Pacifator | Pax Bräu

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Pax Bräu

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by boddhitree on 03-18-2014

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4.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was the beer for December, 2013 on Pax Bräu's Bierkalender, the Pacifator. Obviously, just from looking at the label, it's a Doppelbock. At 8.7% ABV and 20 Plato, a nice drinker for the winter. Now, it's mid-March and I had planned on keeping it over a year before drinking it, but those plans don't often work out. I ended up opening it last night to appease my girlfriend, and that's why I'm only reviewing it now. I had the first 1L bottle in December and it was very good, so 3 months mellowing time can only make it better. In December, you could really feel the heat of the alcohol, which is why lagering it seemed like a good idea.

Appearance: Sorry no pic, but it's deep amber with lots of deep orange tints, clear as a bell, under a tan frothy head that disappates quickly. It looks like a typical Doppelbock.

Aroma: Lots of caramel spilling out, roasted malts, toast, and a hint of alcohol in the nose, basically smelling like a aromatic, boozy Märzen.

Flavor: In the front a decent bitterness, Noble hop bitterness of Spalter or Hallertauer, not overpowering or very noticable, but perceptible when looking for it. You also get burnt, roasted flavors and the umami of Cajun blackened chicken and some fruits like pear.

In the middle, lots of caramel, Münchnermalz and some Carafa maybe, some hints of whiskey flavor, probably from Rauchmalz, and in the perceptible bitterness of the abovementioned Noble hops. Also, there's still a noticable alocohl twinge, but not the slight burn of the fresh beer in December.

In the back, again, full blast on the caramel, overtly but not overly sweet; it's more a caramilized sugar with some undertones of deeper burntness, and I bet it's from the Rauchmalz. I get some plums, pear again, and a bitterness that doesn't come from hops. The beer reminds me slightly of those Belgian Spekulatius cookies, usually windmill shaped in the USA, for their full of caramel too, but this beer goes beyond that and gives you the hearty umami and a slightly salty aftertaste from the Rauchmalz. WOW.

Aftertaste is all the above, just intenser and a lingering umami note like the deep sound of the end of a rung church bell.

Mouthfeel: thick and wondrful but not oily, very palate pleasing.

Overall, a WOW beer, not overwhelming wow, but near the middle of the WOW scale. I like it because it comes across first as a simple boozy Märzen, but then the other complex flavors pop in and out all over the tongue to leave a super satisfiying, relaxing gemütliche patina on the mind.

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Pacifator from Pax Bräu
Beer rating: 4.75 out of 5 with 1 ratings