Blonde Doppelbock - Capital Brewery
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3.65/5 rDev -5.4%
12 oz. bottle poured into a wine glass.
Appearance-Burnished gold/honey amber color with moderately high clarity. Short cream colored head has decent retention and shows some lacing.
Aroma-Sweet grainy malt aroma with notes of white bread and honey. Moderate pear and cherry fruity esters. Slight toasted sourdough crusts. Low green, herbal hops appear briefly in the background. There's a perfumy alcohol note in there as well.
Flavor-Sweet caramel toffee up front with light pear fruitiness. The midpalate brings floral honey notes before closing with white sourdough and dry, warming alcohol. Finishes with moderately low hop bitterness, a touch of woody hop flavor and a good helping of alcohol.
Mouthfeel-Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Thick and yet somewhat smooth on the palate before moderate alcohol warmth kicks in in the back of your mouth.
Not bad, but it doesn't blow me away either. Somewhat reminiscent of a Belgian Blonde with a little less yeast character. I would expect what is basically a hellesbock to have a bit more hop flavor to it, and perhaps a bit higher bitterness. The aroma is quite pleasant, but the flavor dissipates quickly on the palate, and the alcohol in the finish is maybe a tad harsh. Pretty drinkable, but not my favorite for the style.
12-26-2011 07:58:46 | More by plfahey
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
(2010 bottle in May 2013 -> this has been aged too long. Aroma is mostly flat and malty, taste is similar.)
Tipping the bottle I produce a >2cm head, dirty white in color, of small bubbles. This fades, over a minute or so, to a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is fairly minimal, a few splotches here and there. Beer is a cloudy golden copper in color, "blonde" for a doppelbock as they say, faint carbonation visible.
Aroma strongly of vanilla blended with classic doppelbock scents of heavy, malt and caramel sweetness. Ethanol detectable, but it's sweet to the point of being like dried figs pickled in it. This is a rich cascade of smells, quite excellent.
Taste opens with malty vanilla-essence, a touch of apple cider to it. This flares into doppelbock malt sweetness, slightly toasted, with some caramel notes. Alcohol is too noticeable in the back half of the taste for a doppelbock with an ABV of 7.8%. This needs to be tamped down a bit. Aftertaste of heavy, syrupy malt sweetness and lingering ethanol.
Medium to medium-heavy bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to make this slightly foam on the palate, producing taste and aroma. Finish is semi-dry, and slightly sticky from the malt.
This is another quality, interesting doppelbock from Capital. While needing a reduction in alcohol to showcase the full extent of its qualities, it is still quite enjoyable. Enjoyable to consume now, and hopefully in a future where the ABV is knocked down a notch.
11-05-2011 05:01:14 | More by falloutsnow
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle
A - Coppery dark honey in color, very slight head, minimal glass lacing
S - Malty carmel, toffee, alnost figgy sweetness.
T - Toasty carmel and toffee with some slight bitterness on the finish
M - Medium bodied, slight carbonation and sweetness.
D - Interesting taste profile, not a bad brew
09-16-2011 23:44:22 | More by stercomm
4.13/5 rDev +7%
A - Pours with one finger of whit foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head settles at an average pace and leaves average lace.
S - Sweet malt with a hint of darker toffee and nutty caramel. Some spicy hops in the background as well.
T - Thick, bready malt up front with some fruity caramel. More rich malt in the middle with more toffee and toasted character. The beer finishes with moderate bitterness and a hint of herbal hop flavor that is balanced by the thick, sweet malt.
M - A thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.
D - A pretty nice dopple bock. It kind of straddles the line between a dark bock and a helles bock with a brown color that adds some nutty complexity to the malt profile and a light enough malt character that the hops can shine through a bit. Well done.
08-20-2011 05:55:20 | More by nickfl
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
Looks golden apricot-colored, semi opaque, nice head that falls apart quickly, no lacing, low carbonation in my bottle, but nice thick heavy body that supports the dense flavors quite nicely.
The nose is quite boozey in character, vaguely whisky-like at times, perhaps almost too boozey. Rampant odors of dark fruit esters almost smother the sweet malt odor, which would be just fine if this were a Belgian Ale, but it is not. This brew could stand to have the alcohol trimmed down a bit in order to better show off the malt characters.
Taste is where the malt is at. Sweet delicious malts, an interesting spectrum of grainy goodness, the flavor profile of an excellent doppelbock somewhat hampered by being overly hot with ABV around the edges. The mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant, however.
08-03-2011 21:42:13 | More by WastingFreetime
4.22/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours a dark, golden amber bordering on orange. Good head develops but drops fairly quickly. No lace and just a faint island remain after 5 minutes.
Smell is malty, of course, with a dark fruit/candied orange note that is very unexpected and very nice. Whiskey note fainter with just a touch of Oak and vanilla.
Taste is all of that. The malt and candied orange notes present first and strongest with whiskey and the vanilla and oak following.
Balance is good throughout. Nicely warming at 7.8%. Full-bodied and lightly effervescent. Somewhat clingy, almost cloying after the swallow though with a coating on the tongue and palate. Aftertaste is very nice and mellows well. Glad I bought the 4-pack and not just a single.
07-20-2011 00:35:52 | More by PorterLambic
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
This one pours a fairly clear orange-red color with two fingers of head that goes down fairly quickly, but a bit of head lasts for quite some time. Aroma is grainy, malty, citrusy, and a bit alcoholic. The taste here is quite interesting, the main thing I get on the tongue is booze, but it's not overbearing. It's actually tempered well with some green apple, grains, lemons, and caramel malts. But, yeah, it's a boozy brew. The mouthfeel is fairly full and decently carbonated, and the drinkability is pretty good, considering the booziness. This brew almost reminds me of a barleywine since the alcohol is just so forward. Either way, it's a solid beer.
07-01-2011 05:02:00 | More by shand
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
Poured from from a 12oz bottle to a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Thanks to Chris C. for this brew.
Transparent golden amber, had about an inch of white head that receded pretty fast. Pretty visible carbonation.
Has a nice aroma of malt, light hop and maybe some green apple?
Taste is alittle sour, like lemon leaf or green apple, also has some malty notes In the body and some hops in the finish. Also abit of yeast.
Feel is pretty smooth with a medium body and a slight hoppy finish.
Overall not to bad I love a good dopplebock, I've never seen a blonde one before so I was happy to try it.
06-26-2011 05:05:11 | More by hdelavega
3.45/5 rDev -10.6%
A - Pours a translucent caramel-copper hue and is capped with a rather short-lived head. I am not sure what to think about the blonde-ness of it; safe to say I prefer my doppelbocks on the dark murky side.
S - The nose starts out really nice, with notes of toffee, caramel, toasted nuts, and raisins. It devolves from there to exhibit an unfortunate husky character.
T - The taste is lightly sweet, toasty and grainy. Notes of dried golden fruit and honey are apparent as well. It is a pretty nice take on the style, but a little light on depth or complexity.
M - Creamy and just above medium-bodied.
O - Not great, but far enough above average to revisit in the future.
06-15-2011 04:17:19 | More by ktrillionaire
4.13/5 rDev +7%
February 2010 bottle
A- Pours an amber/light red into a pilsner glass. Half inch white head. Effervescence looks great. Good lacing and head retention.
S- Smells of a boozy pilsner, what?
T- Very malty. Thick robust bread character. Slight green appley booze. Tasty!
M- Creamy/somewhat syrupy, medium to heavy mouthfeel.
D/O- Quite refreshing even for a higher ABV beer. A four pack of this in the summer would be great for wasting away an afternoon outside. Capital knows doppelbocks, period.
05-28-2011 01:48:13 | More by Duff27
3.55/5 rDev -8%
Decent and interesting and bang on the style. Some funk in aroma, wheaty, yeasty. The taste is sassy blonde. Above average mouthfeel.
Bottle gifted from the brewmaster and from the owner in Tampa meetup.Told this bottle ages for eight years or more, but it was hot out and the bottle cold. Drinkability was OK.
05-16-2011 22:12:54 | More by Sammy
Blonde Doppelbock from Capital Brewery
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