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Seeyoulator Doppelbock - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Seeyoulator DoppelbockSeeyoulator Doppelbock

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201 Ratings

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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 15
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 09-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Doppelbock was first brewed in Munich around 1700 by the monks of Saint Francis of Paula, to sustain them through the Lenten fast. They called their full-bodied brew “Salvator.” Today it is customary to pay homage to the good brothers by giving doppelbocks names ending in “-ator.” Our version bids a fond aufwiedersehen to tradition, charting a flight path into bold new territory. Medium amber in color, it offers a heady, estery banana aroma. Rich maltiness predominates, with cedar aging lending just a hint of spice to the finish.

35 IBU
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Ratings: 201 | Reviews: 154
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Photo of Goliath
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark ruby color with a one inch light tan head. There is decent head retention and no lacing left behind.

The aroma is fairly pleasant. Rich malt tones provides notes of caramel and raw grain. There are some fruity esters as well that are all tied together with a touch of spice.

The taste is pretty nice. Again rich malt provides a sense of caramel and raw grain. A light woodiness provides some spice to round things out.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with a fine bubbled carbonation. It's a nice efforvescence that seems more common in bottle conditioned beers.

Overall another great beer from Boulevard. I love the thought they put into their Smokestack beers and this is no exception. Going with a German style and finishing in a cedar barrel was a great idea and the flavor profile is still correct. It's definitely fun and interesting. Like I always say, interesting is what I'm after these days, it keeps beer exciting and satisfies my curiousity.

Photo of claytong
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - minor head, no lacing to speak of except around the glass for a bit. nice brown wooden color.

smell - alcohol comes strong, cedar is definitely there, some chocolate, roasted malts. nice.

taste - amazing the alcohol comes so strong for a 8 percent beer, now on the taste the alcohol dissipates and makes way for wood, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon and thus forth.

mouthfeel - a bit thin. light carbonation, but drinkability is solid. i like it in my mouth. sugary but not cloying whatsoever.

Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending this one as an extra, Greg!

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a tall off-white head.

S: Sweet toffee, caramel, miscellaneous dark fruits, and just some mild brown sugar give this one a fairly traditional doppelbock aroma. However, the cedar wood comes through shortly after, as does a bit of booze.

T: The wood seems to be even more pronounced on the palate and gives a weird spiciness. There is a nice caramel and toffee sweetness with some mild bread and fruit notes. A touch of booze and maybe even some vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A little boozy and the cedar threw me off a bit.

Photo of emmasdad
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Stumbling across a bottle of this one in a shop north of Denver, I purchased it only to experience a cedar aged beer. Poured a nice reddish-orange color with an off-white cap of foam. Aromas of cedar, peppery spice and dark fruits. On the palate, this one was slightly more than medium bodied, with flavors of cedar, pepper, spice, caramel and sweet, dark fruits.

Photo of wnh
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Batch No. 1-2009. Best by 7/10. Consumed 07.08.2010.

Pours a dense, deep amber color with hints of copper, topped by a large frothy off-white head with good staying power.

The nose is subtle yet refined. Dominated by a soft banana ester aroma, the underlying malt profile prevents me from thinking 'hefeweizen.' A nice woodsy spice complements the fruitiness, and the nutty and toffee-like malt notes round everything out. Cedar is subtle but evident, a nice addition. Has the earthy, leafy hop character I've come to expect in a bock.

If the banana notes in the nose lent any confusion as to the style, the palate clears it up right away. Malty and rich, but far from cloying. Walnut and toffee flavors emerge, as well as a pleasant toasted bread note. Nuanced and subtle and altogether tasty.

Carbonation is a little excessive, but it's likely that this helps prevent an unpleasant heaviness. Full-ish in body, firm but rounded. Seems as thought it would be a particularly good food beer.

Photo of NCBeerFan
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of calebroberts811
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, 2010

A - Three-finger khaki, off-white head.

S - Bananas, dark caramel, toffee, alcohol.

T - Dark bread, rum, raisins, bananas, cedar spice.

M - Light carbonation makes for a full-bodied, syrupy brew, quite enjoyable though I wish I was drinking it around Thanksgiving instead of the dead of summer.

Photo of Snow81
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch Number 2010-1 Best before: 5/2011

Appearance: Pours a clear tawny color with a modest head; just fair in the lacing department, as well

Smell: Fruity caramel, with a dried cherry character; just a hint of cedar but if it weren't on the label I am not sure I would have picked it up

Taste: Starts out with a dry, caramel character that quickly adds the cherry fruit elements; by mid-palate, the cedar aspect arrives to add another dimension; after the swallow, the caramel malt flavors dominate along with a bit of booziness in the finish; in the aftertaste, the cedar aging finally moves to prominence

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low carbonation

Overall: Not quite there in the style, with a lack of both bold flavor and thicker mouthfeel; decent, but I can understand why this was retired

Thanks, arvjunk, for the opportunity

Photo of theboozecruise
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a corsendonk goblet from a 750 ml bottle. It's a deep red cloudy beer with a small creamy head.

It has a really rich malty aroma as expected. Definite hints of toffee and caramel. Very appetizing.

The taste is very similar to the aroma with a boozy sting to it on the front and a roasted tone creeping through on the end. It's definitely more boozy than the aroma indicated, almost as if it was bourbon barrel aged but I don't think it was. Really really good flavor to it.

It's a little thin compared to the bold flavors. Really could use a little body to it but that probably helps the drinkability.

Overall, a good beer. Not quite an A+ to me but I'd drink it again without thinking twice.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite Smokestack beers.

The beer pours a medium brown color with a tan head. The aroma is great. I get a mix of toffee and caramel along with some hints of cedar and bananas. A little bit of raisins and other dark fruit also comes through in the aroma.

The cedar is more present in the flavor than it is in the aroma. A nice, dry cedar characteristic melds very well with the dark fruit and toffee. There is also a little bit of alcohol present in the flavor, as well as a little bit of grass.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice spin on the doppelbock style.

Photo of budgood1
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

batch #2010-1 best by May 2011. corked and caged.

pours out of the 750 ml bottle a very dark garnet colour. huge frothy beige head stays and sticks leaving some nice lace. fruity aroma...currants, figs, plums, black cherries and some dark chocolate. cedar notes jump out right away...pleasant in an unexpected way. the woody notes linger and open up to a bunch of flavours not normally associated with a true to style doppelbock. yeast and cocoa, nougat, sour cherries, some lactic flavours come out of no where...i swear this has belgian hints that remind me of holiday/x-mas brews that i've tasted prior. doesn't drink like a lager. certainly has some boozy attributes that make the drinker feel all warm and fuzzy but their isn't much heat or spice from the ABV. dry finish. medium body for a doppel. mouthfeel is certainly smooth and the dryness asserts itself again...again not the lush and semi-cloying character of other doppels that i'm sampling this against. it has a nice drinkability and overall i find this tasty and interesting, but maybe not compared to others within the style.

this is a nice variation on a style that has limited variabilites when it comes to brewing up different angles on a straightforward bock. i'm sure i would have liked this a lot more in the dead of winter rather on a warm spring day. hard to score accurately.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful ruby/amber color, quite cloudy. One finger medium tan head has great retention but not much lace.

S: Sweet malt with dark fruits right behind that.

T: Like the smell, malt and fruits, spice underneath. Cedar is present and blends well with the rest. Delcious. Sweetness takes on a creamy quality as the beer warms. There is another flavor in here that I can't identify, but it's good. Clove gum drops? A bit of roastiness also comes into play near the end of the glass.

M: Medium-heavy body. Carbonation is a tad fizzy, but still a very creamy mouthfeel.

O: A splendid Doppelbock. The cedar really makes it unique. It's a shame Boulevard has discontinued this, but maybe they'll take it up again. Hope springs eternal.

Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle says best consumed by August 2010; we'll see about that.
Aromas of ripened bananas with the substantial corresponding wood aging characteristics composed of vanilla, cider apples and light burnt brown sugar and sticky toffee.
The taste begins with full strong toffee and caramel maltiness which transitions into the yeast flavors of mild clove and ripened bananas. Slight Riesling grape, full bodied, white vinous flavors. No hop characteristics obviously because of the style and the age on this beer. As far as doppelbocks go this is fairly light bodied and light on flavors, compared to say a Thomas Hooker or an Ayinger. Throughout you get the bready and biscuity maltiness.
Mouthfeel is full with adequate carbonation. Overall this is a great beer, not sure if it is a doppelbock per say, but I care not about style profile. The color is off, flavors are great but not dark and malty like most of the style. Still great, Boulevard is 2 for 2 so far with me.

Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy Josh brought this to our tasting great.... we all knew it was retired... so this is the review from my tainted, rarity accepting palate.

A: Dark red, obviously ulfiltered, with a a dark what color after a very hard pour.

S: Beet sugar, but not too much. Candy sweetness, but a tons of malt.

T: Malt, much, much, much cedar aged stuff. Of course there was no hops, but that wasn't the point of this brew. Nice, dark, woody.... what can I say?

M: Thick....and then some. The sugar content was kept in check and the carbonation was DEFINITELY high for this syle. It may have been too much overall for the Doppelbock lovers, but since I'm not a huge fan of this style, I thought it was really good.

O: Good stuff. I totally dug the Cedar elements....

Photo of tito42
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml corked bottle into a Smokestack Series tulip. 2nd batch of 2009, best by 8/2010. So this one had a little bit of age on it, picked it up in Minneapolis while on a trip for work. I haven't noticed this one here in Kansas City of late.

A: Pumpkin pie in color with an orange-white head. Nice head retention, little lacing. Nearing opaque with slow-moving bubbles.

S: Caramel, apple, a touch of breadiness and cedar plank. Everything blends nicely into an inviting aroma.

T: Malt heaven with coffee notes. Bready in the middle. Fruitiness throughout with a cedar finish. A touch of hops and a fair dose of alcohol at the finish line.

M: Full malt body with a rich creaminess that gives way to touch of dryness at the finish.

O: Definitely an 'alt' dopplebock, the cedar aging gives new dimensions to the style. Complex and a bit of its own monster. Not exactly in line with others in the style. I don't think I would buy this again as, the cedar was a bit much.

Photo of Strix
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange-brown, decent intial head that fades to nothing, little lacing.

Malt, toffee, caramel, bread, brown sugar, and spices in the nose.

Nice and malty, I can detect some cedar, as well as dark fruits and spices that give it sort of a dark belgian type feel. Clean finish.

Full mouthfeel, rich carbonation.

I thought this was delicious. Malty and complex. I am a sucker for the smokestack beers though.

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Seeyoulator Doppelbock from Boulevard Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.