Fallenbock | Erie Brewing Co.

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Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Fall

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Added by santoslhalper on 12-05-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by Brian700:
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3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I believe this is the first beer for me from Erie Brewing Co. This one pours a deep brown with a reddish tint and has a tan head that settles down to a ring around my glass.

The aroma is of caramel, mild vanilla, and a little bit of cocoa.

The flavor follows the nose. There is some dark fruit, caramel, vanilla that flows right into a cocoa finish with a little bit of alcohol warming. Very nice flavor. The spicey hop presence is just right. It melds with the malt creating almost a mild pumpernickel.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with a medium carbonation level.

This is very drinkable so at 7.8% ABV you should be careful.

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Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of BeerIsland
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At least two place in Baltimore have this on tap. It's pretty good, somewhat reminiscent of the recent Lancastrators. It's not a lively beer, but very solid and easy going. The drinkability masks the kick so even though you might want a third, best think about it. The Alt was also available on tap and was the better beer, I think.

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Photo of Billolick
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ouncer from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours dark mahogony, darker tan head, fast to clear out, leaves a collar and some middle of the orad bits of lacing.

Some malt in the nose along with sweet smelling cola.

More dark malts, more cola, chocolate, chalky dryness..bleech...this stuff is a mess...flavor on the back end is thin and I'm getting a bit more annoying chalkyness....needs more malt, more hops, something....not my favorite. Highly doubtful, I'd go here again.

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Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark brown with little head when poured into an american pint glass.
The smell is very unassuming & is a bit on the sweet bready side. The smell is akin to a dopplebock - sweet and malty.
The taste is very one dimensional; there's not a lot of complexity to this beer. It's a sweet, malty beer that doesn't taste like it's a 7% beer, meaning there isn't that alcohol burn.
The mouthfeel is on the heavy side of medium bodied and the carbonation is right where it needs to be for a a dopplebock - not too carbonated.
The drinkability of this beer is slightly above average as it's a beer that is balanced and easy to consume despite its high alcohol content. It's also a beer that non-hopheads could enjoy since it is balanced and on the sweet side.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been drinking Erie beers since my freshman year @ Allegheny College and I've tasted just about every beer I'm on my way to having tried every single bottled offering and most of their drafts that they make and always have available at Porter's Tap Room (original train station Erie Brewing locale, explains Railbender Ale as being your flagship) which is supposedly about to start brewing their own under the name BrewErie at Union Station. We'll see what goes down but here's to this fine Erie offering...appears a plum dark cola brown large off white head leaves large specks of lacing. Aroma contains fruity alcohol notes with a massive chocolate creamy presence, raisins, very vinous in nature with herbal hops bringing a tobacco leaf quality...very nice smell. Taste has a very flavorful approach with waves of chocolate, plum, raisin soaked with mild alcohol notes...but the cocoa powder seems to dominate for me hops leave behind a mild bitterness on the palate with a grassy, earthy leaf note that goes well together definitely an enjoyable experience. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy evenly carbonated, medium to fuller bodied great stuff velvet smooth on the palate really flows too easily. Drinkability somewhat filling but really is effortless emptying a 12 ounce portion, another quality product from Erie Brewing they seem to have evolved nicely with the added bottles to the lineup.

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Photo of ixnay21
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of sgerwel1985
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern for $3.50. It appeared a clear red with an off-white head. While this tastes like technically flawless beer and the flavors are pleasant, it's just a clean, dark, and strong lager with little palatable resemblance to a legitimate doppelbock. Sure, it's easy drinking for the strength and I like the mild toffee malts, but this isn't a doppelbock.

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Photo of DerekP
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of strictly4DK
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured into tulip glass.

A - Dark chestnut, 1 inch creamy tan head, little retention or lacing.

S - Sweet grains, chocolate, rounded out by an odd lactic scent.

T - Strong notes of chocolate and bready grains, hint of espresso, finishes roasty with little hop presence.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Leaves roasty aftertaste with hint of chocolate.

D - Little alcohol presence so its a nice drinker. However, I would only drink this again if I could get myself out of the habit of putting my nose in the beer first.

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Photo of HoppyBastard1
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jtierney89
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly opaque for a beer that pours such a dark color. Has about a two finger head which recess to a respectable amount of lace at the top of the beer. Smells of roasted dark malts with hints of licorice.

getting some familiar flavors and some strange ones you don't expect from a doppelbock. Starts with dark recognizable fruits such as raisins and dates but finishes with lighter fruit flavors such a s grapefruit and oddly enough strawberry. The flavors somehow work together oddly enough.

The beer has a thick and unique body but I couldn't see myself having more than two. Definitely a good brew though

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a thin off white head.

S: Very sweet aroma and flavor upfront from the caramel malting.

T: Flavor is sweet caramel, with a light neutral hopping. Drinks more like a red ale rather a bock. Theres a little alcohol detection upon warming of the tongue along with some very light bread notes.

M: a tad thin with light bread notes, and sweet caramel.

D: The label depicted a goat fallen over drunk. Expected more from it style wise. Alcohol is hidden very well for 7.8% making for a very good drinkable sweet bock but lacks the hearty bread palate and chocolate notes that are most commonly associated with the style.

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Photo of trekbiker3000
4.54/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice medium rown color with just a hint of amber. It did not pour much of head.

Smell: Sweet toasted malt aroma. Not overpowering but very present

Taste: Over the top malty flavor, well balanced with the high alcohol content (7.8%). I did not detect any alcohol burn that can be presnt in some bocks.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied flavor, the maltiness just coats the whole mouth. Then the thiness of the alcohol and the carbonation come in to rinse the palate, leaving behind the a malty aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is definitely a beer I would share with friends. The taste an ease that this beer went down makes it dangerous at 7.8%.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown on the the pour, with ruby red highlights. Light tan finger of head adorns nicely. Solid looking d-bock.

Smell is good, with ample roasted, malty aromas, a nice smoky aroma, and a hint of chocolate.

Taste is very malty, with a lot of roasted characters, and a bit of sweetness.

Feel is nice and smooth, light to medium in body. Carbonation is good.

The is a sold d-bock, nice flavors and aroma. Nothing life changing, but easy drinking and enjoyable.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a couple of these as a throw in for reaching 60,000 beer miles on my credit card last bottle run. Not bad, but maybe I should of taken the commemorative paper weight instead.

Pint glass pour. Coarse, foamy light-beige lather. Clear, dark amber body, like the color of a sizzling heat lamp.

Smell is of simple soaked grain, a little bit of caramel, along with a small amount of rye.

Taste is of malt extract, molasses, cola, with a really dense whole grain bread finish. Alcohol is pretty forgiving.

Dry, but textured. Malted & somewhat roasted, but not sweet, or fortifying like a bock. Carbonation is strong, but doesn't thin the already less then full body.

Pretty good for an imperial brown. Pretty wack for a bock.

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Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of santoslhalper
4.29/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearence: Pours a clear, very dark copper with a thin, quickly fading beige head. Perfect amount of slow-moving carbonation.

Smell: Complex and interesting. This really smells unlike any other Doppelbock I've ever had. Strong fruity, almost belgian yeast and candi sugar notes, but still wonderful malt sweetness (molasses, caramel) balancing it out. WONDERFUL!

Taste and Mouthfeel: Not as Earth-shattering as the smell, but it still taste great. Complex malty sweetness greets your mouth at first, with a ncie touch of fruits, and then finishes with a ncie hop bitterness. Still, I'm getting Belgian Brown Ale notes all over the place. I know Erie holds true to Reinhietsgebot (forgive my spelling), so I don't know what would impart that. Doesn't mean I don't like it. The mouthfeel is smooth and rich.

Drinkability and Overall: The 3rd of the 3 new Erie brews. This one is a smooth, tasty, drinkable Doppelbock, albiet a strange one. The flavors and smells of this are really unique for the style, but are entrancing as well. Really something else, but worth a shot if you see it.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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Fallenbock from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 95 ratings