Sixtus
Brauerei Forst AG

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Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #181
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,782
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 15.36%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
60
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Brauerei Forst AG
 
Italy
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  3
Gots
  14
SCORE
84
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Reviews by lucat:
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lucat from Italy

3.2/5  rDev -13.7%

Oct 10, 2014
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pbrian from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great Italian(!) doppelbock. Rich, creamy, bready, and malty. It starts out a little sweet, with chocolate and coffee undertones but finishes dry. So smooth it literally vanishes once it hits your mouth.

May 15, 2002
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Chaz from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut-amber in color, with a tan head of short duration and minimal lacing. Nose is compelling; roasted-burnt malts, hints of a tangy/oily texture (reminiscent of E.K.U. 28) but no overt hop notes. Fairly treacly at first sip, with pronounced aromatic qualities (over-cooked dark malts?) and alcohol. Warming, even at first sip. Smooth and creamy texture, which gives a sensation of being lighter-bodied which is a nice change of pace for a doppelbock. Lingering bitterness is pleasantly aggressive, showing good interaction between roasted/bittering malts and a restrained hop use. The alcohol content is not overly significant here (not stated on the bottle) but this is stronger stuff that could make for a dangerous session beer. While the finish is dry, there are more than a few dark fruits sneaking into the aromatics (yes, I know, esters in lagers are a bad thing, unless we’re talking Sammichlaus and the like.) While I paid far too much for this single bottle it’s the only other Italian Doppelbock (other than the very-good Moretti Dopplemalto) that I’ve seen in import to the U.S., and I was tempted enough to pay the seemingly outrageous price for this one. I’m glad I did, but next time I’ll buy larger quantities!

Mar 13, 2004
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oberon from North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a becker a clear deep bronze with a sticky one finger white crown that held pretty well.Aromas of sweet caramel and brown sugar mainly with a hint of dark fruit,not a real strong aroma for the style.Dark fruit,chocolate,and brown sugar flavors but not real strong and assertive,it's on the lighter side but tastes good.Dare I say a more quaffable doppelbock...well maybe not with a 6.5%ABV but it's not a big alcoholic sweet beer either.

May 13, 2013
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paleoplant from New York

3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 21, 2015
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packetknife from Idaho

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Italia?? You're kidding. The sensuality that goes with Ferrari and Ducati just doesn't put "beer" in my head. ;-)

Dark reddish-brown with a tan/beige head. Bread on the nose, a tad of liquor. It has a sharp edge to it on the tongue. A bit dry. And tobacco/snuff, just barely but it was the first time I experienced that.

Smooth and drinkable. Light bitter aftertaste and (don't laugh) some sweetness when I smacked my tongue on the roof of my mouth.

May 21, 2002
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stcules from Italy

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Classic mahogany colour, with a good foam, persistent and compact. Smell of malt, hints of liquorice and chickory. The flavour is quite particular, but good. The taste is malt, lightly toasted. The body is medium, and the taste is well balanced. After all, a pleasant beer, maybe a little boring after a while...

Mar 29, 2003
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fattyre from Georgia

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear dark brown/red color with a large rocky tan head. The smell is of sweet malt with hints of sherry. The taste is similar to the smell with sweet sherry mixed with a pepperiness from the alcohol and a very mild underlying hoppiness and a firm almost oily body. This is a full rounded body pleasant doppel bock that I find quite enjoyable.

Feb 21, 2003
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Gusler from Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is how I enter all beers into my master database that now contains some 5105 beers
Rating Date: 12/06/02
Place: Phoenix, Arizona - Home
Name: Sixtus Dopplebock
Country of Origin: Italy
Style: Dopplebock
Brewery: Forst
ABV: 4.50
Color: A transpicuous deep garnet color
Head: Impressive In size
Texture: Frothy
Lace: Thick sticky sheets that cover the glass completely
Nose: Malt, caramel, and molasses like tones, sweet
Front: Cloyingly sweet
Top: Skeletal in mouth feel
Carbonation: Minimal
Hops: Pleasing to the palate
Aftertaste: Dry
Overall Impression: Drinkable, and a good beer overall, but nothing to write home about.
5 Point Scale: 3.5
100 Point Scale: 70
Additional Notes: None

Dec 07, 2002
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown (ruby red highlights) with a nice creamy light brown head which leaves sporadic lace. Nice malt aroma with light roastiness and light alcohol. Nice maltiness: coffeeish and chocolately with a dessert-like finish. Not overly sweet. Medium-full bodied with a dry warming alcohol finish.

This is more of a Traditional Bock than a Doppelbock but it is good !!

Per M.J.: O.G. 1067 / 16.8 Plato. Almost all Munich malt

Best Before: 5/21/03 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 02/03/03 & 10/07/04

(11.2 oz / 330 ml bottle)

Feb 04, 2003
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Bunnyhop from Georgia

4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark brown-red, clear doppelbock with a large rocky tan head. The smell is sweet, malty, and sherrylike. The taste is sweet and malty, with a pepperiness, and a slight oakey finish. The flavors are reminiscent of a sherry or a madiera. It is firm and oily in my mouth. I was surprised to see that this is from Italy, not what I would traditionally expect in an Italian beer, but it is a dopplebock. I really like this beer alot (yummy!).

(source: RealBeer Tour)

Jan 29, 2003
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tavernjef from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark garnet in color with a strong glowing ruby tone within, delicately placed tannish head sits thin on top, reduces to a small collar around the edge and a broken whispy haze hovers, very minimal spotty glaring lace sticks. Aroma is quite full of dark plum and some sweetened molasses with some notes of anise. Taste has some deep tones swimming around in sweetly rendered malts lending plum and molasses, bits of chocolate make an appearance in some of the late lingering along with a small surge of sticky biting hops. The plum wears off as it warms and becomes more full of molasses and dark toffee; some spicyness fills the nose within the belches. Feel is favorable medium in body with a decent lighter slick, creamy feel and lightly gripping carbonation. A very nice showing with this brew, a pleasant surprise for sure eh.

Feb 27, 2004
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ElGordo from Oregon

3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep mahogany color with a creamy head that disperses pretty quickly. Smells of sweet roasted malt and molasses with a hint of caramel. Lovely rich mouthfeel, nice and thick like you'd expect from the color. More molasses on the tongue, with deep roasted malt flavor. Further hints of maple syrup, caramel, and mocha. Molasses and mocha linger. A beautiful beer, nice, rich, and complex.

Oct 31, 2003
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ark57 from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This reddish-brown beer has a creamy head and a malty aroma with some fruitiness to it. The body is medium to full. It has some fruit notes as well as anuttiness to it. The mellow maltiness finishes with an alcohol spiciness. I wouldn't have thought there would be such a good Doppelbock coming from Italy.

Mar 05, 2004
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RoyalT from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Dark brown in color and very clear with a nice, creamy head that laced well and left some cool-looking pits on the surface.

Smell – Cowabunga! Talk about nailing down the style. This nose is super rich and thick, full of heavily-toasted malts and caramel. Nothing more, nothing less.

Taste – This Doppelbock has the consistency of cold molasses. There are actually some molasses flavors in there, but the big, thick, chewy toasted malts dominate. The caramel is huge as well. This one is very sweet and also full of plums and dates.

Mouthfeel – Full, thick, and creamy in the mouth. This one is so sweet it’s sticky as it glides past your teeth.

Drinkability – I just had their lager and thought it was horrible. I can’t believe they pulled off this very difficult style. Very drinkable and will definitely buy again.

Feb 16, 2004
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Billolick from New York

3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, with best before dating on the rear label.

Dark dark amber, slight head and moderate lite mocha head.

Caramel nose.

Heavy carmel again on the palate. Kinda on the thin side..

Meh, barely worth a try

Mar 31, 2015
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After a long vacation in Beer-Third-World Italy, this was a happy respite. Finally, a beer that could at least be recommended.

Pours a reddish brown with a small haze. Nice beige-white head that leaves a single lace ring per sip.

Dark sweet chocolate aroma; slight cream and sugary caramels smells complete the profile.

Very sweet, rich and thick. Semi-sweet chocolate flavors. Full bodied with proper carbonation levels. the aftertaste has some balancing hop, but the predominate flavor is sweetness.

Not exactly quaffable, but this would be a very nice brew to curl up next to a fire on a cold spring day.

Oct 24, 2005
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tempest from New York

3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle with tacos on a cold, cold night. A doppelbock seemed like the right style for the weather and a decent pairing for spicy meat. It basically tastes like a slightly lighter Spaten Optimator. It's a little sweet and thick, but you could certainly drink a few if so inclined. Sixtus has a simple caramel and earthy clove character with a hint of corn.

Jan 09, 2015
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MMansfield from Canada (NS)

1.45/5  rDev -60.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Purchased bottle from Bishop's Cellar in Halifax, NS.

Appearance: Pours a brown colour. Vigousous pour leads to a thick off white head, lots of retention.

Aroma: Heaps of diacetyl, sweet.

Taste: Sour and loaded with diacetyl.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Final Statement: Massively infected beer. Not passed its expiry date either.

Dec 30, 2007
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czechsaaz from Washington

3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is sugary sweet. There are some fruity aromas and melanoids. But there's really not much to balance out the sweet aroma.

Deep reddish brown with a thick head that fades to a persistent small layer that leaves nice lacing as you drink the glass.

Flavor is very fruity which is kind of odd for a lager. I get lots of plums and cherry flavors. The malt component is very apparent with lots of munich type flavors and some dark roasted caramel malts. There's just enough bittering hops that it is still sweet and malty but not overly sweet. Hop flavor is non-existent which is fine for the style.

Body seems pretty light for the style. Carbonation level is good and lively.

Not a bad beer but not really a great one that I'd be dying to have again. Basically it's slightly above average.

Jul 12, 2007
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Latarnik from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

May 27, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but very dark red in color (black when viewed from afar) and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of molasses are present in the nose along with notes of dark fruits and hints of caramel malts.
T: Much like the smell, the taste is rather malty but also has a rather high amount of malty sweetness. Hints of brown bread are also noticeable.
M: It feels somewhat more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink compared to other beers in the style—it still feels like it has some body but doesn't feel like it quickly fills you up. Usually I find it hard to have multiple doppelbocks in one sitting but this is a beer that I could knock back more than one of in a single night.

May 03, 2014
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Naugled from New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Feb 19, 2012
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scootny from New York

3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Feb 04, 2015
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ckeegan04 from Texas

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

May 19, 2015
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