonation, and a dryness feeling. Flavour is sweet malt, some caramel and grainy notes. Not much in the way of bitterness until the very end.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 01:41:19 | More by cyrenaica
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint. Date on bottle is 10/09/12

A- Crystal clear burnt brown pour with a finger width light beige head. Lacing is minimal.

S- Nice sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar and vanilla. Digestive cookies and a wonderful butter tart aroma.

T- Caramel, toffee, brown sugar, butter tarts, dark stone fruits and a little bit of burnt coffee and toast.

M- Lighter side of medium bodied, sticky on the lips and slightly chewey.

O- A good Doppelbock is hard to find (especially brewed in Canada) and this one is up there with the greats.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 23:04:58 | More by korguy123
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pinkish brown. Very light for brown, dark for red. Smallish white head.

Smell consists of bready malt, a bit of cherry, raisin, caramel and a "clean" smell that I associate with lagers.

Taste is similar to the body. Bread, cherry, raisin and caramel. A bit of hazelnut.

Surprisingly light bodied for 8%- feels a bit insubstantial. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, pretty average doppelbock IMO. Not one of my favourite styles to begin with but this one doesn't do it for me. Fine but not something I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 02:15:13 | More by jrenihan
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650mL bomber from the LCBO as part of Tree's spring release.
Love the bottle design - the monks in the label turn a shimmering gold when held to the light. Simple, but effective.

Poured into my standard dimpled bock pint glass. Caramel-ruby in colour, somewhat hazy, head is short-lived but leaves a thin ring.

Nose is classic doppel bock: strong malt presence, dark bread, caramel, raisin, chocolate. Very nice.

Tastes like a doppel should - rich, hearty, nice fruit character, good blast of caramel and chocolate. Despite the four days of high humidity, this brew is going down pretty well. Medium-thick bodied, carbonation is a bit hot, so I'll be cellaring one for next winter.

Good doppel - well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 20:40:55 | More by JohnnyBarman
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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruby red/mahogany colour, one finger of tan head and basically nothing in the way of lacing as well. Smell is malty with lots of dark bread, darker fruits, raisin, a little bit of roast, chocolate and caramel, some meaty points with a noticeable sweetness. Taste is malty and slightly sweet, caramel and toffee flavours, dark bread, fruity with chocolate in the finish as well as some nutty flavours. Pretty good mouthfeel, light carbonation, medium body. Nice doppelbock, flavourful and enjoyable, finished the bomber with ease and something I would gladly revisit.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 16:27:02 | More by peensteen
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tree Brewings "Captivator" @ 8.0% , the 2012 edition served cold from a 650 ml bottle into a stein
A-poured beer bottle brown with a reddish hue , small off white head that quickly dissipates and very minimal lacing
S-sweet caramel , brown sugar, molasses and some nuttyness
T-a fruity raisin/fig sweetness up front , hints of sweet caramel and hazelnut followed by toasted malt , nicely balanced
MF-medium body , smooth , light carbonation , warm feeling as more is consumed
Ov-a slow drinking beer , a warm booze feeling , pleasant , I will cellar this beer and visit this doppelbock again

Cheers LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 06:40:35 | More by LampertLand
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 22:34:22 | More by DaftCaskBC
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 03:52:36 | More by leaddog
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:37:09 | More by Rutager
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schopenhauerale

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-19-2012 06:49:43 | More by schopenhauerale
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WoodersonMB

Manitoba (Canada)

2/5  rDev -47.6%

12-23-2011 22:54:33 | More by WoodersonMB
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 02:39:15 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 04:29:48 | More by BasementBer
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.83/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:24:46 | More by kjyost
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spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 23:39:35 | More by spree92
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 23:10:35 | More by marty21
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beerandi

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 23:59:48 | More by beerandi
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 00:27:45 | More by chickenm
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 01:15:02 | More by bobsy
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QuestionableScum

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 02:47:31 | More by QuestionableScum
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IllNate

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 16:07:09 | More by IllNate
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 03:42:37 | More by Sammy
Captivator Doppelbock from Tree Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.