BREWER: Mad Squirrel, Hertfordshire, England
VESSEL: 440ml tin
DATE OF POST: 19th December 2021
Lager? Well, yes Abbey Doppelbock is. And that might surprise many as the first striking thing about this brew is the colour is somewhere between a dark bitter and a stout. Interesting.
When you first tuck in to Abbey, there’s a lovely rich flavour. Its deep and heavy to begin with then moving to a light finish. While it’s not complex in flavour, the drinking experience is unique because of this shift from heavy weight up front to light fizz at the end. This carries the malty flavour really well and gives Abbey a nice natural earthiness.
Although this is a lager, it’s defo one for the colder months.
Sammy’s Rating: 76%
See, a Dopplebock, for those who don’t know (as I did not until about 5 years ago) is a German style beer originally brewed by Munchen Monks way back when… Our info laden tin tells us this. Our info laden tin also tells us this beer is called Abbey, in tribute to the aforementioned Munchen Monks. Just a genius name, simple, but genius.
But it is at this point some may have a wobble. An ancient German style beer being brewed in a town North West of London famous for factory explosions and a fu**ed up roundabout. Now, I personally didn’t have a wobble as I know what is possible in the craft beer world nowadays, but I have to admit that a please Mad Squirrel, don’t have messed this up thought did cross my mind.
But those Squirrel’s had not messed it up. Our furry little Hemel Hempstead based friends had flippin’nailed it!!!
What a great beer!!
Creamy and smooth as, bringing sweetish tones in the mouth moving to bittersweet in the swallow. There is a fudge/caramel undertone here that is nothing short of fantastic and balanced out perfectly by the strong taste coming from the big boy ABV. What is worrying about this brew is that you could deffo get stuck into a few, but at this strength even a White Rhino would do well to not fall into a canal on the way to the bog.
A thoroughly enjoyable beer though. Great job indeed team MS.
Jymi’s Rating: 91%
MUSE ON BOOZE RATING: 83.5%
MOB review next weekend: OOPLA by BEAK BREWERY
Sammy & Jymi – Musing on Booze since 2017