Zwaanend'ale - Dogfish Head Brewery

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.39%
Wants: 33
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopsaplenty on 04-25-2006

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.
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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well I didn't know what to expect from Zwanneed ale, or whatever it's called. All I knew was that it had a goofy name, and a tag hanging on the shelf below it that said "sold only in DE" - and that had me sold! I think it was $9.

I paid it no attention when I opened and poured it, assuming that since it was from DFH it would be PDG (pretty damned good). But boyeee-boy, was I wrong! It's PDG... (pretty damned great)!

It poured a clear orange-amber-copper body beneath a finger-thick head of light tan foam. The nose was malty with a distinctly caramelish side. The head slowly dropped, but then left a nice, average-sized creamy collar and a smattering of creamy spots here and there about the glass. The nose pulled me in once again - oh so sweet!

In the mouth it was full bodied with just a light caress across the tongue from the moderate carbonation.

The flavor was an eye opener! Bam!..(to quote Emeril)... Maltiness! Caramel, rich and sweet with an underlying current of dark sugar and light spice (I don't know if that's from the rye or the alcohol, or both!), black raisins, and nuts (even cashews!). It's rich and sugary, and caramelish, and grainy, and doughy, and spicy and nutty and.... well, just one big ball of malty-caramel-spice with a mild fruity edge. Very nice!

The alcohol is very well hidden, although it does show midway; but it's also kind of sweet which tends to cover that. And, overall, for such a big beer with a sweet edge, I found it pretty well-balanced and far from cloying. I REALLY enjoyed it, and I hope to find it again so that I can buy whatever they have in stock. VERY NICE!!!

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tomdecapolis for this...
Appears a transparent gold with a small white head. Scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of sugary candy, caramel, toffee, and spices.
Taste is of the same aromas with a honey sweetness that is all over the place.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, full of lingering cherries, and honey. The abv is definitely noticable in this one.

Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled due to the efforts of lackenhauser.

Pours a beautiful deeply copper colored beer with no real head formation.

Smell is slightly sweet with the clear and strong scent of rye in the nose. Lots of rye bread aroma and the pleasant sour snap that only rye has. Some fruity scents are present here too mostly raisins and nuts. There is a mild peppery smell here from the alcohol that is pleasant.

Taste is thick and rather syrup like with a good taste of raisins, nuts and rye at the beginning. Toffee and vanilla flavors kicks in after a while and the taste stays rather sweet. Faint rye after taste, hops don't do much here.

Mouthfeel is full.

Any OK beer to drink but this beer throws your senses quite a few curve balls. The idea of a rye bock beer is imaginative to say the least and it does confuse the taste buds a bit. This is certainly easy to drink and I don't think age will change this much so drink it up and don't save this Delaware commemorative beer.

Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pint of Zwaanend'ale served at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg, MD.

Appearance: The ale is a hazy yellow-orange color with a small ring of head.

Smell: There is a strong malt aroma here but not much else.

Taste: The taste gets a little dicey. Some of the flavors come across as slightly metallic (say bad lines, maybe?). The alcohol is well hidden, unfortunately so is the rye that I was hoping to taste.

Mouthfeel: The ale sits a little uncomfortably on the palate.

Drinkability: This is not the first DFH brew that I'd turn too.

Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of illidurit
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of nickd717
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice-somewhat pale chestnut color-had to work to get any head out of it whether it was tilt the glass or raise the bottle sort of thing. Moderate aroma-caramel graininess with a faint alcohol smell. Syrupy sort of flavor-nice mellow bread quality. Sweet, malty overall. The alcohol comes thru a bit more then I would expect at only 8%. Might be me. Damn good body. Very (almost too) drinkable. For its minor faults its a very good beer. Maybe a tad too sweet.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of DogFood11
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into a tulip it forms an eggshell white head that falls to a thin cover. Lace is spotty and sliding. Copper body and minimal fine carbonation.

Very sweet in the nose and it translates to the taste. Caramel malts invade the palate only to be sweetened up again by a jolly rancher type backer. Citrus hops make an appearance quickly followed by some pumpkin pie character. It tries to have a sour edge towards the finish but the "juice" like sweetness takes over quickly. An oddball, in that I usually find beers with a similar makeup to be overly sweet. This one however, I find that the flavor profile is well put together even if a bit overly onesided.

Notes: I liked this offering. Dogfish head brews and my palate aren't a match made in heavan that is for certain, and this is an odd one that works for me. I can see this having very mixed reviews as its a polarized taste.

Photo of mentor
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to foolcircle for providing this one as part of BIF33. Thanks a million for the opportunity! Hard pour earns an accidental two finger head that crackled and quickly settled to a half-finger of clingy head. Nearly clear and richly orange. Orange-golden that's sort of reddish. Smells caramel malty and orangish hoppy. Cidery fermented honey. A bit of dry grassy that could be hops.

Tastes fermented honey on top of a caramel that bursts through. Red apples and light DME powder. Sweet cherries, like the syrup from a jar of cherries that lacks any cherry sour. Thick dextrinous mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Finish is wet and sticky on the front of the tongue.keeps the malt sweet hanging around. A touch of alcohol starts off the aftertaste. Enjoyable. Not complex and not particularly drinkable. If sticky sweet is not a beer you like, then stay away from this one.

Photo of nlmartin
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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?

Photo of Phatz
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer pours a transparent caramel color or copper. Very thick looking even in the pour with little carbonation it appears a bit syrupy from the start.

Smell: Fresh squeezed apple juice with a sprinkle of nutmeg. There is now bitterness whatsoever. This is a very sweet aroma.

Taste: Juicy Juicy Juicy. Malty and loaded with raw sugar (the classic DFH sugar element) this is a nice, easy sweet bock with a splash of vanilla and a slight sour twang, just enough to keep the sweet from becoming cloying.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth and a bit syrupy with a slick oiliness through the center.

Drinkability: What is not to like about this beer. Very tasty and very drinkable.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of Damian
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured Vom Fuss at the DogFish Head Ale House, to a big pint glass. Bright and clear orangesish amber liquid with good carbonation. A respectable 2 finger head that fades fast and leaves a nice lace.

The smell is very fruity with some rye bread.

The taste is strikingly peachy and sweet, some lightly toasted rye bread. Carmely notes and a very smooth, yet slightly dry, hopy finish. 8% ABV is expertly hidden behind a very interesting and well planner flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is very good, nice carbonation, a good medium to full body and a smart complex flavor profile. A very elegant and well crafted beer.

The drinkability is very high, big satisfaction from this fruity bock. A clear winner. Prosit und Zum Wohl! MK

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this on tap at The Grey Lodge Public House.

This beer came a pale brown amber with a wide collar of creamy white.

Smelled of sweet potatoes, caramel and over-ripe green apples.

Tasted big and sticky sweet like caramel, candied apple and red licorice. The hops reminded me of the spiciness found in DFH’s Punkin’ Ale for some reason with a little nutmeg.

The mouth feel was medium bodied and vicious but silky with a light carbonation.

As far as style goes, this one’s a little confusing. Regardless of style, it was too sweet for me.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of Beertracker
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of bjohnson
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Imstillthegman for this offering as part of the 120/190 BIF from awhile back. Poured into a Pilsner glass. Bottled 4/14/06.

A: Pours a clear ruby coppreish color with a frothy cream colored one finger head. Bubbles galore making their way to the top keeping that retention pretty nice.
S: Sweet honey notes coupled with a floral presence. Caramel comes into play, but the honey is still the biggest aroma. Thick sugary presence when you swirl the glass and take a whiff.
T/M: Starts of a bit sweet, but then it pulls a fast one on you. It's actually not as sweet as you thought. Honey notes are the most dominant with lacings of spice and a slight nuttiness. The rye shows itself with a spicyness and a sharp biting in the finish. Syrupy and thick in the mouth--full bodied and coating. Twang of booze appears but then recedes rather quickly.
D: An interesting beer to say the least. Malt notes, similar to the Liquor de Malt, are present in the aftertaste. Warms the chest, which is an inclination of the abv, although it isn't very high to begin with.

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Zwaanend'ale from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.