Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock (2017 Edition) – Dead Frog Brewery


From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their “Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock” a flavoured lager. The beer pours a copper colour with an off white head.  The aroma consists of orange, citrus rind, toffee and floral hops.  The flavour is of earth, citrus rind, orange, toffee, mild bitterness and some grain.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 26.  Once again this year the flavour of this beer has changed up a bit.  I quite enjoyed this edition of the beer.

Commercial Description:  A HAUNTING GOLDEN LAGER WITH A SPLASH OF CITRUS, A SWEET CARESS OF FRUIT HOP FLAVOUR AND AROMA, AND A BRISK DRY FINISH.

Recommended glass as per brewery: HOLLOWED OUT SKULL OF YOUR ENEMIES

Food Pairing as per brewery: GRILLED PORK, SPICY CHICKEN TACOS, SWISS CHEESE

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Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock (2016 Edition) – Dead Frog Brewery


From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their “Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock” a flavoured lager.  The beer pours a cloudy orange colour with a white head.  The aroma consists of bready and grainy malts, citrusy orange and floral hops.  The flavour is of orange, citrus, citrus rind, grainy and bready malts, earth and hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 26.  While a typical Helles Lager is not a style that I would usually drink this Blood Orange Helles Bock is quite tasty.

Commercial Description: A HAUNTING GOLDEN LAGER WITH A SPLASH OF CITRUS, A SWEET CARESS OF FRUIT HOP FLAVOUR AND AROMA, AND A BRISK DRY FINISH.

Recommended glass  as per brewery:  HOLLOWED OUT SKULL OF YOUR ENEMIES

Food Pairing as per brewery:  GRILLED PORK, SPICY CHICKEN TACOS, SWISS CHEESE

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Captivator DoppleBock – Tree Brewing


From Tree Brewing in Kelowna BC comes the “Captivator DoppleBock” a seasonal release.  The beer pours a deep reddish brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of malts, toffee, caramel and sweetness.  The flavour is of toffee, caramel, earth, mild bitterness, sweetness, coffee, chocolate and a hint of roasted malts.   The alcohol content comes in at 8% with an IBU of 37.  This is a refreshing although sweet beer and would probably go down well in the summer even with the high alcohol content.

Commercial Description:  Doppelbock, which literally means “double bock”, is known to be one of Germany’s biggest beers because of its higher alcohol content, ranging between 7-13% and is exceptionally malty with very little bitterness. Our Captivator DoppelBock is 8% alc./vol.  Doppelbock emerged in the late eighteenth century as a powerful lager variant of the old monastic strong beer, the monks’ “liquid bread,” which they traditionally brewed for the Lenten season. The monks would be forced to fast several times a year with the longest being during Lent, 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.
Where did Bock get it’s name? The style known now as bock was a dark, malty, lightly hopped ale first brewed in the 14th century by German brewers in the town of Einbeck. The style was later adopted by Munich brewers in the 17th century and adapted to the new lager style of brewing. Due to their Bavarian accent, citizens of Munich pronounced “Einbeck” as “ein Bock” (“a billy goat”), and thus the beer became known as “bock”. To this day, as a visual pun, a goat often appears on bock labels.

Food Pairing as per brewery:  Roast Pork, Ham, Duck, Black Forest Cake

Check out my original review from 2012

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Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock – Dead Frog Brewery


From Aldergove’s Dead Frog Brewery comes their new “Weeping Reaper Blood Orange Helles Bock” a very flavourful style of lager.  The beer pours a copper colour with a slightly off white head.  The aroma consists of bready malts, citrus and blood orange.  The flavour is of bready malts, caramel, citrus, citrus rind, blood orange and some hops bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7% with an IBU of 26.  Helles Bock is not a style I know all that well but this one tastes great especially because the flavour seems to evolve as you drink it.  I recommend picking up a bottle to try it for yourself.

Recommended glassware from brewery:  Hollowed out skull of your enemy.  I just used a whiskey snifter personally though.

Commercial Description:  A warm golden lager with a splash of citrus and slight caress of fruity hop flavour and aroma. Premium European malts and hops result in a brew that’s light in colour but not in body with a perfectly balanced finish.

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Lucubrator Dopplebock – Occidental Brewing Co


O’hare’s Beer Club April 2014 Box

From Portland Oregon’s Occidental Brewing Company comes their “Lucubrator Dopplebock”.  The beer pours a dark amber/brown colour with a tan head.  The aroma consists of dark fruits, brown sugar and bourbon.  The flavour is of dark fruits, brown sugar, spice, vanilla, bourbon, very roasty malts and some mild hops to finish it off.  The alcohol content comes in at 6.8% with an IBU of 20.  This is a well crafted example of the style and I enjoyed it from the first sip to the last.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: smoked sausage.

Click here to check out the April 2014 Box

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