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Central Waters / Local Option De Kleine Dood | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.05%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
De Kleine Dood is a Belgian inspired Weissenbock brewed as a collaboration between The Local Option and Central Waters Brewery in Amherst, Wisconsin. Originally released in summer 2012, De Kleine Dood will be available in spring 2013 on draft and in large format bottles.

When Central Waters decided to open its brew house for its first collaboration beer, Chicago’s Local Option was the obvious partner in crime. The resulting brainchild, De Kleine Dood - a Belgian inspired Weissenbock – maintains the traditional characteristics of its Bavarian forbearer, with the added complexity of Belgian ale yeast. De Kleine Dood is dark amber in color; maintains a rich, full-bodied mouth-feel augmented by caramel; mild and dark fruit; and vanilla and bourbon aromas as a result of six months of aging on Heaven Hill Barrels.. Rounded out by an unostentatious bourbon driven aroma from brief bourbon barrel aging, De Kleine Dood is a complex ale, a marriage of distinctive styles, and an orgasmic experience for the taste buds that revel in its glory.

Added by MasterSki on 05-25-2012

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Reviews: 100 | Ratings: 656
Photo of bobv
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice, light tan head.
Slight raisin, slight toffee, slight nougat, slight bourbon on the nose.
Understated, but, it all seems to work very well together.
Taste follows the nose a bit with some chocolate as it warms. Very nice.
Creamy mouthfeel that enhances the experience even more.
Overall, I know a few people I can share this with that would really enjoy it.
I did!

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Photo of bbtkd
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Central Waters De Kleine Dood on tap, 9.05% ABV, 38 IBU, Weizenbock style. Two fingers of head, one by the time I got a decent picture. Pours thin and brown, not much lacing. This is my first Weizenbock and it was really good. Nose is bourbon, taste follows. Another taste in there I couldn't place, perhaps leather. Opens sweet, some bitterness on close but not bad. Overall, would get it again - though not my favorite Central Waters beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A brilliant chestnut pour with ruby highlights supports a 1” tan foam collar that recedes moderately slow.
S: Mildly roasted dark malts with some chocolate notes, mild bourbon.
T: The bourbon and chocolate are expressed more strongly on the palate than on the nose. The bourbon and chocolate and bourbon move over the tongue in layers with a mild coffee and moderate sweetness in the background.
F: Very creamy and smooth with mild warming. Medium full body with very fine soft carbonation.
O: A beer to accompany country style ribs with a coffee rub or some chocolate after dinner.

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Photo of martyl1000
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Greenbush Bar, Madison.

I loved this a year ago. Man, has my palate changed since then. It's much too sugary and rich. Quality through-and-through, but I just can't drink the big malt bombs like I used to. The sweet bourbon absolutely pushes it over the top, for me. Not getting the "Belgian" aspect.

Pretty thin in the mouth, really the only thing sub-par, here.

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Photo of Crubbsy
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from bottle to tulip glass.

Look: dark brown pour, thin head that disappeared quickly. clear, but dark.

Smell: The barrel dominates the nose. Smelling toffee notes, and for some reason, I'm detecting cherries (?).

Taste: smooth, smoky, sweet, a little sweet, whiskey flavors woven throughout. Very well rounded flavor profile.

Feel: Not much weight to this one, but it's actually refreshing to drink a barrel aged beer that isnt super thick.

Overall: Very good beer. Very well rounded beer. Was surprisingly delicious, especially considering the price.

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Photo of CoreyC
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice dark with tan head
S - Strong bourbon aroma
T - Bourbon more subtle with nice leather and malt flavors
M - Medium
O - Very nice. I'm not sure about the Weissenbock styling, but this is a nicely barrel aged beer. Would recommend it if you like BA beers.

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Photo of RMelyon
3.14/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Not everything should be barrel aged, and this is a good example. Or, maybe weizenbock just isn't for me and I'm not appreciating this one properly. Anyway, I poured the last half of this bottle down the drain after forcing myself to drink a glass

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Photo of seedyone
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. A big surprise. Ok, so the 9% should have been give away as this is a serious contender in the Big Boy club. Big booze, big taste, big everything. Don't hesitate.

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Photo of whataschlitz
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours deep burgundy/brown. Not fully opaque. Light brown head faded fairly quickly.

S: Smells like barrel and toffee. Strong malt.

T: Malty. Bourbon hits the palate first, then faint coffee, and rounds out with malt and toffee.

M: Silky smooth. Very nice in that regard. Very drinkable even with the higher alcohol.

O: A tasty aged beer that benefits from the added flavor of the barrel. Delicious maltiness.

Notes: If you're in WI, check out your local Costco for bombers of this delicious beer.

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Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - Poured into an Aventinus weizenbock glass:

Pours brown a tan head that thins. Trailing lace.

The smell is of caramel/toffee, banana/clove, bourbon, some warming alcohol.

The taste is of caramel/toffee, bourbon/wood, alcohol. Banana/clove weave in and out. Sweet. (Just good enough to bump up the score a bit).

It is smooth despite noticeable alcohol.

A unique brew. Bourbon strong but not overwhelming Alcohol shows, but not raw.

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Photo of Pahn
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Upright Brew House in Manhattan.

Appearance: Offwhite head with good retention. If this is a weizenbock, its more Aventinus than Vitus.

Smell: Smells exactly like Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale; caramely oak. This is always a "count me in" experience for me.

Taste: Wow, it's like Bourbon County soaked banana bread! Genius! Just genius. Really well bourbon barrel aged moist banana bread with a little raisin thrown in as a highlight and a great mouthfeel. Come the hell on. How am I going to not order more of this?

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy, low side of moderate carbonation with a nice dry finish that peps up the experience and reminds you that this is a "weizenbock" not a barleywine.

Overall: Fucking bourbon barrel aged banana bread. 5.0.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-draught at Rattle N Hum in NYC:

The bourbon presence is amazing, emphasizing vanilla but not overwhelming the base. Dark fruit and Caramel lend this fine ale a gooey warm presence on the palate.

Full bodied and heavy on the palate. Good carbonation.

Though it lacks the style's signature yeast esters (especially banana), it's best regarded as a beer that lies outside style conventions.

A weizenbock for the bourbon barrel imperial stout lover.


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Photo of tigg924
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours opaque, black, with 1/3 inch head. Taste is dark fruit, raisins, figs, with vanilla, and bourbon at the finish. There is a bit of sourness. Tasty and complex brew. I prefer Central Waters bourbon beers more, but this is tasty.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). No bottling date but this has rested in my cellar for a year since I received it. Served in a Barrel and Barley teku.

Pours a deep but brilliant, nearly opaque burgundy with just under two fingers ecrue head. Once the foam subsides a full collar remains, leaving only a couple tiny splotches of lace.

Aromas of bourbon, toffee, caramel, bread and oak. Sweet and welcoming.

Flavor expounds upon that inviting nose. Bourbon, caramel, wet oak, toffee, hints of stone fruit, wheat bread, vanilla, sweet wheat malt, fruity yeast, cereal grain and a subtle booze heat. It all blends oh, so smoothly to create a delicious, enjoyable, malty sweet treat.

Creamy, medium full body with moderate carbonation. Bourbon, toffee, seared caramel and vanilla coat the tongue for a long, sweet finish.

Much to my delight, La Petite Mort combines weizenbock, Belgian yeast and bourbon barreling to produce a something very much like my favorite wheatwines. This is one of those rare collaborations that is truly outstanding and is worthy of a little effort to track down.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 10/17/15 notes. Big thanks to Dane for sending me out a bottle of this. 22 oz. bottle into a globe glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint and low carbonation evident. Lots of bourbon, sweet dark fruits, toffee, caramel malts, and raisins. Medium body and low to moderate carbonation, not hot.

Overall a very nice BBA beer. Worth checking out for sure.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Very dark brown, nearly black. Beige head settles to a thin cap. Wispy and spotty lacing.

S: The bourbon barrel is forward with corny sweet bourbon aromas, charred wood, and chewy caramel. Faint whiffs of musty yeast, candied plum, and raisin. Bakers chocolate and chocolate wheat. Light char and whiffs of alcohol.

T: Bite of bourbon up front. Woody, chewy caramel, corny sweet bourbon. Bakers chocolate and charred malt flavors form a solid base. Plum and raisin. Yeast is fairly neutral otherwise. Pinch of black pepper. Spike of alcohol at the back. Dusty yeast and fading bakers chocolate on the finish.

M: Thick in body and big boned. The weight and heft press into the tongue very gently. Soft and a bit chewy. Creamy. Acute carbonation has a moderate prickle. Warming alcohol.

O: To be honest I don't know how you can call a beer a weizenbock if you aren't going to use the traditional German yeast. This tastes absolutely nothing like a weizenbock. Nevertheless, this is still a solid enough beer. The barrel doesn't feel fully integrated, but it isn't a nuisance either. It's really just a dry, chocolatey strong ale with some potent barrel character. Kind of fire-and-forget and on the simpler side, but likeable enough.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a weizen glass

This beer pours very dark brown in color. It is topped with three inches of tan head that sticks around awhile leaving some lacing.

There is no denying the bourbon smell. This beer is two years old and still has a strong bourbon smell. I smell some caramel and vanilla. I don't get any of the typical weizenbock aromas.

The first few sips were boozy. Then it settles into caramel and vanilla flavors. It almost tastes like a barrel aged wee heavy, but some of the weizenbock flavors try to emerge in the form of the yeast spiciness.

Full mouthfeel

I love weizenbocks. I love bourbon barrel aged beer. I was more than curious to try this beer. It turns out that it wasn't life changing, but it is a pretty damn good beer. The weizenbock characteristics seemed to disappear, but it is real good in what it became.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly hazy almost opaque extremely dark brown in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate amounts of dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy tan head that reduces to a medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of bourbon, oak, and vanilla.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted malts and caramel malts with a light amount of toffee sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of vanilla, oak, and bourbon. Light hints of alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Very interesting, it doesn't taste like the underlying beer is a weizenbock but it is pretty easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden considering this is a bourbon barrel beer.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red-brown with a very thin layer of light khaki foam.

Raisins, dates, plums, and other dark fruits and oh so much bourbon. Some light vanilla as well.

The dark fruit is much less pronounced in flavor, but the vanilla, oak, and bourbon really stands out.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, warming bourbon, surprisingly creamy smooth.

Overall, I was not sure what to expect from this style, but It was certainly worth the purchase!

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Photo of Mightykingmalard
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours deep brown/black. Not totally opaque. Light brown head fades quickly.

S: smells like barrel and caramel. Very malty.

T: again, very very malty. Not much chocolate or coffee, just a ton of malty creaminess.

M: extremely smooth. Very nice in that regard. Rolls off the tongue nicely.

O: a nice aged beer. Definitely not a stout, but a nice strong ale.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I thought there was a problem with our bottle but more knowledgable guys said no. That being said I couldn't get into the flavor. A slight sour twang/funky nose that might come from the style but I wouldn't seek this out at all.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2013 bottle, opened Feb 2014.

A - Beautiful deep mahogany body with ruby highlights. Bone-white head pours thin with low retention and lace.

S - Fantastic nose. Chestnut, molasses, bananas, brown sugar, cherry cordial chocolates, touch of cognac, and caramel.

T - Lightly burnt fudge brownies, touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, and loaded with smooth, rich hazelnuts.

M - Thin, medium-light frame with a light boozy astringency.

O - Really nice, complex profile. Lighter than expected. Drinks a little like a brown-ale / barleywine hybrid.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color, virtually no head and no lacing on the glass.

Smell is primarily roasted malt with a whiff of vanilla, slight hints of bourbon and barrel but it is very subdued and subtle.

Taste actually starts out on a slightly sweet edge, sweet caramel malt with touchings of vanilla, bourbon is once again subtle which is good in that it doesn't overpower all the other flavors and adds some nuances, body is a touch thin, lacking some of the other flavors of a typical weizenbock yet present bigger flavors that aren't typically present, bit of a conundrum in this respect, heat makes a late stage presence with each sip so it's not distracting when it counts.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
1.91/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

1 pint 6 oz bottle, poured into a tulip glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours the color of molten caramel, and pools into the glass a deep, dark brown, bordering on black save for the light that gets through around the edges. Forms virtually no head, save for a ring of pale tan foam that sits atop the beer.

Smell: Bourbon barrel notes are the primary aroma, heavy on the vanilla-caramel aspects, with some of the woodiness. Lurking beneath, there's a malty sweetness, with toffee-esque tinges.

Taste: This drinks smooth, with almost no hint of the ABV at all. The bourbon mixes with the beer in a way that presents both chocolate and vanilla flavors at the opening, rounded off with hints of caramelly booze and oak. As it warms, there's an almost cola-like sweetness that emerges beneath the barrel notes, and some faint, very faint, shadows of dark fruit lurking far off in the distance, like shy nerdy kids peeking in the door to the prom, wondering if they should walk in or just go home and play some World of Warcraft. There's pretty much none of the esters one would expect from a weizenbock, which may be a side effect of the barrel aging process.

Mouthfeel: Slick and relatively thin, verging towards watery, the feel may have influenced my perception of the "cola" sweetness. There is next to no carbonation, however, just enough to keep the beer from feeling flat.

Overall: For a bourbon barrel aged beer, this is not bad at all - 9% with little to no alcohol taste and heat is a plus in my book, and the flavor profile is interesting. As a weizenbock, well...this isn't one. If it was, the essence of it was lost during aging, leaving behind just a sweet, smooth, bourbony beer. Hence, I am torn on how to rate this. I would pick this up again on occasion, as I enjoyed it, but it fits the style about as well as a blower for a '57 Chevy fits a Bop-It. Since I prefer rating to stylistic elements over personal enjoyment, I am going to go that route, with the disclaimer that this is still a tasty barrel-aged beer - just not a weizenbock, per se.

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Photo of Billolick
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle

Dark mahogany,very minor dark tan

Rum, dark malt sugars, dark chocolate on the nose.

Deeply flavorful with more of the same on the palate. Bourbon, burnt sugars and dark chocolate/molasses coming to mind. Hearty beer for a cold winters day

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Central Waters / Local Option De Kleine Dood from Central Waters Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.