Seeyoulator Doppelbock - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.63/5 rDev +17.8%
Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice dark orange amber, with abundant carbonation and a fast fading orange head leaving lacing. The carbonation is fun to watch, but does not stay aggressive in the glass. Nice malt, fruit aroma with a hint of cedar. Very pleasant dark and light fruits, sweet malt and caramel up front, malty middle and an odd hoppy and bitter finish that was pleasant, probably from the cedar. I like this a lot. This was one of my favorite Doppelbocks; I see that it is listed as retired here and is not listed on the Boulevard website. I'm very disappointed and wish I could have stashed some of these away.
08-03-2012 20:55:46 | More by LiquidAmber
4.6/5 rDev +17%
Batch Number 2010-1
Pours a dark brown with a 1/2 pillow of foam that just stays. The aroma is just amazing. The cedar shines and mixes well with the sweet malts and toffee. I don't want to stop smelling this. The first sip is world class. The taste follows the nose almost exactly except with a bit more sweetness but it doesn't overpower. The wood flavor sings a melodic symphony with the various sweet flavors each contributing just a little (banana, toffee, malts, brown sugar).
This might be the smoothest beer I have ever had. The carbonation level is perfect to give a silk like mouth feel. The finish to me is like the 5 min mark after finishing a piece of hard candy with just a bit of dryness. I was very glad to find this on the shelf and it was even better than expected. Sad part, only 1 bottle left. Very good.
01-30-2012 00:39:26 | More by lonestar4lunch
4.58/5 rDev +16.5%
750ml brown bottle with a freshness code on the label.
Sudsy patchy off white lace, tawny and clear. Spicy cedar lightly blankets the malt nose, bready and spicy. Massive crispness give a deep smoothness to the thick medium bodied brew. Full malt jacket covers the palate with a beautiful cedar tamed overtone. Mild hopping works out great, cedar takes care of the rest. Toasted bread, hint of grape-skin and a clean measure of dried grass shows a glimpse of a big complexity that shows more layers at the beer warms up a bit. Semi-dry with a spicy finish.
Fall in love at first sip and it gets better after that ... a dreamy beer. Seriously, this is an epic extreme beer. While this started off as a Doppelbock it is hard to really judge it as one solely once it touched the cedar.
05-05-2010 01:21:28 | More by Jason
4.58/5 rDev +16.5%
n8dietz totally earned his '09 DL for this haul.
Aged on cedar.
The color is a somewhat transluscent copper and medium ruby mix. A thick tan head holds at two fingers for about five minutes, then disappears. Very visible carbonation.
A fruity caramel malt bread hits the nose at first. Then a woody cherry and plum vie for position. This is a great smelling doppelbock.
The taste starts dry and heavily toasted malt sweet. Caramel and fresh bread crusts come to mind. Sweet black cherries and other dark skinned fruits play around with some very faint earthy, but undeniably woody flavors. This is a unique tasting doppelbock. PLus a syrupy carbonated texture with just a slight warm finish complete this beers profile.
Maybe aging with cedar will start to catch on. I certainly hope so.
07-02-2010 06:13:31 | More by scruffwhor
4.55/5 rDev +15.8%
Batch 1-2009. Corked and caged bottle.
Pours into a tulip a deep copper/red with 3 fingers of off-white head that recedes to a thin cap after a few minutes. Moderate-heavy carbonation is visible.
The aroma consists of bready, toasty, and caramel malts, and a pleasing spicy woodiness from the cedar aging. The bottle says "bottle conditioned lager" but a faint banana ester suggests that there is a Bavarian weizen yeast influence in this beer...very intriguing.
The base of the flavor is toasty Munich-type malts and sweet caramel malts. A clean and distinct cedar spiciness is evident throughout. The alcohol presence is only faintly detectable.
This beer finishes only slightly sweet, unlike many higher ABV doppelbocks, which tend to finish very sweet and although this may be a little out of style, it really lends to the drinkability.
I have to say, this beer was pleasantly surprising. I was expecting it to be the muddle of flavors that these somewhat experimental beers tend to be, and it certainly doesn't resemble a traditional doppelbock; however what it is is an extremely smooth, complex, and original beer that pushes into new beer territory and perfectly embodies the essence of autumn. A total success in my opinion.
09-30-2009 02:41:01 | More by bump8628
4.5/5 rDev +14.5%
dark amber, pretty little thing. bold alcohol aromas with some malt sweetness and a whiff of the forest from the trees. it is a little sweet and tastes very boozy, much higher than the 8.5%. while it brings the booziness, it doesn't come off "hot." it balances it with the sweet malt and a touch of hops that blend into the cedar.
now this was a thing of beauty. I didn't know what to expect from a cedar aged brew but I was blown away.
11-12-2010 00:25:25 | More by dragonWhale
4.48/5 rDev +14%
It pours a dark chestnut brown. It's very opaque with an inviting, rich look. The head is initially a finger thick and look nice on top of the much darker beer, but there's little retention and before long it's gone. After a quick swirl, slight lacing presents.
The smell is very welcoming. Very malty, caramelly, with some spices and a hint of smoke.
For the style, the taste is right up there. The caramel malts take top billing, but the spice, smoke and high alcohol are very worthy supporting members and make for a nice flavor profile.
A full-bodied beer with burst of sweet and complimentary hits of various spices and some char from the cedar. No real hop presence and little to no bitterness. The spice and smokey feel balance the malty sweetness and everything is cleaned up at the end with the heat from the alcohol.
I don't care much for lagers or German malt bombs, but this was a damned good beer. It's got a lagery taste and feel but everything is spot on with sharp edges like an ale. Good stuff, great flavor and the perfect amount of alcohol. Makes for a good night sipper.
11-04-2012 03:16:29 | More by RickS95
4.47/5 rDev +13.7%
Just finished off a bottle. Other than an issue with the cork - I have had this before with Boulevard big bottles, those corks are tight sometimes - this was a fantastic Doppelbock. Great reddish color, lighter head -probably due to the cedar, fantastic flavor with a brilliant finish. I could drink another one of these right now, but am planning on staying up for a couple hours so will abstain.
11-10-2010 06:00:40 | More by blakereik
4.45/5 rDev +13.2%
Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Extra special thanks to thehand for the trade!
Batch Number: 1-2009 7/10
A: Pours a cloudy and hazy reddish amber color. Covering this is a gorgeous looking, khaki-colored, three finger dallop of cream on top. Retention was awesome and the ropes and splotches of lace left behind were beautiful.
S: Toasty malt (caramel, toffee, and nuts) was in full effect along with spices, green apple, berries, a touch of alcohol, and cedar. As it came up to temp it started to smell like one of those cedar sashays (sp?) that you throw in your closet to keep it smelling good.
T: Much like above with more of a toasted malt and roasty nut flavor. Earthy and grassy hops, dried herbs, slightly tangy apples, vanilla, spices, cedar, and coconut. Did I mention I'm a sucker for cedar?
M: Surprisingly spicy and bitter, for the style. I expected greater sweetness but was rewarded with a refreshing peppery spiciness. Likely due to the cedar.
D: Man, do I dig the beers in the Smokestack Series! I don't usually drink doppelbocks, but after this I may have to work more of them into my rotation!
10-07-2009 00:41:23 | More by GbVDave
4.43/5 rDev +12.7%
Got this from sgsmfdoom/John as one of several bottles traded at the BA Sexual Chocolate release. It's been awhile since I've had a doppelbock, so I was really excited to try one that isn't available in NC.
Pours a beautiful dark amber, with a fluffy two-finger tan head and a latticework of sizzling bubbles that quickly dissipate from the sides of the DFH snifter. Wonderful aroma of overripe bananas, toffee, caramel, a touch of clove, and a hint of the cedar. Oh man, this is a really tasty brew...the banana, toffee, and spices blend into a not-too-sweet, creamy mouthfeel, with a pleasant spicy tingle on the finish, courtesy of the cloves and cedar. And the bananas and spice linger around just long enough to make you want to immediately have another sip!!
After having this, I wish I had another bottle to try later...I haven't had enough doppelbocks to accurately compare this one to the style, but this is one solid brew from the folks at Boulevard, and one that I'd try again in a heartbeat. Thanks again John for passing along this treat.
07-25-2011 00:58:24 | More by NCBeerFan
4.4/5 rDev +12%
Appearance: Pours a dark orange to a amber haze
Head: Big frosty tan head that lasts the life of the beer
Smell: Toasted malts with a hint of a nut and a small amount of heat
Taste: Big cedar right up front with a bit of a Carmel, hints of nuttiness and a very small hint of heat on the back, after the beer comes to room temp the heat pulls up more upfront
Weight: medium to heavy body with a medium carbonation
Finish: Little stickiness on the lips and caramel lingers with that nuttiness in the back
05-26-2011 05:08:28 | More by Snow81
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
Sampled on 11-26-10
Best before May 2011
Pours a cloudy blood red color, with an enormous off white head that lasts forever. Lacing is huge, and sticks everywhere on the glass.
Smell is sweet malt, very smoky and deep. The hops are there, balancing the malt with a pleasant bitterness.
Taste is very different. The cedar adds a distinct woody character that very different than oak. Vanilla dominates, followed by a smoky character and tons of malt sweetness. Super complex, very unique, and extremely well made.
Mouthfeel is good, super thick and sticky to go with the malty and woody flavors.
Drinkability is good, but the thickness and sweetness are on the heavy side.
Overall, an awesome beer and one of the best doppels I've had.
11-27-2010 02:35:14 | More by BMoney575
4.38/5 rDev +11.5%
A- A slightly hazy, deep ruby red beer with a thin and creamy light brown head that leaves nice lacing. Pretty good looking for the style.
S- Caramel, smoke, fruit, and a bit of cedar. All of the aromas are right up front, but are very nice.
T- Holy shit. First it is light fruit and caramel, then cedar, then smoke, then butterscotch. Very different and complex and opens up more than any beer I have ever encountered. There are many aspects in the flavors that I did not pick up on in the aroma.
M- A nice carbonated creaminess with a touch of lasting dryness.
D- A bit warm from the alcohol, but the flavors are very inviting. Very unique. I would like to see more cedar aged beers.
11-27-2010 02:35:56 | More by david131
Seeyoulator Doppelbock from Boulevard Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.