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


Burly Goat Doppelbock – Granville Island Brewing

From Granville Island Brewing out of Vancouver comes their new “Burly Goat Doppelbock”. This year Kevin has changed things up for the Burly Goat by changing the style. The beer pours a chestnut brown colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of toffee, dark fruits and some chocolate. The flavour is of toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, sweetness and mild bitterness. The alcohol content comes in at 7.9% with an IBU of 25. Kevin really hit it out of the park with this one. I could imagine drinking quite a few more of these.

Commercial Description:  This jacked up beast of a dark lager is wildly untamed.  Full-bodied, full-flavoured and loaded with full fledged badassery.  Deal with it.

Food pairing as per brewery:  Smoked ham or roasted pork


Doppelbock – Red Collar Brewing

From Red Collar Brewing in Kamloops in the Okanagan comes their “Doppelbock” a dark german style lager.  The beer pours a very deep brown/red colour with a light brown head.  The aroma consists of dark fruit, roasted nuts, roasted malts and earth.  The flavour is of roasted malts, burnt coffee, dark fruit, resin and bitterness.  The alcohol content comes in at 7.74% with an IBU of 36.  Doppelbock’s are a nice style with a ton of flavour and I like what this one is bringing to the table.

Commercial Description:  A strong version of a traditional German lager.  Dark in colour with a silky rich sweetness & surprisingly smooth finish.  No monks, goats or liquid bread were referenced in this writeup.  Unpasteurized & unfiltered.

Defibrillator Doppel Bock – Parallel 49 Brewing

O’hare’s Beer Club April 2014 Box

From Parallel 49 Brewing out of East Vancouver comes the “Defibrillator” a Doppelbock.  The beer pours a dark mahogany with no head.  The aroma consists of sweet roasted malts, toffee and fruits.  The flavour is of dark fruit, roasted malts, toffee, syrup and sweetness.  The alcohol content comes in at 8.7% with an IBU of 30.  This was an enjoyable dopplebock and I would go back for more.

Food Pairing according to O’hare’s Beer Club notes are as follows: Baked farfalle with prosciutto and mushrooms.

Click here to check out the April 2014 Box

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