A couple good Beers!
I enjoyed these two high gravity beers a couple nights ago. You would normally thing that two beers are pretty manageable but being that one was 10% and over a pint and the other was 7.4% alcohol and a full pints worth, I was pretty toasty by the end of the two rounds.
I tried them both together so as to get a better comparison between the two with out the effects of the alcohol to obscure my thoughts. Below are a review of both.
Weihenstephaner Korbinian Doppelbock, 16.9 fl oz, 7.4% alc.
I preferred this one, it was very tasty and at 7.4% alcohol, it wasn't nuts to drink the whole bottle at one sitting. Being a dopplebock it follows a bit different rules of fermentation. From what I understand it is slow in preparation of the wort and mash, boiling in segments giving it a more carmelized character and then having a slow fermentation adding to its intense flavor. It literally translates to "double bock" although it is not twice as strong as a bock beer it is stronger. the style was originally produced by monkes to provide themselves nutrients during their winter fasting months and then comercialized by the famous Pauliner Brewery in Munich in 1780 which called it "Salvator" and it is still called the same today. From what I have seen, most dopplebocks have the same "ator" ending in their names although this Weihenstephaner does not. So how about the beer?
Color: Dark brown, kind of dark roast coffee color.
Aroma: Sweet barley and roasted chestnuts and burnt sugar.
Palate: Lively, small bubbles, clean, some yeasty, marmite taste on the finish.
St. Bernardus Abt 12, Belgian Abbey Ale, Watou, 10% Alc, 1Pt 9.4 FL OZ.
This was a really nice beer too but it was just a little too sweet for me. It was also a bigger bottle so it was harder to finish(not too hard though =). This was a bit more expensive, somewhere around $8.00, but was well worth it for a good beer drinking evening.
Color: Dark chocolate, coffee
Aroma: banana, fudge, hickory.
Palate: Sweet, thick, more bubbles, burnt toast.
Again, my apologies for not being able to include the labels.