Seeyoulator Doppelbock | Boulevard Brewing Co.

very good
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Seeyoulator DoppelbockSeeyoulator Doppelbock

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Doppelbock was first brewed in Munich around 1700 by the monks of Saint Francis of Paula, to sustain them through the Lenten fast. They called their full-bodied brew “Salvator.” Today it is customary to pay homage to the good brothers by giving doppelbocks names ending in “-ator.” Our version bids a fond aufwiedersehen to tradition, charting a flight path into bold new territory. Medium amber in color, it offers a heady, estery banana aroma. Rich maltiness predominates, with cedar aging lending just a hint of spice to the finish.

35 IBU

Added by Bitterbill on 09-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.61/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch Number 2010-1
Pours a dark brown with a 1/2 pillow of foam that just stays. The aroma is just amazing. The cedar shines and mixes well with the sweet malts and toffee. I don't want to stop smelling this. The first sip is world class. The taste follows the nose almost exactly except with a bit more sweetness but it doesn't overpower. The wood flavor sings a melodic symphony with the various sweet flavors each contributing just a little (banana, toffee, malts, brown sugar).

This might be the smoothest beer I have ever had. The carbonation level is perfect to give a silk like mouth feel. The finish to me is like the 5 min mark after finishing a piece of hard candy with just a bit of dryness. I was very glad to find this on the shelf and it was even better than expected. Sad part, only 1 bottle left. Very good.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a nice dark orange amber, with abundant carbonation and a fast fading orange head leaving lacing. The carbonation is fun to watch, but does not stay aggressive in the glass. Nice malt, fruit aroma with a hint of cedar. Very pleasant dark and light fruits, sweet malt and caramel up front, malty middle and an odd hoppy and bitter finish that was pleasant, probably from the cedar. I like this a lot. This was one of my favorite Doppelbocks; I see that it is listed as retired here and is not listed on the Boulevard website. I'm very disappointed and wish I could have stashed some of these away.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

n8dietz totally earned his '09 DL for this haul.

Aged on cedar.

The color is a somewhat transluscent copper and medium ruby mix. A thick tan head holds at two fingers for about five minutes, then disappears. Very visible carbonation.

A fruity caramel malt bread hits the nose at first. Then a woody cherry and plum vie for position. This is a great smelling doppelbock.

The taste starts dry and heavily toasted malt sweet. Caramel and fresh bread crusts come to mind. Sweet black cherries and other dark skinned fruits play around with some very faint earthy, but undeniably woody flavors. This is a unique tasting doppelbock. PLus a syrupy carbonated texture with just a slight warm finish complete this beers profile.

Maybe aging with cedar will start to catch on. I certainly hope so.

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Photo of bump8628
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 1-2009. Corked and caged bottle.

Pours into a tulip a deep copper/red with 3 fingers of off-white head that recedes to a thin cap after a few minutes. Moderate-heavy carbonation is visible.

The aroma consists of bready, toasty, and caramel malts, and a pleasing spicy woodiness from the cedar aging. The bottle says "bottle conditioned lager" but a faint banana ester suggests that there is a Bavarian weizen yeast influence in this beer...very intriguing.

The base of the flavor is toasty Munich-type malts and sweet caramel malts. A clean and distinct cedar spiciness is evident throughout. The alcohol presence is only faintly detectable.

This beer finishes only slightly sweet, unlike many higher ABV doppelbocks, which tend to finish very sweet and although this may be a little out of style, it really lends to the drinkability.

I have to say, this beer was pleasantly surprising. I was expecting it to be the muddle of flavors that these somewhat experimental beers tend to be, and it certainly doesn't resemble a traditional doppelbock; however what it is is an extremely smooth, complex, and original beer that pushes into new beer territory and perfectly embodies the essence of autumn. A total success in my opinion.

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Photo of Jason
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown bottle with a freshness code on the label.

Sudsy patchy off white lace, tawny and clear. Spicy cedar lightly blankets the malt nose, bready and spicy. Massive crispness give a deep smoothness to the thick medium bodied brew. Full malt jacket covers the palate with a beautiful cedar tamed overtone. Mild hopping works out great, cedar takes care of the rest. Toasted bread, hint of grape-skin and a clean measure of dried grass shows a glimpse of a big complexity that shows more layers at the beer warms up a bit. Semi-dry with a spicy finish.

Fall in love at first sip and it gets better after that ... a dreamy beer. Seriously, this is an epic extreme beer. While this started off as a Doppelbock it is hard to really judge it as one solely once it touched the cedar.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Faint wood and a touch of banana on the nose over a backdrop of malt and kettle sugar aromas. It pours hazy brown tinted amber with a stiff lightly tan tinted 2” white foam cap that fairly quickly recedes. The palate starts with malty sweetness with some kettle sugars and a little chocolate in the flavor finishing with a hint of tartness and slightly astringent from the grains and wood. A luscious soft carbonation that works well with the malt to produce a creamy body and mouth feel.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark amber, pretty little thing. bold alcohol aromas with some malt sweetness and a whiff of the forest from the trees. it is a little sweet and tastes very boozy, much higher than the 8.5%. while it brings the booziness, it doesn't come off "hot." it balances it with the sweet malt and a touch of hops that blend into the cedar.
now this was a thing of beauty. I didn't know what to expect from a cedar aged brew but I was blown away.

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Photo of blakereik
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just finished off a bottle. Other than an issue with the cork - I have had this before with Boulevard big bottles, those corks are tight sometimes - this was a fantastic Doppelbock. Great reddish color, lighter head -probably due to the cedar, fantastic flavor with a brilliant finish. I could drink another one of these right now, but am planning on staying up for a couple hours so will abstain.

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Photo of RickS95
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a dark chestnut brown. It's very opaque with an inviting, rich look. The head is initially a finger thick and look nice on top of the much darker beer, but there's little retention and before long it's gone. After a quick swirl, slight lacing presents.

The smell is very welcoming. Very malty, caramelly, with some spices and a hint of smoke.

For the style, the taste is right up there. The caramel malts take top billing, but the spice, smoke and high alcohol are very worthy supporting members and make for a nice flavor profile.

A full-bodied beer with burst of sweet and complimentary hits of various spices and some char from the cedar. No real hop presence and little to no bitterness. The spice and smokey feel balance the malty sweetness and everything is cleaned up at the end with the heat from the alcohol.

I don't care much for lagers or German malt bombs, but this was a damned good beer. It's got a lagery taste and feel but everything is spot on with sharp edges like an ale. Good stuff, great flavor and the perfect amount of alcohol. Makes for a good night sipper.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet. Extra special thanks to thehand for the trade!

Batch Number: 1-2009 7/10

A: Pours a cloudy and hazy reddish amber color. Covering this is a gorgeous looking, khaki-colored, three finger dallop of cream on top. Retention was awesome and the ropes and splotches of lace left behind were beautiful.

S: Toasty malt (caramel, toffee, and nuts) was in full effect along with spices, green apple, berries, a touch of alcohol, and cedar. As it came up to temp it started to smell like one of those cedar sashays (sp?) that you throw in your closet to keep it smelling good.

T: Much like above with more of a toasted malt and roasty nut flavor. Earthy and grassy hops, dried herbs, slightly tangy apples, vanilla, spices, cedar, and coconut. Did I mention I'm a sucker for cedar?

M: Surprisingly spicy and bitter, for the style. I expected greater sweetness but was rewarded with a refreshing peppery spiciness. Likely due to the cedar.

D: Man, do I dig the beers in the Smokestack Series! I don't usually drink doppelbocks, but after this I may have to work more of them into my rotation!

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Photo of NCBeerFan
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from sgsmfdoom/John as one of several bottles traded at the BA Sexual Chocolate release. It's been awhile since I've had a doppelbock, so I was really excited to try one that isn't available in NC.

Pours a beautiful dark amber, with a fluffy two-finger tan head and a latticework of sizzling bubbles that quickly dissipate from the sides of the DFH snifter. Wonderful aroma of overripe bananas, toffee, caramel, a touch of clove, and a hint of the cedar. Oh man, this is a really tasty brew...the banana, toffee, and spices blend into a not-too-sweet, creamy mouthfeel, with a pleasant spicy tingle on the finish, courtesy of the cloves and cedar. And the bananas and spice linger around just long enough to make you want to immediately have another sip!!

After having this, I wish I had another bottle to try later...I haven't had enough doppelbocks to accurately compare this one to the style, but this is one solid brew from the folks at Boulevard, and one that I'd try again in a heartbeat. Thanks again John for passing along this treat.

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Photo of Snow81
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark orange to a amber haze

Head: Big frosty tan head that lasts the life of the beer

Smell: Toasted malts with a hint of a nut and a small amount of heat

Taste: Big cedar right up front with a bit of a Carmel, hints of nuttiness and a very small hint of heat on the back, after the beer comes to room temp the heat pulls up more upfront

Weight: medium to heavy body with a medium carbonation

Finish: Little stickiness on the lips and caramel lingers with that nuttiness in the back

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Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Brodie - thanks!

Pours a clear amber-brown color with a 1.5-finger cream-colored head. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of smooth and crisp caramel malts with hints of nuttiness. Also present are mild amounts of cedar aromas that fade in and out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth caramel malt flavors with very light amounts of nuttiness and toastiness kick things off. The sweetness is quickly tempered by mild amounts of earthy hops and hints of cedar. The cedar and malt flavors fade out into a crisp and moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I was surprised to see how the cedar positively impacted this beer and was also impressed with how well-nuanced the addition was. A very good doppelbock taken to another level, well worth a shot.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 11-26-10
Batch 2010-1
Best before May 2011

Pours a cloudy blood red color, with an enormous off white head that lasts forever. Lacing is huge, and sticks everywhere on the glass.

Smell is sweet malt, very smoky and deep. The hops are there, balancing the malt with a pleasant bitterness.

Taste is very different. The cedar adds a distinct woody character that very different than oak. Vanilla dominates, followed by a smoky character and tons of malt sweetness. Super complex, very unique, and extremely well made.

Mouthfeel is good, super thick and sticky to go with the malty and woody flavors.

Drinkability is good, but the thickness and sweetness are on the heavy side.

Overall, an awesome beer and one of the best doppels I've had.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A slightly hazy, deep ruby red beer with a thin and creamy light brown head that leaves nice lacing. Pretty good looking for the style.

S- Caramel, smoke, fruit, and a bit of cedar. All of the aromas are right up front, but are very nice.

T- Holy shit. First it is light fruit and caramel, then cedar, then smoke, then butterscotch. Very different and complex and opens up more than any beer I have ever encountered. There are many aspects in the flavors that I did not pick up on in the aroma.

M- A nice carbonated creaminess with a touch of lasting dryness.

D- A bit warm from the alcohol, but the flavors are very inviting. Very unique. I would like to see more cedar aged beers.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber. I really like the style of Boulevard's Smokestack Series, as the beer almost looks like a wine bottle. Poured into a basic goblet. Color is a rich and dark red mahogany, with a small fizzy head. Smell is spicy, almost like cinnamon, with a moderate amount of dark brown sugar sweetness. Malt hits you first, with caramel and toffee up front. Some hints of dark fruit as well, and lots of earthy, woodsy, character. You can really taste the cedar in this. Reminds me of a good single malt, honestly. There's more cinnamon in the finish along with a moderate amount of alcohol as it goes down. Clean and spicy finish. I'm actually pairing this with a Mac and (Beer) Cheese soup, and they're actually quite nice together. However, there's no doubt that this would be a great beer on its own. Really nothing to complain about with this one.

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Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a little bit of haze. A two finger beige head forms and leaves some patchy lace.
S: A rich malty aroma. Dry wood, dark fruits, toasted caramel.
T: Again, wonderful rich malty taste. Dry wood, some smoke, dark fruits, and sweet toasted caramel malt.
M/D: A full body and medium carbonation. Dry with a sticky syrupy consistency. A good warming feeling that lets you know there is some alcohol. A great beer to sip on. Something to savor.

A great Doppelbock that follows the style. The Boulevard Smokestack Series can do no wrong. Another great beer from the series, and a great warming beer for when the temperatures cool off. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Zundo
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A medium brown bodied beer, with a two-finger tan head.

Smell: A dark smokey, biscuit malt with a alcohol presence with some cedar woodiness.

Taste: A alcohol twing with fig and raisin with a cedar taste. There is a dryness to this with some smoky woody tastes.

Mouthfeel: A smoothness, that is low carb, round and a bit chewy.

Drink: Pretty drinkable

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

Poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful ruby/amber color, quite cloudy. One finger medium tan head has great retention but not much lace.

S: Sweet malt with dark fruits right behind that.

T: Like the smell, malt and fruits, spice underneath. Cedar is present and blends well with the rest. Delcious. Sweetness takes on a creamy quality as the beer warms. There is another flavor in here that I can't identify, but it's good. Clove gum drops? A bit of roastiness also comes into play near the end of the glass.

M: Medium-heavy body. Carbonation is a tad fizzy, but still a very creamy mouthfeel.

O: A splendid Doppelbock. The cedar really makes it unique. It's a shame Boulevard has discontinued this, but maybe they'll take it up again. Hope springs eternal.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a corsendonk goblet from a 750 ml bottle. It's a deep red cloudy beer with a small creamy head.

It has a really rich malty aroma as expected. Definite hints of toffee and caramel. Very appetizing.

The taste is very similar to the aroma with a boozy sting to it on the front and a roasted tone creeping through on the end. It's definitely more boozy than the aroma indicated, almost as if it was bourbon barrel aged but I don't think it was. Really really good flavor to it.

It's a little thin compared to the bold flavors. Really could use a little body to it but that probably helps the drinkability.

Overall, a good beer. Not quite an A+ to me but I'd drink it again without thinking twice.

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

Draught @ brewery tour: This one poured a fairly clear amber color with a very small white head. It didn't last and didn't leave much lacing at all. The aroma is sweet, malty caramel with a hint of nuttiness and spices. Perhaps some fruits in there also. The taste is quite good. Sweet and malty, with just a touch of bitterness leaving a hint of a dry taste. Very Nice!

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Photo of farrago
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Close to two fingers of deep tan foam, mostly tiny foam and you can see the bubbles pop swiftly across the surface until it's all gone in a flash, the lacing slides down the glass sides as well. Foggy amber red color, holds the light inside very well, diminishes to a basic orange along the rims. Golden honey, molasses, cane sugar, orange blossom make for an inviting nose, the cedar more of a steady undercurrent than large presence, close to dried fruit nature to the peach, apricot scents, despite all this not cloyingly sweet overall, it starts to dry out in your nostrils, even if without clearly distinguishing hoppy elements. Full-bodied, at first tastes a little like a root beer float, vanilla and brown sugar. The carbonation has a nicely tight weave to it which keeps the tempo up and reduces some of the sweetness in the caramel and toffee flavors. The apricot, pear, peach, banana fruit has richness without seeking attention. Gains chocolate and coffee ice cream nuances over time. Moments of multi-grain bread. No real hop bite, citrus is demure while grass or pine absent. It is difficult to peg clearly but there is good structure behind the sweetness, not a simple beer by any stretch. For its weight maintains credible drinkability.

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Photo of Strix
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange-brown, decent intial head that fades to nothing, little lacing.

Malt, toffee, caramel, bread, brown sugar, and spices in the nose.

Nice and malty, I can detect some cedar, as well as dark fruits and spices that give it sort of a dark belgian type feel. Clean finish.

Full mouthfeel, rich carbonation.

I thought this was delicious. Malty and complex. I am a sucker for the smokestack beers though.

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Photo of beer2day
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Molasses colored pour with 1-finger dense cream head. Leaves behind a thin sheen of foam all the way through the glass. Laces nicely.

Raisin bread nose with hints of molasses. Heavy malt promises for a rich taste. Pretty big alcohol blast as the glass warms.

Says aged on cedar on the bottle and I believe it. Very heady, woody taste and feel. Thick, big body. Carbonation comes out right up front. Grows into dried fruit (figs and raisins). Definitely getting a pine flavor in the finish. Alcohol less of a factor in the flavor than in the nose.

Excellent body. Thick enough to match the flavor profile. Very nice.

Easy to drink, but very heavy.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bit of a different twist on a doppelbock in my opinion. It pours nice and smooth, hazel and gold-amber body with a huge head. Stickiness is amazing. I should give it a 5, but it doesn't quite match the Salvator.

It's a bit lighter in the aroma. The sweetness and malt are balanced by some spice, woodiness and raisin.

Flavors include the raisin and wood with some chocolate at the finish. The sweet malt is there and very well balanced. Dark bread. A touch of almond or some sort of earthiness. This is very smooth, and provides a hint of dryness and bite on the end. Pretty good drinking even for a 750ml.

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Seeyoulator Doppelbock from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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