Seeyoulator Doppelbock | Boulevard Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
87
very good
205 Ratings
Seeyoulator DoppelbockSeeyoulator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
205
Reviews:
154
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.74%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
22
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 205 |  Reviews: 154
Photo of Bighuge
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Muddied auburn body. Thick and airy light beige head. Retention is quite good and lace is sufficient. Malt and cedar blend together on the nose to present a pleasant olfactory experience. The mouthfeel is too airy and a bit gaseous. Not what I'm looking for in a dopple. Flavor is average. Cedar and malt and molasses and alcohol combine somewhat awkwardly, but not horribly. This is really average and the worst of the Smokestacks that I've had.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle. Pours a murky tea-like amber with a pillowy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet woody malts (I actually smell some cedar) with some floral notes.

The flavor is very sweet caramel malts and molasses, wood notes with some noticeable plasticky alcohol in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall, too unbalanced on the sweet side for me. The cedar is interesting, but I get some other unique notes in the flavor that I can't quite identify, but am not digging.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wide chalice, this shows off a nice mahogany color, almost opaque, with a small dense layer of foam on top. Solid malty aroma, light caramel--I don't pick up any woodiness. Caramel maltiness doesn't really capture the proper bock malt profile, but isn't unpleasant. The woodiness comes through a bit more, but adds a harshness. No hop flavor, and bitterness is just high enough to balance out the sweetness. Does have a very nice mouthfeel, full and creamy but not heavy.

One of the weaker of the Smokestack series, though it does have a really cute name!

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Photo of tronester
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy reddish brown, with a big tan head. Smell is slightly woody, with a big, raw malt aroma. Taste is very woody up front, with a smooth malt middle, and spicy earthy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is nice and full, high carbonation. Drinkability is good, the alcohol is not noticeable, and while this isnt the best Doppelbock, it is still a worthy contender.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 11/8/2009. Bottle thanks to j12601. Pours a hazy brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, apple skins, fig, pear. Flavor of apple, sweet caramel malt, and light fruits with a touch of spices in the finish. Pretty tasty doppelbock!

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

Nose is fruity with a creamy malt base and spice. Fresh baked bread undertones. Smells good.

Pours clear copper with mild head. Looks good.

Flavor follows nose. Moderate bitterness and phenolic bite steal the balance from the malt or sweetness; this may be the cedar. Malt is bready. Soft sweetness. There's a soft and hard-to-pin-down flavor that reminds me of vanilla or almond. General woodiness. Hints of chocolate. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Pretty good drinkability.

Malt character develops as it warms (and decants, I suppose), leaving less astringent/phenolic wood character.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep firey chestnut with a soft haze to its body. Nice frothy and fairly tall capping of dark ivory foam that sits firm and tightly bumpy before fading slowly to a heavy skim. A few sporatic spots of lace catch the glass and stay there.

Aroma is clean yet a bit muted and low of dried caramel, sweet malty fruityness underneath of yellow raisin and some fig. Soft cedar wood with a slight herbal, even softer, spice of graham cracker, apple cinnamon, cocoa, and vanilla.

Taste is slightly more softer then the aroma. But not by much; a little too much softness however, to really help induce any complexity within the flavor profile. Too bad really...It has a dryish caramel sweetness with a dark fruity breadyness underneath thats quite nice, but it gathers a bit too much warming momentum as you get into it to pull away from the malt flavors and complexity. Yet, nothing muddled here; soft and touching with a small puree of light herbal woody and bakery bready dryness as it floats thru its caramel and lightly mushy malt fruityness. Warming parts peek and part their way across the palate depending on the size of the gulp taken. But it seems a bit heavy on the warming for 8.5% and short in overall flavor intensity.

Body seems short at first, but hold on for a bit as it will build with grace and boldness as it warms. Both as it sits in the glass and the belly. Crisp, yet tender with a slender sweet malt backing to balance it out as it creates some finer tones in dryness as it cinders softly into the finish whilst it turns the warming volume up a notch late in the end.

This is a pretty solid brew by Boulevard, but for me it misses the Doppelbock mark in taste by just a bit for me as it has far more dryness, which I didn't mind really all that much. More malty complexity and chewy slickness and this would've won me over with ease. This was borderline Belgian Dark-like for me then German Doppelbock. Perhaps a cross bred brew of the two? Well, whatever it is, its quite good and will do just fine for the colder weather months to have around to warm ya up.

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

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this brew.

750ml Bottle
Caged/Corked
Batch: 2-2009 8/10

Poured into a Celebrator chalice a nice cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight yeast note, caramel, and slightly spiced. The taste is sweet, malty, a little yeast note, with some spices. Medium body, the ABV is hidden very well. Drinkable, a nice brew. Glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of Vancer
2.98/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't have a chalise like the bottle suggests, so I'll use my big bowled Duvel tulip.

Poured a clean mahogany brown, thick and dense tan head floats on top gently. Swirls will produce sheets of lace.

Rich aroma of caramel malt. Quaff is surprisingly subtle, easy chocolate and doughy bread. Also, too much hop in the finish makes this closer to an American brown, not near enough sweet dopplebock goodness in this brew. Raspy and woody brew.

Disappointing, to say the least. The 750ml bottle was not cheap, ran about $12

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a rich dark ruby/gold with a thin light brown head. Nose is slightly boozy and sweet, very malty.

Taste is very sweet and smooth, has a huge carbonated mouthfeel. Very tasty with a light hint of the cedar to finish it off, great beer!

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Photo of rtepiak
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pour is copper with a nice head that fades. nose is quite boozy. mild toasty caramel quality. balance but mild. clean and crisp as a doppelbock. not ceder doesn't seem to do much besides the finish having a woody quality of apple... but not extravagant like pie. clean. has potential. too much alcohol that mutes a proper palate. had to work to finish.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split this on 10/2 with some buddies. From notes. Thanks to mully for this extra in a recent trade!

Dark brown-copper, no lacing. Film ring forms after the off-white head fades.

Aroma is a bit muted overall, but as it warms, releases flavors of dark fruits, caramels, toffee, rich malts and nice spiciness yeast character. A little weird flavor comes in at the end which seems to be a woody smoke note from the cedar.

See aroma. Initial sweetness backed by raisins, dates and the woodiness comes in the finish. Finishes fruity with spiced notes.

Despite a slight over-carbonation, very drinkable for its ABV and sweetness, beers like this are making this style grow on me. Thanks for the chance!

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Photo of dfillius
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint
A: Moderate pour yields 2 fingers light tan head with great retention . Clear reddish amber liquid. Pretty beer.
S: Bright and fruity with some citrus hop and cedar. The latter mixes well and is interesting. I wouldn't have been able to place the aroma without reading about it. The alcohol is strong lator (sic)
T: Strong malt flavor with molasses and slight roast. Tasty doppelbock! Not tasting terribly different than the standard for the style and very good at that too. Some bright Belgian notes.
M: Sweet and chewy. Warmth kicks in later on. A tad too fizzy.
D: Good. I enjoy it. One pint is enough, but I'd have another perhaps and buy again.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

750ml from The Ranger in Laramie. $8.50

A: amber in color, slightly reddish, much lighter in color than most dopplebocks. Cream colored head with great retention and decent lacing.

S: smells very malty and sweet, has some notes of wood, can tell this is aged on cedar. Fair amount of booze. Interesting.

T: caramel malt, big time roasted sweetness, tastes much better than the nose leads on. Notes of wood, definitely cedar. Roasted, and just a hint of booze. Pretty tasty, but not anything like a traditional doppelbock.

M: medium thick body, light carbonation, and quite dry, with just enough warmth. Right on there.

D: a 750ml is enough for me, tasty beer, but a little rich and a little sweet to really be a session beer. Nice work from Boulevard.

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Photo of russpowell
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Mid-town in Tulsa, I sure hope this lives up to my hopes. Batch 1-2009

Pours caramel/chestnut with 2+ fingers of sand colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Slight fruittyness & breadyness, becomes stronger along with cherries & woodyness

T: Bready, a bit boozey with dark cherries & plums up front, plus a touch of woody dryness ( I believe this is what the cedar imparts). Fruittyness, a touch of herbal hops & plus more dryness & some grassy hops as well...Finishes dry, fruitty & grainy

MF: Thick with moderate carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, more of a Maibock than a dopple IMO, but worthy of your consideration. I shall grab another bottle at some point & see how this ages... Not a bad effort, but wanted more...

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Photo of elniko
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml into Stella glass.

A: Fairly light for a doppelbock, still quite rich amber coloring. A little hazy, huge tan head that stuck around and left nice lacing. Really good looking brew.

S: Quite different from other doppelbocks that I have encountered. The cedar is definitely apparent along with some almost fruity tones. I do pick up a little molasses lingering in the background too.

T & M: For a doppelbock a little thinner bodied than is usually expected. Taste corresponds with nose for the most part. The cedar adds a nice compliment to brew and doesn't overwhelm.

D: Overall an interesting take on the doppelbock style. I did enjoy the brew but not sure I would put in the same level of some of the other Smokestack Series that I have had.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a couple of these at the local bottle shop recently...

Pours a lighter than expected light golden amber...Very creamy head that lingers throughout.
Sort of light for a dopplebock...

Sweet malts and raisin-like aromas rolling off of this... Maybe a little chocolate..

Very sweet malts with a fruitiness in the background and perhaps a little hint of that chocolate...fairly good tasting doppelbock at first but this gets sorta cloying toward the end...

A sipper for sure... This one should be shared as it was tough finishing this up with the sweetness...

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Photo of dbossman
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Redish brown and amber; hazy with a nice head and pretty good retention and lacing

S: There is a strong sweet aroma that reminds me of cherries; there is also a woody smell and subtle raisin

T: Pretty sweet with subtle raisin and cherry flavors

F: Pretty carbonated and it dissipates quickly

D: Good for what it is but the sweetness does wear on you

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. One and one half inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, alcohol, and slight caramel. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, hops, and very slight citrus. Overall, a good dop., but not great.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - medium dark amber color, thick head that is very well retained

S - malty with some raisin-like character, clean

T - rich, sweet malt flavor characterized by raisin-like and lightly toasted malts; slight noble hop character while cold and as it warms the hops are more evident (in contrast to German versions); finishes semi-dry with alcohol noted

M - medium body, moderately-high carbonation

D - This is a good interpretation of the classic German style. While it comes close, it isn't quite as smooth as the German versions when it warms. Nonetheless it is fairly drinkable and quite dangerous because of it.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 into tulip...

A: Huge frothy head climbs to four fingers easy, falls slowly leaving behind thick lacing, not quite as creamy as I hoped for. Body is light amber and slightly translucent, not very reminiscent of the doppelbock style...but the appearance is still pretty impressive.

S: Sweet bready caramel notes greet you first, very faint floral hops and just a hint of alcohol in the background. As it warms it develops a little more woodiness on the nose, I think the cedar blends very well with the caramel.

T: Wow, tons of flavor, yet not very similar to most doppels I have had in the past...definitely on the lighter side yet higher in abv. Lots of sweet caramel malt, almost a little too sweet, bready yeast profile mid palate along with just a slight hop crispness on the finish. Alcohol lingers in the throat along with the cedar...

M: A little too much carbonation for my palate, I like doppels a little smoother and with a little more body. I think I was expecting more from 8.5%...but not bad.

: Too sweet and too much alcohol presence to be very drinkable, but will enjoy sipping this one for awhile...overall not bad, but i've had better offerings from Boulevard.

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, burgundy color with a huge, tan, bubbly head of thick foam. It left nice rings of lace behind.

S - It smelled fairly floral with sweet caramel malt notes. Not much else.

T - It tasted very malt with a slight smokiness. Sweet caramel with just a touch of bitter hop bite to balance things out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied brew with a touch of alcohol heat.

D - This is a pretty nice dopplebock. I like the subtle smokey quality. Another good Smokestack from Boulevard.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up a few weeks ago, and finally have a free night to enjoy it.

After a mildly aggressive pour, there's a big head, but it dies down, leaving a trail of where it's been, and a solid tan head atop the beer itself. Transparent copper and glistening - wonder if they squeezed pennies for the color here? Looks like a great beer to enjoy in a dark bar basement.

Well-balanced on the nose between caramel-smelling malts and floral hops.

Deep and heavy flavors, almost like a very light barleywine - dark fruits, tobacco, and caramel, with undertones of the alcohol - it's fairly well hidden, but noticable at the end.

Very lightly carbonated, the aforementioned flavors roll onto the tonque - light in the mouth, but down the throat is followed by a slight burn of alcohol that lingers for a bit.

Not my favorite style, and the tinge of the alcohol is a bit off-putting. That's enough to keep me from really enjoying it.

By far my least favorite of the Smokestack Series - disappointing, given how much I've enjoyed the others.

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

Pours an almost-clear dark copper, thin light-khaki head that turns into a soapy, wispy smattering of suds on top. Surprised that this is a dopplebock - really light in color, and very poor head retention.

Nose is caramel, a bit fruity, hint of strawberry. You get a whispy floral hop presence, some alcohol.

Taste starts off with a balanced bock-like flavor - fruity, sweet, a bit bready, but with a nice, light, crisp hop bitterness that balances the malt. Big cedar comes through with a bit of a cool bite. Well balanced and decently pleasant, I suppose, but not at all what I was expecting or hoping for - a darker, richer, more traditional take.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, carbonation is kind of sickly - sharp but sparse and gets lost in the syrupy body. Creaminess and fullness are nowhere to be found.

Drinkability is decent. Balanced and moderately flavorful, but doesn't seem to have a character that matches the abv. Meh.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this 750 at the COOP today... BadAss!! Boulevard is in Boise. Sharing with Brenda.. mine poured into my Delirium goblet.

2 finger lite tan head.. the brew is clear glowing deep amber.. descent lacing..

Nose is spicy ... some lite caramel.. cedar (wow) .. really is pretty present.

The wood begins at the front and doesn't really let up.. lite caramel and not much else.. the wood lends a pretty tannic element.. drying.. blows out most if not all dopplebock characteristics... still the body is pretty thick and the carbonation is about perfect..

I don't know what to think about this one.. the dopplebock characteristics are very flimsy... the wood is too much..

Overall.. this is good... but.. it just seems too divided.

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Seeyoulator Doppelbock from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 205 ratings.
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