Some years ago (back in 2009 – where have the years gone?), here at The Brewclub, I reviewed ‘Aventinus’; a frankly awesome Doppelbock from Schneider-Weisse – the oldest wheat beer brewery in Munich.
I commented then that Aventinus had made an impression on me back in the early nineties during my first flush of beer geekdom.
Doppelbocks are a pretty niche style of beer, and not easy to come by here in Blighty, so when I saw that Thornbridge had brewed ‘Otto’ an 8% Doppelbock, it immediately went on my ‘to try’ list.
It pours a dark brown, with an off-white head that fades slowly.
The nose is bizarre, over-ripe banana, dark fruit, tar and rubber – this is a beer where the rubber hits the road.
The flavour is dark, rich, fruity those over-ripe bananas and plums, Christmas spices on a deep chocolate caramel base. And that warming 8% alcohol.
It’s a good beer, and a good approximation of a Doppelbock, but it’s not quite the triumph that Thornbridge’s Biere de Garde – Jehanne – was.
It’s reminded me to keep an eye out for Aventinus next time I visit a brewmonger.