Andygator - Abita Brewing Co.
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3.4/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
22 oz. courtesy of the very-generous beerbuddha. Thanks Jeremy! Into a mason jar it goes.
Pours a light honey-lemon color - not a whole lot of carbonation is visible...just a little bit. I hate to say it...maybe it's the jar but...it resembles a specimen...
Quite light on the nose vs. what I'd expect from the style. Mostly a Saaz presence (a little stewy silage here). First lager I've had in quite a while so I may be out of practice. Decent lager character but there's no single element that stands out at the moment...expecting a little more from the malt profile - a bit of sweetness and stewiness is desired.
There is some sweetness than makes it to the palate that we're looking for. Not a huge amount but it's combined with the nice oily viscoity we want. Generally it's mild...more Saaz silage shows up with the stewy spent grain. More "helles" than "doppelbock" for what it's worth. Not a huge bite of alcohol - where'd they hide it?
Feels heavy on the palate as you would expect a doppelbock to feel. The bitter Saaz silage and that stewy malt aren't rowing in the same boat so it all gets a little muddled on the finish.
As mentioned, to me it's more of a "helles" than a "dopplebock." Interesting effort and I am grateful for the opportunity to try the Abita special release series. This one is slightly messy...definitely drinkable but a tweener in terms of style. I am impressed with their hiding of the 8% ABV...defintely!
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2009 12:29:07 | More by IBUnit63
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