Lunator - Grebbestad Bryggeri
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3.18/5 rDev -13.1%
.33 cl bottle served into a Westvleteren goblet in Stockholm, Sweden. Reviewed live. Acquired at the local Swedish alcohol market at monopolistic prices.
A: Half finger head with appealing slight cream lacing, decent thickness, and abysmal retention (less than fifteen seconds). Colour is a light amber, semitransparent.
Sm: Amber hops, heavy raspberry and strawberry fruit ester hops, butterscotch, and cream. Quite pleasant and unexpected for the style. Moderate strength aroma.
T: Very pleasant fruit is actually the main tone, with strawberry and raspberry fruit ester hops abound over top an unfortunately weak barley foundation which can't quite support the hops. A slight watery note is generated as a result. No alcohol comes through. Some caramelized malt makes its entrance somewhere after the midpoint but leaves before the climax. The amber hops are craftily restrained to let the esters shine - a decision I like. It's imbalanced but overall pretty decently built for the style. Maybe best describes as a partially failed experiment.
Mf: Too smooth and wet. Watery even, but not creamy. The water is ruinous. It doesn't support the flavour of the beer at all.
Dr: Very drinkable for the ABV - which you don't notice, but suffering from imbalance mainly due to its unwelcome watery tone. That said, the flavours that are present are quite delightful. I'd love to try this beer after they sort the balance out.
07-14-2011 12:07:51 | More by kojevergas
2.1/5 rDev -42.6%
A: Amber with brown tones. Clear liquid. The foam is thick, leaving some lacing. A slight haze.
S: Quite malty, some pumpernickel, also some hoppy tones. Slightly burned.
T: Hard swedish bread, strangely burned. Bitterness without any hop aroma. Some tones of whisky. Rather alcoholic and with a most unpleasant taste of soap. Quite dry.
M: The whisky alcohol taste and the soap makes it hard to drink. The liquid is thin with small bubbles.
O: This bottle must be faulty. Otherwise I don't understand the hype.
07-02-2011 12:09:53 | More by cobrarax
3.55/5 rDev -3%
It pours almost ruby red, with an orange tint. The head is nice, off-white, and stays for ages.
Smell is malty, with hints of orange marmalade and maybe a plum or two. Some vegetable notes too.
Taste is malty for sure. Butterscotch comes too mind. Some earthy flavors. Esters are restrained but very nice, I get hints of dried fruits of every variety. And then the marmalade again.
A strong body that is not ashamed to be a doppelbock. Low carbonation that feels just right.
Good body and nice malty and fruity flavors but it doesn't push the envelope as a doppelbock is supposed to.
06-11-2011 17:06:32 | More by Rapax
4.08/5 rDev +11.5%
A clear deep amber with brown tones, a tan head that settles rather quickly, leaves some lacing.
Sweet tones of brown sugar, brown bread, dried fruits, raisins and figs, some sour notes - old apples, bitter oranges. A reminiscent of yeast.
Intensely sweet, sugar, plums, dark sweet bread, some spicy notes, nutmeg, cumin, cured grape-fruit zest.
Low carbonation, a big body, smooth - almost sticky texture, a modest dry finish.
Very sweet, but with good stamina, salt and spicy food is a good complement.
05-05-2011 16:00:56 | More by rarbring
4.28/5 rDev +16.9%
A: The colour is of burgundy with a small thick white head.
S: Sweet malt with dark dried fruits. A hint of red wine in it ass well.
T: Sweet malt that gives a nice taste of dark dried fruits. Bitter hops and some floral ones as well. Ripe cherries are also in this well-balanced doppelbock.
M: The body is full and the carbonation is medium. A really long aftertaste with a very nice balance between sweetness and bitterness.
D: A really nice doppelbock. I'm gonna buy 10-15 of them next time they're available (for cellaring).
12-30-2009 13:00:29 | More by Evil_Pidde
4.3/5 rDev +17.5%
Pours a red amber with a not too impressing head, foams up nicely after a swirl though.
Smells great of dark fruits, figs, raisins and some roasted malts and bread, almost a bit of the same kind of smell you'd get from a cellared english barley wine, great .
Taste is great with initial malty sweetness hitting your palate in a deceivingly light way, and it gives way to buttery ripe dark fruits backed u p by a slight hint of roasted malts, a bit of a watery finish though, lacking some bitterness in my opinion.
Mouthfeel is great with a light carbonation consisiting of small non- pungent bubbles, yummy!
12-12-2009 18:03:04 | More by dqrull
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
Thanks to baggio for this bottle.
33cl bottle poured into a weizen glass.
A = Clear caramel color pours with a yellowish two finger head which dissipates medium quickly into a thin layer of foam over entire surface.
S = Loads of caramel, toffee, fresh wheat grain, slight sour yeast smell, figs, brown sugar, even a little bit of stilton cheese in there.
T = Lots of caramel, good balancing bitterness, lots going on in this beer, raisins, I get some sharp wild flavors too but mostly only hints of them, blue cheeses and such while all the while a strong caramel and toffee flavor predominates. Pretty decent and unlike any other doppelbock I've had.
M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating, enough carbonation to tickle the tongue but not overly intrusive past that.
D = This is a good beer but it does get just a little cloying after about half the bottle.
02-15-2009 19:25:29 | More by Traquairlover
4.1/5 rDev +12%
Another bock beer, this time from Bohuslän, Sweden, thats the westcoast, near Gothenburg.
Smell: sweet and malty - dried fruits, butter, almonds, sugar. Very nice.
Taste: round, soft and sweet, lots of malty notes, dark toffee, almonds, red berries, dried fruits, some chocolate notes, plus some notes of meat and soya. Alcohol is nicely integrated. Great taste.
Overall: excellent bock, malty and rich.
12-31-2008 02:21:42 | More by simonjohansson
4.03/5 rDev +10.1%
2007 vintage, bottled.
A: Ruby red with a small head.
S: Figs, Port wine, Raisin, Malt.
T: Malts, Caramel, Raisin, Dark fruit (hello apricot!)
M: Very sweet and quite thick. The carbonation makes the liquid stik to the tongue.
This is exactly how i want a good doppelbock to taste. Very sweet and well crafted brew from Grebbestad! Recommended!
10-19-2008 07:16:15 | More by baggio
4.25/5 rDev +16.1%
Grebbestad is a nice Swedish brewery on the west coast of Sweden. I like both this one and their Maibock. Bought five bottles at systembolaget, and I do not regret it!
Pours a deep red color with a nice big beigish head, though it after a while decreases to a nice foam ring in the glass.
Smells nicely of malts, sweetness and a slight tone of dried druits, good!
Tastes even better with lots of caramellish tones, dark bread, raisins and a nice sweetness, complex beer!
09-03-2008 16:52:01 | More by Bananaman
4.33/5 rDev +18.3%
Pours a deep wine red color with a nice white foam. It slowy dies after a while, leaving some nice lacing on the glass.
The smell got some nice notes of strong wine, sweet malt and toffee. Maybe some dried fruits/raisins there too.
Taste is mostly malty, sweet, hints of toffee, some dried fruits, some soy sauce. Alcohol is slightly noticable. Warming.
Mouthfeel is pretty average, not as full as I hoped for but still pretty decent. A bit thin. Update: I tried it again and the mouthfeel was a bit better. Nice.
Drinkability is quite high. Goes down pretty easy, despite the 7,9%.
New rating: Bottle, 2008 vintage, purchased at Systembolaget Karlstad in September 2008.
Pours a deep ruby red color with a small, dying head. Amazing color anyway.
Aroma is vinous; notes of port wine, dried fruits, toffee, liquorice, slightly nutty. Damn good aroma imho, very appetizing!
Flavour is sweet, malty and vinous; dried fruits, toffee, port wine & (sweet) liquorice. Palate is filling, fullbodied, smooth, a bit oily even. Carbonation is soft.
Overall a very nice sipper. I gave this 4.0 in September but this is even better than that! An amazing doppelbock, and overall one of the best Swedes all categories!
09-01-2008 18:06:26 | More by Ljunkan
2.8/5 rDev -23.5%
Bottle, Stockholm, Sweden. A bungundy colored beer with a full head of good density. Looks great, but does not appear to be bottle conditioned. Sparse aromas show some malt (husk, grain, caramel) and perhaps a touch of honey fruit and herbaceous hops. Flavor is malty sweet, with some hints of caramel and toffee. An ok beer, but lacking malt depth and body.
06-11-2008 14:59:54 | More by Crosling
4.43/5 rDev +21%
This beer is brewed on the first full moon of the year. It is brewed slowly during the spring and then matured until late autumn.
The colour is deep wine red with a hint of brown. The two finger head is off white, it sinks to an uneven thick lid, leaving lots of fine lacing.
The smell is fruity with lots of matured notes of strong red wine, raisins, marzipan, plums and peaches.
The taste is fruity and matured with lots of raisins, plums, apricots, butterscotch and wooden notes. The taste is very balanced and rich in flavours. The aftertaste is fruity with some sweet notes and a mild growing bitterness.
The carbonation is mild to medium. The small bubbles keep the smooth and creamy liquid a fresh experience.
Overall, I found this beer luxurious and very well crafted. Among beer enthusiasts in the Swedish West Coast, it is respected and honoured. It is not hard to se why
11-18-2007 19:08:41 | More by bark
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
First thing's first: it's November 2007 and this beer has just come out of retirement! That's good news for all Doppelbock fans in Sweden.
I also feel the need to howl a shout out to Bohuslaen, the province where this beer is brewed. The label tells the tale of how the brewer Robert Bush mixes his goodies during the first full moon of the year so that it's ready to be tapped for spring - or in this case, winter...it was just released - consumption.
A: A beautiful pour with a huge, thick tan head. It glistens like a ruby when held up to the light, and later on shades of brown shine through. Plenty of lacing 30 minutes in.
S: The least appealing part I'm afraid. It's just too sweet and smells like raspberry with a hint of caramel. Not what I expect from a doppelbock.
T: Now we're talking. Hello doppelbock. Just a tad sweeter than, say, a Salvator. It is malty and bready but in a discrete way. A touch of hoppiness (Perle, Hersbruck and Mittelfruh) offsets this making it quite the balanced beer.
M: Oily and wonderful. But halfway through the bottle it seems a little watery, simply less filling.
Drinkability: One of these will usually do ya. And so it is in this case. But there's no mistaking that this is a very solid doppelbock. Kudos to the brewmaster and his crew! Go Grebbestad!
11-02-2007 17:56:43 | More by johnnieoz
United Kingdom (England)
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
Quite nice. Amberish colour with perhaps a tinge of red. Sweetish at the start, but to my surprise it ended up having a dry, salty and bitter finish. Very nice indeed. Quite smooth, and easy enough to enjoy, while having a nicely complex malty character. Tatsed very authentic.
03-26-2003 03:39:37 | More by rastaman
Lunator from Grebbestad Bryggeri
83 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.