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Central Waters / Local Option De Kleine Dood | Central Waters Brewing Co.

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Central Waters / Local Option De Kleine DoodCentral Waters / Local Option De Kleine Dood

Brewed by:
Central Waters Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.05%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
De Kleine Dood is a Belgian inspired Weissenbock brewed as a collaboration between The Local Option and Central Waters Brewery in Amherst, Wisconsin. Originally released in summer 2012, De Kleine Dood will be available in spring 2013 on draft and in large format bottles.

When Central Waters decided to open its brew house for its first collaboration beer, Chicago’s Local Option was the obvious partner in crime. The resulting brainchild, De Kleine Dood - a Belgian inspired Weissenbock – maintains the traditional characteristics of its Bavarian forbearer, with the added complexity of Belgian ale yeast. De Kleine Dood is dark amber in color; maintains a rich, full-bodied mouth-feel augmented by caramel; mild and dark fruit; and vanilla and bourbon aromas as a result of six months of aging on Heaven Hill Barrels.. Rounded out by an unostentatious bourbon driven aroma from brief bourbon barrel aging, De Kleine Dood is a complex ale, a marriage of distinctive styles, and an orgasmic experience for the taste buds that revel in its glory.

Added by MasterSki on 05-25-2012

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Ratings: 725 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of spahlstrom
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ONUMello
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a weizen glass
A: Dark broth with a one-finger head
S: Malty, bourbon, plum
T: Bourbon, vanilla, plum, roasted malt, hints of nut a nd toffee
M: Full-bodied, a touch sweet
O: A bit sweet but overall quite flavorful

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Photo of onlymurderers
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjd722
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of durlta
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenBayBA
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VABA
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZebulonXZogg
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a dark reddish brown with a khaki head, nice lacing.
S: Bourbon, fig, plum and raisin.
T: Bourbon, vanilla and dark fruit.
F: After 4 ounces I started to feel pretty good. I expected something a bit more chewy, but it's good enuff.
O: I'm not a big fan of Belgium style beers. I'm not sure if I've had a Weizenbock before, especially a barrel aged one, but I will look for this again, one of the best beers I've had! Damn good stuff!

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Photo of RobinLee
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrKarl
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of handmuffin
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served from bottle into glass at home. Pours a dark, reddish brown, with short lived tan head. Aroma of raisin, vanilla and bourbon. No hop aroma detectable. Flavor is more dark fruit and lots of bourbon. No hop flavor detectable. The finish is dry and unsurprisingly boozy. Full bodied with low carbonation. Overall this beer drinks exactly like a weissenbock aged in a bourbon barrel. Any Belgian yeast character is undetectable to me, but the beer is still very enjoyable.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AuntBea
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark reddish brown color with a large off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong bourbon, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, vanilla, dark fruit and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of bourbon, vanilla, caramel and dark fruit. Then some breadiness comes in from Belgian yeast, wheat and a hearty malt character. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good kick, good variation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger white / off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light messy lacing roaming all around the glass nicely. The smell started off with some sweet dark fruity (raison/plum) qualities flowing into sweet bready malts. The taste was mainly sweet with a delicate spice underneath rolling into the bready malts. Boozy raisins in the aftertaste. Smooth sweet finish (vanilla? - somewhat? Kinda). On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation runs fairly smooth. Overall, weizenbock or Belgian Strong Dark ale? Eh, to me, I say weizenbock with the bourbon barrel qualities coming out exceptionally!

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Photo of JeffSK
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tbryan5
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shelby415
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a lighter black (is that possible?) with a frothy beige head which breaks leaving some lacing. The smell is pretty muted to me, but there is a barrel presence and some sweet dark fruits as well. I found the taste a bit of a letdown, it was sweet with barrel and a flat malts and vanilla. Perhaps the flavours were muted because this bottle was a couple of years old. The feel was a touch thin, and there was a bit of a booze burn as well.

Okay, this beer did not impress. It was one that it was hard to finish because of the prevailing sweetness.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Premiere Gourmet in Buffalo last summer. The Dutch name means it obviously made the cut for the plane back to Holland.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1+ finger, lighter beige, looser, fizzy head with lousy retention. Dark maroon red in color, clear, with no carbonation evident. Head quickly fizzes down to a splotchy wisp and ring. A ring remains until the end but leaves no lacing on the glass. Fizzy head but nicer color.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee notes. Dark fruits, gum and wheat aromas as well.

TASTE: Bourbon, oak, wood, caramel and wheat notes up front. Some alcohol at the swallow. Medium but lingering finish of wood, booze, caramel, phenols from the Belgian yeast, and some dark fruit sweetness.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Light and a bit fizzy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Lighter and airier than hoped, unfortunately.

OVERALL: This was good stuff. It’s listed as a weizenbock but it’s definitely not a weizenbock. The wheat character is definitely there, but the phenols and strong barrel character set this one apart. The fizzier look and feel could be cleaned up, but besides that, this was an enjoyable brew that I’d drink again if I found it. Cheers!

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Central Waters / Local Option De Kleine Dood from Central Waters Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 725 ratings
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