Taybeh Dark | Taybeh Brewing Co.

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Taybeh Brewing Co.

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This classic style was first brewed by monks in the Middle Agesin order to fortify themselves during their fasting. A generous amount of malt goes into every bottle of smooth, rich Taybeh Dark Beer. Brewed in small batches in German traditional style using roasted malted barley, hops, yeast, and pure water creating a classic quality rare brew to celebrate the turn of the century in the Holy Land.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 15
Photo of shivtim
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Palestinian beer? Why not. Apparently they also make this in Germany, but this bottle was from East Jerusalem.
This is an ok brew, sometimes described as a Bock and sometimes just "dunkel." It's a deep brown color, with little to no head, and no bubbles. Nose is slight amounts of malt and alcohol. Taste is malts and peat, with slight anise flavors, and maybe some hay. Mouthfeel is undercarbonated and flat.

According to the website:
"A generous amount of malt goes into every bottle of smooth, rich Taybeh Dark Beer. Brewed in small batches in German traditional style using roasted malted barley, hops, yeast, and pure water creating a classic quality rare brew to celebrate the turn of the century in the Holy Land."

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

First off. I drank this in Palastine so maybe my review will be a bit higher than some others. It is not really a bock. I think of it as more of a Dunkles. Maybe a few points are lost here because it does not really meet the style.
Overall it is pleasant and easy to drink, but the flavor and feel are lacking. Some burnt character and a touch of hops, but there are no pruney or rich fruity flavors that the style should have. Even at 6 percent alcohol, the body is quite light. For sure drink it if you are in Palastine. It is the only craft around so let's support um! Hopefully the future styles will even better :)

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Photo of beerquestman
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked it up right from the brewery in Palestine, and drank it in my stay in Jerusalem.

Appearance: Very Dark brown, chocolatey looking

Smell: yeast, mild and a hint of wood

Taste: Slightly smoky at first but finished a bit sweet like hershey's syrup or raw cocoa.

Mouthfeel: Medium weight, a bit heavy on the tongue.

Drinkability: fairly drinkable for a dark beer (about average)

Serving type: bottle

An interesting story and a very affordable beer for the middle east.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I found it interesting that when looking for local beer in Jerusalem, the beer stores would point out Taybeh and say "This is brewed in... this is brewed locally". Heh.

This one pours disappointingly. Above a clear mahogany red-brown body, a tan head fizzed up like coly bubbles and disappears as rapidly, leaving it completely devoid of head for the remainder. Needless to say, no lacing either. Indeed, it looks a very insipid effort. Hopefully, the rest will account for it.

Nose is pleasantly dark and roasted, with some toasty dark grain characters giving way to a slight mild acidity and a touch of Belgian spice. There's certainly something of the roundness and sweetness of the Belgians to my mind, and the grain cahracters just give it some extra depth. Nice.

Taste is similar, although the acidity is missing, so this may have been the effect of something else on the nose. At least I know it's not infected. Here, dark grain, subtle spice, mild sweetness and a crisp dry espresso character on the finish melt this into something very decent and relatively layered. Feel is lacking in body, unfortunately.

Yeah, this is a nice brew, with a few glaring flaws. But the basic elements are good, and this is certainly something that's worth trying. Another surprisingly good beer from Taybeh, proving against reason that Palestine, with all its hurdles can produce good beer.

(And, amazingly, maybe living up to their claim to brew the "finest in the Middle East")

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A simple dark beer. Slightly gray-beige head and a dark juicy viscous cloudy soy sauce color beer.

S - Hmm I don't know what I was expecting, I never would have thought of Palestine and beer. It's A tiny bit airy, but mostly malty with a few random spices. I wish I could go into more detail but I was just so shocked to find it.

T - Mmm, not bad. Malty for sure. Hop and yeast flavors very mild. Wish there was more there. There are some spices present but not really estery. Would like to try on tap.

M - Average. Not thin, but not thick like a stout.

D - Fine good enough to have from time to time, not a beer to go out of your way for, but certainly fine.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a glass. Best before 29 March 2011. (Bought at the brewery and bottled five days earlier.)

A: Quite dark with a brief-lived head. Translucent, but too dark to see through. Blood-red in the light.

S: Flat, but with some chocolatey tones.

T: Splendid! Chocolate malt with a strong, bitter undertone. The buttery tones of the Amber, but with a richer and more developed flavour. The aftertaste is roasted and lightly sweet.

A: A little flatter than I'd've liked, but serviceable.

O: The best of Taybeh's bunch. While not as lively as Golden or Amber, Dark has a much deeper flavour. Better made and appropriately tasty. Recommended.

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Photo of beer488
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried it for the first time in Jerusalem.

Looks dark and tasty in the glass, translucent, like a porter. Low carbonation and not much head. Smells of fresh chocolate malt and hops, very nice, invites you to taste. Tastes of chocolate malt, subtly sweet, mildly hoppy, and very balanced. Mouthfeel is medium, not watery and very pleasant. All the flavors merge and compliment each other wonderfully. Filling. I was pleasantly surprised. I could tell it was a German style dark ale. Would drink it again.

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Taybeh Dark from Taybeh Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 15 ratings.
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