Non-Denominator Doppel Bock | Church Brew Works

14 Ratings

Brewed by:
Church Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-11-2002

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by Stinkypuss:
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Church Brew Works : non-denominator dopplebock
25 ibu, 2013 version is 8.5% abv

LOOK: Clear dark brown with an off white head. Leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Looks almost like a stout.

SMELL: Chocolatey malts and a bit of dark fruit and raisin.

TASTE: Nutty maltyness, with some chocolate and caramel notes. A small mineral note and residual bitterness from the hop, a touch more roast from the malt, and a sugary sweetness. There is little to no trace of alcohol.

FEEL: Medium bodied, thick and sticky. Leaves a sweet molasses like flavor in the finish.

OVERALL: A well done representation of a strong dark lager. I'd enjoy having this again sometime.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, very dark ruby brown frothy tan head leaves even specks of light tannish cream lacing. Aroma: Bursts of dark chocolate evident with molasses, and a touch of the classic over ripened alcohol infused fruit notes notably plums, a big old malt monster just a touch of balancing hops. Taste: Flavorful chocolate plums, great mix of flavor wow am I impressed layers of deep malt tones with coated with alcohol creeping it's way in, a nice doppelbock out of the Church. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied dark strong lager, I am definitely happy with this offering even the name is great gotta love it. Drinkability: Flavorful big brew authentic as all hell, they nailed this style brings together all of the flavors and characteristics that I adore about a great D-bock.

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Photo of aracauna
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This color is a very dark brown with a nice khaki head. There is a sweet scuppernong grape fruitiness that is almost like a normal doppelbock aroma, but there's something very atypical about it. The alcohol shows itself in this unusual take on doppel.

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Photo of Suds
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a dark brown (nearly black) beer with a muted malt and alcohol aroma. The beer has a thin tan head that’s notably stable. On the first sips, aromas of plum and prune shine through. The malt character is solid throughout the taste. Sometimes it seems overly sweet, but the finish is balanced with a peppery hopiness. It’s still on the sweet side, but is nicely done. Warming sensation is pleasing. This is easily the best beer that I had at Church.

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Photo of ramrod666
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of sinistrsam
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the CBW. Poured a dark brown/black with no head and was served in an almost champagne-like snifter-ish glass?
The nose gave off some mild dark fruit and mayeb soem raisin, but had almost nothing stand out.
The taste was burnt and acrid; bitter dark fruit and molasses mixed with alcohol. Not bad but not great either.
The MF was a little too bitter for me, with not much going on, and surprisingly no aftertaste.
Overall not interesting enough to warrant putting up with the high ABV.

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Photo of BigRizz62
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours dark brown in color with a rich creamy head. A definite toasted nose and bold malty character. Definitely has a big malty taste

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Photo of spycow
3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of soulfly967
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very dark brown, with a slightly tan colored head that left some good lacing on the glass. The smell was of dark malts, hints of chocolate and some sort of fruit. The taste was excellent. Nice malty flavors, slight sweetness, and hops at the finish to balance it out. Some alcohol was present and added to the experience. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, very smooth, and very well balanced. This is on very drinkable beer. I make it a point to get this everytime they offer it. A fine example of a dopple bock.

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Photo of mothman
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brewery. Tan head. Near black in color.

Flavor is of nutty malts and caramel. Bread malt flavors as well. A bit of roast and some cocoa. It is fairly sweet. The alcohol doesn't show much. It has some molasses and dark fruits as well.

Mouthfeel is roasted and cloying. I don't like the feel at all.
Medium bodied.

Overall, this was alright but it was very German. I could definitely tell this was an American version of the style.

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Photo of Boto
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ Church Brew: Served in a 10oz. stem glass. It poured an opaque brown with hints of ruby. There was a hint of a tan head. This would have been better if I hadn’t had to let it warm up a bit. It was about ice cold when served, and that hid the flavor and aroma. After a short warming, The flavor and aroma came out. The aroma was still a hair weak for what I have would expected, but it was still nice. There were notes of cherries, plums, caramel to the beer. The taste had caramel and cherry flavors. Very Good!

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Photo of wofat
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a dark, opaque brown with ruby edges and a moderate khaki head. The aroma is subtle spice with heavy notes of sweet malt and plum with a touch of spicy hop. Entering the gullet, it is not as dense a brew as I would have guessed, having only moderate body, however the flavor is powerful and to the point. Molases, a slight hint of smoke, and a mild amount of spicy hop bitterness to perfectly offset the sweet character of this brew. So good I drank two... and had the wife drive home.

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Photo of tankg
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Non-Denominator Doppel Bock from Church Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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