This week's (belated) Sunday Night Suds looks at Leinenkugel's Big Butt Dopplebock.
[Although life sometimes makes blogging challenging and family or other obligations may come first, I always try to get an SNS and a TPT post on the blog so that people will be aware of the newest kosher certified beer and will be able to enjoy it with a vort at their Shabbos table. Unfortunately, this Sunday my internet/phone provider prevented me from posting on Sunday Night and as such this post is being written on Monday.]
Yes, this is truly strange sounding beer. But in order to understand why they named the beer they way they did, an introduction to the beer style is needed.
As explained by the good folks at BA:
Bocks--you know, those beers with goats on the label--are relatively strong German lagers. Doppelbocks--as the name might suggest--are typically even stronger and contain enough malty goodness that theyve been considered a meal in a glass for centuries. Generally they have a very full-bodied flavor and are darker than their little Bock brothers and sisters and a higher level of alcohol too. They range in color from dark amber to nearly black, and dark versions often have slight chocolate or roasted characters.
Well, once you know that Bocks are linked to goats, its not so far fetched that Leinenkugel used this moniker for their beer as they explain on their website that the "beer gets its name from an icon of the Bock style, the goat, and while they're known to butt heads over disputes, we still prefer to just talk it over a beer."
I have to say that I very much enjoyed this beer, but it is not true to the style. The beer was not full bodied and although it was dark in color, the alcohol content (5.7% abv) was low for the style. Still, there was some chocolate character that had me craving a home made chocolate cookie and Mrs KB was willing to oblige with a frozen one (tastes much better than it sounds).
Leinenkugel Big Butt Dopplebock is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union, and has an OU on the label. To see what the experts on Beer Advocate think about this brew, please follow this link beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/710/2464.
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