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Doppel Dinkel Bock - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 5
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GClarkage on 07-08-2014

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Ratings: 179 | Reviews: 42
Reviews by beergoot:
Photo of beergoot
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body looks copperish and slightly hazy and has a decent, thin yet creamy head. Bubblegum and banana aromas dominate the smell. Sweet and rich flavors, infused with a booze and date fruitiness. Heavy bodied; coarse and semi-dry finish.

What to make of a beer with a label of doppelbock yet calls it an ale, and that explains dinkel (or spelt) is used (so why not call this a weizenbock), but then it's supposedly an ale!? Well, it does profile the banana and clove characteristics mentioned on the label. It is big and boozy like a very thick doppelbock. Still, a bit too treacly and syrupy. An interesting take on a double ale/lager, but not something I would readily go back to.

Additional notes: the Deschutes web site calls this an imperial spelt beer and notes that a 'Traditional German Ale Yeast' was used.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The latest in Deschutes Conflux series lands it at the foothill of Germanic roots. The classic double bockbier of Bavaria is met with the avant garde nature of Pacific Northwest imagination. Collaborating with longtime friends at the Distelhauser brewery of Germany, their mind boggling results are something of a double dopplebock!

Yet its hazy camel hues highlight the rustic and traditional spelt "dinkel" grains for a bready-sweet upstart that hinges on rye. As the succulence of light caramel and simple syrups take on maple proportions, its fruity center rounds into place.

Bold apple, grape, plum and maraschino cherry take center stage while an undertow of hefeweizen transpires. Classic papaya and clove simmer underneath the massive cobbler-esque dissertlike taste just as its boozy spice rises to balance the malt.

Its long and savory finish keeps the taste malt-forward, however the peppery alcohol links up with herbal and citrus-type bitterness for a bite that's something akin to vodka. Full bodied, the beer's syrupy malts seep deeply into the mouth's tissue and is reluctant to release- making this decadent beer much more of a sipping session rather than for quick or mass consumption.

Interestingly, the more meladoidin-laden taste of bock is replaced here by those curiously charming hefeweizen flavors for interest and provocation.

Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bsp77
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, fiery orange with huge, frothy, light tan head that lasts a few minutes but then mostly disappears.

Smell: Spicy, sweet, bready and metallic, with specific notes of banana and bubblegum. Lots going on and I am tempted to give it a huge score for the huge aroma, but it is a little sickly in terms of the sweetness.

Taste: There are a lot of the traditional notes of a Weizenbock here, with bubblegum, banana, caramel and clove. There is also a hint of citrus. But it is also pretty sweet for the style (and this is oftentimes a sweet style to begin with) probably due to the very high abv. There are also sharp bread and spice notes that are different than what I typically experience from hops, yeast or rye. This is probably due to the spelt. I really did not like these notes on the first few sips but I have gotten used to it, and it makes the beer unique but makes it hard for me to love.

Feel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy but almost no dryness on the finish.

Overall: This is a unique take on the Weizenbock style. And while I like unique takes, I am not sure I fully appreciate the use of smelt or the overall sweet, highly alcoholic notes.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

A hint of old ripe fruit on the nose joined by rich, dark bread.
Slightly hazed deep amber under a 2” finely bubbled lightly tan tinted foam cap. The head quickly descends but rouses easily, produces fine lace and leaves a suggestion of legs.
An extremely creamy rich texture carries an interesting array of malt flavors through the mouth with a distinctive spelt spicyness, grainy malt, bread, and a faint suspicion of bacon.
Medium to medium full body suggests liquid bread.

Photo of MattyG85
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Label says best by 06/17/15.

Appearance: Pours a dark and hazy brownish amber with a lot of bubbles. About one finger of off white head which fades away rather quickly.

Smell: A bready, fruity, and spicy malt forward aroma with hints of dried fruit and spices. Toasted malts with hints of biscuit, wheat, grains, straw, caramel, and the Spelt yeast. Light hints of chocolate roast and smoke. Spice hints of clove and slight cinnamon. Big hints of bubblegum. Fruit esters of banana, apple, pear, and citrus orange. Sweet hints of molasses sugar. Hops are pretty subtle. A very solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell, a toasty, fruity, and spicy German style taste with notes of fruit and spice. Toasted malts with bready notes of wheat, biscuit, grains, straw, caramel, and Spelt yeast along with some light notes of chocolate and smoke. Spicy notes of clove and cinnamon. Big taste of fruit with notes of bananas, apple, pear, orange, and lemon. Good notes of bubblegum. Sweet taste of molasses. Light background presence of earthy hops. A very solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and juicy. Alcohol heat is felt but it isn’t excessive.

Overall: A very good twist on a German wheat bock. Good mix of fruit esters and spices.

Photo of Jackolope
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Got this during SF beer week from a tap. Super delicious. Very complex, strong beer. Would love to try it again.

Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of navband
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of StuporJew
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured from 22 ounce bottle into a tulip, using standard vigor.

A - DDB pours a rich, somewhat ruddy orange, showing abundant carbonation.
The head is an inch high, tight and fluffy, and khaki-colored. It recedes in under a minute, and leaves little to no lacing on the glass.

S - Your typical offenders from Bavarian Wheat Yeast strains : Bubblegum, banana, and clove, as expected. Hints of Munich malt toastiness and molasses, as well as cinnamon and light citrus. When cold, the ABV is dangerously well-hidden, as it warms the alcohol becomes more apparent, but doesn't invade the sinuses either.

T - More bubblegum, spicebox, and a slight earthy note on the back end that must be the Spelt, seeing as it reminds me of a wheat-malt base, but with a richer underlying flavor. Hops are an afterthought here, which is good, since they aren't a prevalent part of the style. Again, the booze is well-hidden, aside from the warmth currently spreading through my belly and veins. Delicious.

M- Full, rich, and silky, DDB washes across the tongue like a wave of malty knuckle-sandwiches. The carbonation plays a tiny part in the mouthfeel, serving only to balance out the rich malt flavors and yeast esters with the perfect touch of carbonic acids. This beer is one slick customer in this department.

O - On one hand, I'm glad this isn't a year-round offering from Deschutes, because I'd be too far gone to do anything if it was, as this is the most easy to drink Doppel I think I've ever had. On the OTHER hand, I'm really sad it isn't a year-round beer, because I'd love to have the chance to snag it when in need of some beer psychotherapy. It's perfectly balanced, rich where it should be, and yielding as well. As a homebrewer, this beer makes me feel like I should brew something with Spelt as well... Deschutes scores yet another goal in my book, and at only $10 and some change, there's absolutely no reason to pass it up, given the chance to try it. DO EET! Cheers.

Photo of BraveMountie
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seidel from a bomber.

A- Has a fluffy, foamy, pale cream-colored head about a finger and a half thick. It persists well and leaves a wall of lace on the mug's sides. The body is brown but with some transparency and amber hues. Not much carbonation is visible.

S- I think caramel apple here. Big caramel notes, floral, bread-like and wheaty. Something suggests a touch of dark fruit.

T- Thick caramel maltiness, some booze, the aftertaste is like a taste of whole wheat bread. The caramel flavor becomes really milky and sweet. It's quite like eating a block of caramel. A hint of wine or grape sneaks in. I enjoy this.

M- Medium body with a mostly creamy quality somewhat offset by the alcohol feel. Sweetness is big here, but I like it. There's a teeny hint of hop bitterness at the finish that does a good job of keeping the sweetness from becoming cloying. Certainly smooth, and maybe a tad astringent, with low carbonation.

Pretty darn good beer. I'd say a bit more heat than one would want, and the aroma didn't wow me, but otherwise excellent.

Photo of Adeezy4495
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of hreb
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle served in a curved glass. Beer pours thick and syrupy, with a brown amber color, and little head. Looks pretty turbid, too. Aroma suggests clove and bubblegum, and with all the ethanol (this bottle is labeled 10.7% ABV) I get a bit of whiskey / Jack Daniels, too. Flavor is sweet, a little bit grainy, and strong. Doesn't taste much like beer, to me, which is too bad. This just feels like a recipe for a hangover. The spice character is the only thing this beer has going for it in the mouth, and it's not enough to keep me interested. It's just a sugary, boozy, mess.

Doppelbock is a tricky style to get right, Weizenbock perhaps even more so. And Aventinus is one of my all time favorite beers. So I am even more let down by this offering from Deschutes than I might have otherwise been.

Photo of JBAmmon
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

BBD of 06/17/15

Pours an effervescent & chill hazed copper/auburn with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Stays effervescent throughout, good lacing, average head retention

S: Bananas, breadyness. & not muxh else

T: Bananas green & ripe, some breadyness & boozeyness & some metallic notes up front, along with much juicy fruit. More boozeyness, a little white grape & breadynesss layered in green bananas as this warms, some dryness too. Finishes with taffy, green bananas, taffy, a little boozeyness, & green apple

MF: Chewy, fairly subtle carbonation

This is a Weizenbock! Not a Dopple; but whatever you call it pretty good, could give Vitus a run for its money with some age on it. If you haven't cracked it, let it rest another 3-6 months

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of erushing
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of jwerner23
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jxc5
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +4.2%

This is a big beer with big ABV and big flavor. It starts off a little sweet, bubblegum like, but with a little warmth it opens up to resemble a Quad. The bubblegum sweetness subsides and a raisin, date and dark fruit sweetness takes its place. It then finishes with huge matiness. The feel is very thick with a little viscosity and a completely hidden ABV.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Indeed! A spelt doppel bock!?! This fine brew pours a thick reddish orange with nice pooling
white foam and excellent lacing. Cloves hit the aroma up front with some rather unusual
smells for the style other than the normal bread, banana, and orange. Very earthy and a true
crusade for unique flavors. A malt bomb with spicy spelt notes mingling with rich roasted
caramel notes, some fig like flavors on the back, hints of toffee and a sweetness that can only
be described as bubble gum. Great mouthfeel with medium carbonation and very subtle
hops in the aftertaste. Alcohol hits with warmth. Very few spelt brews are made, and while
this may not be a true dopplebock it is worth praise for being VERY good and rather unique
in it's presentation of a rather underused grain. A must try for the adventurous.

Update: 9/6/2014
Same vendor just put this on the growler station and it is sublime. Smoother mouthfeel and
spicy notes are a bit more pronounced as is the alcohol content. I would suggest to anyone
able to try it on draft to go for it. VERY GOOD INDEED!

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Doppel Dinkel Bock from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.