Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version) | Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)
BA SCORE
74.9%
Liked This Beer
3.91 w/ 291 ratings
Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Germany
klosterbrauerei-ettal.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 01-12-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,073
Reviews:
197
Ratings:
291
Liked:
218
Avg:
3.91/5
pDev:
11.51%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
23
Trade:
0
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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This dopplebock says it is vintage 2009 and I am drinking it in 2017, so that should be taken into consideration. It pours an opaque very dark brown color with a very slight red tint and almost no head. Never really seen a beer with this little head and I hope it is not something off because of the aging. The smell is very bready; a heavy, dark bread scent mingles with molasses and a mild alcohol scent. The smell is very nice, nothing off about that. The taste is also extremely reminiscent of heavy dark bread and molasses. A raisin flavor has also emerged. The sweetness from the scent has mostly disappeared though it comes back with a mild caramel flavor as it warms a bit. The alcohol flavor on the other hand has done the opposite. It is fairly assertive, but that is actually a positive in this case because it has the malt backbone to stand up to that. The lack of carbonation I think must be a bit of a flaw. It makes it taste a little flat, but to me that only detracts slightly from the mouthfeel. The body is on the heavy end, even for a dopplebock, only being surpassed by many stouts and porters. The flavors are excellent if you are a lover of big, bold dopplebocks, which I am.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: moderate to moderately low malt, dark bread, dark sugar and dark fruit aromas. There are no caramel, hop, chocolate, roast or burnt aromas.

L: The beer pours brilliant auburn with ruby highlights generating very little head with poor retention. Very tiny bubbles continue to slowly rise to the surface.

T: It starts mildly sweet with traces of light roast, toast, nuts, and dense dark bread. Some anise or horehound flavors along with the malt recall Dr. Pepper. Some soft alcohol flavors meld with malt derived dark dried fruit. the finish is on the sweet side.

F: The body is medium full and the carbonation is medium low.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was recently at Hunger-n-Thirst's bottle shop, noodling around as I am wont to do, when the duty attendant asked if I was interested in a German series that had recently arrived. My ears perked up and my curiosity piqued, especially knowing that I was close to a German horizontal anyway. Once I saw them & their relatively inexpensive cost, I was sold!

From the bottle: "Dark Beer".

This will be my only entry for today as I am coming off of a twelve-hour shift & I have to go back in about eight hours. My Pop! of the cap was followed by a gentle pour since I definitely do NOT want to deal with a mess at this hour. A vigorous in-glass swirl raised a brief finger of foamy, light-tan head that quickly reduced to wisps. Color was Brown to Dark Brown (SRM = > 22, < 27) but closer to 22 with NE-quality clarity and gorgeous garnet highlights. Nose smelled strong & sweet, like dried dark fruits soaked in alcohol. Whoa! I thought of rum-soaked raisins, but it could have been any fruit in that realm and I was also reminded of fruit cake at the holidays. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was big and full on the tongue & in the mouth with only moderate carbonation, so it seemed even bigger. The taste was still of dried dark fruit, but now I was also getting notes of milk chocolate & caramel along with a light nuttiness. It was a liquefied Cadbury Fruit & Nut bar! No wonder my brother monks invented this to hold them over during the fasting hours in Lenten season. It has me ready for a lie-down & I am not even a quarter of the way into it. Warming, the fusel alcohol began to take a foothold & become more assertive, making me think even more of those Christmas cakes. There was a definite dark breadiness to it that brought the term "liquid bread" to mind. Finish was once more in that Twilight Zone between semi-sweet & semi-dry. There was an inherent sweetness from the malt, but the yeast's action in getting it to 9% also dried it out nicely. On that note, I shall retire as the snow falls outside of my window.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hman43
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pours brown with Ruby highlights. There is not much of a head.

Smell: The aroma is a malt parade with caramel, roast, coffee, toffee, and molasses.

Taste; There are many malt flavors in the mouthful that include caramel, roast, coffee, toast, molasses, and a bit of coffee. In spite of the ABV, this is a very smooth lager. There is a slight dark fruit taste as well.

Feel: It is full bodied and thick. It has low carbonation and some alcohol warming.

Overall, this is an array of malt showcase and very clean. There are some hints of dark fruits but the malts showcase is what this lager is about.

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Photo of Azpittil57
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Haybeerman
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VAcrossr
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of shelby415
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of teromous
2.97/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Literally no head. There are a few bubbles on the surface but nothing that would serve as a head. The body is a dark mahogany brown with hints of red.

Aroma: Light buttery caramel and a touch of alcohol. Light aroma of roasted grains.

Taste: Sweet malt flavor with a bit of toasted caramel.

Mouthfeel: Not enough carbonation in this; it feels completely flat. The body is on the heavier side of medium and while it does have a dextrinous feel it is not thick or syrupy.

Overall: As an overall experience it borders on the lower side of average. While the flavors are nice the beer has this flat carbonation that kills the drinking experience. The only way I would buy it again is if I could see somebody pour it first to verify that it is carbonated. It's not a beer I would recommend, as it did not feel like a complete beer.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
2.85/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This beer was almost completely flat. I don't know if I had a bad bottle or water, but this was like drinking beer-flavored water. Good beer-flavored water, far as I could tell.

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Photo of SpaethJam
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edthehead
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBen5
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tekstr1der
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Clear, dark copper in appearance with minimal head that fades to nothing. Aroma of bread pudding, overripe dark fruits, and sweet cooked sugars - fantastic. Flavor is nearly as good with sweet malty notes of prune and raisin dominating. I like sweet beers, and this one is near the far end of that spectrum. Very smooth with just a hint of alcohol and slightly syrupy/cloying, though finish is quite clean. Great stuff.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AMCPhD
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mwckiltedsavage
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khrx4u
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark breads, malts, caramel. Taste is very malty, dark breads, raisins, some alcohol is present. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A straight across the board "" for me! Sampling right now on 10/11/15 while watching NFL football. Picked this up at Hy-Vee for just $2.99. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) nice looking bottle. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a .5L "dab" glass-handled stein.

Brew pours a pretty deep mahogany in color with ruby highlights. A good 1+-finger creamy egg shell head is seen with some very light spotty lacing. Aroma is of sweet malts and yeast for the most part. Pretty much the taste follows the nose with with a hint of some dark fruits (maybe fig?) in the mix also. So very smooth and you don't taste the alcohol at all. Medium-bodied with perfect lower carbonation. Overall, one hell of a tasty brew and gonna go with a perfect "10". It has all you want in this style of brew! PROST!

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Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Beer rating: 74.9% out of 100 with 291 ratings
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