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

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Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version)
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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:
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Added by Bierman9 on 01-12-2006

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195
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289
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.51%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The real Mccoy of a German beer. Licorice, some roast barley, mollasses, caramel and chocolate malt. Well balanced, very smooth drink, despite slightly noticeable but not obstrucive alcohol. Picked up in Orlando, thanks to the store's website alerted me to look out for it.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin head on a murky maroon and brown body. Rich molasses and dark fruit, mostly with a fresh melted carmel note. Flavor is more like a Wild ale with a musty dark fruit note with caramel and syrupy background. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. Overall reminds me of a wild ale too much but still a good beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This Doppelbock was a little different than I expected. It poured out like a normal Doppelbock with a really nice deep amber color and yellowish white head. The smell of the beer had some sweet malt aromas and and some subtle hops in the background. The taste was strange to me, it gave off this sour flavor for some reason. Perhaps a bad bottle but I'm unsure. The tase I was getting from this brew kind of hindered my thoughts of what started out as a good looking brew. The mouthfeel was medium and had a light carbonation to it. If it wasn't for the taste I would have enjoyed this much more. Perhaps having it again would be a good choice.

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Photo of metter98
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and poured with a beige head that quickly faded away. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles, which nearly consistently cover the surface with a thin layer of bubbles.
S: There are aromas of dark fruits and dark bready malts in the aroma, which is slightly sweeet. There are also some hints of alcohol.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and becomes more complex and sweet as the beer warms up. There are also flavors of brown sugar, caramel, nuts and raisins.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and very smooth on the palate with a light amount of carbonation.
D: Drinking this beer isn't overly difficult because the alcohol doesn't prominently stand out, however this is one that you should definitely sip considering its strength. This is a perfect beer when you need some alcohol warming on a cold night but don't want to taste the alcohol.

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Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy mahogany with a orange highlights and a thick head that splashes some lace around

Smell: Muscat-soaked raisins, fruitcake spice and a hint of tobacco

Taste: Opens with raisin, caramel and allspice flavors; by mid-palate, there is a bit of brown sugar sweetness that comes into focus; but the surprise is when the tobacco arrives, after the swallow, to add another dimension

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild, creamy carbonation

Drinkability: By keeping the cloying tendencies in check, this beer ranks among the better doppelbocks out there

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

Chestnut brown, dark but very clear, topped by a small head that settles to a collar pretty quickly.

Rich aroma of dates, raisins, toasted malt, a little caramel and mineral.

Similar on the palate, caramelized and toasted malts backed by fruity notes of dates and prunes. There's a mineral-metallic character mid-palate that leads into a grainy, husky and bitter finish.

This is a pretty solid doppelbock. Maybe not the best out there, but great stuff.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark reddish brown color with a very bubbly, light brown, two-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of malt, chocolate and light grasses.

T - It tasted bittersweet with a nice roasted malt flavor. It also had a strong chocolate and caramel taste, plus a candy sugar flavor.

M - It was soft and smooth with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good dopplebock. Despite a fairly high ABV, the alcohol isn't noticeable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle picked up at Chevy Chase in DC. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip.

Pours a moderate brown color that is pretty transparent. Thin tan head forms and then falls away very quickly. The nose has a bit of chocolate and mild malt sweetness. Pretty plain. Mild dark fruits in the background. The flavor is really plain and the mouthfeel is fairly watery for a beer of this style and strength. Mild malt sweetness and a touch of caramel. Really bland and disappointing. Moderate carbonation on a too-light body. Not a very good example of the style.

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

500 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly cloudy dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big raisin, prune, caramel, molasses, nuttiness, biscuit, herbal, toast, and light earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of raisin, biscuit, caramel, molasses, nuttiness, toffee, toast, light chocolate, and earthy spiciness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, molasses, caramel, toast, nuttiness, toffee, light chocolate, and earth on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance of flavors with good complexity; almost zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice doppelbock! Nicely balanced with good complexity; very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with one finger of white foam on an opaque, dark brown body. The head settles quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Dark caramel, sour cherry, and brown sugar.

T - Brown, sour malt up front. Some caramel and brown sugar in the middle with vanilla and cinnamon in the finish.

M - A medium thick body, average carbonation and a sweet finish.

D - Comes across more like a Flemish red than a bock, but it is balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of oberon
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with some reddish hue with fluffy off-white one finger head,first thing that stuck out to me in the nose was the smokiness that goes along with the dark fruit and brown sugar and caramel sweetness the alcohol whafted a little but its not strong.Sweet up front quite sweet in fact raisins and caramel with some dark brown sugar as well a little bit of an alcohol burn going down.I notice just a slight spiciness and earthy note in the finish,its a smooth,slick doppelbock glides down easily if you like big malty sweet beers to me this would be a good winter sipper to take the chill off I ll be looking for this again come December I think.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap @ Ebenezers.

A: Creamy bubble head fades quickly over a dark brown semi clear beer.

N: Lots of dark wheat, banana, slight creamy, lots of syrupy sweet and toasty malts aromas, touch of coffee and smoke, molasses, and a little candi sugar.

T: THick and syrupy, molasses galore! This is what would happen if you brewed a mead with molasses instead of honey! It has a spiced cookie flavor too, with some dark wheat, touch of warming booze, fresh caramelized brown sugar, and candi sugar, sweetness galore! A little smoke, chewy, touch of bitter creamy flavors too.

M: Medium body with syrupy feel and decent carbonation.

F: Long molasses sweetness and syrupy, with brown and candi sugars, some earthy bitterness, little smoke, dries well but keeps that hint of sweetness, dark wheat too, with no real stickiness, caramel, toasty malts, and a looong finish.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Devil's Den in Philly. From notes.

Appearance: Delivered with the expected dark chestnut body capped by a frothy head of light tan foam. It's hard to tell if it's clear or not as the beer is dark and the bar is dark. The head holds quite well and leaves some thin lacing about the glass.

Aroma: The nose displays a toasty and caramelish malt. Clean. Subtly spicy (seemingly more from yeast or hops than alcohol).

Mouthfeel: It's full and creamy across the palate with a full body and very fine, median carbonation.

Flavor: The flavor is far more rich and malty than the nose suggest, and it's caramelish with a thin strand of delicate cocoa and perhaps a bit of butterscotch. Some dark fruit is present as well, but it's more on the caramelish with underlying chocolate side. It's very straightforward rich malt, and there are no hints of roastiness or smokiness or any dark malt acidity to interupt its smooth passage. In fact, there are barely any hop flavors either, excepting the spiciness, which may be coming from alcohol and /or yeast, or a combination of both. Some floral, and perhaps grassy hops do dance about in the background but they are minor in comparison to the dark maltiness. It's bitterness is also restrained, allowing the malt to shine, but it remains superbly balanced and never appears sweetish, only richly malty. Very cleanly fermented. Very nicely rounded. The alcohol is very well-cloaked and it never appears 'hot'.

Drinkability: One of the best doppelbocks I've tasted. Some go too strong, some go too complex, some are just too thin... this is very direct and very drinkable without becoming strong or heavy on the palate. Worth seeking out!

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

undated larger bottle served in large glass goblet.

A - a dark, clear mahogany brown with excellent reddish-orange highlightSmall head of limited duration.

Aroma: The nose is mainly roasted malts with hints of dark fruits and a dose of spiciness. After a little warming, the higher ABV starts to become more apparent -- it was more or less completely hidden when cold -- and more spice notes appear.

Curator Dopplebock is very flavorful. It tastes like it smells, for the most part, although there's a richness to the roasted malt flavor that exceeds the expectation built on aroma. The high ABV is partly hidden and hicely integrated with the other flavor components.
Sweet, well-roasted barley is the dominant flavor, withenough minor spicy, floral and brandy notes to make for a satisfying level of complexity. Too sweet, at first, but a more bitter ant earthy toasted malt flavor soon takes over.

The mouthfeel is medium-full with an impressive smoothness.

O - I stopped at this Kloster about 4 years ago, but was unable to sample the beer there because it was a Sunday. Glad to have thechance some years later, even if now getting a bottle rather than a fresh draft. Well, this bottled beer is good but slightly disappointing; I still want to make a return visit to sample the beers on tap at the source. You should too: the monastery is wonderful. Meanwhile, this brew does taste like it is actually from a recipe from Benedictine monks in 1609.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/11/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a dark reddish color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains dark fruit, lager yeast, brown sugar, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit, caramel and brown sugar. Then a hearty malt character comes in along with some lager yeast breadiness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep mahogany body with a bubbly, effusive off-white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, rich aroma of syrupy malts along with notes of cinnamon, sugar-soaked dark fruits, and molasses.

Taste: Sweet, sticky maltiness with flavors of toasted toffee, brown sugar, and just a drizzle of molasses. Copious amounts of lush darks fruits like figs and raisins. Hints of cinnamon and tobacco. There's a faint mint character that emerges near the fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Ample carbonation. Nicely warming.

Drinkability: I may not remember much, but I will never forget the time I shared an Ettaler Curator with my pal, AndoBrew.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark walnut brown (with generous orange highlights) that becomes dusky ruby when backlit. The head is the color of toasted wheat and is a good contrast to the lucent liquid on which it sits. A short collar of lace has appeared, with more, perhaps, to follow once the stubborn cap finally relents.

The nose is gently roasted malty, dark fruity and lightly spicy. It isn't as bombastic as the biggest members of the style, but it's enjoyable all the same. Actually, repeated sniffs convince me that this is one of the spicier doppels that I've smelled. It'd be nice if that characteristic translates to the palate.

Curator is full of flavor and is a wonderful example of the style. As I'd hoped, it tastes like it smells, for the most part. I often forget that doppelbocks are lagers and shouldn't really be stout-like in the mouth. While this one isn't the biggest doppel in the race, it's in the lead pack.

Sweet, well-roasted barley is the unchallenged focal point. There aren't a huge number of accessory flavors bathing the taste buds, but then there doesn't need to be when the beer is this well-crafted. Buttery figs, dark caramel, cracked coffee bean and a wee smattering of cinnamon play supporting roles is this impressively complex lager. Delicious.

I don't know why Klosterbrauerei Ettal decided to give the American import version a higher ABV, but the alcohol is so well-buried that it doesn't really matter. If it helps depth of flavor, so much the better. The mouthfeel is medium-full with an impressive amount of lightly silky smoothness. The next highest score is only a hair's breadth away.

Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock is fantastic and should be enjoyed by lovers of quality doppelbocks and by most others as well. The fact that the recipe was created by Benedictine monks in 1609 proves that good beer is timeless.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(purchased at Brawleys in Charlotte, NC) Pours ruby/chestnut with a 1/2" of tan head. Below average head retention & lacing

S: Licorice, breadyness, & booze as it warms

T: Licorice, cinamon & breadyness up front. Brown sugar & doughyness show up as this warms along with some black currant. Finishes with pecans, boozey dryness & breadyness

MF: Chewy, medium bodied with low carbonation

Drank very easy for the abv. A solid dopplebock, I will say I enjoyed the 7.0 abv German version just as much, if not more

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a couple sample half pint glasses

A - Poured a nice caramel brown color with a smallish off white head. Quick fade left behind a somwhat flat looking brown liquid with no head, lace, or side glass contribution.

S - Aroma was decidedly smoked with a nice hint of caramel in the back. There was some earth grain present and more of a dark grain tone.

T - The flavor was nice, classic dopplebock with lots of smoked flavors and a great overall malt profile. Thick flavor with a somewhat tangy finish it had that little bit of a coffe grind kind of finish to it.

M - Very smooth with little in the way of carbonation. It had a bit of slickness to it but nothing that was terribley bad or even distractable. Overall just a nice smooth feel.

D - Very very nice. An easy drinker with smoot feel and absolutly no hint at the 9% alcohol that was hidden inside. I easily could have had a few more of these with ease.

Overall not at bad Dopplebock by any means. This was really a good choice and something that was really cool to enjoy. I really look forward to trying it again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris for sharing another fine product of Germany.

A: The pour is a dark brown/cola colored elixir with a small off-white head.

S: A nice fruity sweetness to start things off. I get plums, figs, cherries, and raisins. There's some caramel maltiness as well as a hint of toasted bread and cola.

T: The flavor is much the same, perhaps a bit more "bread forward". Lots of sweet cola and caramel along with very ripe dark fruit flavors.

M: The body is medium with a lively carbonation that fills the mouth nicely.

D: I love me a good doppelbock and this one certainly fit. Definitely worth a tick.

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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 BeerForMuscle
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Deep maple syrup brown with a nice foamy beige head in the mug. Red hues on the perimeters.

S - Licorice, toffee, caramel, molasses, dates, figs and brown sugar. Dark bread yeast. A crazy complexity of everything tasty and dark.

T - The taste goes hand in hand with the smell. Toffee, dark caramel, molasses, date sugar, fig meat. Malty sweet and bready, with a nice sweet warm alcohol aftermath. Faint chocolate.

M - A rich, soft, smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Just viscous enough but not syrupy. Chewy but smooth. Well balanced.

O - A superb Doppelbock.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Practically perfection in a glass. Deep red chestnut brown, dark but crystal clear. Even lines of fine carbonation slowly rising to the top to meet a supper creamy three finger head. Light tan and soupy a bit with meringue like retention, minor details, but with a glowing piece of antique furniture the beer looks amazing, dark, mysterious, bloody almost, and just alluring as all get out.

Excellent interesting aroma. Dry and airy grain. Mild milk chocolate but very powdery. A real nice sense of hazelnut and nutty character to this too. Slightly creamy mild very tiny vanilla on the nose, but the dryness really brings out a grainy and clove lightness with a bit of nut. Very interesting.

Woah… who invited the sugar police? First palate sip brings classic toffee malt thickness that comes with a bit of caramel and then just takes over. Huge rushes of maple syrup and sugar. Thick coating malts which surprisingly aren't that bad, even hinting a little cream like texture, but boy do the sugars on this just go overboard. A boozy character really starts to develop just making the sugars emphasis this like crazy. Much of the diversity on the nose is completely gone in the taste.

It's one of the best looking German doppels I've ever seen but it's just far to sweet for my tastes. Still drinkable, but if you are into that thing you'll dig this one for sure.

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Photo of jwc215
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Old Bay, New Brunswick, NJ:

Pours mahogany with virtually no head.

The smell is of dark, plum/prune-like fruitiness. Some woody/nutty notes intermingle. There's a hint of molasses with a slight floral spiciness.

The taste is of dark prune-like fruitiness with some woody/earthy notes. Hints of molasses come through. Peppery alcohol lends spiciness in a sweet finish.

Medium-to-full bodied, smooth but for noticeable alcohol.

A nice, fairly complex sipping brew. Sweet and spicy. A good cool-weather brew.

Bottled version same with a slight better head to start off with (though it does disappear - not unusual for high abv).

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, opaque, cocoa-toned top, slowly evaporating.

Dark and deeplyrich aroma, caramel notes, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruit...maple, anise, ...sweet, but not too, very well played balance.

Fully flavored, but mellow in the mouth. Very smooth and drinkable, despite the 9% abv. Slips tasty, tastiness all 'round the senses. Plums pop up in the flavor department, dates, blackberries...very interesting, this dunkler doppelbock.

"Brewed according to it's historic recipe of 1609, created by the Benedictine Monks." Yea, for that!

A slick and delicious doppel, smooth and very welcome. Yum.

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Ettaler Curator Dunkler Doppelbock (US Import Version) from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
3.91 out of 5 based on 289 ratings.
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