“This is it! The powerful, full-bodied, strong beer which is Andechs’s trademark. Brewed in the traditional Triple Mash procedure and available throughout the year, not just during the “Starkbierzeit”!
Glassware: 500ml Stein.
Appearance: Mahogany with deep ruby red highlights. About a thumb of creamy tan head atop which slowly recedes. Laced well.
Aroma: Classic banana bread lifting out immediately. Quite husky too – tonnes of wheat grains, seed, dried corn and pumpernickel. Big helpings of toffee and caramel, honey, dried dark fruit, fig and a bit of classic yeasty spice. Some very subtle orchard fruits in here too…more like stewed pear or apple pie. Brilliant!
Flavour: Really doughy and semi sweet upfront. Banana bread, dark fruit, apple pie and delicate spice give way to a really intense mid palate of pumpernickel, caramel/toffee, toast, earthy fig, nutty malt and carob. It finishes sweet yet toasty with a touch of dryness to balance.
Mouthfeel: Full-ish but still light and well aerated. Got a bit of stickiness happening too. Low Co2. 7.1% ABV completely hidden.
Overall: As far as traditional Doppelbocks go this shoots right to the top. So rich and sweet but precisely balanced and light on. Next level stuff.