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Zwaanend'ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

Zwaanend'aleZwaanend'ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

64 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%


Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed to commemorate the 375th Anniversary Celebration for the first town (Lewes) in the first state (Delaware), this is an old Dutch-style Rye Bokbier brewed with honey.

(Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 04-25-2006)
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metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy amber-brown in color and poured with a very thin head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of malt and raisins in the nose.
T: The overall taste is quite malty with flavors of raisins sweet potatoes and hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly syrupy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is well balanced for the style—possibly because the spiciness from the rye helps to prevent this beer from becoming overly sweet or cloying.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 01:39:45 | More by metter98
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trappistlover

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(750ml bottle from Susan!!!) This was a big want of mine! Pours hazy orange/light ruby. White head with little carbonation. Aroma is caramel, candied sugar. Taste is sweet with a bit of bitterness, but not much. Medium bodied with sticky texture. This is smooth. Many, many thanks for this surprise. A nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 04:11:00 | More by trappistlover
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tuckevalastin

Delaware

4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 Bottle

A: Pours a dark amber color. Very translucent with a small head that doesn't last long.

S: Has a strong sweet malty aroma. Smells of dark fruit/raison with some honey and carmel type tones.

T: The taste follows where the smell left off. Again sweet malts dominate. Raisons, honeys, and some caramels are clearly noticable.

M: A medium bodied beer with little spice and not much heat. A pretty smooth beer.

D: The sweet malts are pretty strong but it is still rather drinkable.

Overall, this beer is pretty decent four years later. I never tried a fresh one so I can't speak for what the aging did but it's definetly one I drank pretty easily.

D:

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 01:33:46 | More by tuckevalastin
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nickd717

California

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2006 bottle via trade thanks to truehumand on BA, shared at a tasting surrounding the Bruery hoopla.

Pours a somewhat hazy dark amber color with a nice off-white head and some decent lacing.

Aroma is sweet, malty, and very dark fruity. Caramel, toffee, plum, and raisin stand out.

Flavor is also loads of dark fruit - plum, raisin, and fig mostly - very sweet, with caramel, toffee, maple syrup, and wood. Some mild sherry-like oxidation going on.

Medium-full on the body and somewhat syrupy with fairly soft carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. I like what they did here overall, even if it's not a standout.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 01:14:50 | More by nickd717
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed to commemorate the 375th anniversary of Lewes, Deleware. The first town in the first state. Figured this one isn't getting any better. Out of the cellar it comes. A capped 750ml bottled on 4/14/06. Poured into my DFH shaker glass. The bock appears the color of iced tea with a thin finger or so of off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of raisins, caramel malt, brown sugar, more raisins, honey, prunes, tobacco, slightly spicy. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Glad I had the chance to finally try this one off.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 05:09:08 | More by ClockworkOrange
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Obtained 4-20-09, in an in-person trade with AdamB84 at Julio's Liquors in Westborough MA. I got this, and he got a 2007 Sanctification. This was bottled 4-14-06. Just over 3 years old... gotta be good.

Opened with barely a hiss. Got a huge whiff of aroma (see notes later). Poured out a nice clear amber brew, with a half finger head that was rather noisy at first. It eventually subsided completely.

Aroma was VERY complex and multilayered. Dark fruits (mainly raisins and prunes), rum, rich strong malts, sweet, honey-like, brown sugar all blended together. Wow. And yet, despite all this, it still definitely had that distinctive bock smell. Although if I had to choose a style based on just the smell, I would have picked doppelbock.

Taste starts out with rich full malts, then some fruitiness. It was a little estery, with a little rye bite, and finished with a honey-biscuit sweetness. On the swallow, the alcohol made itself known.

Mouthfeel was full, rich, viscous but not oily, with some warming character from the alcohol. Somewhat chewy, but not overbearing.

Drinkability... damn I wish this wasn't retired. I could go through two bottles of this in one sitting and not flinch. VERY deceptively easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 01:51:40 | More by connecticutpoet
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pershan

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a clear, dark amber with a thin, almond head into a pint glass. The smell was of sweet malt and caramel - very nice. The taste was an excellent blend of caramel and sweet malt flavor, alcoholic esters, with a subdued hop bitterness at the finish. Nice carbonation and lacing, too. A top-notch high-gravity bock.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 15:16:29 | More by pershan
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illidurit

California

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to gunhaver for opening this bottle at the RBSG 08 Grand Tasting. Poured into a La Chouffe goblet. Dark orange color with a wet white head that leaves some lace chunks. Sweet caramel malt aroma with some tropical esters and raisin. Flavors of sweet stone fruit and caramel, a touch of spice, prune, and tobacco. Zero alcohol flavor, great drinkability. Another bizarre winner from DFH.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 06:35:24 | More by illidurit
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Patrick999

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is probably past its prime, but they'll never produce it again, so what the hell....why not try it and give it a review? Bottled in 2006.

A - Poured into a goblet. Looked a little devoid of carbonation at first, but rallied late in the pour to muster a decent cap. Didn't retain so well, though. Slightly hazy reddish-gold, more red than gold.

S - I make a point to record my first impression upon opening a bottle, and when I sniffed, my first thought was "raisin." Pouring did nothing to dispel that thought. I don't know whether it's due to age or not, but it has taken on that rum raisin vinous aroma found in some of the DFH big beers. It's a good smell.

T - I could swear I've had this beer before. Honeyed raisins...I'll be damned, is this Midas Touch? I do get some spicy hints of rye - the rye aspect of this beer was probably stronger fresh. Sweet honeyed malts carry the day here, completely blitzing the considerable 8% alcohol. Burps are really strong rum raisin.

F - Good, better than expected for a sweet beer like this, but then again DFH always does a good job of making their sweeter beers go down easier than they really should. Doesn't make my mouth feel as sticky as it probably should.

D - While I enjoy this beer, a full 750ml bottle is a bit much for me in one sitting. I now wish I had someone to share it with. This is a beer that could conceivably be served to people who think they don't like beer. Could go in lieu of a dessert wine, or be paired with a meal in its own right. Just not very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 18:58:22 | More by Patrick999
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from mymrnngjckt, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is sweet and malty with caramel, honey, brown sugar and spices. There's a touch of hops in the background as well.

T: The taste is likewise very sweet with flavors of honey, brown sugar and caramel up front along with a mild alcohol sting. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. There's a decent hops presence that provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, nice representation of style while still being a little different which is the norm for a DFH beer (and especially their one-off releases), it's a good beer, but it's not one that I could see myself drinking more than one bottle of, nor could I see myself selecting it over too many other beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 03:26:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head's Zwaanend'ale was brewed to commemorate the 375th Anniversary Celebration of Lewes, Delaware. According to the brewery this is an old Dutch-style Rye Bokbier brewed with honey. This special anniversary Bock pours up with ample carbonation that creates a long standing & stable creamish white head with loose bubbles that prominently stands atop a deep amber-gamboge orange body. The honeyish nose displays some rich toasted maltiness that's reminiscent of freshly baked sourdough rye bread with wisps of dried fruits (e.g. apricots, mangos, pawpaws, etc...), spicy hops, and grain alcohol. Maybe just a hint of dusty oxidation? The satisfying flavor is dominated by a sweet doughy maltiness with some caramel & honey notes (e.g. Baklava) along with a pleasant nuttiness (e.g. roasted & salted pistachios) that's marked by just a touch of spicy (e.g. caraway seed, cumin) bitterness. The slightly salty/mineral like finish is a touch heavy, but there's sufficient bitterness, alcoholic complexity, and some dryness from the rye to keep it from becoming overly cloying. This finely crafted specialty Bock from Dogfish shows just how diverse this brewery can be and comes highly recommended if you have a bottle hidden in your cellar. If not, definitely trade or track one down! My suggested food pairing is Apfel-Currywurst und Pommes Frites (sliced & browned Bratwursts smothered with sautéd sweet Vidalia onions, honey-pepper bacon bits, and Granny Smith apples covered in a spicy curry sauce served over French fried Yukon Gold potatoes served in a thick bowl with buttered slices of freshly baked sourdough rye bread. Here's to the first state in the Union!

PROST! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to travisd13 for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 23:39:04 | More by Beertracker
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beerking1

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottling date 4/14/06, stored in my cellar and refrigerator since early 2007. The beer is called an "ale," but the label says it is a "bok," which is a lager style. Pours clear medium orange-amber, with an off-white head that fades fairly fast, leaving a decent lace. Aroma is alcohol, crystal malt, and some spicy rye character. Big bodied beer, with flavors of rye, sweet malt, some figs, and alcoholic notes.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 18:22:59 | More by beerking1
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired at the Belgium Comes to Cooperstown 2007 festival at Brewery Ommegang from a very generous DFH employee.

Poured into a snifter, the color is light brown with a thin, bubbly white head. Not much head retention, but reappeared with a little swirl. The aroma was very sweet. Lots of caramel. The taste was even sweeter. Very malty and slightly boozy. Carbonation was low and the alcohol was definitely noticable as the beer was a bit "hot" in my mouth. Decent flavor, but could probably benefit from a little more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 04:58:46 | More by Jacobob10
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WesWes

New York

4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich, malty scent that boasts of crystal, roasted, and rye malts. Its sweet with some roasted notes along with a mild spiciness that blends well with the alcohol aroma. The taste is delicious. It has a warm, malty flavor that goes down easy and finishes sweet with some roasted, spiciness. It's very rich, but drinks excellent. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an exceptional beer. I really enjoyed the rye element in it. It rounds out the palate and adds character to an already solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 21:05:46 | More by WesWes
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mobud

Delaware

3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass from bottle.

A- Amber color with light head that goes quickly.

S- The smell that I really noticed was the muted malts. This beer has a rye base, but it really is not in the nose.

T- Great Malty sweetness with an alcohol rye finish.

M- Very full feel with a sweet candy coating in your mouth after.

D- Nice to try, but not high on my list to ever have again. This is the second time I have tried this beer and my impressions did not change over time.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 18:18:59 | More by mobud
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber body with a thin, fizzy white head.

Smell: Sweet, rich toffee and full notes of prunes. Slight hint of sherry.

Taste: Copious amounts of sugary sweetness with flavors of caramel and honey upfront. I'm not really getting much in the way of rye (or hops for that matter) More of the syrup-soaked prune and fig fruitiness. Slight sherry on the sweet, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A decisively sugary sweet beer, perhaps overly so.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 17:53:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
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AndoBrew

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*did not mind would not buy*

app: dullish copper not much head.

smell: dark fruits warm sweet brown sugar. nice

taste: easy going, simple, dark, sweet.. but not to sweet. good flavor, nothing to balance it out, but easy going.

mf: bit coating after a few gulps, maybe a bit to flat.

drinkable?: gits a bit thick

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 23:35:50 | More by AndoBrew
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a wine glass.

A-Brown-amber, clear. 1/2 inch head fell to near nothing in a few seconds.

S-Caramel malt sweetness, toffee, dried fruit, raisans. Rye spice

T-Very sweet. Toffee, caramel, spicy rye grains, alcohol zing

M-medium body, alcohol zing and a tingle from the rye. Carbonation is weak

D-I didn't love this, I probably won't be seeking out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 20:07:04 | More by jackorain
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to try this ale. I had been trying to track this one down for ages it seemed like. Dogfish is not available in SC and was only available in NC after this was brewed. So it was up to trading, which I was lucky enough to score. Big bottle with an awesome label promoting the 375th anniversary.

A little history for this one, In 1631, a handful of Dutch adventurers, led by David Petersen DeVries, set foot upon the sandy soil, now known as Lewes, Delaware - where the land was flat and the air, sweet with salt. They proclaimed it Swanendael, or “Swan Valley,” the first settlement established in the New World. Over the course of generations, stalwart souls in the area would endure territorial disputes, invasions, and burnings. They would have seafaring marauders pilfer their possessions and British military forces destroy their peace.

Nearly five generations would pass from the founding of this first colonial settlement, also known as Zwaanendael, until the maturation of an independent governing body, capable of ratifying the constitution. Such bold perseverence deserves recognition - Zwaanendael, for its significance as the first settlement, and Delaware, for its prominence as the first state.

In celebration of the 375th anniversary of the Zwaanendael settlement, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery of Milton, Delaware, USA, has designed Zwaanend’ale, a rye bock based on vintage recipes of Dutch heritage.

Dense loaves of rye and pumpernickel are traditional fare in the Dutch diet, so Dogfish Head has carefully selected a strain of rye grain from the United Kingdom for this very special anniversary ale. Pils malt makes up the base, with rye comprising 5% of the grist. The rye adds a zesty spiciness. Organic wildflower honey intensifies the sweetness of the rich malt profile.

Awesome to have a beer with such a back story, so now let u see what it tastes like...

A - Poured a somewhat hazy honey tinged brown. A nice almost wooden lacquer like color. Had a decided mead like color to it. Small maybe an inch head faded quickly and left really nothing behind but a thin topper of lace. Lots of carbonation streaming up from the bottom made it look very lively. Not very much side glass lace.

S - Aroma was very very light, almost too light that it was hard to pick up anything really strong or dominating. Some light grapes and a touch of something sweet, cane sugar or caramel maybe. Some earthy type of hop maybe in the back, but overall was really hard to pick up anything too specific, just not enough punch to it.

T - This was an odd one. It was like a cross between a light wine and a brown ale would be the best way to try and categorize it. A very fruity grape like finish to it. initial taste was somewhat bitter and grainey. It taste kinda like an old style, like the meads would be a perfect example. Some yeast and some very nice tones of grain but that was it, not very strong in flavor either. No hint of alcohol what so ever.

M - Very smooth, almost a little slick, but nothing bad in anyway. Just a little bit syrupy for me. It was a little flat and could have benefitted from some more carbonation. to really give it some pop.

D - Pretty decent overall, however it was just rather bland. I had no problem polishing off the 750ml by mself, but with it being as syrup like as it was it would be hard for me to really have anymore then that,

Overall I have to say I was kinda dissapointed by this. I thought it would have been alot better then it was. It just did not have any real kick to it. And came off with a rather bland taste overall. Really needed a little extra something to put it over the top. Still a pretty decent novelty beer and if you can get one a nice one to have under your belt to say you tried it.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2007 01:20:45 | More by mikesgroove
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lacquered kumquat with multiple streams of fine carbonation contributing to a softly frothy cap that looks like a wedge of lemon mousse. Abstract splotches of sudsy lace look very nice on the glass above. I'm impressed so far.

Zwaanend'ale is described on the label as a 'neo-traditional' offering (actually, that describes most Dogfish Head beer). The nose, however, is that of a traditional bock. I can't be sure that I appreciate the honey and dates per se, but this 'Dutch Rye Bock' smells sweet and malty and fruity... and wonderful.

It tastes even more wonderful. The honey is now obvious and adds a sweetness that could not have come solely from malt sugars. I'm sure the dates (also appreciated) add sugars of their own. I didn't expect this to be a dessert beer, but it's definitely sweet enough to be just that.

In my opinion, rye malt is the ingredient that makes Zwaanend'ale work as well as it does. It adds a spiciness and a complexity that most bocks lack (yes, in my opinion). Listen up craft brewers of America... give us more big rye beer! The contrast between sweet and spicy is some kind of delicious.

The flavor profile consists of butter toffee, pureed dates, buckwheat honey and shaved orange peel. This is one time when I'm happy that Sam went all neo-traditional on my ass. All that extra stuff makes for a much better 'bokbier' that the traditional recipes can manage. The alcohol is even expertly masked; not alway a given with this brewery.

If you like medium-bodied beer that is also lightly syrupy, then the mouthfeel will be right up your alley. I do and it's up mine (alley that is). It seems that corn is the secret ingredient that was added to lighten things up a little and keep the beer breezily, easily drinkable. Mission accomplished. The mouthfeel has that telltale lagery smoothness with a nicely rounded beginning, middle and end.

Zwaanend'ale is a beer pun on Zwaanendael (Old Dutch for 'Swan Dale'), a former colonial settlement near the Dogfish Head Brewery. Not only is it one of the best DFH brews that I've ever had, it's one of the best bocks that I've ever had. Too bad it was only brewed one time. Here's hoping that it becomes a seasonal at the very least. A big 'thank you' to lackenhauser for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 22:14:38 | More by BuckeyeNation
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear medium amber with a thin beige head that showed a bit of lacing. Mild aroma with fruity notes and a dull maltiness. The flavour was balanced in favour of malt sweetness and it had a mild berry/fruity tartness that melded well with some spiciness. Green apples rounded out the finish. Creamy texture with some dryness. Pretty good overall with decent drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2007 02:20:05 | More by DrJay
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Damian

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 9.6 fl. oz. bottle acquired as a selection from Michael Jackson's Rare Beer Club
Bottled 4/14/06

Thanks to my friend James for treating me to this one.

Poured a clear, dark amber with a frothy, bubbly, off-white head that faded to a thick, lasting film. Sporadic streaks of lacing cascaded down the sides of the glass.

The aroma was outrageously sweet and fragrant. Rich, bready, caramel malts, honey and brown sugar came through strong.

The taste was a malty masterpiece from start to finish. Sweet, creamy malts, honey and brown sugar were apparent up front. A slightly sour, lemony flavor (possibly from the rye?) was noticeable mid-palate along with some white wine/grape notes. Raisins and mild spices also came out as the beer warmed. A slight alcohol kick was noticeable in the back of the mouth. At 8% ABV, however, the alcohol was quite well hidden. The finish was clean with absolutely no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and fairly creamy. Velvety smooth and easy-drinking.

All in all, this was a very non-traditional take on a bock, but an excellent one at that. In many ways it reminded me more of a braggot. Some may find the sweetness overwhelming but I found it to be rather enjoyable. Kudos to Dogfish Head for succeeding with this unique offering.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 03:46:17 | More by Damian
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I dont remember who sent this my way but thank you very much!

The beer was served in a Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer poured a brillant clear ruby amber coloration. The head was a finger and half high with a creamy white head. The head slowly resolved itself into a ring of foam.

Smell: The beer has a very pleasing caramel maltyness wrapped around a spice ball. The beers aroma consist of honey, cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar, lots of caramel, nutty aromas, spicey apple fritters.

Taste: Man this is great stuff! The caramel wraps around a spiced honey toasted nuttyness. Between the spice and the alcohol this beer never nears the cloying range.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is full bodied and lightly carbonated. The flavors meld together well. This is one fine easy to drink beer. Why? Oh why is this a one off?

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 04:00:28 | More by nlmartin
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3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle. Bottled on 4/14/06

Clear amber color. Medium, light tan head which faded quite quickly. Nice legs, viscous appearance to fluid.

Aroma reminded me of grapes & honey. Then, it hit me, that it really smelled like a grape Jolly Rancher. This subsided some as it warmed. Began to pick up caramel, and really ripe cantaloupe.

Taste was very sweet, grape flavored cotton candy. Little, if any, bitter balance. Maybe just a touch of grassy/herbal character near the finish. Some caramel.

Medium bodied. Medium + carbonation. Not drying. Mouth coating sweetness, almost cloying.

OA, too sweet for me. Interesting, but not something I would try again.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 15:17:21 | More by
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vurt

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Lucky Baldwin's (Pasadena, CA) on the 2nd night of their 8th Belgian Beer Festival, in the official Festival glassware (a Piraat snifter).

I suppose it was a good thing to show up on the 2nd day after all. As soon as I spotted this bottle in the fridge, I had to have it. I'm sorry to hear this is a one-off brew; it's delicious.

A- Gorgeous orange amber color, with extremely fine carbonation which forms a dense off-white head. Lace forms readily, but slides back down into the head rather than clinging to the glass.

S- Tons of malt and honey. Very sweet. There's a bit of apple skin fragrance in there too, and a spicy hint of fennel at the very end.

T- The nose tells you pretty much everything about this beer up front. The malt is fat and luscious, with a prominent honey flavor. What initially feels like tartness develops into a mouth-watering juicy fruit/"Swedish fish" flavor. The fennel flavor comes in at the very end. There must've been some hops in there somewhere, but they didn't have much to say. The lengthy finish lights up with some alcohol warmth.

M- The richness is beautifully balanced by the superb texture of the carbonation. "Silky" is much too weak a word. This beer is *velvety*.

D- It's been such a lovely beer up to this point that I almost don't want to admit that the sweetness gets to be a bit much by the end of the 25.6 oz. bottle. If it were available in a 4-pack of 12 oz. bottles, I'd buy it in bulk and hoard it greedily. And if I could somehow find another large bottle, I'd try my best to cellar it for a year and serve it at Thanksgiving. Mmmmm...

Serving type: bottle

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Zwaanend'ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.