Zwaanend'ale | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed to commemorate the 375th Anniversary Celebration for the first town (Lewes) in the first state (Delaware), this is an old Dutch-style Rye Bokbier brewed with honey.

Added by hopsaplenty on 04-25-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled due to the efforts of lackenhauser.

Pours a beautiful deeply copper colored beer with no real head formation.

Smell is slightly sweet with the clear and strong scent of rye in the nose. Lots of rye bread aroma and the pleasant sour snap that only rye has. Some fruity scents are present here too mostly raisins and nuts. There is a mild peppery smell here from the alcohol that is pleasant.

Taste is thick and rather syrup like with a good taste of raisins, nuts and rye at the beginning. Toffee and vanilla flavors kicks in after a while and the taste stays rather sweet. Faint rye after taste, hops don't do much here.

Mouthfeel is full.

Any OK beer to drink but this beer throws your senses quite a few curve balls. The idea of a rye bock beer is imaginative to say the least and it does confuse the taste buds a bit. This is certainly easy to drink and I don't think age will change this much so drink it up and don't save this Delaware commemorative beer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice-somewhat pale chestnut color-had to work to get any head out of it whether it was tilt the glass or raise the bottle sort of thing. Moderate aroma-caramel graininess with a faint alcohol smell. Syrupy sort of flavor-nice mellow bread quality. Sweet, malty overall. The alcohol comes thru a bit more then I would expect at only 8%. Might be me. Damn good body. Very (almost too) drinkable. For its minor faults its a very good beer. Maybe a tad too sweet.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on location. Upstairs at DFH Brewings & Eats, Rehoboth Beach, DE. Serving type: on-tap served in a pint glass.

The beer is called Zwaanend'ale, presumably after the whaling colony Zwaanendael established by Dutch captain David Pietersen De Vries in April 1631. (The area of Zwaanendael is present day Lewes, Delaware.)

A: Surprisingly bright, clear dark orange and red. Mine was headless.

S: Sugar cane and cinnamon.

T&M: Sweet apple juice. Heavy sticky raw sugar mouthfeel redolent of young Olde School. Tastes like warmed spiced Fuji apple cider and alcohol. The honey and the rye come together gracefully to create a beer that is smooth, sweet and dry all at once.

D: Very drinkable, smooth and warm.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Descibed by DFH as a "Dutch-style Rye Bokbier brewed with honey". Pours a nice clear amber with about an inch of off-white head that reduces to just a ring in about two minutes or so. Smell the rye...sweet and sour. Some honey and grass as well. Alcohol is present in the aroma. Rye bread first hits the tastebuds before the malts come through. Some sweet undertones. Slighlty sour on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and bubbly. Just a hit of alcohol tingle on the finish. Drinkability is average for me, but others may like the style more than I do.

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Zwaanend'ale from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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