Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche - Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
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3.78/5 rDev -6.4%
Pours a reddish colour, head is sparse and bubbly. Beige colour, thin lace, not much head. Looks pretty meh.
Wooo-o-o-ah. Bacon. So smokey. So meaty. Almost smells like pepperoni. Huge peaty character with a lot of peppery spice, sour green pepper and even garlic notes. Woah. Such a complex smokey, meaty aroma. Love it.
Taste starts off sweeter, then gets more smokey, but there's also a subdued, background character like it's all smothered by something else. Maybe a bit too sweet - there's notes of bacon, black pudding and charry wood, but there's a veil of brown sugar and malt over the top as well, which sort of muffles the smoke without adding too much. Feel like it should just tone down the sweetness a bit. The smoke complexities should own this more.
Fairly fluid, to the point of being watery. Bit of spicy texture. Not bad.
Had so much promise on the nose; lots of character but it just feels muffled. Still a fascinating palate, I have to give kudos for the complexity.
08-04-2014 07:07:36 | More by laituegonflable
4.23/5 rDev +4.7%
Brauerei Heller-Trum have really gone out of their way to make Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock, brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot or "German Beer Purity Law" with 100% oak smoke and matured in vats deep underground during weihnachtszeit or the yuletide season, perfect. Now I will judge it. Taste buds have been activated and are set for launch.
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.
A: Friendly yeast particles float around in this cloudy copper bodied brew with a minimal cream lace ring on top.
S: Not nearly as smoky as their Urbock, with notes of oak-charred vanilla, sweet caramel, plum, bread yeast and all-spice. It certainly hits that Christmas spot [you know that spot on your body between the elbow and the... argh, forget it].
T: Smooth, so smooth, makes that Urbock seem like a brash young whipper-snapper! The profile is as expected vanilla, sweet caramel, plum, bread yeast and all-spice. There is a mellowness to the smoke that belies the ABV and makes you sit back and ponder things like doing your tax return with each sip. Then you slip back into reality and realise that you hate doing your tax returns, then you take another sip... ahhh, tax returns. It is a subtle mistress this Doppelbock.
M: Here is where it under-performs its Urbock cousin/brother/sister/relative-in-law; medium bodied with a watery light carbonation (lacking in body).
D: Craftier than its Urbock sibling with a tastier, less aggressive smoke and hardly a hint of booze, this is one Brauerei Heller-Trum Aecht Schlenkerla brew that really slides under the radar and would make you blind without you knowing it if you should be foolish enough to drink more than a few. Ultimately though I have really gravitated more towards more fulsome brews and the Urbock, despite being lighter in ABV and bolder in smoke, wins my affections.
Food match: Triamisu [if you haven't figured this out by now I am totally making this shit up].
07-23-2014 12:52:35 | More by doktorhops
3.91/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours a slightly hazy copper with a foamy cream head that dissipates fairly quickly to almost nothing.
Smoke and meaty goodness comes to the forefront of the aroma. There's a slightly sweet underlying malt character that accompanies the phenolic smoke.
Flavor reveals a sweet melanoidin and toasted malt backbone, which is nicely contrasted by the smoke that kicks in most palate. The finish is lightly dry and floral. Herbal hop notes lend a tea-like impression.
Body is moderate, with carbonation on the lower side. Alcohol warmth is subtle.
Smoke is far more prevalent in the aroma than the flavor, which is actually fairly balanced. Would be a little sweet for a doppelbock, but the smoky notes prevent that from being noticed.
07-19-2014 23:52:21 | More by barczar
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche from Brauerei Heller-Trum / Schlenkerla
90 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.