Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock

Total Score: 8.65/10 Caramel1Earth1Nut1Stein1

Well, well, Weltenburger – been a while since I’ve sampled your fine wares with Baroque looking dudes on the labels, Weltenburger Kloster Asam Bock is no different – this guy even looks like he’s drunk a few Doppelbocks too. Ahhh, Doppelbocks, the double goats of the beer world – full of kick and malty character [not sure if that analogy works – are goats malty? They’re pretty salty, so it almost works]. I love a good Doppelbock – my fav is currently Weihenstephan’s Korbinian (Dallas… cheeky Besson reference there!). Korbinian is up there for me – I’ve got it ranked #16 in my personal top beers, that’s some fierce competition for Asam Bock, I don’t think it and the surly gent on the label will be bold enough to take the Doppelbock crown, but then again we never know and that’s why I do what I do.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stein.

A: Yep, that was a hard pour… sorry, this’ll take a while to go down – fortunately these reviews aren’t live. Colour is a clear deep molasses caramel with a nice classic German cappuccino foam head, tan colour, which stands tall and proud to my bemusement. 8/10.

S: Macerated figs, toffee and caramel provide the highlights of this heady and sweet aroma. Slight metallic note in there provides an unwarranted distraction. Hints of earthy tones and chestnut too. It’s a pretty damn tasty aroma (apart from the metallic note), however it’s more on the sweet side compared to Korbinian (which was more thick and bready in the aroma). 8/10.

T: Less macerated fig, more toffee/caramel/molasses from start to finish. Thankfully not as sweet as expected – the sweet/dry balance works well here. There’s a touch of smoke, and earthy/nutty tones leading towards the finish which has a slight tobacco leaf note. Not getting so much of the metallic character noted in the aroma, however sweet flavours generally drown out metal ones, so I’m guessing that’s what has happened here. On par with Korbinian flavourwise, most impressive. 9/10.

M: Not quite Korbinian here though – body is just a touch thinner – still medium bodied, and it gets denser as the carbonation flattens out, though Korbinian is a bit creamier there. 8/10.

D: Weltenburger Kloster have put up a really top Doppelbock, though they fall short of Korbinian, this is still an enjoyable brew. Very toffee/caramel/molasses-centric, so if you like those flavours here’s your boy 😉 9/10.

Food match: Münchner Weißwurst mit pretzel und senf, ja hündinnen!

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Stone & Wood Forefathers Willie Simpson Doppelbock Lager

Total Score: 8.5/10 Chocolate1DarkFruits1Bread1Stein1

Stone & Wood Forefathers Willie Simpson Doppelbock Lager, sounds like a mouthful right? And as a Doppelbock (or “double billy-goat” in German [legit]) it should be a mouthful… in a good way. This is the style that is oft referred to as “liquid bread” for good reasons – Doppelbock has been used as a means of nourishment for monks while fasting… I suddenly have an urge to drink Doppels whilst fasting… another time perhaps. In any case I’ll be looking for a malty/bready/dark fruits-driven Lager with a decent medium body and a creamy carbonation. Let’s crack open this double billy-goat, cheers to Willie Simpson (Homer’s beer brewing Aussie cousin)!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a stein.

A: Impressively the colour of the body is the same colour as the bottle – a deep chocolate brown (looks cloudy but hard to tell). Head presents as a 1 centimetre creamy tan that stands proud, again impressive stuff. 8/10.

S: Dark fruits forward (plum, fig, raisin) with your standard bread yeast centre and a finish that is both earthy and chocolatey. Smells like a real German-brewed Doppelbock… actually smells better than some German-brewed Doppels I’ve tried – damn solid effort from Willie/Stone & Wood. 9/10.

T: Big chocolate character upfront, followed by the above noted dark fruits, mid-palate is bready, but not quite on the Weihenstephaner Korbinian scale, earthy/medicinal hops round out the finish – which is a slight bit more bitter than Korbinian [i.e. my benchmark for a top-notch Doppelbock]. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a luscious creamy carbonation, it doesn’t get much better than this – gold star Willie/S&W! 9/10.

D: I do love a Doppelbock, probably because they’re a Lager in Ales clothing, and I’m definitely more an Ale than Lager man. This is one of the rare Doppelbocks brewed in Australia that I’ve tried and it’s actually up there with the best of the German ones. That. Is. Saying. Something. So what we have here is a Doppelbock that ticks all the “bockses” [Dammit with the puns Doc!] without beating the all-time Doppel champion: Weihenstephaner Korbinian. Let’s face it though no one from Australia is beating a brewery that’s been operating continually since 1040 AD – that’s 748 years before the First Fleet (and with it the knowledge of beer-brewing) even arrived at Port Jackson – they’ve had a fair bit of practice time there! 9/10.

Food match: I’m going to go all Aussie on this one and say: Kangaroo meat – cooked rare with a lemon myrtle and macadamia crust and asparagus with celeriac mash.

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