Seeyoulator Doppelbock | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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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Reviews: 154 | Ratings: 205
Photo of Chaney
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My buddy Josh brought this to our tasting great.... we all knew it was retired... so this is the review from my tainted, rarity accepting palate.

A: Dark red, obviously ulfiltered, with a a dark what color after a very hard pour.

S: Beet sugar, but not too much. Candy sweetness, but a tons of malt.

T: Malt, much, much, much cedar aged stuff. Of course there was no hops, but that wasn't the point of this brew. Nice, dark, woody.... what can I say?

M: Thick....and then some. The sugar content was kept in check and the carbonation was DEFINITELY high for this syle. It may have been too much overall for the Doppelbock lovers, but since I'm not a huge fan of this style, I thought it was really good.

O: Good stuff. I totally dug the Cedar elements....

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Photo of tito42
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml corked bottle into a Smokestack Series tulip. 2nd batch of 2009, best by 8/2010. So this one had a little bit of age on it, picked it up in Minneapolis while on a trip for work. I haven't noticed this one here in Kansas City of late.

A: Pumpkin pie in color with an orange-white head. Nice head retention, little lacing. Nearing opaque with slow-moving bubbles.

S: Caramel, apple, a touch of breadiness and cedar plank. Everything blends nicely into an inviting aroma.

T: Malt heaven with coffee notes. Bready in the middle. Fruitiness throughout with a cedar finish. A touch of hops and a fair dose of alcohol at the finish line.

M: Full malt body with a rich creaminess that gives way to touch of dryness at the finish.

O: Definitely an 'alt' dopplebock, the cedar aging gives new dimensions to the style. Complex and a bit of its own monster. Not exactly in line with others in the style. I don't think I would buy this again as, the cedar was a bit much.

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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 Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to my father-in-law for picking this up. Served in a tulip.

Pours a medium brown for with a slight off who're head and some very light lacing. Those nose brings a touch of caramel plus some breadm. Very light fruits plus a bit of alcohol in tue background. The flavor is similar with some caramel and bready malt. There is a bit of alcohol but not much else. Mouthfel has a hot of body with low carbonation. Okay, though I would not seek this out again.

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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 nas5755
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A very dark brown with deep crimson hues, lighter than I was expecting. The head was minimal and quickly dissipated. little to no lacing.

S - subdued, some cedar and an odd

T - Dark fruits such as fig and raisin, roasted malts, smoke, cedar, a bitterness from the cedar. Very pleasant, complex and interesting. Crisp like many other fine doppelbocks, and clean flavors, no cloying sweetness.

M - Very pleasant, mid-low carbonation, nice smoothness, a bit thin.

D - An interesting take on the style, lighter in color and less chocolate flavor then expected. However a very good brew. I enjoy the cedar within this beer and find the complexity to be the best part of this beer.

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Photo of rfabian
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass it forms a 1 inch head with good retention and lacing. The appearance is amber brown and clear. The aroma is of toasted malt with slightly more hops than the usual bock. The taste is plainly bockish with firm maltiness and very slight bitterness. The feel is medium heavy with a clean finish.

This is a nice doppelbock.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

137th review on BA
750 ML C/C
Bottle to Chalice

App- A very crimson brown with a two finger very flat head that lasted quite awhile. The retention was very nice as well.

Smell- Like the label says its aged on cedar but I don't get the smell. It's very estery with some banana to it but I don't have much scent recognition with cedar so hard to get big scents off this.

Drink- A big drinking double. It's a malty spiciness. It's not over powering at all but has a heavy taste to it but very palatable.

Mouth- Med/Full, low carb with a smooth beer. Without having a cedar aged beer before like I mentioned above the taste/feel is throwing me off. It's quite good though.

Drink- A great way to start off Christmas Eve. So far Blvd hasn't made a bad beer in the smokestack series.

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

A - Nice deep ruby, copper color. Average sized, foamy, rocky, fizzy, off-white head. Disappears pretty fast leaving some patchy lace.

S - Spicy sweet malt is strong. Also getting a good amount of smoky and woody aroma. Some slightly tart date, raisin and plum. A bit of cherry and grape as well.

T - Smoky and woody cedar flavors are pretty strong actually. Also a strong malty flavor with some spice, almost reminds me of a Scottish ale. Some plumy, date and raisin present with a jamy type of flavor.

M - Lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. A little thin but smooth.

D - A little strong, definitely a beer to sip. Wood and spice characteristics are strong,

Notes: Batch 2010-1, Best Before 05/2011. Pretty nice beer. I definitely picked up on the cedar flavors. That makes it pretty different from other doppelbocks I've had. Kind of like a mix of a doppelbock and a Scottish ale. Interesting beer. Worth a try, but I probably won't get it again unless it is on sale.

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Photo of Kromes
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: a dark amber and ruby color with a thin off-white head.

S: A big cedar wood aroma with some toasted malt and booze.

T: The initial flavor is of cedar and then there is a very sweet roasted malt and caramel flavor with some banana and very slight hop flavor.

M: The beer has a medium feel. The carbonation is high and fills out the beer. The finish is unique....spicy, sweet and with a cedar wood sort of tang.

D: This is a different kind of doppelbock...I like the the cedar wood addition to the flavor. I would definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark amber to mahogany in color with almost three fingers of tan head that dissipates down to a nice little layer that remains and has some patchy lacing.

S - Caramel and toffee malts, bread, cherries, raisins, spice and cedar.

T - Follows the nose rather well. Mostly big malts up front followed by a bit of dark fruit and spice, ceder makes itself known and adds to the layers. Has a little sweet and bitter finish to it but over all this one excites the taste buds and makes my mouth water.

M - As with almost all boulevard brews this is slightly over carbonated in my opinion, a little too vibrant on my palate.

D - Very drinkable, very tasty, glad I tried this one.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 1-2009.

Served cold from 750ml bottle into goblet.

Hazy dark pumkpin color with thick tight head.

Aroma is sweet and malty with a little bit of banana and clove. Slightly spicy and enjoyable.

Flavor is similar but with more fruit, especially apple and pear. The spice is more pronounced here and the cedar wood that this was aged on seems to come through more as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus in body and nice and low in carbonation.

Overall a tasty doppel. A little expensive and not quite as good as the German originals but worth a try.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, 8.5% abv. Batch 2010-1. Pours a good looking mahogany color. Tan head holds for a few minutes. A fine stream of bubbles rise to the surface.

Rich malty aroma. Toffee, caramel, and dark bread. A mild suggestion of fruit, along with some faint spicy notes.

Great malty character, full of toffee and bread. Light fruity notes. Some spicy and bitter notes blend in at the end to balance things.

Medium body, with a bit too much carbonation. A good deal of heat from alcohol is felt. The cedar adds an interesting touch to this beer, and puts a twist on a classic style. Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of mothman
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beige head. Color is a copper brown.

Aroma: Toffee, caramel, biscuits, dried cherries, and raisins. This one is pretty much all malts.

Taste: Huge malt profile again. Tons of toffee and biscuit with some caramel. Bready. Dried cherries and fruits. Not a lot here to be honest.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with hints of booze.

Overall, an alright beer, but the Germans do a better take on the style. All malts here. Average drinkability.

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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 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 brewcrew76
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1-2009
10th in Smokestack Series

A - Hazy burnt orange, amber with a thin tan head that dissipates very slowly.

S - Big cedar, perfumey aroma. Sweet caramel and bready malt are hiding behind the cedar. Light touch of hops.

T - Big cedar taste with some perfumey hops (unless that is coming from the cedar) that transitions to earthy, woody flavors. Toffee and caramel seem to come through on the aftertaste and I found it more enjoyable I took lengthy breaks between sips to let the malt show.

M - Medium body with a good amount of carbonation and a lingering dry finish. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

D - A little too much cedar. I would have liked a little more malt balance but still very interesting.

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

A: Burnt orange color (maybe a little protein haze). Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated to a skim. Decanted lightly. Some patches of lacing.

S: Rich toasted malts. Wood and spices; almost smokey. Some yeast esters.

T: Cedar more prominent than the nose. Toasted, bready malt with a vanilla and spices; very tasty. Spices, esters and low, even bitter in the finish. Smokey, warming alcohol.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Warm and dry. finishes dry.

D: Really good flavors and relatively complex. Very interesting beer. Approachable for the some in the style.

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

750ml bottle into Trois Pistoles goblet.

A - Dark brown with some cherry red edging when held up to light. Large tan head, good retention

S - Semi sweet, begian smelling yeast, bready malt and kind of an earthy smell probably due to the cedar

T - Dried dark fruits, i.e. currants. estery, fruity sweetness and noticeable, but not overbearing cedar accents.

M - Medium and smooth, a touch tacky, good carbonation

D - More of an American version doppel. I liked it.

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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 billab914
2.46/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Freetail pint glass. It poured a crystal clear mahogany color with a thin off-white head barely covering the top of the beer. Very nice color but not the best head for the style.

The aroma has a malty sweetness to it with some caramel and brown sugar flavors coming through. Some tart fruit, pear or grape flavors come through as well as just a bit of a woody, cedar flavor. Not bad but it seemed strange for the style, something just didn't seem right and the flavors didn't mix well.

The taste shows a lot of grape and pear tartness to it. It finishes very dry cedar, woody flavor that just doesn't help it at all. A pretty strong bitter flavor is present as well, especially after the finish. A bit of the malty and caramel flavor comes through in the background but it's not enough to save it. The dry, bitter, tart fruitiness it had just didn't work for me for the style.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability isn't good for me, I probably won't finish my glass. The dry, tart, woody and bitter flavor just didn't fit with this beer at all. I got almost no malty and caramel flavors that I love in Doppelbock's. Did not care for this one at all. I can't tell if something was wrong with this one or the cedar aging really just added all of those flavors I didn't like in it. Batch # was 2010-01.

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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 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 JoEBoBpr
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a nice hazy amber color with some nice golden hints. There is a nice1 inch head that forms on the pour. The head is off white with some nice small and densely packed bubbles. There are some spread out larger or medium sized bubbles.

S - Starts with a nice clean and smooth fresh baked bread malt character. Some slight grassy and grainy notes are also perceived. There are some slight caramel hints that aren't too strong but go well with the nice bread backbone. There is some slight hop on the back end but they are quite light.

T & M - Nice complex and delicious sweet malt flavor. Very clean fresh baked bread flavors. Sourdough and some nice marzipan. There is a slight roasty and vanilla like spice as well. There is some slight hop character near the backend but it is too faint to describe but does leave a nice bitter dry end. Quite a clean finish. Nice and medium bodied beer with great bready flavor and nice CO2 crispness. Quite fluffy.

D - Very good brew. Smokestack Series rarely disappoint. Im not the biggest fan of lagers but Doppelbocks always surprise me

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